Migrants from the Moria camp on Lesvos are seen on Wednesday sewing handmade protective face masks at the premises of the nongovernment organization Team Humanity after the Greek government imposed a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). [Elias Marcou/Reuters]
The government on Friday began transferring a total of 604 migrants from the islands of Samos, Chios and Lesvos to closed facilities on the Greek mainland.
The transfer concerns people that entered Greece iafter March 1, 2020, when the government decided to suspend the asylum procedure for all new arrivals amid an influx of arrivals from the coast of Turkey.
A large fire has broken out at the Moria refugee and migrant camp on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos, according to local media reports on Monday.
The blaze was being fanned by strong winds and firefighters were having trouble reaching the spot where it started due to overcrowding at the facility, To Nisi reported.