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Italy: GNV Azzurra migrant quarantine ship docks at Porto Empedocle 01:25

Italy: GNV Azzurra migrant quarantine ship docks at Porto Empedocle

Italy, Porto Empedocle
August 3, 2020 at 15:31 GMT -00:00 · Published

The GNV Azzurra ship, arranged by the Italian government to quarantine migrants, docked at Porto Empedocle in Sicily on Monday.

The ship will travel on to Lampedusa around 21:00 local time (20:00 GMT) to replace the Moby Zaza ship. Both ships were especially arranged by the government as the island's reception facility for new arrivals was overwhelmed due to overpopulation coupled with coronavirus restrictions and rules.

The Azzurra is able to host between 600-700 migrants, and has been especially drafted in amid fears that the coronavirus outbreak could worsen.

On Sunday, Lampedusa Mayor Salvatore Martello said that the amount of arrivals is "bigger than in 2011." Lampedusa struggled to deal with the arrival of tens of thousands of migrants throughout 2011. By the end of August 2011, 48,000 new migrants had arrived.

Italy: GNV Azzurra migrant quarantine ship docks at Porto Empedocle 01:25
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The GNV Azzurra ship, arranged by the Italian government to quarantine migrants, docked at Porto Empedocle in Sicily on Monday.

The ship will travel on to Lampedusa around 21:00 local time (20:00 GMT) to replace the Moby Zaza ship. Both ships were especially arranged by the government as the island's reception facility for new arrivals was overwhelmed due to overpopulation coupled with coronavirus restrictions and rules.

The Azzurra is able to host between 600-700 migrants, and has been especially drafted in amid fears that the coronavirus outbreak could worsen.

On Sunday, Lampedusa Mayor Salvatore Martello said that the amount of arrivals is "bigger than in 2011." Lampedusa struggled to deal with the arrival of tens of thousands of migrants throughout 2011. By the end of August 2011, 48,000 new migrants had arrived.

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