Coronavirus outbreak puts pregnant refugees in Greece at increased risk

Pregnant and afraid, refugee and migrant women worry that they could catch the coronavirus when they give birth in Greece’s public hospitals. But they have little choice.


On Tuesday, March 29, a woman tested positive for COVID-19 at a refugee camp in Ritsona, about 70 kilometers (43 miles) north of Athens. The woman had given birth over the weekend at a public hospital in the city, where she is said to have contracted the virus. From there, she brought it back with her to the camp where she had to return immediately after giving birth.


At least 23 more residents of the same camp, which hosts approximately 2,300 people, tested positive just days later, causing an immediate lockdown of the camp for the next two weeks. Then, on Sunday, Greek authorities announced they were putting a second camp on the outskirts of Athens on lockdown after a resident there also tested positive for COVID-19.


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