OK, so it’s not smallpox, but COVID-19. And instead of blankets, the people traffickers are using “refugees” from Bangladesh to infect Italy.
At least that’s the way it looks.
Delta variant also in Sicily: Ten migrants arrived at Lampedusa infected
June 16, 2021
The first cases of the Delta variant in Sicily. A cross between the Indian and the English. Ten migrants are infected, arriving at Lampedusa but coming from Bangladesh following the Libyan route. So writes Fabio Geraci in Giornale di Sicilia on newsstands, all of them are asymptomatic and now in isolation in a quarantine ship along the coast of the island.
The cases were identified at the end of May and communicated to the Health Ministry at the Superior Institute of Health and to the region.
The sequencing, which made it possible to establish what type of variant they were infected with, was done by Dr. Fabio Tramuto of the regional reference laboratory of the Palermo Polyclinic, directed by Professor Francesco Vitale, but the investigation began thanks to the activity of the Diagnostic Department of ASP [Azienda Sanitaria Provinciale] of Palermo, led by Dr Teresa Barone, who performed the swabs in Lampedusa, sending those that were suspect to the capital.
The alert is growing, therefore, among the disembarkations that are increasing in these hours. Yesterday, 150 migrants staying at the hotspot of Lampedusa were boarded onto the quarantine ship, Azzurra, to be transported to Pozzallo to be transferred to reception centers in other regions, where they will be placed under anti-Covid health observation.
In the evening another 80 migrants left to Porto Empedoche on the Cossyra ferry line, and will be moved to Lazio. Also in the evening — at the disposal of the Prefect of Agrigento — 40 migrants were transferred by Coast Guard patrol boat, which will then take them to Molise. An effort is being made to lighten the hotspot where, prior to the arrival of the 150 debarked migrants from the quarantine boat, there were 1,382 guests.
Hat tip: Will Tyson, in the comments.