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Migrant Crisis: Hundreds of People Transferred to Quarantine Ship Off Siciliy

Migrant Crisis: Hundreds of People Transferred to Quarantine Ship Off Siciliy

(AP) Dozens of migrants rescued from the Mediterranean Sea were transferred to a ferry that will function as a quarantine ship off the island of Sicily on Wednesday.

The Sea-Watch NGO said 353 migrants were transferred from their ‘Sea-Watch 4’ vessel to the ‘GNV Allegra’ ferry, off the coast of Palermo.

The GNV Allegra is one of the ferries used as quarantine ships for migrants.

Italian authorities have decided to temporarily host migrants arriving from North Africa on these ships in an effort to prevent the coronavirus spreading, as well as to ease the burden on overcrowded migrant-hosting centres.

The German-flagged Sea-Watch 4 said the 202 migrants they already had on board had been rescued more than a week earlier off the coast of Libya.

Around 150 other migrants were rescued by a vessel sponsored by British artist Banksy, the ‘Louise Michel’, and later transferred to the Sea-Watch 4.

“Finally relief for survivors on board today,” Sea-Watch wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

“They have just been given the news they have a place of safety in #Palermo, Sicily; on the 11th day after the first #SeaWatch4 rescue in the #Mediterranean. The 353 people will first be transferred to a ship for quarantine,” it wrote.

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