The German government is increasingly delivering the so-called refugees from Greek camps to Germany and believes that this is how the country fulfils its “humanitarian duty”. In fact, it jeopardises public health. It is likely that all of these migrants are infected with the coronavirus.
This is a part of the recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about migrants. The Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community of Germany states that all persons seeking protection who are registered on arrival will be examined, to see whether there are any indications of coronavirus infections. This is to be done within the routine medical examinations that are already carried out, using a suitable test. The aim of this measure is to prevent infected persons from entering reception centres and endangering the health of residents and employees. If a person is found to have coronavirus, it lets the authorities make a quick decision on the necessary treatment and quarantine measures. On the 8 April, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet agreed to accept 50 migrant children and youths from overcrowded camps on Greek islands. Germany’s interior ministry said it aimed to begin the transfer of unaccompanied minors, aged under 14, the following week from Greece, which has been the main gateway into the EU for people fleeing conflict in the Middle East and beyond. On arrival in Germany, the young people will be placed into quarantine for two weeks before they are divided up across Germany, the ministry said, adding that it was part of an agreement among ten other EU member states.