“Maximum attention continues to be paid to the protection of the health security of citizens in particular in those regions, such as Sicily and Calabria, which are currently more exposed to the autonomous landings of migrants”. The Interior Ministry said so by informing that it had “strengthened the surveillance devices as regards also the local reception facilities, providing, where necessary, the transfer of migrants subjected to quarantine in military hospitals in collaboration with the Ministry of Defense”.
New notice of the Interior Ministry for quarantine ships
The Interior Ministry has published a new notice for the presentation of expressions of interest relating to the rental of naval units to be used as temporary structures for the assistance and health surveillance of migrants rescued at sea or who have come to the national territory following autonomous landings.
“This urgent procedure, which requires the submission of tenders by midnight on 16 July 2020, became necessary after the previous tender had gone deserted,” explains a note from the Ministry of the Interior. “The Moby Zaza ship, which has been used for this purpose since June and is still in Sicily, will continue to be used as a quarantine facility until the end of the mandatory surveillance period foreseen for migrants currently on board” explains the Interior Ministry .
Strengthened surveillance devices
The Ministry of the Interior – still reads the note – has strengthened the surveillance devices as regards also the local reception facilities, providing, where necessary, the transfer of migrants subjected to quarantine in military hospitals in collaboration with the ministry of Defence”.
Thursday Lamorgese visiting Tripoli
And the Minister of the Interior, Luciana Lamorgese, is expected on an official visit to Tripoli the day after tomorrow, who will meet her Libyan colleague Fathi Ali Bashagha. On the table, of course, the migrants dossier, with the surge in landings in recent weeks. In the next few days the owner of the Interior Ministry is also preparing a trip to Tunisia, another country of departure for the flows to Italy.
Lamorgese met Mayor Ammatuna: “Soon visiting Pozzallo”
Lamorgese received the mayor of Pozzallo Roberto Ammatuna at the Interior Ministry. During the meeting – which was also attended by the prefect Michele di Bari, head of the department for civil liberties and immigration – the head of the Interior Ministry wanted to “thank the first citizen and the entire community of the Sicilian port who in recent years they showed a sense of humanity and solidarity and offered effective collaboration for the reception of migrants “, underlines the Interior Ministry. The minister – said the Interior Ministry – reiterated to Mayor Ammatuna that “the government is committed to strengthening all the necessary measures to reassure its community also about the health risks related to the presence in the territory of reception facilities for people tested positive for the Covid test 19 “. Finally, the minister accepted the invitation from the mayor Ammatuna to visit Pozzallo as soon as possible.
The positives landed in Pozzallo are also being transferred
After the transfer to the Celio military hospital in Rome, 13 of the positive migrants who landed in Calabria last weekend, the 11 positives who arrived in Pozzallo will soon be moved, probably to the Celio. Today the Interior Ministry had made it known, after the protests of the past days, that he had “strengthened the surveillance devices as regards also the local reception facilities, providing, where necessary, the transfer of the quarantined migrants to military hospitals in collaboration with the Ministry of Defense “.
Santelli: “I appreciate gesture, but problem remains”
“I appreciate the Viminale’s gesture on the Amantea affair but as Minister Lamorgese knows perfectly well the problem remains. To counter the danger of spreading Covid-19, naval units are needed to provide assistance and health security for migrants. Therefore, in a emergency phase like the current one, it is necessary to monitor the Calabrian coasts and avoid landings “. So Jole Santelli, president of the Calabria Region.
Musumeci Ordinance: at least 14 days on quarantine ships
Migrants who reach the Sicilian coasts with large boats, with NGO rescue vehicles or with their own vehicles are subjected to medical examinations to ascertain their health condition and any Covid-19 infection; they are therefore placed under quarantine for a period of not less than 14 days on board the arrival ship, if allowed in safety, or on ‘quarantine ships’ designated by the central government authorities. This is foreseen by the new order of the President of the Sicilian Region, Nello Musumeci.