Covid-19 outbreak reported in UK refugee center – Prensa Latina

The entity confirmed in a statement that all protocols approved by the Health Service are being followed to deal with the “small number” of cases detected at Napier Barracks in Kent County.

The spokesperson said that the infected people had been removed from the dormitories, but did not clarify whether other people they had contact with were in self-isolation.

British immigration authorities began using the former barracks last September as temporary accommodation for people seeking asylum in the UK after entering the country illegally.

Human rights organizations and the refugees themselves claim, however, that the camp does not have the minimum conditions to ensure the physical and mental health of asylum seekers, and they demand its closure.

Last June, a British court hearing a case brought by six refugees against the Home Office found it illegal and irrational to house people there.

Two months ago, the Bureau of Prison Inspectors and other independent officials, who visited the camp following an arson during a protest, expressed concern about conditions at Napier Barracks,

The conservative government, which is seeking to tighten laws to curb illegal immigration, has so far ignored calls from various opposition activists and lawmakers to close the facility, where there are reportedly more than 250 asylum seekers.

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