21 out of 57 migrants who arrived illegally in the Italian town of Roccella Ionica in Calabria have tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus.
The migrants landed in Italy on Saturday night and consisted mostly of Iranian and Iraqi nationals, some of them underage. They were tested for the Wuhan coronavirus, and at least 21 were found to be positive.
The results come as Italian interior minister Luciana Lamorgese claimed that migrants were not bringing coronavirus to Italy and that the proportion of migrants that had tested positive for the virus was small in comparison to the total number arriving, Il Giornale reports.
“I have seen precise figures from arrivals centres: out of 56,000 people, the positives are 2.17 per cent — about 1,238,” Ms Lamorgese told Italian media over the weekend.
Italy has seen a surge in new arrivals in recent months, and many have tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus,