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Covid-19: Doctors warn of humanitarian catastrophe at Europe’s largest refugee camp

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 17 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1097

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  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

A UK based charity that provides healthcare to residents at Europe’s largest refugee camp has warned that overcrowding could prompt a humanitarian catastrophe in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic.

Siyana Marhroof Shaffi, director of the UK based charity Kitrinos Healthcare, which runs a medical clinic on the island of Lesvos, Greece, warned of an “alarming” risk to thousands of vulnerable refugees in the Moria camp.

The island’s first case of covid-19 was confirmed last week. Shaffi said that mitigation …

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