Coronavirus: "Our Seaports are Unsafe for Migrants" - Italy

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  • The Italian government Tuesday declared its seaports "unsafe" for migrant rescue boats till the end of the coronavirus outbreak
  • This move, which is the first of its kind in Italy's history, is designed to prevent migrant rescue boats from disembarking arrivals in the coming weeks, as the country battles with the COVID-19 crisis
  • The order, which was signed by the interior minister, Luciana Lamorgese, the health minister, Roberto Speranza, the foreign minister, Luigi Di Maio, and the infrastructure minister, Paola De Micheli, concludes that the government cannot guarantee the safety of migrants
  • Despite the worldwide spread of the virus, migrants still risk their lives to travel across the Meditterenean; with nearly 800 migrants leaving Libra to cross the sea in March
  • Italy remains the worst hit country by the virus in Europe, with more than 135,586 confirmed cases and 17,127 deaths