The European country of Greece has quarantined a second migrant facility this week as a 53-year-old man tested positive for the deadly coronavirus or COVID-19, the migration ministry stated on Sunday.

The man from Afghanistan, who was found infected, stays with his family at the Malakasa camp where hundreds of other migrants and asylum seekers also stay. He has been shifted to a hospital in Athens.

Greece quarantines second migrant facility

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Tests on his contacts will continue as the public health agency tries to trace the route of the virus. On Thursday, authorities quarantined the Ritsona camp in central Greece after 20 asylum seekers tested positive for coronavirus. It was the first such facility in Greece to be hit since the outbreak of the disease.

The camp in Malakasa, 40km (25 miles) northeast of Athens, will be put into quarantine for two weeks, the ministry said, adding that police guarding the site would be reinforced. A new separate closed-type facility started operating last month for migrants who arrived after March 1, the ministry said.

(With agency inputs)