MADRID — Over 1,600 migrants have been rebuilt at sea or attained Spain’s Canary Islands in tiny ships over the weekend, crisis solutions for its archipelago said Sunday.
The body of a single individual who’d died during the dangerous journey was recovered from rescuers in waters close to the island of El Hierro, the Canary Islands crisis services said. Another individual was airlifted by helicopter to a nearby hospital for an unspecified wellness issue.
The path to the islands in western Africa, which in its nearest point in Morocco is 100 km (about 60 miles) away, has witnessed a rise in traffic this season following the European Union financed Morocco from 2019 to prevent migrants from hitting southern Spain through the Mediterranean Sea.
The Canary Islands have obtained over 11,000 migrants so much this calendar year, along with the Atlantic course is now the deadliest seaborne route to achieve Europe with over 600 supported dead of lost individuals, as stated by the U.N. Refugee Agency.
But they’re at their highest in more than a decade because Spain stemmed the flow of sea arrivals to only a few hundred annually during deals with West African nations.
Back in Italy, 238 migrants who attained the small island of Lampedusa were at compulsory preventative quarantine Sunday aboard an autonomous passenger ferry that was pushed into service as part of the nation’s steps against the spread of COVID-19. The migrants are a part of approximately 2,200 who came to Lampedusa island within the last week, Italian news reports said.
While earlier from the pandemic several clusters of infections have been found in migrant homes, in previous weeks the majority of the new instances in a resurgence of all COVID-19 diseases in Italy were tracked to transmission inside Italian families, according to medical experts.