Italian town in protest over migrants with COVID-19 in residential block

Residents of a town in the southern region of Calabria have taken to the streets to protest coronavirus-positive migrants that are being housed in a local apartment block. 

Thirteen out of 24 migrants rescued at sea subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 and have been isolated in a residential block in Amantea, a town on the coast. 

Residents of Amantea are protesting the vicinity of the infected migrants to other apartment buildings. Police are on guard outside the building to prevent anyone from breaking quarantine, and there are reports the army may be called in

There is also concern that housing infected migrants in the town may have a detrimental effect on the number of tourists arriving, a problem for the seaside town that relies heavily on tourism. 

The 13 positive migrants are reported to have arrived from Bangladesh. Italy recently announced it was suspending flights arriving from Bangladesh, as well as several other countries, due to the continued high risk of coronavirus contagion in the countries. 

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