Pope Francis on Wednesday compared migrant detention centres in Libya to concentration camps, saying the world was being given only a diluted version of how hellish life really was for the people living there.
The 284 migrants will be relocated in two phases; one group of 204 and another group of 80 migrants. The Maltese government said that there is co-operation from the other member states which will welcome the migrants. Also, the whole co-operation process is being reviewed by the European Commission.
Alarm Phone also said that the Maltese government refused to communicate with the NGO regarding the situation of the migrants.
The authorities announced on Thursday that more than 40 people living at the abandoned buildings in Mondragone, 45 km from Naples, had tested positive for COVID-19, and warned the entire town could be quarantined if the outbreak proves widespread.
On twitter Alarm Phone said that the rubber boat is in severe distress. The migrants on board have called the NGO and informed them that on board there are 95 people.
The Italian government has launched a scathing attack on the operations of the Maltese government in the way the latter manages its Search and Rescue zone.