Preventing coronavirus in the EU? Are you kidding?

A craft (once a ship) OCEAN VIKING of NGO SOS Mediterranean on Feb 23 arrived at Pozzallo Italy with 274 “rescued” migrants, all of them plus craft’s staff were put under coronavirus quarantine, which is to last 14 days. Prior to this group, another group of 363 migrants, trafficked to Italy by NGO Open Arms, was put under quarantine on Feb 2, understood it was the first migrants coronavirus quarantine.
No news on migrants put under 14-day coronavirus quarantine in Spain, while Spain receives dozens and hundreds of them on a 24/7 basis. Greece just doesn’t know how to withstand migrants waves, flooding its’ islands, with growing chaos on some of these islands, so no migrants coronavirus quarantine is to be expected there anytime soon, too.
It’s a joke, though a bad and a sad one. Europe is trying to barrier itself from oncoming coronaviurs pandemic, by implementing strict control at its’ front door (including rigid control of seamen), with backyard not door, but big gate, being wide open.



My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.