Death of teenage boy on Italian ‘quarantine ship’ being investigated

Abou was held offshore with other asylum seekers as part of anti-Covid measures despite being ‘very ill’

Italian prosecutors are investigating the death of a 15-year-old boy held on a so-called “quarantine ship” as questions grow over the the use of the vessels to isolate asylum seekers in order to mitigate against outbreaks of Covid-19.

The teenage boy, Abou, who travelled from the Ivory Coast, was rescued on 18 September in the central Mediterranean by the Spanish NGO ship Proactiva Open Arms and transferred with 200 other migrants to a ferry off the coast of Sicily for quarantine.

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