Over 1,000 people at Lampedusa migrant hotspot

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The migrant hotspot on the Italian island of Lampedusa was badly overcrowded on Thursday, with four more boats carrying 210 people continuing a long series of landings.

At the time of writing there were 1,131 people at the hotspot.

A group of 130 asylum seekers, however, is set to board a COVID-19 quarantine ship that will take then to Porto Empedocle in Sicily.

Photo: File photo of a group of migrants before boarding a scheduled ferry that will take them to Porto Empedocle (Agrigento), on the island of Sicily, from the reception facility of Contrada Imbriacola on the island of Lampedusa. EPA-EFE/ALESSANDRO DI MEO