Diphtheria outbreak hits Manston asylum center as migrants resume Channel crossings | United Kingdom | New


More migrants arrived in the UK today after Channel crossings resumed for the first time this month after a spell of bad weather. It comes as asylum seekers at the Manston treatment center – which has been at the center of a row amid concerns over overcrowded conditions – will be vaccinated against diphtheria following a spike in case.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said it was moving with the Home Office to vaccinate migrants at the Kent site.

The government agency said yesterday that 39 cases of diphtheria had been identified in asylum seekers in England in 2022, as of November 10, warning that accommodation facilities should be considered ‘at high risk of infectious disease’.

The UKHSA said that in many cases the disease had been contracted overseas and transported to Britain, stressing the need for action to “minimize the risk of onward transmission”.

UKHSA Deputy Director of Public Health Programs Dr Gayatri Amirthalingam confirmed work was underway with the Home Office to deploy injections and antibiotics to Manston.

She said: “The UKHSA has worked closely with the Home Office at Manston reception center where there have been a number of cases of diphtheria and other infections.

“We recommend that diphtheria vaccination and antibiotics be offered to people at the center and to anyone who has moved recently.

“This is currently being operationalized and we are working with the Home Office and the NHS to make this happen.”

Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick insisted earlier this month that reports of incidents of diphtheria, MRSA and scabies in Manston had been “exaggerated”.

It comes as Channel crossings resumed today for the first time since October 31 after bad weather stopped people making the dangerous journey in small boats from France.

Groups were pictured in the early hours of Saturday at Border Force facilities in Dover.

The provisional total of arrivals for 2022 was 39,913 before the weekend, with the figure approaching 40,000.

There was still activity in the English Channel at 9am, with further arrivals expected later in the day.

Interior Minister Suella Braverman is under high pressure to bring the crisis under control as nearly 40,000 migrants have made the crossing from France this year, with the daily cost to the taxpayer of hotel accommodation running into millions. million.

The number of people reaching the UK in dinghies from France after navigating busy shipping lanes has increased in recent years.

Some 299 were detected in 2018, followed by 1,843 in 2019 and 8,466 in 2020, according to official figures.

August 22 this year saw the highest daily total on record, with 1,295 people crossing in 27 boats.

But the numbers are significantly lower than those traveling to mainland Europe.


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