Italian authorities have placed a ship that had been rescuing people off the coast of Libya under quarantine over fears that a passenger may have contracted the coronavirus. Among those on board is DW reporter Miodrag Soric.
In one day, sea rescue vessel Ocean Viking received distress calls to come to the aid of two boats carrying displaced people across the Mediterranean. DW reporter Miodrag Soric witnessed the rescue operations firsthand.
The Ocean Viking, a vessel jointly operated by SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders, had rescued a total of 217 people in the Mediterranean, 35 of whom were taken to Malta.
Italy has agreed to let the Ocean Viking disembark rescued migrants under a deal with EU states. The standoff comes as the EU seeks to strike a comprehensive agreement on migrant sharing at a meeting later this month.
The charity vessel's mission continued, as a second operation brought the total number of people rescued to more than 100. The boat is one of many carrying out such missions in the Mediterranean.
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