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COVID-19 Impact in the Italian Reception System for Migrants during the Nationwide Lockdown: A National Observational Study

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National Institute for Health, Migration and Poverty (INMP), Health Directorate, Via di San Gallicano, 25/a, 00153 Roma, Italy
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National Institute for Health, Migration and Poverty (INMP), Epidemiology Unit, Via di San Gallicano, 25/a, 00153 Roma, Italy
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National Institute for Health, Migration and Poverty (INMP), Global Health and Health Cooperation Unit, Via di San Gallicano, 25/a, 00153 Roma, Italy
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National Institute for Health, Migration and Poverty (INMP), Information and Statistical System Unit, Via di San Gallicano, 25/a, 00153 Roma, Italy
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National Institute for Health, Migration and Poverty (INMP), Directorate General, Via di San Gallicano, 25/a, 00153 Roma, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(23), 12380; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182312380
Received: 19 October 2021 / Revised: 13 November 2021 / Accepted: 16 November 2021 / Published: 25 November 2021
From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, attention was raised to protect vulnerable populations, including migrants and refugees (M&R), with the claim to leave no one behind in the pandemic response. In particular, concern was expressed in M&R’s reception centres since several COVID-19 outbreaks had been observed in Europe. Our study aimed to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 in the Italian reception system in the first pandemic wave in terms of incidence and health outcomes. A national survey focusing on the lockdown period of early 2020 was performed among reception centre managers. The survey achieved reaching around 70% of reception facilities and hosts. A national cumulative incidence of 400 positive cases per 100,000 and a north–south geographical gradient were observed. Sixty-eight facilities out of the 5038 participating in the survey reported confirmed cases and few COVID-19 clusters were detected especially in accommodations with the highest facility saturation index. Positive migrants were hospitalised in 25.9% of cases and no COVID-19 related deaths were observed. The study highlighted a cumulative incidence of cases and a geographical distribution similar to that of the general resident population, showing a global COVID-19 resilience in the Italian reception system in the period of observation, well beyond the expectations. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; public health; migrant health COVID-19; public health; migrant health
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Sisti, L.G.; Di Napoli, A.; Petrelli, A.; Rossi, A.; Diodati, A.; Menghini, M.; Mirisola, C.; Costanzo, G. COVID-19 Impact in the Italian Reception System for Migrants during the Nationwide Lockdown: A National Observational Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 12380. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182312380

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Sisti LG, Di Napoli A, Petrelli A, Rossi A, Diodati A, Menghini M, Mirisola C, Costanzo G. COVID-19 Impact in the Italian Reception System for Migrants during the Nationwide Lockdown: A National Observational Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(23):12380. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182312380

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Sisti, Leuconoe G., Anteo Di Napoli, Alessio Petrelli, Alessandra Rossi, Alessandra Diodati, Martina Menghini, Concetta Mirisola, and Gianfranco Costanzo. 2021. "COVID-19 Impact in the Italian Reception System for Migrants during the Nationwide Lockdown: A National Observational Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 23: 12380. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182312380

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