12 migrants dead, 21 rescued at sea off western Greece

A Greek coastguard vessel approaches the port of Preveza, northwestern Greece, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. (AP)
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Updated 12 January 2020

12 migrants dead, 21 rescued at sea off western Greece

  • At least four merchant ships, six coast guard ships and a helicopter searched for survivors amid calm seas

ATHENS, Greece: Greece’s coast guard said 12 migrants were found dead in the Ionian Sea and 21 others were rescued after their boat took on water and sank Saturday. A search for more survivors was launched by air and sea.
The dead and rescued migrants were found southwest of the Greek island of Paxos, a coast guard spokesman told The Associated Press, speaking on customary condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation.
“The initial report is that 50 people were in the boat,” he said.
The coast guard said someone called Greece’s 112 emergency number from the boat at 9:15 a.m. Saturday. At least four merchant ships, six coast guard ships and a helicopter searched for survivors amid calm seas.
In separate incidents that illustrated other routes and methods used by Europe-bound migrants, authorities in North Macedonia said Saturday that 62 migrants were discovered hidden inside freight trains at the border with Greece.
Border control teams that included officers from North Macedonia, Austria and the Czech Republic found 42 migrants during a routine inspection of a freight train in the town of Gevgelija on Friday. Thirty-eight of the migrants were from Morocco, police said.
Later Friday, another multinational team of officers discovered 20 migrants o from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Morocco and Algeria, in another freight train at the Gevgelija station.
All 62 migrants, including five minors, were taken to a detention center pending deportation to Greece.
 


Philippines reports 6,352 coronavirus cases, Southeast Asia’s biggest daily jump

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Philippines reports 6,352 coronavirus cases, Southeast Asia’s biggest daily jump

  • The Philippine capital and nearby provinces on Tuesday returned under strict lockdown for two weeks

MANILA: The Philippines’ health ministry on Tuesday reported 6,352 coronavirus infections, marking the biggest daily jump in cases in Southeast Asia and after posting a record rise in five of the past six days.
In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed cases had increased to 112,593, while deaths rose by 11 to 2,115.
The Philippine capital and nearby provinces on Tuesday returned under strict lockdown for two weeks to arrest soaring cases since restrictions were relaxed in June.