Covid outbreak at controversial camp housing hundreds of asylum seekers

The Independent understands that around 100 residents in four blocks have received a letter from Clearsprings Ready Homes, the firm contracted by the Home Office to manage the camp, telling them to self-isolate after three individuals tested positive.

The letter, dated 7 August, states that “someone you share a household with has shown positive for Covid-19” and that they must “therefore self-isolate and remain within and near your block”.

In January, a major Covid outbreak at the camp saw nearly 200 people infected, which led to all residents being gradually moved out by the start of April. It re-opened days later.

A report by Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on 20 January stated that there were “too many people housed in each block to allow adequate social distancing and to prevent the risk of spread of infection”.

However, the number of people currently living in each block remains the same, at around 28.

There are some 234 people living in the barracks, and there are concerns that vulnerable residents are subjected to conditions that exacerbate their mental health problems and that residents are not given adequate access to legal advice.

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