Italian soldiers helping barricade COVID-hit community of farm workers

Still, 13 of the 49 people known to have the virus managed to slip out through the cordon and have yet to be found. Workers from COVID-infested meat packing plant describe claim conditionsThe five buildings, home to about 700 people, have been surrounded by cement blocks and fences, and the perimeter is guarded around the clock by police, and now army troops. 

A residential complex where 49 people tested positive for the coronavirus disease is cordoned off after it was placed under quarantine in the village of Mondragone, northwest of Naples, Italy, June 26, 2020. Salvatore Laporta/KONTROLAB/LightRocket/Getty

An angry Italian crowd gathered in the afternoon at the blockade perimeter, accusing local authorities of being too lenient with the Bulgarian workers.   

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Massive Sahara desert dust plume closing in on U.S. The coronavirus cluster in the small town of Mondragone, north of Naples, was discovered on Monday among a community of Bulgarian farm workers who live in the compound. 

The regional governor declared a “red zone” around the compound, barring residents from leaving, and fences were set up around apartment buildings to keep people in. But Governor Vincenzo De Luca insisted the complex must be kept under “rigorous isolation,” meaning that for 15 days “nobody leaves and nobody enters.”

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Many of the residents are undocumented agricultural workers from Bulgaria, making them harder for authorities to track and trace.   On Thursday morning, local media reported that hundreds of Bulgarians took to the streets within the cordoned-off area to protest the lockdown, saying they needed to get back to work. Officials fear those who managed to flee the area may have done so to avoid losing their earnings as day laborers in the surrounding farm fields – meaning they could spread the virus further. The coronavirus outbreak has exacerbated existing tension between the seasonal Bulgarian worker community and Mondragone locals. CIRO DE LUCA/REUTERS

On Friday, the leader of the Campania region said the civil protection agency would deliver food to the residents.  

Local residents protest against residents living inside the “red zone” where 49 new cases of coronavirus infections were confirmed, in Mondragone, Southern Italy, June 25, 2020. Salvatore Laporta/KONTROLAB/LightRocket/Getty

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After a Bulgarian threw a chair from his window, the Italians threw rocks back and smashed the windows of vehicles belonging to the Bulgarians, while chanting, “we are Mondragone.”
First published on June 26, 2020 / 11:21 AM Italian soldiers are enforcing a coronavirus barricade around community of migrant farm workers

By Anna Matranga

June 26, 2020 / 11:21 AM
/ CBS News

Italian police and Army personnel surround the “red zone” where 49 new cases of coronavirus infections were confirmed, in Mondragone, Southern Italy, June 25, 2020.