Person staying at Manston migrant processing centre dies in hospital

UK

A person staying at the Manston migrant processing centre in Kent has died in hospital, the Home Office has said.

They were admitted after becoming unwell and died on Saturday morning.

There is “no evidence at this stage” to suggest the death was “caused by an infectious disease”, a Home Office spokesperson said.

There will be no detailed comment until a post-mortem examination has been carried out, they added.

“We take the safety and welfare of those in our care extremely seriously and provide 24/7 health facilities with trained medical staff at Manston,” the spokesperson said.

The Home Office tweeted that it was “profoundly saddened by this event” and sent its “heartfelt condolences to all those affected”.

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Migrant centres: Spike in disease

Manston has been at the centre of controversy recently.

It is designed to hold up to 1,600 people for no more than 24 hours but, earlier this month, there were about 4,000 on site.

Some migrants were threatening to self-harm and go on hunger strike, with unrest “spreading across the camp”, Sky News was told.

A farmer from Eritrea said he slept on cardboard and was given cold hot dogs for lunch.

Others begged for help via a message in a bottle thrown over the perimeter fence.

Earlier this week it was confirmed that more than 40,000 migrants had crossed the English Channel this year.

The UK has agreed a new deal with France to try to reduce the number of people making the dangerous journey.

But migration and policing specialists said £8m in extra funding, a 40% increase in officers on French beaches, and enhanced intelligence sharing would not be enough to bring current numbers down.

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