The coronavirus outbreak that has led to the quarantine of all of Italy has stopped the activity of migrant transport NGOs in the Mediterranean.
Migrant transport NGOs have seen their ships remain in dock due to the spread of the coronavirus with the last activity taking place in late February when the NGO Sea Watch was able to land 194 migrants in the country.
Arrivals of migrants in their own boats from North Africa have also halted since February 28th, according to a report from Italian newspaper Il Giornale, which states that the last boat to depart from the area took place off the coast of Libya and was intercepted by the local coastguard.
So far in March, not a single illegal migrant is known to have landed in Italy. The current figures are a stark reversal of the last several months since the formation of the leftist coalition between the Democratic Party and the Five Star Movement.
A report released last year showed landings around the end of February in 2020 had increased by 948 per cent compared to the previous year in which Salvini served as interior minister and enacted a policy to ban migrant transport NGOs from Italian ports.