Criticism by the British Conservative government over the treatment of asylum seekers has been renewed following the death of a sick man who was being held in an immigration centre.
The Home Office said the man, who was at the Manston immigration center in southeast England, died in hospital on Saturday after not feeling well.
Authorities are trying to contact the next of kin of the man who is believed to have arrived in England in a small boat on November 12th.
“We take the safety of those under our care very seriously and are deeply saddened by this incident,” the Interior Ministry said. “
She added that at this stage there is no evidence that this tragic death was the result of an infectious disease.
Cases of diphtheria, scabies and other infectious diseases have been reported in downtown Manston, where people arriving by boat across the Channel are sent for security and identification checks before being accommodated.
In this regard, Enver Solomon, director general of the Refugee Council, called for a thorough and speedy investigation into the death.
He stated that everyone in Manston should receive the care and attention they need, so when a tragic death like this occurs, it is always a matter of great concern.