Preliminary tests were carried out at a hospital near central Kent which has been battling overcrowding and break out Disease, negative result – but subsequent PCR was positive.
The results suggest that “diphtheria may be the cause” of the disease, a statement said, after dozens of cases had previously been identified asylum seeker earlier this month.
The man died in hospital on November 19 after he was believed to have entered the UK on a boat crossing the English Channel seven days earlier.
The Manston facility has been at the center of controversy as thousands of migrants were detained at the site – designed to host people for up to 24 hours – for weeks.
A government spokesman said: “Our hearts go out to the family of the deceased and all those affected by this loss.”
It added: “Initial tests processed by a local infectious disease hospital were negative but subsequent PCR tests were positive, suggesting that diphtheria may have been the cause. The coroner will conclude in due course.”
Earlier this month, more than 4,000 asylum seekers were being held at the processing plant in Kent, despite its maximum capacity of just 1,600.
But the government announced earlier this week that the site was empty after thousands of migrants moved into the hotel.
Fewer migrants crossing the Channel have helped people move to hotels, but more asylum seekers are expected to arrive at the site after calmer weather.
Detention Action and PCS unions have sent pre-action legal letter to Home Secretary Suella Braverman Representation of a woman held in Manston “beyond statutory time limits”.
They allege she was illegally detained due to “inhuman or degrading treatment” due to harsh conditions, violations of detention policies, lack of privacy and barriers to communication with relatives and lawyers.
James Wilson, deputy director of Detention Operations, said there could be thousands of people who “may be legally entitled to compensation for the abuse they suffered in Manston.”
In early November, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) confirmed it was working with Home Office officials to provide diphtheria vaccinations and antibiotics in Manston.
The UKHSA said it had detected 39 cases of infection among asylum seekers in England in 2022, and described accommodation centers as a “high risk of infectious disease”.
immigration minister Robert Jenrick He insisted earlier this month that Manston discovered that people with diphtheria had been infected when they arrived in the UK.
On Nov. 1, he said reports of incidents of diphtheria, MRSA and scabies at the center had been “exaggerated.”
The government said it took the welfare of those in our care “very seriously” and was taking “all necessary steps” based on the initial results of the deceased.
A spokesman added: “We are providing diphtheria vaccinations to people in Manston, where we have 24/7 medical facilities and trained medical staff.”