Thirteen Bangladeshi immigrants were moved to apartment buildings in the town in the southern Calabria region after testing positive for the virus, prompting an angry outcry from residents.
The soldiers have been patrolling the buildings to make sure that no one leaves quarantine, according to the British outlet. The Italian authorities did not say whether the military had been tasked with protecting the migrants from the angry locals.
Calabria Governor Jole Santelli wrote on Facebook last weekend that 27 migrants had tested positive for COVID-19 after coming ashore in the port town of Roccella Ionica. She said her demands that they be quarantined offshore fell on deaf ears in Rome.
Italian state news agency ANSA said on Tuesday that the Interior Ministry had suggested isolating arriving migrants at military facilities. The 13 Bangladeshis will reportedly be moved to the Celio military hospital in Rome.