The Guatemala government reported Monday that the 74 migrants deported by the United States last week tested positive for the coronavirus, stressing that the majority are asymptomatic patients.
This was confirmed by Deputy Health Minister Erick Muñoz at a press conference, stating that five symptoms matched Covid-19. “It was decided to test everyone.” Afterwards, it was confirmed that the 74 had coronavirus, although according to the Guatevisión no case requires hospitalization.
The United States has continued to deport Central American migrants, although countries of origin have requested that they be suspended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
In October 2018, thousands of Central American migrants traveled to the U.S. in so-called caravans and traveled in large groups to protect themselves from the dangers of the road.