Coronavirus: Mexicans demand crackdown on Americans crossing the border

A border wall divides Nogales, Arizona from the Mexican state of SonoraImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption A border wall divides Nogales, Arizona from the Mexican state of Sonora

Mexican protesters have shut a US southern border crossing amid fears that untested American travellers will unfold coronavirus.

Residents in Sonora, south of the US state of Arizona, have promised to dam site visitors into Mexico for a second day after closing a checkpoint for hours on Wednesday.

They wore face masks and held indicators telling Americans to “stay at home”.

Mexico has fewer than 500 confirmed Covid-19 circumstances and the US over 65,000.

The border is meant to be closed to all besides “essential” enterprise, however protesters mentioned there was little enforcement and no testing by authorities.

The blockade was led by members of a Sonora-based group, Health and Life, who referred to as for medical testing to be achieved on anybody who crosses from the US into Mexico.

Jose Luis Hernandez, a bunch member, instructed the Arizona Republic: “There are no health screenings by the federal government to deal with this pandemic. That’s why we’re here in Nogales. We’ve taken this action to call on the Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to act now.”

The Mexican president has been criticised for his response to the pandemic, as has US President Donald Trump.

Mr Hernandez mentioned the Wednesday demonstrations had been a “first warning” to Mr Lopez Obrador, popularly identified by his initials, Amlo.

The group has referred to as for enforcement of the crossing ban on all US or Mexican residents for tourism or medical causes, together with those that cross the border every single day to attend faculty or work within the US.

Authorities should additionally conduct medical testing on Mexicans deported from the US, they mentioned.

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Media captionCrossing the border to go to high school within the US

The group have vowed to dam the DeConcini checkpoint once more after shutting it down on Wednesday afternoon.

President Trump has made slicing the variety of folks crossing the border from Mexico into the US a centrepiece of his administration. He blames border-crossers from the south for bringing financial and social issues into the US.

He introduced final week that the frontier was to shut resulting from coronavirus.

Across the border, Arizona has recorded over 400 infections and has reported one Covid-19 case in each county bordering Mexico, in accordance with the Republic. The US has the third highest variety of recorded infections from the coronavirus on the planet.

Sonora has solely recorded 4 circumstances state-wide. The first case was confirmed on 16 March as an aged man who had just lately returned from the US.

Amlo has been criticised at residence and overseas for his sluggish response to the pandemic and his willingness to proceed attending rallies, shaking palms and kissing infants, whereas a lot of the world has begun to shelter of their properties.

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