Protesters in Mexico blocked a U.S. southern border level of crossing for hours on Wednesday over fears that untested Americans will enter and unfold coronavirus, they usually have vowed to cease site visitors for a second day.
With 82,404 constructive instances of coronavirus, together with 1,136 deaths, the U.S. on Thursday afternoon turned the nation with the very best variety of confirmed COVID-19 instances, surpassing China and Italy. So far, Mexico has reported roughly 475 instances and 6 deaths associated to the novel virus.
Members of the group Sonorans for Health and Life led the blockade of the DeConcini checkpoint on Wednesday afternoon. Residents in Sonora have pledged to do it once more, though they didn’t specify when.
During the demonstration on Wednesday, the protesters held up indicators urging Americans to “stay at home” whereas carrying face masks to guard from the virus. Although the border is already formally closed to all non-essential companies, the protesters say that authorities haven’t adequately enforced the measure.
“There are no health screenings by the federal government to deal with this pandemic. That’s why we’re here in Nogales,” Jose Luis Hernandez, one of many protesters, advised the Arizona Republic. “We’ve taken this action to call on the Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to act now.”
The group additionally urged authorities to contemplate conducting coronavirus testing on all Mexicans being deported from the U.S.
Newsweek reached out to Mexican officers for remark.
The protest comes as Mexican authorities proceed to face sharp criticisms over their dealing with of the coronavirus outbreak. Miguel Barbosa, the governor of Puebla, just lately drew outrage by claiming that poor Mexicans are proof against COVID-19 after studies mentioned a big portion of these contaminated domestically had been rich individuals who had been abroad.
“Most of them are wealthy people,” Barbosa mentioned. “If you are rich you are at risk. If you are poor you are not. The poor, we’re immune.”
While Mexico’s official coronavirus instances are presently beneath 500, many are involved that the actual determine may very well be a lot bigger as the federal government has to date failed to offer widespread testing. Despite these issues, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador advised reporters on Tuesday that the nation will go the “worst of it” in a month’s time.
The nation is now making an attempt to encourage social distancing amongst residents, however López Obrador has held off on more durable measures presently being applied by different nations, akin to quarantine.