Protesters in Mexico Block Border Crossing to Demand Stronger Coronavirus Screenings for Those Coming From U.S.

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A small group of protesters in Mexico blocked the southbound lanes at a border crossing between the dual border cities of Ambos Nogales on Wednesday, with demonstrators calling on the Mexican authorities to institute stronger COVID-19 screenings for individuals coming from the U.S.

According to USA Today, lower than a dozen individuals participated within the demonstration, with protesters carrying face masks and carrying indicators telling U.S. residents to “stay at home.”

The protesters blocked the DeConcini border crossing with their automobiles, refusing to let drivers go.

While the demonstrators needed Americans to “stay at home,” their main message was for Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who’s going through rising scrutiny over his dealing with of Mexico’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

While the U.S. and Mexico have agreed to largely shut down their borders throughout the coronavirus outbreak, protesters stated the Mexican authorities will not be doing sufficient to display those that are being let in.

Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump has not proven a lot love for Mexico. But on Saturday he and his counterpart López Obrador agreed to work to maintain commerce and cargo flowing throughout the border whilst they largely shut it down.

Jose Luis Hernandez, a protester with Sonorenses por la Salud y la Vida (Sonorans for Health and Life), the group that organized the rally, stated the demonstration was a “first warning” for López Obrador to spice up screenings on the border and inside Mexico.

Since the outbreak started, the Mexican chief has been urging a business-as-usual strategy, telling residents in a video earlier this week that Mexicans ought to “continue normal life.”

“Don’t stop going out,” he stated. ”If you can afford it, keep taking your family out to eat. It strengthens the popular economy.”

López Obrador has additionally insisted that not everybody involved about coronavirus must be examined.

Despite the president’s assurances, nevertheless, Hernandez advised USA Today that residents are involved that aren’t sufficient well being screenings being executed “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,” he stated.

He and different protesters referred to as on the federal government to take actions just like these carried out by the U.S. authorities on the border.

Among the group’s calls for had been for the Mexican authorities to institute a brief ban on tourism and medical guests.

They additionally requested that Mexican well being officers strengthen screenings for everybody crossing the border, with anybody in search of to enter Mexico anticipated to be screened for signs of COVID-19.

Protesters in Mexico Block Border Crossing to Demand Stronger Coronavirus Screenings for Those Coming From U.S.
A person walks previous a Customs and Border Protection agent at San Ysidro port of entry on the Mexico-U.S. border as seen from Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on March 21, 2020. Mexican residents have been calling on the nation’s authorities to institute tighter screenings for many who are being allowed into the nation. Guillermo Arias / AFP/Getty

“This is for your health. This is for your family,” Hernandez stated. “Or what do you want to happen? That this becomes worse given the irresponsibility of the Mexican government? Of course not. That’s why we’re here.”

On Wednesday, dozens of individuals had been reportedly ready outdoors a testing laboratory in Mexico City hoping to be examined for coronavirus.

So far, Mexico has reported 475 confirmed instances of coronavirus since first seeing infections in late February. However, many are involved that the numbers may very well be a lot greater, on condition that the federal government has not performed widespread testing.

According to Reuters, by Wednesday, Mexico had examined 2,445 individuals who had detrimental outcomes for coronavirus. The nation’s well being ministry stated it was additionally monitoring one other 1,656 instances.

Newsweek has contacted Mexican officers for additional remark.