Sprawling Mexican border camp ill-prepared for coronavirus

MEXICO CITY/NEW YORK CITY (Reuters) – Migrants in a sprawling encampment steps from the U.S. border in Matamoros, Mexico, have begun to isolate as best they can in their closely packed tents in preparation for the arrival of the coronavirus. Migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. queue for food at an encampment of more than 2,000 migrants, as local authorities prepare to respond to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Matamoros, Mexico March 20, 2020. Picture taken March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril Local authorities and advocates are worried. A large outbreak of the epidemic here would threaten to “collapse” the city’s health system, one official warned. For months, thousands of migrants, many U.S. asylum seekers returned under the Trump administration’s controversial “Remain in Mexico” policy implemented last year, have passed through the encampment nestled among brush by the river-border. Cases of colds and flu spread rapidly, and advocates have […]

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