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Fri May 22, 2020, 05:53 AM

Guatemala's president hits out at United States for sending back migrants infected with COVID-19

Source: Deutsche Welle

Date 22.05.2020

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04:46 Guatemala's president has hit out at the United States for sending back migrants infected with the novel coronavirus to his Central American country and straining its weak health system. Of the deportees, 119 have tested positive for the virus, 5% of the country's 2,512 cases.

"We understand that the United States wants to deport people, but what we do not understand is why they send us flights full of infection," Alejandro Giammattei said during an online talk.

The retired doctor who walks with crutches because of multiple sclerosis, also said the US had sent not "even a mask" during the pandemic.

The US Embassy issued a statement giving details of the economic aid it has designated recently for Guatemala, including supplies, training and assistance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and $2.4 million in aid committed last month through USAID.

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Read more: https://www.dw.com/en/coronavirus-latest-brazil-death-toll-crosses-20000/a-53527401

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Source: Al Jazeera

Guatemala angry over coronavirus-infected deportees: Live updates

Guatemala's President Alejandro Giammattei attacks Trump over US deportations of migrants infected with the virus.

by Ted Regencia , Mersiha Gadzo & Elizabeth Melimopoulos
11 hours ago

• Guatemala's president Alejandro Giammattei has questioned his country's relationship with the United States, revealing frustration over the US continuing to send deportees infected with COVID-19.

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17:59 GMT - Guatemala blasts Trump over virus-infected migrant deportations
Guatemala has blasted Trump over US deportations of migrants infected with coronavirus.


President Alejandro Giammattei said the deportations had saturated quarantine centers in Guatemala and heaped pressure on the Central American country's weak health system.

"Guatemala is an ally to the United States, the United States is not an ally to Guatemala," he told the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based international affairs think tank.

"We understand that the United States wants to deport people, we understand that, but what we don't understand is that they send us contaminated flights."

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Read more: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/05/coronavirus-battleground-shifts-latin-america-live-updates-200520230557754.html

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