Guatemala says it will receive 3 US deportation flights

Immigration

Guatemalan immigration officials use protective equipment as a preventive measure against the new coronavirus, COVID-19, as they receiving Guatemalan migrants deported from the United States, at the Air Force base in Guatemala City, on March 12, 2020. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala says it will receive three flights this week carrying a total of 175 deported migrants, after the United States agreed to test all those being deported for coronavirus.  

The flights scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Friday mark a resumption of such deportations, two weeks after Guatemala suspended them because many migrants were later found to be suffering from coronavirus.  

Guatemala’s Foreign Relations Ministry said Monday the returning migrants “will carry with them a medical certificate that states they have been tested for COVID-19, with negative results.”  

The first planeload of 89 previously tested migrants from Texas arrived in Guatemala last week.

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