1 700 migrants stranded in the jungle by the coronavirus

1 700 migrants bloqués dans la jungle par le coronavirus

About 1 700 illegal migrants en route to the United States have been confined by the authorities in an area of the jungle of panama by reason of cases of the novel coronavirus detected among them.

They collect in a moisture poisonous to The Peñita, locality, indigenous close to the colombian border, in facilities planned to accommodate approximately 200 people.

“Seventeen migrants have been infected by the new coronavirus “, told AFP an official source on condition of anonymity. The people infected have already been removed from the camp.

Even the staff of the Red Cross had to leave the premises to be quarantined after being in contact with a police officer in the region died of the coronavirus, said to AFP Walter Cotte, regional director of the international Federation of the Red Cross in the Americas.

In Panama, where 120 people died of the disease Covid-19 and 4 273 have been contaminated, the migrants are being treated in three positions temporary borders where the government, UNICEF and the Red Cross provide them with water, food and medical care.

In spite of the dangers, the border between Colombia and Panama has become for years a corridor of illegal immigration, mainly from Haiti, Cuba, Venezuela, and from countries further afield such as Bangladesh, Nepal, the Congo and Cameroon.

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