Reuters reports that 12 migrants have tested positive for Covid-19 at a government-run shelter in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez.
Mexico’s labor ministry said on Friday that the gritty industrial city of Ciudad Juarez, neighbouring El Paso, Texas, had received thousands of migrants under a Trump administration policy that sends US asylum seekers to Mexico to await the outcomes of their cases.
The migrants who have tested positive in the Leona Vicario centre, which houses 337 people, have been isolated.
“People with Covid-19 symptoms receive medical treatment in a timely manner and remain in an isolation area to monitor their progress.”
The infected migrants are from Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, the director of the centre, Ivan Jimenez, said.
Fourteen migrants considered to be high-risk, including pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions, were transferred to another facility.
Migrants in the shelter, one of Mexico’s largest along the border, have been in isolation for more than two months, Jimenez said.
Many had found work in Ciudad Juarez but had been forced to give it up amid the pandemic.
The centre has supplied children with educational materials and hopes to resume more activities as cases among the migrants dwindle, Jimenez said.
“It’s really horrible for people,” he said. “Above all, our concern is for mental health.”