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Wed Apr 29, 2020, 11:06 PM

Two dozen people deported to Colombia on U.S. flight found to have coronavirus - sources

APRIL 29, 2020 / 5:24 PM / UPDATED 5 HOURS AGO

Arshad Mohammed, Julia Symmes Cobb, Frank Jack Daniel

(Reuters) - About two dozen migrants deported from the United States on a flight to Colombia last month have since tested positive for the new coronavirus, two people familiar with the matter said, adding to worries that U.S. deportations could be spreading the disease.

Of more than 60 migrants deported by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) on a March 30 flight from the United States, approximately 24 have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, the sources said.

ICE said at the time that it then used the same plane to repatriate Americans who had been stranded in Colombia as that country began a national lockdown.

ICE did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The agency said last week that it would begin testing some migrants before they were deported to other countries, a move that came as other governments demanded more screening before deportees were put on planes. [nL2N2CB2SR]


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