Managua, Jul 18 (EFE) .- The Nicaraguan Ministry of the Interior reported this Saturday that a new group of Nicaraguans arrived in the country, from Panama, where they remained stranded due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The group of Nicaraguans, made up of 56 women and 44 men, entered their country last night, through the Peñas Blancas border post, in the division between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, the Directorate of Migration and Aliens of the Ministry of the Interior reported to through government media.
For its part, the Ministry of Health carried out a “rigorous review to rule out fever or respiratory symptoms related to COVID-19,” according to official information.
The Nicaraguan authorities instructed the returnees to remain in their homes for 14 days under quarantine.
This is the sixth group of Nicaraguans entering the country in the last two weeks, as a result of an agreement between the Governments of Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, since the borders of the first two countries remain closed due to the pandemic. , and that of the latter prevented the entry of its nationals.
More than a thousand Nicaraguans decided to return to their country in early July, after losing their livelihoods in Panama, due to the crisis caused by the pandemic.
Taking into account the number of Nicaraguans who have entered, there are currently about 281 in Panama, who should arrive over the next week.
The return to Nicaragua has been embroiled in controversies, since at the beginning the government of President Daniel Ortega, despite keeping its borders open, did not admit the entry of Nicaraguans stranded in other countries, but changed its position when thousands crowded into the Albrook terminal, Panama, to leave by caravan to Managua.
The Ortega government maintains that the restrictions on the entry of nationals are due to an “orderly and safe model in these times of pandemic.”
Nicaraguans stranded in other countries and on boats anchored in international waters, due to the pandemic, exceeded 1,500, but the number fell dramatically as a result of multiple complaints against the Nicaraguan government, for allegedly preventing the entry of their national.
According to the Nicaraguan Government, whose strategy in the face of the pandemic includes not establishing restrictions and promoting public events, since last March COVID-19 has caused 99 deaths and 3,147 confirmed cases.
The official data contrasts with that of the independent Citizen Observatory COVID-19, made up of a network of doctors and volunteers from all over the country, reporting 2,225 deaths and a total of 7,893 suspected cases until last day 8.
Both the United Nations (UN), the Organization of American States (OAS), the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have reiterated their concern about the management of the pandemic in Nicaragua.
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