Nicaraguans blocked on the border with Costa Rica by COVID-19 return home

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Nicaraguans blocked on the border with Costa Rica by COVID-19 return home




Nicaraguan migrants await authorization to cross the border with Nicaragua in Penas Blancas, Costa Rica, July 25, 2020


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Nicaraguan migrants await authorization to cross the border with Nicaragua in Penas Blancas, Costa Rica, July 25, 2020


More than a hundred Nicaraguans who were blocked for more than two weeks on the border with Costa Rica managed to return to their country on Sunday (2), after testing negative for COVID-19, in tests carried out with the help of private organizations, reported the Costa Rican immigration.

A group of 148 Nicaraguans managed to enter their country, while 21 others who tested positive for the new coronavirus will have to stay in the neighboring country, where they receive medical care in campaign tents provided by private companies, Costa Rica’s Immigration Directorate said in an announcement.

“Today (Sunday), we obtained results that make us all happy: almost 90% will be crossing (the border) to their country,” said Lina Barrantes, director of the Arias Foundation, one of the organizations that obtained international support to carry out the exams of the new coronavirus.

About 300 Nicaraguans were blocked when trying to return to their country after Daniel Ortega’s government demanded a negative examination of COVID-19 to let them in.

Seventeen returned to Costa Rica and about a hundred were admitted to Nicaragua for humanitarian reasons.

In view of the cost of more than $ 100 for exams, Nicaraguans, who mostly lost their jobs in Costa Rica due to the pandemic, had to remain between border posts in precarious conditions, exposed to the sun and rain, and dependent on help from civil organizations to feed.

In view of this, Costa Rican NGOs Fundação Arias and Centro de Direitos Públicas obtained international cooperation funds to buy exams for COVID-19, which were applied on Friday.

The private Biblical Clinic, which carried out the tests, will serve the 21 Nicaraguans who remain positive and the international organization Corner of Love will take care of their food, said Immigration.

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