Scant Testing in US Migration System Risks Spreading Virus

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GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The Trump administration’s failure to test all but a small percentage of detained immigrants for the novel coronavirus may be helping it spread through the United States’ sprawling system of detention centers and then to Central America and elsewhere aboard regular deportation flights, migrants’ advocates said Friday. More than 1,600 deportees from the United States to Guatemala over the last month were allowed to go to their homes and into voluntary, unenforced quarantine. Fears are rising that it may have seeded the country with an untold number of undetected cases, increasing the Central American nation’s vulnerability to the pandemic. U.S. authorities took passengers’ temperatures before departure, and Guatemalan officials checked them for cough, fever and other symptoms on arrival.