By Sofia Menchu
GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei criticized the United States on Thursday for sending back migrants infected with the novel coronavirus to his Central American country and straining its weak health system.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, and Giammattei’s attempts to curb deportation flights from the United States, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has been sending Guatemalan migrants back to their home country.
Of the deportees, 119 have tested positive for the virus, 5% of the country’s 2,512 cases.
“We understand that the United States wants to deport people, but what we do not understand is why they send us flights full of infection,” Giammattei said in an online talk hosted by the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center.
“We’ve had serious…