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Mexico repatriates ashes of fellow citizens killed by COVID-19 in the US

More than 2,000 Mexicans have died from coronavirus in the American Union, the majority in New York

MEXICO – The Secretary of Foreign Relations (SRE) reported that in recent days it repatriated 18 urns with ashes of Mexicans who died from COVID-19 in U.S.

The Foreign Ministry stressed that the ashes were transferred on two flights of Aeromexico on July 24 and August 13 and left Los Angeles, California, bound for Mexico City.

The ballot boxes with the ashes of the compatriots were handed over to the state representatives of Chiapas, Mexico City, Mexico state, Guanajuato, Warrior, Jalisco, Morelos, Oaxaca, Puebla, Queretaro, San Luis Potosi and Veracruz.

“The Foreign Ministry, through its consular network in the United States, will continue to provide assistance to the families of Mexican people who have died from the virus and who wish to repatriate the remains of their loved ones,” the Secretariat of External relationships.

More than five months after the first case of coronavirus in Mexico, the pandemic it has left more than 511,000 cases and almost 56,000 deaths in the country.

The new coronavirus has left 2,045 Mexican citizens dead in the United States, most of them in New York (764), California (387) e Illinois (171), according to the latest SRE report this week.

COVID-19 tests at the Mexican consulate

Given the situation, the consulate of Mexico in Los Angeles started this week with a program to administer 1,500 weekly COVID-19 tests to Mexicans and people of Hispanic origin.

Also in this context, the Governments of Mexico and the United States They agreed to extend another month, until September 21, the restriction of non-essential travel at the land border that expired this August 21.

The Government also records six Mexicans died in Canada, three in Spain, three in Peru, one in Colombia and one in France.

The Mexican Foreign Ministry has managed the return of 16,874 nationals stranded abroad due to the restrictions of the pandemic, reported Marcelo Ebrard, Secretary of Foreign Relations.

Of these, more than 10,400 were in Latin America and about 4,000 in Europe.

The Foreign Ministry has tried to respond to the claims of citizens asking for support for repatriation.

“We continue working to support the relatives of Mexican men and women who died in the United States from COVID-19. Thanks to Aeroméxico for their solidarity ”, tweeted this Saturday Roberto Velasco, general director for North America of the SRE.

With information from agencies