Dozens of Americans left Nicaragua on Wednesday on an emergency flight authorized by the embassy in Managua in the face of a sharp increase in infections and deaths by COVID-19, according to official reports.
The United States Ambassador to Managua, Kevin Sullivan, celebrated that 147 citizens “could return home” aboard a direct commercial flight from Managua to Miami.
“The Embassy strongly encourages US citizens interested in returning to the United States to consider this option,” the diplomatic headquarters noted.
Sullivan reported that a second trip is scheduled for Thursday and invited Americans “interested in the flight” to find out if there is space, pay their ticket and report to the airport.
Given the circumstances of the flight, travelers are warned that there may be delays and they are directed to be patient, bring water and food because businesses at the airport “are not open.”
Dozens of Americans filled the Augusto Sandino airport in Managua to leave the country, a day after health authorities reported a sharp increase in infections. The Central American country registers 17 deaths and 254 cases, of which 199 are recovered.
Specialists calculate that the sick and deceased by COVID-19 would be greater than those presented by official figures because there were no containment measures to prevent the spread of the virus. In fact, they contrast with those of civil organizations, which account for more than a thousand infections and hundreds of deaths, with hospitals collapsed by patients with respiratory illnesses, which are officially attributed to diseases such as “atypical pneumonia.”
The NGO Citizen Observatory reported that up to May 16 there were 1,569 positive cases of COVID-19 and 366 deaths, far from the official figures.
Relatives and organizations have revealed the practice of “express burials,” in which victims of respiratory illnesses are buried in sealed boxes, without a candle or funeral, to avoid infection.
In this regard, the Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo, on Tuesday expressed his concern at reports “full hospitals and corpses buried at night, which point to a much more severe situation than the one the regime is acknowledging.”
Along the same lines, specialists fear a rapid spread of the virus in Nicaragua, considering that the authorities do not seem to intend to adopt measures for its containment, as has been done almost everywhere in the world.
In April, France, Germany and other European countries facilitated the return of their citizens.