The Mexican government is taking stricter measures at its border checkpoints in the fight against COVID-19 by setting up sanitizing tunnels to disinfect U.S. visitors entering the country from Nogales, Arizona. The authorities in Nogales, Sonora hope to reduce COVID-19 transmission into their country from Arizona, which reportedly has 11,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and a death toll of over 500 people.
Drivers coming from Arizona must exit their vehicles on the Mexican side of the two major border crossings and walk through an inflatable tunnel that sprays them with a disinfectant. Upon entering the sanitizing tunnel, visitors must rotate under the vapor while stretching out their arms and lean over to allow the disinfectant to cover their entire bodies.
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According to the Nogales government, “the cleansing solution is biodegradable and protects from ‘any virus or bacteria, including Covid-19’ for up to 24 hours.” The mayor reportedly said that a majority of the people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Nogales, Sonora, had recently returned from the U.S.