The lab that provided the negative Covid-19 tests for the 44 Argentine students who tested positive upon returning home to Buenos Aires has been closed. The move comes after the government of Argentina reported on Saturday that 44 students who returned from a graduation trip to Cancun tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival. The students reportedly had tested negative before boarding their flight home.
The lab has now been accused of providing false negative tests to the students in order for them to return home.
In press conference, Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell stated to media that the lab was not certified by the state to carry out Covid-19 tests. “The laboratory is not accredited to carry out these type of tests,” López-Gatell explained.
State authorities have now confirmed that the lab in question was not on the list of labs that had been certified by the government to carry out Covid-19 tests for tourists. The Directorate of Protection Against Sanitary Risks has inspected the MARBÚ laboratory and suspended all operations due to not being compliant with government policies. The
The Governor of Quintana Roo, Carlos Joaquín asked the National Guard for greater vigilance around the Cancun international airport identify and capture those who sell fake Covid-19 tests.
Joaquín assured the public and visitors that 99% of the tests carried out in Quintana Roo for travelers returning home are performed correctly. According to the Governor there are currently over 90,000 American visitors in the state of which all of them will require a negative Covid-19 antigen test to return to the United States.
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