Two labs have been shut down in Cancun by federal authorities after they were found allegedly providing false Covid-19 tests to travelers. The two labs are believed to be associated with providing tests for the more than 70 students from Argentina who tested positive upon returning home.
Travelers to Cancun are being urged to only get Covid-19 testing from certified labs that can be booked through all resorts and hotels concierge desk.
Fernando Mora, General Coordinator of Social Communication of the Government of Quintana Roo, stated “the company that tested the young Argentinians has been suspended…after irregularities were detected in the calibration of the devices. The governor asked federal authorities to emphasize this and open an in-depth investigation into the alleged commercialization of false tests in Cancún.”
After the students tested positive upon returning home both authorities from Mexico and Argentina began investigating the labs responsible for the error. Federal officials have now added security measures at the international airport to ensure Covid-19 tests have not been falsified.
While 186 labs have been verified and authorized to carry out testing for travelers in Cancun, the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk stated that there are still a small number of labs operating in the region that are in the process of verification.
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