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Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-Hamilton)

Smith calls for State Department to step up response to Peru quarantine

About 5,000 Americans stuck there after nation closes borders in response to COVID-19

By Nikita Biryukov, March 24 2020 11:57 am

Rep. Chris Smith called on the State Department to put more resources into bringing American Citizens stuck in quarantine in Peru back stateside.

“Seven hundred Americans, including some from my district, are stuck in parts of Peru, such as Cusco, which is 11,000 feet above sea level where air quality is thin and a strict curfew is enforced,” Smith said. “It’s time to let these Americans and the worried families in the U.S. know that their country will employ more resources to bring them home safely.”

The South American nation has closed its borders in response to the COVID-19 crisis, trapping a large number of foreign nationals in the country, including roughly 5,000 Americans.

“The Administration has been working on some limited options, but we are asking the State Department to raise the bar and expand their efforts to include chartering planes or using military aircraft,” Smith said.

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