Mexican airline clashes with tourism board over spring breakers’ coronavirus outbreak

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A Mexican airline is disputing a tourism board’s claim of when a group of coronavirus-infected Texas college students was in the resort town of Los Cabos for spring break.

Rodrigo Esponda, Managing Director of Los Cabos Tourism
Rodrigo Esponda, Managing Director of Los Cabos TourismTwitter

The timeline of the Los Cabos Tourism Board makes it appear the roughly 200 University of Austin students were symptomatic before arriving in Mexico on March 19.

The airline, Viva Aerobus, has the group departing Austin on March 14 and returning on March 19, the same dates given by university officials.

Some in the group stayed at the Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos hotel. Forty nine of the 211 students have tested positive for the virus, Reuters reported.

Those figures originally seemed to indicate that the virus may be more prevalent in Mexico than official numbers show.

Mexico has reported 1,700 confirmed cases and 60 deaths.

Filed under 4/4/20