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Coronavirus on the border: California hospitals overwhelmed by patients from Mexico

Motorists wait to cross into the United States at the San Ysidro International Bridge in Tijuana, Mexico, over Memorial Day weekend. Foto: Washington Post/Melina Mara

EL CENTRO, Calif. - When Manuel Ochoa started feeling sick - his body sore, his breathing restricted - he drove from his mother's home in Mexicali, Mexico, to the U.S. border.

The 65-year-old retiree parked his car at the international bridge and tried to drag himself to the country where he has permanent residency, and where his health insurance is valid. Just before he approached the Border Patrol checkpoint, he collapsed in the sun...

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