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Americans have been escaping to Mexico to avoid COVID-19 restrictions back home. Now Mexico is seeing a surge in coronavirus cases.

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A beach in Cancun, Mexico, on Tuesday. Alberto Valdez / Eyepix Group/Barcroft Media via Getty Images (edited)
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans have flocked to Mexico to vacation or to settle, according to multiple reports.

  • In November, more than half a million Americans traveled to Mexico, The New York Times reported.

  • The influx of Americans has been partly due to relaxed restrictions at the Mexican border: While many countries require proof of a negative coronavirus test or a quarantine upon arrival, Mexico does not ask for either.

  • But the influx has contributed to a surge in COVID-19 cases in

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The Young Cut Loose in Myrtle Beach. The Virus Followed Them Home.

Pedestrians, some wearing masks, on the boardwalk in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Tanya Ackerman/The New York Times)
Pedestrians, some wearing masks, on the boardwalk in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Tanya Ackerman/The New York Times)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The colorful boardwalk is a bit less crowded than usual this year, but the Ferris wheel continues to spin near one of the piers, tourists are browsing in the souvenir shops, and throngs of young people are cutting loose as they always do, guzzling and carousing in the beachside bars and clubs that earned the city the nickname “dirty Myrtle.”

Some of the revelers who have flocked to Myrtle Beach since hotels and attractions began

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