Curfew and control, Colombia tightens restrictions

More than 30 of Colombia’s 50 million residents have been under reinforced control since Thursday, January 7, and for five years to halt the spread of new coronoviruses, accelerated in favor of year-long celebrations and holidays. . Kovid — the fourth-largest economy in Latin America — is the second country in the region to number 19 cases (1.7 million) and the third for deaths (45,067).

Facing an increase in pollution in recent times, the government has ordered strengthening of preventive measures to prevent overflow of the health system. “These measures are taken to reduce the pressure on intensive care units (USI), A better response capability, and prevent new infections faster “President Evan Duke said in his daily TV show.

From Thursday to Tuesday – Monday is a public holiday in Colombia – more than 70% of ICU occupancy registers in departments and municipalities should restrict mobility and ban meetings in public or private spaces. Nine out of 32 departments are concerned, as well as the cities of Bogotá (center), Medellín (north-west) and Cali (south-west), the country’s three main, totaling about 32 million people.

The main focus of the epidemic, with a capital of about eight million inhabitants, one-third of the country’s cases, was declared in “red Alert” Due to ICU occupancy rate over 86%. “We believe that Kovid’s new strain, identified in the United Kingdom, should have already aired in Bogota”, The city’s mayor, Claudia Lopez, said at a press conference. The presence of this strain has not yet been confirmed by health officials. The mayor ordered to include the total population of the capital from Thursday to Tuesday, followed by a night curfew from 17 January.

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Since Tuesday, about 2.7 million people, among residents of the capital’s three areas, are already in rigorous imprisonment with nightly curfews, according to the municipality, to cope. “Second wave of disease” Started in early December. In addition to the obligation to wear a mask like a whole country, Bogota residents are banned from accessing any business establishment every other day from December 21, depending on the final or odd number of their documents. recognise.

The first case of Kovid-19 was found in Colombia on March 6, 2020. Three weeks later, the country imposed general imprisonment, extending several times until the end of August. But in the face of the economic crisis, right-wing President Ivan Duk introduced exceptions for some areas, then gradually lifted most restrictions. Epidemiologist and Professor at the University of Rosario, Carlos Trilos, Judge «Tomb» The current spread of the virus, after two days per day in more than 16,000 cases per day, ie. “Largest number of cases” Daily since the onset of the epidemic in the country. “It is a reflection of people’s behavior during the end of the year’s holiday, during which many rest and do not respect measures”.

The beginning of the vaccination campaign is scheduled for February. The government has received doses for 29 million people through the Covax device, along with the Pfizer / BioNTech, Janssen and AstraZeneca laboratories set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) in favor of the poorest countries. . According to the National Statistics Department (DEN), however, more than half (56%) of Colombians are willing to be vaccinated. this is “an obstacle (…) Generated extensively by anti-vaccine movements, with a wide spread of irresponsible messages without a scientific basis on social networks ”, PR Trillos. Experts are also warning of the logistical challenge of covering individual areas in the mountains and forests of this country with complex topography and poor road infrastructure.

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