Colombia to extend COVID restrictions as cases rise

By Reuters7 days ago


BOGOT, April 4 (Reuters) - Colombia will extend coronavirus restrictions based on intensive care unit occupancy rates, President Ivan Duque said on Sunday, amid rising case numbers.

The Andean country, which has recorded more than 2.4 million coronavirus cases and nearly 64,000 deaths, has so far administered nearly 2.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

The government has repeatedly warned people not lower their guard during the Easter holidays - traditionally a popular travel period - and put in place weekend curfews.

“It's clear that ... some municipalities have shown increases in recent weeks and there also exists the risk of a new national increase in the coming weeks,“ Duque said in remarks broadcast on social media. “We must act, prevent and take appropriate decisions.“

Capital Bogot and the cities of Manizales, Armenia, Tunja, Barranquilla, Monteria, Leticia and Pereira are under observation for increasing cases and deaths, Duque said, while Medellin, Cali, Santa Marta and Barranquilla are also being watched for decreasing intensive care unit capacity.

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