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Colombia announces lockdown as coronavirus cases surge

Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 21, 2020
Colombian President Ivan Duque announced yesterday a countrywide lockdown as it seeks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Ivan Duque
Health in Colombia   Ivan Duque
The quarantine beginning March 25 will last 19 days. The capital of Bogota and other regions began holding four day quarantine drills yesterday through the weekend.

Topics: Colombia coronavirus

"It is time to understand that our behavior saves lives," said Duque during a televised address where he described measures as tough but urgent to protect lives. “The measure seeks to protect us as a society, guaranteeing the supply of food, access to medicines, and essential public services.”

Health unions sent a letter to Duque this week asking him to "raise the level of restrictions to a defined isolation time with the relevant exceptions,” because, they say, “it has been the most effective tool to control the pandemic.”

Colombia has 158 confirmed cases and no deaths recorded, according to the Ministry of Health.