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Colombia’s mayors and governors block Duque’s attempt to restart economy

Christian Fernsby ▼ | April 21, 2020
Mayors and governors throughout Colombia blocked President Ivan Duque‘s attempt to restart the economy on Sunday by maintaining their decrees restricting mobility.
Ivan Duque
President   Ivan Duque
Bogota Mayor Claudia Lopez, whose city has been hit hardest by the coronavirus, announced the replacement of Duque’s quarantine, allowing only construction work and bicycle repair shops to restart economic activity.

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The mayor of the capital said she was still considering shifts to prevent those working in these sectors going to work at once.

Colombia’s medical community had asked the governments and mayors not to follow the government’s example and maintain restrictions of movement to prevent the collapse of the country’s healthcare system.

Cali Mayor Jorge Ivan Ospina said he maintained strict restrictions of movement in the country’s third largest city, allowing only a limited number of people to leave home to go to the bank, and buy food and pharmaceutical supplies.

Medellin Mayor Daniel Quintero announced no change in his decree that, like in Cali, disallows the reactivation of the economy as Duque had hoped for.

Many governors and mayors had already implemented strict measures to restrict mobility ahead of the national government, sidelining the president who tried to unconstitutionally usurp their powers.

Indigenous communities said Saturday they had gone into full autonomy mode after an apparent outbreak of the coronavirus in a remote reserve in northwest Colombia.