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Colombian president: Colombia bans entry of foreigners over coronavirus

Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 16, 2020
Colombian President Ivan Duque announced strict measures yesterday to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, including blocking entry to the country to all except citizens and residents and shutting schools as the number of confirmed cases rose to 34.
Ivan Duque
Colombia   President Ivan Duque
Nationals and residents who arrive from overseas will have to undergo mandatory preventive isolation for 14 days.

Topics: Colombia coronavirus

"I would like to inform the country: as of March 16th, non-national and non-resident entry to Colombia is restricted. All Colombian passengers and foreign residents will have mandatory preventive isolation for 14 days," Duque wrote on his Twitter account.

Other measures adopted so far by the government include the closure of the border with Venezuela, the reconnection of water services to people who, due to lack of payment, have been cut off and shutting down the public school system to prevent the virus from spreading.

“As of Monday, children who attend public education institutions in the country will no longer have face-to-face classes in order to protect everyone’s health,” he wrote.