Former CDC director: There’s a protracted struggle forward

The usually busy avenue running along Nemesio Camacho stadium is empty in Bogota, Colombia, on Friday. The often busy avenue operating alongside Nemesio Camacho stadium is empty in Bogota, Colombia, on Friday. Ivan Valencia/AP

Most Colombian residents should self-isolate from subsequent week, President Ivan Duque introduced in a televised handle late Friday.

People might be required to isolate from 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, for 19 days till midnight Monday on April 13. Duque known as the measure “mandatory preventive isolation.”

Many Colombians will solely be allowed to go outdoors to entry well being providers, buy meals and drugs, and to make use of the financial institution and submit workplace.

Colombians had beforehand been requested to self-isolate, however the measure wasn’t obligatory.

As of Friday night, Colombia had reported 158 coronavirus circumstances and no deaths, in keeping with the most recent numbers by its Ministry of Health.

“We have made drastic but urgent decisions to protect the health of Colombians,” Duque stated. “In the next few weeks we have the opportunity collectively to slow down the coronavirus.”

The President exams unfavorable: Duque additionally stated that he underwent a coronavirus check, which got here again unfavorable. Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez stated Saturday on her official Twitter account that Colombia has obtained 50,000 check kits from South Korea that may ship leads to about 4 hours.

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