Former CDC director: There’s an extended struggle forward

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

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

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

Many Colombians will solely be allowed to go exterior to entry well being companies, buy meals and drugs, and to make use of the financial institution and publish 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 accordance with the most recent numbers by its Ministry of Health.

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

The President assessments detrimental: Duque additionally mentioned that he underwent a coronavirus take a look at, which got here again detrimental. Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez mentioned Saturday on her official Twitter account that Colombia has obtained 50,000 take a look at kits from South Korea that may ship ends in about 4 hours.

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