About 3.5 million people have returned to strict confinement in Colombia today, amid “alarming” growth in new HIV infections. coronavirus which, according to the authorities, may reach their maximum spread in the coming weeks.
In the Colombian capital alone, confinement reaches 2.5 out of its 8 million inhabitants. Bogotá currently accounts for a third of the more than 150,000 cases of covid-19 detected since March 6 in the country. With a population of 50 million, across Colombia, just over 5,300 people have since died, 1,123 in the capital.
“We have a daily growth of this disease today. We report more than 2,000 positive cases for more than three days,” said the mayor of Bogotá, Claudia López, in several media. “The speed with which the pandemic in Bogotá is growing is alarming,” he emphasized.
As a result, starting today and until August 23, the city will have quarantines of 14 days per locality (neighborhood groups), with the goal of removing 2.5 million people per shift.
The intensive care system enabled in Bogotá to treat the most severe cases of the disease reached 90% occupancy, which is why it was declared on high alert.
Medellín, the country’s second city, has also begun to apply similar restrictions that, in principle, will prevent the daily movement of one million of its 2.4 million inhabitants until July 28, according to the city hall.
Colombia has decided to gradually return to the stricter model of infection prevention, at a time when Latin America and the Caribbean are facing a critical peak in the health emergency, which has also triggered a severe economic decline.
Today, the region was behind Europe as the area most affected by the death toll from the pandemic.
Colombia is the fifth Latin American country with the highest number of infections and deaths after Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Chile.