As the vacation season winds down, Colombia is experiencing a pointy rise in coronavirus infections that has prompted a number of cities to impose curfews and keep at residence measures that had not been applied for months.
Within the capital city of Bogota, the native authorities locked down three districts which have a inhabitants of about 2.5 million individuals, ordering all companies aside from supermarkets and pharmacies in that a part of town to shut.
In Medellin, Colombia’s second-largest metropolis, authorities introduced a curfew that may final from 10 p.m.to five a.m. daily till subsequent week. Evening-time curfews have additionally been adopted within the metropolis of Cali and in some cities alongside Colombia’s Caribbean coast the place 1000’s of vacationers are nonetheless spending their holidays.
Officers mentioned the measures are being taken to regulate a rising variety of infections and stabilize hospitalization rates.
Colombia was reporting round 8,000 new coronavirus infections per day on the finish of November, however transmission seems to have risen in December as individuals traveled for the vacations, met with their households, and in some circumstances, held mass gatherings and dance events, regardless of a authorities ban on such actions.
Over the previous week, the South American nation has been reporting greater than 11,000 infections per day, whereas in some cities ICU wards for coronavirus sufferers have reached 90% occupancy charges.
In Bogota, 23 hospitals—out of 60—reported on Monday that their ICU wards had been totally occupied. On Tuesday, officers mentioned that they had been locking down a part of town to forestall hospitals from overflowing.
“Within the following days we may have 1.3 million individuals returning” from trip, Luis Ernesto Gomez, town’s appearing mayor, mentioned on Tuesday. Mayor Claudia Lopez is at the moment on trip. “That may put stress on our hospitals and improve interactions and contagion,” Gomez mentioned.
The districts which have been positioned on lockdown for 2 weeks embody rich Usaquen, which is predicted by officers to obtain massive numbers of individuals getting back from holidays. Officers in Bogota urged incoming vacationers to self isolate for every week and do business from home.
However many residents expressed their frustration with the return of lockdowns.
“I do not agree with this,” mentioned Johanna Parra, a housewife from Suba, one of many locked down districts. “Many different space areas of town are nonetheless open, so individuals will proceed to exit and work together.”
Colombia has reported greater than 1.6 million circumstances of coronavirus because the pandemic broke out, which makes it the second nation with essentially the most infections in Latin America after Brazil. The dying price from the virus in Colombia nevertheless, is decrease than in Mexico, Argentina or Peru.
Vaccination has not begun in Colombia but and is just set to begin in February.
In a bid to restrict social gatherings and management the unfold of the virus, some municipal governments are additionally banning alcohol gross sales this weekend.
“To struggle this second wave of the virus all of us should pitch in” Gomez mentioned. “We wish to begin February with vaccination campaigns and with the economic system operating at full steam.”
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