Colombia: Bogota to Start Strict, Rolling Two-Week Quarantines

(BBC) – “In August, we’ll have the largest number of people infected… and many people mourning the loss of their relatives,” Mayor Lopez warned.

Because of the increasing number of new COVID-19 cases, Bogota’s Mayor Claudia Lopez decreed a strict quarantine for certain neighborhoods in periods of 14 days from next Monday.

“The city is on orange alert with a strict quarantine not to postpone the spike but to pass it … without the hospital system collapsing,” Lopez announced on Friday.

So far, Bogota has 42,347 out of the 133,973 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Colombia. Besides, this Andean city, which has registered 959 deaths from coronavirus, has its intensive care units working at 75 percent of their capacity.

From July 13 to July 26, the authorities will apply strict quarantine in Ciudad Bolivar, San Cristobal, Rafael Uribe, Chapinero, Santafe, Usme, Los Martires, and Tunjuelito.

From July 27 to August 9, the quarantine will be applied in Bosa, Kennedy, Puente Aranda, and Fontibon.

Other neighborhoods such as Teusaquillo, Usaquen, Antonio Nariño, La Candelaria, and Sumapaz will not carry out a strict quarantine because they have a low level of infection and a smaller population of older adults.

The strict quarantine means a setback in the gradual reopening of Bogota’s economy because it implies full closure of businesses and industries.

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