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 stay-at-home measures that had not been applied for months.
Within the capital metropolis of Bogota, the native authorities locked down three districts which have a inhabitants of about 2.5 million individuals, ordering all companies apart 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 hundreds of vacationers are nonetheless spending their holidays.
Officers mentioned the measures are being taken to regulate a rising variety of infections and stabilize hospitalization charges.
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 instances, 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 have been totally occupied. On Tuesday, officers mentioned that they have been locking down a part of town to forestall hospitals from overflowing.
“Within the following days we could have 1.3 million individuals coming back from trip, Luis Ernesto Gomez, town’s appearing mayor, mentioned on Tuesday. Mayor Claudia Lopez is at the moment on trip. That may put strain on our hospitals and enhance interactions and contagion,” Gomez mentioned.