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Bogotá, May 23 . .- The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated this Saturday in Colombia with the confirmation for the first time of more than a thousand daily cases that led the country to exceed the 20,000 contagion barrier, while 23 deaths increased the total deaths to 705.

The bulletin of the Ministry of Health indicates that 1,046 infected persons were confirmed today, bringing the accumulated number to 20,177, and that there are 130 sources of contagion distributed practically throughout the national territory and more detection tests are being carried out in these places.

Despite the fact that Colombia has been in quarantine since March 25 to try to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, cases are on the rise especially in places like Bogotá and the Caribbean cities of Barranquilla and Cartagena de Indias.

In Bogotá there were 382 confirmed cases this Saturday, while in the Atlántico department there were 232, of which 147 correspond to Barranquilla, the regional capital.

A similar situation occurs in the department of Bolívar, with 178 new infected, of which 166 are from Cartagena, its capital.

Behind them this Saturday were Valle del Cauca (103), Antioquia (61), Cundinamarca (31), Nariño (15), Boyacá (8), Cesar (7), Santander (6), Tolima (5), Magdalena (3); Huila, Quindío, Amazonas, Cauca and Chocó (2); Caldas, Risaralda, Córdoba, La Guajira and Meta (1).

In the accumulated cases, the Colombian capital has 6,972 and it is followed by Atlántico (2,604), Valle del Cauca (2,312), Bolívar (2,018), Amazonas (1,388), Meta (967), Antioquia (677), Nariño (649) , Magdalena (486), Cundinamarca (432), Risaralda (241) and Huila (233).

The 23 deaths recorded today are also concentrated in the regions where the coronavirus is most widespread, beginning with Bogotá, with six deaths, the same number for the Atlantic (four in Barranquilla and two more in Soledad and Galapa, which are part of its metropolitan area. ).

Five other deaths occurred in Bolívar (three in Cartagena, one in Turbaco and one in Magangué), while the remaining four were in Cali (Valle del Cauca) and two in Leticia (Amazonas), another region hard hit by the pandemic.

According to the Ministry of Health, 4,718 people have recovered from the disease and today 7,171 tests were carried out in the country, for a cumulative of 243,119 tests.