(Bloomberg) – Colombia now has the fourth highest number of cases in Latin America, ahead of Chile.
On a per capita basis, the nation’s death figures are the worst in the world, at 43.1 deaths per million people, according to Johns Hopkins data and Bloomberg estimates. That’s after escalating cases and mortality in recent weeks led the country’s two main cities, Bogotá and Medellín, to re-impose strict quarantines.
Contributing to the increase is “the dynamics of virus transmission, related to a growing number of people on the streets,” said Carlos Enrique Trillos, epidemiologist and professor of medicine at the Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, in written response to questions. There is fatigue “after long periods of restrictive measures.”
More cases are also being diagnosed, with tests running at about 30,000 a day, he said.
In Bogotá, the strictest closure imposed by locality is scheduled to end this week, although some social distancing measures will continue for the rest of the month. The mayor, Claudia López, said that the capital will not return to quarantines by zones and that she is analyzing a package of measures that will be adopted between September and December. Restrictions will be imposed on companies, but they will be more stable so that different sectors of the economy know what to expect, he told Noticias Caracol on Monday.
Meanwhile, the country’s second-largest city, Medellín, is on a “plateau” and will likely remain there for three more weeks before the number of infections begins to decline, Mayor Daniel Quintero told Blu Radio.
Colombia has registered 387,481 cases and 12,842 deaths from the virus, according to figures from the Ministry of Health.
What happens in other parts of Latin America:
After Brazil surpassed 3 million coronavirus infections on Friday, President Jair Bolsonaro took to social media to criticize how the crisis is covered in the media, while arguing against social distancing measures. He said on Twitter that “there is no shortage of resources, equipment and medicines for the states and municipalities.” Argentina is considering postponing its population census for more than a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a person with direct knowledge of the In Bolivia, anti-government protesters have built barricades to reject the delay in general elections and the response to the pandemic. Mexico is to release industrial production figures for June on Tuesday, which should add evidence that activity is picking up. after a sharp drop in previous months, but remains well below its pre-outbreak level.
Original Note: Colombia Cases Spiral as Lockdown Nears an End: LatAm Virus Wrap
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