Colombia almost doubles its cases of coronavirus, amounting to 45

Colombia almost doubled its coronavirus cases on Sunday, since from 24 registered on Saturday it went to 45 today, according to the last bulletin of the Ministry of Health, in which 11 new infections are reported.

Of the last 11 reported cases, six are in Bogotá, five of them correspond to people who were recently in Spain and the sixth passed through the United States.

Four others are in Neiva, capital of the southern department of Huila, where six infections have already been registered: that of a 74-year-old woman who visited Italy and five of her relatives as "related cases".

The remaining case is that of a young man who recently arrived from Spain and is in "supervised isolation at home" in Facatativá, a municipality in the department of Cundinamarca, 40 kilometers from Bogotá.

Of the total in Colombia, which reported its first case on March 6, there are 19 in Bogotá; eight in the department of Antioquia, seven of them in Medellín; seven in Huila, all in Neiva; three in Valle del Cauca (southwest) and three others in Cartagena de Indias, including an American woman.

The cities that register one case each are Cúcuta, the main border crossing with Venezuela; Manizales, capital of Caldas (center); Dosquebradas, in the region of the Eje Cafetero, and Facatativá, while the department of Meta also registers a contagion.

Of the 45 infected, only six are hospitalized while the remaining 39 are in supervised isolation at home. So far the Colombian health authorities have not reported any deaths or any recovered patients.

The Health Minister, Fernando Ruiz, assured that Colombia is taking measures to protect citizens at a time when "we still do not have autonomous circulation of the virus, in which we can still ensure that we have the least number of children and young people affected. "

Among the government's decisions are to restrict the entry to the country of foreigners from tomorrow, with the exception of those who have residence in Colombia, as well as the cancellation of face-to-face classes in public and private schools and colleges, and the advance payment of students' mid-year vacations.

The Colombian Government also declared a health emergency, which includes the cancellation of all public events for more than 500 people and the transit of cruise ships in the country.


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