Sun. Mar 29th, 2020

Colombia approaches 500 cases of coronavirus and confirms fourth death

The Colombian Ministry of Health confirmed 92 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total to 470, as well as the fourth death since the coronavirus was detected in the country on March 6.

According to the balance of the Ministry of Health, the fourth death occurred in Bogotá, the first fatal case in the Colombian capital, and the victim is a man from the group between 70 and 79 years of age.

The other three previously deceased are a 58-year-old taxi driver in Cartagena, a 70-year-old woman in Cali and an 88-year-old man in the Caribbean Santa Marta.

As for the new infections, more than half occurred in Bogotá, where there are 49 more patients than yesterday, and there were also significant increases in the departments of Antioquia, with seven cases; in Cauca, with six, and Valle del Cauca, with five.

Cartagena de Indias is striking, where until yesterday there were 21 cases and one deceased, and today five more patients were confirmed.

Other infections occurred in the departments of Quindío and Norte de Santander, both with four, and Risaralda and the city of Barranquilla, two each.

The rest, with one case, are in the departments of Tolima, Santander, Boyacá, Atlántico, Caldas, Meta, Cundinamarca and in the city of Santa Marta.


With the new figures, Bogotá continues to lead the COVID-19 statistic in Colombia with a total of 170 cases, followed by the departments of Valle del Cauca, with 71; Antioquia, with 52, and Bolívar, with 26, all of them in Cartagena de Indias, the regional capital.

The total also increases in the departments of Cundinamarca (21), Risaralda (19), Norte de Santander (15), Huila (14), Atlántico and Quindío, 12 each, and Caldas (10).

Of the 470 confirmed cases, 267 are from people who entered Colombia after visiting a country where COVID-19 was already present, another 167 were due to contact with someone who was ill, and the remaining 36 are under study to determine their origin, according to the Ministry of Health.


The Government indicated that 7,240 cases have been ruled out so far, and of those diagnosed, eight have already recovered.

Among the recovered patients is an 85-year-old foreign woman, who arrived in Cartagena de Indias on March 8 on a cruise ship and who had the COVID-19 confirmed three days later.

The woman, of American nationality, according to the Ministry of Health, and British, according to the Captaincy of the Port of Cartagena, is admitted to a hospital in the city, which today gave a positive part about her health.

The patient “has evolved satisfactorily, with control of respiratory symptoms and no new fever picture. Her laboratory result has already been reported as negative for COVID-19,” the Medihelp Services clinic said in a statement.


On the other hand, the Ministry of Defense confirmed this Wednesday that the coronavirus reached the Police and the Military Forces, institutions in which four cases were confirmed.

Of the total, three are uniformed persons who were abroad and “complied with the isolation protocol established by the Government” when they arrived in the country, while the other case was by contact and “all isolation measures and protocols were taken established “to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The infected uniforms are three active police officers and an officer of the Colombian Air Force (FAC), with whom “the measures have been taken and the safety and medical care protocols established by the Ministry of Health and the National Institute have been carried out of Health (INS) “, added the information.


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