The Colombian Government creates an application to report on COVID-19
The Colombian president, Iván Duque, announced that on Sunday the Coronav-Colombia mobile application will be available, which will work on mobile phones to centralize and provide information on the COVID-19 coronavirus, of which the first case in the country was already detected.
"Today we conclude that it is essential that tomorrow, first thing, the application that we will have for both Android devices and those that use iOS is available," said the head of state, who led a meeting in Bogotá eight hours of the Unified Command Post (PMU) from which the disease situation in the country is followed.
Duque explained that the "application is going to be called Coronav-Colombia, which will be free to download" and added that "it will have support from the main operators (of mobile telephony) so that they do not affect the data of Colombians."
The ruler added that with Coronav-Colombia people will have "information in the palm of their hand, not only on issues that come out of last minute, but on preventive measures."
The announcement was made a day after the Ministry of Health confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the country, a 19-year-old girl who arrived in Bogotá on February 26 from Italy.
According to the Ministry, "the citizen from Milan (Italy) presented symptoms and went to the health services where the samples were taken for the respective analysis," but she is "in good asymptomatic conditions, which is why she is allowed a home insulation under medical supervision. "
INCREASE OF CONTROLS
Also in the meeting at the PMU were representatives from the different unions to whom Duke presented the Government's measures to face the COVID-19.
"We have been monitoring the containment phase and especially with the hospital network; in the airports a sweep was made to verify that all immigration points have a special officer and active protocols," said the governor.
For his part, the Minister of Health, Fernando Ruiz, said that "next week work will be done to strengthen the borders and migration protocols" with emphasis on the cities of Riohacha and Cúcuta, the island of San Andrés and the border with Ecuador, country where there are 14 infected people.
In that direction, the Government informed that from now on the automatic entry of foreigners will not be allowed through the biometric or iris identification system, but will have to do so in positions where there are presence of Colombian Migration officials and the health system .
As reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday, more than 100,000 people are infected by the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
Those killed since the onset of the disease, in December 2019, rise to 3,486, of which 3,073 in China and 413 in the rest of the world.