The 15 Colombian citizens residing in Wuhan (China) and 26 other people who were part of the repatriation mission completed the COVID-19 quarantine without traces on Thursday in Bogotá, official sources reported.
According to the Ministry of Health, the returnees, as well as 11 crew members, two members of Migración Colombia, five from the Red Cross and two from the National Institute of Health who participated in the operation, as well as a doctor, a nurse and four service personnel Generals were negative in the two tests for coronavirus that were performed.
“Today is the stipulated days for the preventive isolation process of our Colombians who were in Wuhan and for which this repatriation operation had to be carried out,” Health Minister Fernando Ruiz told reporters.
The 41 people were in the sports village of the High Performance Center, in Bogotá, since last February 27, when they returned from Madrid, the last stop of the trip that started in the Chinese city of Wuhan and that also had a stop in Bombay ( India).
The Health portfolio considered that these people do not represent any risk to society and each one will return home when they have it and by the route they want.
The people who completed the quarantine “are an example for Colombia to the extent that we are going to face in the next few days the possibility of having to do voluntary self-isolation,” said Ruiz.
The end of the quarantine was met just the same day that Colombian President Iván Duque declared the “health emergency” for almost three months in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic and announced that all public events in the that there are more than 500 people.
The president assured that the emergency is part of the government containment plan of COVID-19, of which nine cases have already been confirmed in Colombia, and is related to the WHO’s decision the previous day, to declare the pandemic.
“Faced with the declaration of a pandemic that the World Health Organization (WHO) has made, we must be clear that additional measures must be taken,” he said.
Duque added that the “sanitary emergency is declared as of today and runs until May 30” and, in addition to the cancellation of massive public events, it contemplates the suspension of cruise traffic in the country.