Coronavirus cases in Colombia exceed 600,000, deaths about 19,400

Coronavirus cases in Colombia exceed 600,000, deaths about 19,400

On Sunday, coronavirus infections in Colombia exceeded 600,000 as deaths from the virus reached 19,400, ahead of the end of more than five months of lockdown. According to the health ministry the Andean country has 607,938 confirmed cases of the virus, with 19,364 deaths reported. No 136,702 active cases.

President Ivan Duque announced a national lockout in late March to slow out the spread of the virus. The measure will end on Monday, when a month-long “selective” quarantine begins in the region.

Many businesses have already reopened little by little. Restaurants will operate at a capacity of 25 percent under the new measures but major events like concerts remain prohibited. According to local health authorities, intensive care units in Bogota have a capacity of around 73 per cent. More than a third of Colombia’s cases occur in the capital.