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Colombia surpasses half a million Covid-19 cases and 16,000 deaths

Thursday, August 20th 2020 - 10:47 UTC
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President Ivan Duque declared an ongoing nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the virus in late March. President Ivan Duque declared an ongoing nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the virus in late March.

Coronavirus cases in Colombia surpassed 500,000 on Wednesday as deaths from the virus approach 16,000 and the country nears the end of five months of lockdown.

Colombia has 502,178 confirmed cases of the virus according to the health ministry, with 15,979 reported deaths. Active cases number 158,893.

President Ivan Duque declared an ongoing nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the virus in late March.

Most businesses are gradually reopening or allowed to function via delivery. The lockdown is set to continue to the end of August, with stricter limitations in some neighborhoods of the capital Bogota where infections are higher.

Intensive care units in Bogota are at about 82% capacity, according to local health authorities. The capital is home to more than a third of Colombia's cases.

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