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09 May 2020 | 02:45 AM UTC

Colombia: Nationwide quarantine extended until May 25 /update 12

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Colombia extends nationwide quarantine until May 25 but will relax some measures after May 11; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/7/2020, 4:00 PM until 5/31/2020, 11:59 PM (America/Bogota). COUNTRY/REGION Caribbean coast

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Colombian President Iván Duque extended the nationwide quarantine until Monday, May 25, to prevent further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country. During a televised address on Tuesday, May 5, President Duque said that authorities will begin relaxing measures from Monday, May 11, and the country will gradually reopen. Some sectors of the economy, including industrial and retail, will be able to resume operations on May 11. Manufacturing and construction have already been allowed to return to work. Children between the ages of 6 and 17 will also be allowed to participate in outdoor activities for 30 minutes, three days a week, as long as they are accompanied by an adult and social distancing measures are followed. However, individuals above the age of 70 are to remain under self-quarantine until Saturday, May 30, and the measures for those under-18 will be lifted on Sunday, May 31.

Duque also announced that municipalities without confirmed COVID-19 cases will be allowed to start re-opening. However, large events remain banned, and bars and clubs continue to be closed. Only one person per family will be allowed to shop for essential items or to carry out financial transactions. Individuals are required to wear masks in stores, banks, and public transport, while restaurants are only allowed to provide deliveries.

All land and sea borders remain shut, and the country's airports are closed to international traffic until May 31.

As of May 8, 10,051 cases of COVID-19 and 428 fatalities have been confirmed in the country. Further international spread of the virus is expected over the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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