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29 Jul 2020 | 07:47 AM UTC

Colombia: Authorities extend nationwide quarantine until August 30 /update 23

Colombia News Alert

Authorities extend nationwide COVID-19 quarantine orders until August 30; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/29/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/29/2020, 11:59 PM (America/Bogota). COUNTRY/REGION Caribbean coast

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Event

Colombian authorities announced on Tuesday, July 28, that the ongoing nationwide quarantine orders will be extended until August 30, due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The lockdown has been extended eight times since it was first imposed in March; however, President Ivan Duque said that parts of the country with the lowest rates of infection will be allowed to continue reopening. Areas with the highest risk of infection will be kept under more strict quarantine orders. Colombian authorities previously announced on July 16 that the domestic commercial flights would resume from July 21.

As of Wednesday, July 29, there have been 267,385 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, and 9074 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

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). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

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 COVID-19 call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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