- Title: Colombia's capital rules out return to strict quarantine
- Date: 1st July 2020
- Summary: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA (JUNE 30, 2020) (REUTERS) VEHICLES ON BOGOTA STREETS COLOMBIANS WALKING AND RIDING BIKES IN BOGOTA STREETS VARIOUS OF MAN GETTING HAIRCUT (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) HAIRDRESSER, TATIANA JEREZ, SAYING: "I think we have to learn to live with the virus. We have to learn to take care of each other, because we don't know how long the pandemic will last and it's impossible to live indoors without working." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE RIDING BIKES ON STREETS EXTERIOR OF SHOP WORKER ARRANGING CLOTHES SIGN THAT READS (Spanish) "SOCIAL DISTANCE. GO AWAY 2 METRES" (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENDOR, JAVIER MONTES, SAYING: "Sales have fallen sharply due to the quarantine. Now they've closed the Transmilenio station (Bogota's public transportation system) and sales are down. The situation is complicated because we have to pay the rent and the energy is expensive."
- Embargoed: 15th July 2020 03:17
- Keywords: COVID-19 Colombia coronavirus health lockdown quarantine
- Location: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
- City: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
- Country: Colombia
- Reuters ID: LVA001CKZ93D3
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- Story Text:The capital of Colombia will not be going back into strict quarantine after the city received respirators to increase hospital capability to attend COVID-19 patients, said Bogota Mayor Claudia Lopez on Tuesday (June 30).
Lopez warned on Saturday (June 27) that Bogota could be placed under strict quarantine if Colombia's government did not give the district at least 200 ventilators by July 1, sparking off a storm of controversy with Ivan Duque's government.
President Duque announced that his government on Tuesday delivered respirators to Bogota and said Colombia would receive more than 900 ventilators this week.
The government last month gave local mayors discretion over reopening businesses such as hairdressers and barbers, along with museums and libraries.
The Andean country has been in lockdown since late March. While certain restrictions have lifted, quarantine is set to last until July 15.
Colombia reported on Tuesday 2,803 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 11 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to health authorities.
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