- Title: Colombian capital to renew lockdowns by neighborhood as cases rise
- Date: 10th July 2020
- Summary: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA (JULY 10, 2020) (REUTERS) TAXIS PARKING OUTSIDE STADIUM INTERIOR OF TAXI BEING DEEP CLEANED VARIOUS OF WORKERS DEEP CLEANING TAXIS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) TAXI DRIVER, MARTIN SIERRA, SAYING: "These are necessary measures. The peak cases are too high. For our safety and that of our families, we must take measures that are right for the district." VARIOUS OF WORKERS SANITISING TAXIS POLICE OFFICERS AND WORKERS STANDING IN FRONT OF TAXIS VARIOUS OF PEOPLE RIDING BICYCLES AND WALKING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LOCAL RESIDENT, RICARDO SANDINO, SAYING: "We are part of a culture that often only acts if repressed, with rules, norms or because they force us to, not because of our own doing. As long as we are not aware and fail to look after ourselves, these measures will always be imposed." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING
- Embargoed: 24th July 2020 21:58
- Keywords: Bogota COVID-19 Colombia coronavirus lockdown
- Location: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
- City: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
- Country: Colombia
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- Story Text: Colombian capital Bogota will initiate strict, rolling two-week quarantines in certain neighborhoods starting Monday (July 13) to curb the spread of coronavirus as cases rise and intensive care units fill, the mayor said on Friday (July 10).
The Andean country has reported just under 134,000 cases of COVID-19 and 4,714 deaths. More than 32% of cases have occurred in the capital, along with a fifth of deaths.
Eight neighborhoods will enter quarantine on Monday, Mayor Claudia Lopez Lopez said, with another four neighborhoods beginning lockdown on July 27 and a final three entering quarantine on Aug. 10.
The measures are a return to those declared in late March by President Ivan Duque as part of an ongoing national quarantine. The lockdown is set to continue until Aug. 1, but many restrictions have already been lifted, especially in municipalities without any recorded COVID cases.
Latin America's fourth-largest economy has been battered by the coronavirus safety measures and a slump in prices of oil, one of the country's top exports and foreign exchange sources.
During Bogota's quarantines only one person per household can go shopping within the neighborhood for essentials each day. Sale of alcoholic drinks is prohibited.
Movement will also be restricted based on citizens' ID card numbers and people will have to be at home from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m.
(Production: Herbert Villarraga, Javier Andres Rojas, Liamar Ramos)
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