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Colombia passes half a million COVID-19 cases as deaths approach 16,000

Colombia passes half a million COVID-19 cases as deaths approach 16,000

People wearing face masks line up outside a bank during the government-mandated quarantine to lower the rates of contagion from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Bogota, Colombia, on Jul 27, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez)

BOGOTA: Coronavirus cases in Colombia surpassed 500,000 on Wednesday (Aug 19) as deaths from the virus approach 16,000 and the country nears the end of five months of lockdown.

The Andean country 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 per cent capacity, according to local health authorities. The capital is home to more than a third of Colombia's cases.

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Source: Reuters

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