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Capital of Colombia decrees new confinement over the weekend and hospital red alert for pandemic

BOGOTÁ, Apr 13 (Reuters) – The capital of Colombia, Bogotá, will impose a new general quarantine between next Friday and Sunday to face the impact of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with restrictions on mobility, as The time that the hospital red alert was declared, Mayor Claudia López announced on Tuesday.

The measures for the city of eight million inhabitants are maintained amid the increase in infections and deaths from coronavirus and high levels of occupancy in intensive care units.

Bogotá registers a total occupation of 76% of the intensive care units of its clinics and hospitals.

“All these measures we are taking precisely to avoid being in a situation as hard as those that are happening to other cities in Colombia and in the world,” said López.

“This is the best combination of measures that allows us to save lives and save jobs,” he added.

This is the second consecutive weekend in which generalized restrictions will be maintained, except for essential activities, such as the transit of members of the Military Forces and the National Police, workers in public services and food production.

López explained that the restriction to entry to supermarkets, banks and shopping centers depending on the last personal identification number will be extended until April 19.

“This third wave is extremely aggressive,” Lopez concluded.

Colombia, which has registered more than 2.5 million positive cases of COVID-19 and some 66,000 deaths so far, has applied 3.1 million doses as part of its plan to vaccinate 70% of its population and achieve immunity collective.

(Reporting by Nelson Bocanegra)

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