Colombian Government Extends Health State of Emergency

The Colombian government announced on Friday morning the extension of its health state of emergency for three more months, until the end of February 2021, in order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and to prevent hospitals from getting overwhelmed.

The Colombian government announced on Friday morning the extension of its health state of emergency for three more months, until the end of February 2021, in order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and to prevent hospitals from getting overwhelmed.

“The sanitary emergency will extend until February 28th, 2021, we will prevail and we will be united in this time of crisis. My government is committed to assure the protection of everyone who lives in this country and I guarantee the biggest responsibility in this difficult task. I know we are not currently living the life that we would like to live, but this is the reality that the world is experiencing and, unfortunately, Colombia is not the exception,” Colombian President Ivan Duque said during a press conference in capital Bogota.

The country has nearly 1.3 million of confirmed cases and almost 40,000 deaths. While the Colombian economy has been one of the most solid in South America since the beginning of the pandemic, experts believe that the second wave that Colombia is experiencing could force authorities to impose another nationwide lockdown.


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