Colombia refuses to shut down capital despite hospital saturation

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Colombia’s government refused to shut down capital Bogota on Tuesday, against the mayor’s wishes and contradicting medical organizations who have said COVID-19 has saturated the city’s hospitals.

Following a meeting with Bogota Mayor Claudia Lopez, the Health Ministry said a second lockdown was not necessary as the capital “shows stability in the figures for confirmed cases, deaths and ICU.”

The ministry’s claim contradicts its own statistics that have shown the daily number of COVID-19 deaths almost doubled over the past two weeks as Bogota is entering the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Source: Colombia Reports