Duque opposes lockdown in Colombia’s capital despite healthcare collapse

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Colombia’s President Ivan Duque said Thursday he opposes shutting down Bogota for a second time despite the collapse of the capital’s healthcare system.

The shutdown was proposed by the country’s medical organizations and supported by Mayor Claudia Lopez, but would end Duque’s controversial economic reactivation strategy.

“We will be evaluating the results” of Bogota’s rotating lockdown, Duque said, adding that “thinking that the only alternative is a lockdown is not the solution.”

The president said he would continue reopening the economy in his daily COVID show on Facebook, despite a record number of new infections and deaths reported by the National Health Institute (INS).

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Source: Colombia Reports