November 25 Colombian President Duke announced on the 25th that in order to control the further spread of the epidemic and strengthen case tracking, the current national health emergency will be extended to February 28 next year, and the selective quarantine period will be extended simultaneously.
Duke said on the radio and television program of epidemic prevention that night that during the health emergency, the government will implement “special measures” in areas where the epidemic is “highly spread” to reduce the pressure on intensive care beds. Duke also reminded people to continue to abide by epidemic prevention regulations during the upcoming Christmas holiday and not to take it lightly.
Colombia reported its first case of coronavirus on March 6. The government previously announced the extension of the national health emergency until November 30, and the country will enter the selective isolation period from the compulsory preventive isolation period from September 1.
During the selective quarantine, the government lifted most of the measures to restrict the movement of people, but severely restricted the travel of people such as confirmed and suspected patients with the novel coronavirus and their close contacts.
The characteristics and speed of the spread of the novel coronavirus throughout Colombia vary significantly, and the epidemic prevention situation is still grim.
According to the data released by the National Institute of Health on the 25th, 8,497 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in the country on the same day, with a total of 1,270,991 confirmed cases; 183 new deaths, with a total of 35,860 deaths.
Colombia’s Minister of Health and Social Security Ruiz said on the same day that the government plans to give priority to opening coronavirus vaccination to high-risk groups such as 800,000 medical staff, 6.8 million people over 60 years old and 6.4 million people with basic diseases in the first quarter of 2021.