Colombian capital Bogotá and the country’s second largest city, Medellín, will initiate partial lockdowns in certain neighborhoods starting this Monday, July 13, to curb the spread of coronavirus as cases rise and intensive care units fill.
According to Reuters, Colombia has reported just over 145,000 cases of COVID-19 and more than 5,100 deaths. A third of cases have been registered in the capital, along with a fifth of deaths.
“Nobody in Colombia has the same challenge we do,” Mayor Claudia Lopez said in a video broadcast last Friday.
Eight neighborhoods in Bogotá will enter quarantine on Monday, with another four neighborhoods beginning lockdown on July 27 and a final three entering quarantine on Aug. 10.
Medellin Mayor Daniel Quintero said Saturday he will lock down the center of the city and change the so-called “pico y cedula” system that allows people to go outside based on the last number of their ID card.