The President of Colombia, Iván Duque, announced an extension of mandatory lockdowns until August 30, to prevent Covid-19 spreading. At first, it was scheduled to end in August 1st, according to La República.
According to Colombia’s government, the lockdown decree will depend on the impact of the pandemic in different regions of the country. Cities that do not have cases of Covid-19 will continue to gradually reopen economic sectors. In cities that are less affected by the virus, there will also be an opening process, pending the request of mayors.
With quarantines extension for one more month, Colombia’s lockdown days sum 160 days. In other words, by the end of the eighth month of 2020, Colombians will have spent almost half of the year in quarantine, says La República.
So far, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Latin American countries with most time in mandatory lockdown are:
- Ecuador – 4 months and 28 days
- Argentina – 4 months and 13 days
- Bolivia – 4 months and 9 days
- Paraguay – 4 months and 8 days
- Colombia – 4 months and 6 days (it will be extended)
- Peru – 3 months and 14 days (it was extended by 15 days in some states)
- Venezuela – 2 months and 26 days (it was extended one month in Caracas and other cities)
- Mexico – 2 months and 14 days
- Chile – 2 months and 16 days
- Brazil (Sao Paulo) – 2 months and 6 days