The Colombian Ministry of Health reported an increase of 9,270 more infections and 296 additional deaths this Wednesday, which means the number of accumulated cases is already 633,339 and that of deaths is 20,348.
In light of the country’s recent entry into a new phase of de-escalation, Health Minister Fernando Ruiz has defended that prior to this move, “Colombia did not have the longest or strictest quarantine” but “successful mandatory preventive isolation”. this made it possible to avoid the collapse of the health system. “
Although authorities have eased some of the most restrictive measures and allowed other economic sectors and services such as aviation to be reopened, Ruiz stated that the restrictions on alcohol use on public roads and in facilities.
“The evidence says that if you use alcohol in public places, preventive measures are being relaxed and people are more exposed to COVID-19,” he said today in his speech to the country’s President Iván Duque.