Colombia’s President Ivan Duque Márquez announced late last night that even though municipal curfews were due to expire Tuesday morning, the national government has declared a national 24 hour curfew beginning Tuesday at midnight until midnight, April 13 in order to retard the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic.
The president said that these measures are taken in consultation with the Pan American Health organization, and the United Nations’ World Health Organization. The president called on “more privileged sectors of society” to adopt a family in need, and to pray for the country’s doctors, nurses, and allied health workers.
The President in his announcement assured that people would be able to buy food and medicine, and that certain exemptions would be in place, such as for grocery, pharmacy and delivery workers, as well as utility service providers.
The government did not have details in place but promised that exact conditions of the epidemiological curfew would be coming as soon as today.
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Above photo: Efraín Herrera, Presidencia de la República
President Iván Duque has ordered a mandatory 24 hour national curfew in Colombia Until April 13 in order to fight the global Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic.
Provisions will be made for medical, food supply, banking & public safety exceptions.
This is a developing story and will be updated shortly.