Colombian capital to hold another weekend lockdown


FILE PHOTO: People walk to catch a bus before a three-day lockdown ends on Tuesday in the capital of the country, to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Bogota, Colombia April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Nathalia Angarita

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's capital Bogota will repeat a three-day lockdown this weekend in a bid to slow coronavirus infections, Mayor Claudia Lopez said on Tuesday.

A similar lockdown last weekend has helped slow the transmission of the disease, Lopez said in a press conference.

People should stay home on Friday through Sunday, she added, and limits on when people can shop based on their ID number will continue.

Intensive care units in Bogota have an occupancy rate of 76%, less than other cities like Medellin, which has also imposed quarantine measures.

Officials will evaluate again next week whether to extend the lockdown measures, Lopes said.

Colombia has reported more than 2.5 million coronavirus cases, as well as 66,000 deaths.

It has administered more than 3.1 million vaccines doses, including more than 600,000 in Bogota.

(Reporting by Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Sam Holmes)

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