Colombia extends COVID-19 lockdown by two weeks, allows additional sectors to start re-opening

FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a face mask walks down a street during rush hour, after the government allowed certain sectors to return to work, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bogota, Colombia April 30, 2020. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s mandatory quarantine will be extended by a further two weeks as it tries to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, President Ivan Duque said on Tuesday.

The Andean country, which has reported more than 8,600 confirmed cases, leading to 378 deaths, began a national quarantine on March 24 but has extended it twice. It had been set to end on Monday.

However, sectors including industry and certain retailers, such as car and furniture sellers, can begin opening, Duque said.

Reporting by Oliver Griffin, Julia Symmes Cobb and Nelson Bocanegra

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