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Sun Apr 12, 2020, 07:54 PM

Ignoring WHO and doctors, Colombia's health minister wants to relax coronavirus restrictions

by Adriaan Alsema April 12, 2020

A day after the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that a hasty lifting of restrictions to curb the coronavirus could lead to a “deadly resurgence,” Colombia’s health minister on Saturday proposed to do exactly that.

In an interview with newspaper El Espectador, Health Minister Fernando Ruiz said the government wants to relax restrictions at the end of the quarantine on April 26.

This would be between three and four weeks before the projected saturation of intensive care units in Colombia and a recipe for disaster, according to WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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The Colombian Medical Federation FMC) did respond, calling the health minister “incoherent,” claiming the number of infections continues to grow exponentially.


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