Colombia Begins Reopening After 5-Month Partial Lockdown

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA COLOMBIA: After five months of partial lockdown, Colombia is set to begin gradually reopening September 1. President Iván Duque said Monday that he is extending the […] The post Colombia Begins Reopening After 5-Month Partial Lockdown appeared first on Latin America News Dispatch.

Colombia Begins Reopening After 5-Month Partial Lockdown

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA

COLOMBIA: After five months of partial lockdown, Colombia is set to begin September 1. President Iván Duque said Monday that he is as new cases remain high, but industries that have been shuttered — including dining and transportation — will open to help the economy. Without a vaccine in sight, Duque said reopening is “the road to adaptation.”

, which has been hit hardest by the pandemic, Mayor Claudia López will limit which days of the week certain businesses can open, including neighborhood shops and hairdressers, to prevent crowding. López said COVID-19 cases have decreased in the city and more beds are available in the intensive care units now.

Colombia has faced its in at least a decade due to the pandemic and a drop in oil prices. Duque has been trying to reactivate the economy throughout the pandemic, including implementing controversial that sent crowds rushing to stores. Colombia has more than 550,000 cases and 17,612 deaths.

Headlines from the western hemisphere

SOUTHERN CONE

BRAZIL: Sen. Flávio Bolsonaro, the son of President Jair Bolsonaro, for the coronavirus, he announced yesterday. The senator said he has no symptoms, but he is isolating and taking chloroquine, the drug touted by his father but found ineffective in studies. tested positive for the virus last month. Since then, his wife, , and another son, Jair Renan Bolsonaro, have also tested positive.

ANDES

BOLIVIA: Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Monday expressing concern over the interim government’s lack of response to the deaths of 19 people in during the protests last November. The report was based on 150 interviews with victims and witnesses and accuses the military and police of murder, torture, and arbitrary detention. Minister of Government Arturo Murillo and urged her to come to Bolivia and look at the forensic evidence herself, concluding that the victims were not killed by the police or military.

PERU: in a clash between Peruvian armed forces and members of the Shining Path in the coca-growing Ayacucho region on Monday. Two soldiers and four Shining Path rebels were killed during a military operation against drug trafficking. Though much weaker now, the Shining Path , particularly in the Valley of the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers, also known as VRAEM. Earlier this year, two civilians were killed during an ambush by the Shining Path.

CARIBBEAN

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: The new school year in the Dominican Republic will on November 2 and the year will be extended 45 days, the minister of education said Monday. Classes will be held online, on the television, and on the radio. are allowed to start when they choose. The Dominican Republic has the most COVID-19 cases in the , with more than and 1,585 deaths.

JAMAICA: The Ministry of Health announced yesterday that Jamaican sprinter for the coronavirus. Bolt said he has no symptoms. Jamaican police are that Bolt held a birthday party last week where attendees did not follow social distancing rules. Prime Minister Andrew Holness said Bolt will . “All Jamaicans have a duty, and those who have public ear and influence in the public sphere have an even greater (responsibility),” Holness said.

CENTRAL AMERICA

COSTA RICA: Costa Rica experienced an within 24 hours on Monday. The struck off the Pacific coast. No damage was reported, but the earthquake was felt throughout Costa Rica. Nine minutes after the earthquake, the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano erupted, spewing volcanic material 1,000 meters in the air. In addition, the country has been experiencing heavy rains and flooding after last week. 

EL SALVADOR: Salvadorans this week after five months of lockdown. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled that President Nayib Bukele’s reopening plan was and gave him two weeks to negotiate a new plan with Congress. The two-week deadline expired Sunday, allowing businesses to reopen without a government plan. Bukele imposed one of the region’s strictest lockdowns and repeatedly suspended early phases of reopening, worrying some human rights experts. His government still does not support a full reopening. El Salvador has nearly 25,000 coronavirus cases and 678 deaths.

NORTH AMERICA

MEXICO: President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has after a video appears to show a member of Mexico’s military ordering other soldiers to kill a survivor of a shootout with cartel gunmen last month. Twelve people were killed in the shootout, including three kidnapped civilians, according to the newspaper The father of one of the civilians, Damián Tercero, spoke out yesterday . “I want the military to pay,” he said. Olga Sánchez Cordero, the secretary of the interior, said the for the killings.

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