There are more than 50,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Colombia


Bogota has confirmed that the number of coronavirus cases in Colombia has crossed 50,000, the country's health ministry said on Sunday, with neighboring Ecuador reaching the same milestone.


In Colombia, 50,939 and 1,667 people died due to coronavirus. In Ecuador, 46,700 cases were reported, with 3,896 deaths.

COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, engulfed Ecuador's health system, in some cases the bodies of the dead could not be collected by authorities and the government had to temporarily store the corpses in refrigerator shipping containers.

The Colombian economy has been hit by two ailments of the Colombian blockade because of President Ivan Duke's falling prices and oil prices.

The country entered a national lockdown at the end of March, which will be lifted on July 1.

But as some sectors reopen and the quarantine grows, medics are ready to spike in COVID-19 cases.

At a news conference Sunday, Bogota Mayor Claudia Lopez announced new sanctions in which residents can leave the home only to make purchases or use financial services with numbers on their ID cards.

Many districts in Bogot  where the rate of infection is high, also impose two weeks of rigorous detention.

The lockdown has shut down thousands of businesses, which has led to increased unemployment.

In April, unemployment in Colombia hit a historic high of 23.5% in urban areas, which equates to more than 4 million people out of work, as the government promises more measures to help those most affected.

According to the Ministry of Finance, Colombia's economy will shrink by 5.5% by 2020, as partial paralysis leads to the blockade.

The country will raise 6.1% of GDP - equivalent to 6.1% pesos (12.72 billion pounds) - from 2.2% of the original GDP.

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