Colombia sets another daily record with 13,990 covid-19 infections

Health workers conduct covid-19 tests in Cartagena (Colombia).  EFE / Ricardo Maldonado Rozo
Health workers conduct covid-19 tests in Cartagena (Colombia). EFE / Ricardo Maldonado Rozo

Bogotá, Dec 19 (EFE) .- Colombia registered another daily record of covid-19 this Saturday, with 13,990 infections that raised the positive cases in the country to 1,496,062, the Ministry of Health reported.
The information also shows that the number of deaths on the day was 249, the highest figure since September 6, when there were 256. Thus, the total number of deaths in the country rose to 40,268.
The health authority also said that there are 89,176 active cases, corresponding to 5.9%, and that 1,362,543 patients overcame the disease, that is, 91% of the total.
Regarding the infections this Saturday, the highest number was in Bogotá, with 4,155, followed by the departments of Antioquia (2,030), Valle del Cauca (907), Atlántico (853), Bolívar (793), Cundinamarca (656), Risaralda (635), Tolima (610), Santander (588), Norte de Santander (451), Quindío (275), Meta (267), Caldas (248), Nariño (237) and Boyacá (188).
Meanwhile, the regions with the most deaths of the day, of which 217 belong to previous days, were Norte de Santander (43), followed by Bogotá (34), Valle del Cauca (30), Antioquia (27), Tolima ( 20), Cundinamarca and Santander (10).
There were also deaths in Caldas and Huila (8); Quindío, Atlántico and Risaralda (7); Cauca, Meta, Bolívar and Magdalena (5); Cesar (4) and Nariño (3).
The rest of deaths occurred in Arauca, Boyacá, Caquetá and La Guajira (2); Casanare, Córdoba and Guaviare (1).
On this day, 62,854 samples were processed, of which 38,655 were of the PCR type and 24,199 of antigens, for a total of 7.44 million samples processed in the country since March.
The regions that accumulate the most cases continue to be Bogotá, with 425,914; Antioquia (240,662), Valle del Cauca (125,081), Atlántico (86,314), Santander (61,277) and Cundinamarca (60,505).
The Colombian president, Iván Duque, said yesterday that in Colombia the vaccine against covid-19 will begin to be applied in the first weeks of 2021.
Duque indicated that his government closed deals to acquire 10 million doses from Pfizer laboratories and 10 million from AstraZeneca.
Additionally, said the head of state, an agreement was closed through the Covax platform to acquire 20 million doses.
The Minister of Health, Fernando Ruiz, pointed out that to achieve “herd immunity” it is necessary to vaccinate 70% of the Colombian population, that is, 35,734,649 people.
With 40 million doses it will be possible to vaccinate 20 million people and, added Ruiz, “the basic principle of this vaccination is that, as we had already announced, it will be free for all Colombians.”

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