Colombia: Bogota's ICU wards fill up as nation's coronavirus situation worsens

As confirmed coronavirus cases in Colombia passed 60,000 this week and more than 3,000 cases are being reported daily, the footage shows the current situation inside one of Bogota's COVID wards and intensive care units. Colombia's coronavirus crisis is coupled with an economic downturn due to crashing oil prices worldwide and a slowing economy due to lockdown restrictions. This April, unemployment in Colombia hit an all-time low of 23.5 per cent in urban areas, leaving more than four million people out of work. The country has been in a national lockdown since late March, the lockdown which is expected to be lifted on July 1, however, the current surge of cases may mean that date needs rethinking. The footage highlights the hectic and busy environment inside the ever-more full intensive care unit. Doctors explained how their job and supplies have changed as a result of the crisis. «The levels of protective measures have been increased because before, though we used masks and other measures, they were not as rigorous as they are now,» explained doctor Juan Fernando Camargo Arenas. Colombia has recorded 63,276 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began. Thus far, there have been 2,045 virus-related deaths nationwide.

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