(CNN Spanish) — The Colombian Ministry of Health recommended this Monday the use of masks “in closed spaces and in places such as care centers, nursing homes, public transport and if you present respiratory symptoms.”
The Ministry of the explains that the mask “not only reduces the risk” of contagion of covid-19, but also of other infections.
From the beginning of July The Ministry has explained that “the country has been presenting an increase in new cases of Sars-CoV-2, derived mainly from the new subvariants of omicron”.
For now it is a recommendation, not a mandatory measure.
Colombia, which is going through its fifth peak of infections, registers 96,280 cases of covid-19 in the last 28 days, according to the Johns Hopkins Universityand a weekly average of 3,400 new cases.
In total, Colombia has accumulated 6.25 million cases and 140,000 deaths.
Colombia has 71.3% of the population fully vaccinated, according to Our World in Data.
The president of Colombia, Iván Duque, announced in January 2022 new measures to face the impact of the omicron variant in the country. The guidelines are focused on the fact that people who had covid-19 can be vaccinated 30 days after isolation and not six months later as had been established. Consult the four measures announced against the advance of ómicron in Colombia.
The Colombian Minister of Health, Fernando Ruiz, announced at the beginning of 2022 that people with symptoms related to covid-19 must be isolated for 7 days and not 10 or 14 as before, regardless of their vaccination status. Check out the other announced changes.
With information from Angela Reyes