Colombia lifts COVID-19 restrictions as new cases drop

Fabian Carmona, right, a specialist in composite materials, and Camilo Benitez, assemble bio-secure helmets in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. The Colombian start up QL Concepts has invented the helmets that could help doctors, dentists, supermarket cashiers and anyone else who requires additional protection from the coronavirus and other airborne pathogens. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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UPDATED 7:17 AM PT – Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The government of Colombia is lifting coronavirus restrictions as new infections gradually fade. On Tuesday, officials in Bogota said the country’s  airports, land transportation, gyms and restaurants have mostly resumed their regular operations.

Authorities noted that the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations has declined, while virus-related deaths have plummeted in recent weeks as well. Colombia has had a total of 624,000 cases and 20,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19, while 470,000 people have recovered.

Officials, including Bogota Mayor Claudia Lopez, said they have a plan of further reopening of the economy.

“This pilot that we start this Thursday, ‘Bogotá Open Sky,’ in more than 10 zones of the city with hundreds of restaurants,” explained the mayor. “It’s precisely to learn, very quickly, learn that we can do better, where mistakes are being made…sure some will be made, but also how we can quickly correct it.”

A passenger scans his passport before boarding an international, humanitarian flight at El Dorado airport in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombia expects to resume international flights later this month and reopen its land borders in October.

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