Bogotá, Jul 31 (EFE) .- Colombia reached 10,105 deaths from COVID-19 this Friday, with the 295 confirmed today by the Ministry of Health, which also reported 9,488 new positive cases, for a total of 295,508 infections.
Of the total deaths reported in the country, 2,746 have occurred in Bogotá and 1,473 in Barranquilla, the two cities with the most fatalities due to coronavirus in Colombia. The Colombian capital also exceeded 100,000 infections.
There are 130,403 active cases in the country, corresponding to 44.13% of all infections, while the number of patients who overcame the disease rose to 154,387 (52.2%) with 5,692 recovered from the day.
As for the deceased this Friday, Bogotá had the highest number with 88, followed by the departments of Antioquia (43), Córdoba (29), Atlántico (26), Valle del Cauca (23), Magdalena (13) , Nariño and Putumayo (9), Sucre (8), Huila, Tolima and Meta (6) and Norte de Santander (5).
The rest of deaths occurred in La Guajira and Cundinamarca (4 each), Cesar, Santander, Cauca and Caquetá (3), Bolívar (2) and Boyacá and Caldas (1).
On the day, 35,990 tests were carried out, so there are already 1,573,679 samples processed in Colombia.
BOGOTÁ EXCEEDS 100,000 CONTAGIOS
As in the death data, Bogotá was the region that confirmed the most cases this Friday with 3,717, and there were also high figures in Antioquia (2,073), Valle del Cauca (668), Atlántico (530), Bolívar (333), Cundinamarca (274), Santander (266), Norte de Santander (203), Nariño (200), Meta (127), Córdoba (126), Cesar (115) and Sucre (111).
The main outbreaks of the pandemic are Bogotá, which today reached 101,955 infections, and the departments of Atlántico (52,313), Antioquia (32,759), Valle del Cauca (24,660), Bolívar (18,240), Cundinamarca (8,500), Nariño (7,970 ), Magdalena (6,138), Sucre (5,928) and Córdoba (5,538).
Today’s figures confirm the unstoppable advance of the pandemic in the country and while in regions such as the Caribbean departments of Atlántico and Bolívar they seem to have reached their peak in others such as Antioquia, Norte de Santander and Córdoba, the situation worsens.
In Montería, the capital of Córdoba, the coronavirus has a fatality rate of 10.44%, three times higher than the national average of 3.43%, while in Cúcuta, the capital of Norte de Santander, the capacity of the intensive care (ICU) is almost full.
In Antioquia, the governor in charge, Luis Fernando Suárez, was hospitalized this Friday for respiratory difficulties due to the spread of coronavirus.
Suárez “presented a decrease in his respiratory capacity, as a result of the contagion with COVID-19 and he was preventively admitted to the general hospitalization service of a medical center,” the Antioquia Government, whose capital is Medellín, said in a statement.
The note specified that the president, diagnosed with the virus on July 23, “remains conscious and in good condition.”
CHANGE OF COUNTING METHOD
On the other hand, the National Institute of Health (INS) reported today that starting tomorrow the daily death toll will be presented differently, detailing how many correspond to the day and how many are from earlier dates.
With this new model, of the 295 deaths reported this Friday, 265 would be from previous days and only 30 from the date, just when infections and deaths are on the rise in the country.
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