Colombia hit a sombre milestone today, as the country is reporting over 700,000 cases of the novel coronavirus – and nearly 23,000 deaths attributed to the virus.

The health ministry said it confirmed 702,088 cases since the pandemic began, and 22,518 deaths.

The country, which lifted an over five-month lockdown at the beginning of September, still has over 95,000 active cases of the virus. Health authorities say intensive care units in hospitals in Bogota, the capital, are running at about 62 percent capacity.

Colombia recently said it plans to enter into a looser quarantine phase and is considering allowing international flights to resume.



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