Covid19 | Secretary of Health talks about the new quarantine in Bogotá – Bogotá


As of tomorrow, a new group of towns in Bogotá are once again in strict quarantine, and if at the end of the 14 days of isolation it is possible to lower the level of contagion even more with covid-19, the path of the so-called new normal is likely to be cleared, but if not, zone closures could continue to be an alternative in controlling the spread of the virus.

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In an interview with EL TIEMPO, the Secretary of Health, Alejandro Gómez, assures that in this eventual scenario none of the options can be ruled out, including the strict quarantine by localities, which has reduced the transmission speed of the new coronavirus. And he says that 7 million people cannot be on the street at the same time in the city.

At the epidemiological level, what should happen from tomorrow in the seven towns that go into quarantine?

What should happen is that we modify the transmissibility index. We can find localities where the level of transmission is low and they have few cases, that is the ideal; others where the level of transmission is high and have few cases. There is a third option, and it is where the few cases are accompanied by a higher level of transmissibility. The most serious problem is in those with a high level of transmission and a high level of cases. It is with these elements that the decision is made to reach more locations.

To others such as Usaquén, Teusaquillo and La Candelaria, which had not been closed, we are now adding some that have a fairly high level of transmission, which is why we are bringing Antonio Nariño, Puente Aranda, Chapinero and Santa Fe back to this exercise. The closures of localities have given very interesting results, the level of transmissibility has dropped in most, but not all. Starting Sunday, we want to continue taking care of the health system.

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Is Puente Aranda the most critical?

We find complex situations in several of them, in Puente Aranda, for example, we have problems, but we also have in Antonio Nariño and we have not managed to go down as we would like in Chapinero, that is why these that had already been the object of closure and are again.

What results do you expect from this other phase of the closure by locality?

We are taking these measures trying to affect the economy, employment and productivity of the city as little as possible, so we try not to put too much hand on just one. These closures by locality are intended to handle a number of daily cases not exceeding 3,500. Of course, with the increase in cases, one might think that bigger closures need to be made, but I think that staggered closures have given very good results. Hopefully this closing is the last.

Can other quarantines be presented in the future?

Of course yes, we cannot rule out any of the measures#so they have served us. As the number of global cases begins to decrease, we can say ‘we are not going to do more quarantines, we are going to do other types of strategies’. We need the 7.7 million inhabitants not to be together at all times in public space. In other words, we are not going to get back to normal before the pandemic, We have to create other ways for the city to produce, to have the capacity to generate wealth and employment without all of us on the streets.

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In figures, how do we manage with these rotations to lower contagion levels throughout the city?

In all localities, the transmission rate has been lowered; in some more than in others. There are some that have high rates because they are people’s destinations, such as those in the center and Chapinero; others because they are of origin, such as Ciudad Bolívar, Bosa and Kennedy, and some are very endogamous, that is, some people go out and others work in the locality, such as Kennedy. In each one we already have a different situation.

Kennedy stopped being worrisome?

Kennedy never ceases to be worrying because of its enormous size and because it took us a lot of advantage as so many of the transmission, contagion and severity phenomena of hospitalized patients have been concentrated there. We cannot forget that he has the central supply, which has always been a risk factor, and fortunately it has been controlled. We cannot say that in Kennedy the situation is controlled. It has a population of 1.4 million people and that fact alone, like Suba, which has more population, makes them beacons that we have to look at very carefully.

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The District Secretary of Health, Alejandro Gómez.

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Bogota City Hall

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What is presented in Barrios Unidos?

The level of transmission has not been controlled as we would like. We are not going to continue so as not to prolong the quarantine for a whole month, because we need to let people have other activities, but if we notice after a week that different measures have to be taken, well, of course we will take them.

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What do you say to the disgruntled?

It is up to all of us to make a little sacrifice, the entire city has made enormous efforts. The town of Kennedy has been subjected to not once but three intense quarantines. The people who live in Usaquén and Teusaquillo, who fortunately have not had the levels of other localities, but who contribute to the amount of people in motion, we have to be in solidarity with the rest. We do this together.

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