Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Colombia confirms first coronavirus death

Colombia’s health ministry late on Saturday confirmed Colombia’s first death attributed to the coronavirus, as the disease continues to spread worldwide.

Arnold de Jesús Ricardo Iregui is the first victim of coronavirus covid-19 in Colombia

The victim was a 58-year-old man, Arnold de Jesús Ricardo Iregui, who worked as a taxi driver in the coastal city of Cartagena.

“We regret to inform Colombians of the first death of a citizen from coronavirus,” health minister Fernando Ruiz said.

The taxi driver had transported Italian tourists in his vehicle on March 4 and two days later presented the first symptoms, the ministry said in a statement, adding the man had untreated hypertension and diabetes.

- paying the bills -

He was first treated on March 13 and died three days later. Two tests for coronavirus came back negative, the statement said, but one was taken incorrectly.

The patient’s sister, a doctor who cared for him and one of his taxi passengers have all tested positive for the virus.

“Despite the laboratory results, it is conclusive to attribute the death to the new virus,” the statement said.

Arnold de Jesús Ricardo Iregui was buried last Monday night by a handful of friends and by his sister, Liliana Ricardo. Neither his three children nor his mother could reach Cartagena for the last goodbye, because the virus that plagues the planet is also slowing down internal mobility in Colombia.

“We were living together, and he told me that he picked up two Italian tourists, according to him because of the language, and took them to a hostel. On the tour they sneezed several times,” says Liliana Ricardo, the sister.

- paying the bills -

Colombia has so far recorded 210 cases of COVID-19.

The country will enter a nationwide quarantine from Tuesday night, as the government seeks to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Colombia will block incoming international flights from Monday and has ordered people aged 70 and over to stay indoors until the end of May. The government has closed terrestrial borders, schools and bars and will halt domestic flights from Wednesday.

Bogota began holding an obligatory quarantine drill on Friday. Originally set to last four days, it will now continue straight into the national quarantine.

More than 300,000 people have been infected by the coronavirus worldwide and over 13,000 have died.

Article originally appeared on Q Colombia and is republished here with permission.

Q24N
Q24N
Q24N is an aggregator of news for Latin America. Reports from Mexico to the tip of Chile and Caribbean are sourced for our readers to find all their Latin America news in one place.

Related Articles

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: 788 new cases Sunday; 26-year-old dies and a 14-year-old in ICU

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health reported this Sunday, August 2, 788...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: 367 new cases on August 1; ICU cases almost 100

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health reported 367 new cases for Saturday,...

MOST READ

Second suspect in murdering doctor in Quepos will spend 6 months in preventive detention

The Quepos Criminal Court issued six months of preventive detention against the second suspected of participating in the murder María Luisa Cedeño Quesada,...

Expensive insurance policy and COVID-19 test increase the cost of traveling to Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica has become a much more expensive destination for foreign tourists starting August 1, when the country reopens its air borders. The cost...

IATA warns Costa Rica for overcharging on travel insurance

(QCOSTARICA) The International Air Transport Association (IATA) issued a warning to the Costa Rican government for the "excessive" cost of the mandatory travel insurance...

Prosecutor’s Office: suspect drowned tourist in the sea and stole her cell phone

(QCOSTARICA) Mexican tourist María Trinidad Matus Tenorio was drowned on the beach of Santa Teresa in Cóbano, and the alleged suspect in killing her...

Public and private cemeteries required to reserve 5% of niches for pandemic deaths

(QCOSTARICA) Through an amendment to the General Cemetery Regulations, the Government ordered public and private cemeteries to reserve at least 5% of the niches...

Clear as mud. What is allowed, then isn’t and is again for August!

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica president Carlos Alvarado this Wednesday announced the measures that will be in place for the month of August, leaving aside the...

Let's Keep This Going!

To be updated with all the latest news and information about Costa Rica and Latin America.

Article originally appeared on Q Colombia and is republished here with permission.