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Coronavirus in Colombia: March 28 update

As numbers go up, we bring you the latest coronavirus data and look at how COVID-19 is affecting Colombia, and what might happen in the future.

Coronavirus: What were we thinking?

What caused so many world leaders to stick their heads in the sand and act as though the novel coronavirus was not going to spread?

Coronavirus in Colombia: March 26 update

As residents of Colombia get used to their national quarantine, the country now has 491 coronavirus cases and six deaths. We bring the latest stats.

Coronavirus cases in Colombia: March 24 update

Colombia now has 306 coronavirus cases. We bring the latest stats and analysis.

Colombia’s quarantine 101: Everything you need to know

Citizens must stay at home until April 13 unless they have a good reason -- like needing food or medicine -- to be out.

Ceasefire call to armed groups during coronavirus

Civil organisations are calling on armed gangs to “stop military action” during the coronavirus pandemic.

Quarantining or couch-potatoing? Workout in quarantine

Get off the couch and take advantage of the best free or free trial workout offerings on the web.

Coronavirus cases in Colombia: March 22 update

Colombia announces its first coronavirus deaths. Total cases in the country are 231

What it’s like going out during Bogotá’s quarantine

So what is like out on the streets of Bogotá? Well, with two energetic huskies in the house, there’s a pressing need for me to be out of the house and making use of those 20 minute walking slots.

Colombia to enter complete quarantine

President Duque announces that Colombia will go into a total shutdown from midnight on Tuesday, March 24.

Coronavirus cases in Colombia: March 20 update

145 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Colombia so far, with no confirmed deaths. This tally puts us in 55th place worldwide.

Bogotá quarantine, Day 1: Keep sane and entertained

As the capital enters four days of quarantine, we’ll be bringing you a few Colombia-related ideas of things to do each day.

Bogotá’s isolation drill: Everything you need to know about the simulacro

Bogotanos will be forced to stay at home over the holiday weekend in a four-day citywide shut down, aimed at preparing the city for a serious novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Visas in the time of the coronavirus

There’s a lot of information and disinformation flying around about COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus. We asked Migración Colombia to solve some of the problems that readers have told us they’re worried about. Here are the answers

Bogotá to shut down for four days in coronavirus drill

Bogotá mayor Claudia López announced this evening that the capital would shut down over the coming bank holiday weekend in an isolation simulation. The mayor called on people to remain in their houses for four days, beginning on Friday March 20.

The party’s over: coronavirus cases bring Colombian clampdown

As the coronavirus spreads in Colombia, local authorities are imposing curfews and banning the sale of alcohol.

Duque declares health emergency over COVID-19

The number of COVID-19 cases in Colombia reached 54 today, with nine new cases confirmed in Bogotá this morning.

Bogotá on ‘yellow alert’ to contain coronavirus

Bogota awoke to new rules from the authorities aimed at reducing the contagen and getting ahead of the global outbreak.

Visitors from countries with high rates of coronavirus must self-isolate for...

Foreigners failing to comply face deportation, say health authorities as Colombia’s confirmed cases hit nine.

Restrictive abortion legislation upheld in Colombia

Since 2006, Colombia has been considered a regional leader in defending women’s reproductive rights. That may have changed on March 2 when the Constitutional Court voted to uphold its 2006 abortion legislation

Sexual harassment on campus: Silent no more

Feminist collective Destapa la Olla organise topless demonstration to call attention to sexual assault on campus and give voice to victims' experiences.

Coronavirus arrives in Colombia: First case confirmed in Bogotá

In keeping with its globe-trotting character, coronavirus has landed in Colombia by plane from Italy, according to Bogota-based health officials.

Modal verbs: Can you feel the love tonight?

Can you use modal verbs correctly, or might you make a mistake? Follow our guide and you should be perfect.

Todos Somos: From Cúcuta to Bogotá by foot

Todos Somos is collecting first person narratives from Venezuelan migrants and refugees and sharing them through books and performance.

State of the nation: Higher education

Higher education funding per student has decreased dramatically in the past decade and the deficit won’t be easy to bridge.

Time for a transportation transformation: The RegioTram

Beyond Metro and TransMilenio, changes in other forms of transport are set to take place in the capital region. With RegioTram, bike lanes, and ride-sharing, residents may have many options for cleaner, more efficient transportation.

TransMilenio trumps tranvia on Séptima and Avenida 68

The controversial TransMilenio on Séptima has failed to gain popular support, while the TransMilenio on Avenida 68 has the green light.

Transport Bogotá: Construction to start on Bogotá’s metro

Are the brakes finally off for the Bogotá’s metro construction? The constructors say they will break ground in April.

Art whispers: This month’s Bogotá Gallery Round-Up

From commentary on the art market to perspectives on the paro, there’s plenty of art to see in the city.

Why Colombian protests neither represent a second Chile nor are part...

Although Chilean and Colombian unrests have things in common, a comparison of both country’s protest movements is completely unfounded.

Reinvented Uber returns to Colombia

Uber, the popular rideshare app that was banned from Colombia at the end of January has found a legal loophole and re-opened its operations.

Film review: La Sinfónica de los Andes

In La Sinfónica de los Andes, legendary anthropologist and filmmaker Marta Rodríguez goes into northern Cauca to examine the disastrous consequences of war on a small Nasa community grieving the loss of numerous children who have fallen victim of the conflict.

Spanish language: Do you know your eggs?

Do you know eggs-actly how to order huevos for breakfast? We give you some eggs-amples of what to say. It’s no yolk.

Venezuela: When the wheels fall off…

Going local goes further afield with a Venezuelan trip where petrol is free and the shops are full but there’s no money to spend.

Education First 1-2 confirms victory for Higuita in the Tour Colombia

EF cycling finished in a 1-2 on the last day to confirm Sergio Higuita’s win in the six-day race

Second victory in a row for Sebastián Molano at Tour Colombia...

Colombia has turned into a cradle of new sprinters

State of the nation: Hard labour

Workers’ rights and salaries are divisive topics in 2020. We look at labour reforms likely to upset regular workers.

Sebastián Molano a prophet in his own land

Sebastián Molano claimed the first individual stage of Tour Colombia 2.1 in Duitama.

Tour Colombia 2.1 rolls off

The third version of Tour Colombia UCI had a sensational opening after the victory of Education First that stopped the clock at 18’01”.

Viva Valentine’s Day! Here’s a look at some of the hottest...

Despite having Amor y Amistad also widely celebrated in Colombia. Here is a look at some of the hottest spots around Bogotá for the big date night

The Buzz: Fins, fungus and failing friends

Our roundup of Colombian news that went global in the first weeks of 2020.

State of the Nation: No peace for social leaders

There were 34 assassinations of social leaders in January alone. We look at the numbers and ask why there is still no peace for Colombia’s human rights defenders.

Sako Asko: A window into your soul

The latest exhibition from Sako Asko invites us to examine our own self-perceptions.

Oli’s big topic: Consequences schmonsequences

After the resignation of the defence minister last year, there have been immediate repercussions. Is this is a one-off, or a promising sign for the future?

Mary Costello blazes a trail to celebrate Saint Brigid’s Day

In her talk, “Women’s voices in literature and their role in modern Ireland,” at la Universidad Nacional Costello admitted to just recently understanding the uniqueness of her own perspective as a woman writer.

State of the nation: Peace implementation

While there has been some progress, the slow implementation of Colombia’s peace agreement continues to be a source of discontent, especially as rural communities continue to suffer violence and displacement. Part two of our ongoing look at the issues that face the country.

Sur de Bolívar: New rules

Colombia’s conflict didn’t disappear, it’s just went under the radar. But for how long? We report from the troubled region of Sur de Bolívar.

Will Colombia catch the coronavirus? What you need to know.

A new flu-type virus could be the next pandemic. Here’s a Q&A to keep you up to date…

State of the nation: Corruption

‘In post-conflict Colombia, the battles will be about corruption.’ We look at the bribes that bind, one of the issues that drove so many people to the streets.

English language: We’re going through changes

As English language changes, you want to be on the right side of his(or her)tory.

Uber to leave Colombia at the end of January

The ride-sharing app Uber will no longer be available in Colombia from midnight January 31st onwards, the company announced Friday.

Christmas songs in Colombia: all the songs you need to know

6 Christmas songs you need to know to impress your Colombian friends and family this festive season.

Christmas lights up Colombia in December

December in Colombia is a magical time and an opportunity to leave the capital and check out some of the most incredible light displays across the country.

Implementing peace: Gender issues lag behind

Kroc Institute reports that 42% of gender commitments in Colombia’s 2016 peace agreement have not yet been started, compared with 27% overall.

Colombian Christmas 101: Everything you need to know

If you don’t know your Noche de las velitas from your Nochebuena, now’s the time to get to grips with Colombian festivities.

How to not shop till you drop at Expoartesanías 2019

Expoartesanias is one of the largest handicraft fairs in Latin America and is a ‘must’ for any fans of Colombian culture. Here are five tips to on how to get the most out of it.

Clases a las Calles take national strike education to the streets

Professors democratise knowledge with free public event.

Guardia Indígena join Bogotá marches

Indigenous groups and Guardia Indígena arrived in the capital in recent days ready to participate in the third national strike.

The fourteenth day of protest will see a third national strike

Strike leaders announce ‘El Paro sigue’ after meeting with the government does not reach consensus on key issues.

‘The state wants to silence us’

Steven Gutiérrez was an eyewitness to the fatal wounding of Dilan Cruz, a young student shot with anti-riot ammunition by ESMAD. Since denouncing the attack Gutiérrez has received death threats. He speaks to The Bogotá Post.

Latin America rises up in unison

As the Cacerolazo Latinoamericano calls for equality and human rights in the region, one of the Chilean activists who joined in jokes that Colombians ‘have more rhythm.’

Colombian protests and small businesses

The small business community is feeling the effects of the protests, but many still support the movement.

Duque’s grand debates: The environment

We dip into the national conversation with a look at what was talked about in yesterday’s environmental discussion.

In numbers: 8 days of the Colombian protests

The country has seen over a week of mass protests. We wrap up the national strike so far with some interesting numbers.

Women in journalism make their voices heard

Conversatorio Mujeres Poderosas brings powerhouse women in journalism head-to-head

Film review: Knives Out

Knives Out gathers a cast of familiar faces including Chris Evans and Daniel Craig (Captain America and James Bond, respectively), as well as Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon and newcomers Katherine Langford and Jaden Martell.

A journey around the world with the history of the cacerolazo

How this peaceful protest method originated and how bogotanos are making it their own.

Toquerolazo: Music for the people

Toquerolazo de Queda: Local musicians add a new note to the protests.

Dilan Cruz, face of a generation

Dilan Cruz, who was shot by ESMAD on Saturday, has died in hospital.

Colombia’s strike leaders tell the government to listen

Representatives of the National Strike Committee say strikes will continue and ask president Duque to listen to the demands of the country.

Duque proposes Gran Conversación Nacional

In an effort to stem the tide of protest, President Duque has laid out plans for four months of national conversations.

Bogotá protests: How was it for you?

As the protests in Bogotá enter a fourth day of high tensions, we’ve heard a lot of stories from around the city.

ESMAD shooting leaves student in critical condition

A young protestor was struck by a grenade on Saturday night, leaving him fighting for his life

Bogotá curfew: What happened on Friday night?

Bogotá Curfew: Friday 22 November saw a whirlwind of news hit Bogotá, both true and false, we try to give some context to what happened.

Cacerolazos: Reclaim the calles

Out and about in last night’s cacerolazos as spontaneous demonstrations break out across the country.

Colombia protests: Hear it from the people

Colombia saw hundreds of thousands (possibly even millions) of people joining the national strike.

What you need to know about Colombia’s national strike

Tensions have been rising in the run up to Colombia’s national strike which will take place tomorrow, November 21.
Daniel Quintero speaks on a panel in Medellin

Colombia’s key local election outcomes mark a shift away from the...

For the first time since the 2016 peace agreement, the Colombia’s political elite fared poorly in the...
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Bird tourism in Colombia takes flight — as threats to vital...

Caption: Saffron-crowned tanager — Photo courtesy of Pedro Arturo Camargo Martinez, Biologist with Asociación Calidris At sunrise last...

Guzmán: Colombia’s forgotten history of peace

Colombians negotiated a landmark peace agreement that slowly crumbled as the State was unable to live up to its promise of economic...
Indigenous communities in Cauca are now in their 18th day of protest against the government.

Guzmán: Why they won’t stop protesting in Cauca

March for the defense of the JEP, Special Jurisdiction for peace in Spanish. Protestants march against the objections made by...
Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP)

Guzmán: The opposition will be defeated if it doesn’t unite

Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) Photo courtesy of Oficina de prensa JEP Duque’s objections to the JEP presented...

The Inauguration of Nicolas Maduro according to Twitter

Nicolas Maduro speaking to the Supreme Tribunal of Justice in February 2017. (Photo courtesy of the Venezuelan government)

A crosshair on their backs: the seemingly unstoppable crisis behind the...

The killings of social leaders continue unabated in Colombia. The assailants and motives behind the killings vary...

How you can help vulnerable Bogotanos during the quarantine

As Bogotá shuts down to slow the spread of the coronavirus, many who were already living day to day are struggling to find food or put a roof over their heads. How can you help?

Coronavirus leaves tourists stranded in Colombia

As countries around the world struggle to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many tourists are stranded and unable to get home.
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Colombia quarantine day 2: Ways to enjoy Colombia during the shut...

We continue to focus on virtual Colombia with more ways to stay entertained during the quarantine.

Confusion reigns as Duque and López go back-and-forth on Bogotá shutdown

After initially announcing that Bogotá would be heading into a shutdown isolation simulation this weekend to combat the coronavirus, mayor Claudia López' plans were thrown into confusion on Wednesday by the national government.