Barranquilla cancels several events prior to Carnival due to Covid-19

Before him increase cases of covid-19 por la omicron variant, the Barranquilla Mayor’s Office canceled various Massive events that were traditionally carried out weeks before dthe traditional Carnival of this city of Colombian Caribbean.

Ethe mayor of Barranquilla, Jaime Pumarejo, advertisement la suspension of whats eventos that are carried out in the month of January, among them the traditional reading of Announcement what was it going to be the 22 and what marks the beginning from carnival season, party declared by the Unesco “Masterpiece of Oral Heritage and Intangible of Humanity “.

Pumarejo explained that “to have Carnival in February y oother events that generate employment and preserve traditions, the city will make a great effort in january like preventive measurea “. For this year celebration of Carnival this expected of Saturday 26 of February to tuesday March 1st.

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“It has been determined to cancel the Lectura del Bando and the massive events with the highest epidemiological risk during this month of January, including concerts and other pre-carnival events”, indicated the mayor tol clarify that “Barranquilla nor is it in the same circumstances from ago one or two years. “

He pointed to the increase from hospital capacity and of the UC infrastructureI and that currently “we have a greater knowledge of virus and therefore, better elements to act “.

Barranquilla carries 20 days with a increase in cases on behalf of omicron, although the cases are still Lower than those of other cities What Bogotá, Medellín or Cali.

According to expert projections, this increase should continue until the last days of january or, in the worst case scenario, first days of February.

“Our committee of experts will continue to evaluate the situation and we will take the necessary measures if there is any abrupt change. Although we see that it is a disease with mild symptoms and without complications, we should not take it lightly. We will do our part as a government.”said the mayor.

In Barranquilla the health authoritiesd report a vaccination coverage against him covid-19 97% from population with al minus one dose and from 66 % with the full scheme, figures higher than the national average. EFE

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