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The Government of Colombia reported this Wednesday that the use of the nasobuco or face mask due to the Covid-19 disease will no longer be mandatory in school environments as of May 15.

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The measure, dictated by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Colombia, was announced by the head of said portfolio, Fernando Ruiz, who recommended to governors, mayors, secretaries of education, school authorities, and families to continue efforts to increase vaccination rates in boys and girls, which are still relatively low.

“We are going to move quickly in the de-escalation of the use of face masks in Colombian boys and girls in schools and the decision has been made to eliminate the use of face masks in open and closed spaces of schools, colleges and universities in Colombia to from May 15,” the minister said.

According to statistics in Colombia, some 358 children have died as a result of the disease caused by Sars-Cov-2, 549 minors have been admitted to intensive care units, and 3,191 have been hospitalized.

Likewise, the Colombian health authorities report a total of 6,091,959 Covid-19 infections since the start of the pandemic; and 139,785 people died from the disease. Similarly, the institution announced 206 new positives for the coronavirus in the last 24 hours.

With regard to indigenous populations, the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia indicated in its latest update on the pandemic that there have been 2,640 deaths of indigenous people due to Covid-19 infection. Regarding the affected peoples, the organization indicated 79, with 94,015 infections accounted for in them.

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