Colombia coronavirus: 23 killed in prison riot

At least 23 people have been killed as they rioted in one of Colombia’s largest prisons in Bogota over fears that the coronavirus could be spreading within its walls.
It started out as a protest against what inmates across the country said was overcrowding and poor health services in its jails.
The government has described it as an attempt to escape and has dismissed accusations that conditions were unsanitary.

Al Jazeera’s Alessandro Rampietti reports from Bogota about the unrest and what governments across the region are doing to fight the virus’ spread.

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Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a transcontinental country largely in the north of South America, with territories in North America. Colombia is bounded on the north by the Caribbean Sea, the northwest by Panama, the south by Ecuador and Peru, the east by Venezuela, the southeast by Brazil, and the west by the Pacific Ocean.

The capital is Bogotá, the country’s largest city. With over 50 million inhabitants Colombia is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse countries in the world. The Republic of Colombia was declared in 1886. Panama seceded in 1903.

Colombia’s territory encompasses Amazon rainforest, highlands, grasslands, and deserts, and it is the only country in South America with coastlines and islands along both the Atlantic and Pacific.

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