Colombia eases Bogota lockdown despite third COVID wave

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    Colombia’s capital city is lifting tough COVID-19 restrictions including a night curfew, and is reopening bars.

    But the move comes as the numbers of COVID infections and deaths remain high.

    A nighttime curfew will be removed, schools will reopen and bars will be allowed to stay open until 1am.

    This follows more than a month of anti-government protests.

    Al Jazeera’s Alessandro Rampietti reports from Bogota, Colombia.

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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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