Colombia reports record number of Covid-19 deaths for second consecutive day

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Colombia’s health ministry reported a record 8,934 new coronavirus cases on Friday — taking the country’s total number of infections to 182,140 since the pandemic began.

The ministry reported another 259 related deaths, also a record. Colombia’s death toll now stands at 6,288.

The rising case numbers come as President Ivan Duque resists calls to impose a total lockdown in the country’s most affected areas.

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