Colombia reports record daily COVID-19 cases on Christmas Eve

People wearing face masks walk down a street, during the reactivation of several economic sectors after the end of quarantine due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Bogota, Colombia

Colombia registered a record 14,940 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide tally to 1,559,766, the country’s health authorities said Thursday.

The country also reported 280 new deaths, raising the national death toll to 41,454, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection said in an update, adding that 1,417,316 people have so far recovered.

The Colombian government has extended the health emergency until Feb. 28, 2021, urging people to avoid crowds and adopt safety measures. 

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