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The Minister of Health of Colombia, Fernando Ruiz, has indicated this Sunday to the latest mobilizations against police work and the violence that plagues the country as one of the main reasons to explain the increase in positive cases of coronavirus, which now total 911,316 positives since the health crisis began and 27,834 deaths.

“We have evidence of infected people within the organizers of said events and members to whom the respective contact analysis has not been carried out, and they can be very important propagation factors,” Ruiz said.

In the last weeks, Bogotá, and other cities in the country, have been holding protest marches in the last month against the government of the president, Iván Duque, and the Police, whose work has been harshly criticized not only by part of the population, but also by the Supreme Court, which described it as a “serious threat to those who intend to go out and mobilize peacefully “.

“We have evidence of the negative effects derived from the agglomerations in the city of Bogotá, a situation that was evidenced by the mayor of the city, Claudia López, where the relationship between the increase in infections and the realization of said social agglomerations was established” , has said.

Bogotá has been the main scene of these mobilizations after a month ago a 42-year-old citizen died in a police station, after two police officers, already expelled and in prison while being investigated, subjected him to electric shocks and beat him.

His death triggered a series of protests throughout the capital that led to clashes with the authorities, which were questioned again, after a dozen deaths were confirmed, more than 300 injured and hundreds of complaints, due to the work of the Police during September 9 and 10.

Ruiz, the Caracol Radio station has reported, has appealed to the responsibility of the population to be strict when it comes to complying with the security measures imposed by the Government, especially in the face of the next indigenous march that will cross through territories with low impact, like Ibagué and Fusagasugá, municipalities located in the center of Colombia.

For its part, The Colombian Ministry of Health has confirmed 8,569 new infections in the last 24 hours and 174 deceased. The total number of recovered is 789,787, while active cases are above 91,000.

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