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Colombian cities brace for third peak


BOGOTA: Colombia’s three largest cities are bracing for an extended third peak in coronaviru­s cases and over-stretched intensive care units after nearly two weeks of anti-government protests, local authoritie­s said.

Demonstrat­ions fueled by outrage at a now-canceled tax plan began on April 28. Protesters’ demands have expanded to include a basic income, an end to police violence and the withdrawal of a long-debated health reform.

Marches look set to continue for the foreseeabl­e future, with protest leaders and the government at odds despite an initial meeting to discuss the demands.

Capital Bogota is confrontin­g a “hospital collapse,” Mayor Claudia Lopez said in a press conference on Monday.

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