Colombia reports 8,685 new infections of covid-19 this November 13

Illustrative file photo of customers lining up to enter a store in Bogotá, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Jun 19, 2020. REUTERS / Luisa Gonzalez

The Ministry of Health reported, this November 13, 8,685 new cases of coronavirus in Colombia. In the last 24 hours, 50,632 tests were processed, 27,700 are PCR and 22,932 antigens.

The report also indicates that the number of deaths in the last 24 hours is 178. Thus, the country reaches a total of 33,669 deaths since the virus reached the national territory.

Colombia records in total 1,182,697 cases of covid-19, of which 56,997 are active cases and 1,089,340 correspond to positive cases that have already overcome the disease.

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Regarding the contagion of the covid-19 by cities and departments of the country, Antioquia and Bogotá continue to lead, followed by Valle del Cauca.

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There are 1,605 conglomerates in the country. The territories are: Amazonas, Antioquia, Arauca, Atlántico, Barranquilla, Bogotá, Boyacá, Bolívar, Caldas, Caquetá, Cartagena, Casanare, Cauca, Cesar, Chocó, Córdoba, Cundinamarca, Huila, La Guajira, Magdalena, Meta, Nariño, North from Santander, Putumayo, Quindío, Risaralda, San Andrés, Santa Marta, Santander, Sucre, Tolima, Valle, Vaupés, Vichada, Guaviare and Guainía.

From health there is also financial protection for Colombians

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection has made an effort so that, in addition to guaranteeing comprehensive health care for Colombians, it does not represent an excessive expense. This was highlighted by the Deputy Minister of Social Protection, María Andrea Godoy Casadiego.

“One of the advances to be highlighted that the Colombian health system has always had is that of the financial protection of households and people derived from the health risks that may arise and the health eventualities that may arise”, said.

Vice Minister of Social Protection, María Andrea Godoy Casadiego.

Vice Minister of Social Protection, María Andrea Godoy Casadiego.

This means that Colombians have the guarantee of accessing health services in the IPS and providers of their EPS network, recognizing that 97.74% of Colombians have health insurance in any of the regimes (subsidized, contributory or special according to the projections of the population with the 2018 census).

However, in cases where the population is not insured, there is an official affiliation mechanism, with which IPS and territorial entities can affiliate. “Financial protection is also reflected in out-of-pocket spending, which, in the case of the Americas region, that of Colombia is one of the lowest, only 16.3%,” said Godoy Casadiego.

This means that the State makes the highest expenditure on people’s health services, so that the user has a minimum expenditure and does not represent a risk to their personal finances. These are financial protections for families and are due to the financial effort made by the National Government in order to finance the system, as reflected in the increase in health spending. Said in this way, health spending in the country has been increasing permanently and progressively in recent years, being in 2019 7.4% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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