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Colombian defence minister dies of Covid-19 complications

The South American nation has kept its land and river borders closed for nearly a year and will keep them shut until at least March 1.

Published: 26th January 2021 06:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th January 2021 06:46 PM   |  A+A-

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BOGOTA: Colombia's Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo died Tuesday of complications stemming from Covid-19, the country's president said.

"Carlos Holmes Trujillo died at dawn today, after complications in his health while he was battling Covid-19," President Ivan Duque said in a video posted on Twitter.

Trujillo, 69, had first been hospitalized January 11. 

Four days later, he was taken into intensive care at a Bogota military hospital suffering "acute lung function deterioration," the defense ministry said in a statement.

Trujillo has been replaced by Fernando Navarro, who was previously head of the Colombian armed forces.

Colombia has reported more than two million Covid-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University, including almost 52,000 deaths. 

The South American nation has kept its land and river borders closed for nearly a year and will keep them shut until at least March 1.



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