The former mayor of Bogotá and presidential candidate Enrique Peñalosa, infected with covid, has been taken urgently this Thursday night to the Simón Bolívar Clinic in the capital of Colombia after presenting a low oxygen saturation although he is out of danger, according to your campaign team has reported. The 67-year-old politician and urban planner seeks to reach the first round on May 29 as the candidate of the Equipo por Colombia coalition, which brings together various forces on the right of the political spectrum.
Peñalosa himself had informed In the afternoon through his Twitter account that he was positive for coronavirus, justifying his absence from an expected meeting with his teammates in Equipo por Colombia, which brings together former mayors Federico Gutiérrez, from Medellín, and Alejandro Char, from Barranquilla. . It also included former Finance Minister Juan Carlos Echeverry, who on a busy day for the coalition announced early in the morning that he was declining his presidential bid. After the meeting, in which they also debated the possibility of allowing the arrival of Óscar Iván Zuluaga to that alliance, the candidate of the Democratic Center, the Government party, announced at around 7:00 p.m. the entry of Aydeé Lizarazo, candidate of the MIRA party , of Christian roots.
Later it was learned that Peñalosa, who had been posting different political messages on his social networks throughout this Thursday, had been rushed to the hospital. “In the afternoon, in addition to the usual symptoms of covid, chills, fever and weakness, Enrique presented saturation of 84. The doctor who went to see him referred him to Simón Bolívar for tests. He’s out of the woods and tomorrow [viernes] they will discharge him ”, informed his campaign team around midnight. Early on Friday, her son, Martín Peñalosa, said that all the tests had gone well and that he had had a good night with a little oxygen.
“We wish our good friend a speedy recovery,” said President Iván Duque on social media. “We trust that he will quickly return to his work and be able to be with his family,” said the president as part of a cataract of messages of encouragement expressed from all political sectors. “The Simón Bolívar Hospital informs us that former mayor Enrique Peñalosa is well and stable. We wish him a speedy and complete recovery from the covid ”, said the mayor of Bogotá, Claudia López, with whom he has had bitter political confrontations on the direction of the city. An economist from Duke University, in the United States, Peñalosa, a passionate defender of public space, has occupied the Palació Liévano, the seat of the mayor’s office, on two occasions (between 1998 and 2000 and the most recent between 2016 and 2019 ). He is recognized for launching Transmilenio, the massive articulated bus system in the Colombian capital, as well as for the construction of mega-libraries, parks and schools.
Peñalosa is the most recent among several officials and politicians who have reported their infections in Colombia, which is going through its fourth wave before the arrival of the omicron variant, with more than 30,000 new cases reported this Thursday. The mayor Claudia López herself has been infected twice, as well as the vice president and chancellor Marta Lucía Ramírez, who overcame the disease without major setbacks. The country accumulates more than 130,000 deaths related to the pandemic, including that of politician and diplomat Carlos Holmes Trujillo, who died a year ago from the coronavirus while serving as Minister of Defense.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.