BOGOTA, Colombia

Colombia declared a 19-day nationwide lockdown that started at midnight Tuesday to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“We are a few hours away from starting the national quarantine, a very important moment for our country, where our behavior, our attitude, our discipline, our solidarity, our commitment can save lives,” said President Ivan Duque.

Before a previous quarantine, the hours were marked by riots and some stores were looted for food.

Local politicians reported groups of Venezuelan migrants received false Whatsapp messages saying they would receive help from the government to survive the quarantine.

“Fooled by false chains

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