BOGOTA, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- The number of COVID-19 infections in Colombia has reached 974,139, with 8,256 new cases registered in the last 24 hours, Colombian health authorities said Tuesday.
Meanwhile, 170 more deaths were reported, raising the nationwide death toll to 29,272, authorities said, adding 876,731 people have so far recovered from the disease.
Health Minister Fernando Ruiz on Tuesday expressed his concern over possible high infections following the upcoming celebration of Halloween night.
"We are in a very special moment because we are lowering the epidemic curve, it is a consistent decrease, but still very fragile. So we are not at this moment to play with fire, and we have to be very judicious and responsible," he said.