Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro ordered this Sunday (16.08.2020) to extend reinforced confinement across the country for a week, after recorded contagion figures, surpassing one thousand daily cases of COVID-19.
“The whole country, we’re going to seven days of radical quarantine (…), very radical, well organized,” Maduro said in a televised alcution, accompanied by its vice president, Delcy Rodriguez, and its health minister, Carlos Alvarado.
As of Sunday, Venezuela recorded 33,755 confirmed cases and 281 cases killed by the new coronavirus, according to official figures, amid an acceleration of contagion in this country of 30 million inhabitants. On Tuesday, he passed 1,000 cases recorded in 24 hours on Tuesday, according to the Maduro government. Since then the country has not fallen from a thousand daily contagions. The official balance, however, is questioned by the opposition and organizations such as Human Rights Watch on the grounds that they are hiding a much worse situation.
Caracas, the region with the most contagious
Caracas was again the region of Venezuela with the most contagious, 399, which represents the highest figure so far in the Venezuelan capital, the epicenter of the pandemic in the country.
Behind were the states of La Guaira (197), Miranda (168), Nueva Esparta (136), Zulia (60), Anzoátegui (26), Aragua (20), Barinas (19), Falcón (18), Guárico (17), Apure (15), Cojedes (10), Portuguesa (8), Lara (3) and Amazon (1).
The decision to extend the isolation one week is part of a confinement scheme called “7+7” in force since June, which alternates seven days of “radical quarantine” with seven “flexibilization” that allow activities in economic sectors other than food, health and safety.
On August 9, Maduro extended the “alarm state” for the fifth time for 30 days, enabling it to extend the quarantine in force from 16 March.