The Government of Venezuela will adopt measures for a “selective collective quarantine” to stop the expansion of the coronavirus COVID-19, after going from two to ten confirmed cases in 24 hours, including that of a Spanish, reported this Saturday by his Minister of Communication , Jorge Rodríguez.
“Tomorrow (President) Nicolás Maduro is going to announce to the country a series of selective collective quarantine measures. We are going to go deeper into the fact that people are at home unless it is strictly necessary to be somewhere else. quarantine) by region so that we can protect the people of Venezuela, “Rodríguez said in a speech.
He explained that, after having carried out 30 new tests this Saturday with people “who had some kind of symptom”, eight of those cases were positive for coronavirus infection.
FLIGHTS FROM PANAMA AND DOMINICAN R. SUSPEND
Rodríguez also announced that to halt the expansion of COVID-19 in Venezuela, the Government suspended flights from Panama and the Dominican Republic, a measure that adds to the ban on flights from Europe and Colombia, also canceled for a month from the past. Thursday.
The new restriction, he explained, will come into effect from Saturday night and is taken after noticing that, after the first suspension of flights, “some travelers who come from these countries that have a peak of infection are stopping, triangulating “, to get to Venezuela.
Of the eight new positive cases, six people came from abroad: three from Spain, two from the United States and one from Colombia.
The other two infections occurred in the states of Apure and Cojedes, in the center of the country. According to Rodríguez, they were infected by contact with one of the travelers.
AT LEAST ONE SPANISH CONTAGIADO
Among the newly infected there is at least one Spanish cabin crew member of an airline from Spain.
Precisely the first two cases detected in Venezuela are from people who arrived on separate Iberia flights on March 5 and 8 from Madrid, although the Minister of Communication did not provide more details about the crew member who has coronavirus.
Faced with this situation, Rodríguez said that they are already being treated after isolation and “general measures have been taken for this type of infection: fever, liquid and quarantine medications.”
Among the measures necessary to contain the virus, he stated that all persons who have traveled from Spain, Italy, and the United States have been placed in “absolute quarantine” on the dates established as the “window of possible contagion,” which he did not specify. dates.
He also insisted on the need for “discipline in abiding by all the rules” announced by the Government of Venezuela.
“The only or main weapon we have to fight (the coronavirus): stay at home, social, collective quarantine. Help us protect them,” said the Venezuelan minister and vice president.
Likewise, he said that they enabled 4,800 beds in 572 Comprehensive Diagnosis Centers (CDI, primary care in popular areas) throughout the national territory, which are in addition to those of the 46 hospitals arranged to deal with this contingency.
COLOMBIA BORDER CLOSURE
This Friday, and after the announcement of the first two cases of COVID-19, the President of Colombia, Iván Duque, announced the closure of his country’s border with Venezuela, a measure that, however, he did not take with that of Ecuador.
“It is a wild folly that violates international cooperation ordered by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) as an appropriate mechanism to overcome this serious pandemic,” said Venezuelan Executive Vice President Delcy Rodríguez in response this Saturday.
He also pointed out that this may mean “handing over control” of the border region to Los Rastrojos, a heir to the Colombian paramilitarism that has a strong presence on both sides of the border.
After decreeing the state of alarm, Maduro assured that the Government of Colombia “does not answer calls” made by members of his cabinet to take joint action against COVID-19, although he stressed that the Brazilian Executive and his They are collaborating on this matter.
Colombia and Venezuela share more than 2,200 kilometers of common border, a porous region in which smugglers and drug traffickers proliferate with a high flow of migrants.