Venezuelan Government keeps efforts to prevent COVID-19 despite sanctions

The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela keeps its efforts to prevent and control COVID-19 despite de unilateral coercive measures against the country, affirmed Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs Jorge Arreaza.

The Venezuelan foreign minister shared a link on his Twitter account @jaarreaza containing the strategies and decisions adopted by the Venezuelan government to contain the pandemic.

The work methodology used in Venezuela is in line with the guidelines and norms issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) in close cooperation with the United Nations and its agencies.

The Venezuelan state got ready to fight COVID-19 in two phases: The first phase started before Latin America confirmed the first case, and the second phase began after the first case was detected in the region. Before the first case was confirmed in Venezuela on March 13, sanitary control measures had been activated, an epidemiological cordon had been strengthened and the epidemiological surveillance system had been extended.

The measures, among other decisions, include collective isolation across the country, the suspension of flights from Europe, Colombia, Panama and the Dominican Republic, the suspension of school activities in all levels and work activities, except from essential activities, the prohibition of public events and mass gatherings in public spaces, the mandatory use of facemasks, personalized and broad testing and the guaranteed access to supplies.

At the same time, the Venezuelan government adopted social and economic protective measures, including the extension of the Decree on Labor Immobility to December 31, 2020, and the immediate nationwide suspension of rent payments for 6 months.

The WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom recently recognized Venezuela’s approach in the fight against coronavirus: “before and after cases, comprehensive measures to identify and control these, and educating and informing the public.”

The Venezuelan authorities have registered 422 COVID-19 cases so far in the country.

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