President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro announced a set of measures seeking to strengthen control over COVID-19 in the country.
Venezuela is organizing a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to be held on April 9 via video conference.
President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro addressed on Sunday, April 5, a letter to the U.S. people to warn about the threats and plans of Donald Trump’s government against the Latina American country amid the global expansion of COVID-19.
On Friday, April 3, Venezuelan Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs for North America Carlos Ron stressed that if the Trump’s government had the will to help Venezuelans, they would offer a temporary humanitarian license to bring back more than 800 Venezuelans who are stranded in the U.S. due to the COVID-19 contingency measures.
Venezuela expressed its solidarity with Director-General of the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus over Trump’s “merciless attacks.”
Venezuela confirmed one new COVID-19 case in the state of Miranda for a total of 166 cases, confirmed Vice President Delcy Rodriguez Tuesday afternoon.
Venezuela’s Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza welcomed on Saturday, April 4, thousands of Venezuelans who returned from Colombia after facing xenophobia and discrimination amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The U.S. government is trying to take advantage of the epidemiological situation in Venezuela to stage a coup d’etat, said Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday according to the Venezuelan News Agency (AVN).
With these statements, Vladimir Putin’s government rejects the U.S. political maneuvers against Venezuela amid the South American country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry, described U.S. claims to launch the biggest anti-drug operation in the last 30 years and allegedly punish drug traffickers, among which the U.S. includes high-ranking Venezuelan leaders, as totally illogical, as its close ally, Colombia, is the top drug producing country of the world.
“It seems that in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. has no better thing to devote its time to,” said Zakharova, in clear reference to the catastrophic epidemiological situation in the U.S., where only yesterday, more than 1,000 people died.
“The idea of a coup still remains in the minds of some politicians in the United States,” said Zakharova, who also objected to the blocking of assistance to Venezuela through the IMF and the harassment against Venezuelan high-ranking officials, including the head of state.
Russia joins the UN’s, the OHCHR’s, and other countries’ calls for putting an end to political prejudices and promoting cooperation among nations in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Zakharova stressed that even in Venezuela, opposition sectors are making proposals to join efforts to fight coronavirus and its effects.
The Venezuelan authorities and the delegation of Chinese experts have been deployed to supervise healthcare centers for COVID-19 cases.
The Colombian government’s refusal to receive in donation COVID-19 testing machines “proves Ivan Duque’s scorn and little regard for the Colombian people and their right to health and life,” denounced Venezuela’s Vice President Delcy Rodríguez.
As she offered an overview on the measures implemented by the Venezuelan government, Rodríguez stressed that Ivan Duque’s stance towards the COVID-19 pandemic is framed within “the supremacism of the U.S. government and its satellite countries.”
The Venezuelan vice president denounced that when the Colombian president refused to receive the COVID-19 testing machines, “he is revealing his policies of xenophobia and rejection against Venezuelan migrants in Colombia.”
Due to the 2,219 km (1,378 mi) long border shared by Venezuela and Colombia, President Nicolás Maduro offered in donation this equipment to Colombia, a country that has reported an exponential growth in COVID-19 cases.
So far, the Republic of Colombia has recorded 1,485 COVID-19 cases and 35 deaths as the result of the erratic sanitary policies adopted by Duque amid this pandemic.
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Sectorial Vice President of Communication, Culture and Tourism Jorge Rodríguez stressed that the United Nations System acknowledged the measures adopted by the Venezuelan Government to contain and prevent COVID-19.
A Unites Nations (UN) human rights expert called on Friday for the lifting of all unilateral sanctions that obstruct the humanitarian responses of sanctioned States, in order to enable their health care systems to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and save lives.