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34 positive cases of COVID-19 detected in Venezuela in the last 24 hours

34 new positive cases of COVID-19 were detected in Venezuela in the last 24 hours, bringing the number of infections to 1,211.

Of the new infected, 33 belong to international infections: 21 from Brazil and 12 from Colombia, reported on Tuesday the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro.

The President reported the unfortunate death of a 65-year-old patient, a resident of the La Vega parish in the city of Caracas, who was diagnosed with the disease on May 23. The mortality rate amounts to 11 deaths in the country.

During the assessment of the strategies implemented by the National Executive to combat COVID-19, the Head of State reiterated that Venezuela continues to be at the forefront with mass screening tests that already total 865,367 tests, representing 28,846 per million population.

Regarding the migratory wave of compatriots who have returned to the country, he pointed out that a total of 50,210 Venezuelans have entered, of whom 29,980 have crossed the border through the Táchira state, 5,581 through Zulia, 2,133 through Apure and 109 through Amazonas.

Regarding humanitarian flights, a total of 300 people have arrived at the Simón Bolívar International Airport, in La Guaira state, and 90 in Lara state.

According to the Dignitary’s statements, 80% of the cases registered in the last days in Venezuela belong to international contact: 476 are cases from Colombia, 126 from Brazil, 49 from Peru and 36 from Ecuador.

Global Context

The United States reports 1,725,168 infections and a mortality rate that amounts to 100,540 deaths, so far being the epicenter of the pandemic.

In South America, Brazil is positioned as the main source of contagion with 391,222 infected people and 24,512 deaths, as a result of Jair Bolsonaro’s social neglect.

For its part, Peru registers 129,751 infections and a mortality rate of 3,788, followed by Chile, which to date has 77,961 affected and 806 deaths, while Colombia reports 23,003 infections and 776 deaths.

Venezuela strengthens post COVID-19 tourism and commercial strategies with Mexico

Complying with the guidelines issued by the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, to strengthen alliances with countries in the world, in order to continue developing the Post-pandemic COVID-19 Homeland Tourism Motor, the People’s Power Minister for the Tourism and Foreign Trade, Félix Plasencia, held a working meeting with the charge d’affaires of Mexico in the country, Mauricio Vizcaíno Crespo.

Foreign Minister Arreaza responds to statements by his Brazilian counterpart Ernesto Araújo

This Monday, the People’s Power Minister for Foreign Relations of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, from his official Twitter account @jaarreaza, forcefully responded to the recent statements by the Brazilian Foreign Minister, Ernesto Araújo, regarding the atypical Venezuelan migration.

The Brazilian diplomat stated during an interview that

“Venezuelans do not flee from a hurricane, a flood or a foreign invasion. They flee from the worst totalitarian regime that Latin America has ever known. Many consider it a true silent genocide”,

statements that are part of the smear and attack plans against the Bolivarian Government.

Given this, Foreign Minister Arreaza expressed: “Mr. Ernesto Araújo, the cruel and scandalous genocide is committed by Jair Bolsonaro, when he abandoned and disoriented his people in the midst of a terrible pandemic. Brazil suffers from the disease of fascist obscurantism and the only cure is for the people to return to power”

Venezuelans who have moved under false promises to Brazilian towns such as Manaus and Boa Vista, have been subjected to xenophobic expressions and thousands of them have returned to Venezuela through the Plan Vuelta a la Patria created by President Nicolás Maduro.

Currently, Brazil is one of the countries in Latin America with the highest number of deaths and infections due to COVID-19, which has caused a strong economic contraction in the nation, while political tension worsens more and more as it cannot lead to carry out strategies that reduce the pandemic in the population.

Given the constant health collapses and numerous consequences that COVID-19 has generated worldwide, Foreign Minister Arreaza also urged the relevance for countries to take advantage of their participation in donor conferences to request resources and thus avoid more infections and deaths.

“Given the evident collapse of their health systems and the painful and notorious aftermath of the pandemic, several countries should take advantage of their participation in donor conferences to urgently request resources to avoid more infections and deaths from COVID-19”, he highlighted.

Venezuela and Syria strengthen post-COVID-19 trade agreements

With the aim of strengthening ties of friendship and cooperation between Venezuela and the Syrian Arab Republic, the People’s Power Minister for Tourism and Foreign Trade, Félix Plasencia, held a meeting on Monday with the Syrian ambassador to Venezuela Khalil Bitar, for in order to strengthen trade agreements between the two post-pandemic sister countries COVID-19.

Foreign Minister Arreaza branded as “old distracting tactic” the alleged presence of Jesús Santrich in Venezuela

The People’s Power Minister for Foreign Relations, Jorge Arreaza, described on Monday the alleged presence in Venezuela of the Colombian guerrilla Jesús Santrich as an “old distracting tactic”, which resurfaces in Colombia in the face of evidence of the support of the Iván Duque government for the attempts of mercenary incursion into the country, which occurred earlier this month.

President Maduro: Venezuela and Iran are two pacifist peoples who want their own development

This Sunday, during the meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Prevention of COVID-19, the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, thanked the Islamic Republic of Iran for the arrival of the first of five ships with gasoline from said nation, to face the current fuel contingency facing the country.

Venezuela will bring those involved in gold stripping at the Bank of England before the International Criminal Court

The Executive Vice-president of the Republic, Delcy Rodríguez, reported on Tuesday that next Thursday, May 28, the Bolivarian Government will assume a hearing in the English courts on a lawsuit filed on May 14 by the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) against the Bank of England, for the illegal retention of gold reserves valued at approximately one billion dollars.

In the company of Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza and other authorities of the Venezuelan State, the Vice-president presented a chronological report of the case and the participation of the criminal organization led by opposition deputy Juan Guaidó.

She explained that the claim before the English courts for the return of those international reserves was introduced by the BCV after multiple steps, in its capacity as a client under the contract signed in 2008 with the Bank of England to serve as depositary of part of the Venezuelan gold.

She recalled that recently the Foreign Minister Arreaza delivered a note of protest to the Chargé d’affaires of the United Kingdom in Venezuela, for the creation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of that country of an “Office for the Reconstruction of Venezuela”.

The senior official compared the Venezuelan gold case to the theft by the United States government of Libya’s reserves in 2011, when the African nation was stripped of $30 billion.

She added that something similar would have happened in Venezuela if the mercenary raid on May 3 had been successful, since the contract signed by deputy Juan Guaidó with the US company Silvercorp established that the invaders would keep 14% of everything they found in the programmed attacks against public institutions and private companies.

Vice-president Rodríguez also reported that President Nicolás Maduro requested that an investigation of the Venezuelan gold case be initiated in the national judicial organs in parallel and that it also be taken to the International Criminal Court, where a remission for crimes against humanity due to the unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States Government already lies.

“We will exercise all the corresponding actions for the defense of Venezuela’s international reserves”, she concluded.

Venezuela and Nicaragua strengthen strategic cooperation in tourism in the fight against COVID-19

As a ratification of solidarity, brotherhood and cooperation between the Venezuelan people and the Republic of Nicaragua, the People’s Power Minister for Tourism and Foreign Trade, Félix Plasencia, made a videoconference this Monday with his Nicaraguan counterpart, Anasha Campbell, in order to evaluate the bilateral relations between both nations, especially in the experiences in the field of COVID-19 management.

Foreign Minister Arreaza: UNHCR lends itself to the US and EU strategy on Venezuelan migration to scramble for resources

The People’s Power Minister for Foreign Relations, Jorge Arreaza, denounced this Sunday that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), lends itself to the distracting strategy of the United States and the European Union by using Venezuelan migration for another dispute over resources, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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