CARACAS (AP) – The government extended the quarantine in Venezuela for another month amid the growing increase in cases of the coronavirus, which on Friday reached a second person from the close environment of President Nicolás Maduro.
Vice President Delcy Rodríguez announced at night that the president ordered the confinement and the state of alarm to be extended for the fifth consecutive month, which began to apply from mid-March after the first two cases of coronavirus were detected in the country.
The extension of the quarantine was announced hours after the Vice President of Economy and Oil Minister, Tareck El Aissami, reported that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
“Today I begin my isolation with all medical protocols,” El Aissami said on his Twitter account, without offering details about his health and where he is.
The Aissami was publicly seen on July 5 at night with Maduro during a meeting in the government palace attended by First Lady Cilia Flores, several ministers, and other senior officials and military chiefs.
Diosdado Cabello, president of the National Constituent Assembly and the second most powerful man in the ruling party after Maduro, announced the day before that he had caught the virus, as did the ruling governor of the western state of Zulia, Omar Prieto.
In the last two months, a sustained growth in coronavirus infections has been reported, which now totals 8,720 total cases.
In a phone call to the state television, Rodríguez indicated that 431 new cases and three other deaths were reported on Friday, including a retired doctor in Zulia state, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 83.
Some international and local organizations have warned that the pandemic could wreak serious havoc in Venezuela due to the deterioration of its health system, the recurring failures in water and electricity services faced by hospitals, and the shortage of medicines and medical personnel. .