Venezuela will extend for another month the “state of alarm” seeking to control an “outbreak” of the new coronavirus registered in the Caribbean country, a measure that provides a legal basis for prolonging the quarantine.
President Nicolás Maduro asked “to extend for one more month the state of alarm to continue attending this pandemic in our country, to attend to this outbreak that Venezuela is suffering“Executive Vice President Delcy Rodríguez said this Friday.
This is the fourth extension declared by the socialist government, at a time when Venezuela is experiencing a “worrying” increase in cases, according to Maduro himself.
Thursday, the number two of Chavismo, God given hair, and the governor of the oil tanker Zulia state, Omar Prieto, confirmed having contracted COVID-19. This Friday was followed by the Minister of Petroleum, Tareck El Aissami, Maduro’s close collaborator.
The “state of alarm”, declared since March 13, is a form of state of exception that grants Maduro special powers, with which he ordered the quarantine in mid-March in the country of 30 million inhabitants with 8,803 reported cases and 83 deaths to date.
The official figures are questioned by the opposition and organizations like Human Rights Watch, considering them unbelievable.
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70 days passed between the first registered case and number 1,000; only four between 6,000 and 7,000 and three between 7,000 and 8,000.