Venezuela reported 795 new infections of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and 7 deaths from the COVID-19 disease, as the total figures for this disease rose in the Caribbean country up to 24,961 cases with 215 deaths, reported the executive vice president, Delcy Rodríguez.
“The Presidential Commission for the Control of COVID-19 has just finished its meeting and we must report that in the last 24 hours, 732 cases of community transmission and 63 imported cases have been detected,” the Venezuelan official said on Twitter.
On the same platform, Rodríguez indicated that Caracas, the current epicenter of the pandemic in Venezuela, was the entity that reported the most cases this Saturday with 264, in addition to suffer “the circulation of the virus in all the parishes” of the city.
The central state of Miranda, with 193, and the eastern state of Anzoátegui, with 47, were the other two regions with the most reported infections.
Regarding the “imported” cases, as Venezuela calls those of compatriots who return to the country after being affected by the economic stoppage as a result of the pandemic, Rodríguez pointed out that 55 returned from Colombia, 4 from Brazil, 2 from Peru and 2 more From Ecuador.
Likewise, the Venezuelan vice president reported that of the almost 25,000 cases reported so far by Venezuela, 13,356 have been recovered -54% -, which leaves 11,390 as assets.
“It is also important to report the current condition of active cases: 8,724 have no symptoms, 2,464 have mild respiratory failure, 133 with moderate respiratory failure, and 69 in intensive care units with acute or severe respiratory failure,” he added.
Venezuela is going through the 21st week of a quarantine designed to curb infections, which have risen in recent weeks.
The government of Nicolás Maduro has said that it will combine weeks of restrictions on mobility with others of partial relaxation, a strategy it calls “7×7” and which it hopes will allow a “respite” to the already battered economy of the oil country.
However, Efe has found that many businesses defy the quarantine weeks to avoid, according to their owners, falling into bankruptcy and keeping businesses afloat.