Venezuela extends for the fifth time “state of alert” by COVID-19

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Venezuela extends for the fifth time




Nicolás Maduro, during a speech at the presidential palace in Miraflores, on June 22, 2020 in Caracas


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Nicolás Maduro, during a speech at the presidential palace in Miraflores, on June 22, 2020 in Caracas


The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, extended on Sunday for 30 days the “state of alert” declared to combat the pandemic of COVID-19, which allows the prolongation of the quarantine in force since March.

“Using the constitutional faculties that I have as head of state, I will extend the state of alert,” declared Maduro during a state television broadcast by signing the decree that makes the measure official.

The decision coincides with an escalation of positive cases of COVID-19 in Venezuela. Official data, questioned by human rights organizations, which consider the real situation to be much worse, have registered since mid-March 25,805 contagions and 223 deaths from coronaviruses in the country, of 30 million inhabitants.

This is the fifth extension of the “state of alert”, a modality of state of exception that grants Maduro special powers, with which he declared a national quarantine that he is about to complete five months.

However, Venezuela will start on Monday seven days of “easing” the confinement.

The socialist government applies a scheme that it calls “7 + 7”, alternating seven days of strict confinement, in which all trade must remain closed, except for the so-called “essential” sectors (food, health), with seven days of flexibility that allow to reactivate the rest of the economic activities.

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