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.