Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has drawn attention to the possibility of a general easing of restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19 across the country next week, despite a further 1,100 infections recorded this Wednesday across the country.
“Everything seems to indicate that we will have what I wanted months ago, the perfect 7 + 7. The seven days of even flexibility in the 24 general and broad federal agencies,” commented the President. “It seems like everything is pointing to the fact that we will do it from next Monday,” he added, specifying that this option would be considered with the “scientific advice, advisors and experts”.
The Venezuelan government has had a restriction plan in place since June that alternates seven days of radical quarantine with seven days of flexibility. This allows for the re-opening of economic activities that go beyond the essential areas of nutrition, health and safety, but applies by region.
Meanwhile, the country’s Vice President Delcy Rodríguez has reported 1,127 new cases of COVID-19 and seven deaths in the past 24 hours. There are already 48,883 confirmed infections and 398 deaths from the pandemic in Venezuela.