The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, has declared a health emergency and curfew in the state of Zulia because of a source of infection in a market in the city of Maracaibo.
This was announced by Venezuela’s Vice President for Communication, Culture and Tourism, Jorge Rodríguez, who has determined that the curfew will target the communities of Guajira, Mara and Jesús María Semprúm and will be in effect between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. .
In addition, he reported that as of this Saturday, a large number of rapid tests will be carried out in the cities surrounding the above-mentioned market, the Mercado Las Pulgas de Maracaibo, and in the three communities adjacent to Zulia.
Rodríguez said that the Venezuelan authorities were “concerned” that the corona virus discovered on the market was “acting more aggressively and at a higher transmission rate”. “It is very likely that patient zero this focus comes from Colombia,” said Venezolana de Televisión.
Venezuela has confirmed a total of 43 new cases of coronavirus in the country this Friday, most of them from the Mercado Las Pulgas. The total number of positive results for COVID-19 in the Caribbean has increased to 1,370 cases, including 14 deaths.