A total of 50 Venezuelans were unable to board the Conviasa plane that would bring them back to Venezuela from Peru because they tested positive for Covid-19 before boarding the plane, President Nicolás Maduro reported on Saturday, May 17.
The president explained during a cultural event broadcasted by Venezolana de Televisión: “40% of those who came on the flight from Lima tested positive for Covid-19 coronavirus. In addition, 50 compatriots could not get on the plane because the test came out positive there, and they had to remain in Peru, undergoing treatment. ”
He also explained that 19 Venezuelans who arrived in a plane from Peru on May 8 to Caracas, tested positive for the virus. “Fortunately everyone is under treatment, everyone has free care and medications,” he said.
This Sunday, the Vice President of the Republic, Delcy Rodríguez, reported that in the last 24 hours 37 new cases of Covid-19 were registered, being 33 of them also imported by Venezuelan migrants escaping the pandemic catastrophe in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil.
Venezuela is among the few countries in the world offering free repatriation flights for its citizens stranded abroad or wishing to return back to their country. This is done trough the “Vuelta a la Patria” program using Conviasa flights.
Beneficiaries are screen tested for Covid-19 before boarding a plane as well as those entering by land in the border check points, then they are quarantine for 14 days with complementary meals and shelter. After this quarantine they are tested again and sent for free by bus to their cities of residence, then retested again and quarantine again for 14 more days. “Only a socialist country can do something like this while being threaten in all fronts by the US empire,” a political analyst said to Orinoco Tribune.
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— Prensa Presidencial (@PresidencialVE) May 12, 2020
In Colombia a few days ago the government was denounced by the right wing RCN TV network for charging around US$ 3000 per person to organize “humanitarian flights” like the ones Venezuela does for free. A few days after this media coverage, the Colombian authorities announced that they’d stop charging for the flights.
Source URL: La IguanaTV with OT content
Translated and edited by JRE/EF