Venezuelan Vice President, Delcy Rodríguez, confirmed on a TV broadcast the existence of two cases of people who tested positive for Covid-19 coronavirus. The two cases are isolated and are currently being treated. Their direct contacts are in preventive quarantine, and the chain of indirect contacts is being built. She asked everyone who came on Iberia flight 6673 on March 5 and 8, “to immediately enter a mandatory preventive quarantine.” Likewise, she reported the suspension of classes at all levels, as a preventive measure. All persons using Metro and train systems must wear a mask.
In the Council of Ministers from the Miraflores Palace, the vice president stated: “In the early hours of today, two cases of coronavirus were confirmed, using test kits that exist in this regard, duly certified by the World Health Organization. These cases are two Venezuelan citizens: a 41-year-old citizen who was recently traveling to the United States of America, Italy and Spain. The other case is a Venezuelan citizen who also traveled to Spain. Both cases are domiciled in the Miranda state, where Caracas is.”
Rodríguez reported that President Nicolás Maduro ordered the suspension of classes starting Monday at all levels. The Minister of University Education, César Trompiz, and the Minister of Education, Aristóbulo Istúriz, have presented plans for distance classes and directed tasks for children, to continue the educational process at home.
Older adults are also encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, and to leave only exceptionally. “They are the most vulnerable group and most susceptible to being impacted perniciously.”
The mandatory use of masks will be required to enter the Metro and train systems, Rodríguez said. “It is compulsory. Every citizen who is going to be using transportation, such as the Metro and trains, has an obligation to use a mask,” said the Vice President.
Translated by JRE/EF