In order to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, the president of the republic, Nicolás Maduro, called on communities to report people who enter the country by the trails.
“We can not accept people in our house who have broken into the illegal trails (trochas) to bypass the sanitary controls. I call on you,” said the Venezuelan president, urging communities to call “the authorities to find these people to do the tests and quarantine.”
He emphasized the need to exercise maximum coordination and leadership in the border states, especially in Zulia state, where an outbreak of contagion is registered in the Las Pulgas Market.
“Zulia has been a victim of the contagion of coronavirus that came from Colombia. It is a type of coronavirus that is being studied because it is brutal, it has already killed several of our compatriots,” stressed the Venezuelan president during a work meeting held at the Aquiles Nazoa House in Caracas.
He said that many people – to avoid the sanitary checkpoints and the obligatory quarantine – paid approximately $100 to enter the country, through the trails, which is cause for concern, because then whether person is infected or not by the virus is not screened at the point of entry.
“We have serious cases in Zulia and in the west of the country, of people who paid $100 to come in through a trail. In the south we have serious cases, ” said President Nicolás Maduro.
He noted that a contagion outbreak was generated by this situation in the Pemón community in Bolívar state, which registers approximately 13 people infected.
It should be noted that more than 55,000 Venezuelans have returned to the country, fleeing from xenophobia and the health crisis that is registered in other nations, as a result of the pandemic, which has generated in Venezuela an exponential increase in imported cases in the last month.
Given this situation, the Venezuelan government deployed an epidemiological checkpoint on the border, where all Venezuelans who enter are subjected to free screening tests for the detection of the coronavirus, are isolated, and are subject to mandatory quarantine for a period of 14 days.
The commander-in-chief of the Strategic Operational Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (CEOFANB), Remigio Ceballos, specified that more than five thousand Venezuelans have entered Zulia state, of which 1,448 people are undergoing national quarantine at the Integral Social Points of Attention (PASI).
In Táchira state, meanwhile, 34,115 compatriots have entered, of which almost eight thousand are quarantining in PASI’s so that all preventive measures are complied with to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
One of the states that has also received a large number of Venezuelans is Apure, where 12,700 people have already entered, of which 2,800 are in the PASIs doing their quarantine, where they are guaranteed food and all care free of charge.
Through Bolivar state, 2,451 Venezuelans have entered the country, of which 907 are in PASIs.
Given the increase in imported cases, the government has deployed an epidemiological checkpoint on the border, where all Venezuelans who enter are subjected to free screening tests for the detection of the coronavirus, as well as to isolate and undergo mandatory quarantine for a period of 14 days.
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Edited by JRE/EF