President Maduro Denounces Covid-19 Campaign of Lies Against Venezuela

Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro, denounced the media campaign promoted by CNN television network, which tries to delegitimize the Bolivarian government’s effort to preserve the health of the people, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. In an article published this Thursday on the website cnnespanol.cnn.com , the US television network states that at the end of 2020 “Venezuela could register an average of 14,000 daily cases of Covid-19.”

The smear campaign was dismissed by the head of state, who questioned the position of the journalists of this media for misrepresenting the truth of Venezuela.

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“If you get sick with Coronavirus in Miami, in Atlanta, in Washington, in New York, a treatment like these can cost you from 4,000 to 5,000 dollars, in Venezuela it is completely free,” he said referring to an antiviral treatment of Remdesivir, used to combat Covid-19.

The popular support for the handling of the pandemic by President Maduro is among the highest in Latin America and Venezuela, among Cuba and Nicaragua are the countries in the region with the lowest death rate per million inhabitants.

The US network also asserted that in Venezuela “there is a significant underreporting of both the number of cases and the deaths that are disclosed to public opinion.”

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In contrast, President Maduro stressed that “all the data provided by the Presidential Commission for the Prevention and Control of this virus are validated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN officials regularly monitor the Venezuelan response to the pandemic by visiting the hottest spots in the country themselves.”

Regarding the increase in cases in recent weeks, he explained that in the midst of the pandemic, Venezuela has gone through a phenomenon that has not been evidenced in another country, “reverse migration.”

To date, more than 80,000 Venezuelans have entered through regular channels, while at least 50,000 have returned to the Nation through illegal areas, according to the president. Those entering through regular border checkpoints have to be quarantined for 14 days in special facilities free of charge provided by the government.

“We calculate that at least 50,000 thousand people who entered illegally had contracted the virus abroad, which caused the infection of Venezuelan families,” he added. Colombia and Brazil are neighbors of Venezuela and are the worst hit countries in Latin America.

Featured image: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. File photo.

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Translation: OT/JRE/EF