This Sunday, May 2, Venezuela reported 1,202 new COVID-19 cases, all of them of community transmission, within the past 24 hours. In addition, the Caribbean country regretfully announced the death of 17 people. The news was presented by Minister of Health Carlos Alvarado in a special televised broadcast. Alvarado also recalled that as of this Monday, May 3, until May 10, a week of radical quarantine begins, according to the 7+7 reopening scheme implemented by the national Executive for responsible control of the pandemic.
With this report, Venezuela reached 200,067 total infections, and 2,172 deaths from the viral disease. The recovery rate is 91%.
The 1,212 new infections of community transmission are distributed in 20 states, of which Yaracuy (212), Miranda (173), Zulia (133), Sucre (116), Caracas (103) and Nueva Esparta (97) top the list.
The rest of the infections were in Apure (83), La Guaira (73), Mérida (67), Bolívar (49), Sucre (44), Carabobo (27), Cojedes (27), Guárico (16), Monagas (7), Aragua ( 5), Falcón (4), Táchira (4), Trujillo (3), Amazonas (2), and Portuguesa (1).
Regarding the increase in cases in Miranda and Zulia, the minister urged citizens to “be aware of and alert to the dynamic” of COVID-19 in those states.
In the last 24 hours, 17 Venezuelans lost their lives to the virus, including Falcón state’s deputy [and former Minister of Health] Henry Ventura, for a total of 2,172 deaths so far during the pandemic.
El Presidente @NicolasMaduro hace un llamado a todo el personal de la salud del país: La pandemia no se va a ir pronto, ya sabemos cómo cuidarnos, ahora hay que perseverar, que nadie se rinda, que nadie se canse, no hagan imprudencias pic.twitter.com/bFVDy6zZPQ
— REDRADIOVE (@RedRadioVe) May 2, 2021
There was an increase of 3% in case numbers, for 26 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, as opposed to the previous week in which 25.5 cases were registered per 100,000 inhabitants. Minister Alvarado warned that the COVID-19 wave is moving towards the western states; that is, the Andean region and the states of Zulia and Falcón.
For her part, the Executive Vice President Delcy Rodríguez mentioned the importance of complying with all biosafety measures given the rise in the percentage of cases. Likewise, the Minister of Interior, Justice and Peace, Carmen Meléndez, urged security agencies to guarantee compliance with the protection measures to prevent further spread and cut the chain of transmission.
Featured image: Venezuela’s response to the pandemic has been relatively successful, flanked by the COVID catastrophes of Brazil and Colombia. File photo.
(RedRadioVE) by Daniela Jimenez
Translation: Orinoco Tribune