Venezuela Extends the State of Alarm and Quarantine Due to Coronavirus for 30 More Days

Jun 12, 2020 (Alba Ciudad)

The government of Venezuela renewed the decree of the State of Alarm for 30 more days, in force since March 12, and contemplates a national quarantine measure, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that has so far produced 2,814 infections and 23 deaths.

According to Official Gazette 6,542 dated Thursday, June 11, the measure is taken “in order for the National Executive to adopt urgent, effective and necessary measures to protect and preserve the health of the Venezuelan population, to mitigate and eradicate the epidemic risks related to Covid-19 and its possible strains.”

According to the decree, the country still “continues in the exceptional, extraordinary and unusual situation that motivated the first declaration.”

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At this moment, Venezuela is applying a strategy called 7 + 7 , that is, seven days of continuous work and flexibility versus seven days of “disciplined and rigorous” quarantine.

At the same time, the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, announced that, as of Monday, June 15, the quarantine will be made a little more flexible, which will include resuming the practice of individual sports, but without an audience, and the reopening of gyms and shopping centers under a special sanitary protocol.

Featured image: Workers in protective suits pour disinfectant on passersby in Caracas. April 20, 2020. Photo: Manaure Quintero / Reuters, via RT

Translated by JRE/EF