Venezuela has broken the record for confirmed cases of covid-19 in the past 24 hours and has reached the “highest point” of the contagion curve since the pandemic reached the Caribbean country – authorities announced on Sunday (4).
Between Saturday and Sunday, 1,786 new infections were recorded for a total of 166,123 cases, said Vice President Delcy Rodríguez, when presenting the official balance sheet on state television.
“It is the highest point we have had in the history of the pandemic in Venezuela,” said President Nicolás Maduro in a televised statement, adding that this week 9,468 new cases were reported, increasing the number of confirmed cases per 100,000 to 40.
Rodríguez also reported the occurrence of another 15 deaths in the last 24 hours, accumulating 1,662 deaths. These official figures are, however, questioned by the opposition and by NGOs, such as Human Rights Watch. Critics consider that these numbers hide a high underreporting amid limited access to PCR diagnostic tests.
With 30 million inhabitants, Venezuela registered 21,381 infections in March, almost double that of February, which ended with 12,189 confirmed cases, according to Rodríguez.
The increase in cases, continued Maduro, “obeys the expansion” of the Brazilian variant, which arrived in the country in March.
Faced with an expected “increase” of cases in the “next few weeks”, Maduro ordered to extend the confinement decreed two weeks ago by another seven days.
“We need to radicalize the quarantine to see results,” said the Venezuelan president.
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