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11 May 2020 | 07:59 PM UTC

Venezuela: Maduro regime announces 60-day extension of economic state of emergency May 8 /update 4

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Venezuelan President Maduro declares a 60-day extension of the current economic state of emergency on May 8 amid COVID-19 pandemic; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/11/2020, 10:30 PM until 6/7/2020, 12:29 AM (America/Caracas). COUNTRY/REGION Northern Venezuela

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Event

The administration of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced on Friday, May 8, that the ongoing economic state of emergency (SoE) that was first introduced in January 2016 will be extended for 60 days from Monday, May 4. On Saturday, May 9, the US Embassy in Bogotá advised US citizens to be prepared for "an indefinite stay in Venezuela" if they are not able to leave the country amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. As of Monday afternoon (local time), May 11, authorities have not made any formal announcement regarding a potential extension or relaxation of (COVID-19) quarantine measures.

The Venezuelan government stated on April 11 that nationwide quarantine measures would be in place until at least Monday, May 11. The measures, which were initially introduced on Tuesday, March 17, applied to all 23 states and the capital Caracas. All activities have been suspended, except for food delivery, health, transport, and security services. It is mandatory to use a face mask in all public spaces.

As of May 11, authorities have confirmed 414 cases of COVID-19 in the country and 10 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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