The Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, announced this Sunday that it will extend the “radical quarantine” for seven more days from this Monday, in addition to the two weeks that ended this Sunday, given the increase in cases of covid-19.

In a meeting with the committee responsible for dealing with the pandemic, broadcast by the state channel Venezolana de Televisión (VTV), the president explained that he had received the proposal to “maintain a radical quarantine throughout the country for the next seven days to reduce growth of new cases ”.

Immediately, he said that he approved the proposal because “it is necessary”, before adding that “the days of 7 + 7 will come,” a plan launched by his Government that consists of a week of quarantine and another of partial relaxation of the economic activity.

Venezuela surpassed its record of daily infections on Sunday (1,786), in the worst week since the pandemic began, during which the authorities have detected 9,468 new Sars-Cov-2 infections.

In addition, according to official data released by the Executive Vice President, Delcy Rodríguez during the meeting, in the last 24 hours 15 more people have also died from covid-19, which is the second highest figure after that registered this Saturday (18).

This week, 97 people have died of the 1,644 who have lost their lives to covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic in Venezuela.

After knowing these data, Maduro explained that as part of the measures to stop the increase in cases and deaths, “strict compliance with prevention and control measures will be strengthened.”

Therefore, the ruler explained that it is necessary “to maintain care, prevention and discipline.”

Finally, he commented that, as a third measure, he is going to “instruct the increase of hospitalization capacities” in all regions of the country “that show an increase in cases” in order to, in this way, guarantee “medicines, the entire staff of health, oxygen and all the conditions for its treatment ”.

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