Venezuela breaks daily record of covid-19 cases with 2,090 new infections

(Updated with the data from the full report) Caracas, Jan 18 (EFE) .- Venezuela registered 2,090 new cases of covid-19 in the last 24 hours, which is the highest figure since the start of the pandemic, exceeding that recorded on April 4, 2021 (1,786), the executive vice president, Delcy Rodríguez, reported this Tuesday. “Venezuela today registers the highest number of cases (2,090) and incidence (34%) since the occurrence of the first case of covid-19 in the country. We call on the people to increase personal care to avoid contagion of this highly contagious variant. Maximum awareness and prevention, “Rodríguez explained on his Twitter account. The vice president also called on citizens to get vaccinated and attend to the immunization reinforcement plan that began on January 3 in the country. Rodríguez indicated that of the total registered cases, 2,063 are from the community and 27 are imported, 16 from Panama, 10 from Chile and 1 from Guatemala. The region with the most cases during this day was Miranda with 749, followed by Caracas with 656, La Guaira with 106, Yaracuy with 104, Sucre with 86, Zulia with 66, Aragua with 62, Mérida with 58, Nueva Esparta with 26, Lara with 22, Portuguesa with 19, Barinas with 18, Amazonas with 14, Táchira and Carabobo with 12 and Monagas with 10. The states of the country with the fewest cases were Falcón with 8, Bolívar with 5, Trujillo with 4, Guárico with 3 and Cojedes. with 2. In this way, Venezuela reached 458,731 cases since the start of the pandemic, although 96% of patients have recovered, with which there are only 13,704 active cases. On the other hand, Rodríguez reported that in the last 24 hours four more people died from covid-19, two in Caracas, one in Miranda and one in Zulia, thus the deaths have reached 5,387 since the start of the pandemic. The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, expressed his concern on Saturday about the increase in cases of covid-19 in the Caribbean country in recent days. “In the last week of December and the first week of January, Venezuela achieved a record in the decrease in covid-19 cases and we reached 5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, but later the ‘crazy hour’ was expressed and today, 15 of January, I have to say that we have reached 18 cases per 100,000 inhabitants,” said the president in the annual presentation of his management in Parliament. Maduro assured that this represents an “exponential growth” of infections in Venezuela, which he described as “worrying”, and called on citizens to maintain prevention measures and get vaccinated. The president ordered a relaxation in the quarantine measures since November 1, which are maintained to date. The Venezuelan Society of Infectious Diseases today called for an increase in vaccination coverage, because there are “many people” who have not been immunized for “multiple reasons,” for which educational strategies must be strengthened, “improve access to vaccination in populations that for geographical, cultural or social reasons have made it difficult for them to be vaccinated”. Likewise, he asked to expand the free availability of direct, antigenic or molecular tests such as PCR-RT, to detect covid-19. “It is important to expand the free availability of direct tests for covid-19 by antigen and molecular tests such as PCR-RT or similar, preferably rapid, so that symptomatic people and their contacts can be isolated in a timely manner in case of positivity,” he said in a Press release. EFE sc/dmt

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