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12 Apr 2020 | 02:36 AM UTC

Venezuela: Social quarantine measures extended for 30 days April 12 /update 2

Venezuela extends social quarantine measures for an additional 30 days on April 12; abide by all government directives


On Sunday, April 12, the Venezuelan government extended the ongoing "social quarantine" measures for an additional 30 days due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The measures, which were introduced on Tuesday, March 17, will continue to apply to all 23 states and the capital Caracas. All activities will remain suspended except for food, health, transport, and security services. Caracas metro and other rail systems are closed as of Wednesday, March 18, and transport services will only be provided for workers from prioritized sectors, such as food, health, transport, media, and public services. Such individuals will be required to show identification prior to taking public transportation. It is mandatory to use a face mask in all public spaces since Sunday, March 22. Venezuela's police force has also been deployed to ensure public compliance with the quarantine measures.

To date, there are 175 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Venezuela, including nine associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is expected over the coming days and weeks.


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.


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.