Venezuela has recorded seven deaths from Covid-19 and 1,012 new cases in the past 24 hours, said Vice President Delcy Rodríguez.
As of March, the Venezuelan authorities have recorded 266 deaths and 31,381 infections.
For the fourth year in a row, Venezuela recorded more than 1,000 daily cases of the disease caused by the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), according to official figures.
Authorities recorded 1,281 cases on Thursday, 1,150 on Wednesday and 1,138 cases on Tuesday.
Of the cases registered on Friday, 948 were local and 64 were imported, 59 from Colombia, four from Peru and one from Ecuador.
“Unfortunately we have to inform you that in the last 24 hours (…) seven people have died (…), a total of 266 dead,”
Caracas returned to the country’s region with more confirmed cases (221), followed by the states of Miranda (192), Zúlia (107), La Guaira (76), Anzoátegui (59), Aragua (57) and Sucre (54) , Bolívar (44), Carabobo (28).
On the other hand, the President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro told state television that “five treatment modalities” are used in patients with Covid-19, “according to world standards, scientific and international protocols”, thanks to the alliances with which several friendly countries and scientists.
“We have more than ten thousand medical and health brigades who travel house by house through churches, parishes every day,” he said.
Maduro urged Venezuelans to adhere to preventive measures, stating that 85% of infected patients are asymptomatic and that 16% of Venezuelans underestimate Covid-19 and do not consider it serious.
“We have treatments to treat all symptomatic and asymptomatic patients,” he said.
Venezuelan Health Minister Carlos Alvarado said that patients with mild symptoms of Covid-19 will be given interferon and azithromycin, while those with more severe symptoms will also be treated with steroids and anti-inflammatory drugs such as dexamethasone.
Asymptomatic cases are treated with aspirin and vitamin C.
With 7,972 confirmed cases, the Venezuelan capital district is the region of the country with the most patients, followed by the states of Miranda (4,511), Zúlia (4,313), Apure (2,548), Bolívar (1,778), Táchira (1,680) and La Guaira (1,516 ), Sucre (1,356).
The rest of the country’s regions register fewer than a thousand confirmed cases.
Authorities also said 21,580 patients were already considered cured.
Venezuela has been on high alert since March 13, allowing the executive branch to make “drastic decisions” to combat the pandemic.
Domestic and international flights were restricted until September 12th and the population cannot travel between different municipalities in the country.
According to a report by the French agency AFP, the Covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 754,000 deaths and infected nearly 21 million people in 196 countries and territories.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus discovered in Wuhan, a city in central China, in late December.
After Europe overtook China as the center of the pandemic in February, the Americas is now the one with the most confirmed cases and the most deaths.