Venezuela touches 1,300 deaths from covid-19

This content was published on February 17, 2021 – 23:36

Caracas, Feb 17 (EFE) .- Venezuela reached a total of 1,297 deaths from covid-19 this Wednesday, after 11 months of the presence of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, reported the Minister of Communication, Freddy Ñáñez.

Through Twitter, he explained that in the last 24 hours there were five deaths due to this disease, including three men aged between 41 and 44 years, as well as two women between 69 and 74 years.

Also this Wednesday, 392 new infections by covid-19 were registered, of which 371 were produced by community transmission within the regions of Venezuela, mainly in the states of La Guaira and Miranda, both close to Caracas, which added 77 and 66 cases, respectively.

The other 21 infections, the minister continued in the same social network, correspond to the list of “imported”, as they are people who entered the country on international flights, this time from Mexico, Turkey, the Dominican Republic and Panama.

All these patients, he stressed, entered Venezuela through the Simón Bolívar International Airport, which serves the country’s capital.

Thus, 339 days after the first covid-19 infection was detected in Venezuela, the country now counts 134,319 infections, of which 94% have already recovered, always according to the government balance.

VACCINATION BEGINS

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said this Wednesday that tomorrow, Thursday, the immunization of health personnel against covid-19 will begin, after the arrival of the first 100,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine last Saturday.

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In a press conference, the president explained that later the “social” personnel who are “protecting” the people in the streets, the security forces and the high authorities of the Government, including the deputies of Parliament, will be immunized.

As detailed in this first stage, “the 14,000 house-to-house visiting brigades” will also be vaccinated, who have monitored the infections, as well as “all social work personnel who are permanently visiting homes, attending needs “, as well as” security personnel who walk in the streets protecting people. “

Finally, he assured that among the first to be vaccinated will be the deputies who were elected on December 6, 92% official, in some legislative elections that were branded as fraud by the opposition sector headed by Juan Guaidó. EFE

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