Venezuela to impose “radical quarantine” after bump in coronavirus infections

Venezuela to impose "radical quarantine" after bump in coronavirus infections
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Venezuela reported 419 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the country’s biggest daily rise in 112 days since the beginning of the pandemic. In response, the President Nicolás Maduro’s administration will impose a new “radical quarantine” starting today, one week after some regions of the country relaxed social isolation measures.

Venezuela has recorded 7,100 infections and 65 confirmed deaths — but authorities have faced accusations of data tampering.

Communications Minister Jorge Rodríguez said dozens of new infections are “imported,” referring to Venezuelans who contracted the coronavirus elsewhere and then returned to the country. Mr. Rodríguez says Venezuela suffers under “pressure” from neighboring countries, where the spread is “out of control.”

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