(Dictatorship) “lying shamelessly” about the numbers of coronavirus infections in Venezuela, said Venezuelan President Juan Guaidó about Nicolás Maduro’s regime.
He made this statement during a press conference on Monday, March 23rd, where he also referred to the fact that until March 19th, the number of positive cases of COVD-19 in the nation was close to 200.
“It seems evident, after listening to the dictator yesterday (Sunday, March 22nd), that the dictatorship is shamelessly lying and putting us at risk by its irresponsible management. That information (the approximate number of infections in the country) was obtained through one of the ministries concerned because information was being hidden to Venezuelans.
He said that concealing information does not benefit the fight against the pandemic, because “the first measure that must be taken to deal with the emergency are figures, numbers, isolation, biological barriers to be able to measure the potential emergency and exponential growth.”
The President in charge of the country recalled that the first element that the world has to confront COVID-19 is information but in Venezuela what the regime has done is to undertake a wave of repression and persecution against journalists, health workers, and those who offer some approximation of the real situation of what is being experienced. Which makes it clear that “the State does not have the capacity to attend to the pandemic.”
Guaidó said that one of the proofs that the regime lies about the numbers is the “incongruence of the numbers it has presented”, and he cited as an example that on March 18th they had reported that on that day no positive cases were reported but on March 19th they presented a poster that reflected that there were six new cases.
“As the Government in charge and on behalf of the National Assembly, we warn the world today that this will worsen the potential catastrophe we had on our doorstep a year ago. We cannot accept the Chernobyl model to deal with the emergency”.
He informed that he instructed the Presidential Commissioner before the United Nations (UN), Miguel Pizarro, and the deputies Manuela Bolívar and José Manuel Olivares, to make an inventory of requirements that will be needed to face the emergency given the exponential growth curve of the cases.
The President in charge of the country, asked the Venezuelans to rescue the solidarity to survive the emergency as a society.
He also said that it is not fair to face the pandemic in the precariousness in which Venezuelans find themselves, and he held the dictatorship responsible for the destruction of the productive apparatus.
“The burden cannot be placed solely on the Venezuelans. Gasoline, gas oil must be provided to producers, health workers, the press, and the most vulnerable sectors. You cannot charge private companies that have already been hit. You cannot allow them to pay income tax in this emergency, for example.
He revealed that in a brief survey of the impact on services in the country, 83% of households do not have continuous electricity service; 71% do not receive water or it is of poor quality; 65% of public transport is faulty; 83% of shops have failures in the acquisition of food; and 56% of the population does not have a supply of gasoline.
Finally, he reaffirmed his message to the National Armed Force (FAN) where he asks them to “not be accomplices of an emergency”, such as the coronavirus.