Venezuela: Cuban doctors help identify COVID-19 cases and disinfect Maracaibo streets

Cuban doctors helped identify COVID-19 cases and disinfect the streets of the Venezuelan city of Maracaibo on Friday. The doctors of the Che Guevara Brigade were seen entering a bus that took them to the city, where they talked to the residents in a bid to identify cases of the coronavirus. They also disinfected deserted streets, with most of the businesses seen closed. «Today we are here making a house-to-house visit, surveying the patients, with the aim of detecting any COVID-related symptoms. This is of great importance because it is the only way to isolate the patients and avoid contagion in the community,» explained Alder Perez Perez, a Cuban doctor with the Che Guevara Brigade. High temperatures, humidity, as well as reported blackouts and shortages of water and basic items, make the situation in Venezuela's former oil stronghold worse. To date, Venezuela has recorded 10,854 cases of COVID-19 and 104 deaths, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

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