The Cuban regime sends 1,200 doctors to Venezuela

Correspondent in Caracas



Nicolás Maduro yesterday announced the arrival of 1,200 additional Cuban doctors to attend to patients affected by the coronavirus. He also affirmed that he would like to live in Argentina and facing the presidential elections he said that Donald Trump would leave power before him.

The Venezuelan state television company broadcasted the radio program “La Pizarra”, hosted by the Spanish Alfredo Serrano Mancilla, linked to Pablo Iglesias de Podemos, where the head of the autocrat regime spoke about his experience in the pandemic and other political issues.

He expressed his satisfaction with the radio program: «I shared our experience, in which completely free and personalized quarantine, screening, treatments and hospitalization allow us to contain and cut the transmission chains of the Covid-19. It is the correct formula! »

He also said that Venezuela registers only 227 people infected with the coronavirus and 9 deceased. “We are in combination with the scientific centers of China, Cuba, the World Health Organization (WHO) and we have a battery of treatments, each case is given a treatment.”

He assured that the national health system has more than 25,000 family doctors in the Barrio Adentro system, “founded by Commander Chávez, we went house to house and we have visited more than 140,000 of the 150,000 people who presented symptoms.”

He said that there is a guarantee of hospitalization: «We have more than 23,500 beds prepared in public hospitals that we have called« sentinel hospitals », we have the Comprehensive Diagnostic Centers (CDI), which are like popular clinics, we have more than 534, as well as private clinics ». In this sense, he explained that it works jointly with the private sector “First time we work in a harmonious, collaborative way.”

However, Maduro’s figures contrast with the daily survey that the Interim President Juan Guaidó’s medical health team in which it is indicated that the hospital infrastructure does not have 23,500 beds but only 84 and the staff does not have the necessary protection material such as masks, alcoholic gel, and respirators.

It is surprising that he hires another 1,200 Cuban doctors when there are already about 25,000 Cubans in the country and despises Venezuelan doctors.

Maduro doubts who will come out of power first, whether he or Donald trump ahead of the presidential elections. He also said that he does not mind being called a dictator, that label “slips him.” To another question he said that he would like to live in Argentina. But he did not comment on the fact that the United States justice has offered 15 million dollars as a reward to whoever facilitates his capture on drug trafficking charges.


Towards the new normal in Miami

In South Florida, authorities are considering reopening beaches and public parks, toward a “new normal” scenario. With more than 23,300 infected with COVID-19, in that state, hospital occupancy is 42%.

JOSE: The return to open public spaces is a scenario contemplated in South Florida. The authorities consider a “new reality” to be the reopening of parks and beaches in Miami-Dade.


Carlos Gimenez

Miami-Dade County Mayor

“We are considering how parks and other locations in our county can be opened when the time is right, we want to do it gradually and always with contagion prevention in mind, we don’t want to cause a second wave of contagion now that the number of patients is going down ”

In Miami-Dade, over 8,200 people and 772 patients are registered in hospitals for COVID-19. During the last 11 days these figures have produced a decrease and stabilization in the local registration curve. This county continues to top the list of highest impact in Florida. The parks and beaches of the jurisdiction have been closed for almost a month.


Carlos Gimenez

Mayor Miami-Dade County “All experts agree that it is good for physical and mental health that people go outside to exercise and get fresh air”

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Possible regulations to apply include jogging and walking, sports between only two people and sustaining physical distance. In addition, they warn about a zero tolerance protocol for violators.


In cities such as Miami Beach, they suggest the generation of tourist packages, in the future of the ‘new normal” to encourage the visit of people from other places and gradually reactivate the industry in that sector. On the other hand, Florida Governor Ron Desantis says there are conditions to gradually return to work.

The state government issued 33,600 unemployment aid checks. The forms for your request continue to be distributed in public libraries.



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Story: “Lie” that sanctions prevent the purchase of medicines or food – Voice of America

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How to take care of COVID-19 in older adults and what medicines to avoid?

Around the world, the population of older adults has been the most affected by the coronavirus. The pandemic has forced millions of them to isolate themselves from their family, work and activities.

According to United Nations data, there are more than 962 million people over the age of 65. Given the vulnerability of this population group, the Voice of america He interviewed Dr. Alicia Arbaje, a geriatrician at Johns Hopkins University, to find out her recommendations.

Question: What specific recommendations do you have for the elderly to prevent the spread of coronavirus?

Answer: Exercise and nutrition, but at the same time try to separate the older person from the children. I know it is very difficult to do that, but it can be done at home. If the older adult lives with you at home, at least that person should wear a mask, because the problem has been contact with children and also with one, who may not know they have the disease yet. You don’t have to be afraid, but you do have to be very careful. Ideally help that person use a separate bathroom. If you can use separate dishes and towel. This is recommended for people who already have the disease, but to prevent it is good to also have some of that in mind.

Q: If the older adult has to go to the doctor for his annual check-up, do you recommend that he go to the appointment or postpone it ?.

A: I think it depends on where that person is located. In general, the annual check-up should be postponed. I think it is better that if the risk is very high, that they should stay home. Now we are seeing patients by video, as we are doing this conversation now, and they are also doing it by phone. If you don’t have acute symptoms, call your doctor and have a phone conversation and decide between yourselves what would be best.

Q: Should families remove their older adults from geriatric centers?

A: I think that right now, the act of taking this person out and going somewhere else and being with the children, even if it is in the family, the risk remains high. At least in those centers, they are cared for, someone is checking them. In general, I think it’s better for people to stay wherever they are and not try to expose them to transportation.

Q: What care should be taken when an older adult is at home and has symptoms of coronavirus ?.

A: First review the coronavirus symptoms, which are fever, muscle aches, sore throat, difficulty breathing, and loss of taste or smell. Any of those symptoms that one has, no problem, except one. If you develop shortness of breath you have to call and find a professional. They don’t have to go to the hospital, nor do they necessarily have to go to the doctor. If you have any of the other symptoms they can call your doctor and explain it to you. But if you have difficulty breathing, for example, from walking from where you are sitting, to the bathroom. So you should go to a hospital, but when you call the ambulance, explain that you think you have COVID-19.

COVID-19: Tips for Seniors

COVID-19: Tips for Seniors

Q: What to do if that elderly person has coronavirus and is in a house with other family members?

A: Well, in that case then you do have to isolate that person. It should be put in a separate room, a separate bathroom, and try not to enter that room. Just bring him food, not to clean the room, or spend a lot of time in that room so that others don’t get it, because there is a lot of contagion among the same people who live in the house. Wash your clothes and have it separated from others. Usually the person with the coronavirus lasts between 5 to 14 days with the disease, so we are not talking about how you are going to do this for a long time, but until they start to improve and enough time has passed for them to recover.

Q: Do you recommend that older adults take supplements to boost their immune system?

A: We don’t know if that is effective, but I do recommend that people focus on their nutrition, because nutrition we do know that helps the immune system with a high consumption of fruits and vegetables. Avoid foods that we know cause inflammation such as eggs, butter, other dairy products, and yogurt.

Q: There is a lot of information on over-the-counter medicines that can help prevent coronavirus. What do you advise ?.

A: It is important to avoid medications that cause damage or strong side effects in older adults, antihistamines that should be avoided because they cause delirium, lethargy, and urinary problems. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen should also be avoided, this is avoided in older adults because it causes kidney failure. In other countries, they are considering using anti-HIV and anti-malaria drugs. There have been no studies done right now to confirm that works, so I don’t recommend that you start taking those medications that can be dangerous in older adults. The best thing they can do is stay healthy.


Venezuela is approaching the complete collapse of its energy sector

Washington correspondent



The last foreign companies that remain in business with the Nicolás Maduro regime for the extraction and distribution of Venezuelan crude oil fear that the state oil company PDVSA stop most of your operations this week for the complete saturation of your inventory. The sanctions applied by the USA they have caused a drastic collapse in crude oil exports, which are usually exchanged for debt. The regime has even sent inventory to Cuba, which has little storage capacity.

For this reason, Chavismo seeks desperately to exchange crude oil for food and fuel, even at a liquidation price. As revealed by ABC, Maduro has signed contracts with the Mexican companies Schlager and Libre Abordo to exchange 15 million tons of PDVSA crude in exchange for 210,000 tons of corn and 1,000 tanks of drinking water. In another more recent contract, he offers the Mexican company Jomadi five million barrels for a quantity of gasoline to be decided in the future.

Venezuela’s storage capacity is theoretically about 65 million barrels, but many of the tanks that were used in the past are inactive due to lack of maintenance. According to a source from the oil sector with business in Venezuela, told ABC, “they are not selling crude, and there is nowhere to store it, which causes stoppages in operations because there is nowhere to put it.”

In Venezuela, there are storage tanks at the crude oil export ports and at the refineries. If all the tanks are filled on land, PDVSA has to necessarily lower production. Another way to store is on boats, the so-called floating storage; or abroad, like Cuba. Furthermore, tanks have very specific uses. Gasoline cannot be stored in crude tanks, which limits operational flexibility.

US sanctions On the Russian state-owned company Rosneft, they have left Maduro without a route through which he distributed two-thirds of his crude oil at the end of 2019. After what the Kremlin decided to completely exit the Venezuelan oil marketMaduro declared what he called an “energy emergency” and announced a comprehensive restructuring of PDVSA. “I do not accept more excuses, we produce or we produce”, said Maduro then, who revealed that the pertinent decrees had been drafted by himself.

Cuba has tried to help Maduro within its means. In reality, the island of Cuba produces 60% of the oil it consumes, and the rest is obtained from Venezuela through credits under very favorable conditions. The Castro-controlled company Cubametales is one of Pdvsa’s last clients, despite the sanctions also imposed against it by the United States.

That the country with the largest oil reserves in the world is forced to almost completely suspend its oil operations is a serious blow to the regime. The sanctions have already deprived the regime of the ability to refine oil, so it is now looking for ways to acquire gasoline and diesel as it can. Several refineries, such as Paraguaná and El Palito, are closed. In theory, the regime has the necessary facilities to be able to refine 1.3 million barrels of crude oil per day, but it only manages to refine just over 100,000 per day.


Venezuela: fuel shortage for the world’s largest oil reserve

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Venezuela is running out of gas. The price of a barrel of oil is at its lowest, the country has the largest known reserves in the world and yet its petrol stations are dry. If the very serious economic crisis coupled with the global coronavirus crisis have a lot to do with it, it is above all the American sanctions that prevent Venezuelans from refueling.

How can a country overflowing with oil run out of gas? Well, because oil and petrol are not necessarily synonymous. To have gas you have to be able to refine the crude oil extracted from the reserves and this is precisely what Venezuela can no longer do.

This is obviously due to the very serious economic crisis that Venezuela has been going through for the past seven years. Undermined by mismanagement and corruption, the state-owned oil company PDVSA has seen its production melt and its infrastructure deteriorate over the years. From more than three million barrels a decade ago, the country produces more than about 700,000 barrels today. And the successive closings of refinery sites only allow to treat 100,000 barrels against more than a million previously, if the country can import the products necessary for the process.

So not only must Venezuela import these products, but it must also import gasoline because the Venezuelans’ consumption is much higher than its current production capacity. And it’s getting harder and harder according to economist Luis Vicente Leon, especially in today’s environment. ” First, there are the US sanctions which make it difficult for the government to find suppliers ready to deliver gasoline. But there is also for the State, because of the pandemic, a cash crisis which simply prevents it from being able to pay for this fuel. “

As a result, the gas stations are empty and this should continue since the drop in oil prices, rather than being a boon, reduces Venezuela’s revenues. And the United States, despite a United Nations appeal, does not seem ready to lift sanctions that have targeted PDVSA in particular since January 2019.

Stuck, the government of Nicolas Maduro had no other choice but to decree a gas rationing plan: while the queues extend for kilometers, it is the soldiers who are supposed to ensure the distribution to essential sectors of the economy and health.


Waiting for the official suspension of San Isidro: the CAM approves urgent works at the Center for Bullfighting Affairs

Mara Eugenia Carballedo, Isabel Daz Ayuso and Miguel Abelln

Waiting for theCommunity of Madrid decides and officially communicates the suspension of the San Isidro Fairand how it affects the structure of the Las Ventas season, the Governing Council deals with other structures: that of the cover of the offices of the Center for Bullfighting Affairs. Europa Press reports that it was informed this Wednesday of the recruitment, on an emergency basis, of therehabilitation works for an amount of 259,568 eurosand an execution period of two months and ten days. This amount also includes thedrafting of the basic project and execution, the construction management and the safety and health coordination, as reported by the vice president, Ignacio Aguado, through a videoconference with journalists after the meeting of the Governing Council.

The CAT offices are located in the corral block of the Las Ventas bullring, on the upper level of a two-story building that surrounds and has access from the Drag yard. In February of this same year, a minor work began to reform part of these offices, specifically the area where management is located. During the performance of these worksa second wooden false ceiling was discoveredand caizo belonging to the original structure of the plaza, which presented structural problems that required its assurance and replacement.

With the aim of studying in depth the extent of these damages, the construction management decided to stop the rehabilitation works in this area to evaluate the best way to act on the roof structure of this emblematic monument. In view of its conclusions, theCounselor of the Presidencycontracted through emergency processing the replacement of the current structure with a new wooden roof similar to the existing one.

The bullring of Las Ventas is consideredasset of cultural interest with categoryIt has been a historical-artistic monument since 1994. Inaugurated on June 17, 1931, with a mudjar style and a sand arena, with a capacity for 24,000 spectators, it is considered the largest bullring in Spain and the third largest bullring in the world with capacity, behind Mexico and Valencia (Venezuela).

While,San Isidro is the only eventof masses that, even unfeasible in its dates due to the devastating health crisis of the coronavirus, still have not been officially canceled.

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The military does not deploy heavy artillery in Venezuela as Maduro ordered

Correspondent in Caracas



In Venezuela there is no observed heavy artillery movement of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) or deployment of tanks and missile launchers of the Bolivarian coat of arms ordered by Nicolás Maduro to face an alleged attack by the “anti-drug operation” launched by the US Government In the Caribbean.

Last Friday, Maduro ordered the deployment of war weapons to face an eventual armed combat. “In the next few hours I have ordered within the framework of the permanent operation ‘Bolivarian Shield’ the mobilization of artillery pieces, to be prepared for the fight for peace,” said the president in a work event broadcast on state television VTV.

“As commander in chief, I am at the forefront of all the preparations for Venezuela to have peace, and for be prepared for any combat that is necessary. I know what I am saying, Venezuela, “he added.

Maduro’s threats have become pure barks to create an atmosphere of tension between Venezuela and the United States due to the naval air operation deployed in the Caribbean Sea to combat drug trafficking.

The reasons why the Venezuelan Army has not followed Maduro’s orders are unknown. If they have preferred to stay in the barracks or in their homes to protect themselves from the pandemic or because the military discovered the uselessness of heavy artillery to combat the microscopic virus.


The streets of Caracas have remained empty and lonely due to the quarantine decreed since March 13 to combat the coronavirus, whose balance today is 159 infected cases and 7 deaths, according to Maduro.

The only military presence, as ABC observed in the streets of the capital, is that of the National Guard soldiers, guarding the city’s access doors and few open gas stations to control rationing and fuel restrictions for users.

Unlike February, when the regime carried out military maneuvers throughout the country deploying Russian tanks and missile launchers, also with the name of “Bolivarian Shield”, this time there was no information on relevant movements, “the normal movements that He always has the Armed Force, “said Karim Vera.

Deputy Karim Vera, member of the Defense Commission of the National Assembly, said on Zulia regional radio that gasoline shortage it is not what is preventing the regime from deploying its weapons, because it recognizes that they have “control of the situation”; and regretted that the vast majority of the scarce fuel available to the country is being used mostly “for the security forces of the State”, leaving very little to the availability of the health system.

For the deputy, the alleged deployment of artillery is the result of “paranoia”, which according to Karim Vera suffers from the Nicolás Maduro regime. “They have a fit of paranoia, pretending and showing that the peace of the republic is being attacked by foreign forces, when the integrity of the homeland, and peace, have been transgressed only by those who usurp and abuse power.

Karim Vera and some 33 other opposition deputies and politicians have suffered persecution, harassment and imprisonment of the Bolivarian fury launched by Maduro with his fearsome police, the FAES (Special Action Forces) and the armed groups. Chavista paramilitaries have painted threatening signs and slogans on the facades of the opponents’ residences and jailed some five members of interim President Juan Guaidó’s circle in the last 72 hours.


The US Navy mobilizes in front of Venezuela to cut drug shipments

Washington correspondent



The President of the United States announced this Wednesday the mobilization of the armed forces to international waters off the coast of Venezuela for operations in the fight against drug trafficking. “We cannot allow drug cartels to exploit the pandemic to put American lives at risk,” he said. Donald trump in the White House surrounded by the senior staff of his government.

This mobilization is due to an anti-drug operation in the rest of America, and it involves the Navy, the Air Force and the Coast Guard, who will collaborate with the armies of 22 other allied countries on the continent. The announcement of this mobilization it was extraordinaryBecause Trump was accompanied at the White House by the Chief of the General Staff, General Mark Milley; the chief of Naval Operations, admiral Michael Gilday; the Commander of the Coast Guard, Admiral Karl Schultz, and several ministers. More so when the country is in a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic, which already has 200,000 infected and 4,600 deaths.

This operation started the same wednesday, there are already ships off the coast of Venezuela, in addition to other points in the Atlantic and the Pacific, and there is no end date. As the president himself said yesterday, destroyers, coastal combat ships, fighters, helicopters and surveillance aircraft participate in it.

New routes

With the new mobilizations announced yesterday, the presence of the Navy in the Caribbean for anti-drug operations has been doubled. According to General Milley, “we have long received intelligence that the drug cartels were going to take advantage of the Covid-19 crisis to try to introduce more drugs in our country».

Pentagon chief Mark Esper said this operation is designed to contain Maduro’s illegitimate activities. «The Maduro regime depends on income from drug sales to maintain their repression from power, “said the defense secretary. “The citizens of Venezuela suffer terribly from Maduro’s repressive practices,” he added.

Last week the US Attorney’s Office presented drug trafficking charges against Maduro, 11 of his collaborators and two leaders of the Colombian FARC guerrilla. The US government also offers up to 50 million dollars (45 million euros) for information that allows the capture of any of the accused, 15 million for Maduro and 10 for some of the others, such as ‹number two› Diosdado Cabello.

According to the prosecution, this plot allows what the US government calls to operate Cartel of the Suns, a group made up first of corrupt members of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces and in recent decades by elements of the Bolivarian government for drug trafficking. It is called that because of the sun-shaped insignia on the lapel of Venezuela’s top military commanders. Since 1999, that cartel has injected up to 250 metric tons of cocaine a year into the US drug market, according to prosecutors.

Relationship with Mexico

Attorney General (Justice Minister) William Barr related the activity of the Maduro regime with the Mexican cartels. According to the estimates of the US government Cocaine and other substances illegally brought into the country cause over 70,000 deaths each year from overdoses. According to Barr, the Maduro regime seeks alternative routes to that of the Caribbean to bring the drug to the United States. One of them is through Central America, so the Pentagon has also mobilized the air force.

The calculation of the White House National Security Council is that these measures “will deprive the Maduro regime of the illicit funds with which it finances its repression,” said its director, Ambassador Robert O’Brien, yesterday. His predecessor in office, the fired John Bolton, was a strong advocate for the mobilization of the armed forces to remove Maduro. It was he who repeatedly warned that “all options are on the table»Against the regime.

Yesterday, O’Brien added, “Maduro, the drug traffickers and the terrorists must be clear that even though we are fighting the coronavirus pandemic, we will follow the president’s guidelines in the fight against drug trafficking. ”

The announcement comes a day after American diplomacy proposed a transition plan to democracy in which the bulk of the Venezuelan regime could participate but without Maduro. Under that plan, Juan Guaidó would resign from being transitional president until there are free elections within six to 12 months.

The regime immediately rejected the plan through its chancellor, Jorge Arreaza, who said in a radio interview that in any case «decisions about Venezuela are made in Venezuela».


Venezuela: Washington’s plan

The United States is proposing elections in exchange for reduced sanctions.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. POOL New / via REUTERS

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo presented a plan on Tuesday, March 31, “democratic adre for Venezuela” It is an agenda to get out of the political crisis that has plagued the country for several years, and which has had a dramatic impact on the economic and social situation of Venezuelans. Riots have broken out in recent hours in several parts of the country to protest fuel shortages. These are due to the dilapidated oil installations, while production, which was over three million barrels a day, has dropped to probably less than 500,000 today.

The plan provides for the dissolution of the National Constituent Assembly, composed exclusively of Chavistas, to restore legislative power to the National Assembly. The latter will be responsible for appointing a five-member government council, which will assume executive power and organize a presidential election within six to eight months.


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