Venezuela: COVID-19 outbreak overwhelms health system
Created: 27/05/2020 +

Overview

In Venezuela, the first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on 13 March 2020 and containment measures were introduced over the following weeks. An increase in cases is likely, due to an inconsistent adherence to the lockdown, limited PCR testing, and limitations on regular access to hygiene related to water shortages. There are further concerns related to the return of Venezuelan migrants and refugees to Venezuela. There is a high risk that the country’s health system will be overwhelmed by even a moderate increase in COVID-19 patients requiring specialist medical services.