Sun, 09 Aug 2020

CARACAS, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Venezuela's government on Tuesday decided to reimpose strict lockdown measures in the capital Caracas and the central state of Miranda, after a recent spike in the number of COVID-19 cases.

"President Nicolas Maduro communicated the decision to take the capital district and Miranda state to level one of strict lockdown, starting tomorrow July 15, to the presidential commission on COVID-19, due to the rise in cases and for the sake of the people's health," Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said on Twitter.

The government is confident that the measure can "sever the chains of transmission from the outbreak these central regions are undergoing," said Rodriguez.

Venezuela has so far reported 9,707 people have contracted the disease, with 2,671 recoveries.

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