Venezuela has extended the ban on commercial flights for the fifth consecutive month, renewing the measure in force since mid-March for another 30 days due to the new coronavirus pandemic.
The country’s National Institute of Civil Aeronautics reported the extension on Wednesday (12) in a note released on social networks.
“Operations in a state of emergency, cargo and mail flights, technical landings, humanitarian flights, repatriation or flights authorized by the United Nations and cargo and commercial flights are exempt,” explained the Venezuelan aeronautical authority. Even so, passengers on these types of flights must comply with quarantine and undergo medical evaluations.
According to official data, questioned by human rights organizations, Venezuela, with 30 million inhabitants, reached 27,938 infections and 238 deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, exceeding 1,000 daily cases for the first time.
The restriction on flights is part of the “state of alarm” decreed by Socialist President Nicolás Maduro in support of the confinement in force since March 16. The country is hit by the pandemic as it faces six years of recession and the highest inflation in the world.
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