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https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2020/02/05/venezuela-tries-prepare-coronavirus-without-healthcare-system/

The National Assembly of Venezuela – the last remaining democratically elected branch of government – approved a plan on Tuesday to help with coronavirus awareness and distribute a manual on how to contain the outbreak if it reaches the Latin American country.

Thanks to the socialist regime of dictator Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela has deep ties to the Chinese Communist Party, which has invested millions in keeping him in power. China is responsible for building a social surveillance system known as the “Fatherland card” for Maduro to help track dissidents and deny them food and basic goods. China has also attempted to get Venezuela to sign onto its “Belt and Road Initiative,” a sprawling international bid for Beijing to build and control most of the world’s transportation infrastructure, but Caracas’ ongoing economic crisis has made it impossible for Maduro to sign onto any major project.

The ties between the Chinese Communist Party and Maduro mean that travel between the two countries occurs regularly, potentially exposing Venezuela to the ongoing outbreak of a newly documented coronavirus in China. The virus, originating in the central city of Wuhan, has infected over 20,000 people and killed nearly 500 since the Communist Party announced the discovery of the virus on January 20.

Given the potential of a traveler from China bringing the virus into Venezuela – and the state of abandon and collapse that the Venezuelan healthcare system currently finds itself in – the National Assembly approved a measure that would create a protocol for how to handle a potential coronavirus case independent of the Maduro regime.

“This manual will be distributed in health centers, customs checkpoints, the Maiquetía International Airport, so that public officials will know what they are facing and what protection they should use,” José Manuel Olivares, a National Assembly member in exile who spearheaded the effort, said after it passed.

“70 percent of hospitals in the country don’t have water and the primary coronavirus prevention measure is washing one’s hands,” the lawmaker added. “89 percent of hospitals report electricity interruptions and only 49 percent of these institutions have emergency rooms open. 2,602 Venezuelans died in the country because there were no medical supplies to tend to trauma.”


“The precarious health situation in the country make us require these alerts because there is the possibility of coronavirus reaching Venezuela,” he concluded.

The novel coronavirus is highly contagious through moisture particles ejected while coughing, breathing, or sneezing. Experts believe that it may be contagious even before a carrier has visible symptoms, which tend to include fever, coughing, and body aches. Washing hands, wearing face masks, and staying away from crowded areas are pivotal measures to control the outbreak.

Another lawmaker, José Trujillo, noted on Tuesday that, even if the coronavirus outbreak had reached the country, it would be impossible for Venezuela to know because hospitals do not have testing kits. The World Health Organization (WHO) is organizing the global response; as a United Nations body, it incorrectly identified Nicolás Maduro as the nation’s head of state, excluding legitimate President Juan Guaidó. It remains unclear how the WHO would be able to distribute humanitarian aid or testing supplies in Venezuela given that it does not recognize Guaidó and Maduro’s regime refuses to acknowledge that the country has needed humanitarian aid for years.

“In Venezuela, we don’t even have a way to test [someone] to detect coronavirus,” Trujillo noted. “Prevention is key and in this country it is almost impossible to do it. International organizations should send aid to deal with this virus and avoid a tragedy.”

He added, “Venezuela will not escape the threat because we have alliances with Asian nations and the virus lives for 14 days before being detected [in someone’s body], so it can reach the country. The virus is a genetic alteration, but the truth isn’t being told to the world.”

Maduro’s regime has downplayed that threat, claiming that it has implemented the necessary safeguards to prevent the virus from ravaging the country. Maduro’s “health minister” Carlos Alvarado said on Monday that the WHO’s subgroup in the region, the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), would be sending testing kits to Venezuela this week. He added that Venezuela has requested that other countries identify coronavirus patients before they board planes to the country. He insisted the regime had yet to identify a coronavirus case in Venezuela.

China’s state-run news service Xinhua highlighted Maduro expressing solidarity with the Communist Party on the outbreak.

“The entire world looks on in awe at the energetic determination with which the Chinese government has met the sanitary protocols recommended by international organizations specialized in health to control the propagation of the virus,” a statement from Maduro this week read.

The Venezuelan Red Cross has expressed panic at Maduro’s coronavirus preparedness. Last week, the president of the organization, Mario Villarroel, warned that “we are not ready to fully combat this disease,” noting the dire state of Venezuela’s socialist healthcare system.

“We are calling for the prevention of the coronavirus. We are not ready to fully combat this disease. This is something that the Health Ministry has to prepare. Neither the medicines nor the treatment necessary are here,” Villarroel said.

Venezuela’s healthcare system, which Maduro boasts is a prime example of government-run health care and Venezuela’s government is constitutionally mandated to run, deals regularly with chronic shortages of medicine, electricity, and water. Amputations became increasingly common as the economy began to rot under Maduro in 2014, as antibiotics ran short, and nearly every medicine on the WHO’s list of necessary, basic medicines is no longer available. Vaccines are also in short supply, resulting in outbreaks of diseases Venezuela had eradicated before socialism, like malaria, measles, and diptheria. Patients living with chronic diseases like diabetes or HIV have little to no access to necessary treatment.

:popcorn2: Every Bernie and fake squaw supporter should be required to live one month in Venezuela.
 

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Wow i had no idea things are that bad in Venezuela.
 

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Venezuela is a lost cause, barring a very large explosion.
 

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Venezuela is a lost cause, .....
With the current leadership in Venezuela, I agree with you.

However if the people of Venezuela can get rid of Maduro and bring in Gualdo, he can turn things around almost overnight by abandoning the Bolívar and making the US Dollar that nation's currency. Once the currency is stabilized, oil exports can help Venezuela recover economically.
 

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Why don't the people overthrow Maduro ? And then Gualdo can help out. The US is always stepping into the middle east countries business. I think we need to help the folks in Venezuela .
 

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Wow i had no idea things are that bad in Venezuela.

Seriously? Their money is so worthless it was littering the streets at one point. They were eating zoo animals to stay alive. They can't fight back against Maduro as they are mostly unarmed........
 

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Wow sad situation there. I had no idea.
 

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The people there have been eating their pets also. Food is the preferred currency. They can’t fight back because they have been disarmed for safety reasons.
 

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Man this is really bothering me. I feel so bad for them folks. In these modern times no need for anyone to live like that. I hope if the gun grabbers get their way here, People do NOT COMPLY.
 

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yeah it's bad there but you notice there isnt much in the news anymore? Here is how valuable their currency is.

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Reports in from Venezuela that starving people in that country, the beneficiaries of those glories of Bolivarian socialism, are now breaking into the zoos and butchering the animals in order to be able to eat them. We have seen this before of course, but when the Parisians did it they did actually have the excuse that the Germans had been besieging the city for 99 days. The Venezuelan equivalent stems from nothing but ghastly, silly and incompetent economic policy--but then such is Bolivarian socialism.
Zoo animals are being stolen from parks in western Venezuela and police believe they are being snatched to be eaten by the starving local population.
A wave of animal thefts in city of Maracaibo near the Colombian border - including tapirs and a buffalo - have been linked to the chronic food shortages in Venezuela
Most recently, two collared peccaries, similar in appearance to boars, were stolen over the weekend, local police say.
I'd actually be quite interested in trying peccary bacon to be honest, but I do indeed hope never to be riven to stealing one from a zoo as a result of Jeremy Corbyn gaining power.
“What we presume is that they (were taken) with the intention of eating them,” Luis Morales, an official for the Zulia division of the National Police, told reporters on Tuesday.


The chaotic collapse of the country’s socialist economic model has created chronic food shortages that have fuelled malnutrition and left millions seeking food anywhere they can find it, including in trash cans and dumpsters.
That's what bad economic management can do for you, reduce the country with the world's largest oil reserves to a nation of dumpster divers. Well done there, well done.
Do note, as I continually do, that this isn't about socialism per se. There's nothing wrong with the idea that the poor should get a fairer shake of the stick for example, no problem at all with--voluntary of course--workers' cooperatives and the like. We have them in our own economies, they work just fine. It's the method by which they tried to bring this all about which was the error, a gross one of course. For they decided that what Venezuela didn't need was a market system nor the prices that guide such. So, they just fixed prices at what they thought were fun numbers and then stood by as the entire productive and distributive capacity of the nation collapsed. Because that's what the price system does, coordinates the productive and distributive capacity of the nation. We have no other method, as Hayek pointed out we cannot even calculate, let alone manage, the economy without using market mechanisms.
Market systems work, non-market systems do not work.
We have seen all of this before of course, entire zoos being offered up to be flambe, pate, steaks and the like. As this menu shows. The Parisians did actually have an excuse of course, the Kaiser's armies had been besieging the place for 99 days by the time that famous menu at the top was published. What's Maduro's excuse, other than simple economic incompetence?


https://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2017/08/17/venezuelas-starving-people-are-now-eating-the-zoo-animals-the-parisians-had-the-german-excuse/#48543fc2d2cc
 
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