“We are doing the right thing at the right moment. We are doing what’s fair, and I ask the support of the entire country, the media, journalists, and political leaders of all parties (…) Do not try, in a mean-spirited way and for political gain, to take advantage of this situation,” said President Nicolás Maduro on Friday, March 20, as he appealed to the Venezuelans’ conscience to observe collective quarantine as a way to avoid the propagation of Coronavirus in the country.
“Let’s have a big heart, and a human, nationalist, patriotic vision,” he added during a televised telephone conversation with the Presidential Commission for the Prevention and Control of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Venezuelan president said he was proud of the Venezuelan people, who have voluntarily observed the collective, social quarantine, “setting an example to the world.”
Maduro also sent a message to praise Venezuela’s health staff, security forces and organized popular power deployed across the country addressing this contingency.
Coronavirus in the world
The Venezuelan president gave instructions to the Sectorial Vice President of Communication, Culture and Tourism Jorge Rodríguez to urge the media to show what’s happening in countries such as Italy, Spain and France.
“We have to show what’s happening, what good and bad things the population is doing in those countries” amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.
He stressed the importance of humor to relieve the social tension, bring hope and raise the people’s spirit amid such a hard time.
Presidential Press Office