As of March 15, the temporary suspension of flights from Colombia and Europe will take effect as a preventative measure against coronavirus (COVID-19), announced Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who pointed out that the suspension could be extended for a month.

At the Miraflores Presidential Palace, Caracas, he explained that the Venezuelan government is bringing forward diplomatic efforts to establish coordination mechanisms with Iván Duque’s administration to protect the Venezuelan-Colombian border.

“Beyond our ideological differences, this is a real humanitarian situation, and our governments, our Health Ministries, need to ensure coordination to  seal off the border, protect the Venezuelan and Colombian people and work together like the rest of the states and governments around the world,” he said to domestic and foreign reporters at a press conference.

The Venezuelan president gave instructions to health authorities, especially those that exercise their jurisdiction along the border, to develop effective coordination strategies to contain the spread of coronavirus.

“We should not be offering political reasons. We cannot politicize this issue since it requires the union of humankind and the world’s cooperation to take effective, prompt measures,” he added.

Furthermore, President Maduro announced the suspension of all mass public gatherings and the temporary closure of public spaces to avoid “creating focuses for the spread of this pandemic that is bringing down humankind.”

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People’s Power Ministry for Foreign Relations of Venezuela