‘Mask, gown, gloves – none of that exists’: Venezuela’s coronavirus crisis

Continuing chaotic sitation under Nicolás Maduro leaves hospitals and health services desperately unprepared

There is no ideal time for a pandemic, but fewer countries are less equipped to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak than crisis-ridden Venezuela, warn doctors and public health experts.

Bed shortages, a lack of isolation areas and short supplies of soap are already a daily reality at one hospital in Ciudad Guayana, a city in the country’s east. There is a nearby centre set up for the pandemic response but workers there say there are not enough ambulances to ferry patients.

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