BOGOTA, Colombia

President Nicolas Maduro’s government has requested $5 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to deal with the coronavirus pandemic in Venezuela, where 33 cases have been reported so far.  

“We come up to your honorable organism to request your assessment, regarding the possibility of granting Venezuela a financing facility for $5 billion from the Emergency Fund of the Rapid Financing Instrument (IFR), resources that will contribute significantly to strengthen our detection and response system ” reads the letter signed by Maduro. 

Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza published the letter on his Twitter account on March 17.

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