RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In Venezuela, a general curfew has been in place since March 17th due to the spread of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Stores are closed, with the exception of grocery stores, drugstores, and pharmacies.
To mitigate the social consequences of quarantine, the government has suspended commercial and residential rents, decreed special wage supplements and announced that wages for small and medium-sized companies will be paid by the state until September. Furthermore, the firing of employees has been banned.
Along with the quarantine measures, the government also decreed the wearing of protective masks when outside . . .