CARACAS (Reuters) – A powerful Venezuelan official is seeking an investigation of the nation’s academy of scientists for publishing research that questioned official figures on coronavirus cases and estimated the pandemic may hit the country hard in the coming months.
Venezuela’s Academy of Physical, Mathematical and Natural Sciences in a report https://acfiman.org/2020/05/08/estado-actual-de-la-epidemia-de-la-covid-19-en-venezuela-y-sus-posibles-trayectorias-bajo-varios-escenarios published this month said official figures of 440 cases and 10 deaths appeared inconsistent with the COVID-19 epidemic, and that the country could register 4,000 cases daily as early as June.
“The numbers that they use are not supported,” Socialist Party Vice President Diosdado Cabello said, referring to the report on his weekly show Wednesday night. “It should be investigated.”
On Thursday the academy released a statement in response, reiterating the report’s two main conclusions: that testing should be increased and that it was unlikely the pandemic’s curve would be flattened at this time, underscoring the country should