March 17, 2020 / 6:23 PM / 17 days ago

Venezuela requests $5 bln in financing from IMF to tackle coronavirus -letter

CARACAS, March 17 (Reuters) - Venezuela’s government has made a formal request to the International Monetary Fund for $5 billion in financing to strengthen the country’s health system to tackle the coronavirus, according to a letter by the foreign ministry.

The letter, published on Twitter and dated March 15, was addressed to IMF Director Kristalina Georgieva.

Reporting by Angus Berwick Editing by Sarah Kinosian

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