Researchers at Andrés Bello Catholic University (UCAB) linked the increase to both the pandemic and a fuel crisis.
Since 2014, the country has suffered from shortages of basic supplies and hyperinflation. Millions of people are in need of aid.
The government has not commented but it often says US sanctions are to blame.
Critics, however, say the crisis is a result of President Nicolás Maduro’s economic mismanagement. Public services have collapsed, unemployment…