The governor of Zulia state, in the west of Venezuela, an area that emerged as the main focus of the coronavirus in the country, was hospitalized for respiratory problems, as confirmed to the agency Reuters three sources familiar with the case.
The governor Omar Prieto, adept at the Nicolás Maduro regime, He was admitted Tuesday night in a private clinic near Maracaibo, the capital of Zulia, because he had difficulty breathing, detailed one of the sources who asked to reserve his name.
Prieto is being provided preventive treatment and the result of a PCR test is expected this week., added another of the sources consulted, who also requested not to be identified for fear of retaliation.
In its daily balance sheet on Wednesday, the Chavista authorities did not mention the case of the governor. The Ministry of Information and the Zulia governorate did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
In Venezuela, some 8,010 cases of COVID-19 and 75 deaths have been reported., according to data from the regime. But opposition leaders have questioned the figures, noting lack of transparency in reporting cases and accusing persecutions of those who contradict the information.
“Unfortunately, Nicolás Maduro continues to lie, continues to manipulate the data of positive cases and the mortality data (due to coronavirus)”, said in a virtual press conference on Wednesday the opposition deputy José Manuel Olivares.
According to the legislator, exiled in Colombia since late 2018, at least 130 people have died of complications from the disease in Venezuela, 59 more than reported by the reports.
Zulia has been among the states most affected by the virus due to the collapse of electricity and water services, which hinders efforts to maintain basic sanitary measures, even in hospital centers.
Authorities say many of the cases originated in a food market that supplies much of Venezuela’s second city despite its reputation for overcrowding and poor sanitation.
Maduro points out that Venezuela has handled the outbreak better than other Latin American nations and insists that most cases in the oil country come from Venezuelan migrants returning from Colombia and Brazil, an argument rejected by specialized medical groups. The Chavista dictator even insists that he refer to COVID-19 as the “Colombian virus”.
“We are facing a tremendous pandemic in the world. The numbers are creepy. This is the true outbreak in Venezuela. Before what we had seen was the arrival of the pandemic. Now we are seeing the outbreak that came to us with the Colombian virus through the trails. “, said the dictator in a public message issued on Wednesday.
Duke in late June assured that the health situation in Venezuela was a “time bomb” by highlighting the neighboring country as further risk in your government’s attempts to contain the coronavirus pandemic despite more than three months of isolation and financial efforts.
With information from Reuters