Rich coronavirus warnings in Venezuela not on the agenda during pandemic, says report

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The high-flying “Bolichicos” of Venezuela – privileged offspring of the socialist revolution – ignored the rules and continued to party in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

A raucous party that has become a cluster of infections has raised concerns at the highest levels of government and sentenced Venezuelans locked up in their homes for weeks.

Children of the Venezuelan ruling elite spent the week at a sex and drug party: dancing on white sandy beaches and frolicking on a Caribbean island with prostitutes from Europe, some selfies with famous reggaeton artists.

“There was a party on an island, and almost everyone on the test is positive,” besieged leader Nicolás Maduro told state television on March 20.

Three days later, when embarrassing Instagram posts leaked under the hashtag #CoronavirusParty, he downplayed it.

“Who will criticize a party? They didn’t know they were sick, ”said Maduro, who was indicted by the United States last month on drug charges.

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To date, the virus has only confirmed seven confirmed deaths in Venezuela. But the potential is high for the pandemic to overwhelm an already paralyzed health system, where hospitals lack water, electricity and supplies.

At the start of the pandemic, the celebrations between the young and the wealthy were difficult to overcome.

In Latin America, the most unequal region in the world, the jet set elites are accused of importing the virus.

But it is the poor – who lack medical care and who struggle to keep informal jobs – who bear the brunt.

In Latin America, the most unequal region in the world, the jet set elites are accused of importing the virus. But it is the poor - who lack medical care and who struggle to keep informal jobs - who bear the brunt. (iStock)

In Latin America, the most unequal region in the world, the jet set elites are accused of importing the virus. But it is the poor – who lack medical care and who struggle to keep informal jobs – who bear the brunt. (iStock)

In Venezuela, overwhelmed by food and medicine shortages that have forced 5 million people to flee, lavish celebrations are even more vexing. Such pockets of wealth are also more difficult to see in relentless propaganda touting the working poor.

Usually, the parties offer 2C-B psychedelic drugs – known as “pink cocaine” for its high price and pink, powdery substance, the two said.

One of them provided a video of the recent evening, showing women in bikini dancing on March 11 in a house by the sea rented from a Venezuelan banker in exile.

They did not know that the virus was spreading.

“Certainly, one of the girls was infected with the virus and no one knew it,” said a local resident and a party girl in an audio message leaked on social networks. The person, whose authenticity was verified by one of the two attendees, said how he and his girlfriend had to be evacuated with a high fever. He said six people tested positive for the virus.

The party ended with a hangover: everyone was tested and some, embarrassed, closed their accounts on social networks.

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The scandal still overwhelms people in the slum of Caracas de Petare.

Miguel Rengifo, who drives a motorcycle taxi, said he was dismayed by reports of wealthy launchers while the country was locked out.

“We find it hard to eat, but they run freely, drink, chase the girls without a second thought about the rest of us,” said the 38-year-old. “Here we are fighting just to get by.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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