“We will prevail !! The very influential Chavista tweeted:
Jeanine Añez, the right-wing interim leader from Bolivia, said she had the same diagnosis.
“I tested positive for Covid-19,” tweeted Añez, who took power after Evo Morales was forced to leave the country last year. “I’m fine, I’m going to work in a vacuum. Together we will succeed. “
The news comes after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced Tuesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Cabello’s announcement came amid growing concern over the advancement of Covid-19 in Venezuela and the possibility that its already collapsed health services may be overwhelmed by the pandemic.
Official figures for Covid-19 in Venezuela – which many question – have so far been far below those of other countries in the region. While Brazil has registered more than 68,000 deaths, Venezuela has officially registered only 75. Venezuela has registered 8,010 confirmed cases while in Brazil there have been at least 1.7 million.
But on Wednesday, the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, warned that the South American country is now witnessing the “real epidemic”.
Another senior Chavista official, the governor of the western state of Zulia, also confirmed that he had tested positive on Thursday evening. “We are in combat and stable,” Omar Prieto tweeted.
Bolivia has so far recorded 1,577 Covid-19-related deaths and nearly 43,000 cases.