- Title: Venezuelan socialist party leader Diosdado Cabello tests positive for COVID-19
- Date: 10th July 2020
- Summary: CARACAS, VENEZUELA (FILE) (REUTERS) CABELLO ARRIVING AT VENEZUELAN NATIONAL CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY GENERAL VIEW OF CONSTITUENTS WAVING VENEZUELAN FLAGS CABELLO SPEAKING AND HOLDING VENEZUELAN FLAG CABELLO SPEAKING AND HOLDING VENEZUELAN CONSTITUTION CABELLO AT SESSION OF NATIONAL CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY MADURO AND CABELLO HUGGING AT RALLY CABELLO GREETING SUPPORTERS AT RALLY VARIOUS OF CABELLO SPEAKING IN FRONT SUPPORTERS CABELLO GREETING SUPPORTERS AND GETTING IN A VEHICLE
- Embargoed: 24th July 2020 01:00
- Keywords: COVID-19 President of the Venezuelan Socialist Party Diosdado Cabello Venezuela coronavirus health
- Location: CARACAS, VENEZUELA / INTERNET
- City: CARACAS, VENEZUELA / INTERNET
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA003CM3A62V
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- Story Text: Venezuelan socialist party leader Diosdado Cabello announced on Twitter on Thursday (July 9) that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Shortly after Cabello issued his Tweet, President Nicolas Maduro said on state television Cabello would need several days of treatment and recovery, but that "he is already resting, he is fine."
Cabello wrote on Twitter that he is in isolation and receiving treatment. "We will win!" he added.
Cabello's announcement comes after the governor of Venezuela's Zulia state, Omar Prieto, tested positive for COVID-19, according to Maduro, after being admitted on Tuesday (July 7) to a private clinic due to respiratory trouble.
Maduro in a televised broadcast on Wednesday (July 8) announced 317 new cases of the virus, taking Venezuela's total to 8,010.
Opposition leaders have questioned the official figures, pointing to a lack of transparency in reporting cases and persecution of journalists and health workers who question official data.
The ruling Socialist Party says Venezuela has handled the outbreak better than other Latin American nations, and that most of the country's cases come from Venezuelan migrants returning from Colombia and Brazil.
(Production: Efrain Otero, Liamar Ramos)
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