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The leader Diosdado Cabello, number two of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela, announced this Thursday that he tested positive for a coronavirus

"I comply with informing that after having undergone the corresponding tests, I have tested positive for COVID-19, since now I am isolated complying with the indicated treatment," Cabello reported on Twitter. "All my solidarity (...). He is already resting, he is fine," Maduro reacted after reading the message published on social networks during an address on the state channel VTV.

Head of the Constituent, the body that in practice assumed the functions of Parliament (the only power controlled by the opposition in Venezuela), Cabello had suspended his weekly television program on Wednesday, alleging that he was " struggling with a strong allergy ."

Maduro also confirmed that another leader of Chavismo tested positive for the new coronavirus: Omar Prieto, the governor of the state of Zulia (west, bordering Colombia), the region where the greatest focus of the disease is registered in Venezuela.

According to official figures, questioned by the opposition and organizations like Human Rights Watch for considering that they hide a much worse situation, in Venezuela 8,010 infections and 75 deaths from the disease had been confirmed until Wednesday . In recent weeks there has been an acceleration of infections that Maduro has called "worrying". 70 days passed between the first registered case and number 1,000; and only four between case 6,000 and 7,000 and three between 7,000 and 8,000.

The interim president of Bolivia, infected

The interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez, also reported on Thursday that she tested positive for and that she is well and in isolation, less than two months after contesting the elections.

"I have tested positive for Covid19, I am fine, I will work from my isolation. Together, we will get ahead," wrote Áñez on his Twitter account. "I am going to be in quarantine for 14 days until I do another test," said the 53-year-old right-wing president and candidate for the elections on September 6, in a video published in the same account.

This is the second case of a South American president with coronavirus, after Brazilian Jair Bolsonaro announced Tuesday that he had tested positive for covid-19.

Three members of Áñez's cabinet, including the Ministers of the Presidency, Yerko Núñez, and Health, Eidy Roca, had announced in recent days that they were also infected. The government announced this Thursday that the Defense Minister, Luis Fernando López, will also occupy the Health portfolio for the duration of Roca's discharge.

"Given that in the last week many of them tested positive for the coronavirus, I did the test and I also tested positive," said Áñez, who succeeded the leftist Evo Morales in command in November 2019.

The president of the Bolivian Congress, Eva Copa, was also preventively isolated on Wednesday pending the result of a diagnostic test.

Worldwide more than 12 million people have already been infected with the coronavirus, nearly half of them in Latin America and the United States, according to an AFP count on Thursday.

Áñez decided in December to run for the elections originally planned for May, but later postponed to September 6 as a result of the pandemic.

"My solidarity and desire for a speedy and complete recovery for President @JeanineAnez," Carlos Mesa , former president and centrist candidate for the upcoming elections , wrote on Twitter . Another candidate, former right-wing president Jorge Quiroga, also tweeted: "My solidarity with our President @JeanineAnez. For our democratic transition, her health and presence are INDISPENSABLE."

These messages were joined by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro. "We expect a speedy recovery for the President of #Bolivia @JeanineAnez diagnosed positive for # COVID19," he wrote on Twitter.

Evo Morales' dolphin, Luis Arce, leads the intention to vote (33.3%), followed by former President Mesa (18.3%) and Áñez (16.9%), according to the latest surveys published in March.

The government considers that by the date of the vote there will be some 130,000 infected in the country . Bolivia, with 11 million inhabitants, registers until this Thursday a total of 42,984 infected and 1,577 deceased.

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