Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó says he tested positive for Covid-19

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó said on Saturday that he had a positive coronavirus test and had mild symptoms.

Guaidó said on his Twitter account that he was isolated and expressed concern about the number of infections in the country.

“I want to express solidarity with the thousands of Venezuelans suffering during the pandemic,” Guaidó wrote on Twitter. “Today we all have relatives and acquaintances influenced by COVID-19.”

Dozens of countries supported Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president after Maduro was reelected in 2018 in a vote that the Western government called fake.

Guaidó added that he urgently considered the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine in Venezuela.

Venezuela has received 700,000 doses, 500,000 of which were donated by China National Pharmaceutical and the rest are Russian Sputnik V. Opposition leaders are individually negotiating to purchase vaccines through the COVAX program using frozen funds in the United States.

Official Venezuelan figures as of Saturday showed 155,663 cases of coronavirus and 1,555 deaths, but opposition critics said the actual figures were probably higher due to limited testing. say.

Sarah Kinocian