The head of the Caracas government and official leader, Darío Vivas, died on Thursday after catching the new coronavirus last month amid a vertiginous increase in COVID-19 cases that has reached several government figures.
The death Vivas, who had served as the capital’s head of government since the beginning of the year, was announced by the attorney general, Tarek William Saab, on his Twitter account.
The Minister of Culture, Ernesto Villegas, indicated that Vivas, 70, died as a result of the coronavirus that he contracted in July. “Vivas, incomparable gladiator that # Covid_19 has just taken away,” Villegas said on his Twitter account.
Vivas was a member of the National Constituent Assembly and a deputy of the National Assembly, and three years ago he was sanctioned by the United States Department of the Treasury, which ordered the freezing of his accounts in that country.
The death of the leader generated numerous reactions of regret on social networks, among them, that of President Nicolás Maduro and that of the president of the National Constituent Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, who was infected in early July with COVID-19 and announced the week after he had been “discharged” after several weeks of convalescence.
“An immense sadness fills our hearts for the physical departure of a great brother from life,” Maduro said on his Twitter account, lamenting the death.
The Minister of Communication, Jorge Rodríguez, added the day before to the list of government figures who have been infected in recent weeks and also include the Vice President of Economy and Minister of Petroleum, Tareck El Aissami, and several governors and senior officials.
In Venezuela, coronavirus cases have doubled in the last three weeks, reaching 28,841 and leaving 247 deaths. The Venezuelan capital, where more than six million inhabitants live, remains the largest focus of the virus with more than 7,000 cases.