BOGOTA, Colombia 

Venezuela announced its first death from the novel coronavirus Thursday.  

Vice President Delcy Rodriguez confirmed that a 47-year-old worker from Aragua state who had a pre-existing lung disease passed away after contracting the virus. 

“He was admitted to a private clinic for pneumonia in March. Three days ago, the Venezuelan State Epidemiological Network was contacted, and he tested positive,” Rodriguez said in a statement from the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas.   

“We extend our condolences to his family,” she said. 

Rodriguez announced a new case of COVID-19 in Venezuela in the last 24 hours, bringing the number

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