Baseball School Hit by Most Intense Venezuelan Covid-19 Outbreak
A baseball academy that recently produced prospects for U.S. teams including the Yankees and theWhite Sox is ground zero for the most intense outbreak of the coronavirus in Venezuela.
The disease took hold after two players from the Roberto Vahlis Academy on Margarita Island returned from the Dominican Republic last month, unaware that they were infected, according to the government.
Margarita, known for beach vacations and kite surfing, now accounts for about a quarter of Venezuela’s confirmed cases and the highest number of infections outside Caracas.
The government of President Nicolas Maduro responded by arresting two of the academy’s managers, a coach and a doctor. Epidemiologist Carmen Hernandez, who works for the opposition-led state government, was also detained. They were all accused of refusing to provide information on the victims’ health status to the government.
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