Many Venezuelans shrugged off concerns about the coronavirus and hunted for bargains on Black Friday, which was moved up by one week under leftist President Nicolas Maduro's week-on, week-off economic reopening plan.

Around nine months after the pandemic first took hold in the region, Venezuela still has relatively low totals of just 98,665 confirmed cases and fewer than 900 deaths, according to official figures.

On Friday, hundreds of people poured into commercial establishments and shopping centers after they opened their doors at 7 am. Shoppers had started forming lines beforehand, according to security guards who were tasked with ensuring compliance with the government's Covid-19 mitigation measures.