From Caracas, CNN's Patrick Oppmann reported that electricity returned in some areas of the city on Friday but by Saturday afternoon the entire city was without power.
Venezuelans are accustomed to power cuts, but nothing like the one that hit during rush hour Thursday evening, sending thousands of people on long nighttime treks in the dark to their homes.
While local authorities expressed concern about the sick and elderly, and a few people had to be rescued from elevators, some residents in Caracas expressed awe at the sight of stars hanging over the normally bustling city of 2 million.
"This has been disgusting", said Sol Dos Santos, a 22-year-old, whose daughter is hospitalized. "This is unbearable. Here, everything is scarce and now power is as well". Families stood under the sun to buy potable water, which is unavailable for most residents whose homes do not have power. But I want to live here, I want my kids to live here, I want my grandkids to stay here. Like other hospitals, she said the facility was relying on generators but only had enough fuel for another day or two and that she was especially anxious about patients in intensive care.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said one of his country's eclectic facilities was subjected by high-tech cyber attacks on Saturday.
Indeed, video posted on social media showed doctors in a maternity ward delivering a baby by the light of mobile phones.
"We welcome the ICSID tribunal's decision, which upholds the principle that governments can not unlawfully expropriate private investments without paying compensation", said Kelly B. Rose, senior vice president, Legal, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of ConocoPhillips.
Which should make the worldwide community realize that it has to make honest efforts to restore peace and stability in Venezuela, by organizing talks between the Venezuelan government and the opposition, and convincing the United States that military intervention will not solve any of the problems of either Venezuela or the US.
People remain at the airport in Barquisimeto, Venezuela on March 8, 2019, during a blackout.
"We return to the streets and we won't leave until we reach the goal", said the 35-year-old National Assembly leader, who is recognized by more than 50 countries as Venezuela's interim president. USA officials have dismissed the allegation as absurd.
No national data was available about the impact of the power outage, but an NGO said at least 15 patients with advanced kidney disease died after they stopped receiving dialysis treatments in darkened hospitals. He called for "a little bit of patience..."
Much of the country remained without electricity in the wake of Thursday's blackout, which had led the government to cancel school and suspend workday activities.
Reuters was unable to independently confirm the deaths or whether they were a product of the blackout.
And the USA continues to tighten the screws on its campaign of sanctions to force Maduro out of power.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza criticized the opposition on Saturday's anti-imperialist rally in Caracas, labeling opposition leader Juan Guaido as US President Donald Trump's envoy.
Maduro, who was re-elected previous year in a vote widely viewed as fraudulent, blames the crisis on a USA -backed sabotage campaign. The socialist government blamed an attack on the nation's biggest and most closely guarded hydroelectric plant, but other sources of electricity failed to pick up the slack, including thermoelectric units in the country's center and west. He said those that were open only accepted cash, but he didn't have enough because the bank only allows small withdrawals and debit card payments aren't possible because of the outage.
"Nothing and no one will be able to defeat the people of Bolivar and Chavez".