When you remember that the country stopped reporting economic indicators years ago, the fact that the increase in malaria is reported makes it twice as alarming:
Hard Times in Venezuela Breed Malaria as Desperate Flock to Mines. Many turn to panning for black-market gold in the watery pits of mines, where mosquitoes infect them. Once they return home to recover, the disease spreads.
Venezuela was the first nation in the world to be certified by the World Health Organization for eradicating malaria in its most populated areas, beating the United States and other developed countries to that milestone in 1961.
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In the first six months of the year, malaria cases rose 72 percent, to a total of 125,000, according to the figures. The disease cut a wide path through the country, with cases present in more than half of its 23 states. And among the malaria strains present here is Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes the most fatal form of the disease.
Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro’s decision to reopen the border with Colombia grants his countrymen a lifeline of crossing into frontier towns to buy what they need. Six border crossings were opened under a plan announced by both presidents to gradually normalize movement. Cars will be allowed to cross in a month.
It may grant “his countrymen a lifeline”, while it also allows a release for the pressure against his mismanagement.
I wonder what kind of deal was made on currency exchanges.