Baby deaths soar in Venezuela crisis

Baby deaths soar in Venezuela crisisThousands of babies died in Venezuela last year, new official data show, highlighting the tragic impact of the country’s economic crisis as political tension heightened with deadly street clashes Wednesday. The health ministry said deaths of infants under the age of one soared by 30 percent in 2016, a year when hospitals and protesters complained of severe shortages of medical supplies. The collapse in prices for Venezuela’s crucial oil exports has left it short of cash to import medicine and basic goods.

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