Regional News – 14th November 2019

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    Guyana’s public servants will receive an 8.5 to 9 percent per cent increase in their salaries, while minimum basic salary has also climbed from $64,200 to $70,000.

    All of the increases will be tax-free and will be retroactive to January 1st, 2019.

    Several allowances for health sector workers have also been raised.


     

    A new epidemiological update from the Pan American Health Organization states that Dengue in the Americas has reached the highest number of cases ever recorded, with more than 2.7 million cases and 12 hundred deaths so far this year.

    The largest previous dengue epidemic was in 2015, but the number of cases registered until October this year is 13% higher. Despite the increase in number of cases, the fatality rate, or proportion of deaths in dengue cases, was 26 percent less in 2019.

    But the countries with the highest incidence rates, which link case numbers to population, were Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Brazil.

    PAHO is recommending that countries strengthen their disease surveillance as well as their surveillance and control of mosquito vectors of dengue, in order to provide necessary health care and prevent progression to severe disease.


     

    Venezuela’s former military intelligence chief has gone missing in Spain just days after a court approved a request for his extradition to the United States on drug trafficking charges.

    Judicial sources said police had gone to the home of General Hugo Armando Carvajal in Madrid after Friday’s court decision but could not find him.

    In mid-September, Spain’s National Court had rejected a US extradition request, instead ordering the release of Carvajal, who served as intelligence chief under the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.

    His release followed five months in provisional detention after being arrested in Madrid in mid-April.