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first_img“It’s very heterogeneous,” said Marcelo Gomes, of leading public health research institute Fiocruz.Brazil’s 27 states are all facing different epidemics. Even within states, “things can change a lot from one region to the next,” he told AFP.Nationwide, the curve of daily COVID-19 deaths in Brazil has been in a long plateau since June, albeit in a very high range.At the state level, things are murkier. Brazil is being battered by the coronavirus crisis, but the damage is uneven across the sprawling South American country, where experts say chaotic policy-making has only made a complicated situation worse.Like the United States — the only country that has recorded more infections and deaths in the pandemic — Brazil is a continent-sized giant with myriad regions and sub-regions, held together by a federal system that can breed a confusing cacophony of national, state and local policies even at the best of times.The national statistics on the new coronavirus — more than 2.3 million infections and 85,000 deaths — mask a varied panorama across the country of 212 million people. On average over the past seven days, four states posted declining daily death tolls, including once-devastated Amazonas in the north and Ceara in the northeast.Ten had rising numbers, including in the south and west-central regions, which had been less affected until recently.And 13 were basically stable, including Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the two hardest hit states.In some states, including Ceara and Rio de Janeiro, there is talk of a “second wave, even though the first wave never really tapered off,” said Gomes.President Jair Bolsonaro has downplayed the pandemic, comparing the virus to a “little flu” and the reaction to it “hysteria.”The far-right leader, who regularly defies social distancing guidelines, tested positive for the virus himself on July 7 after developing a fever and fatigue.On Saturday, after spending nearly three weeks in self-isolation at the presidential palace, he said he had tested negative for the virus — crediting his controversial use of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, whose efficacy against COVID-19 has not been proven.Amid Bolsonaro’s attacks on stay-at-home measures to contain the virus, the Supreme Court gave state and local authorities the final say in the matter.But states and municipalities have imposed an inelegant hodge-podge of quarantine measures, with little in the way of enforcement and a widespread lack of adherence.That has been followed, in some cases, by poorly designed policies to reopen the economy, which many experts have deemed premature.Brazilians are also split by huge socioeconomic and regional divides. Private hospitals in the wealthy industrial cities of the southeast look nothing like public ones in the poor north and northeast.The World Health Organization said last week Brazil finally appeared to have reached the plateau, urging it to use the occasion to take control.”We’re still a long way from that. It’s not that we’re not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. We can’t even see the tunnel,” said Jose David Urbaez, an infectious disease specialist at Asa Norte Regional Hospital in Brasilia.”If Bolsonaro’s attitude were different, if there were a coordinated central response, the situation would be a lot different,” he added.”This diversity of situations is more down to management chaos than the actual epidemiological picture. We could have had a single quarantine for everyone, with different layers and timing adapted to each region.”Topics :last_img read more

first_imgHouston-based oil and gas company Talos Energy has made what it claims to be a world class, historic oil discovery of more than a billion barrels, offshore Mexico. The discovery was made at the Zama-1 exploration well in Block 7, operated by Talos which holds a 35% participation interest, with Premier Oil and Sierra Oil & Gas as its partners with 25% and 40% participation interests, respectively.The Zama-1 well is the first offshore exploration well drilled by the private sector in Mexico’s history.According to Premier’s statement on Wednesday, preliminary analysis indicates initial gross original oil in place estimates for the Zama-1 well are in excess of 1 billion barrels, which could extend into a neighboring block; a contiguous gross oil bearing interval of over 335 meters (1,100 feet), with up to 200 meters (650 feet) of net oil bearing reservoir in Upper Miocene sandstones with no water contact; and initial tests of hydrocarbon samples recovered to the surface contain light oil, with API gravities between 28° and 30° and some associated gas.The well spudded on May 21, 2017, utilizing the Ensco 8503, a moored floating drilling rig. Located in 166 meters (546 feet) of water and approximately 60 kilometers (37 miles) offshore Dos Bocas, it has reached an initial shallow target depth of 3,383 meters (11,100 feet). The operator is currently setting a liner to protect the discovered reservoirs, prior to drilling deeper exploratory objectives to a total vertical depth of approximately 4,200 meters (14,000 feet).Tim Duncan, Talos President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “This is both a historic and significant discovery, and we could not be more proud of the highly skilled personnel from Mexico and the US who have been working together in a safe and efficient manner to make it a reality.”Duncan also added: “We are eager to begin appraising this discovery and drilling more unique opportunities. The future is bright for offshore Mexico for years to come.”Tony Durrant, Premier Oil Chief Executive, commented: “We have encountered a very substantial oil bearing interval which indicates over 1 billion barrels of oil in place, a commercial standalone development which adds materially to Premier’s portfolio of assets worldwide. It is particularly pleasing that our strategy of focusing our exploration portfolio on high impact opportunities in proven but under-drilled basins has led to this world class discovery with our first well in Mexico.“The oil discovered in the Zama-1 well is an extremely important event for Premier, the joint venture and for Mexico and we look forward to working with the Government and our partners to realizeu the full potential of this exciting discovery.”last_img read more

first_imgKatie Taylor will fight twice as a professional before Christmas- that’s according to the Irish Sun newspaper.The paper suggests the 30 year old is turning pro and will fight on November 26th and then on December 10th on Antony Joshua’s undercard.According to the Sun she has yet to sign the deal but only because she’s been concentrating on training in America.last_img

first_imgSANTA ANITA GUARANTEES $2 MILLION SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT ON SUNDAY, WITH FIRST POST TIME AT 12 NOON; POPULAR 20 CENT MINIMUM WAGER ATTRACTS $442,962 IN ‘NEW’ MONEY TODAYARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2019)–For the second consecutive day, Santa Anita Park will guarantee $2 million in Sunday’s 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot, as there was no single ticket winner on Saturday.With a $2 million guaranteed Jackpot and a live money Rainbow Six Jackpot carryover of $918,801 stoking the pari-mutuel fires, there was $442,962 in “new” money wagered today, creating a total Rainbow Six pool $1,361,763.  With no singleton, there is a live money carryover into Sunday of $1,020,209.First post time for a pair of 10-race cards on Sunday and Monday is at 12 noon.  Approximate post time for Sunday’s fifth race, leg one in the Rainbow Six, is at 2:03 p.m. PT.With a total of 57 horses entered and eligible to run, average field size for Sunday’s 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six is better than nine runners per race.Admission gates will open on both Sunday and Monday at 10 a.m.  Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, is also Dollar Day at Santa Anita, with one dollar beers, sodas and two dollar hot dogs available throughout the day.For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more