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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

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first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of NakilatDragon LNG import terminal at Waterston, Milford Haven is scheduled to receive a cargo of liquefied natural gas from Qatar next week.According to the shipping data from the Milford Haven Port Authority, the 217,591-cbm Al Ghashamiya is scheduled to deliver the cargo on June 28.The Q-Flex LNG carrier built in South Korea by Samsung Heavy Industries is wholly-owned by Nakilat and chartered by LNG producer Qatargas.Gas transmission data from National Grid shows that gas flows into the national gas transmission network from the Dragon LNG terminal were at 5.50 mcm per day on Thursday, June 22.The Dragon LNG terminal, owned by Shell and Petronas has a maximum gas send out rate to the NTS of 7.6 billion cubic meters of gas per annum. The terminal can supply up to 10 percent of the UK’s energy needs.last_img read more

first_img Loading… World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont has confirmed he will run for a second term in charge of the global game’s governing body. Beaumont has led World Rugby since 2016 and the former England international will be up for re-election in May. Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes20 Photos Of Kendall Jenner That Force You Love Her Even MorePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe Best Cars Of All TimeHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreShe Managed To Change The Lives Of Pakistan Women10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Read Also:Australian Open: Coco Gauff, 15, stuns title-holder Osaka Beaumont set out his priorities, if re-elected, as strengthening “unions outside of the Six Nations and Rugby Championship” as well as women’s rugby, governance reform and boosting “the financial sustainability of the game”. If elected Beaumont’s second term in charge would cover the next rugby union World Cup in France in 2023. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img The 67-year-old has picked French Rugby Federation (FFR) president Bernard Laporte as his vice-chairman candidate to replace Agustin Pichot. “Having consulted with my union and region colleagues and my family, I can confirm that I will be seeking re-election as World Rugby chairman at the council meeting in May,” Beaumont said in a statement on Friday. “I will be standing with Federation Francaise de Rugby president Bernard Laporte as my candidate for vice-chairman. “Bernard is a great servant of the game and shares my vision for a strong, sustainable and inclusive game that provides even greater opportunity for expansion and growth.Advertisement “Serving the game is a privilege and while we have made great, game-changing progress over the last four years and accelerate into a new decade in excellent shape, there is much work to be done.”last_img read more

first_imgCongratulations to Rushville, South Ripley, and Jac-Cen-Del for winning the local girls’ sectionals.  In 3A Rushville defeated Lawrenceburg 53-31.  Both Greensburg and Batesville lost tough semi-final games to be eliminated from the tourney.In 2A South Ripley defeated Austin 50-33.  The Lady Raiders breezed through the tournament. Jac-Cen-Del repeated as 1A champs by defeating the Oldenburg Academy Twisters 68-30.  The Lady Eagles will be trying to win a second state championship.Good luck to all the area teams in their regionals this Saturday!last_img read more

first_imgChimpanzees are coming to the rescue of those looking for a COVID-19 vaccine, and our area is at the center of all the activity.A coronavirus drug trial that is set to begin next week in Palm Beach County will test a vaccine that supposedly triggers the body’s immune response by using a chimpanzee cold virus as a Trojan horse.The trial is seeking up to 1,600 volunteers to participate in the test, which is being conducted by international pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, in collaboration with Oxford University in England.“We hopefully will be able to vaccinate by the end of the week,” said Dr. Larry Bush, the primary principal investigator who is leading the trial.Bush is known for his work fighting several highly infectious diseases, including the anthrax threat that took place two decades ago.JEM Research Institute is responsible for carrying out the trial.Palm Beach County was selected as one of the first to do the study on the AstraZeneca vaccine since it is in a hot spot for the coronavirus, Bush said.This will be a Phase III trial, which is the last stop before the Food and Drug Administration conducts its review.Our dedicated employees across Operations are working at speed to expand manufacturing capacity for the potential #COVID19 vaccine, while continuing to drive efforts toward our sustainability targets under Ambition Zero Carbon. pic.twitter.com/H3j2HzGLRj— AstraZeneca (@AstraZeneca) August 3, 2020 If the vaccine proves effective with no serious side effects, it will hit the market with the title of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AZD1222).In explaining how the vaccine works, Bush says the engineered chimpanzee adenovirus that participants will receive contains the spike protein necessary for COVID-19 to infect the body.He goes on to explain that the vaccine then creates neutralizing antibodies as it kickstarts the body’s T-cells. However, trial participants will not become ill from the chimpanzee cold virus.Antibodies are blood proteins that can counteract an invading antigen, such as a virus. T-cells kill the cells infected with COVID.According to Bush, the vaccine works through two shots that are given 29 days apart. Side effects have reportedly been mild, and include irritation around the shot location and a low-grade fever for about one day.Two-thirds of the participants are slated to receive the vaccine, while the other third will receive a placebo.After the study, those participants who received the placebo will be given the option of receiving the actual vaccine.Those interested in participating in the study may call (561) 770-7370.last_img read more

first_imgGARY Kirsten is the “right man” to become England’s next head coach, according to former South Africa team-mate Lance Klusener.Kirsten, who has had spells in charge of India and South Africa, is reportedly in talks with England director of cricket Ashley Giles.“What is he going to bring? Loads and loads of experience,” Klusener told Stumped on the BBC World Service.“He brings winning, so that for me is vitally important.”Former opening batsman Kirsten, 51, led India to their World Cup triumph in 2011 and was in charge of South Africa when they went top of the Test rankings the following year.He has also coached Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Hobart Hurricanes in Australia’s Big Bash.“Gary’s won the World Cup. He’s the right man for the job,” said former all-rounder Klusener, who was appointed Afghanistan head coach last week.“He brings experience in coaching the big T20 leagues around the world. He’s one of those guys that when they do stand up and speak, people tend to listen, and he’s had that ability since I used to play with him.”England are looking for a replacement for Australian Trevor Bayliss, who left after four years in charge at the end of the summer.Under Bayliss, England won the World Cup for the first time but their performances in Test cricket stagnated.Giles has said that he wants a renewed focus on red-ball cricket.“Can you lift England white-ball cricket much more?” Klusener said. “What they’ve done is fantastic but their challenge is in Test cricket.“Kirsten was a phenomenal Test cricketer himself, so he knows exactly what’s needed.”England begin their tour of New Zealand later this month, playing five Twenty20s and two Tests in November. (BBC Sport).last_img read more

first_imgBosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) handball team suffered a 20-25 loss to Czech Republic in the second round of the 2020 European Men’s Handball Championship qualifier tournament in Tuzla on Saturday evening.In the full Mejdan Hall in Tuzla, a city located some 120 kilometers northeast of BiH capital Sarajevo, both teams played well tying at 1-1 in the 2nd minute after which the visiting team continued the lead and in 22ndminute, visiting team lead 10-7. One minute later, BiH head coach Bilal Suman called a time-out after which the visiting team took a 12-10 lead before the break.Both teams played defensively during the beginning of the second half, after which the visiting team scored 3 goals and Suman called a time-out again at 15-11. The rest of the second half was a splendid show by the visiting team to take a 25-20.The qualification will continue in April 2019 when BiH handball team will play two matches against Finland.2020 European Men’s Handball Championship will take place in Jan.2020 and be co-hosted for the first time in three countries: Austria, Norway and Sweden.last_img read more