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In Aden Yemen, coronavirus mortality rates are worse than war deaths

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Anwar Motref helped his brother-in-law Hmeid Mohammed find a hospital bed in his last days. Now,  Mohammed's children are in his care.

Al Radwan’s funeral has rapidly expanded over the past few months, with new graves creeping closer to the residential buildings bordering it. “You can see my excavator,” Saleh said. “I just dug up 20 graves.”

Local medical authorities said that the death rate in Aden jumped this year, despite the relative calm in the war that damaged the place in previous years.

In the first half of May, the city recorded 950 deaths – nearly four times the 251 deaths throughout March, according to a Ministry of Health report.

The 950 deaths in two weeks in May represented almost half of the total casualties suffered by the city in 2015, when the country’s civil war raged.

At that time, Aden was devastated by heavy fighting, the streets were blown up by rockets and his houses were filled with bullets. Now the city’s biggest killer is silent.

On top of Covid-19, there is also an outbreak of a virus that is transmitted by mosquitoes, known as Chikungunya virus, and more than 100,000 cases of cholera are known throughout the country. Many malnutrition centers and hospitals were closed due to lack of funds and doctors’ concerns about their personal safety from coronavirus. Flash floods this spring destroyed the city’s electricity grid.

“Yemen has faced war and cannot deal with three pandemics, economic collapse and war and the corona virus,” Dr. Ishraq Al-Subei, the health official responsible for the response to the disease, told CNN.

The official death toll of Covid-19 in southern Yemen is only 127. Health workers said they did not know the true number, due to low testing capacity. But the huge surge in deaths in Aden is seen as a warning of a coming of worse, as the health sector becomes overwhelmed and more people die from treatable diseases.

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Chasing the hospital bed

Hmeid Mohammed, 38, experienced a painful journey that began with a mild fever at home.

His family could not find a hospital to take when his fever began to increase rapidly in early May. He was in a coma when he was treated by the only hospital in Aden designated to treat Covid-19 at the time.

“They revived him,” recalls Anwar Motref’s brother-in-law.

He was diagnosed with meningitis, another common disease in Yemen. As soon as he showed signs of improvement, the doctor advised him to leave the hospital so as not to be infected with Covid-19.

About a week later, his health deteriorated. Once again, the family went to a different hospital in an effort to get him treated, but with little success. Finally they found him on a bed in the emergency ward that he shared with six other people. Fluid filled his lungs and his kidneys failed.

The family has funds for medical treatment, but the Aden hospital is closed or full. The hunt for admission to a hospital that could carry out surgery and dialysis in time to save him failed.

Mohammed died in late May, robbing his three children and widow of the only bread winner.

“Who is to blame for all this? We don’t have a government or state or anyone to help us in this country,” Motref said at the family home on the rocky hill around Aden.

“To whom should we complain? We are bored with this life. Every morning we wake up to hear 10-15 people die,” he added.

Loss of aid and a collapsing health sector

The weapons in Aden have calmed down in recent months but the Yemen war has not disappeared.

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Five-year conflict has begged the nation. At present more than half of the population depends on assistance for survival.

But the UN now faces a potentially catastrophic shortage of funds – around $ 1 billion – for this year. This is a warning of the collapsing health sector and the possibility that the number of Yemeni deaths could continue to increase dramatically – perhaps exceeding the total number of deaths during the five years of war, when the country experienced what it considered “the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.”

“We are short of one billion from our minimum target,” Lise Grande, head of UN humanitarian operations in Yemen, told CNN. “So, in Covid’s time what this meant was that we would see about half of the hospitals that we currently support in this country being closed – and that would happen in just the next few weeks.

“One week before the first Covid-19 case was confirmed in Yemen, we ran out of money and had to stop the benefits of 10,000 frontline health workers across the country. In the middle of Covid, this was very devastating,” he added.

There are only 60 hospital beds dedicated to Covid-19 in Aden, which has a population of around 800,000. These are in two hospitals operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF). The city has 18 ventilators, all of which continue to be used, according to MSF.

Doctors and aid workers say that most patients seek treatment at the hospital in the final stages of the disease, when it may be too late to save them. And in most cases, there is no capacity to care for them.

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“Most cases are rejected because there are no ventilators available,” Dr. Farouk Abduallah Nagy, head of the isolation department at Gomhuria Hospital, told CNN.

Anwar Motref helped his brother-in-law Hmeid Mohammed find a hospital bed in his last days. Now, Mohammed's children are in his care.

“The health sector was already weak before the outbreak. And it’s getting worse and worse. The health sector is collapsing,” said Caroline Seguin, MSF communications officer in Aden.

Out of town, fighting between southern separatists and the government is raging, complicating the impact of the ongoing five-year war between Houthi rebels in the north and the coalition supported by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in the south.

More than 112,000 people have been killed in air strikes, shootings and bombings, according to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED).

Hundreds of thousands of people have been moved to camp as refugees from the war. There they face the risk of endemic diseases, malnutrition, and overcrowding – all conditions ideal for the spread of diseases such as Covid-19.

Mokhtar Ahmed, who is from the northern port city of Hodeidah, came to a camp on the outskirts of Aden three years ago.

“Cholera and war are one thing and corona is something else,” he told CNN, flanked by his two children.

“With war, we move from place to place and we stay … But with the corona, wherever you go, it will find you.”

Ahmed Baider contributed to this report from Sanaa. Mahmoud Nasser and Mohammed Khaled contributed to this report from Aden.

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Who is Paulo Bento, the Portuguese coach from South Korea who coached Cruzeiro?

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The coach commanded the Portuguese national team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and left the South Korean national team after being eliminated in Qatar.

Portuguese coach Paulo Bento qualified South Korea for the playoffs of the World Cup, something the team had not achieved since 2010, when the South Korean team reached the 1/8 finals of this championship. But 4-1 rout against Brazil as a result, shortened the path of the Asian team, as well as put an end to the work of Paulo Sousa in the national team.

Paulo Bento started his career as a coach with the youth team of Sporting Clube Portugal in 2004. At the club, he commanded the youth team for two seasons, winning the junior national tournament in his first year. Incidentally, the coach took over the first team shortly after he announced his retirement as a player.

Given his prominence in the youth categories, Paulo was chosen to replace José Peseiro, who was eliminated in European competition, in the professional team of Sporting CP for the 2005 season./2006.

Professionally, Bento was runner-up for four seasons in a row in the Portuguese Championship. Despite this, the coach won two Portuguese Cups and two Candido de Oliveira Super Cups. On November 6, 2009, the coach resigned.

Having distinguished himself at Sporting, Paulo Bento was announced as Portugal’s coach on 21 September 2010 after the World Cup in South Africa, where the then-champion Spain was selected in the round of 16.

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In qualifying, the coach managed to show good results in the first games, plus, of course, take Portugal to the semi-finals of Euro 2012, taking off from Spain on penalties. Having stood out in competitions, the coach extended the contract until Euro 2016.

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However, after losing to Albania in qualifying for Euro 2016, the coach could not resist and was fired in September 2014. The unsuccessful campaign at the World Cup of the same year in Brazil also affected.

After the Portugal national team, Paulo Bento returned to Brazil in May 2016, but this time to coach the Cruzeiro club. With a contract until December 2017, the coach made his debut in the second round of the Brasileirão the same year.

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However, Bento only lasted 17 matches in power with six wins, three draws and eight losses, leaving the team in second-to-last place in the tournament.

On 11 August 2016, the coach was announced as the new commander of Olympiacos, Greece, where he remained until 6 March 2017, winning the Greek title. Following this, Paulo Bento was announced as Chongqing Dangdai of China leading the team for only 15 matches.

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On August 16, 2018, Paulo Bento was announced as the new coach of South Korea following the departure of Shin Tae-yong, who lost in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup.

As part of the South Korean national team, the coach has 55 wins, 12 draws and eight losses, having won the East Asian Cup title and classified the team at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. After being knocked out against Brazil in the 1/8 finals, the Portuguese announced his retirement from the national team.

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Pioli ‘pulls’ Leao by the ears and says the Portuguese ‘must make a dash’

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Pioli 'pulls' Leao by the ears and says the Portuguese 'must make a dash'

FROMTefano Pioli, Milan coach, gave an interview on the Italian radio program Sky Calcio Club on Sunday in which he talked about Rafael Leao’s participation in the 2022 Mundial, a test in which the Portuguese striker was a replacement for Fernando Santos. ‘, indicating that he has been talking to his player over the past few days.

“If we talk? They have an obligation to call me at the end of the game. He is happy because Portugal is doing well. It is clear that he would like to play more. I can take advantage of this for a contract extension,” said Pioli, who also spoke about the Portuguese’s renewal process.

“He is fine with us and management and Rafael are talking. We are waiting for good news,” the Transalpine coach fired.

Looking at his player’s short playing time at this 2022 World Cup, Pioli admitted that Rafael Leau would like to have more playing time for the national team, but hinted that the Portuguese striker is not unhappy.

“If he plays a little? It’s hard to judge because Portugal has a very high quality team. Rafael is happy because Portugal is having a good World Cup, but there is a lot of quality and competitiveness in the attacking sector of the Portuguese team. “, – stressed the coach of the Italian, who also left a small warning to Rafael Leau.

“When you see him in training, you immediately understand that he has incredible potential. He has technique and speed that few others have. Over the course of a period, he had to develop and adapt to the reality at Milan, where the pressure is different from what he is. he was in Lille. It took time, but his potential to become a great player was always there. But he still needs to make the leap to become a champion because he can be even more decisive in the opponent’s zone,” he stressed.

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“If you think about Rafael from two years ago, he has made tremendous progress. He’s missing a few things, but he’s smart and approachable. I can give him all the ideas he wants, but his talent must be left free. should improve his heading, given his physique,” he concluded.

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Portugal, nuts and the Portuguese consumer: a successful trilogy

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Nuts have become part of a limited group of Portuguese agri-food sectors that manage to achieve much-desired food self-sufficiency. In the case of almonds it is 170% and in the case of chestnuts it is 116% in relation to the national consumption.

The value of Portuguese agricultural production in 2021 was 9.6 billion euros, representing a growth rate of 14.6% compared to 2020, and therefore it is fair to say that dried fruits today, with a production of 80,000 tons and exports reaching 100 million euros contributed. to this success.

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