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Nearly half of US COVID-19 deaths are related to nursing homes

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Nearly half of US COVID-19 deaths are related to nursing homes

Nearly half of the 124,000 people who die from coronaviruses in the US work or live in nursing homes, according to new death counts in 12,000 facilities that show infected people in nursing homes are dying three times the general population level.

While 11 percent of those killed by the virus actually died in nursing homes or long-term care centers, they were associated with more deaths – more than 54,000 total deaths, or 43 percent of national casualties when calculating workers and others who were infected viruses in the facility, according to the New York Times database statistics from facilities, and local, state and federal governments.

In at least 24 states, most deaths are related to home care. New Hampshire accounts for the largest percentage of deaths in nursing homes COVID-19, with 80 percent, or 293, of the state deaths coming from the facility. Rhode Island and Minnesota followed, with 77 percent each.

The data also shows a mortality rate of 17 percent among infected nursing home patients, compared to five percent nationally.

Death rates for COVID positive people in New York nursing homes are not available, because the state does not need the facility to report the number of positive cases, according to the Times.

New York has recorded 6,250 deaths in nursing homes related to COVID, a number that has been widely speculated among the bipartisan coalition of MPs.

“I don’t know if we have a complete and correct calculation of how many people died from COVID-19 in nursing homes and how many nursing home residents who were moved to hospitals died because of COVID,” Chairman of the State Senate Finance Committee Liz Krueger (D – Manhattan) to The Post this week.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s policy which prohibits nursing homes from refusing to accept coronavirus patients after they were discharged from the hospital is being seen as a source of steep death rates.

The White House is one of the governor’s strongest criticisms.

“Governor Cuomo alone is to blame for refusing to close New York and forcing seniors who tested positive for Coronavirus to return to his state’s nursing home,” Hogan Gidley, deputy assistant and deputy press secretary for President Trump, said in a statement earlier this week.

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Portuguese plan to save energy, explosions on Russian gas pipelines and other TSF events

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Portuguese plan to save energy, explosions on Russian gas pipelines and other TSF events

Details of the energy saving plan laid out by the government were released on Tuesday. The document, published in Diário da República, includes measures for the efficient use of water, public lighting and temperature limits in air conditioners.

For example, from December 6, 2022 to January 6, 2023, Christmas lighting in Portugal should only be on from 18:00 to 24:00.

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The abolition of fees for teaching Portuguese abroad will not be accepted by parliament, MP says – Observer

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According to Socialist MP Paulo Pisco, the views of the BE, PCP and PAN on the abolition of fees for teaching Portuguese abroad were voted on Tuesday in a parliamentary committee.

The Committee on Foreign Affairs and Portuguese Communities voted on Tuesday in favor of four projects – from the Left Bloc, the Communist Party of Portugal, “People-Animal-Nature” and “Enough”, which mainly advocate the abolition of fees for teaching Portuguese abroad and free school textbooks.

According to Paulo Pisco, a socialist member of the commission, the opinions of the BE, PKP and PAN were approved, but Chega’s opinion deserved to be abstained from the PS because it contained “xenophobic elements” in its purpose.

The MP had in mind, in particular, the recipients of this teaching, which is currently intended not only for the Portuguese or the descendants of the Portuguese, but also for those who want to learn the Portuguese language, with which Chega allegedly disagrees, according to Paulo Pisco. .

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After the approval of these opinions, the abolition of the bribe would be discussed and voted on in the plenary session of the Assembly of the Republic, but Paulo Pisco said that they should not be approved, since the “commitment” of the government is different.

“The government’s obligation is to reduce the burden of the Portuguese” and this will always be determined “in every approved state budget”.

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Portuguese health minister rejects conflict of interest over marriage to president

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The health minister said there was no conflict of interest in her marriage to the current chairman of the Order of Dietitians, saying that the trusteeship of that body had been delegated to the Secretary of State for Health Promotion.


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“Honestly, I don’t think it exists. I have no doubt that this Lady Secretary of State will fill this leadership role,” Manuel Pizarro said on Monday (age 26) on the sidelines of the Pharmacist’s Day celebrations in Sintra, in the Lisbon area.

Aware of the possible conflict of interest, Manuel Pizarro explained that he took “the most appropriate measure (…)”, which was to entrust the functions of guardianship of the Order of Nutritionists to Margarida Tavares.”

“(…) Since I took office as a minister, I have been aware that, since professional organizations have an administrative oversight role, (…) there is a risk of conflict of interest, and I have taken the measures that seem to me the most appropriate, which from the very decided at the outset that he would delegate this oversight function over the Order of Nutritionists to the Secretary of State for Health Promotion,” he stressed.

When asked about the reasons why Margarida Tavares’ name still does not appear in the Diário da República, the official said that “it was necessary to wait for the inauguration of the secretaries of state” and then “to organize the whole process of delegation of authority.” .

“It’s even a good chance that there is a Secretary of State for Health Promotion. I think custody of the Order of Dietitians has been well handed over to the Secretary of State for Health Promotion,” he repeated, noting that “he definitely won’t go through the Minister’s order.” [da Saúde]”.

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“If the secretary of state is responsible for this, it should not go through the minister,” he stressed.

Manuel Pizarro’s statements came after news that the government official may have a conflict of interest because he is married to the chairman of the Order of Dietitians, Alexandra Bento.

The Order of Dietitians was created in 2011 with the approval of the current Minister of Health, who at the time served as Secretary of State for Health.

In addition, Alexandra Bento was the only President of the Order of Occupational Health to attend the inauguration of Manuel Pizarro on 10 September.

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