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The Coronavirus mortality rate in Aden Yemen can exceed wartime deaths



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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Miguel Oliveira qualified eighth for the Japanese Grand Prix.



Miguel Oliveira qualified eighth for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira (KTM) qualified this Saturday in eighth position at the Japanese MotoGP Grand Prix, 16th of 20 races of the season, despite a last-minute crash.

The Portuguese from the Austrian brand set his best lap of 1.55.895 minutes, finishing 0.681 seconds behind fastest Spaniard Marc Marquez (Honda). France’s Johann Zarco (Ducati) was second with 0.208 seconds and South African Brad Binder (KTM) was third with 0.323 seconds.

“I had good speed and potential in the second quarter and on this particular lap. [a última], but I was on the floor in the ninth turn. It was a shame, but I have confidence in tomorrow (Sunday),” commented the Portuguese rider in statements released by the KTM team. “It was difficult to prepare for the race, but we’ll see.” [o que vai acontecer]”- concluded Miguel Oliveira.

The Portuguese left the third row of the grid after falling just three minutes before the end of the session, marred by rain that caused a delay of more than an hour and had already forced the cancellation of the third free game. training session, at night. The fall of the Portuguese rider occurred in the third sector of the track, at a time when his results were improving. When 15 minutes of this second qualifying stage (Q2) ended, Oliveira finished in fourth place.

However, several riders were still halfway to the last lap and the Almada rider ended up being overtaken by Spaniards Jorge Martin (Ducati), Brad Binder and Aprilia Spaniards Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales.

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Pole position was won by Marc Marquez 1,071 days after he was the fastest in qualifying for the MotoGP World Championship, namely the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix.

“I am very pleased with the pole position. This morning I felt very strong on the wet track and decided to give it a try. This is very important for us and for the future. Tomorrow, on a dry surface, everything will be different. history,” said the Spanish rider, who has already become world champion eight times.

The rain that hit the Motegi track became a headache for the riders and the organization, which was forced to interrupt the Moto2 qualifying nine minutes before the end and cancel the third free practice in MotoGP.

Traffic on the track only resumed after more than an hour, and the wet track was the cause of several accidents, including that of a Portuguese KTM rider who slid off the pavement without physical consequences.

Johann Zarco’s Ducati was the fastest today, reaching 302 kilometers per hour, while Oliveira’s KTM lost 30 kilometers per hour in a straight line (the maximum speed achieved by the Portuguese was 270 kilometers per hour). Luca Marini’s Ducati was the slowest, reaching 255.9 kilometers per hour, leaving the Italian in 10th place.

Champion and championship leader Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) of France finished ninth behind Miguel Oliveira, while World Cup runner-up Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) of Italy finished 12th and last in the second quarter, bringing together the top 10 fastest in free practice and the top two in the first quarter.

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Already the Italian Enea Bastianini (Ducati), the winner of the previous stage in Aragon, remained in Q1, where he fell without physical consequences.

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Arapiraquense makes humorous videos to give Portuguese advice: “You learn and laugh” | alagoas



Arapiraquense makes humorous videos to give Portuguese advice: "You learn and laugh" |  alagoas

“You learn and you laugh” is how Erivaldo Amancio defines the Portuguese language content he offers online. Born in Arapiraque, Alagoas, he humorously gives advice and answers questions about the Portuguese language.

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Erivaldo has 767k followers on Instagram and over 17.5k followers on YouTube. It all started a year and a half ago when he got scolded in a comment on social media.

Because the swearing contained several grammatical errors, Erivaldo responded by posting a video teaching a “lesson” to the hater.

“It happened more than once. Some of these videos were posted on humorous Instagram profiles. It made me stand out,” he said.

A literature student at the Federal University of Alagoas (Ufal), Erivaldo wants to prepare even more for face-to-face classes when he is near the end of the course. He says the purpose of the profile is to encourage followers to seek out more knowledge.

“Tips on the web are just a seed, the fruit of which can be curiosity about objects,” he explained.

Through social media, Erivaldo responds to his followers’ doubts about the Portuguese language.

Erivaldo’s profile is also in demand by contestants and students preparing for Enem.

“[Os seguidores] it is said to be a very interesting way of learning. Many regret not learning from teachers who use humor in the classroom,” he said.

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Who is the Portuguese that FIFA 23 has included in the list of potential stars?



Who is the Portuguese that FIFA 23 has included in the list of potential stars?

FIFA 23 is available September 30th, and EA Sports is starting to shed some light on some of the game’s oddities.

If you like to develop talent in Career Mode, you should have a list of young people at hand: these are the 20 players with the most growth potential, that is, those who can improve their general. Among them is a Portuguese.

Diogo Monteiro is one of the “hidden gems” of FIFA 23 for EA Sports. The 17-year-old centre-back who plays for Servette has general 54, but with a potential of 24 points, he could at best go up to 78.

Who is this young Portuguese? Despite his young age – born in 2005 – he already has some experience. Moreover, this season he played three matches for Servette with a total duration of 17 minutes, divided between the championship and the Swiss Cup.

Diogo Monteiro, the son of Portuguese, was born on Swiss soil and started training at Etoile Carouge, but arrived in Servette to play for the under-15 team. In the 2020/21 season, he made his debut in the first team at the age of 16 years and 37 days, having the status of the youngest representative of the Geneva club.

The central defender has made 33 appearances for the Portuguese youth teams, which he has represented since his youth. He is the captain of the 2005 generation, and it was with this status that he reached the European U-17 Championship played this year, in which Portugal reached the semi-finals, having been eliminated from France. Diogo Monteiro, by the way, worked every minute of the competition.

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He was recently called up by Rui Bento to the under-19 team.

Check out the respective gallery to see which players have the most growth potential in FIFA 23.

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