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Melbourne is considered a coronavirus “hotspot



Medical staff perform a Covid-19 test on a resident of one of nine public housing estates locked down due a spike in infection numbers in Melbourne on July 6.
A line of cars awaits at the coronavirus test site on Sunday, July 5, outside the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Wilfredo Lee / AP

Coronaviruses can float in droplets and possibly transmit as such, according to a group of international experts.

The group plans to issue an open letter on Monday to the World Health Organization and other health institutions, asking them to be more honest in explaining how the virus can spread in the air.

The letter was signed by 239 scientists from all over the world.

That is no secret; Health experts and countries around the world, such as Japan, have been warning for months that the virus transmits in close contact in crowded spaces with poor ventilation because of how it moves through droplets.

But agencies seem to be afraid to talk about the nature of viruses that spread through the air, said Donald Milton, one of the authors and professors at the University of Maryland.

“The word transmission by air appears to be loaded,” Milton told CNN on Sunday. “I think we hope that WHO will come and be more willing to recognize the important role of aerosols, whether they want to call it air transmission or not.”

What is the meaning of air transmission: The virus is carried on droplets that come out of people’s mouths and noses, and the size of the droplets varies.

Large droplets fall to the surface quickly and can be taken with fingers and brought to the eyes, nose or mouth. Smaller droplets can stay in the air longer, and can be inhaled deeper into the lungs.

We still don’t clearly understand how important droplet size is for corona virus transmission, Milton said – but research shows it is a factor.

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A loud bar, where people have to shout to be heard, is a perfect storm of close contact, poor air circulation and people produce many virus-carrying particles by talking, laughing and shouting.

What we can do: Milton said the best way to protect from fine aerosols was to use an N-95 respirator or higher – something that is rare in many places.

But there are other ways too, including improved ventilation, as well as the distance and use of masks. That information can be used and acted upon by most people.

“I am very concerned about the general public and schools and ventilation in school buildings and dormitories on campuses and in bars and in churches and where people sing and where people gather,” he said.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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