NSortugal notified 2,499 new cases and 11 more deaths within 24 hours, as indicated in the epidemiological bulletin issued this Saturday by the General Directorate of Health (DGS). Since the beginning of the pandemic, 18 321 people have died in our country, 1 122 283 people have been infected.
The restrictions adopted this week by governments of many countries to contain the new wave of Covid-19 in Europe, led to the fact that this Saturday thousands in protest to the streets in Austria, as well as in Northern Ireland, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland and Croatia.
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14h57 – Climbing the fifth wave in France is dazzling, government stresses
13h55 – Thousands of people march in Brussels against new restrictions
Thousands of people demonstrated today in downtown Brussels against the restrictions imposed by the Belgian government to control the new wave of Covid-19 that is hitting the country.
The protest march lined up behind a huge banner with the words “Together for Freedom”, which passed through some streets of the city, and some protesters also protest vaccinationbut no records of violence.
13h43 – UK investigates “racial bias” in medical devices
The British government is investigating whether “racial bias” in some medical devices has caused blacks and Asians to disproportionately fall ill and die from Covid-19.
UK Health Minister Sajid Javid said Sunday that the pandemic has highlighted inequalities in access to health care between race and gender. Quoted by AP, the official said a third of those admitted to intensive care in the UK at the height of the pandemic were people of black origin and ethnic minorities, more than double its share of the population.
13h27 – French special forces sent to Guadeloupe to contain riots
A contingent of French police special forces will be sent to Guadeloupe’s overseas territory today to contain the unrest that has erupted due to restrictions imposed on the fight against Covid-19.
This is what the German newspaper Bild writes in its paper version this Sunday, showing that the Bundesliga champions will follow a new law, passed in Germany, which allows an employee to be reduced in salary in case he has to isolate himself due to the fact that he immunized.
11h21 – Forty protesters were arrested in the Netherlands. Five police officers were injured.
This Sunday was the second day of dawn in a row when clashes occurred. Dutch authorities used water cannons, dogs and police on horseback to try to disperse young protesters, who, among other things, were set on fire during the protests.
09:17 – More than 1,252 deaths were registered in Russia
07:18 – Germany. 75 more deaths and 42,727 new cases of Covid-19
Germany registered, in the last hours, Another 75 deaths and 42,727 new cases related to Covid-19. The data was released this Sunday by the Robert Koch Institute. In total, since the beginning of the pandemic, 99,062 deaths and 5,354,942 infections have been registered in the country.
07:10 –China has revealed 17 cases of infection in the last 24 hours
China has identified 17 cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, four of which were caused by local infection and contamination. overseasThis was announced today by the country’s health authorities.
07h06 – Write down:
“Obviously, more boosters will be needed” to vaccinate everyone. Under Secretary of State for Health António Lacerda Sales, with more than 1.8 million people to be vaccinated in the coming weeks, admits that will need to “allocate more resources” current vaccination plan;
Vaccination centers reopen on Sunday in Madeira due to increased demand. Madeira Covid-19 Vaccination Centers will be open on Sunday due to growing demand registered since Friday following the announcement of new measures to contain the pandemic, the regional health department said yesterday;
Brazil has already introduced over 300 million Covid-19 vaccines. Brazil has recorded 8,833 cases of Covid-19 and 217 deaths related to the disease in the past 24 hours, according to figures released by the Ministry of Health this Saturday, the day the country surpassed the mark. 300 million doses of vaccine delivered…
Em declarações à France-Presse (AFP), especialistas consideraram “improvável” a interrupção total do abastecimento de gás natural russo, mas apontaram alternativas.
“Os gasodutos vêm da Noruega, Argélia e Azerbaijão, mas esses países não têm capacidade de produção adicional”, indicou Thierry Bros, professor da Sciences Po Paris.
Assim, prosseguiu, a Europa está de olhos postos no fornecimento de gás natural liquefeito (GNL), que pode chegar por navio, proveniente de qualquer parte do mundo.
Do outro lado do Oceano Atlântico, os Estados Unidos anunciaram que estão a trabalhar em “fornecimentos alternativos, que cobrem uma maioria significativa de potenciais cortes” no fornecimento de gás russo à Europa.
Nesse sentido, o Presidente Joe Biden tem já uma reunião agendada com o Emir do Catar, o maior exportador mundial de GNL, na próxima semana.
Também a Australia disse estar pronta para enviar gás natural para a Europa.
“Em termos de volumes [de GNL], os três gigantes, atualmente, são o Catar, a Austrália e os Estados Unidos”, indicou Vincent Demoury, delegado-geral do Grupo Internacional de Importadores de Gás Natural Liquefeito (GIIGNL).
“São sobretudo aqueles três países que teriam flexibilidade para produzir mais, ou redirecionar para a Europa volumes tradicionalmente direcionados para outros mercados”, acrescentou.
No entanto, “não é possível substituir todo o gás russo por GNL”, advertiu Thierry Bros.
As capacidades de regaseificação na Europa (incluindo o Reino Unido) são de cerca de 19 mil milhões de metros cúbicos (bcm) por mês, dos quais cerca de 8 bcm, em média, já estão utilizados, sobrando cerca de 11 bcm de capacidade para uso.
Aquele valor, apontou o especialista, nãoé suficiente para compensar os cerca de 14 bcm por mês vindos da Russia.
Este inverno, as reservas de gás na Europa estão baixas e os suprimentos da Rússia atingiram um nível historicamente baixo este mês.
Ainda assim, os especialistas duvidam que a Russia chegue ao ponto de fechar completamente a torneira.
“A suspensão total das exportações de gás continua a ser o menos provável dos cenários”, considerou o Eurasia Group.
Para o grupo de consultoria e pesquisa de risco político, “isso acarretaria sérios riscos de longo prazo para a estabilidade financeira e influência política da Rússia na Europa, já que a União Europeia, provavelmente, responderia agressivamente, diversificando o seu suprimento de energia”.
“Os russos não têm interesse em interromper as entregas”, realçou Thierry Bros.
Além do interesse financeiro, apontou, a manutenção das suas entregas “permite criar discordância na Europa”, uma vez que a Rússia poderia continuar a abastecer alguns países (Alemanha, Grécia, Hungria, por exemplo), mas outros não (Polónia, Lituânia) .
Perante uma crise que ilustra a forte dependência energética da Europa em relação ao seu vizinho russo, os 27 Estados-membros da União Europeia (UE) estão a ponderar soluções a médio prazo.
O primeiro caminho, que acaba de ser discutido numa reunião informal dos ministros da energia europeus, em Amiens, França, passa por estabelecer “regras mais rígidas sobre armazenamento de gás”, conforme indicou a ministra francesa para a Transição Ecológica, Barbara Pompili.
O modelo francês, que garante o preenchimento das reservas para o inverno, poderia, assim, ser ampliado.
Também o Luxemburgo sugeriu a assinatura de contratos de fornecimento de longo prazo com paises produtores considerados mais fiáveis do que a Russia.
The case occurred in Brazil and led to the hospitalization of a child
In the Brazilian state of São Paulo, a six-month-old baby was mistakenly inoculated with a whole vial of Pfizer’s coronavirus drug.
According to the newspaper Condition of the mines, the child has received the equivalent of six doses of the vaccine. In Brazil, the vaccination of children under the age of five is not yet allowed, so the case concerned specialists and medical workers.
According to the family, who told Brazilian media, the baby should have been vaccinated against meningitis, tetanus and hepatitis.
The child’s mother stated that the dosing nurse contacted the health monitoring team and the child was later admitted to the Hospital das Clínicas in Ribeirão Preto.
The case occurred on 17 January and the child was observed for three days with symptoms of an abscess in the leg, fever and pain. However, the symptoms did not improve significantly and the child was discharged after being treated in the hospital.
To the Brazilian press, the child’s mother said: “Do not hold a grudge” and praised the behavior of the medical worker for immediately reporting the incident.
That freedom comes at an opportune moment for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, weakened more than ever at the head of government by the Downing Street party scandal that violated anti-COVID rules.
He celebrated the new phase on Twitter, however, warning that “the pandemic is not over”: “Everyone must remain careful and I ask everyone who has not yet received a vaccine to speak up.”
Having lifted the recommendation to work from home a week ago, England is now exempt from other restrictions – some of the lightest in Europe – introduced in December in the wake of a wave of omicron cases: the obligation to wear a mask indoors or in public places and a vaccination passport for events with large audiences.
The government also announced that nursing home residents, 86.5% of whom received a booster dose of the vaccine, will be able to receive unlimited visitors from Monday. If they test positive for coronavirus, they will have to isolate for less time.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced that it will still be mandatory to wear a mask on public transport in the capital. Some supermarket chains such as Sainsbury’s, Waitrose or Morrisons are also asking their customers to follow suit.
“It seems that we are back in London as before,” said 71-year-old Elizabeth Hines in an interview with AFP in the center of the British capital. “Right now we realize how much we missed the theater and performances.” “Everything should be back to normal,” he adds.
end of insulation
Lewis Kolbin, a 39-year-old bartender who once recovered from COVID-19 and is not afraid to get infected again, is approaching the new stage with optimism and caution: “It may be too soon, it may be too late, I don’t know.”
He will continue to wear a mask in transport and shops.
More reluctant than the rest of the UK (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) to impose restrictions, England lifted restrictions almost entirely on July 19 last year. But the emergence of omicrons, even more contagious than the delta, prompted the Boris Johnson government to launch its “Plan B”.
The measures are aimed at strengthening the protection of the population with a revaccination campaign and continue to try to convince those who hesitate to get vaccinated. Thus, 37 million booster doses were administered, which, according to the government, reduced the number of severe cases and hospitalizations and reduced the burden on the healthcare system.
According to the latest data, 64% of the population over 12 years old received the third dose. As cases soared over the holiday season, Boris Johnson has resisted calls for further tightening of current restrictions.
He believes the facts have proven him right: hospitals have endured, the number of patients on ventilators has not increased, and the number of cases has dropped significantly. However, the UK, one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic, with almost 155,000 deaths, is still reporting almost 100,000 new cases daily.
According to a study published by Imperial College London, infection rates remain high, especially among children and adolescents. Of the 3,500 participants in this large study who tested positive between January 5 and 20, two-thirds have already contracted the virus.
The prime minister hopes to be able to suspend the obligation to self-isolate in the event of a positive test in March, “just like people with the flu have no legal obligation to self-isolate.”