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COVID-19. The momentary situation with the new coronavirus in the country and in the world



14h02 – Another death and 334 new confirmed cases in Portugal.

Portugal recorded another death and 334 new cases in the past 24 hours. There were still 229 cases cured.

In total, 17,007 deaths and 842,182 cases of the disease have been registered in the country since the beginning of the pandemic, of which 802,900 have already been registered as recovered.

There are currently 22,275 active cases reported.

As for hospitalizations, there has been a significant increase: another 22 people were hospitalized in the ward, and five more in intensive care.

At the moment, 245 people are hospitalized in the ward, and 76 people are in intensive care.

12:43 – At least 3.37 million deaths in the world

The Covid-19 pandemic has already killed at least 3,371,695 people worldwide since it began in late December 2019 in China, according to a report compiled today by France-Presse (AFP).

Globally, more than 162,422,800 infections were officially diagnosed, with an additional 11,923 deaths and 641,818 new cases on Saturday.

According to the AFP news agency, the vast majority of patients recover from the COVID-19 disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, but a subset of these people still report some associated symptoms for weeks or even months.

The countries with the most deaths in their latest reports are India (another 4,077 deaths), Brazil (2,087) and Colombia (530).

According to estimates from Johns Hopkins University, the United States is the country hardest hit in terms of both deaths (585,708) and cases (32,924,303).

12:00 – 129 thousand vaccinations on Saturday

According to final figures on Saturday, May 15, about 106,700 teachers, non-teachers and social workers were vaccinated, for a total of more than 129,000 vaccinations daily.

According to preliminary information released on Saturday by the task force that coordinates the vaccination program, 125,000 Covid-19 vaccines were administered in Portugal on Saturday, already setting a new daily record in the country.

However, as of 11:00 am today, more than 18,600 teachers, non-teachers and social workers have been vaccinated, for a total of more than 22,600 vaccinations.

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11:45 am – Two INEM teams arrive in Cape Verde today.

Today, two doctors and four nurses from INEM are arriving in Cape Verde, where they will strengthen the Covid-19 response capacity at central hospitals located on the islands of Santiago and São Vicente.

According to the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, these are two teams that will operate at the central hospitals in Praia, on the island of Santiago, and in Mindelo, in São Vicente.

The teams are coordinated by the National Institute for Emergency Medicine (INEM) through the Portuguese Ambulance Team (PT EMT) following a Portuguese assessment mission that was in that country from 5 to 12 May.

“This mission worked closely with the health authorities of Cape Verde, the cities of Praia and Mindelo,” the statement said.

10:21 – 271 more people died in Africa in 24 hours

The African continent has recorded 271 Covid-19-related deaths in the past 24 hours, representing 125,930 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

According to the African Union Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), the total number of cases in the region is 4,678,473, with an additional 7,334 cases reported in the last 24 hours.

As for the recovered, out of 7,230 registered in the last 24 hours, their total number is 4,233,510.

9:45 am – More than half of the people who have lost family members are at risk of a long break

Preliminary results from a study on bereavement during a pandemic conducted by Portuguese researchers show that 58 percent of people who lost family members during the covid-19 pandemic are at risk for long-term grief disorder (PLP).

A group of researchers from four Portuguese universities is conducting a national study on the impact on the loss of restrictive measures during the first emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and now intend to include more recent data in this analysis.

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The study is being conducted by researchers from the University of Lisbon, Coimbra, Minho, Luciada de Lisbon University and from the Gaia and Espinho / Gaia health center groups.

9:41 – another 8,554 cases of infection and 391 deaths in Russia.

In Russia, over the past 24 hours, another 8,554 new cases of the disease and 391 deaths were registered. In total, according to official data, the country has already registered 4,940,245 cases of the disease and 115,871 deaths.

9h28 – German experts believe a third dose of vaccine will be required

German health authorities admit that a third dose of the new coronavirus vaccine will be required next year, as some manufacturers have already indicated.

In an interview published this Sunday by the Funke group press, the chairman of the German Permanent Vaccination Commission (Stiko) Thomas Mertens warned that the current Covid-19 vaccines “will not be the last.”

“In principle, we must prepare ourselves so that, probably, next year we all have to renew our immune defenses,” he admitted.

However, Germany has not yet made any decision on this matter and is awaiting immune studies, which are being carried out among the already vaccinated population.

8:21 a.m. – China detects four cases of local contamination.

The National Health Commission said four new local cases of Covid-19 infection were reported in China’s Liaoning province (northeast) on Saturday.

Two local cases have already been reported in this province the day before. In Anhui province, where two local infections were detected on Thursday – for the first time in the country in more than three weeks – and three on Friday, no new cases were reported on Saturday.

Since Thursday, authorities have restricted the movement of residents in the affected areas and are conducting massive nucleic acid tests. In addition, 14 imported cases were reported in the Asian country on Saturday.

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Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country has reported 90,847 cases and 4,636 deaths.

8:10 am – India: Four thousand more people have died in the last 24 hours.

India has recorded 4,077 deaths from covid-19 and 311,170 infections in the last 24 hours, according to the Indian Ministry of Health.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the country has recorded 270,284 deaths and more than 25 million cases.

India is the second country in the world with the highest number of infections, right after the United States.

8:05 am – Mexico, 225 more dead and 2,695 new patients.

Mexican officials said Mexico has recorded 225 COVID-19 deaths and 2,695 new cases in the past 24 hours.

Since the start of the pandemic, Mexico has recorded 220,384 deaths and 2,380,690 confirmed cases.

Mexico is the fourth country in the world with the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 after the United States, Brazil and India, and the 15th highest number of cases, according to an independent count by Johns Hopkins University of North America.

8:00 – Portugal has a daily record of 125,000 vaccinated people.

Portugal received 125,000 Covid-19 vaccines on Saturday, a new daily record for the country, according to information released by the task force that coordinates the vaccination program.

“In just a day, about 125 thousand vaccines were introduced, which corresponds to a new daily record of vaccinations,” the structure headed by Vice-Admiral Guveya and Melo emphasized in the same note today.

According to information provided by the “task force” that coordinates vaccination logistics in mainland Portugal, vaccination is mainly extended to employees associated with education and social services.

“According to preliminary data, by 19:00 about 103 thousand teachers, non-teachers and social response specialists were vaccinated with the second dose,” the working group said.

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Vladimir Putin has delayed the invasion of Ukraine at least three times.



Putin has repeatedly consulted with Russian Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu about the invasion, Europa Press told Ukraine’s chief intelligence director Vadim Skibitsky.

According to Skibitsky, it was the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), which is responsible for counterintelligence and espionage work, that put pressure on Gerasimov and other military agencies to agree to launch an offensive. .

However, according to the Ukrainian intelligence services, the FSB considered that by the end of February sufficient preparations had already been made to guarantee the success of the Russian Armed Forces in a lightning invasion.

However, according to Kyiv, the Russian General Staff provided the Russian troops with supplies and ammunition for only three days, hoping that the offensive would be swift and immediately successful.

The head of Ukrainian intelligence also emphasized the cooperation of local residents, who always provided the Ukrainian authorities with up-to-date information about the Russian army, such as the number of soldiers or the exact location of troops.

The military offensive launched on February 24 by Russia in Ukraine caused at least 6.5 million internally displaced persons and more than 7.8 million refugees to European countries, which is why the UN classifies this migration crisis as the worst in Europe since World War II (1939-1945). gg.). ).

At the moment, 17.7 million Ukrainians are in need of humanitarian assistance, and 9.3 million are in need of food aid and housing.

The UN has presented as confirmed 6,755 civilian deaths and 10,607 wounded since the beginning of the war, stressing that these figures are much lower than the real ones.

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Life sentence for former Swedish official for spying for Russia



A Stockholm court on Monday sentenced a former Swedish intelligence officer to life in prison for spying for Russia, and his brother to at least 12 years in prison. In what is considered one of the most serious cases in Swedish counterintelligence history, much of the trial took place behind closed doors in the name of national security.

According to the prosecution, it was Russian military intelligence, the GRU, who took advantage of the information provided by the two brothers between 2011 and their arrest at the end of 2021.

Peyman Kia, 42, has held many senior positions in the Swedish security apparatus, including the army and his country’s intelligence services (Säpo). His younger brother, Payam, 35, is accused of “participating in the planning” of the plot and of “managing contacts with Russia and the GRU, including passing on information and receiving financial rewards.”

Both men deny the charges, and their lawyers have demanded an acquittal on charges of “aggravated espionage,” according to the Swedish news agency TT.

The trial coincides with another case of alleged Russian espionage, with the arrest of the Russian-born couple in late November in a suburb of Stockholm by a police team arriving at dawn in a Blackhawk helicopter.

Research website Bellingcat identified them as Sergei Skvortsov and Elena Kulkova. The couple allegedly acted as sleeper agents for Moscow, having moved to Sweden in the late 1990s.

According to Swedish press reports, the couple ran companies specializing in the import and export of electronic components and industrial technology.

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The man was again detained at the end of November for “illegal intelligence activities.” His partner, suspected of being an accomplice, has been released but remains under investigation.

According to Swedish authorities, the arrests are not related to the trial of the Kia brothers.

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Ukraine admitted that Russia may announce a general mobilization



“They can strengthen their positions. We understand that this can happen. At the same time, we do not rule out that they will announce a general mobilization,” Danilov said in an interview with the Ukrainska Pravda online publication.

Danilov believed that this mobilization would also be convened “to exterminate as many as possible” of Russian citizens, so that “they would no longer have any problems on their territory.”

In this sense, Danilov also reminded that Russia has not given up on securing control over Kyiv or the idea of ​​the complete “destruction” of Ukraine. “We have to be ready for anything,” he said.

“I want everyone to understand that [os russos] they have not given up on the idea of ​​destroying our nation. If they don’t have Kyiv in their hands, they won’t have anything in their hands, we must understand this,” continued Danilov, who also did not rule out that a new Russian offensive would come from “Belarus and other territories.” .

As such, Danilov praised the decision of many of its residents who chose to stay in the Ukrainian capital when the war broke out in order to defend the city.

“They expected that there would be panic, that people would run, that there would be nothing to protect Kyiv,” he added, referring to President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The military offensive launched on February 24 by Russia in Ukraine caused at least 6.5 million internally displaced persons and more than 7.8 million refugees to European countries, which is why the UN classifies this migration crisis as the worst in Europe since World War II (1939-1945). gg.). ).

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At the moment, 17.7 million Ukrainians are in need of humanitarian assistance, and 9.3 million are in need of food aid and housing.

The Russian invasion, justified by Russian President Vladimir Putin on the need to “denazify” and demilitarize Ukraine for Russia’s security, was condemned by the international community at large, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing political and economic sanctions on Russia.

The UN has presented as confirmed 6,755 civilian deaths and 10,607 wounded since the beginning of the war, stressing that these figures are much lower than the real ones.

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