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Israel controls the coronavirus. What happened?



Israel controls the coronavirus. What happened?

With initial travel restrictions and complete closure, Startup Nation has largely held back the spread of Covid-19, noting a far better mortality rate than many countries in the Western world. When coronavirus tore through the United States and Europe, Israel comfortably moved towards reopening.

So that there is no doubt about who led the country through these difficult times, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regularly holds nighttime press conferences to remind everyone, warn about the latest challenges and take credit for the latest victories.

On April 18, almost exactly two months after Israel discovered the first case of the corona virus, Netanyahu stated that the country had succeeded in the fight against the corona virus, setting an example for the world “in protecting lives and preventing the outbreak of a pandemic.” He predicted that Israel would give an example in restarting the economy as well.

If only the story ends there.

The first wave of Israeli coronavirus is a success story, but the second wave cataloged by health experts seems to be on track for a very different end.

Just a few weeks after reopening restaurants, malls and beaches, Israel now sees a 50-fold increase in new coronavirus cases. From around 20 new cases a day in mid-May to more than 1,000 new cases a day less than two months later, Israel is rushing to once again close the site that was recently opened.

On Monday, Netanyahu announced that sports buildings, swimming pools, event rooms, pubs and others will be closed indefinitely, while restaurants and houses of worship will operate in limited numbers. Desperate to avoid total lockout with unemployment already more than 20%, Netanyahu issued a stern warning.

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“Today, there are about 90 severe cases and the number is doubling every four days. If we don’t act now, we will have hundreds, and maybe more than 1,000, severe cases in the coming weeks, which will paralyze our system,” Netanyahu said. “All Israelis know, or need to understand, that we must now take limited action, with minimal economic impact, to avoid extreme measures that will paralyze the economy.”

A man wearing a protective mask at a crowded restaurant in Jaffa, Israel, on May 29.

Public trust in the handling of the corona virus by Netanyahu is fading fast. From a high of 73% in mid-May when the country appeared to have controlled Covid-19, Netanyahu’s approval had dropped to 46%, according to a survey conducted by Channel 12 News.

The top public health official at the Ministry of Health, Prof. Siegal Sadetzki, who resigned on Tuesday, issued a scathing criticism of handling the government pandemic. In a Facebook post explaining the reasons for his decision, he wrote, “I am sorry, for several weeks the handling of the outbreak has lost its way. Despite systemic and regular warnings in various systems and in discussions in various forums, we watch with frustration when a glass of opportunity is running out. “

The national unity government, which was set up specifically in May to deal with the corona virus, appears to be more interested in political fights between Netanyahu and his former rival Benny Gantz.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and Defense Minister Benny Gantz attend the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, on June 14.

The two men have quarreled about who would best deal with the fight against the corona virus – Prime Minister Netanyahu with terrorism tools from the Israeli Security Agency, or Defense Minister Gantz with the country’s military reach and order.

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Distrust between the two men became clear, but critics charged that what had not yet emerged from the government or its coronavirus cabinet was a clear and definite plan for loading a second wave of coronavirus.

In the words of former varnished Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, the perpetual right-wing thorn on Netanyahu’s side, “This government is bullshit, and the Prime Minister is full of bullshit.”

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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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