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Latin America lost the war against coronavirus.



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Cases and deaths related to coronavirus in all regions increasing faster than anywhere in the world. And in the hardest hit countries, they show no signs of slowing down. This region has recorded nearly 1.2 million cases and more than 60,000 deaths.

“We are particularly concerned about Central and South America, where many countries are witnessing an accelerating epidemic,” World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.

WHO does not believe that Central or South America has reached the peak of transmission, which means the number of people who are sick and dying may continue to increase.

Health officials warn countries not to reopen their economies too quickly, even when countries are preparing to reopen or have already done so.

Following are outbreaks in the three hardest hit countries in Latin America, which account for around 60% of the region’s population. And there are success stories too.


Brazil stuck in crisis mode.

The country has recorded at least 645,771 cases of corona virus and 35,026 deaths.

It has recently passed Italy to become the third highest fatality country in the world and is likely to soon surpass England.

That means Brazil will have the second most cases and deaths in the world, only in the United States.

It should be noted, however, that Brazil is testing at a much lower rate than the US. That means many cases are not registered.

In the most populous state of São Paulo, the Ministry of Health coordinator said several cases of coronavirus might have been noted as severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, due to the low Covid-19 testing capacity of the country.

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A study released this week by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul said Brazil would record 1 million cases and 50,000 deaths on June 20.

Meanwhile, several major Brazilian cities began to reopen. Rio de Janeiro allows non-essential businesses such as churches, car shops and decoration shops to receive customers once again.


Two things happen at Mexico this week who seemed to be at odds with each other.

First, Mexico recorded its worst week of outbreaks, both in confirmed cases and deaths.

It recorded more than 1,000 deaths in one day for the first time. And for three consecutive days, this recorded a one-day high in a new case.

Despite gloomy figures, and conflicting messages from government leaders, officials have pushed ahead with plans for a gradual reopening across the country.

Deputy Health Secretary Hugo López Gatell, who led Mexico’s Covid-19 response, urged Mexicans to stay home. He stressed that the country did not come out of the forest, even if some economic sectors began to reopen.

But President Andrés Manuel López Obrador offers a different message.

“Don’t steal, don’t rob, don’t betray, and that helps a lot by not getting a coronavirus,” he said on Thursday. He also tells people to be socially distanced when they can, and wash their hands.

AMLO, as the President is generally known, went out of Mexico City on Monday for the first time since the end of March.

He toured the Yucatán Peninsula and inaugurated the development called Maya Train, an ambitious infrastructure project that would connect cities in five southeastern states.

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Mexico has recorded 110,026 cases and 13,170 deaths. But given the very low level of testing in the country, health officials say the actual number of cases is likely to reach millions.


People in Callao, Peruvian, lined up for hours this week to refill their oxygen tanks. But once they got to the forefront, relatives of patients with Covid-19 found the prices skyrocketing.

One person told CNN TVPerú Noticias affiliate that oxygen prices doubled. And the government now recognizes that there is a problem.

“Our mission is to avoid the development of commercial black markets and use pandemics to harass people,” said Cesar Chaname, a spokesman for Peru’s public health agency.

Peru continues to wrestle with one of the worst outbreaks in Latin America, 187,400 of which are the second highest in the region behind Brazil.

This country has a much better level of testing than other countries in the region, something experts say helps understand how bad the plague is.

Residents stand in a row in a public kitchen on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, on Friday, May 29.

But even with that knowledge, economic victims have pressured the authorities to reopen the economy.

This week officials announced Peru would enter Phase 2 of the reopening plan, where businesses such as clothing stores and hair salons could operate again.

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra said the move meant around 80% of the economy would soon be opened.

“We cannot support 100% of the country’s needs with only 50% of economic output,” he said.


Apart from the brutal situation faced by many countries in Latin America, there are some success stories too. Consider Uruguay, so far with one of the most successful Covid-19 responses in the world.

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A country of about 3.5 million people borders Brazil, where the worst outbreak in Latin America has had a devastating effect.

But Uruguay only recorded 834 cases. It has recorded one death since May 24 and a total of 23 deaths.

Experts say the reasons for the country’s success are many – strong initial responses including quarantine measures, a large and efficient system for tracking and isolating those infected, random testing and the formation of a crisis response committee.

As a result, there is little risk because Uruguay is starting to reopen its economy.

The country began to relax restrictions in early May. On June 1, rural primary and secondary education resumed at more than 400 schools, and businesses were also gradually being reopened.

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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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