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New Zealand lifted almost all coronavirus restrictions, after no active cases of Covid-19 were reported



New Zealand lifted almost all coronavirus restrictions, after no active cases of Covid-19 were reported

(CNN) – Almost all coronavirus restrictions in New Zealand will be lifted tomorrow, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced, after the country reported no active cases.

However, social distance is still encouraged and Ardern said New Zealand’s international borders will remain closed to non-residents to prevent new outbreaks. Residents who arrive in New Zealand must still be quarantined for two weeks.

New Zealand currently has no active corona virus cases, and no positive cases have been reported in the past 17 days. No one has received hospital treatment for Covid-19 for the past 12 days and it has been 40 days since the last case of community transmission.

“Freedom from this restriction depends very much on the ongoing role that our border controls will play in preventing the virus from coming out … The virus will exist in our world for some time to come,” Ardern said at a press conference Monday.

The announcement came when the global number of coronavirus infections was confirmed to exceed 7 million on Monday, according to Calculation of Johns Hopkins University, with more than 402,000 people killed. New Zealand has 1,504 confirmed cases and 22 deaths.

New Zealand lockdown schedule

The first case of coronavirus was confirmed in New Zealand on February 28 – more than a month after the United States confirmed its first infection.

On March 14, when the country had six cases, Ardern announced that whoever entered the country needed to isolate himself for two weeks, which at that time was one of the heaviest boundaries in the world. Foreign nationals are barred from entering the country on March 20.

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A few days later, on March 23 – without death and when 102 cases were confirmed – Ardern announced the country was entering “third-level” lockdown. Non-essential businesses are closed, events and meetings are canceled and schools are closed to all children except important workers.

Employers are told to allow work from home if possible, public transportation is provided for important workers, and discretionary domestic air travel between regions is prohibited.

At midnight on March 25, New Zealand moved to the tighter lock on level 4, with people being told not to leave the house except for important exercises near the house, while maintaining social distance.

On April 9, despite the decrease in cases, Ardern tightened border restrictions so that all citizens and permanent residents who arrived in New Zealand were required to spend two weeks quarantined at approved facilities rather than at home.

Travel bubble soaring?

New Zealand and Australia have been in discussions to build a “travel bubble,” which will allow residents to travel freely between neighboring countries without the need for quarantine.

Both countries largely control their local coronavirus outbreaks and have a large tourism industry that is heavily affected by widespread travel restrictions.

However, Ardern warned Monday that such a corridor could still be several months away.

“I don’t want New Zealand businesses or even Kiwis who want to travel across the trench to be given the wrong start. I prefer to share a timeline when we have more certainty,” he said.

“(Australia) is making progress country by country, but it is not universal.”

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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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