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Sweden is still far from ‘herd immunity’, although it is not locked



Deaths soar in country that didn't lock down. Officials identify big reason why

The figure, which was confirmed by the Swedish Public Health Authority to CNN, is roughly the same as other countries that have data and far below the 70-90% needed to create “herd immunity” in a population.

That happened after the country adopted a very different strategy to stop the spread of the corona virus to other countries by only applying very light restrictions on daily life.

Sweden’s chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said the number was “slightly lower” than expected “but not too low, maybe one or a few percent.”

“It fits the model we have,” he added, speaking at a press conference in Stockholm.

Research conducted by the Swedish Public Health Agency aims to determine the potential for herd immunity in the population, based on 1,118 tests conducted in one week. It aims to carry out the same number of tests every seven days over an eight week period. Results from other regions will be released later, said a spokesman for the Public Health Authority.

Sweden has adopted a different strategy from other Nordic countries during the pandemic, choosing to avoid closure and keep most schools, restaurants, salons and bars open. However, it asks people to refrain from going on a long journey, emphasizing personal responsibility.

This strategy was criticized by Swedish researchers from the start, who said that efforts to create herd immunity had low support. But authorities deny that achieving group immunity is their goal.

Herd immunity achieved when the majority of certain populations – 70 to 90% – become immune to infectious diseases, either because they have been infected and recovered, or through vaccination. When that happens, the disease tends to spread to people who are not immune, because there aren’t enough carriers of infection to reach them.
No community has yet reached this and vaccines “will make us get immunity faster” than infection, Michael Mina, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, said in a recent report Interview with World International Public Radio.
A health worker cleans and disinfects an ambulance after sending a patient to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Danderyd Hospital near Stockholm on May 13.

The percentage of people with antibodies in Sweden is not much different from other countries that do locking. In Spain, 5% of people have developed coronavirus antibodies on May 14, according to preliminary epidemiological studies by the government.

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According to Martin Cuba, the official territory of Jihocesky in the Czech Republic who spearheaded a randomly selected mass trial for the corona virus among the general public and frontline workers, preliminary results indicate that the proportion of people who have the disease stands at “one digit number” rather than ” percent fraction “.

Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, estimated earlier this month on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon that between 5% and 15% of people in the US had been infected.

He said coronaviruses would circulate and infect at least 60% to 70% of the population before slowing down, but warned that the country had a “long way to go” to reach the group’s immune immunity. A report he wrote with epidemiologists and other historians estimates that this will take 18 to 24 months.

Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Health Emergency Program, said the concept of herd immunity is “a dangerous calculation.”

Pedestrians and cyclists cross a bridge in the heart of Stockholm on May 11.

When asked if he would feel comfortable with an immune passport based on his company’s tests, Swiss drugmaker CEO Roche Severin Schwan told Julia Chatterley CNN: “I believe that we are in a world with a lot of ambiguity, and we also have to make decisions about information that is incomplete. So, I think that is valuable information, but we shouldn’t depend entirely on it. “

On April 24, chief epidemiologist Tegnell told BBC radio that authorities believed Stockholm had “an immunity level … somewhere between 15 and 20% of the population.”

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He said the strategy had “worked in several aspects … because our health system has been able to overcome it. There is always at least 20% of intensive care places empty and able to treat Covid-19 patients.”

Asked whether the Swedish approach would help him withstand the possibility of a second wave, Tegnell said he was sure it would happen.

“This will definitely affect the rate of reproduction and slow down the spread,” he said, but added that it would not be enough to achieve “herd immunity.”

But Swedish foreign ministers Ann Linde and Peter Lindgren, managing directors at the Swedish Institute for Health Economics (IHE), said last month that they failed to prevent high mortality rates in nursing homes.

Sweden now has 32,172 cases and 3,871 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

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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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