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Tomb workers bury coronavirus victims in Turin, Italy, on May 6. Stefano Guidi / Getty Images

The Covid-19 outbreak has been responsible for 159,000 excess deaths in 24 European countries since early March, European Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Hans Henri Kluge announced on Thursday.

Excess death is a term used to determine the number of deaths that occur in certain crises above and beyond what is expected under ‘normal’ conditions.

WHO lists 53 countries in the European region, including Russia and Turkey.

According to Kluge, there were more than two million confirmed Covid-19 cases and more than 175,000 confirmed deaths in the European region. Kluge said these death rates “are above and beyond what we normally expect at this time of year.”

Case information reported to WHO has revealed that 94% of all Covid-19 deaths are people aged over 60 years, and 59% of those deaths are men.

Of the total deaths, 97% of cases have at least one underlying health condition, with cardiovascular disease being the most common.

Kluge also gave an update on the current spread of the virus in Europe, saying that in the last 14 days cumulative cases in the region have increased by 15%, with the region still accounting for 38% of cases and 50% of deaths globally.

Russia, Britain, Belarus, Turkey and Italy are the countries that have reported the highest cumulative number of confirmed cases in the past two weeks, Kluge said. Spain, Italy, Britain and France continue to record 72% of all European Covid-19 deaths, he added.

As countries throughout the region continue to reduce restrictions, Kluge stressed that “there will be no economic recovery without Covid-19 transmission under control.”

“Our priority must be investing in health, investing in social protection and, above all, avoiding savings,” Kluge said.

He advised leaders to examine lessons from the 2008 financial crash, where many countries cut spending on health care.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

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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 Ptix.bm 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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CRISTANO RONALDO CAN MAKE UP A GIANT IN CARIOCA AND PORTUGUESE TECHNICIAN SAYS ‘There will be room’

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

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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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