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Wuhan conducted 6.5 million coronavirus tests in just 9 days, state media reported



Wuhan declared a "10-day battle" to test its 11 million residents for coronavirus.

Wuhan is ambitious nucleic acid testing throughout the city The drive came after six new cases appeared in a residential community earlier this month – the first time a local infection was reported following the city’s appearance from months of closure in April.
From May 15 to May 23, swab test samples were collected from more than nine million residents, the Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported, accounting for more than 80% of the total population of the city of 11 million.

The nucleic acid test works by detecting the genetic code of the virus, and can be more effective in detecting infections, especially in the early stages, than tests that check the immune response, although the latter is easier to do.
Mass testing identified 198 cases without symptoms – people who carried the virus but showed no symptoms, according to the government-run Health Times.

The speed and scope of the Wuhan testing campaign – hailed as a “10 day battle” by local authorities – appear to have rivaled or exceeded testing capabilities in many countries, including in the United States.

On Friday alone, Wuhan conducted 1.47 million tests, according to CCTV.

In the US, the highest number of daily coronavirus tests conducted in all countries is 416,183, according to Johns Hopkins University, which refers to data from Covid-19 Tracking Project.

In total, the United States has conducted 14,131,277 corona virus tests since the pandemic began, according to the latest data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, that number also includes antibody tests conducted in several countries, which are not used to diagnose infections at present but to indicate whether a person has been exposed to the virus in the past.

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In Wuhan, sampling booths were set up in neighborhoods throughout the city, with residents in suits to carry out swab tests. On Saturday, authorities prepared 231 additional testing booths for people who could not carry out the previous tests, according to Changjiang Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party in Wuhan.

Health workers also make door-to-door visits to several elderly and disabled residents to take their samples, reports Changjiang Daily.

According to the Chinese news outlet, Caixin, to test quickly and broadly, the Wuhan health authority combined several samples taken from several individuals together and tested them in one tube – a method known as “swimming pool testing.”

If the collected sample tubes are tested positive, additional tests will be carried out on each individual sample separately to find positive samples, said the Caixin report. It is not clear from the report what percentage of the samples in Wuhan have been collected for testing.

CNN has contacted the Wuhan Health Commission to comment on the collected sampling procedure but has not heard back.

In April, scientists in Germany proposed collecting corona virus samples as a strategy to increase testing capacity when large numbers of asymptomatic people needed to be screened, they said. research published in the medical journal The Lancet.
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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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