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In Brazil, COVID-19 hitting young people harder

first_imgMore young people are dying of COVID-19 in Brazil than other countries, a trend driven partly by demographics — the overall population is younger — but also by poverty and the need to work.The South American giant of 210 million people is the latest flashpoint in the coronavirus pandemic, rapidly rising to third this week on the list of countries with the most infections. With more than 310,000 cases, it lags behind only the United States and Russia. Brazil’s death toll meanwhile surged past 20,000 Thursday.A closer look at the data raises questions about the widely held idea that COVID-19 is mainly dangerous for the elderly.Of Brazil’s victims, 69 percent were aged 60 or older, compared with 95 percent in Spain and Italy, according to official statistics.The disparity is partly driven by the age of the overall populace: Just 13.6 percent of Brazil’s population is 60 or older, compared to 25 percent in Spain and 28 percent in Italy. But demographics do not tell the whole story.”Since Brazil has a younger population, it’s normal for the number of cases to be higher among under-60s. But it’s also because young adults are observing stay-at-home measures less,” said Mauro Sanchez, an epidemiologist at the University of Brasilia.”Young [Brazilians] aren’t responding to the virus differently. It’s because they’re more exposed,” he told AFP.”What’s perverse is that a lot of the people who are exposing themselves to the virus are doing it because they don’t have a choice.” ‘Worrying statistics’ The phenomenon has become more pronounced as the pandemic progresses here.In early April, 19 percent of COVID-19 deaths in Brazil were among under-60s. This week, that figure rose to 31 percent.Studies based on cell phone location data indicate Brazilians are observing stay-at-home measures less and less.Some experts pin the blame for that on disjointed government policies: Stay-at-home measures are decided at the state and local level, but at the federal level, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro regularly rails against them.Bolsonaro, who has famously compared the coronavirus to a “little flu,” says business closures are needlessly hurting the economy, which is facing a deep recession this year.He has urged Brazilians to get back to work.But the working-age population is vulnerable to the disease, too.Brazil’s official statistics do not break down coronavirus infections by age, and experts say under-testing means the real number of cases is probably far higher than the health ministry’s figures.A group of researchers called COVID-19 Brazil estimates the country has more than 3.6 million infected people — more than 10 times higher than the official figure.It estimates the age groups with the most infections are 20 to 29 and 30 to 39 years old, with more than 580,000 infections each — twice as many as those aged 60 to 69.”The statistics are worrying, because we can see that lately young people are not taking the necessary precautions,” said Patricia Canto, a pulmonologist at the National School of Public Health.In a country where 20 percent of the population lives on less than $5.50 a day, many Brazilians are forced to choose between staying home and putting food on the table.The poorest tend to work in the informal sector — things like cleaning, cooking, childcare and other jobs that can only be done by leaving the house.The government has allocated emergency payments of 600 reals (about $110) a month to help such workers get by.But many have had trouble registering. In a case of social distancing policy gone awry, crowds have thronged branches of state bank Caixa as people wait hours to sign up for the benefit.center_img Poverty problem The poor also tend to have a higher risk of underlying conditions that can make COVID-19 more severe.”The low-income population often has major risk factors, such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. Many don’t have access to a nutritious diet,” said infectious disease specialist Julio Croda.He resigned from a high-level post in the health ministry in March over disagreements with government policies.Bolsonaro “is defending viewpoints that have no technical or scientific basis,” he said.”And that’s putting the population at risk.” Topics :last_img read more

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Office of Governor Tom Wolf Statement on Accepting Syrian Refugees in Pennsylvania

first_imgOffice of Governor Tom Wolf Statement on Accepting Syrian Refugees in Pennsylvania National Issues,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – The Office of Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the accepting Syrian refugees in Pennsylvania:“While details are still emerging regarding the individuals responsible for the heinous attacks in Paris, all of those responsible committed atrocious acts and must be brought to justice. We must not lose sight of the fact that families leaving Syria are trying to escape the same violence and unimaginable terror that took place in Paris and Beirut.“To assist the settlement of families fleeing the humanitarian crisis in Syria, the Federal Government coordinates with local charitable organizations in Pennsylvania and other states. Pennsylvania will continue working with the Federal Government to ensure that all individuals have gone through the proper screening process. Governor Wolf wants Pennsylvania to continue to build on its rich history of accepting immigrants and refugees from around the world but he is also committed to protecting Pennsylvanians and will work with the Federal Government to ensure it is taking every precaution necessary in screening those families coming into the country.”# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf November 16, 2015center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Nigeria to send more troops to oil-rich south-east region of Port…

first_imgNigeria is to send more troops into its oil-rich south-east region to step up security, amid widening street protests by a separatist group.The Nigerian army says it needs to work with local police to guarantee security especially in areas of Port Harcourt, the centre of Nigeria’s oil industry where protests have been spreading widely in recent day.The group behind the protests brands itself as the Indigenous People of the Biafra, rekindling memories of the bloody civil war that was triggered almost 50 years ago. The civil was an attempt to set up a Biafra republic, a break away from Nigeria. This time round, the demonstrators are demanding more say particularly over the region’s oil wealth.President Muhammadu Buhari made improved security a key election promise. Until now, he’s focused on Islamist group Boko Haram in the north. Deployment of troops will hopefully stabilise the south-east quickly since it is a vital component of Africa’s biggest economy.last_img read more

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LIAT penalized by ECCAA

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img 69 Views   no discussions BusinessLifestyleTravel LIAT penalized by ECCAA by: – January 10, 2014 LIAT has announced that it will engage in discussions with the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCA) having received a notice of penalty from the organization in connection with an incident which occurred on November 2, 2013.LIAT said in a statement on Friday that it’s management is reviewing these findings with its advisors and will engage ECCAA in discussion. “LIAT is committed to a fair resolution of the matter based on full and frank disclosure by all parties”. “The safety and security of our passengers remains LIAT’s top priority and LIAT continues to operate in full and strict compliance with the Civil Aviation Regulations and its operating procedures and manuals,” the statement notes.According to the statement, these matters remain under review by LIAT and discussion with ECCAA and “it would therefore be inappropriate to make further public comment at this time”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Indian citizenship law protests kill 6 persons

first_imgWith the latest fatalities, the totalnumber of deaths during the nationwide demonstrations, now in their secondweek, stands at 13.    NEW DELHI – Six people died and 32others were injured as Indian police clashed with thousands of protesters whoagain took to the streets in several parts of the country to oppose a new law,making Friday the single deadliest day of the protests so far.   The legislation makes it easier forpeople from non-Muslim minorities in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan whosettled in India prior to 2015 to obtain Indian citizenship.(Reuters) Men try to extinguish a burning car after demonstrators set it on fire during a protest against a new citizenship law in New Delhi, India on Dec. 20, 2019. REUTERS/STRINGER The backlash against the law pushedthrough parliament by the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister NarendraModi on Dec. 11 marks the strongest show of dissent since he was first electedin 2014.   last_img read more

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Pusher falls in E.B. Magalona buy-bust

first_imgArante –resident of Barangay Tabingue, E.B. Magalona – was nabbed after he sold asachet of suspected shabu to an undercover officer for P500 around 10 a.m. onJan. 31, police said. BACOLOD City –He allegedly sold illegal drugs. The suspect wasdetained in the custodial facility of the municipal police station. The 36-year-oldArnold Arante was nabbed in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Poblacion 1,E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental.center_img Charges for violationof Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will befiled against him. When frisked,two more sachets of illegal drugs were recovered from Arante.last_img

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DeFrance takes Late Model title, Mueller sees 100th victory at Marshalltown

first_imgJeff Mueller’s Friday night win at Marshalltown Speedway was the 100th of his IMCA Sunoco Stock Car career. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) Tom Berry Jr. continued his domination in the IMCA Modified division, winning for the seventh time at the High Banks, and Johnathon Logue made it two in a row in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods.  IMCA Sunoco Late Models wrapped up their regular season and hometown hero Darrel De­France claimed the track title as well as winning the feature. He led from the drop of the green to the checkers in a 20-lap race that went non-stop.    Jeff Mueller had to dig around the bottom of the track in the 18-lap IMCA Sunoco Stock Car fea­ture to get the win, but he got the job done. Mueller started 12th, caught and passed rim-riding Dallon Murty at lap 12 and held the lead to the finish to earn his career 100th win in the division.  MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (Aug. 7) – Feature wins were especially notable Friday at Marshalltown Speedway. By Joyce Eisele Solomon Bennett snagged his first-ever win at Marshalltown in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.last_img read more

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VETERAN WALKS FOR CHARITY

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.– A Detroit football icon passed through Alpena today. He’s walking across the state to raise money for several Michigan charities.If you’re a Detroit Lions fan, you’ve likely seen Michael Rollins in the bleachers. You might know him by his alter ego: the Reverend of Roar. This musician, sound engineer, and former marine uses his theatre skills pump up crowds on game day. This week, Michael has taken those skills on the road, walking down U.S. 23 on a journey to ford field.While at a benefit event in de tour, he learned that his car had broken down and would take three weeks to repair. That’s when an idea started to form in his head. “The theatre brought me in, the marine core made me a man, and we were putting [the earlier charity event] together for the [Eastern Upper Peninsula Hospice]. So I want to pull the E.U.P. Hospital {sic}, the Planet Ant Theatre down in Tramhamck, and the NFL Wounded Warrior project. And we’ve got three great charities and one great walk.”You can find him streaming his journey on Facebook and Instagram, both of which have links to his GoFundMe me for the walk. Even though it’s an arduous journey, Michael says he’s reinvigorated when he sees people donating and cheering him on. He has currently raised over $5,000.00.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Tawas Point Lighthouse to Remain ClosedNext Local Teen Hosts Board Game Onlinelast_img read more

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Richard Kingson: I’ll be in post for Ghana in Brazil 2014

first_imgAfter  Black Stars coach James kwasi Appiah had announced his men for the world cup qualifier against Egypt, there had been numerous criticism in the Ghanaian media centering  on the inclusion of Goalkeeper Richard Kingson.The former Blackpool and Galatasaray goalkeeper  returns to the Blackstars for the first time in two years after he was said to be clubless by the  national team’s trainers.Kingson broke his silence  on Monday  on the  Asempa fm’s ultimate sports show in an interview with host Kofi Asare Brako. He sounded very optimistic of proving his critics wrong if given the opportunity to be in post in the Egypt clash.“If I am fortunate to start against Egypt, I know I will perform above my many years experience and do more than before, that is what I know to do best and in Jesus name ,the whole world will see my capabilities. Even if I don’t start, God knows best and it is Ghana we are all dying for and wanting to qualify to Brazil.” he said.Speaking about Ghana’s chances for Brazil, ”Olele” as he is popularly called in Ghana , disclosed his optimism for the Blackstars and believes we have a foot there waiting to sideline Egypt and sees himself in post for Ghana at the worldcup.“On October 15, people will see that Ghana has a God. And the Lord I serve will glorify his name. I know I am already in Brazil”.He added.last_img read more

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