Sao Paulo (CNN) Last week, Brazil saw its deadliest day since the start of the pandemic , with 4,195 people killed in just 24 hours. The state of Sao Paulo and the city of Rio de Janeiro rank among the worst in the country for Covid-19 deaths. Yet both plan to ease movement restrictions starting on Monday. Sao Paulo will reopen state schools, sports events, and construction stores. Rio de Janeiro will allow bars and restaurants to operate again, overturning restrictions that have been in place since March. Sao Paulo authorities justify the reopening by pointing out that occupancy rates in intensive care units in the state have fallen from crisis-level 90.5% to 88.6%. "This measure clearly shows that the effort made in recent weeks is beginning to give results," said Vice-Governor Rodrigo Garcia on a press conference on April 9. But daily numbers are still very grim: On Friday alone, the state registered over 20,000 new cases. Meanwhile, in the … [Read more...] about Covid-19 is out of control in Brazil. So why are some officials easing restrictive measures?
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São Paulo (CNN) Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has shrugged off criticisms that he is "genocidal" in his opposition to Covid-19 restrictions, as the nation recorded its deadliest 24 hours of the pandemic so far. Brazil smashed its previous daily record with 4,195 Covid-19 fatalities, health ministry data Tuesday showed -- marking the highest death count in the world for that 24-hour period, according to Johns Hopkins University. The new figures pushed Brazil's total pandemic death toll to almost 337,000. Additionally, nearly 87,000 new Covid-19 cases were reported across the country, raising the total tally of infections to 13,100,580, according to the health ministry. Bolsonaro, who has continued to downplay the seriousness of his country's health crisis, brushed off claims he was to blame for the country's spiraling death toll. The President has repeatedly opposed lockdowns and restrictive measures, and criticized governors and mayors with … [Read more...] about Bolsonaro shrugs off criticism he is ‘genocidal’ as Brazil reports record 4,000 daily deaths
(CNN) The World Health Organization has warned that the world needs a "reality check" on the state of the pandemic, as countries abandon restrictions despite four weeks of rising deaths and seven weeks of rising cases globally. Maria van Kerkhove, the WHO's technical lead for coronavirus response, said 4.4 million Covid-19 infections had been recorded across the world last week globally and expressed concern about global trends. "This is not the situation we want to be in 16 months into a pandemic, where we have proven control measures. It is time right now where everyone has to have a reality check about what we need to be doing," van Kerkhove told a news briefing Monday. Several countries in Asia and the Middle East have seen large increases in cases, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, noting that "confusion, complacency and inconsistency in public health measures" were primary drivers. India hits 100 … [Read more...] about WHO calls for ‘reality check’ as global Covid-19 cases surge for seventh week
By Yewande Komolafe , The New York Times Daniela Narcisco, a Brazilian cookbook author and food historian based in Florianópolis, the capital of Santa Catarina, Brazil, describes moqueca as “a wonderful addition to any Easter celebration.” And this seafood stew, built on a few simple yet deeply flavorful ingredients, is pleasing: Its vibrant broth is luscious and light, and evokes the essence of the sea. Although moqueca is not reserved for saints’ days, it is well suited to meals for Easter, Good Friday or any other time religious observances require a pescatarian-friendly dish. Ideal for both small gatherings and celebrations, moqueca also serves as an everyday meal across Brazil. Variations exist throughout the country. In the northeast state of Bahia, moqueca draws from the rich culture of its Afro Brazilian population. It begins with sautéed garlic, onion, tomatoes and sweet peppers, followed by coconut milk and the freshest seafood you can find. An added hot chile is … [Read more...] about Moqueca recipe: A stew that captures the essence of the sea
A draft copy of a joint WHO-China study on the origins of COVID-19 concluded that the “transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario” for the emergence of the virus, according to the Associated Press. A lab leak of the virus to the public was deemed “extremely unlikely” by the joint investigation, the AP said. The study also revealed that minks and cats “are susceptible to the COVID virus, which suggests they could also be carriers.” A Geneva-based diplomat from a WHO-member country shared the study that “appeared to be a near-final version” with the AP on Monday but the news agency did not reveal the identity of the diplomat because the diplomat was not authorized to release the information before its publication. The report is “based largely” on a visit that a team of international experts made earlier this year to Wuhan, the location in China were the coronavirus first emerged. Death toll Mexico has revised its … [Read more...] about COVID ‘Likely’ Transmitted from Bats to Humans Through Other Animals, Study Reveals