Brazil sees record daily coronavirus cases, official says outbreak under control

first_imgBrazil reported a record 34,918 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the same day that one of the senior officials leading the country’s widely criticized response to the crisis said the outbreak was under control.Brazil, the world’s No. 2 coronavirus hotspot after the United States, is fast approaching 1 million cases, although experts say the true number is likely higher due to patchy testing. Brazil also registered 1,282 COVID-19 deaths since its last update on Monday, the Health Ministry said, bringing confirmed fatalities in the country to 45,241.Walter Braga Netto, the head of the office of the president’s chief of staff, known as Casa Civil, and one of the top officials handling the crisis, said it was under control. “We are not seeing transmission slowing down” in Brazil, Etienne said.PAHO recommends that Brazil and other regional countries strengthen social distancing and urged that reopening of the economy be done slowly and carefully.Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has long opposed social distancing measures, and many of the country’s states are re-opening for business even though the outbreak remains severe. Topics :center_img “There is a crisis, we sympathize with bereaved families, but it is managed,” said Braga Netto, who spoke during a webinar held by the Commercial Association of Rio de Janeiro.Braga Netto said Brazil’s deaths-per-million-people figure was better than that of Belgium, Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy and France. As such, the Army general said he “was trying to convey a message of optimism in the management of the crisis.”His optimism was not shared by the World Health Organization’s regional director.Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa Etienne said in a video briefing from Washington that Brazil is a major concern. Latin America’s largest country accounts for about a quarter of the roughly 4 million coronavirus cases in the Americas and nearly 25% of the deaths, she said.last_img read more

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Norma L. Banks

first_imgFriends may visit with the family on Monday, April 4, 2016 from 11 a.m. till time of service at 1 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery. Norma L. Banks, of Brookville, was born on June 1, 1933, in Franklin County, the daughter of Hugh and Flora Mae Hunter Banks.  She married Ralph Banks on May 23, 1951, and he preceded her in death.  Norma retired form Philco-Ford where she served as an inspector.  Her family was very important to her and she enjoyed every minute spent with them.  On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at the age of 82, Norma passed away at Fayette Regional Health System. Those surviving who will cherish Norma’s memory include her children, Gina (Charlie Hall) Banks of Connersville, and Paul (Lisa) Banks of Batesville; grandchildren, Rachel (Bryan) Evans, Sarah (Mark) Schneider, Earl (Kristi) Robinson, Michael Moore and Alex Moore; great grandchildren, Carlee, Cade, Patrick and Caroline.  Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Sue Banks, sister, Faye Hudson, and brother Rollie Allen.last_img read more

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THE PERENNIAL FLOODING CHALLENGE

first_imgThe country must pay attention to the environmentFrom Ibadan, Oyo State, where a family lost its bread winner and two children to Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, where no fewer than a thousand people were rendered homeless, floods are again wreaking havoc in our country. In several parts of Nigeria within the past one month, villages and farmlands had been submerged and more people are swelling the population of the internally displaced. This perennial challenge should not be allowed to continue.Unfortunately, the situation was also avoidable in many instances. Just recently, the federal government requested Nigerians, particularly those living along the banks of the River Niger, to immediately relocate to safer places. The report indicated that the flood path traversing the Republics of Guinea, Mali, Niger and Nigeria would remain dangerous, warning that an estimated 105,000 Nigerians may be affected. Not many people heeded the warning. Now floods are occurring with a vengeance, endangering many people and bringing down everything on its path.Instructively, while Nigeria has many challenges, the environment is not often listed as one of them. It highlights a national malaise and our lackadaisical attitude to serious issues. It is therefore time Nigeria became part of the global trend of putting issues of the environment on the front burner while the relevant authorities should be proactive in preventing disasters. And when they inevitably occur, governments at all tiers, complemented by private sector organisations and well-endowed individuals, should come to the aid of the victims as we see in other parts of the world.Elementary science teaches that as global temperatures rise, oceans get warmer. When water heats up, it expands, leading to a rise in sea levels as we have been witnessing in several countries in recent times. It is therefore no surprise that in several coastal cities across the world today, climate change is creating a situation where too much water comes at an unexpected time, or in unexpected places causing serious problems. It is little wonder that the densely populated, low-lying cities and towns in our country have also become environmental nightmares for most of their inhabitants on account of flooding.However, beyond the intervention of the government at all levels is the need for Nigerians to begin to imbibe the right attitude to waste disposal because flooding in some of our major cities cannot be solely attributed to the quirks of nature. The habits of the people indeed play a crucial role in what has been happening over the years anytime it rains. Most drains are blocked due to the indiscriminate dumping of waste on the roads and drainages.This unsanitary attitude quite naturally leads to blockages of canals and man-holes resulting in the type of floods that have been witnessed in recent weeks. There are also several buildings that have been erected on drainage channels. This ugly trend must stop while the state government must ensure that all those buildings are pulled down for free flow of water into the canals.However, it is not enough for the government to just ask citizens to leave flood paths without providing any measures for their relocation. There is need therefore to resettle those living close to flood-prone areas. There will be resistance from some people, but they must be made to realise the consequences of whatever choice they make: between accepting to be resettled and staying back in their endangered communities.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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