Brazil coronavirus cases reach 2 million, doubling in less than a month

first_imgOn Thursday, confirmed cases in Brazil totaled 2,012,151, while deaths numbered 76,688.Brazil, the largest country in Latin America, is home to around 210 million people – roughly two-thirds the size of the US population.In both countries, contagion has exploded as the virus has gained steam in new areas far from the largest cities. A patchwork of state and city responses has held up poorly in Brazil in the absence of a tightly coordinated policy from the federal government.Despite the rapid spread of the virus, Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain, has pressured local governments to lift lockdown restrictions. Bolsonaro, who tested positive for the virus last week, has played down its health risks and fought against social distancing orders, calling their economic effects worse than the disease itself. Under pressure, many governors and mayors have loosened restrictions in recent weeks, fueling bigger outbreaks.Polls show Bolsonaro’s popularity has been sinking during the pandemic. The share of Brazilians that see his government as bad or terrible has risen to 44%, according to a late June survey by pollster Datafolha. That was up from 38% in April and 36% in December.”The government didn’t budge despite the health crisis. They thought more about money than about people,” said Rafael Reis of Rio de Janeiro, who lost his 71-year-old mother to the illness. “They mocked the disease. They didn’t believe in it … They wanted everyone back in the streets.”In some big cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where the outbreak first emerged in Brazil, new daily cases have stabilized and even begun to decline slowly. However, that has been offset by worsening outbreaks in other regions.Among the states with the fastest growing outbreaks are Rio Grande do Sul and Parana in southern Brazil, which had kept a lid on their outbreaks early on.”The disease has evolved not only over time, but also over geographies,” said Roberto Medronho, a professor of medicine at Rio de Janeiro Federal University. “We still have not reached the peak in Brazil because of these successive epidemics occurring in various regions.”He said models show the next million cases in Brazil may come more slowly, as there are now fewer untouched corners of the country. By the end of July or first half of August, Medronho said new daily cases could begin to decline nationally.However, public health experts are raising alarms about the worsening outlook in southern Brazil, which has the coldest weather during the southern hemisphere winter, now underway, and a population that skews older than the rest of the country.COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, is known to be significantly deadlier for the older population. While other coronaviruses have spread more rapidly during winter months, the impact of the colder weather on the novel virus has not been scientifically proven.”What worries me in the south is the spread to the interior, with an older population,” said Wanderson Oliveira, a former secretary in the health ministry. “Given the cold and the humidity, it has all the conditions to explode.” Topics : Brazil on Thursday passed the 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases mark, with little sign that the rate of increase is slowing as anger grows over President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the outbreak.Just 27 days have passed since Brazil, which has the world’s second-largest outbreak after the United States, reached one million cases. In recent weeks, there have been nearly 40,000 confirmed new cases per day, according to government figures.By contrast, 43 days passed between 1 million and 2 million confirmed cases in the United States, where the spread of COVID-19 eased briefly in May before accelerating again in June, according to a Reuters tally.last_img read more

Batesville School Board approves high school courses for 17-18 school year

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — The Batesville School board approved the High School curriculum and course guide for the 2017-2018 school year.Mr. Andy Allen, High School Principal, said some of these courses would also be available at Ivy Tech in Batesville.One change for the high school is in the Physical Education curriculum.For advanced PE, there would be different options including weight lifting and lifetime fitness.In other business, the school was approached by the Ripley County EMA to approve an agreement to share resources with the county in the event of a natural or manmade disaster.Tim Hunter said, in such an event, the old gymnasium would be used, which would allow the school’s normal day-to-day operations to continue.The school board approved the request.last_img read more

Tyson Library announces reopening plans

first_imgVersailles, IN—Tyson Library will begin a phased reopening beginning Monday, May 11 with curbside pickup.  Curbside pick-up will begin on Monday by appointment only.  You can schedule your book or movie pick-up by calling the library at 812-689-5894.  There is a link to a google document on the library Facebook page and you can click here to access the library website that can be used to choose your items, but you will still need to call to schedule a time.  Also available will be “grab n’ go” pickup bags for staff chosen books with a theme, such as dinosaurs or tractors.The procedure for pick up is as follows:Once the online form is completed, a library staff member will call the number listed on the form to schedule a time to pick up the items.When you arrive for your pick-up call the library at 812-689-5894 to let us know you are here.Remain in your vehicle and a library staff member will bring your items out and either place them in your opened trunk or on the table set up on the front sidewalk.After the staff member has left, come to the table to collect your items.If you have any items to return, they can be left in the tote that will be sitting by the table.Virtual programs only will be offered this summer.  Check our Facebook page to see what is offered.  Virtual storytime has already begun for children ages 2-6.last_img read more

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant learning more post moves from James Worthy

first_imgLakers coach Byron Scott and Bryant both attribute that skill toward his willingness to perform repetitive drills throughout the year. “He’s perfected it just a lot like MJ did in his later years of playing in this league,” Scott said. “It’s really helped him to get that little bit of space that he needs to create that space that he needs to get a shot up over guys.”Calm and collectedBryant’s recent practice tirade aside, Scott said the Lakers’ star has remained patient amid the team’s struggles. So much that Scott reported Bryant constantly texts him late at night to calm him down. “Even though we’ve struggled so far this year, in the back of his mind, he still wants to win a championship,” Scott said. Bryant’s contract ends after the 2015-16 season and is not expected to stay longer. Scott also defended Bryant’s two-year, $48.5 million extension that left the team with enough cap space this offseason only to sign one player at a max contract instead of two.“I didn’t think it was the money,” Scott said. “He could retire and would be fine. I think it was the loyalty the Lakers have toward him and him toward the Lakers.”Taking heatIt seemed likely Bryant would break Jordan’s record on Friday against San Antonio. But he finished with 22 points on 7-of-22 shooting, nine assists and four steals, while taking over point guard duties. Bryant also committed five turnovers, including three late in the fourth quarter, and played 40 minutes in a game Scott conceded he looked “exhausted.”“I guess it was my fault,” Scott joked about Bryant’s delayed milestone. “But I just knew at that time his presence when he is on the floor is still going to be effective.” He said itScott on Nick Young, the Lakers’ charismatic forward: “Heavenly Father broke the mold when he made him.” MINNEAPOLIS — For someone who has relished becoming the NBA’s elder statesman, Kobe Bryant still seeks to expand his game.So much that Bryant has asked former Lakers forward James Worthy to attend practices to show him more post moves to improve his positioning, using footwork and playing off angles. “I enjoy learning man,” Bryant said following the Lakers’ 100-94 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. “It’s fun to constantly try to figure out new things and figure out things to do better. I’m very blessed to be with an organization where you have some of the greats of all time sitting right there. At any given moment, you can call them at and they’ll come to practice and work with you.”Bryant surpassed Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list on Sunday partly because he already crafted a fadeaway jumper and footwork, two skills Bryant attributes both to Jordan and former Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more