Brazil likely has 12 times more coronavirus cases than official count, study finds

first_imgTopics : Brazil likely has 12 times more cases of the new coronavirus than are being officially reported by the government, with too little testing and long waits to confirm the results, according to a study released on Monday.Researchers at a consortium of Brazilian universities and institutes examined the ratio of cases resulting in deaths through April 10 and compared it with data on the expected death rate from the World Health Organization.The much higher-than-expected death rate in Brazil indicates there are many more cases of the virus than are being counted, with the study estimating only 8% of cases are being officially reported. Year to date, the number of hospitalizations for severe respiratory symptoms has been over three times higher than usual for the time of year, but only 12% of those have been confirmed as COVID-19, the severe respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.”The high degree of under-notification could give a false impression about control of the disease, and consequently, could lead to a decline in containment measures,” the center said.The outbreak has stoked tension in the Brazilian government, with right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro downplaying risks of the virus and urging the country to return to normal, while his health minister, state governors and local officials urge stricter measures.The center has thus far been accurate in predicting the evolution of the virus in Brazil, with the number of confirmed coronavirus cases through March 30 falling within the range that the researchers previously predicted.The researchers are now predicting that by April 20 the number of cases will grow to 25,164 in its most optimistic scenario and 60,413 cases in its most pessimistic.center_img The government has focused on testing serious cases rather than all suspected cases, according to the consortium, known as the Center for Health Operations and Intelligence. The center and medical professionals have also complained of long wait times to get test results.Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta has said that it is difficult to distribute tests in Brazil because of the size of the country but acknowledges that testing needs to improve.Officially, Brazil’s coronavirus death toll rose to 1,328 on Monday, while the number of confirmed cases hit 23,430, according to health ministry data.As of last Thursday, Brazil had had around 127,000 suspected cases and carried out just short of 63,000 tests, ministry figures indicate. A health ministry official on Monday said more than 93,000 tests are still being processed for results.last_img read more

Iloilo City gov’t puts unruly drivers, pedestrians on notice

first_imgAfter the Diversion Road, next to bemade a “traffic discipline zone” is McArthur Drive from Barangay Tabuc Suba,Jaro district to Barangay Balantang. But in October 2017 Mabilog wasdismissed from the service by the Office of the Ombudsman for unexplainedwealth. Then vice mayor Espinosa who assumed Mabilog’s post put the project onhold. ILOILO City – There is no dearth ofnational laws and local ordinances regulating traffic. The pandemonium on thecity’s streets, the congestion and accidents here are mostly caused byundisciplined drivers and pedestrians not following traffic rules and regulations,according to the city government. Conlu said these included the speedlimit ordinance, the ordinance against modified mufflers, points where to loadand unload passengers, the law on the use of helmets and other body protectivegears by motorcycle riders and the maximum number of back riders allowed, thelaw on the use of seatbelts, the law on the non-use of cellphones while drivingand clearing of windshields from gadgets that directly distract the driver’sline of sight, among others. As proposed by Mabilog, the firstphase of the ITS would be on the Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue because thishighway is prone to vehicular accidents due to overspeeding drivers. City hall is thus implementing this montha new scheme aimed at disciplining drivers and pedestrians, although narrow inscope for the time being. Mabilog thought of having an ITS forthe city to address traffic congestion, stop illegal parking and curb recklessdriving that mostly result to vehicular accidents. What are the traffic rules andregulations to be fully imposed? He said an ITS would discouragedrivers from disregarding traffic rules and regulations, and it would also helplaw enforcers to easily identify and catch violators. Phase II would be on the coastal road,Phase III on the McArthur Highway Drive going to the municipality of Leganes,Iloilo and Phase IV on the Circumferential Road going to Oton, Iloilo./PN In January 2017 Mabilog formed atechnical working group and the city government allotted P25 million for thesystem. “Angwala gatabok sa pedestrianlane…tudloan man naton kondiin dapat insakto magsakay,” he said. Like the Diversion Road, McArthurDrive is also “problemado pirmi satraffic because of lack of discipline,” he explained. An ITS involves the use ofclosed-circuit television cameras capable of determining the speed of vehicles(if they are overspeeding) and of recording them. It would also entail theestablishment of a command/monitoring center.center_img The mayor previously said he would pushthrough with the intelligent traffic system (ITS) that former mayor Jed PatrickMabilog proposed in 2017. Treñas also said gianttelecommunications company Philippine Long Distance Telephone offered toestablish a traffic command center with closed circuit television cameras onthe Diversion Road for the monitoring of vehicles. Going ahead with the ITS without acomprehensive study on the city’s traffic situation would not be an intelligentmove, explained Espinosa. “I want this scheme initially tried onthe Diversion Road para mapakita ngapwede maobra ini,” said Treñas. “Gustoni Mayor (Jerry) Treñas ma-start na kita this January,” said Conlu. The Philippine National Police (PNP),Highway Patrol Group (HPG) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) will be helpingthe PSTMO enforce this new scheme. Conlu said law enforcers wound bearmed with, among others, breath analyzers to catch those driving while underthe influence of alcohol and speed guns to catch drivers who are exceeding thespeed limit. All traffic rules and regulations(national and local) will be strictly enforced on the avenue round the clock. DISCIPLINE ZONE. The 14-kilometer Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue (Diversion Road) in Mandurriao district is the pilot area for the Iloilo City government’s Traffic Discipline Zone, a scheme that aims to restore order on the city’s streets by enforcing national and local traffic rules and regulations without fear or favor. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN It was unclear, though, if Espinosaordered a comprehensive study right after suspending his predecessor’s project. In the first few days or weeks,however, the PSTMO and its partners would focus more on informationdissemination on the Traffic Discipline Zone scheme. There will be noapprehensions but traffic laws and regulations would be strictly enforced,stressed Conlu. The 14-kilometer Sen. Benigno AquinoJr. Avenue (Diversion Road) in Mandurriao district will be made a “TrafficDiscipline Zone”, according to the city government’s Public Safety andTransportation Management Office (PSTMO) head Jeck Conlu.last_img read more

Team Kalotari Whitewash Team VGC Lions in Port Harcourt

first_imgIn Ibadan, Abuja-based Team Civil Defence still hurting from their close 3-4 loss at home to Team Muller, were ruthless against the rookie Team Oluyole despite the fact that their lead player Abdulmumuni Babalola is a ‘Home Boy’.Babalola recused himself from the singles but former national champion Clifford Enosoregbe, Nonso Madueke, Chima Michael and, Nigeria’s women’s No.1, Christie Agugbom combined to inflict maximum damage on the home team which lost 0-7.At the Lagos tie, Team Muller surprisingly lost two matches to Team Optiweb of Ilorin.Uche Oparaoji upset Emmanuel Idoko in the reverse singles 2-6, 7-6, 10-8 and the pair of Henry John and Oluchi Ozurumba beat Mohammed Mohammed and Deborah Gbadamosi 4-6, 6-3, 11-9.Joseph Imeh and Ronke Akingbade, expectedly, won their singles matches while Imeh and Mohammed beat Henry John and Isaac Emeruwa in the men’s doubles.The NCC Tennis League which is offering a consolidated total prize money of N23 million continues this weekend with matches in Abuja, Kaduna and Ilorin.In Abuja, Team Ndoma-Egba will host Team Tech Vibe of Jos; Team Goshen of Ilorin will host Team CBN Futures of Lagos while defending champions, Team Offikwu will be at home to Team Yetade of Ado Ekiti in Kaduna.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Port Harcourt based Team Kalotari continued their clean sweep in the Blue Group of the ongoing 2017 NCC Tennis League with a 7-0 drubbing of Team VGC Lions of Lagos at the Port Harcourt Club over the weekend in a tie that witnessed several rain interruptions.Team Kalotari’s Christian Paul blazed the trail by beating Onyeka Mbanu 6-2, 3-2 (scratch) in the first men’s singles, Emmanuel Sunday overcame Martins Abamu 6-3, 7-6 in the second singles while Blessing Samuel stretched Kalotari’s lead to three by defeating Lovette Donatus 6-1, 6-2 in the women’s singles.The Abamu brothers combined to try to halt the rout but only came close in the mixed doubles where Martins Abamu and Donatus stretched Paul and Samuel but still lost 2-6, 6-3, 12-10.The brothers who had been beaten by Paul and Sunday in the reverse singles also lost the doubles to the combination of Ikechukwu Iloputa and Paul 6-2, 6-2.last_img read more

ELECTIONS 2014: GOVT TO FEEL ANGER OF ELDERLY IN LOCAL ELECTIONS – McDAID

first_imgFianna Fáil local election candidate for Letterkenny James Pat McDaid meets with prominent Fianna Fáil Stalwart Retired Detective Garda James Madigan and his son, Paul Madigan.Fianna Fáil local election candidate for Letterkenny James Pat McDaid says the elderly people of Donegal have an opportunity to send a clear message to the Government of broken promises on May 23rd.Mr McDaid said the targeted attack on the elderly since the Government assumed office has severely affected their quality of life.“Many elderly people throughout Donegal have watched in horror as the Government cruelly introduced cut after cut that has resulted in many being forced into poverty. “What has caused even more anger is the cynical spin by the Government that elderly people didn’t suffer as much during the past number of budgets. If the Government parties bothered going out to meet elderly people, they would know just how much suffering there is.“Elderly people have been brutally betrayed by the Government in recent budget cuts, which Fianna Fáil have vehemently opposed. There is a fairer way to reach our budget targets by progressive taxation but the Government has ignored the alternative measures put forward by Fianna Fáil.”He added that prescription charges have been increased five-fold despite the Minster for Health promising to abolish them; the telephone allowance, which many people in rural areas of Donegal relied upon was abolished; over 1 million home care hours were cut; the Fuel Allowance was reduced from 32 weeks to 26 weeks and just last week the Carbon Tax was doubled.“How can Government representatives defend the litany of cuts? Even more cynical has been the continuing denial by the Government that Medical Cards have been targeted over the last 18 months. The Taoiseach repeatedly denied when questioned by Fianna Fáil that there was a policy change to cut the amount of discretionary medical cards. “Eventually the Taoiseach and the Government were shamed into admitting that discretionary Medical Cards have been targeted.“The treatment of elderly people by this Government has been appalling. The local elections on May 23rd will present elderly people with an opportunity to have their say on the sustained cuts they have been subject to.” ELECTIONS 2014: GOVT TO FEEL ANGER OF ELDERLY IN LOCAL ELECTIONS – McDAID was last modified: May 13th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalelderlyElectionsJams Pat McDaidlast_img read more

From Big Five to Little Five

first_imgVisitors to South Africa are always keen to see the country’s celebrated Big Five – neglecting a wealth of smaller wildlife. To remedy this, some clever people came up with another must-see list, the Little Five: elephant shrew, ant lion, rhinoceros beetle, buffalo weaver and leopard tortoise!There’s much more to South Africa’s wildlife than the Big Five, here’s the Little Five. (Image: Wildes Afrika in Germany)Brand South Africa reporterVisitors to South Africa are always keen to catch a glimpse and a photo of the country’s celebrated Big Five: elephant, lion, rhinoceros, buffalo and leopard.While the big game is magnificent – and includes other giants such as giraffe, hippo, whale and dolphin – there’s much more to South Africa’s wildlife. The country has some of the world’s richest biodiversity hotspots, with remarkable birdlife, abundant buck, small game and bizarre insects.To promote these, some clever people came up with another must-see list: the Little Five. They are (and don’t laugh) the elephant shrew, ant lion, rhinoceros beetle, buffalo weaver and leopard tortoise.Here’s the lowdown on some of Africa’s finest little creatures.Ant lionThe ant lion (Myrmeleontidae) is an odd yet familiar feature of the bushveld, digging conical depressions in dry, soft sand with which to trap its prey – ants. In advanced stages this larvae-like creature has wings and sometimes resembles a dragonfly, although it’s not well-adapted for flight.Buffalo weaverRed-billed buffalo weavers (Bubarlornis niger) are social birds that build their nests in the forked branches of tall trees. They nest in open colonies and are a rather noisy and busy lot. The weavers’ nests can be recognised by their rather bedraggled state, made from coarse grasses and with untidy twig structures.Rhinoceros beetleThe rhinoceros beetle (Scarabaeinae dynastinae) is one of the largest beetles in southern Africa, with horns on its head much like those of its larger namesake. Both males and females are horned, but only the males are known for aggressive behaviour, using the horns to fight rivals. The horns are also used to dig, climb and mate.Leopard tortoiseThe leopard tortoise (Geochelone pardalis) is a striking feature of the bushveld landscape, getting its name from its black and yellow spotted shell. The animal is one of the largest breeds of tortoise in this part of the world; a mature leopard tortoise can weigh over 23 kilograms, with a shell circumference of up to one metre. The males are larger than the females.Younger tortoises have dark brown patterns, while adult shells take on shades of yellow with somewhat smaller spots. Leopard tortoises live in savannah and grassland areas, close to water.Elephant shrewThis tiny insectivore lives in arid lowlands, rocky outcrops and savannah grasslands, getting its name from its elongated snout. Elephant shrews (Elephantulus myurus) are found all over South Africa, and only grow to a length of 250mm, with an average weight of 60 grams. They feed on insects, fruit, seeds and nuts.They in turn are food for snakes and raptors, making them extremely shy and wary. The chances of spotting them are slim indeed, so if you manage to see an elephant shrew before an actual elephant, you can count your safari a real success!The Little Five is based on the “Small 5005” concept developed by South African wildlife author and scientist Rael Loon. For more information, read Hidden Wonders: Southern Africa’s Small 5005.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Data Deluge: More Numbers Predict Crushing Amounts of Information

first_imgJust when people are becoming familiar with the concept of a terrabyte and are starting to see references to petabyte-sized storage systems, the world is moving up to the next level up of storage, the exabyte, that’s 1,152,921,504,606,846,976 bytes.Exabyte are to be followed by Zettabyte and Yottabyte.  The names for byte volumes are crazy and will become ever more confusing as information volumes grow.  It is inevitable that some alternative naming convention will take over.  But until then, we are entering the world of the exabyte.The address space for 64-bit architectures is 16 exabytes.  All words ever spoken by human beings can be represented in 5 exabytes of data.  In 1999 the total volume of information generated was estimated as 2 exabytes.  In 2006, the volume grew to 161 exabytes.The numbers are becoming unimaginable.  161 exabytes is 3 million times all the information in books ever written, or 12 stacks of books each extending 92 million miles from the earth to the sun.In a report from IDC, they estimate that information will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 57 percent, hitting 988 exabytes in 2010. Digital images are one big reason why we’re seeing such torrid growth in information volume.  By 2010, the number of images captured by digital cameras will exceed 500 billion.  In 2006 there were more than 150 billion digital cameras worldwide and 1.6 billion mailboxes sending and receiving emails. We may outgrow 64-bit architectures a lot faster than anyone would have thought.last_img read more

10 months agoDavid Luiz calls for Chelsea focus ahead of ‘big week’

first_imgDavid Luiz calls for Chelsea focus ahead of ‘big week’by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Luiz says Chelsea must be prepared for a difficult week.The Blues take on Bournemouth in the EFL Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday before travelling to Leicester City on Saturday.”It’s always a big week,” said David Luiz. “We have another competition on Wednesday and then we play Leicester so we have to take it step by step, it’s going to be difficult.”The Bournemouth game is important, it’s another competition and another trophy so we’re going to try to win it.”It’s going to be difficult, we have to understand that because it’s never easy to play in England and play in these competitions so we have to prepare well, rest well and try to win. If we do that then we can enjoy Christmas.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoBarcelona chief Grau has pop at Juventus defender De Ligt

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona chief Grau has pop at Juventus defender De Ligtby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona chief Oscar Grau has had a pop at Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt.Grau insists the former Ajax defender chose to go for the money.“We made him an offer, but he preferred to go to Juve, where Italian taxation allows him to earn a higher net salary,” said Grau.Barca also tried for PSG star Neymar.”We made a very big effort for him,” Grau said.“The club did everything possible with two offers, one with and one without players in exchange but still sustainable.“The feeling, however, is that PSG never really opened up to a sale.” last_img read more

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