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Portugal will lift the suspension of UK, Brazil flights | Instant News

LISBON: Portugal will lift the suspension on flights to and from Britain and Brazil for an “important trip” as it moves forward with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, the interior ministry said Friday.
Prime Minister Antonio Costa said late Thursday that Portugal would begin the third phase of the gradual lifting of restrictions imposed after the country was hit by a strong coronavirus surge in January.
The interior ministry said “important trips” were “for professional reasons, studies, family reunions, health or humanitarian reasons.”
Checks at the Spanish border will be maintained for at least two extra weeks. Portugal will continue to require visitors from countries with infection rates above 500 cases per 100,000 population to enter a two-week quarantine.
Among these countries are Brazil and south Africa, but also France and the Netherlands.
Travel from countries with rates above 150 cases for 100,000 population – like Spanish, Germany and Italy – are also restricted to essential travel, the ministry said. All passengers arriving in Portugal by air must still show a negative PCR test.
Except for about a dozen municipalities, Portugal will continue to ease restrictions as planned, with the reopening of restaurants, shopping malls, high schools and universities on Monday.
It is the third of four stages to gradually lift restrictions that began in mid-March after two months of general lockdowns to contain a third wave of the virus.
The number of new Covid-19 cases detected every day in Portugal has stabilized around 500 infections per day.
This compares with a peak of nearly 13,000 at the end of January and the number hospitalized for the disease has fallen to less than 500 patients for the first time since September.


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Brazil asks women to postpone pregnancy ‘if possible’ | Instant News


Brazil’s Ministry of Health on Friday asked women, ‘if possible’, to postpone the decision to become pregnant.

The statement was made by the Ministry’s Primary Health Service Secretary, Raphael Parente, amid the COVID-19 pandemic that is getting worse.

“If possible, [postpone] The pregnancy is few, until a better time, when you can get pregnant more calmly, “says Parente. “We know at the time of Zika, for one or two years there was a decrease in the pregnancy rate in Brazil, then it increased again”.

Amid the severe Zika outbreak in Brazil between 2015 and 2016, women considering having children during this period put off plans for fear of a baby born with microcephaly.

In 2016, Brazil had the lowest birth rate in 21 years. This number only increased again three years later, in 2019.

“It is clear that we cannot say this to someone who is 42, 43 years old,” said Parente, “but for a young woman, who can choose the moment of her pregnancy, the best thing now is that you wait a little bit. until things settle down a little bit ”.

The ministry official confirmed her request by explaining that, by definition, pregnancy poses a risk of blood clot formation, or thrombosis.

COVID-19 also supports thrombosis, which can make the disease even more dangerous during pregnancy.

Last year, the US CDC warned that pregnant women are at a greater risk of developing a serious form of COVID-19.

The recommendations resonate badly with delays, coming at a time when Brazil has recorded a moving average of over 3,000 daily COVID-19 deaths.

Brazil now has more than 366,000 deaths. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 13.8 million. Vaccination in the country is still slow, with only 5.3% of the population fully immunized, with two doses, and around 16% with only one dose.

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Portugal allows some British, Brazilian travel, extends Spanish border restrictions | Instant News

LISBON, April 16 (Reuters) – Portugal has lifted a ban on flights to and from Britain and Brazil for work and study but not for tourism, the government said on Friday, while restrictions on travel by land and sea to Spain will remain in place. for 15 more days.

The country suspended all but humanitarian and repatriation flights to and from Brazil and the UK in mid-January to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 variant and imposed border controls with neighboring Spain on January 28.

The interior ministry said border restrictions with Spain, which has a higher infection rate than Portugal, will continue until the end of the month under a bilateral agreement. These measures did not prevent Portuguese citizens or residents from entering the country.

“Suspension of flights to and from Brazil and the UK is lifted, only for essential travel – as has happened to flights from third countries,” he said.

Essential travel applies to those entering or leaving Portugal for professional, study, family reunion, health or humanitarian reasons.

Britain has yet to say when wider travel can resume and which country it will green list low-risk destinations after suspending all but humanitarian and repatriation flights in mid-January.

Passengers arriving to Portugal from South Africa, Brazil, or countries with a COVID-19 incidence rate equal to or higher than 500 cases per 100,000 population must be isolated for 14 days.

Portugal has eased the lockdown imposed in January to curb the world’s worst COVID-19 spike by population.

Most of the Portuguese territories will enter the third phase of easing the lockdown next week, but tougher rules will remain in effect in cities where transmission rates remain high.

The country of 10 million people has registered 829,911 infections and 16,937 deaths since the start of the pandemic. (Reporting by Patrícia Vicente Rua, Editing by Andrei Khalip and Hugh Lawson)


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Bedbound and Ventilated Brazilian COVID Patients Without Sedation | Instant News

Doctors in Brazil who were hit hardest were forced to tie COVID-19 patients to their hospital beds before inserting a ventilator down their throats because they no longer had enough sedatives, according to doctors in Rio de Janeiro. “I never thought that I would live through something like this after 20 years of working in intensive care,” Aureo do Carmo Filho told Reuters. “Using mechanical restraint without sedation is bad practice … the patient will be tortured.”

In hospitals where they still have sedatives, healthcare workers are forced to dilute them to make more supplies or use muscle relaxants to calm patients while they are intubated. “They wake up, without the sedative, and they appear, hands tied to the bed and begging us not to let them die,” said one of the nurses.

The chilling admission comes after Doctors Without Borders called Brazil’s response to the pandemic a “humanitarian catastrophe” that is likely only to get worse in the coming weeks. “I have to be very clear on this point: the negligence of the Brazilian authorities took lives,” said MSF international president Christos Christou Thursday after Brazil’s death toll rose to 362,000.

MSF Director General Meinie Nicolai directly blames Brazil’s far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro, who, like former US president Donald Trump, downplayed the pandemic and its own fight with COVID-19, causing many to take deadly risks by not believing the virus is dangerous. or contagious as proven by science.

“There is no coordination in responding. There is no real acknowledgment of the severity of this disease. Science ruled out. Fake news is being distributed and health workers are left alone, ”said Nicolai. “The government disappointed the Brazilian people. All Brazilians can tell you they have people around them who have been buried or intubated in places where there is no medicine and no oxygen. That is unacceptable. “

The lack of medical supplies was compounded by refusals by government officials to even acknowledge the severity of the problem. The P1 variant that was first identified in Brazil has raised international concern, and is now thought to be mutated. France is blocking all flights from the country and other countries are now banning all but essential travel to the beleaguered South American country.

The lack of proper medical supplies has now been accompanied by the launch of a devastating vaccine built on denial and corruption. Only 12 percent of Brazil’s population has received the first dose of the Chinese Coronavac vaccine, which Chinese officials have recently admitted is not very effective at preventing people from becoming seriously ill.

Earlier this week, federal prosecutors in Brazil’s Roraima state opened an investigation after reports emerged that rogue health workers were swapping doses of an ineffective Chinese vaccine, which is mainly offered in the country, illegally. gold that is mined. An advocate for indigenous tribes who own the land where gold is mined said health workers vaccinated clandestine miners under the guise of night to go into hiding, according to Reuters. “The Yanomami have long complained that materials and medicines intended for indigenous health are being diverted to feral cat miners,” the local leader said in a letter seen by Reuters.

More Brazilians die every day than anywhere in the world, with the country recording 3,560 deaths on Thursday alone. Brazil’s health ministry is currently in talks with Spain and other countries to try to get needed supplies to the overwhelmed hospital. Meanwhile, Bolsonaro continues to fight against local governments that have tried to mandate masks or put on a lockdown.


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EMERGING MARKET – Brazilian Real lags behind Latam FX due to budget concerns, COVID fears are increasing | Instant News

    * Latam FX still up for the week
    * Brazil budget deficits seen for next three years
    * Chile's peso best weekly performer, up 1.7%

    By Ambar Warrick
    April 16 (Reuters) - Brazil's real led losses across Latin
American currencies on Friday as the COVID-19 pandemic raged on
and the government forecast three straight years of massive
budget deficits, highlighting the long road to economic
    The real fell about 0.8% in early trade, as spiking
infection rates kept local hospitals stuffed. The country is the
third worst hit by the pandemic in the world, after India and
the United States, but has the highest daily fatalities.

    Brazil's Economy Ministry projected budget shortfalls in
each of the next three years of more than 100 billion reais ($18
bln), owing to continued overspending due to the pandemic.

    Latin America's largest economy is also struggling with an
impasses over the country's 2021 budget, which was approved by
Congress last month but is being revised after it emerged it
could break one of the government's key fiscal rules. 
    "While aid programmes are arguably necessary, owing to the
continued escalation of the COVID-19 crisis, the lack of
progress toward extending the measures highlights how poorly the
administration is dealing with the Congress," analysts at TS
Lombard wrote in a note.
    "It also highlights the risk that the Congress will continue
to push for more spending." 
    Still, the real was set for mild weekly gains, as it and
most other regional currencies benefited from a second week of
dollar weakness and falling U.S. Treasury yields.
    Despite the easing pressure, most emerging market currencies
are still trading down for the year, as initial spikes in yields
spurred large outflows from risk-exposed debt.
    Latin American assets have lagged their broader peers due to
a damaging second wave of infections in the region, as well as
growing concerns over fiscal strength in major economies. 
    Chile's peso fell 0.2% on Friday but was set to
outpace its peers this week as improving U.S. and Chinese
economic data pointed to a strong buildup in demand for copper,
the country's top export.
    Mexico's peso and Colombia's peso also
strengthened this week as expectations of a demand recovery
pushed up oil prices.
    Latam stocks fell in early trade, with most of them set for
mild weekly gains.
    Among individual movers, Brazilian oil and gas firm
Petrobras fell 0.6%, on reports that incoming Chief
Executive Joaquim Silva e Luna has endorsed four career
executives to head up key company divisions rather than bringing
in more outsiders.
    Key Latin American stock indexes and currencies:
                              Latest     Daily % change
 MSCI Emerging Markets         1346.80               0.43
 MSCI LatAm                    2386.03              -0.37
 Brazil Bovespa              120606.59              -0.08
 Mexico IPC                          -                  -
 Chile IPSA                    4968.67               0.54
 Argentina MerVal                    -                  -
 Colombia COLCAP               1316.91              -0.37 Currencies             Latest     Daily % change
 Brazil real                    5.6710              -0.79
 Mexico peso                   19.9696              -0.18
 Chile peso                      699.4              -0.24
 Colombia peso                 3598.25               0.34
 Peru sol                        3.625              -0.01
 Argentina peso                92.7700              -0.04

 (Reporting by Ambar Warrick in Bengaluru)


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