(MENAFN – Trend News Agency) Brazil recorded 1,043 more deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the national death toll to 238,532, the Health Ministry said on Saturday, Trend reports citing Xinhua.
It is the fifth day in a row that more than 1,000 deaths are reported daily from the disease.
The ministry also reported 44,299 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the national tally to 9,809,754.
Brazil has the second highest number of deaths, after the United States, and the third highest number of cases, behind the United States and India.
The state of Sao Paulo, the country’s most populous, has been hardest hit by the pandemic, with 56,191 deaths and 1,911,411 cases, followed by Rio de Janeiro, with 554,040 cases and 31,383 deaths.
So far, more than 5 million people, or 2.38 percent of Brazil’s population, have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 189,100 people have received a second injection.
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Neighbors pieced together events that took place in the days leading up to the shocking moment of a Melbourne mother who is believed to have killed her three children before committing suicide.
The bodies of Katie Perinovic, her two daughters Claire, 7, and Anna, 5, and son Matthew, 3, were found inside their Tullamarine home, in the northern suburbs of the city, on Thursday afternoon.
Perinovic’s husband, Tomislav, 48, called emergency services and was questioned by police before he was released without charge.
Less than 24 hours before the shocking murder, 42-year-old Perinovic had dropped a bag of prunes at the home of his neighbors on Burgess St, Daniel and Vicky Schembri.
Mr Schembri, who has lived on the street with his wife for 48 years, said Perinovic knocked on the door at 5.30pm on Wednesday. He thanked her, and she said “Bye,” she told NCA Newswire.
Just two days earlier, the Schembris family had heard children play happily in their pop-up pool. “They screamed and screamed and had fun and all that,” he told The Australian.
The Perinovics are well known among their neighbors. The children wish Mr Schembri a happy new year. Kevin and Clare Harrison, who live opposite the family, visited on Christmas Day to give gifts to the children.
“We sat with them for a while and Tom was on the floor playing with little Matthew in the car we gave him,” she told The Australian. “He helped the girls unpack their pieces. We just laughed and joked about things.”
On Thursday afternoon, the children died, after an act that sent shockwaves into a usually deserted community.
“Investigators are not sure the 48-year-old man was involved in the incident and police are not looking for anyone further on the matter,” police said on Thursday afternoon.
“Killing Squad investigators have formed the initial view that the 42-year-old woman was responsible for all four deaths and once their investigation is complete, a report will be provided for consideration by the coroner.”
Locals are now trying to find out if there is any clue as to what they saw and heard about the family hours earlier.
One of the local parents who arrived back from the village trip at around 4pm on Wednesday told the Herald Sun that they saw Perinovic visiting another house on the street and talking to the owner of the house named Freddie in an act that now looks extraordinary.
A young mother living around the corner told Herald Sun that she had returned from morning coffee with friends on Thursday morning when she heard a very loud scream coming from Burgess St.
He is now convinced that the agitated cry at around 11.45am was Perinovic. About half an hour later, the mother said, she heard sirens.
Marie Groves’ family friend said she last saw Perinovic when the mother of three visited her home in November for a party.
Groves said Perinovic appeared “very quiet and reserved”.
“On November 29, I invited her to meet and help celebrate my daughter’s birthday with my children,” Groves told NCA NewsWire on Thursday morning.
“She was only there for a short time … her two older daughters were very much like mine, they chatted and laughed – typical of seven year olds, they are pretty kids.
“On that day he seemed a little aloof – that’s not unusual – he was very quiet … come to think of it maybe that’s a clue?”
Groves said he didn’t really know Perinovic’s husband, Tomislav, because he “worked around the clock.”
Groves, who has developed a close bond with Perinovic as their children grew up together, said the last time he saw his neighbor was before Christmas, when he also seemed “a little quieter than usual”.
However, he added, nothing seemed out of the ordinary.
Schembris said Perinovic moved into the next house about 25 years ago before he met his future wife.
“Once they got married, she got pregnant,” said Schembri, adding that Perinovic looked “happy”.
Schembris said they used to see children who were “very active” all the time playing and riding their bikes on the road. The oldest, Claire, is getting dance lessons and the youngest is starting school.
Claire and Anna both attended St Christopher’s Elementary School on the outskirts of West Airport.
“Now, in heaven,” said Schembri. “They are very good children.”
The first indication he had that something was wrong on Thursday was seeing emergency services rushing onto the streets.
“We saw Tom sitting in a chair with his hands behind his back,” she said.
“She was quiet – numb.
“And then they took him to the police car.”
Schembri said his heart broke thinking about the three children wishing him a happy new year, eating sweets, two weeks ago. “How could this happen?” she says.
Perinovic’s former colleague, who is a physiotherapist, told the Herald Sun that they were devastated to learn of the death.
It is known that he left the Glenroy Physiotherapy clinic unexpectedly about three months ago.
Acting Deputy Commissioner Robert Hill said police will work to support the families of those involved and ensure they get the help they need.
“I know there will be many people in society who are struggling to understand and accept this tragedy,” he said.
“It is also a very difficult time for the police and paramedics, who responded to and attended the scene yesterday.
“This is a very heart wrenching experience for all parties.”
Lee, a team manager at the West Meadows paramedic unit, also laid flowers at the scene and took a moment to reflect outside the home.
Speaking to NCA NewsWire, he said about five of his paramedics responded to Thursday’s horror and were “shaken”.
“The loss of three children is affecting everyone including our staff,” he said.
“This isn’t normal … yes we have a troublesome element in our roles, but incidents like this are rare.”
On Fridays, mourners lay flowers and cards on the property.
One child, Anabelle, left a handwritten note on the gate moments before detectives left the scene with a brown evidence bag.
“To Claire, Anna, Matt, and Katie. You are always very kind, loving, caring and Claire is always my best friend (best friend forever). Love from Anabelle,” read the note.
The Financial Markets Authority has issued an emphatically-spoken warning for the Kiwi to consider taking over cryptocurrency.
The watchdog provided his comments to the Herald following Bitcoin’s latest rollercoaster move – the digital currency’s value has fallen by about a third since Friday after doubling over the past month – and similar advice issued by its UK counterpart, the Financial Conduct Authority or FCA.
“New Zealanders considering buying cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, should be aware that this is a high-risk and highly volatile asset,” said an FMA spokesman.
“Cryptocurrency is not regulated in New Zealand and is often exploited by scammers and hackers.
“FMA shares FCA’s concern that some crypto exchanges promise high returns and customers must be prepared to lose all their money.
“Many foreign cryptocurrency exchanges are not regulated and operate exclusively online – without a connection to New Zealand. This makes it difficult to know who is offering, exchanging, buying or selling cryptocurrency”
If you are planning to buy cryptocurrency, you should at least ensure that the exchange is listed on the List of Financial Service Providers (FSPR), which gives you access to dispute resolution schemes, said an FMA spokesman.
“You should also check if the exchange keeps your New Zealand dollars in a trust account.”
While much of the narrative around Bitcoin has focused on the rollercoaster valuation of cryptocurrency, people buying any digital currency need to be aware of practical issues too, such as how easy it is to convert to fiat currency.
The $ 30 million Cryptopia theft, which involved a Christchurch-based cryptocurrency exchange operating globally, also highlighted that crypto deposits are not guaranteed – unlike most traditional currencies, where governments would normally step in either by law or political pressure if there was a big loss.
The liquidator from Grant Thornton, and the police, is still around try to parse what happened to the Cryptopia hack, which happened in January 2019.
3 things you need to know about cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin
• They are high risk and very volatile – prices can go up and down very quickly • They are not regulated in New Zealand Cryptocurrencies, crypto-exchanges, and the people who use them are often targets for hacks, online scams and scams
Shahbaz Gill said Maryam Nawaz had become Asif Ali Zardari’s political servant.
ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Political Communication Dr. Shahbaz Gill said that Deputy Chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari cleverly took revenge from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the anti-PML-N slogan in front of Maryam Nawaz is proof of this.
Dr. Shahbaz Gill took to Twitter on Tuesday and said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was not allowed to speak at opposition demonstrations while Maryam Nawaz had been Asif Ali Zardari’s political servant.
Maryam Nawaz was also ridiculed on stage at the decline in Pakistani exports during PML-N’s tenure, SAPM said, adding that the title of Prime Minister Imran Khan that she made a decade ago had proven correct.
On the other hand, Special Assistant to the Chief Minister of Information Dr. Punjab. Firdous Ashiq Awan said PM Imran Khan had destroyed the idol of corruption. He said the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) was trying to make national institutions controversial.
Dr. Firdous Ashiq said the opposition was working on an anti-Pakistan agenda and the country did not need enemies in the face of such an opposition. The group, which carries out politics over the coronavirus, is suffering from strife, SACM commented.
A “very rare” celestial event will take place over the next several nights to delight Kiwi stargazers across the country.
However, weather forecasts have dampened the “once in a lifetime” experience, with Metservice saying heavy cloud forecasts could complicate the event.
“Most of New Zealand looks cloudy,” said Meteorvice meteorologist Tuporo Marsters.
Marsters said there could be some lag in the cloud to reveal the connection, but “I’m not going to put my money into it.”
The extremely rare event – also known as the Great Conjunction – has been happening for hundreds of years and won’t happen again until 2080, Otago Museum director and astronomer Dr Ian Griffin told RNZ’s Morning Report.
“They will be so close together, you will not be able to separate them with your eyes … you will need binoculars and a telescope to divide them.”
“Jupiter and Saturn unite roughly every 20 years, that’s not very special, but to get this close in the sky is very rare.”
Some astronomers’ calculations suggest that the last time the planets got this close was in 1226, he said.
It is also called the Star of Bethlehem because “in 7BC there was a connection between Jupiter and Saturn, and at that time the ‘wise men’ were astrologers and this would have had significance for them,” he told RNZ.
It is also mentioned in the Bible.
Famous astronomer Dr Grant Christie said although the planets will be at their closest point in our sky since the discovery of the telescope, they are nowhere near in space.
“On December 21, Jupiter will be 763 million km from Earth while Saturn will be 856 million km outside.”
Griffin says the best seats in the home for viewing conjunction are anywhere with clear skies tonight or tomorrow night – however, they can be hard to come by.
The best chance of viewing is from sunset onwards for about an hour and a half later, he said.
“They disappeared at 11:15 p.m., so you have to get out after sunset.
“Jupiter and Saturn are relatively low in the southwestern sky. So go out tonight, find the moon, then look left and you will see a bright star and that is Jupiter and Saturn,” he told the Morning Report.
“Then if you point your telescope or even binoculars at that bright star, you will see that there are two planets – Jupiter and Saturn with their beautiful rings.
“And if you look closely, you’ll see several moons, four Jupiter moons, and one Saturnian moon. That’s going to be seven planetary bodies, all in that one field of view.