Illness similar to ‘Havana Syndrome’ affects US diplomats in Vienna

The US Government is investigating a series of incidents in Vienna, Austria, involving its diplomats and other administrative officials.

Since Joe Biden took over the US presidency in January, more than 20 officials have reported symptoms similar to “Havana Syndrome,” a mysterious brain disease that affected US diplomats in Cuba and China in 2016 and 2017.

The most recent cases, recorded in the Austrian capital, Vienna, were released last Friday by the “New Yorker” magazine and later confirmed by the US State Department, which said it was “vigorously investigating”.

Vienna has long been a hub of diplomatic activity and has a reputation for being a hub of espionage, particularly during the Cold War. The city is currently hosting indirect negotiations between Iran and the US to try to “resurrect” the 2015 nuclear deal.

Cases of the disease have been reported in other parts of the world, but US authorities say the numbers in Vienna are bigger than in any other city besides Havana.

Victims of Havana Syndrome have reported a varied array of symptoms and physical sensations, including sudden dizziness, nausea, pressure and headaches, sometimes accompanied by “pervasive directional noise.” In some cases, they even reported being able to “enter” and “exit” these sensations by physically moving the body.

Some have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries and continue to suffer from debilitating headaches and other health problems.

In a statement, the Austrian Foreign Ministry said it was “working together with the US authorities” to unravel the mystery.

Between November 2016 and August 2017, US and Canadian diplomats complained of a variety of symptoms, ranging from dizziness, loss of balance, hearing loss and anxiety to something they described as “cognitive fog”.

The syndrome has no explanation, but US scientists believe it is likely caused by targeted microwave radiation.

The US accused Cuba of carrying out “sonic attacks”. The country flatly denied it, but the incident increased tension between the two nations.

A 2019 study found “brain abnormalities” in diplomats who fell ill, but Cuba rejected the report.

In June of this year, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced a comprehensive review of the causes of the disease.

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Constraints and fear revived memories of the colonial war

The pandemic revived memories of Colonial War combatants and increased the use of psychological support services, despite the difficulty in holding face-to-face sessions, when “the solidarity of peers is essential”.

For Manuel Diogo, a former Colonial War fighter residing in Guarda, the pandemic brought a rekindling of memories in very specific situations, such as when he started seeing people in the street wearing masks, watching a an atmosphere of mistrust and fear that he also felt in Angola, in war.

“In Africa, during the war, we used to go for a walk in Luanda and we were looking from one side to the other to see who was chasing us. Here, now, the same thing happens,” he told Lusa.

The president of the Association for the Disabled of the Armed Forces (ADFA), Manuel Lopes Dias, said that the isolation that the pandemic had forced has revived memories of times of war, which aggravated the difficulties already felt by the disabled military.

“The pandemic brought us experiences of war, such as loneliness and remoteness of our families, society and friends, who we passed as young people in the Colonial War. Many of us are psychologically affected because no one comes back like that from war. Every human being who is subjected to a war situation has serious psychological consequences, there are always traumatic effects. And this we live again,” he said, in an interview with Lusa.

According to ADFA data provided to Lusa agency, in a year of pandemic there was an increase in requests for help from disabled military personnel and in the psychological support provided. In 2020, the association supported 82 people at a psychological level, by telephone or in person, when necessary, at the Lisbon and Porto hubs, 8 more than in 2019, when 74 disabled military personnel were accompanied.

“We have cases already referenced by our multidisciplinary teams, of psychologists and psychiatrists, because the pandemic, in fact, is affecting quite a few of our military disabled people affected by the stress of war and more affected by psychological problems. They have resorted and called more”, said Colonel Lopes Dias.

Although important, psychological support did not solve the problem of lack of contact between the disabled military who suffered the marks of the Colonial War and who were forced to isolate themselves from each other, he said.

“The solidarity of peers is essential, in addition to technical support and support from families”, explained Manuel Lopes Dias. “And at this moment, the pandemic has cut, in some cases almost completely, this possibility for the disabled in the Armed Forces to participate, collaborate, meet together. This has been a serious situation that we are witnessing.”

According to Dr. Luísa Sales, a psychiatrist who is part of the Scientific Committee of the Center for Stress Resources in Military Context (CRSCM), in general, “the populations reacted with a increased expressions of stress, from adaptation or trauma processes” to the pandemic. Former combatants who were in the Colonial War between 1961 and 1974, and in particular those who developed pathologies as a result of this experience, were no exception.

Among these is post-traumatic stress, but also “depression, anxiety, phobic and somatization, loss of contact with reality and addictive behaviors that are extremely frequent in these contexts of rupture” and that make former combatants a vulnerable population, explains the psychiatrist, also responsible for the Psychiatry Service of the Hospital Militar de Coimbra and coordinator of the Observatório do Trauma/CES.

“The frailty of people over 70 was extremely marked and all ex-combatants of the Colonial War are generally over 70 years old, so that was reasonably disturbing. And the fact that they were more imprisoned – for example, in my therapeutic groups we had to take periods off – it doesn’t make things easier”, said the professional, in an interview with Lusa.

Contacted by Lusa, Anabela Oliveira, member of the Board of the Association for Support to Ex-Combatants Victims of War Stress (APOIAR) said that the association received more requests for assistance in 2020 and that psychologists provided support by telephone, existing twice per month face-to-face psychiatry consultation.

According to Luísa Sales, the group therapy is the most indicated in the treatment of ex-combatants, since the existence of a “social support network is very important in the prevention of traumatic conditions and the development of post-trauma disease”, he explains.

But despite the fact that group consultations were interrupted during the confinement, the ex-combatants he accompanies maintained telephone contact with each other almost daily. For the psychiatrist, it was this mutual support that allowed them to overcome the constraints posed by the pandemic.

Luísa Sales admitted that she initially hoped that the pandemic, a situation she classified as “very violent”, would constitute a “kind of trauma activation”. However, in his clinical practice this has not been the case, he said.

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81% ask for refurbishment, with Cabrita at the top of the list

Among those who advocate a change in government ministers, the majority wants it to happen even before the next municipal elections. Minister of Home Affairs is appointed to leave by 78% of respondents.

There will be no reshuffle in the Government, said António Costa two weeks ago. It is at odds with the country. When the Portuguese are asked whether or not there should be a remodeling, the answer is clear: 81% say yes and preferably before the municipal elections in September (44%), reveals the Aximage survey for the JN, DN and TSF. The main target is Eduardo Cabrita (78%). But, whether it happens or not, there is a fact that another majority takes for granted: 75% believe that the Government will last until the end of the legislature (in April it was 84%).

The months of June and July were again busy for the Government. And in particular for some ministers. Remodeling chances filled hours of televised political commentary. And even Marcelo came to the terreiro to demand, once again, “political stability” (assuming, at bottom, that it does not exist). The height of speculation came when Augusto Santos Silva, Minister of Foreign Affairs, pre-announced his return to the post of university professor. It was just a “moment of naivete”, António Costa hastened to say, thus closing the door to the exchange of ministers again.

FEARED MONDAY ON THE LIST

Very few (19%) Portuguese agree with the head of government. Four-fifths want a makeover, and of those, about half this summer. It is the date most cited by almost all party segments, including socialist voters (43%). The Communists are the exception, pointing to the end of negotiations for the next State Budget as an ideal date for the ministers’ dance.

Aximage also asked who should be “fired”. But he left it to the discretion of each respondent to spontaneously say whatever names he understood. The Minister of Internal Administration is highlighted (78%). Unsurprisingly, since it was in June that Cabrita became involved in yet another controversy: the car in which he was following ran over and killed a worker on the A6. Marta Temido is the next lady (29%). And soon after Tiago Brandão Rodrigues (20%) and Francisca Van Dunem (19%).

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Yellow card for Marcelo. coast almost in red

Popularity of the two political leaders plummeted this month. But, while the president holds out with a positive balance of 37 points, the prime minister is left with just six, reveals a survey by Aximage.

This month Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa is shown a real yellow card. But it’s even worse for António Costa, who is approaching the red. According to the Aximage barometer for JN, DN and TSF, the popularity of the two leaders plummets and the prime minister now has barely six points of positive balance (difference between positive and negative evaluations). This month, the president’s fall was more pronounced, but the fact of starting from a very high level allows him to maintain a generous positive balance of 37 points.

The last month and a half was critical in the Portuguese assessment of the two politicians (but also for those in the Opposition). The survey asks no questions about the reasons for the Portuguese disillusionment, but the calendar gives enough clues. If, in early June, the government was still surprised by the British alert for the delta variant, a month and a half later the country is in the middle of the fourth wave of the pandemic.

Unlike previous crises, there was a lack of harmony between Costa and Marcelo. The differences were public, with the president calling for a less “fundamentalist” approach and refusing to return to a state of emergency; and the prime minister to maintain strict criteria, but to be hit, even so, with the shards of mistrust that were arriving from the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany and France.

SENIOR VERY CRITICAL

The end result, for both, is an unprecedented drop, in all parameters, since July of last year (when this series of barometers began). In the case of the prime minister, the fall had already started in May, accumulating a loss of 18 points in positive assessments (now 41%) and an increase of 16 points in negative ones (35%). The wear and tear of your Government and the recurrent discussion about the need to make a remodel (see text opposite) will help to explain the negative moment.

The break is reflected in all segments of the sample, but there are some that stand out. Until April, the elders were always one of the anchors of the prime minister’s popularity. Since then, there has been a massive desertion of seniors, to the point where they are now the most discontented: in the population aged 65 and over, Costa’s balance is now negative. In regional terms, the prime minister only has the benefit of the doubt in Lisbon and the Center. In the North region, in Porto and in the South, the balance is already negative. In party geography, the positive balance is now limited to voters from Left parties.

SOIL WAS HIGH

The situation of the president of the Republic is different: he fell more than the prime minister this month, but he started from a much higher level and therefore continues to have an unparalleled popularity. It lost 15 points from May to July in positive assessments (now has 55%) and rose eight in negative (18%), resulting in a positive balance of 37 points (almost the same as in July last year, at the start of the barometers) .

Marcelo was also punished by the older ones (low 29 points in the positive evaluations), but there is a fundamental difference in relation to Costa: among respondents aged 65 and over, the president still has a positive balance of 41 points. Like the prime minister, the worst results are in the North and South regions and in Porto, but with a positive balance. In party geography, the socialists continue to be the most generous (despite the collapse), but they start to have a negative balance between those who vote for CDU and Chega.

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France requires a maximum 24-hour test for travelers from Portugal starting on Sunday

France will require from Sunday PCR tests or antigen to covid-19 with a maximum of 24 hours for unvaccinated travelers from Portugal and other European countries, in contrast to the 72 hours in force.

Spain, the Netherlands, Greece and Cyprus are the other countries that will have the control system reinforced, which also applies to travelers from the United Kingdom, who had to submit a negative test done 48 hours earlier and who will now also pass to 24 hours, with the measure taking effect at 0:00 on Sunday (local time).

The announcement was made through a statement issued by the office of the Prime Minister of France, Jean Castex, which justifies the same with the increase in cases of covid-19 in Gallic territory and worldwide, mainly due to the delta variant.

The French government, on the other hand, has reduced from 14 to seven days the period after taking the second dose of the vaccine, after which it will be possible to enter the country without a detection test, whereas, in the case of the Janssen vaccine, it is only a dose, or for those who have already contracted the virus and only took a single dose, this period is effective in 28 days.

The French government has warned that it will strengthen the country’s land, air and sea border controls to ensure compliance with these measures.

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discovery of a mass grave by indigenous children has barely scratched the surface

From 1831 to 1969, 150,000 children were forcibly removed from their indigenous families in Canada and placed in Catholic Church boarding schools. Most never saw their parents again, thousands died of abuse. The abuses they suffered are unspeakable.

A child’s rib bones, a loose tooth and the testimony of survivors reveal that dozens of indigenous children were dragged from their beds in the middle of the night to dig graves in an apple orchard. These graves, which are relatively shallow – are between 70 and 80 centimeters deep – were intended for themselves and other children like them.

It’s a story of absolute horror and is only now beginning to be uncovered: the number of children who may be buried in anonymous and undocumented graves at the site of the former Kamloops Indigenous Residential School in British Columbia, Canada, could be much greater than the shock of horror caused by the 215 tombs discovered in May of this year.

A first report was released this Thursday and now Canada openly admits: many more graves of indigenous children will be found as the searches continue. And the country is preparing for the worst.

A “cultural genocide”

Beginning in 1831, still under the administrative management of Great Britain (Canada only became independent in 1867) and continuing until 1969 in the 20th century, Canada’s boarding school system, mostly managed by the Catholic Church and always with state funding , forcibly separated about 150,000 indigenous children from their native families, imposing on them a violent paramilitary lifestyle aimed at purifying them and integrating them into Canadian society.

Until 1951, all indigenous children aged between 7 and 15 were required by law to attend a residential school, denounced the Indigenous Foundations. Thousands of them were never returned to their parents and it is estimated that more than six thousand may have been killed.

The abuses are countless. Indigenous children were forced to convert to Christianity and were prohibited from using their native languages ​​or practicing their traditions and customs – if they did, they were beaten. As soon as they entered the new Catholic schools, they shaved their hair, which they wore long, depriving them of their natural indigenous identity.

Children separated from their parents were subject to various types of fear and mistreatment, from programmed malnutrition to perpetual hunger, through isolation as behavioral punishment, frequent resort to threats and physical abuse, all of which was crowned with various types of sexual abuse. . The children suffered what Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission once called, to put it simply, a “cultural genocide.”

The horror is still beginning

Sarah Beaulieu of the University of the Fraser Valley, who specializes in ground-penetrating radar searches, led British Columbia’s celebrated May investigations that uncovered the more than 200 suspicious graves containing the remains of children as tiny as children. three years old. Amidst great public uproar, Beaulieu stressed that his ground inquiries only covered one hectare of land in a site that has more than 65 hectares.

“This investigation has barely scratched the surface,” said the Canadian expert at the first technical briefing on the spring’s findings. The months that have followed so far prove him right: the count of unmarked graves across the country has now risen to over 1100, raising the darkest prospects.

Major horror sites, in addition to the Kamloops Indian School, include: unidentified graves of 751 people near the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School Catholic School in Saskatchewan; remains of 182 people, including an unspecified number of children, near the site of St. Eugene’s Mission Catholic School in Cranbrook, British Columbia; and 104 people whose remains are buried without identification at the former Brandon Indigenous Residential School in Manitoba, which was run by the Methodist Church.

“This is a very heavy truth,” declared Rosanne Casimir, an indigenous chief from Secwépemc. “We’ll follow the evidence as it comes out and we’ll follow the science while we pay attention to the oral narratives survivors share with us.”

At the end of classes, the room was full of blood.

More and more ex-students are now coming out to the public to tell their dark experiences. They describe “horrible abuses at the hands of boarding school staff: physical, sexual, emotional and psychological,” says the Indigenous Foundations.

George Guerin, a former Musqueam Nation chief who attended the Kuper Island Residential School in British Columbia, recalled that one of the instructors, Sister Marie Baptiste, “used a stick that was as long and thick as a pool cue. he listened to me speaking in my native language, he hit me with his stick as hard as he could, on my head, hands, arms, back, head, hit me where I fell,” he says. “Many times, at the end of classes, the room was covered with blood. And it was us, the children, who had to clean this blood, from the floor, desks, walls, or else we would still be beaten up more”.

Between 2007 and 2015, the indigenous people who attended these Catholic residential schools filed in court about 38,000 lawsuits for injuries caused by physical and sexual abuse, according to data from the CBC – Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

For thousands of children, the abuse and rampant neglect of schools has been deadly. The 2015 Canada Truth and Reconciliation Commission report documented 3,200 children who died in residential schools, but the death toll could be 10 times that, says the CBC.

Four years later, the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation released the names of 2800 children who could be identified. Many of these children’s families were never notified of their deaths, reported BBC News in 2019.

Catholic Church has to take responsibility

In 2008, the Canadian government formally apologized for the terrible practices that had been in place for a century and a half. In early June 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that “the Catholic Church must formally assume responsibility for its role in the administration of many of the schools” and that it “should provide all possible records to help identify the remains of others indigenous children” who were never returned to their families.

On the first Sunday in June, at his weekly blessing in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, Pope Francis admitted that he was “saddened” and “hurt” at the discovery of children’s remains, but he did not publicly ask for forgiveness.

The Pope’s attitude was met with disappointment and bitterness by the head of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations of Saskatchewan. “We’re all hurt and sad. Who isn’t?” Bobby Cameron told Reuters. And he underlined: “This is a worldwide hoax”. And then he said what was expected of the head of the Catholic Church: “How difficult it is for the Pope to say: I am sorry for the way our organization treated the First Nations people, the First Nations students during those times, we are very sorry, we pray for them”.

Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller, in whose historic archdiocese the Kamloops residential school was located, went further than the Pope. Through Twitter, the prelate said that the Church “unquestionably erred” in implementing a savage education policy that resulted in “absolute devastation for children, families and entire communities”.

The Canadian Catholic Bishops’ Conference did not comment on the matter.

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News on Forbes triggers interest in a Portuguese palace for sale for 25 million

The Palácio da Brejoeira, in Monção, is for sale for 25 million euros. More than two years ago. But a recent publication in Forbes magazine made the number of people interested in the purchase “explode”.

According to Emílio Magalhães, administrator and majority shareholder of the palace, the price includes the property with 1700 square meters, dating from 1806, all of its contents, and a total of 28 hectares of land for vine cultivation (17 hectares) of forest (eight) and gardens (three). The deal also includes the Alvarinho wine brand “Palácio da Brejoeira”, one of the oldest in the region.

“It had been for sale for more than two years on a confidential basis. We were calmly and calmly looking for investors. Then came the pandemic and things were in ‘stand by’. However, there was someone who put it up. [a notícia] in Forbes magazine. This triggered an entire communication that it is for sale for 28 million dollars, and from then on we were unable to control it”, Emílio Magalhães told “Jornal de Notícias”, referring that, following the publication, proposals from companies and individuals soared. and the sale of the property “might even be imminent.” There is a law firm mandated for this and we are evaluating a proposal”, he added.

The Palácio da Brejoeira, formerly Quinta do Vale da Rosa, located in Pinheiros, Monção, belonged to Maria Hermínia d”Oliveira Paes, who died in 2015, aged 97. Emílio Magalhães is the main shareholder of the company that now owns it, which includes only more a second partner and manages the property. Explains the sale “as a matter of succession.” “The succession is complicated. For my part, I have daughters in other areas that were not predestined to continue and, for the other partner, this will not be in his options either. We jointly decided to sell the palace”, he said, expressing, however, the desire that the future owners of Brejoeira preserve “its tradition, prestige and notoriety. “What I most wanted was for them to continue. In my opinion, that has all the conditions to be a charming hotel”, he stressed.

The majestic palace was given to the previous owner, Hermínia Paes, by her father in 1937. It was the latter who, for the first time, planted the Alvarinho grape, in the 60s, on the property. The first wine “Alvarinho Palácio da Brejoeira” came to market in 1976.

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18-year-old musician with Asperger and schizophrenia stabbed to death by gang in Madrid

An 18-year-old young man, taking his first steps in a musical career, was murdered in Madrid by a gang that had been attacking him for months. The pathologies he suffered made Isaac, the sole support of the family, a vulnerable target.

Isaac López, just 18 years old, reggaeton and rap singer, was killed in the Spanish capital with four stab wounds in the back for apparently suffering from Asperger’s syndrome and schizophrenia. He had been harassed by gang members for months for that very reason, says El País, underlining the main line of investigation followed by authorities. The National Police, in charge of the investigation, is trying to investigate the circumstances of the death and identify those responsible, who fled on an electric scooter after the crime. Aside from Isaac’s life, they didn’t steal anything else.

It happened last Wednesday: Isaac left home to meet a friend with whom he was going to record a reggaeton video. But as soon as he stepped onto the street, writes the Spanish newspaper, he came across members of the Latin gang Dominican Don’t Play (a violent group that originated in New York in the 1990s and arrived in Madrid in 2000), who used to prowl the area. To the friend with whom he had an appointment, he told, over the phone, that he was being chased again by them: “He told me that four people were chasing him. And I told him to run to the Menéndez Pelayo metro station , where we were going to meet, when all of a sudden I heard a ‘ouch’. I wanted to believe they were punches, but they sounded like stab wounds. The report was confirmed by witnesses who were at the scene and who saw four people surrounding a young man and one of them stabbing him – one of the stab wounds hit the aorta, causing his death.

“Isaac had Asperger and schizophrenia and the Dominican Don’t Play had been teasing him about it for a long time. it several times,” several sources close to the victim told the Spanish diary – Isaac had told neither his mother nor his sister what was going on so as not to worry them, but his closest friends knew.

Music was an escape to tragic life

With a 48% disability associated with the pathologies he suffered from and born into a family marked by the tragedy of his father’s early death, Isaac found in music a way to escape the problems of the day. Little Kinki – the stage name he adopted – was happy to make hip hop and reggaeton, recall friends, who demand justice for the perpetrators of the murder. As an up-and-coming artist, he was always at the top of the rap battles he participated in for four years and, recently, he had joined the record label Urbano Records, with whom he recorded several songs – some of which exceeded 60,000 copies on Spotify. Now, the local hip hop community is preparing a musical event in her honor.

“Too good a person to end up like this. She always tried hard to help her mother and her people,” says her friend Andrea, reminding her of the “great sense of humor” that made everyone around her laugh. “They call me the neighborhood nut,” he said, without regret or self-pity. Others remember him as “mommy’s boy”, unemployed and also with health problems, who came even closer when he was orphaned not long ago, and became the emotional and financial support of the home, thanks to his pension. orphanhood and the disability allowance he received.

Now that she has lost her son, Isaac’s mother is left alone (the other older daughter has a life made elsewhere), with no income, a mortgage to pay and not even able to pay the funeral expenses, which amount to almost five thousand euros, according to “El País”.

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Doctors and pharmacists against containment measures

Doctors and pharmacists spoke out in an open letter, released this Friday, against taking “extraordinary containment measures” to combat the pandemic, warning that they produce “more serious” effects for society than covid-19.

In the letter, released by some media, the 20 signatories make a picture of the current situation in the country, stating that in the last 14 days (until July 8th), the covid-19 mortality rate was 0.03 per 100,000 inhabitants, against a mortality rate from other diseases and causes of death of 2.7 per 100,000

“The average number of patients hospitalized for covid-19 was 528.7, in a total of about 21,000 NHS beds, of which 17,700 were dedicated to covid-19”, underline the signatories, including the President of the Order of Pharmacists, Ana Paula Martins, pathologist Germano de Sousa, public health physician Jorge Torgal.

They also note that the incidence of positive tests was 254.8/100 thousand, “but the true incidence of covid-19 is unknown.“, and that the “incidence” of infection among those who completed the vaccination plan is 0.01%.

In view of this situation, the subscribers affirm that “it is not reasonable to combat the current situation – no longer pandemic, but endemic – by resorting to ‘sanitary’ measures, the effectiveness of which has been called into question by several prestigious researchers”.

They also consider that these measures produce “more serious effects for society and the common good than the disease itself” and that some of them “may have contributed to the increase in the circulation of the virus”.

“The risk of dying from a disease other than covid-19 is actually increasing in Portugal”, they say.

In this sense, they appeal to the health authorities and the Government so that, before making decisions with “huge deleterious potential”, they consider the scientifically based opinions of scientists and health professionals who, not denying the importance of covid-19, whose answer must be “priority” they propose different strategies for their approach than those that have been followed.

For the signatories, it is possible to devise a strategy avoiding the use of the “wrong measures of general confinement”.

They point out as measures the “acceleration of vaccination”, simplifying the process, “excessively consuming human resources, which are lacking in health centers for the normal care of patients” and to involve civil society agents in the process, such as pharmacies, to “rapidly increase vaccination coverage”.

They also defend the improvement of epidemiological surveillance, which they consider “has been a failure in Portugal”, the cessation of “single weekend measures” and others of the same type, “which have already been shown to have no impact on the number of new cases”.

“We are at an endemic stage and only the lack of knowledge about what is really happening on the ground can once again postpone the need to install a real-time computerized and centralized monitoring system for hospital beds, a factor that, during the last year, led to a closure of the provision of health care to ‘non-covid-19’ patients”, they criticize.

In his view, this situation is having and will have in the future, “disastrous consequences in terms of morbidity and mortality.

This is a “determining aspect” to be taken into account in the “risk matrix”, because, they claim, “the risk of dying from a disease other than covid-19 is actually increasing in Portugal”.

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Putin is said to have ordered a secret mission to help Trump win the elections

Vladimir Putin is said to have authorized a covert espionage operation to interfere in the 2016 US presidential elections, in order to help Donald Trump become US president.

According to secret documents of the Russian government, which were released by the British newspaper “The Guardian”, the president of Russia was meeting on January 22, 2016 in a closed session with the Russian National Security Council, which was attended by the country’s main ministers, such as Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, and those responsible for the country’s various spy services.

The reason for the meeting was pointed out, at a press conference, as a discussion on the country’s economy and Moldova, but the Russian government documents released by the British newspaper reveal that the politicians were gathered to approve a plan between the various espionage services to interfere with US democracy, as if Donald Trump were elected president it would help Russia secure the country’s strategic objectives.

According to the documents, three Russian spy agencies were forced to find practical ways to support Donald Trump in order to help create the favorable “political landscape” for Russia so that Putin could dominate any bilateral talks between the United States and the Russia.

The documents also state that the Russian government has potentially compromising material against the American businessman, which was collected in “Trump’s unofficial visits to the territory of the Russian Federation”.

The British newspaper also exposes that Russian government documents draw a psychological profile of Donald Trump, describing him as an “impulsive, mentally unstable and unbalanced individual who suffers from an inferiority complex”.

“The Guardian” also said it had contacted the Russian government about the information that was present in the documents, but Putin’s spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, said the idea of ​​Russian leaders agreeing to support Donald Trump “is a great fiction popular”.

But, according to the released documents, this information seems to contradict itself, as the newspaper points out that weeks after the meeting of the Russian National Security Council, hackers from a Russian secret service invaded the servers of the Democratic Party’s National Committee, and later disclosed it thousands of private emails in an attempt to harm Hillary Clinton’s election campaign.

The British newspaper also pointed out that it had verified the veracity of the documents through independent experts, who concluded that all content had a high probability of being genuine. He also contacted former US President Donald Trump, but he did not provide any kind of clarification.

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