″ It’s the virus that rules, it’s not us ″. Alarm signals multiply across Europe

On the day that Portugal reaches a record number of hospitalized patients and returns to April numbers with regard to deaths and new cases, signs of concern multiply in Europe about the spread of covid-19.

The European Union’s disease control agency said that all EU countries, except Cyprus, Estonia, Finland and Greece, now fall into a category of “serious concern”, such as the United Kingdom.

“The continued increase in covid-19 infections poses a major threat to public health, with most countries having a highly worrying epidemiological situation”, said Andrea Ammon, director of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

While more restrictive measures are in place across the continent and the British Isles, clinical officials are pessimistic. “It’s a trench war”, with the difference that “it’s not bombs, it’s a virus”. “It is the virus that commands, it is not us, neither politicians nor scientists”, said Benoît Misset, head of the intensive care unit at the University Hospital in Liège said.

“We are losing. We are crushed. We are bitter,” he said. Misset told AFP that several of the colleagues have to work despite being infected with the virus, although asymptomatic.

Brussels and Wallonia, the French-speaking region of which Liège is a part, are now the epicenters of the crisis in Belgium, where former Prime Minister and current Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sophie Wilmès, is in intensive care.

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Antibodies to covid-19 stay in the body for up to seven months after infection

The study carried out by the team led by the principal investigator, Marc Veldhoen, from the Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes, and by an interdisciplinary team of doctors and researchers from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon, from
Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte and employees of the Portuguese Blood Institute and
Transplantation shows that antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus are detected
up to seven months after infection, in 90% of the individuals analyzed.

Such results have now been published in the scientific journal European Journal of Immunology and they also show that the severity of the disease, but not the age, influences the levels of antibodies produced.

The study, which is comprehensive and transversal, started at the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020.

The researchers and first authors of the scientific article now published, Patrícia
Figueiredo-Campos and Birte Blankenhaus, started to configure a serology test for the sensitive, specific and versatile covid-19.

The optimization and validation of the trial was framed as part of the consortium of five institutes in Lisbon and Oeiras, Serology4COVID and had the collaboration of doctors from the Santa Maria Hospital campus, the research team started monitoring the antibody levels of 300 patients of covid-19 and health professionals from this hospital and more than 200 volunteers who were followed after contracting covid-19.

“Our immune system produces antibodies in response to anything that is not part of our body, like a virus, and that helps us fight it. The results of this cross-sectional study of more than six months, up to the 7th month after infection, show a classic pattern of immune response, with a rapid increase in antibody levels in the first three weeks after COVID-19 symptoms and a subsequent reduction “, highlights Marc Veldhoen, adding that “in the initial response phase,
our results show that, on average, men produce more antibodies than women, but the levels are balanced during the resolution phase and are similar between genders in the months after SARS-CoV-2 infection “.

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In Belgium doctors work even if infected with covid-19

An “exponential” growth of contagions and the lack of health professionals, to the point that some of them work even though they are infected with covid-19, increase the concern at the University Hospital of Liège, in the east of Belgium, due to what the responsible ones consider to be a oncoming “tsunami”.

“On Wednesday, we almost reached the maximum number of cases in the first wave,” said Christelle Meurice, an infectious disease specialist – even though the Belgians have been in confinement for three weeks now.

“We fear that the latest measures will be insufficient to smooth the curve. We see a tsunami approaching”, warns the expert, who leads a 26-bed unit with 18 coronavirus patients.

Meurice’s main fear is having to install two patients per room, a more difficult situation for both patients and medical teams.

Since Monday, cafes and restaurants have closed across the country, and a mandatory curfew has been imposed from midnight until 5 am.

“These measures are clearly insufficient in the face of an extremely worrying situation,” adds Meurice, who mentions “a collective failure”.

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Football Leaks. PLMJ lawyers describe ″ malaise ″, ″ insomnia ″ and ″ insecurity ″

The lawyers of PLMJ heard this Thursday afternoon at the 16th session of the Football Leaks trial, emphasizing the impact caused by the intrusion allegedly made by the platform’s creator, Rui Pinto, into the office’s computer system.

João Carminho, José Formosinho Sánchez and Sara Estima Martins were witnesses at the ongoing trial at the Central Criminal Court of Lisbon and joined in condemning the breach of professional secrecy that they were required as lawyers, in addition to admitting, to varying degrees, the negative effects on your activity and on a personal level.

“I had insomnia every night wondering if they were going to divulge [documentos do meu computador] or not. It was something that made me very concerned, because it wasn’t just my documents, they were also from family members and customers “, said José Formosinho Sánchez, pointing out: “The impact was great and I spent weeks looking at what was taken and what consequences it could have. We spent many hours trying to figure out what content had been copied.”

Having worked at PLMJ since 2011, the lawyer confessed that he only had e-mail professional and that this e-mail account had “all life” stored there, creating a feeling of “concern” that went on for several weeks. According to José Formosinho Sánchez, the documents on his computer were not just about football.

Sara Estima Martins, who has been part of that company for 14 years, considered that there had been a “very big impact” when it was discovered that there had been illegitimate access to the office’s computer system and the subsequent disclosure of lawyers’ documents on the internet, which she reiterated to be “all confidential” and “covered by professional secrecy”.

“Professional secrecy is the most important thing for a lawyer and interference is the worst that can happen. There was fear, concern, insecurity and it caused a lot of inconvenience. This is something that impacts on the very reputation of a lawyer, even though he is not responsible. the fear of what may happen, and this changes a person “, he stressed.

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″ The party is over ″. Sweden announces restrictions on restaurants and nightlife venues

Sweden will impose, from 1 November, new restrictions on the operation of restaurants and nightlife spaces due to the increase of new infections by the new coronavirus in that country, it was released this Thursday.

In commenting on the new measures, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said that “the party is over”, at a time when the country totals 109,000 cases of infection and 5,929 deaths since the onset of the health crisis caused by the covid-19 disease.

With an incidence of 101.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, according to data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, Sweden counted, on Wednesday, 1,206 new infections.

According to the head of the Swedish Public Health Agency, Johan Carlson, the new restrictions for the catering sector impose a maximum limit of eight people per table.

The Swedish Prime Minister stressed that the new restrictions also apply to nightlife venues (bars, clubs), stressing that these establishments have not followed the recommended standards for dealing with the pandemic.

Swedish Interior Minister Mikael Damberg clarified that night clubs can only accommodate a maximum of 50 people simultaneously, warning that fines will be imposed on establishments that do not respect the rules.

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PGR confirms searches at the Portuguese Environment Agency and Nature Conservation Institute

The PGR, through its press office, clarified that “the aforementioned steps took place in the context of an inquiry conducted by the Public Ministry of the Department of Investigation and Penal Action (DIAP) of Lisbon, noting that” the case is under investigation and subject to secrecy of justice “.

This Thursday, the PJ is conducting a series of searches of public institutes, namely at APA and INCNF, and a law firm as part of an ongoing investigation into the latest environmental impact statement for the new Montijo airport, advanced the magazine Saturday.

On March 11, the agency Lusa reported that the Environmental Impact Statement (DIA) of the new airport in Montijo was suspended following a precautionary measure presented by a group of citizens and accepted by the Administrative and Tax Court of Almada.

At issue was a favorable decision conditioned on the Environmental Impact Declaration issued by the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA) on January 21 this year.

In a statement released at the time, APA stated that it had issued a DIA “related to the complementary airport of Montijo, confirming the favorable decision conditioned to the adoption of Solution 2 of the previous study of the southern extension of Runway 01/19 and an alternative solution of the previous study of road connection to the A12 [autoestrada 12]”.

In December 2019, the group of citizens had filed a precautionary measure to suspend the Environmental Impact Assessment for the new airport in Montijo and requiring that the Environmental Impact Statement not be issued.

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Women must ban men from their lives altogether, says controversial French book

It is called Lesbian Genius and is the most controversial book of recent times in France. Written by Alice Coffin, the feminist activist who is an ecologist elected to councilwoman in Paris, she proposes “to eliminate men from our minds, images and representations”.

The author then explains that she has already eliminated what comes from men in her life: she doesn’t read books, she doesn’t listen to music, she doesn’t see films made by the opposite sex. We need, explains the author, “to eliminate men from our minds”. The reaction was immediate. Not from men (as the author would say, “who needs to hear from them?”), But from other French feminists. Marlène Schiappa, the former minister of gender equality for President Macron, accused Coffin of defending “a form of apartheid” in “dangerous” considerations. Sonia Mabrouk, a radio announcer, asked the author if she was not promoting “obscurantism” and a “form of totalitarianism”. The Catholic University of Paris, where he taught Coffin, refused to renew his contract.

France was where the postwar feminist theory developed and, more recently, saw the #MeToo movement generate controversy, as there were feminist activists against it. What is certain is that the homicide rate for domestic violence is quite high in the country, which now sees a younger generation reacting with greater fervor against these numbers. Macron has put in place measures to combat sexism and violence against women, but feminists considered more radical like Coffin do not value them, calling them timid. The real ‘war’ waged by men against women, argues Coffin, who gained new perspectives while studying in the United States, requires more militancy.

The councilwoman denounces the way in which power still protects predators and places herself in front of what appears to be a new French feminism. Agnès Poirier, author of a book on left-wing intellectuals, reacts by indicating that Simone de Beauvoir, the philosopher, writer and women’s rights activist in the early 20th century, would have found the crusade against men “totally ridiculous”. Beauvoir, who was bisexual and lived for decades in an open relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre, ran counter to conventions and gave a voice to French women, yet kept men and women in bed – and in social discussion.

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Ministry of Education wants to keep schools open despite rising cases

At a time when there is an increase in restrictive measures to combat covid-19 in Europe and in Portugal, ways to reduce the increase in new cases of infection are beginning to be considered, the Minister of Education stressed the importance again classroom teaching.

“Those who have to say what has to remain open in society and what has to close to halt a putative increase in this epidemiological outbreak are the health authorities”, underlined Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, when asked by journalists about the hypothesis of the closure of all educational establishments similar to what happened in the past school year.

However, for Tiago Brandão Rodrigues it is important to maintain classroom teaching: “I, as Minister of Education, defend that we must continue to work so that our schools never close and remain open”.

“We will do everything so that the teaching continues to be in person,” he said on the sidelines of a visit to the studios where the recordings of “Study at home”, the old telescope, which started today with a new edition, after five weeks with ” classes “at RTPMemória to consolidate and recover materials from the past academic year.

Tiago Brandão Rodrigues recalled last year’s experience that showed that “teaching and learning does not happen as well when [os alunos] they are far from schools “and therefore” face-to-face education must remain a priority “.

The minister considered that the new school operating rules are being complied with, underlining the commitment of the educational community that “has been very responsible” in complying with the rules and guidelines issued by the ministry and the Directorate-General for Health.

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Marine Le Pen requires ″ war legislation ″ to stop terrorism in France

Le Pen was at the school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine this Monday, about 30 kilometers from the capital, where Samuel Paty, the history and geography teacher who was beheaded on Friday, worked days after showing some cartoons. Mohammed, in a class dedicated to freedom of expression.

“Islam is a warmongering ideology whose means of conquest is terrorism. Since terrorism is an act of war, it requires war legislation,” Le Pen said at a press conference.

According to the leader of the National Front, to face this “organized, installed, proselytizing and conquering force”, President Emmanuel Macron’s strategy has been “insufficient and anachronistic”.

“The situation calls for a strategy of reconquest,” insisted Le Pen, who accused the government of being too lenient with terrorism.

“With the specter of extrajudicial executions, Islamists want to restore the crime of blasphemy in our country. Through the self-censorship that fear generates, we are already witnessing a silent restoration of the crime of blasphemy, which marks a first victory for obscurantism” , said the extremist leader.

The 2017 French presidential candidate against Macron, called for “exceptional” legislation, according to the rule of law, with specific police and legal procedures, the possibility of prolonging surveillance, specific prison regime and reinforcement of police means.

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Galician resistance had explosives deposit in the center of Coimbra

The operation that dismantled the logistical base of the Galician Resistance, conducted by the National Counterterrorism Unit (UNCT) of the Judicial Police (PJ) and coordinated by the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Coimbra, was known this Monday for the first time, but it took place in November of last year.

The joint action between the Spanish and Portuguese authorities was first publicized in Spain on the radio’s website Cope.es.

“On November 9, 2019, after sharing information and police cooperation between the two States, a property was located in Coimbra, associated with the leaders of the Galician Resistance and used as a” retreat house “

“On November 9, 2019, after information sharing and police cooperation between the two states, a property was located in Coimbra, associated with the leaders of the” Galician Resistance “and used as a” retreat house “, confirmed the PJ.

In a statement, the Judiciary said that “vast evidential material was seized, correlated with the terrorist activities carried out by this independentist group, notably, numerous tools used in the manufacture of explosive devices / devices, namely watches, timers and mobile phones prepared as a remote activation device for explosive charges improvised pyrotechnic devices and explosive devices, a total load of approximately 30 kg powder, books, handwritten notes and propaganda manifestos of the ideals of the Galician Resistance “.

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