Delegation of tasks in health: The NGO ASAPSU, a good example

Delegation of tasks in health: The NGO ASAPSU, a good example

In the field of community health, the Association for the Support of Urban Health Self-Promotion (Asapsu), headed by Koné Solange can be considered as a model.

Indeed, like the Delegation of tasks which facilitates the access of women and girls to questions of sexual and reproductive health (Ssr / Pf), this NGO has been working since its creation (1989) with the communities. “To date, one of the representatives of the community is the president of Asapsu. This means that we have had confidence in this type of collaboration with the community for a very long time, ”she adds.

This organization has five health centers in the communes of Abidjan run by community health assistants (Asc), specialized in issues of HIV-AIDS, nutrition and vaccination. “This advantage allowed us to work easily on family planning, because the Asc were already imbued with these themes,” explained Ms. Koné Solange.

Regarding her work strategy, the executive director of Asapsu maintains: “We have targeted the precarious neighborhoods of Abobo West, Anoumabo, Yopougon, these are areas where populations in precarious situations, really need health services. We are in 12 regions of the Ivory Coast ”.

Kamagate Issouf
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Model Elizabeth Loaiza confirmed that she has cancer – People – Culture


With a very heartfelt message that she posted on her personal Instagram account, the model and businesswoman Elizabeth loaiza He told, this Thursday, August 13, that he has Cancer.

One day you are fine and the next you have cancer. It is super hard to receive news of these. One never imagines that after leading a healthy life, exercising, eating well and acting in a good way in life, something like this is going to happen to you, “said the Caleña model in networks.

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She said the news has made her feel powerless and for her family It has been very difficult.

“You feel death near. You understand that at any moment you can leave this world. Your family tells you that it is not possible, but they try to give you strength and hope”, added.

This Friday, August 14, his doctor what will be the steps they will follow to deal with the disease.

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I take this as one more challenge that life is putting on me. I will be an example of strength and temperance for all those who are now falling apart

“Thank God, it has not metastasized anywhere, but it is a very careful situation”, continuous.

Loaiza acknowledged that she is trying to be strong and not to collapse, for what she applies “a few words that my mother always taught me: everything happens”

He also thanked those who have sent him messages of encouragement, support and affection and indicated that he has faith that everything will work out.

“I take this as one more challenge that life is putting on me. I will be an example of strength and temperance for all those who are now falling apart.”

(If you visit us from the application, see Loaiza’s message on Instagram here).

The last month has not been easy for Loaiza, who made it public, last July, that he had lost the baby I was expecting (I was six weeks old).

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What’s more, his cancer diagnosis was confirmed after they sent him for tests, after detecting foreign bodies in the curettage performed 15 days ago.

“I have too much tissue forming in the uterus, it seems to be cancer. They sent me to do a chest X-ray to see that I had not metastasized in the lung, “said the model in a video uploaded to networks before confirmation of the disease.

(If you visit us from the application, see the video of Loaiza here).

To these difficult personal situations that the Caleña has lived in recent weeks is added a mess judicial for misleading advertising, also registered during this 2020.

It happened last May, when the Superintendency of Industry and Commerce formulated a statement of charges for offering a product with supposed benefits for rapid detection of the new coronavirus.

(Find out here why this formulation of specifications was given against Loaiza).

Loaiza became known in the Colombian entertainment world when she won the Miss World Colombia pageant in 2006.

He has participated in ‘reality shows’ such as ‘Desafío Africa, el origen’ and ‘Desafío 2014: Morocco, the thousand and one nights’. She had a participation in ‘Happy Saturdays’ and appeared in the series ‘Perfect Lies’ and in the movie ‘El paseo 4’.

Also, It has the Eliloaiza Foundation, an organization that works for the good of the neediest families.

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From the Russian “collective farm” to the German “luxury”

Budget revision can “spoil” the car and give it a “second life”.

VAZ-2109, source: Drive2

Tank universal mounting foam in the average cost of 300 rubles, so there is nothing surprising in the fact that motorists sometimes get this tool for a “rainy day”. Edition Versiya.info made the TOP 3 examples in which the cars were subjected to this unusual “repair”.

In the first place, as a demonstration of the most contentious example of tuning, located VAZ-2109, which is covered with foam literally “from head to toe”. Even the original body color really not consider out – “fluffy” the Russian car has been left untouched except the wheels. It is not excluded that in the future, this “farm” will bring to mind a file, but in this form, the car looks just ridiculous.

Hyundai Sonata, source: Drive2

Next is an old Hyundai Sonata, which, judging by the radiator grille, released another in the last century. Most likely, the Korean sedan a good “arrived” on the side, not otherwise explain what the owner of the car decided to “zamenite” left wing, coupled with a headlamp and a piece of the bumper as a temporary solution to “hold on” to the service and not fall apart along the way, polyurethane foam is fine.

Finally, closes the TOP-3 “repair” cars with foam German “luxury” in the face of the 20-year-old Mercedes CLK. At the start of sales of “German” was a cute car with outstanding reliability and durability, but over the years of inactivity at the dump “mers” acquired the look of a decrepit “old”.

Mercedes CLK before and after improvements source: Podelki-online

It is not surprising that the owner of the car, buying a CLK for a song, tried to give him a “second life”: the remaining body parts neatly cut, extra – shot, Mercedes filled with foam. Unlike VAZ-2109, the owner of the German “premium” tuning project finished, polished “Mercedes” so that in his 20-year-olds not even believe it.

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What phrases from the script “Brother-2” became prophetic

20 years ago, the philosophical thriller “Brother-2” about the adventures of Danila Bagrova (Sergey Bodrov) at USA. The humor that permeates the picture captivates with spontaneity and simplicity. And then no one could have thought that many of the phrases of the heroes would not only become winged, but would be realized by history. “KP“Gives some examples.

“Well then, there were people like people, and suddenly all at once became nerds? Paradox”

Well then, were there people like people, and suddenly all at once became nerds? Paradox.

“Well then, there were people like people, and suddenly all at once became nerds? A paradox.”Photo: frame from the movie

The replica of the nervous taxi driver played by Konstantin Zheldin is universal. Whether it’s the economic and social crisis of the 90s or the epidemiological crisis of our time, the darkest forces within people begin to fuss with tripled energy. So at the height of the coronavirus, there were photos of citizens buying toilet paper and buckwheat, as well as versions about the 5G towers, Bill’s chip plan Gates and the pedophile lobby of Hollywood, which should bring employees FBI covid-19.

“You, bastards, will answer for Sevastopol!”

Unique phrase killer Viktor Bagrov (Victor Sukhorukov) came true 14 years after the release of “Brother-2.” Crimea He returned to his native harbor and the Russian people on the peninsula voted unanimously for this.

“The Russians do not abandon their own in the war”

Events on Donbass, lasting more than five years, also confirm the maxim voiced by Danila.

Russians do not abandon their own in the war.

“- Hey, fellow countryman, where do the Russians live here?”

– Moskal is not my countryman!

– Bandera?

– Why ?!

“Alright guys, bye!”

Perhaps Alexey Balabanov wrote the script as a joke. And the “warm” meeting of the Russian killer with Ukrainian colleagues at the airport is just an episode from the movie. But 14 years have passed, and the slogans “Moskalyak on a dime!”, “Hto not leap, that Muscovite ”and“ Bandera come – put things in order! ” became very popular on Ukraine.

“Strength in them. There is something primitive in them, something animal. What we have long lost. Therefore, they are stronger ”


“Strength in them. There is something primitive in them, something animal. What we have long lost. Therefore, they are stronger. ”Photo: frame from the film.

“Strength in them. There is something primitive in them, something animal. What we have long lost. Therefore, they are stronger ”Photo: frame from the movie.

Before a showdown with local black people who did not allow Russian heroes to eat boiled crayfish, the prostitute Dasha suggests that power is not in the truth, according to Danila and not in money, as his brother is sure, but in “them”, in African-Americans. And if you look at the results of most sports competitions, the absolute triumph of tolerance in the United States, Hollywood cinema and Europeabsorbed by African migrants, it is difficult to disagree with the heroine.

“Conference on new computer technologies … and the protection of computer programs!”


“Conference on new computer technologies … and the protection of computer programs!”Photo: facebook.com

Laughter with a laugh, namely this meme jokingly explains the official representative MFA RF Maria Zakharova some strange accusations of our country by the USA. But how else to react to the fact that Russian hackers are to blame for the results of the American election?

“Boy, you don’t understand, bring us some vodka. We are flying home! ”


“Boy, you don’t understand, bring us some vodka. We are flying home! ” Photo: frame from the film.

“Boy, you don’t understand, bring us some vodka. We are flying home! ”Photo: frame from the movie.

The phrase prostitutes Marilyn (Daria Jurgens) from the final scene of the film on the plane also became a meme. During the epidemic, Russian citizens, stuck on vacation, began to return to their homeland en masse. It didn’t work for everyone. Those who succeeded reacted in much the same way as the heroine of Brother-2.

“You do not understand – this is quarantine!”

Well, there’s no need to explain anything. American customs officers informing Viktor Bagrov about quarantine teleported in 1990 as if from 2020.

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Photo of Nadezhda Kadysheva without Photoshop shocked fans

The star of the folk song theater “Golden Ring” Nadezhda Kadysheva invariably delighted admirers of her talent with a well-groomed appearance. Intricate hairstyles, vibrant outfits, catchy makeup – at 60, the singer carefully monitors her stage image. Hope appears from time to time on the covers of glossy magazines, and on the posters of the Golden Ring theater she invariably shines with youth and beauty. What was the surprise of Instagram users when they saw fresh pictures of the artist without photoshop. In the photographs, Kadysheva looks very tired and sharply aged.

Dark circles under the eyes and an extinct look shocked the fans of the Russian folk song and made them worry. On the Web they discuss: is everything all right with the health of Hope, and does it hide some kind of illness? However, perhaps the artist in recent months has overworked – before Russia the pandemic seized, and all concerts were canceled, Kadysheva had a very busy tour schedule. Fans wish her health and hope that the artist will take advantage of the period of self-isolation in order to properly relax.

New photos of Nadezhda Kadysheva surprised her fans.

Instagram users compare Nadezhda Kadysheva with her colleague, singer Nadezhda Babkina. Nadezhda Georgievna is 10 years older than Kadysheva, but she looks much younger. Probably the whole thing is plastic surgery: Babkina does not hide the fact that the surgeon’s scalpel helped wipe her face for several years and extended her youth. She made a circular facelift and blepharoplasty, lifting her eyelids and removing wrinkles around her eyes.

With her husband and colleague in the ensemble “Golden Ring” Alexander Kostyuk Nadezhda Kadysheva has been living for 37 years – they got married in 1983. This is a rare example of family longevity in show business. At couples have an adult son.

The singer looks tired. Perhaps the reason for this is a busy tour schedule.

Doctors more than once saved the singer and literally pulled her out of the next world. At 30 years old her found a breast tumor, for two years she lived between life and death – Hope was sure that she would die from oncology. But during the operation, the diagnosis was not confirmed. The next time doctors saved the artist when she was 49 years old: he almost died of acute tachycardia. Doctors miraculously prevented a heart attack.

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The star of the film “Big Change” barely making ends meet

Valentine Titov viewers fell in love with the cult films Shield and Sword and Big Break. Despite fame, the 78-year-old actress lives very modestly. Not to say poor.

Valentina Titova experienced in her life the betrayal of her colleagues, separation from her daughter, and difficult financial situation. However, the star of the Soviet films does not lose heart on self-isolation: “I live in the old way, I put in order the apartment, myself and I comply with these standards.” Such little things make her happy.

Valentina Antipovna does not hide – her no financial airbag. “My pension is 16 thousand rubles a month due to the lack of ranks … They also added four thousand due to the virus. As a result, 20. I understood: I can live on them poorly and economically,” StarHit quotes her.

Half of the amount from the actress goes to rent. She learned to save.

Was poor several times in her life. But we experienced these moments. There is nothing wrong with that, the body also needs a respite, it is impossible to endlessly exist under the motto “How I want!”. Now I live as I did not want, but I live … Life is a great test. If you pass it, then you are a man. And the rest is schizophrenia and idiocy, “the star admits.

She advises – no need to save, you just need to part with money. At 78, Valentina Antipovna looks gorgeous.

Do not turn into the old woman Isergil. And this is very easy: in the morning, don’t put on a bra and underpants, don’t pull on tights … Here you are cuttlefish … I want to be better. For example, I really do not like to dye eyelashes, but it is necessary. The actor must wear this uniform all his life, he is the face of the nation, “the celebrity is sure.

She does not complain about anything, but misses her daughter and granddaughter very much. They live in Greece and waiting for Titov to visit her.

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Doctors compared mortality of COVID and other infections

On the page of the doctor and TV presenter Alexander Myasnikov interesting information about the situation with infectious diseases in the world was published on the social network. And in particular that rotavirus infection causes hundreds of thousands of deaths per year in the world. Is the familiar and familiar rotavirus more dangerous than the coronavirus? “KP»Understands together with the immunologist, expert in public health and international health care, candidate of medical sciences Nikolay Kryuchkov.

– Of course, in addition to COVID-19, there are many other dangerous diseases in the world and these are not necessarily infectious diseases. Let me remind you that mortality from cardiovascular diseases is in the first place, also high mortality is associated with oncological diseases, in particular, lung cancer, and, of course, infectious diseases are also often the cause of death. However, the threat of rotavirus infection today is greatly exaggerated, said Nikolai Kryuchkov.

How many people die from rotavirus?

According to pessimistic estimates provided by the World Health Organization, around the world in 2013, 215 thousand children under the age of five died from rotavirus infection. According to other data obtained in international studies, this is 122 thousand deaths in 2013.

– The situation since 2013 in terms of mortality from rotavirus infection has not changed much. I think here we can talk about 200 thousand deaths per year among children under five years of age. Half of the world’s deaths occur in five countries: India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Angola and Congo– emphasizes the immunologist Nikolai Kryuchkov. – In the media you can often find information that up to a third of deaths of children under five are caused by rotavirus. This is not true! The fact is that among all deaths of children under five years of age in the world, mortality from diarrhea accounts for about 8%, but among these 8% of deaths from diarrhea – from 25% to 30% are attributable to rotavirus. That is, it turns out about 200 thousand deaths of children under five years of age per year in the world, while more than 6 million children under five die in the world per year.

On the page of the doctor and TV presenter Alexander Myasnikov on the social network, interesting information was published on the situation with infectious diseasesPhoto: Ivan PROKHOROV

Is rotavirus disease relevant for Russia?

If you consider Europeyy region to which Russia, then the figures for mortality from diarrhea are lower than in developing countries. Mortality from diarrhea among children under five in Europe is 4% – 5% of all childhood deaths. About a quarter of them are rotavirus.

In Russia, according to WHO estimates, in 2013, 52 children under the age of five died from rotavirus infection, which is 0.3% of all other deaths of children under five years of age. Rotavirus infection is not the most common cause of death among children, and even more so among adults (the latter rarely die from rotavirus, so all statistics are data on the death of children – approx. Ed.).

– Rotavirus is a problem primarily in poor countries with a warm climate. For Russia, this is also a problem, but to a much lesser extent, ”said Nikolai Kryuchkov, a doctor. – It is important to emphasize that effective and safe rotavirus vaccines exist.

The incidence of rotavirus infection after the introduction of vaccination has decreased many times. In Russia, universal vaccination against rotavirus is not carried out, but, despite this, mortality is low, given that it is clear how to help such patients. The main thing here is replenishment of lost fluid and symptomatic therapy. Given these two factors — the availability of a vaccine and the development of affordable treatment — mortality from rotavirus is very low even among children from zero to five years old, not to mention adults. Among adults, these are isolated cases.

Who is worse: rotavirus or coronavirus?

According to epidemiologists, mortality (taking into account the number of deaths from the number of episodes of the disease) of rotavirus infection in the world is from 0.05% to 0.09%. This is comparable to mortality from seasonal flu. Yes, in the poorest countries it can reach up to 2%. However, in this case, only moderate to severe episodes are taken into account, and not all cases of rotavirus infection.

“With coronavirus infection, according to my most optimistic forecasts, the mortality rate in the world will be 2%,” says Nikolay Kryuchkov. – Let me remind you that now the mortality rate from COVID-19 in Russia is about 4%. AT Germany – 3.5%, and this is one of the best examples in Europe. Of course, a lot depends on how the data are kept and analyzed, but even though there are probably unaccounted cases, the mortality from coronavirus infection is much higher than the mortality from rotavirus. And the epidemic of coronavirus infection is still far from over.

“It is also important to understand that we are having a coronavirus pandemic, and the situation with rotavirus is under control.” The number of deaths from coronavirus is now growing, due to the fact that there is an increase in cases of infection. The daily increase in new cases of coronavirus infection in the world is more than 5%, and in Russia today it is more than 8%. Therefore, it is obvious that the situation with rotavirus is stable, and the coronavirus pandemic for us is not known how it will end. The coronavirus infection pandemic continues to grow, it is important to understand this, ”Nikolay Kryuchkov emphasized in a conversation with“ KP ”. – When we talk about the number of deaths from rotavirus, 200 thousand people a year around the world among children under five years of age are deaths that happened in a year! As we know, the coronavirus epidemic lasts about four months. This is significantly less than a year.


The daily increase in new cases of coronavirus infection in the world is more than 5%, and in Russia today it is more than 8% Photo: Ivan MAKEEV

The daily increase in new cases of coronavirus infection in the world is more than 5%, and in Russia today it is more than 8%Photo: Ivan MAKEEV

How many deaths from coronavirus infection will be in a year (given that, according to the data of May 3, 243,922 people died in the world – approx. Ed.)? Yes, there are other dangerous infections in the world, but many of them can be protected. This is Hepatitis B, and pneumococcal infection, tetanus, and so on. And Dr. Myasnikov rightly points out the need for widespread vaccination against the most dangerous and common infections. Unfortunately, there are no vaccines from COVID-19 yet, they will be ready by the spring of next year at best.

Also, an important difference between the course of rotavirus infection and coronavirus infection: hospitalization with rotavirus disease in developed countries is very rare. All necessary treatment conditions can be provided at home. With coronavirus, the patient often needs active therapy, which can only be provided in a specialized medical institution.

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Dr. Myasnikov gives such statistics on mortality from infections (in the world for a year)

Measles (there is a vaccine) – 140 thousand deaths per year

Pneumococcus (there is a vaccine) – 2 -2.5 million deaths per year

Hepatitis B (there is a vaccine) – 650 thousand deaths per year

Tetanus (there is a vaccine) – 89 thousand deaths per year

Cervical cancer (there is a vaccine) – 250 thousand deaths per year

Tuberculosis (there is a vaccine) – 1.5 million deaths per year

Influenza (there is a vaccine) – 650 thousand-1 million deaths per year

Coronavirus (no vaccine) – 244 thousand deaths from the beginning of the spread

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Why does California have low COVID-19 numbers in the US drama? – Telemundo 52

LOS ANGELES – Early confinement and other prevention measures promoted by the state government have allowed California, with more than 40 million inhabitants and some 300 deaths from COVID-19, to become an example of how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic in United States.

So far, the nation’s largest metropolis, Los Angeles, with more than 10 million citizens, has recorded fewer than 6,000 cases and 132 deaths, far from New York City, which has 8 and a half million inhabitants. and it has confirmed some 130,000 infections and more than 4,000 deaths.

“California has been doing quite well in the COVID-19 pandemic, with a relatively low number of infected per 100,000 people and a low death rate,” said Professor Karin Michels, head of the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES

California Governor Gavin Newsom was one of the first in the country to enact relatively strict confinement, allowing only “essential” activities such as going to the grocery store and pharmacy, and exercising respect for safety distances between people.

In contrast, eight states – Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, South Carolina, Utah, and Wyoming – have not mandated their residents to stay home.

“The governor issued ‘home security’ and ‘shelter’ orders relatively quickly. Universities like UCLA and other large employers closed even earlier and sent people to work, teach and study from home,” said Michels, who has extensive experience in disease prevention, public health and statistical methods.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, California schools may continue to be closed until the end of August.

Newsom also took the initiative to decree the closure of schools, which will remain closed until next year, as a preventive measure; in asking President Donald Trump to send a hospital ship to Los Angeles to support local hospitals before it reached a hypothetical peak in the number of cases, which has not yet occurred; and in closing the state’s beaches and parks.

Another point that seems to have helped so far in the exceptional case of California against COVID-19, according to experts, is the low population density of the state, which reduces the possibility of contagion and allows better compliance with the rules of social distancing.

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 Despite having a large population, Californians do not live in
as dense as New Yorkers. Cities spread with
Few skyscrapers: Relative to other states, many more people in
 California lives in houses, not in apartment buildings or buildings
high, “summarizes Michels, who is based on data from a study of his
college.

YOUNG PEOPLE, LESS DEATHS PER CAPITA

California has had a much lower per capita death rate than most of the nation’s largest states, with the exception of Texas.

“The state has a low average age and a high
density of healthcare facilities, which may have contributed to
 the low mortality rate, “explained Michels.

According to a recent study published in The Lancet, the mortality rate among those infected with 20 years of age is 0.03%, while for those 70 years of age it is 8.6%.

Cautious tone

The
 Californian authorities have projected alarming numbers in the
recent weeks, although so far those estimates have not been
compliment.

Newsom himself foresaw two weeks ago that more than half the state’s population, or about 25 million people, would become infected, so he begged its residents to follow the guidelines to the letter.

For his part, the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, did not hesitate to forecast that the city “would follow in the footsteps of New York” in number of cases, a catastrophic scenario that is still far away.

COVID-19 affects children differently than adults. This is what the doctors say in the following video.

The United States on Monday exceeded 10,000 deaths from coronavirus, with 10,335 and almost 350,000 infected, making it the third country with the most deaths after Italy and Spain, according to the count of the Center for Systems, Science and Engineering (CSSE) from Johns Hopkins University (Maryland).

The new data is known after this Sunday
President Donald Trump, during his usual daily press conference,
make sure “this will probably be the hardest week, between this
week and next, and there will be a lot of death. ”

The state of New York, the great epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, accumulates with these latest figures a total of 4,758 deaths and 130,689 confirmed cases of COVID-19, compared to just over 122,000 that it had a day earlier.

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Putin recalled the alliance of countries during the Second World War :: Politics :: RBC

Vladimir Putin

(Photo: kremlin.ru)

In the face of new global challenges, it is necessary to use the experience of international cooperation accumulated during the Second World War, the telegram of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin to the organizers and visitors of the online exhibition “Stalin-Churchill-Roosevelt: a joint struggle against Nazism” says. The document is published on the Kremlin website.

“Today, when humanity is faced with new global challenges and threats, we must make full use of the invaluable experience of international cooperation and true alliance accumulated by our countries during the Second World War,” the president said.

According to him, the USSR, Great Britain and the United States had “diametrically opposing views on current events.” However, they were able to overcome personal ambitions and develop common approaches for an early end to World War II.

Putin and Trump called the “Elbe spirit” an example of cooperation and trust

Meeting on the Elbe of Soviet and American troops

Earlier, Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump adopted a joint statement on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the meeting of Soviet and American troops on the Elbe. This meeting took place during the Second World War near the German city of Torgau. On the part of the USSR, troops of the 1st Ukrainian Front participated in it, on the part of the USA, troops of the 1st US Army. As a result of the union of the Allied forces, the German armed forces were split into two parts – the northern and southern.

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Belgium has the worst European mortality rate per million inhabitants

Belgium recorded 417 more deaths in the last 24 hours attributed to the covid-19 pandemic, which brings the total in the country to 4,857 deaths, the highest death rate per million inhabitants in Europe.

With the figures announced today, Belgium, a country similar in size to Portugal (11.5 million inhabitants) now has the worst mortality rate associated with the new coronavirus, with 419 deaths per million inhabitants, ahead of Spain (409), and much higher than that recorded, for example, in neighboring France (262).

With a population slightly larger than that of Portugal, Belgium (11.5 million inhabitants) thus has almost eight times more deaths (to date, 629 people in Portugal have died of the covid-19).

In view of these data, the Belgian Government has already had to provide justifications and argues that this is due to the fact that it is “transparent” and accounts for deaths like no other country does.

According to the prime minister, Sophie Wilmès, Belgium “opted for greater transparency in reporting deaths linked to covid-19”, even if this means including “sometimes overestimated numbers”.

One of the peculiarities of the method of counting deaths in Belgium associated with the covid-19 pandemic is the fact that the authorities include deaths registered in nursing homes – almost 1,500 homes are distributed throughout the country – even without confirmation, by analysis , of infection with the new coronavirus, but only based on suspicion.

“In Europe, no country counts like us. Here, we do it in the most detailed way ”, argues Health Minister Maggie de Block, who has been severely criticized internally for crisis management.

According to the data provided today by the Belgian authorities, since the beginning of the pandemic, the country has had 34,809 confirmed cases and 5,309 people are currently hospitalized, 1,182 of whom are in intensive care.

Globally, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 137,000 deaths and infected more than two million people in 193 countries and territories. More than 450,000 patients were considered cured.

In Portugal, 629 people out of the 18,841 registered as infected died.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.

To combat the pandemic, governments sent four billion people home (more than half the world’s population), closed non-essential trade and drastically reduced air traffic, paralyzing entire sectors of the world economy.

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