Almost all coronavirus-infected crew members of Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier recovered

French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and his sailors defeated the coronavirus, news agencies reported. The flagship of the French fleet was forced to return from a long voyage and stand along with the accompanying frigate Chevalier Paul for complete disinfection. COVID-19 was diagnosed in 1082 members of two crews. Now only 18 people continue to quarantine, whose health status is not a concern – in the coming days they will be sent home for short-term sick leave.

Two more people remained in the hospital, one of them, a naval officer, is still in intensive care.

Navy spokesman Captain First Rank Eric Lavaux said the ship has been disinfected, Charles de Gaulle is ready to go, but will remain in port for the coming months. An investigation conducted by groups of epidemiologists and the military is trying to figure out how the virus got on board the ship. Most likely, this happened during the previous parking quarantine in France in Brest.

More information about quarantine on an aircraft carrier can be found in the publication “Kommersant” “Stand in places, remove from the virus”.

Alexey Tarkhanov, Paris


“This is where I got mom’s ashes, it’s a shame”

My name is Julie, I am 36 years old, I am a nurse. On April 8, I take my car to travel the 150 km that separate me from Martigues hospital, where my mom, Danielle, is hospitalized for Covid-19. She is 74 years old, suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure, heart rhythm problems and overweight. As a caregiver, I know that her vital prognosis will quickly begin. And yet I hold on to all the thin hopes that are given to me.

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I’m on the road with Mathilde, one of my sisters who comes from Lyon. We meet at the Valence Valence toll car park. Mathilde opens the trunk for me, I put my suitcases in it, we don’t kiss, we don’t touch each other, and I get in the back of the car. At this moment, we know, she and I, that we will not see our living mom again, but that we can see her face again, once she has made her last breath contagious.

The wait is unreal

The doctor at Martigues hospital was very clear that we could not see our dying mother, that we would have to wait for her death. The highway is full of trucks, very few cars. We arrive at a roadside hotel in the late afternoon. There we are waiting for the doctor’s call. The wait is unreal. How to wait for the death of her mother in the anonymous room of a hotel, located less than two minutes from the hospital where she lives her last minutes? We order a glass of wine, share a sandwich. We watch TV for a long time, sleep does not come. The next morning, we receive a call from my sister Valérie: you have to come, our mother is gone.

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We dress quickly and take the car. Upon arriving at the hospital, there is a barrier with a security guard, who casts doubt on the fact that we have the right to enter, and asks us to park further. At this moment, an anguish seizes us. Another shows us a tent dedicated to the sorting run by firefighters. The ball in the belly, we head for the tent. After explaining our situation, the firefighters finally allow us to enter the hospital.

His hands folded on a white sheet

We go up to 5e floor, at the Covid unit. The doctor opens the door. In the locker room, she explains the protocol to us. We take off our clothes, put on block pajamas, then we go into a second locker room, where we put on overshoes, charlottes and surgical masks. We wash our hands with hydroalcoholic gel, and enter the service where we put on a fabric overcoat and gloves. We meet our sister Valérie, who is waiting for us in the corridor.

We finally arrive, after all these steps, in our mom’s room. The three of us are together. We stay an hour, maybe more. Mum is mismatched: no more oxygen glasses, no catheter, no urinary catheter. The nurses certainly positioned her hands, joined on a white sheet reaching her chest. She is wearing a hospital gown. Her mouth is still open, but her eyes are closed.

We leave the room, completely lost

I’m approaching the bed. Valérie takes her arm and tells us: “Her body is warm”. I can hardly cry. Mathilde tells me that she can’t do it either. When I leave, I touch his arm and I burst into tears. And for the first and last time, the three of us take each other in our arms, crying hot tears.

We leave the room, completely lost. We remove the overcoats and gloves, we put hydroalcoholic gel. We are waiting in the break room for nurses, with oozing masks and a runny nose. Someone offers us coffee. A caregiver leads us apart to an empty room, for health reasons, and explains that we must see another doctor before leaving.

A definitively sealed body cover

We go back to the locker room to remove the masks, charlottes, overshoes and block pajamas. We get dressed. And we’re waiting for the doctor in the hallway near the elevator. The doctor arrives, we sit on a bench and he remains standing, facing us. He explains the rest to us. Our mother is going to be lowered into a body bag which will be sealed permanently, without toilet, without conservation care, in one of the refrigerators reserved for Covid. Then he informs us that the funeral home opens at 1:30 p.m. It is 12:30 p.m.

We go downstairs to buy a salad in the cafeteria, and eat on a bench in the hospital garden. At 1:30 p.m., I call the funeral home in Martigues to ask if a ceremony is possible. With Mathilde and Valérie, we still have the hope of being able to organize a funeral, even in small groups. My interlocutor answers me in the negative, and maintains that the funeral directors of Aix-en-Provence will have the same answer. While telling me this, she details the content of the services: the type of urn, coffin, plastic, pine handles, upholstery, the cross on the coffin …

The body will be cremated without family presence

A little stunned, I ask him to send me his catalog. She insists, and tells me that she is currently in the exhibit hall and can take pictures and send them to me. In the process, she tells me that everything will be done by email and asks me for administrative details. I answer her, telling myself that it will be done if we ever choose these funeral directors. My interlocutor adds that there will be no ceremony, no possibility of attending the lifting of the body, nor the cremation. I do not know why, but I do not react to this announcement. Hanging up, Mathilde asked me why I answered all these questions.

I call the undertakers of Aix-en-Provence, who give me the same speech and inform me that it is a regional decision. I try Roc-Eclerc, always the same answer. By default, we return to the funeral services of Martigues. We have no more batteries on our phones, so we are going to Valérie’s. On the phone, the funeral directors inform me that they will pick up mom on Tuesday April 14 at 9 am at the hospital, that the cremation will take place at 10 am, and that one of us will be able to recover the ashes on next day. It is April 9. The mother’s body will stay five days in a morgue fridge, and will be cremated without a family presence in a crematorium. We are dispossessed of mourning. Our mom, for us so familiar, so intimate, is now literally foreign to us. We can say nothing, choose nothing, just good to fill out and sign administrative authorizations. In this moment of general confinement of emotions, our tears, our handkerchiefs and our runny noses are anomalies.

Like a bad dream

We decide with Mathilde not to stay in the South. We have been robbed of meaning. There is nothing more we can do. One more night in a hotel and we will each return on our own, to our respective and confined lives. On the road to the hotel, we meet gendarmes at a roundabout. They ask us to park on the side, and ask us dryly about our destination. Mathilde hands him the certificate, trembling. We feel guilty, as if we have no right to be there. How is it that we feel this? They let us pass.

It’s 6:30 p.m. when we arrive at the hotel. The receptionist, who knew the reason for our visit, launched us into the cantonade: “Did the funeral go well? ” With Mathilde, we are amazed by this irrelevant reaction. The world seems indifferent to our mourning, as if it did not exist, as if our mother had not really died and that we were having a bad dream.

“Waste from healthcare activities with infectious risks”

The next day, we return to the hospital to collect our mother’s belongings in Dasri bags (waste from care activities with infectious risks). We are told not to open them for ten days, and to leave them in the cellar or on the balcony. The bags are not hermetically sealed. With my sisters, we spend another moment on the hospital garden bench. It’s hard to leave. We greet each other from afar. Valérie leaves alone. I hit the road with Mathilde.

Always trucks. We talk a little. I’m exhausted. Mathilde drops me off at the car park at the Valence Valence toll booth. We still don’t kiss. I get my things in the trunk, I go back to my car, and I join my companion and our two children. We planned to isolate myself for two weeks after I returned from the hospital. It is now clear to us that we will stay together. I find this strange daily newspaper peculiar to the Covid, scrutinizing the appearance of symptoms that do not come.

A bright red bag crying out for vulgarity

On April 15, I receive a message from Valérie with a photo. “This is where I got mom’s ashes, it’s a shame. “On a table covered with a dirty blue tablecloth; there, in the middle of the garbage cans, empty ashtrays and used benches, a man put down the urn in a bright red bag crying out for vulgarity. The man left almost without a word, leaving my mother’s ashes in a garbage can, and my sister annoyed, dismayed and alone.

My sister went home, got rid of the red bag, and put the urn on a piece of furniture in her little apartment near the TV.

We may have forgotten, that eternity does not wait.


Azores will maintain two negative tests as a criterion for recovery

The head of the Regional Health Authority said today that the Azores will maintain the need to have two negative diagnostic tests to certify the recovery of patients with covid-19.

Tiago Lopes, also Regional Director for Health, was speaking in Angra do Heroísmo, on Terceira Island, at the daily situation about the evolution of the covid-19 outbreak in the Azores.

On the continent, it was announced today that those infected with the new coronavirus who are at home will be considered recovered cases if, after 14 days, they have a single negative test and if they no longer have symptoms.

Patients admitted to hospitals will continue to need two negative tests, with a 24-hour interval, to be considered recovered from covid-19, announced the Minister of Health, Marta Temido, and the Director-General of Health, Graça Freitas , at the daily press conference on the situation of the new coronavirus pandemic in Portugal.

Graça Freitas explained that “light patients, who stay at home and have mild symptoms, have the indication to do a single test and are considered recovered if the test is negative”, after the symptoms are overcome.

Asked about the procedure to be adopted in the Azores, the head of the Regional Health Authority explained that that orientation of the Directorate-General for Health “will be discussed internally with the other elements of the technical group”, but added that “there is no type in the region problem ”with regard to the capacity for analysis at the laboratory level“ it is no longer a second analysis to certify the negativity of a possible recovered case that we will stop doing it ”.

“It is a situation that this emanation was already foreseen, but considering our laboratory diagnostic capacity in the region, I think that there will be no problem maintaining what is in effect until the moment, which is the performance of two negative tests to certify the recovery process of a infected by covid-19 ”, underlined Tiago Lopes.

The official reiterated that the two laboratory units in the region (in São Miguel and Terceira) that test covid-19 “have laboratory capacity”, but “the region is always planning the present” to “protect the future”, namely “A possible second wave” of the outbreak.

“We have a capacity at the moment in the region that is more than sufficient to meet the needs in combating covid-19. In any case, and already anticipating a possible second wave of the outbreak, we are studying this possibility of increasing this laboratory analysis capacity ”, explained Tiago Lopes.

The Azores have not recorded positive cases of covid-19 in the last 24 hours, which happens for the third consecutive day.

So far, a total of 138 cases have been detected in the region, with 27 recovered, nine deaths and 102 active positive cases for infection with the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes covid-19 disease, 76 in São Miguel, four on Terceira island, five on Graciosa, three on São Jorge, nine on Pico and five on Faial.

Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already killed more than 198,000 people and infected more than 2.8 million people in 193 countries and territories.

In Portugal, 880 people out of 23,392 confirmed as infected died, and there are 1,277 cases recovered, according to the Directorate-General for Health.


Madeira without new cases of covid-19 and 10 more recovered on this Freedom Day

Madeira did not register new cases of infected with covid-19 today, maintaining the number of 86 infected people. There are also 10 new cases of recovered people to register, giving a total of 31 recovered cases.

The information has just been conveyed by IASAÚDE, during the usual daily press conference to present the bulletin about the coronavirus in Madeira, where the regional secretary of Health, Pedro Ramos and the vice president of IASAÚDE, Bruna Gouveia are present.

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WHO recalls that “there is no evidence” that those recovered cannot be reinfected

TheWorld Health Organization(WHO) has called for calm to international governments that are considering introducing the call“immune passport”– that is, an identification that their owners carry antibodies to the coronavirus – because there is still no conclusive evidence on the protection they offer against possible reinfection.

WHO recalls thatdevelopment of immunitya pathogen is a complex and different process in each person. While most of the studies the organization is considering show that people who have recovered from the infection have antibodies against the virus,their levels are very low in some subjects,which could make them prone to a new contagion.

However, the WHO applauds that many countries are now testing antibodies at the population level or in specific groups, such as health workers, close contacts of known cases, or within households. “The WHO supports these studies as they are critical in understanding the extent of the infection, and the risk factors associated with it,” it said in a statement.

However, at this point in the pandemic,WHO understands that there is insufficient evidence of the efficacy of “antibody immunity”to guarantee the accuracy of this passport, or “risk-free certificate”, as it is also called.

“People who assume they are immune to a second infection because they have been discharged may ignore public health advice. Therefore, the use of such certificates can increase the risks of continuous transmission,” the agency concludes.


PSP and GNR have 168 infected elements and 26 are recovered

PSP and GNR have 168 elements infected with covid-19 and 382 are in quarantine, announced the Minister of Internal Administration today, guaranteeing that these numbers “do not affect” the operationality of the security forces.

In a press conference after the ninth meeting of the State of Emergency Monitoring Structure due to the covid-19 pandemic, Eduardo Cabrita said that security forces have confirmed 168 elements with covid-19, noting that 26 are already cured.

“Nothing affects the operability of the security forces that renew their declaration of full capacity to fulfill the objectives established in the fulfillment of the state of emergency”, said the minister, realizing that 382 elements of the PSP and GNR are in prophylactic isolation.

According to the government, this number “is absolutely insignificant”, since, in about 45 thousand elements, there is a rate of less than 1% of the quarantined staff.

Eduardo Cabrita explained that “whenever there is a suspect in any unit of the security forces” all elements are subject to tests.

“Any contact with an infected person, or any case of infection, determines the immediate quarantine of this entire unit,” he said, stressing that since the first phase of the state of emergency, elements of the security forces and services are a priority in carrying out testing.

Chaired by Eduardo Cabrita, the State of Emergency Monitoring Structure includes representatives of the security forces and services and the Secretaries of State from the governmental areas of Economy, Foreign Affairs, the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, National Defense, Public Administration , Health, Environment, Infrastructure and Housing and Agriculture.

Portugal has been in a state of emergency to combat covid-19 since March 18, which has already been renewed for three periods, and ends on May 2.

According to the Directorate-General for Health, 854 people died of the 22,797 confirmed to be infected, and there are 1,228 recovered cases in Portugal.


Cases of covid-19 in Portugal rise from 12.8 to 21.7 per 10,000 inhabitants

The number of confirmed cases of covid-19 in Portugal is 21.7 per 10,000 inhabitants, 70% more than the 12.8 registered two weeks ago, said the National Statistics Institute (INE) today.

The number of municipalities with a number of patients infected with the new coronavirus above the national average rose from 34 to 47, according to the data now published, which are also related to April 22.

Of this set, 33 municipalities belong to the northern region of the country, indicated the INE in the second edition of the Context indicators for the covid-19 pandemic in Portugal, with the set of contiguous municipalities in the Porto Metropolitan Area highlighted, with more than 35 cases confirmed by 10,000 inhabitants in Valongo, Maia, Gondomar, Matosinhos, Porto, Santo Tirso and Vila Nova de Gaia.

Also some municipalities in the central region and the Metropolitan Area of ​​Lisbon have values ​​above the national average.

The municipality with the highest rate in the country is Vila Nova de Foz Côa, with 121.7 confirmed cases per 10,000 inhabitants, a number more than five times higher than the national average.

The reading of the relationship between the number of confirmed cases per 10,000 inhabitants and the population density highlights a set of 32 municipalities with values ​​above the national average in both indicators.

Of this group of 32 municipalities, there are seven with more than 50 confirmed cases per 10,000 inhabitants: Ovar (98.1), in Aveiro, Valongo (67.3), Maia (55.1), Gondomar (53.8), Matosinhos (53.1) and Porto (51.5), all in the Porto Metropolitan Area, and Braga (51.9) in Cávado.

On the other hand, 181 of the country’s 308 municipalities had a confirmed number of cases per 10,000 inhabitants and population density below the national reference.

“Despite the progressive spread of the pandemic throughout the national territory, its impact continues to be characterized by a high regional heterogeneity, particularly when taking into account, in addition to the absolute numbers of cases and deaths, relative indicators according to the size and demographic density per kilometer square of the territorial units considered in the analysis ”, highlighted the INE.

At the same time, the statistical institute also provided data on general mortality (all causes of death) in Portugal between March 1 and April 12, and a comparison with the same period in the years 2019 and 2018, which reveals that, relatively on the analyzed dates, 1,222 more people died this year than in 2019, and 343 more compared to 2018.

INE pointed out that the increase in deaths compared to last year results mainly from the increase in the number of deaths in people aged 75 and over (1,194).

The first cases diagnosed with Covid-19 disease in Portugal were reported on March 2, and the first death was recorded on March 16, five days after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the covid-19 outbreak. as a pandemic.

INE presented the number of confirmed cases with covid-19 based on information released by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), while information on deaths is obtained from civil registry data under the Integrated Registration and Identification System Civil (SIRIC).

Portugal accounts for 854 deaths associated with covid-19 in 22,797 confirmed cases of infection, according to the daily bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) on the pandemic.

In relation to the previous day, there are 34 more deaths (+ 4.1%) and 444 more cases of infection (+ 2%).

Of the infected people, 1,068 are hospitalized, of which 188 are in intensive care units, and the number of recovered cases went from 1,201 to 1,228.


J.K. Rowling reveals that she has coronavirus but is already “fully recovered”

The famous creator of ‘Harry Potter’,J.K. Rowling,has revealed that he might have sufferedcoronavirusand that he is recovering from the disease caused by Covid-19. The writer wanted to share her experience and shared a video in which a health professional explains how to alleviate respiratory symptoms.

It has been on social networks where Rowlinghas declared to be “fully recovered”of his symptoms, which were mild. “Please watch this video from Queens Hospital explaining how to alleviate respiratory symptoms. For the past two weeks I have had symptoms of Covid-19(Although I have not done the test) and decided to follow the doctor’s advice. I am fully recovered, it helped me a lot, “she wrote on Twitter.

The author wanted to thank the words of support from her followers and the public. “Thank you for your messages of support and love! I feel completely recovered and I wanted to share these techniques that the doctors recommend, it does not cost anything, it does not have side effects and they can help a lot, both for you and your loved ones.Stay safe“he continued writing.

Being mild symptoms, the writerpreferred to follow medical advice from homeand thus avoid going to the emergency room, to avoid contributing to the collapse of hospitals.

Rowling is one of the leading British figures in the English version ‘Stay at home’,with which it encourages social responsibility to abide by confinement and, in the event of leaving, maintain the so-called social distance.

Recently, the author announced the launch of the platform ‘Harry potter at home‘, with which to offer activities for Harry Potter fans who are complying with preventive quarantine at home.