Brazilian Defense Ministry Helps Indigenous Communities Combat the Coronavirus

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo August 05, 2020 In Brazil, indigenous peoples are among the populations with the highest coronavirus mortality rate, which is 150 percent higher than the country’s average. The infection rate of the disease is also 84 percent higher among these communities, affecting 759 indigenous people per 100,000 inhabitants, while the average in Brazil is 413.Since May, the Ministry of Defense, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, the Armed Forces, and health professionals, has been providing medical services and basic supplies, including personal protective equipment and food, to indigenous populations across Brazil.None of the 200 COVID-19 tests conducted in late June, early July 2020, for the Yanomami and Raposa Serra do Sol populations came back positive. (Photo: Igor Soares/Brazilian Ministry of Defense’s Communications Office)The most recent operation was the interministerial mission for the indigenous people of Roraima, in the northern part of the country. This mission is part of the COVID-19 operation, which includes various activities from the federal government to combat the coronavirus. Between June 30 and July 4, Yanomami villages and Raposa Serra do Sol territories, which are among the largest indigenous territories in Brazil, and home to isolated indigenous communities, received 3,858 medical and nursing services.Locals were able to receive pediatric, gynecological, general, and infectious disease care. In total, 21 health care professionals from the Armed Forces contributed to the medical care for indigenous people, working in partnership with the health teams on site.Two hundred and nine people suspected of having COVID-19 were also tested. “Nobody was infected in the region. This is a good sign,” said Robson Santos da Silva, special secretary of Indigenous Health, speaking about the tests conducted in indigenous territories.Logistics effortA total of 4 tons of supplies were distributed to the Yanomami and Raposa Serra do Sol indigenous tribes, which included surgical masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, caps, hospital gowns, medications, and basic food baskets. The Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese) helped the interministerial mission with its aircraft and service members to carry and distribute the supplies.FAB is also responsible for transporting the professional teams, which this time traveled onboard the KC-390, the largest military freighter in Latin America.Crisis cabinetThe Security Cabinet of the Office of the President, with the participation of civil and judicial institutions, coordinates the effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the indigenous people, through a newly created crisis cabinet.On July 17, the team had their first meeting to develop strategies and create sanitation barriers in 31 territories with the presence of isolated indigenous populations.last_img read more

51 new cases of COVID-19 in our immediate listening area

first_imgDES MOINES — 51 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in our immediate listening area.In the 24-hour period ending at 11 o’clock this morning, 26 new cases were reported in Wright County; nine in Floyd; five in Franklin; three in Cerro Gordo; two each in Kossuth, Winnebago and Worth; and single cases in Butler and Mitchell counties. One case was reassigned from Hancock County to another county.That brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus identified in our listening area since the pandemic started to 646 — 340 in Wright; 68 in Franklin; 62 in Cerro Gordo; 43 in Floyd; 37 in Hancock; 36 in Butler; 26 in Kossuth; 17 in Winnebago; nine in Mitchell; and eight in Worth.10 more people in our area have recovered — six in Butler; two in Floyd; and single cases in Franklin and Hancock — for a total now of 297.Looking at the statewide numbers in the same 24-hour period: two more people have died for a total now of 688; 299 more cases have been identified for a total of 26,346; 294 more people have recovered for a total of 16,423. Winnebago12 Floyd439 Area Total10 Kossuth262 Franklin Mitchell5 Winnebago172 Mitchell June 22HospitalizedChange since last report Franklin685 Butler361 Butler2 Hancock251 Winnebago Deaths Worth5 Floyd202 Floyd32 Mitchell Hancock37(1 assigned to new county) Cerro Gordo623 Floyd1 Cerro Gordo28 Kossuth13 Franklin04 Hancock Hancock21 Area Total4 Mitchell91 Worth Worth0-1 Wright34026 Butler256 Area Total64651 Wright Cerro Gordo1 Confirmed CasesNew Cases Cerro Gordo0-2 Franklin261 Winnebago Wright138 Butler2 Kossuth RecoveredNew Recovered Kossuth Wright3 Area Total29710 Worth82last_img read more

Clothes vendor jailed, accomplice remanded for robbing Cubans

first_imgA clothes vendor who admitted to robbing two Cuban nationals was on Thursday sentenced to 18 months in prison while his accomplice was remanded.The duo – Akeem Morris, 27, of Laing Avenue, Georgetown, and Samuel Shepard, 24, a labourer of B Field Sophia, Georgetown – appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The first charge stated that on December 29, 2019 at Georgetown, while being armed with cutlasses, they robbed Jose Sequuea of a phone valued $40,000 and $4000 cash.The second charge detailed that on the same day and at the same location while being armed with cutlasses, they robbed Diego Bettencourt of a phone valued $25,000.Morris pleaded guilty to robbing Sequuea, but denied robbing Bettencourt while Shepard pleaded not guilty to both charges.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that on the day in question, about 08:00h, both victims were at the Stabroek Market purchasing fruits when Morris and Shepard confronted Sequuea, placed a cutlass to his neck, and relieved him of his phone and cash.The court further heard that the men attempted to escape, but were intercepted by Police on bicycle patrol.The two suspects were positively identified during an identification parade.The Magistrate sentenced Morris to 18 months behind bars while Shepard was remanded and ordered to reappear in court on January 8, 2020.last_img read more