Author: John Kennedy

Covid-19: Forbidden to move between municipalities between October 30th and November 3rd

Measure takes effect between 00:00 on October 30

Circulation between municipalities in mainland Portugal is prohibited between the 30th of October and the 3rd of November, that is, during the weekend corresponding to the Days of All Saints.

The decision was taken today in the Council of Ministers and announced by the Minister of the Presidency Mariana Vieira da Silva.

“Each citizen cannot move between municipalities, as happened in the past”, revealed the minister, explaining that the measure goes into effect between 00:00 on October 30th and November 3rd.
The decision to limit the movement of passengers comes just over a week after the Council of Ministers announced the return of the calamity.

Mariana Vieira da Silva also announced that the 2nd of November will be marked as a national day of mourning to pay tribute to all the deceased and victims of the covid-19 pandemic.

The minister also clarified that the rules and exceptions will be similar to those that were in force last Easter.

The Council of Ministers also approved special measures for the municipalities of Felgueiras, Lousada and Paços de Ferreira, where, in the minister’s words, “the epidemic is more active”.

In these municipalities there will be a “duty to stay at home”, with the exception of going to work and school, for example (similar to what happened with 19 parishes in Lisbon) for 15 days.

It also decrees the prohibition of any events with more than five people in these three municipalities, which all establishments must close at 10 pm, teleworking whenever possible, prohibits home visits and the holding of markets and fairs.

“These municipalities that have been the subject of additional measures are municipalities that have been under high pressure from new cases,” said Health Minister Marta Temido, referring to Felgueiras, Lousada and Paços de Ferreira. The official considers that it is the only way, for now, to reduce the spread of the disease.

Flavors of the world at Casa da Baía

A set of workshops promoting the products of the region is taking place at Casa da Baía, which also proposes a journey through the flavors of the most beautiful bays in the world at the restaurant, in operation since August 1.

Casa da Baía hosts the first edition of the new Setúbal ao Vivo program, organized by the City Council, within the scope of which, until October 25, workshops aiming to disseminate and promote the products and arts and knowledge of the region take place.

The program includes cooking workshops, which always include tasting the dishes and sweets made during the session, and craft workshops, where participants can take home the work that has been done.

Participation requires prior registration through telephone contact 265 545 010 or by e-mail address Correio.ditur@mun-setubal.pt.

On the 5th september, there is a custard tarts workshop, between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm, hosted by Nuno Gil, with a cost of three euros for each participant, and on 12, from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm, Tiago Catering teaches how to make feijoada cuttlefish, in a session with registrations at eight euros.

Domingos Cruz, from Doces Afetos, teaches how to make assortments of cakes to accompany tea, with sugar, on the 19th september, and without sugar, on the 26th september, both taking place between 10 am and 12:30 pm, with a registration fee of three euros for each action.

Also in September, on the 22nd, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, trainer Maria Cristina Viegas conducts a workshop on Tile Painting, with a registration fee of ten euros per participant.

In October, the program includes workshops for the confection of those from Azeitão, on the 3rd, from 11 am to 1 pm, by Alzira Silva, and conventual sweets, at 10 am and midnight, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, with Nuno Gil. The registration fee is six and three euros per participant, respectively.

On the 17th, chef Álvaro Santos teaches how to cook savoy cabbage with farinheira in a session taking place between 3 pm and 6 pm, with a value of eight euros per person.

Chef Álvaro Santos is also responsible for the kitchen at Casa da Baía’s restaurant, which has been in operation since August 1, with a concept that “combines inspiration from the gastronomy of Setubal with traditional dishes from the most beautiful bays in the world”, explains responsible.

There are also vegetarian options, such as guiozas and risotto, and various fresh pastas, such as tagliatelle with cherry tomatoes and basil, which lead to a journey through the flavors of the world accompanied by wines from the region.

Thursdays at the restaurant are always themed and during the month of September they are dedicated to each of the five continents, starting on the 3rd, in Asia. Then, on the 10th, Africa, the 17th, Europe, and finally, the 24th, the Americas.

On Sundays, the kitchen is conducted in four hands by chef Álvaro Santos and a guest chef, who, on the next 6th, will be Vítor Gonçalves, from the restaurant O Malandro, in Lisbon.

On Sundays for four hands the menu made by the two chefs has a fixed price per person of 35 euros, which includes two starters, two dishes and a dessert.

The Casa da Baía restaurant by Álvaro Santos is also associated with gastronomic events organized by the Setúbal City Council to promote products from the region, such as the Oyster Week, which takes place between the 4th and the 13th of September.

The objective, explains Álvaro Santos, “is to have at least one dish on the menu in honor of the product featured in the gastronomic week” which, between September 4 and 13, will be an oyster with radish and salicornia ice. Casa da Baía’s restaurant is open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 7 pm to 12 am.

Last Covid info: Only 53% of Britons want a vaccine. Numbers fall in Germany

Only half of the British population would accept to be vaccinated against Covid-19, revealed a study quoted today by The Guardian. According to the publication, the “shocking conclusion” of this survey details that only 53% of the group of citizens interviewed would accept the administration of a vaccine, if available. The study was carried out in mid-July and included a sample of 2,237 residents of the United Kingdom, aged between 16 and 75 years old.

Mark Drakeford, Prime Minister of Wales, called on the population to “continue to maintain” social distance and to wash their hands frequently. The minister left the message on Twitter, at a time, that Wales reopens several establishments today. “Swimming pools, gyms and leisure centers will reopen in Wales today. Indoor spaces for children to play also open doors, but areas that are difficult to clean should remain closed,” said Drakeford, quotes The Guardian.

According to data released this Sunday by the Robert Koch Institute, Germany accounted, in the last 24 hours, for another death and 555 infected. With this update, the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in the country has increased to 9,196 and that of confirmed cases to 215,891.

According to the most recent data released by the DGS, Portugal now has 52,537 confirmed cases and 1,750 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, with more from Friday to Saturday 186 new cases of infection and four more deaths.

New Zealand today reached the 100 day without any local contagion in the country by coronavirus, although officials warned that letting down guard was out of the question. There are currently 23 cases of infected with covid-19 in the archipelago, but all were detected at the border, upon entering the country, and are in quarantine.

Mexico has reported 695 deaths and 6,495 cases of infection with the new coronavirus in the past 24 hours, Mexican health officials announced on Saturday. In total, the country recorded 52,006 deaths and 475,902 contagions confirmed since the beginning of the pandemic.

India has recorded 861 deaths and almost 64,000 cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, totaling 2,153,010 infected since the start of the pandemic. According to the Indian Ministry of Health the total number of deaths reached 43,379 in the country, including more than 20,000 in the last 30 days.

The number of deaths from Covid-19 is now 22,903 in Africa, a continent with more than one million infected by the disease, which mainly affects the southern and northern regions, according to the most recent official data.

The United States continues to be the country most affected by the outbreak, with the highest number of contagions and deaths associated with the new coronavirus. In the past 24 hours, an additional 1,252 dead and 63,913 infected have been identified, according to an independent count from Johns Hopkins University. In total, 162,304 fatalities and 4,989,976 confirmed cases have been reported in the USA.

Worldwide, the pandemic has already claimed about 722,000 deaths and infected more than 19.4 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.

May 5th – International Day to Commemorate the Portuguese Language

May 5th was the date chosen at the 40th UNESCO General Conference to celebrate the language and culture of countries that have Portuguese as their official language. Therefore, on that day, the cinema, literature and music of these countries are also honored, as they are responsible for the preservation of the language, in addition to making it cross linguistic and cultural boundaries.

On that day, all countries are invited to carry out activities that celebrate this language, which can range from showing films to holding debates on the language, which has already been honored by writers such as Olavo Bilac and Clarice Lispector.

The Origin of World Portuguese Language Day

On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), at its 40th General Conference, proclaimed May 5th as World Portuguese Language Day. According to the “Minutes of the conference” | 1 |, the choice of a day to commemorate the Portuguese language is justified by the “contribution of the Portuguese language in the preservation and diffusion of human civilization and culture”.

For this decision, was taken in consideration also the fact that:

  •     “Portuguese is the language of nine UNESCO Member States”,
  •     “Is the official language of three continental organizations and the UNESCO General Conference”,
  •     “Is spoken by over 265 million people”, in addition to being
  •     “The most spoken language in the Southern Hemisphere”.

Still, the choice of a day to honor the Portuguese language every year was also due to the “need to establish broader cooperation between peoples through multilingualism, cultural approximation and dialogue between civilizations”.

And also to the “2009 resolution of the Council of Ministers of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), which established May 5 as the Portuguese Language and Culture Day at CPLP”, and to the “guarantees offered by States that have the Portuguese as an official language, in relation to the safeguarding, conservation and celebration of that language, as well as its active commitment in favor of promoting a world day of the Portuguese language and participating in it ”.

Thus, it is the function of the Directorate-General of UNESCO to promote “the celebration of the World Day of the Portuguese Language” and to encourage “the Member States, especially those of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), and other interested parties to participate in this celebration in the way that each one considers most appropriate ”.

Coronavirus found in particles suspended in polluted air in northern Italy

Italian researchers have identified the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in air samples collected over three weeks in an industrial area in the province of Bergamo, northern Italy.

In a study still under review, whose preliminary version can now be consulted publicly, the team led by researcher Leonardo Setti, from the University of Bologna, claims to have identified the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in air samples collected over three weeks in an industrial area in the province of Bergamo, in northern Italy.

“This is the first preliminary evidence that SARS-CoV-2 RNA may be present in suspended particles, which suggests that, under conditions of atmospheric stability and large concentrations of suspended particles, SARS-CoV-2 may create agglomerates with the particles and, by reducing its diffusion coefficient, increase the persistence of the virus in the atmosphere”, explain the researchers.

In a theoretical hypothesis published before the release of these results, the same researchers had suggested the possibility that a greater exposure of the population of northern Italy – a more industrialized region – to airborne particles may have been responsible for a greater incidence of Covid-19 in that area of the country.

The possibility that the virus can be transmitted by particles suspended in polluted air is directly related to the way in which the virus itself is transmitted, and the World Health Organization has already repeated that it is not transmitted by air. In other words, according to WHO: “SARS-CoV-2 is only transmitted by droplets expelled by infected people, not being suspended in the air” – information that can now be called into question by these new studies.