April 13th 2020.
Singer-songwriter Moraes Moreira, known for several Brazilian popular music hits, has died at the age of 72 in Rio de Janeiro. Yesterday, Brazilian Health minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta was interviewed by Globo TV, and expressed his desire to unite in a “single voice” statements from his team and that of the president, after several weeks of public spats between them both. Fourteen people have been arrested by the São Paulo civil police with 15 thousand coronavirus test kits stolen from an import warehouse at the Guarulhos International Airport, and were ordered by a local judge to serve preventive detention for an undetermined period of time. Seventy COVID-19 vaccines are currently in development around the world; three of them are already being tested in humans. Finally, Ukrainian firemen have been struggling to fight the forest fires which have been ravaging the region surrounding the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
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Moraes Moreira, singer-songwriter, is dead at 72
Brazilian singer-songwriter Moraes Moreira died today in his Rio de Janeiro home, at the age of 72. According to his family, the cause of death is still unknown. Born in Ituaçu, Bahia, Moreira was one of the most important artists of Brazilian popular music, having composed several successful songs, such as “Sintonia”, and “Pombo Correio”, among others. He is also considered to be the first “trio-elétrico” singer, helping to make this kind of performance popular during Salvador’s carnival street parties.
“Brazilians don’t know whether to listen to the minister or the president,” says Mandetta
Brazilian Health minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta has asked people to maintain social distancing in order to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, and defended a “single voice” from the government in order to avoid misleading the population. “Brazilians don’t know whether to listen to the president or the minister,” said Mandetta yesterday, during an interview with Globo TV’s Fantástico. For the minister, the months of May and June will be the hardest to be faced by the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, president Jair Bolsonaro declared in a live social media broadcast that “the issue of the virus already seems to be going away, but the issue of unemployment is hitting hard.”
14 to remain detained after being arrested with stolen coronavirus test kits
On-call judge Érika Fernandes Fortes ordered the preventive detention for an undetermined period of time of all fourteen individuals arrested with 15 thousand stolen coronavirus test kits, as well as nearly 2 million pieces of prevention equipment, in an operation executed by São Paulo state civil police. They were planning to sell all items for R$ 3 million to an undercover chief of police who approached the criminal gang under the guise of a businessman. One of the arrested, Marcos Zheng, accused of being the mastermind of the operation, owns the real estate property where the cargo, which had been stolen from an import outlet at Guarulhos International Airport, was found.
70 COVID-19 vaccines are currently being developed around the world
Seventy vaccines against COVID-19 are currently in development all over the world, according to a document issued by the World Health Organization on April 11th. Three of them are already being tested in humans, and the rest are still in pre-clinical assessment stages. The medication currently on the most advanced level of development, known as stage 2, is being studied by Hong Kong-based company CanSino Biologics and China’s Beijing Biotechnology Institute. In the United States, Moderna and Inovio Pharmaceuticals are currently on stage 1 of their clinical trials.
Firemen are working to control Chernobyl forest fires
Ukrainian firemen are struggling to control wildfires which began nearly a week ago in the region surrounding the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. On Friday, the head of Ukraine’s emergency services, Andriy Vatolin, said the situation in the region was still tense, and that over 50 members of his department were sent to help to keep the situation under control. “We hope that, with this joint effort, we can overcome this misfortune,” he told Russian news agency Tass. A total of 400 firemen, 100 trucks, and some helicopters have already been deployed to fight the blazes in the uninhabited region.