Covid’s death surges across tired U.S.
The summer, which began with the plunge in Case Road and the real hope that the worst of Covid-19 had passed, ended with a surge in deaths, hospital fullness, and a bitter perception that the pandemic wasn’t over yet in the United States. I did.
The country now has more than 160,000 new cases per day and about 100,000 nationwide, despite rising vaccination rates and beginning to decline in cases in some hit southern states. We report that one Covid patient is hospitalized. The resurrection has exhausted the country and is less certain than ever when normality will return.
Over 1,500 Americans die most days, less than during peak winters, but worse than last summer. With millions of school children returning to the classroom (some for the first time since March 2020), public health experts say an increase in coronavirus clusters in schools is inevitable.
High Low: Dr. John Swartzberg, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, Berkeley, said: “We started to enjoy life again. In just a few weeks, everything collapsed.”
Vaccine update: Health officials say most of the patients who are hospitalized and die are unvaccinated and stress the health care system. About 47 percent of Americans are not fully vaccinated.
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Failed plan to reconcile France and Russia
The return of the skeleton of General Charles Estienne Gudin, a Napoleonic general who died in Russia in 1812, was to bring together the leaders of two long-conflicted nations. French President Emmanuel Macron hosted Russia’s Vladimir Putin for a funeral that served as Hatchet’s iconic burial.
Instead, a small ceremony took place in a harsh hangar at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, next to the decommissioned Concorde Jet. The president couldn’t be seen anywhere.
Formerly regarded as an opportunity to harness history for diplomatic purposes, the plan was shaped by France’s discomfort with Russia’s increasingly stringent domestic and foreign policies and its diplomatic history of shadow mediators and backdoors. It was sunk by the peculiarities of complex relationships.
Can be quoted: Alberic Dorlean, a descendant of the general, said the return of his body was overly politicized. “I feel I missed a unique opportunity to improve relations between France and Russia,” he said.
“Everyone is on the list”
Nicaragua’s president Daniel Ortega’s quest for a fourth term has plunged the country of Central America into a state of widespread horror. Ortega is currently running on ballots with no credible challengers, transforming Nicaragua into a police state.
Since June, police have imprisoned or arrested seven candidates for the November presidential election and dozens of political activists and civil society leaders.
Government critics say the arrest put Nicaragua in a more oppressive state than in the early days of Anastasia Somoza’s dictatorship, which was overthrown by the Sandinista Revolutionary Movement led by Ortega in 1979.
detail: The crackdown includes billionaire bankers and Marxist guerrillas, decorated generals and lesser-known local activists, student leaders, and addicting intellectuals.
First person: “Everyone is on the list,” said a Nicaraguan businessman who spoke on condition of anonymity after a family home was attacked by police and feared retaliation. “You are just trying to figure out how high or low your name is based on your recent arrest.”
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Where the pandemic is remembered
The German Hygiene Museum in Dresden is elevating itself as a “museum of humans and the human body,” said its director, Klaus Vogel. However, as the coronavirus has given new deadly urgency to the prevention of the disease, the museum is working on ways to deal with what it is named, Annalisa Quinn reports.
During times of health crisis, similar debates have been repeated throughout the history of medicine, often addressing the issues of privacy, personal freedom, and the best way to convey health information to skeptics.
The museum has more than 10,000 posters related to the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, recommending people to be vaccinated against smallpox, where effective vaccines were first available. “From the beginning, we had a problem recommending people to vaccinate,” said Carola Ruprecht, director of the museum’s education department.
Smallpox vaccination has finally become mandatory in many parts of the United States and in many places, including present-day Germany. This was controversial at the time, as was the currently proposed mandatory vaccine mandate.
The argument is still the same, Ruprecht said. “The main question is what should be considered more important. The envisioned protection of society as a whole by vaccination, or the freedom of each individual to decide for himself?”
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