Top Brazil court authorizes investigation of health minister

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian Supreme Court justice has authorized the investigation of Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello to determine whether he is responsible for the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the Amazonian city Manaus. Brazil’s Prosecutor-general Augusto Aras on Saturday asked the court to open an investigation, citing a document that said the health ministry knew of a possible oxygen shortage in Manaus as early as  Jan. 8, but that the federal government didn’t begin sending extra supplies until four days later. Jam-packed hospitals this month ran out of oxygen, and patients’ family members searched for oxygen tanks to keep their loved ones breathing. Still, dozens died asphyxiated.last_img

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LSH snatches Vigers to raise Asian profile

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UK COVID-19 death toll rises to nearly 50,000, Reuters tally shows

first_imgTopics : Johnson’s government says that while it may have made some mistakes it is grappling with the biggest public health crisis since the 1918 influenza outbreak and that it has ensured the health service was not overwhelmed.Still, the grim death toll surpasses even some projections by the government’s own scientific advisers.In March, Britain’s chief scientific adviser said keeping deaths below 20,000 would be a “good outcome”. In April, Reuters reported the government’s worst-case scenario was 50,000 deaths.Unlike the daily death toll published by the government, Tuesday’s death certificate figures include suspected cases and confirmed cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.Epidemiologists say excess mortality – deaths from all causes that exceed the five-year average for the time of year – is the best way of gauging deaths from a disease outbreak because it is internationally comparable.Some 62,000 more people than usual have died in the United Kingdom during this year’s coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest available data, an expert from the Office for National Statistics said on Tuesday. The United Kingdom’s COVID-19 death toll neared 50,000 on Tuesday, confirming its place as one of the worst hit countries in the world just as Prime Minister Boris Johnson tries to ease the stringent novel coronavirus outbreak.The toll now stands at 49,646, including death certificate data for England and Wales released on Tuesday up to May 22, previously published figures for Scotland and Northern Ireland, and recent hospital deaths in England.Such a large death toll has prompted criticism of Johnson, who opposition parties say was too slow to impose a lockdown, too slow to protect the elderly in nursing homes and too slow to build a test and trace system.last_img read more

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Hughton: Ruddy ready to push Hart

first_img Ruddy was selected in Roy Hodgson’s squad for the matches against Moldova next Friday and Ukraine the following Tuesday, along with Hart and Celtic’s uncapped Fraser Forster. Hodgson has backed Hart despite the goalkeeper being blamed for his part in Manchester City’s shock 3-2 defeat by Cardiff on Sunday and being at fault for the first goal as England beat Scotland 3-2 earlier this month. Hughton, however, insists Ruddy, who missed a large chunk of last season when he underwent an operation on a thigh injury, is in the sort of form to put real pressure on Hart. Hughton said: “Any player that goes on international duty is there on merit and to challenge and to play. “If I look at the progress he (Ruddy) has made over the last few seasons he has the capabilities to really push for a place. “It’s early in the season but if I look at the reaction from a disappointing season for him last season, at least the last two thirds of the season with the injury, he has made a full recovery from that and at the moment is back to where he was before the injury. “I think he has done well and has put himself in position to put pressure on the position. And that’s how it should be. Anyone who is involved in an international squad should be there on merit and feel they can put real competition on that position. “He’s a big personality, a big frame, and his performances for us over the last few seasons have very much warranted him being in that international squad.” Norwich manager Chris Hughton believes goalkeeper John Ruddy is ready to put pressure on England’s number one Joe Hart when the vital World Cup qualifiers get under way next week.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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