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Brazil confirms first indigenous coronavirus case in the Amazon

first_imgThe patient, whose name was not made public, is a medical worker who had traveled upriver to several villages, including the town of Tabatinga, and returned home with fever, a sore throat and chest pains, the O Globo newspaper reported.Four cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the same district, including a Brazilian doctor who tested positive last week, raising fears that the epidemic could spread to remote and vulnerable indigenous communities with devastating effect.The doctor, whose name was not made public, had returned from vacation in southern Brazil to work with the Tikunas, one of the largest tribe in the Amazon with more than 30,000 people who live in the upper Amazon near the borders with Colombia and Peru.Health experts warn that the spreading virus could be lethal for Brazil’s 850,000 indigenous people, who have been decimated for centuries by diseases brought by Europeans, from smallpox and malaria to the flu.Health experts say the indigenous peoples’ way of life in communal hamlets under large thatched structures increases the risk of contagion if any single member contracts the virus, which causes the sometimes fatal respiratory disease COVID-19.  Topics : An indigenous woman in a village deep in the Amazon rainforest has contracted the novel coronavirus, the first case reported among Brazil’s more than 300 tribes, the Health Ministry’s indigenous health service Sesai said on Wednesday.The 19-year-old woman from the Kokama tribe tested positive for the virus in the district of Santo Antonio do Içá, located near the border with Colombia some 880 km up the Amazon river from the state capital Manaus.”Unfortunately, we have an indigenous person with the virus,” said a Sesait spokeswoman by telephone.last_img read more

Blizzard Bike Club looking for volunteers to help maintain Beatton Park bike trails

first_imgEvents the club will hold specific to the Beatton Trails the club will include:Weekly Tuesday rides: May-September at 7:00 p.m.July 8th: “Beatton to Death” 6 Hour Mountain Bike Endurance race at 9:00 a.m.August 26th: Mountain Bike Club Championship at 2:00 p.m.If you have a passion for mountain biking and want to volunteer your time, contact the club at: [email protected] FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Blizzard Bike Club is looking for volunteers to help maintain mountain bike trails in Beatton Park.Volunteers are needed because there are currently no functional single or double track registered trails available for mountain bikers in the Fort St. John area. The club explained that the trails would provide excellent training opportunities for riders young and old.In 2017 the Blizzard Bicycle Club received a $7,155.33 grant from the Peace River Regional District under their “Recreational Trails Grants‐in‐Aid” program to assist with the development of bike trails within the Beatton Provincial Park.- Advertisement -Rakes, shovels and other hand tools will be used to prevent erosion, control vegetation, and manage deadfall on the trails.The attached map outlines existing trails shown in red, existing cross‐country ski trails the club will look to improve for mountain biking in green, and proposed narrow new cut/minimal cut trails in yellow:Map of Beaton Trails. Photo by Blizzard Bike Club.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgThey keep an eye-out for you so now it’s time to keep an eye-out for them!North West Alarms have been safeguarding Donegal homes and businesses for years. Their famous VW Transporter van has been a regular fixture on the county’s roads since 1995.Now the company has a new look with its VW Caddy van which advertises the wide range of security systems and services available to the domestic and commercial market.So keep an eye out for us on the road and any queries for your security needs contact us on 074 9721687. All jobs are priced with free no obligation quotations.  NORTH WEST ALARMS – A NEW LOOK BUT STILL THE SAME GREAT SERVICE! was last modified: July 21st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:North West AlarmsVW Caddylast_img read more