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We Will Not Confine Machico

The President of the Regional Government has confirmed that despite the increasing number of cases of Covid-19 he will not erect a security barrier around Machico, arguing that this measure could only be justified "if there was a lack of control and community transmission." Even so, he said the situation  calls for scrupulous compliance with the rules and reaffirmed that strict inspections will be carried out on all bars and restaurants.

Bacterium Escape from Chinese Laboratory

Officials have confirmed that more than 10,500 people have contracted brucellosis, an animal disease, in northwest China, after the bacteria 'escaped' from a biopharmaceutical laboratory that produces vaccines for animals. Brucellosis is a disease transmitted by cattle or animal products. It is generally not contagious among humans, but it can cause fever, headache and pains in joints.

Specific Antihistamines May Combat Covid

Results from a study by the Florida University of Health indicate that three antihistamine drugs have shown they have varying degrees of effectiveness in inhibiting cell infection by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.  The findings came about after analysing samples in the laboratory and performing a detailed analysis of nearly 250,000 medical patient records from California.

Almost 50% of Hotels Expect to Close By End of 2020

According to an Associação de Hotelaria de Portugal (AHP) flash survey entitled "Closures in Hospitality 2020/2021," the results of which were presented today at an online press conference by the executive chairman of AHP, Cristina Siza Vieira, almost 50% of hotels will close by the end of the year while several hotel chains have confirmed that they will have to close 56% of their establishments by the end of 2020. 

Litter Free Porto Santo

Within the scope of the “Porto Santo Sem Lixo Marinho” project, a coastal cleaning campaign will take place during the 14th to the 19th of December.  Depending on the number of people who volunteer, this clean-up may also extend to streams and other places where rubbish and marine litter frequently…

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