A second wave of COVID cases hits Southern California with unprecedented numbers

The continuous increase in covid cases turned the alarms for Southern California residents who follow strict measures to decrease the spread of the virus. The L.A. Times reported that the ICU capacity dropped to 0%.

The severity of this second wave forced Governor Newsom to restrict indoor and outdoor dining and reinforce the order of maintaining distance. Newsom used his Twitter account to send a reminder of the importance of wearing a mask.

L.A. county is on the verge of becoming the next epicenter of COVID-19 during the holidays as people continue to gather to celebrate. ABC7 informed that a record number of 201 new daily infections were reported and that case numbers are projected to grow.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti expressed to AB7 that if the current trends continue for the next three to five weeks, the county’s health system will “have nothing left.” He also said a “systemwide crisis” may need to be declared and a countywide emergency order could be issued if hospitals remain inundated with patients.

To counteract the impact of this second wave of infections, Governor Newsom announced in a TikTok video the arrival of 393,000 doses of the COVID19 Pfizer vaccine.

According to Governor Newsom, this is excellent news for healthcare workers and long-term residents who will be the first to have access to the vaccine.

Meanwhile, the vaccine becomes available for most citizens. The Los Angeles County continues to spread awareness of the importance of wearing a mask, the constant wash of hands, and keeping distance, especially in public spaces.

Actor Sean Connery dies age 90

The famous actor known to be the first to give life to James Bond died surrounded by his family and peacefully in his sleep, BBC reported.

The Scottish actor was part of other famous films such as “Marnie,” “Murder on the Orient Express,” “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” and “The Untouchables.” This last film made him win an Academy Award for best-supporting actor for his performance as Chicago cop Jim Malone.

Movie Clip of Sean Connery in Indiana Jones.

Celebrities around the world expressed their condolences and admiration to the late actor. Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson, James Bond producers, use the official James Bond 007 Twitter account to communicate how devastated they were with the news.

The daily mail revealed in an interview with Connery’s widow, Micheline Roquebrune’s, that the Oscar-winning star had dementia and took its toll on him. Connery and Micheline were married for 45 years. Micheline stood by his side until his last breath. The daily mail also reported that Connery will be cremated in the Bahamas, and a memorial service will be held at a later day.

Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for Coronavirus

Cristiano Ronaldo test positive for COVID 19 while with his country’s national soccer team. The Portuguese soccer federation announced on Tuesday that the soccer superstar was doing well and asymptomatic.

Ronaldo shared a photograph of himself with the rest of the team having dinner without a mask or social distancing.

Ronaldo, known for being one of the most prolific goal scorers in the sport’s history, joins the lists of high-profile athletes that have contracted the virus. The other sports icons who have tested positive include NFL players Stephon Gilmore and Cam Newton, and Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic.

The World Health Organization said Tuesday there were more than 700,000 new COVID-19 cases reported in Europe last week, a jump of 34% from the previous week. Britain, France, Russia, and Spain accounted for more than half of the new infections.

The soccer federations are trying to recover all the financial loss from the past months with different world leagues’ return. Most world soccer leagues have opted for playing games without an audience to avoid the spread of the virus.

Ronaldo will miss his country’s next Nations League game against Sweden on Wednesday and the Juventus’ upcoming matches. His fans look forward to seeing him back in the field soon.

Gender-reveal party blamed for a 10,000-acre wildfire in California

A dream celebration for a couple in South California became one of their worst nightmares. A pyrotechnic at a gender reveal celebration triggered 13,3715 acres in San Bernardino County, Cal Fire reported on Twitter.

“Those responsible for starting fires due to negligence or illegal activity can be held financially and criminally responsible.” Cal Fire Department

The El Dorado Fire has caused more than 3,000 to flee their homes and remains 5 percent contaminant. Sadly this is not the first time this kind of situation occurs, as many recall back in 2017, an off- duty US Border Patrol agent shot a rifle at a target packed with an explosive as part of a gender reveal that ignited the Sawmill fire in Arizona.

Courtesy of AFP

The heat waves L.A. is facing does not help the current situation. According to the National Weather Service, Los Angeles has set record temperatures with Woodland Hills registering 121 degrees last Sunday afternoon. The fire season so far has left 1.6 million acres destroyed.

CNN reported that the woman responsible for popularizing the gender reveal parties took over her Facebook to condemn them by saying, “Stop having these stupid parties. For the love of God, stop burning things down to tell everyone about your kid’s penis. No one cares but you.

There is a lack of empathy and conscience from families that are not only violating restrictions during this fire season but are also throwing a party during a pandemic without proper safety measures. Firefighters and healthcare workers should not be risking their lives, while many citizens continue to live their lives regularly without taking precautions.

Oh Boy! there is still a lot to do to be better humans and protect our planet from our actions.

Los Angeles’ homelessness crisis

If you live in L.A., you know that you’ll find a homeless person almost in every street in this big city. California has one of the most privileged weather in the world, and that is one of the main reasons why many people end up moving to this state. Among those who moved to pursue their Hollywood dream are also those who live on the streets because they fled the east, north, and south cold temperatures. The L.A. Times reports that there are about 59,000 homeless in the county. Every homeless person is exposed to violence and different illnesses; however, these two threats affect the female population more than men. They are a perfect target for sexual predators.

Business owners consider this problematic a threat to their businesses. From the trash left in front of their restaurants to people urinating in their properties are some of their claims.
A manufacturing owner in Oceanside expresses in this ABC10 video his concerns about the issue.

L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti has responded to this crisis with the creations of new shelters and assistance programs that could not only provide the homeless with a place to stay and eat but rehabilitate.

The escalation of the problem is attributed to different reasons, one of the is express in this “Turning point USA” video in which they blamed the homeless crisis on socialism.

Alza de violencia doméstica a causa de confinamiento

Mientras muchos países alrededor del mundo deciden mantener una cuarentena para proteger a sus ciudadanos del coronavirus, un sector muy vulnerable de la población está más expuesto que nunca, las víctimas de violencia doméstica. Las personas que sufren de violencia en el hogar se encuentran atrapadas con sus agresores debido a las estrictas medidas de confinamiento que se han impuesto en cada país.

El alza de los casos de violencia ha sido evidente en los números que presentan diversos países.

  • Brasil: La jueza Adriana Mello, del fuero de Violencia Doméstica del Tribunal de Justicia de Río de Janeiro, el segundo estado con más infectados de coronavirus, expresó “Desde que comenzó la cuarentena tuvimos una aumento del 50% de las denuncias por violencia contra la mujer”.
  • Uruguay: Entre el 17 y el 25 de marzo se registraron un promedio diario de 978 denuncias, un 17.97% más que el de 829 presentado en los primeros 16 días del mes de acuerdo a la Defensoría del Pueblo del Ministerio de la Familia.
  • Argentina: De acuerdo a la asociación feminista Mujeres de la Matria Latinoamericana (Mumala) dicho país alcanza los 11 feminicidios durante esta cuarentena.
  • Australia: El Gobierno dijo que, durante la pandemia, Google ha registrado la mayor cantidad de búsquedas de ayuda por violencia doméstica de los últimos cinco años, con un aumento del 75%.
  • Italia: La línea de ayuda “Teléfono Rosa” recibió un 55% menos de llamadas en las primeras dos semanas de marzo porque a muchas mujeres les resultó difícil pedir ayuda durante la cuarentena.
  • Francia: De acuerdo al ministro del Interior, hubo un aumento del 36% en la intervención policial para casos de violencia en París.
  • Honduras: De acuerdo al Centro de Estudios de la Mujer, en lo que va de la cuarentena se registran 9 denuncias de violencia intrafamiliar, 13 por violencia doméstica y 1 por violación solo en Tegucigalpa. Mientras que en San Pedro Sula son 53 las denuncias hechas por violencia doméstica hasta ahora.

ONU Mujeres señaló en un informe de que en este contexto de emergencia “aumentan los riesgos de violencia contra las mujeres y las niñas, especialmente violencia doméstica, debido al aumento de las tensiones en el hogar y puede también aumentar el aislamiento de las mujeres. Las personas sobrevivientes de violencia pueden enfrentar obstáculos adicionales para huir de situaciones violentas o para acceder a órdenes de protección y/o servicios esenciales que pueden salvar vidas, debido a factores como las restricciones de la circulación o la cuarentena”.

Medidas de apoyo

Debido a que las farmacias son uno de los lugares a los cuales las personas se pueden movilizar durante la orden de confinamiento, el Gobierno de Islas Canarias, en España, optó por incentivar a las mujeres maltratadas a utilizar la clave “Mascarilla-19” para alertar al personal farmaceutico de que necesitan ayuda inmediata y así estos poder llamar al numero de asistencia “112”.

Esta brillante acción ahora ha sido adoptada por otros países tales como Francia, donde también el gobierno comunicó que pagará 20,000 noches en habitaciones de hotel para víctimas de violencia y así mismo abrirá centros emergentes de asesoramiento en supermercados. El gobierno australiano por su parte, ha presentado un paquete de unos US$ 92 millones de dólares para apoyar a las víctimas de violencia doméstica, sexual y familiar.

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Teléfono de atención 1455Linea púrpura 01 8000 112 137 o WhatsApp 300 755 18 46-Línea Nacional sobre Violencia Doméstica llamando al 1-800-799-7233 (para español oprima 2) o al 1-800-787-3224 (TTY, para personas con discapacidad auditiva). En caso de peligro inmediato o emergencia, llame al 911 o al número de la policía local.Coordinadora Paz para la Mujer: 787-281-7579, 787-777-0378
Oficina de la Procuradora de las Mujeres:
Línea de emergencia
: 787-722-2977
Línea de emergencia isla– 1-800-981-9676
San Juan– 787-721-7676
Fiscalía de Turno TGU 2237-6908/2237-6830
Resto del país vía llamada por WhatsApp en horario de 4:00 am a 6:00 pm 33958035 Legal
31579167 Espiritual
95075026 Psicológica
Fiscalía del Ministerio Público Caracas
Número de atención 0800-4141 y *4141(desde el celular) funciona de lunes a viernes de 8:00a 0:00 y los sábados y domingos de 8:00 a 20:00 hs.Número de apoyo 1(800)737-732“Todas los integrantes de la familia que observen algún indicio de violencia, deben llamar a la #Línea100 para pedir apoyo y orientación. 
Ministerio de la Mujer y Pob. Vulnerables
Algunos números de asistencia en caso de sufrir de violencia doméstica.

El siguiente link muestra el directorio de las líneas de ayuda de cada país de la Unión Europea. https://ec.europa.eu/justice/saynostopvaw/helpline.html

Médicos sin Fronteras Honduras también se sumó y compartió en redes sociales su disposición para ayudar a víctimas de maltrato en medio de esta Pandemia.

En México, donde de acuerdo a Amnistía Internacional 10 mujeres son asesinadas al día, estas son las opciones de atención que brinda el Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres.

Durante esta crisis y aún después, es necesaria la sensibilidad y atención de todos para poder evitar que este repunte de violencia continúe. Múltiples estudios han encontrado que el encierro puede causar un aumento del comportamiento agresivo en el hogar, sin embargo, nada excusa el abuso que puede incluso terminar con la vida de un ser humano. ¡No callemos, denunciemos siempre!