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Voice of America 25 Jul 2020

Brazil Indigenous Leader Discharged from Hospital


Chief Raoni Metuktire, an Indigenous leader who has become a symbol of the fight for Indigenous rights and preservation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, has recovered from an illness after being hospitalized for 10 days, a doctor said Saturday.

Raoni had been taken to a private hospital in Sinop, a city in Mato Grosso state in western Brazil, from his home in the Xingu Indigenous reservation after suffering diarrhea and dehydration, said his great-nephew, Patxon Metuktire.

Raoni, the nearly 90-year-old Kayapó ethnic leader, had tested negative for the new coronavirus.

Dr. Douglas Yanai said Raoni was formally discharged Saturday and later left the hospital after logistics for his trip home were arranged.


More than 4,000 people were discharged from hospital into care homes without being tested for COVID-19 around the peak of the pandemic, figures obtained by Sky News reveal.

The data from NHS Trusts shows two thirds of elderly patients discharged hadn't had a coronavirus test.

A total of 6,435 elderly patients were discharged between 19 March and 15 April, with 2,225 being tested and 4,210 not receiving a test.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was removed from the House of Commons by the Speaker for calling a Bloc MP 'racist' on Wednesday. He refused to apologize or withdraw the remark.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been released from the hospital after being treated for a possible infection. After undergoing a follow up procedure to an earlier surgery, the Supreme Court says she is "home and doing well."
One doctor in Miami started her own COVID-19 testing site while another in New York City partnered with a group of testing sites in order to better treat these underserved populations.

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