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  • European Council President in embarrassing seating gaffe
    European Council President in embarrassing seating gaffe

    After a seating arrangement mistake Charles Michel said he “hasn’t slept very well”.

    European Council President in embarrassing seating gaffe. The incident occurred this week at a meeting in Ankara. The European Council President took the only chair left available which placed him next to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. However when the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, entered the room she looked confused and raised her hand.

    She had to sit on a settee further away and next to the Turkish Foreign Minister who is lower in order than her. Mr Michel said in an interview with a German newspaper “I make no secret of the fact that I haven’t slept well at night since because the scenes keep replaying in my head.” He added that it was a “disastrous situation” and said if he could go back and change it he would.

    He added “I deeply regret this situation. I can tell you that I have rewound the scene in my head… I would like so much to rewind, to go back. If I could do it, I would make sure that there is no ambiguity whatsoever.” The embarrassing incident was not mentioned in a news conference afterwards by Ms Von der Leyer.

    In a statement an EU spokesperson said “We will be making the appropriate contacts to ensure this doesn’t happen again in future.”

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  • Boston teenager suffered “penis erosions” while having COVID
    Boston teenager suffered “penis erosions” while having COVID

    A report has revealed a Boston teenager suffered from “penis erosions” while having COVID.

    Boston teenager suffered “penis erosions” while having COVID. The 17-year-old, who has remained unnamed, went to Boston Children’s Hospital after suffering from “erosions” and mouth ulcers for three days. He had tested positive for coronavirus the previous week after losing his taste and smell.

    After an examination doctors found he had red lesions on his penis and mouth ulcers. The lesions on his penis were “painless” it was reported. He was treated, however over the next three days the ulcers got worse. The doctors put him on an oral steroid which saw a “marked improvement”.

    Other tests carried out revealed normal levels of blood oxygen and breathing rate. After a few days they re-tested the teen for COVID and a positive result was found. Doctors diagnosed him with “SARS-CoV-2 [coronavirus]–associated reactive infectious mucocutaneous eruption (RIME)”.

    As his mouth ulcers got progressively worse he was given the steroid prednisone as an oral solution every day for four days. Doctors said “This was followed by drastic improvement in his mucositis.” Conclusions from specialists said COVID was a “likely trigger” for the boy’s symptoms.

    Speaking of the teenage patient, the medics wrote. “This case highlights what is to our knowledge the first report of SARS-CoV-2–induced RIME.” However skin symptoms like rashes, chilblains and hives are relatively common among coronavirus patients.

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Portugal News

  • Cross Border Cooperation measures announced between Spain & Portugal
    Cross Border Cooperation measures announced between Spain & Portugal

    Spain and Portugal announced a series of measures on Saturday to strengthen cross-border cooperation, including better access to health and social services for citizens living along their shared 750-mile border.

    Following an annual summit in Guarda, Portugal, the prime ministers of both countries said a new identity card would allow people working on the other side of the border to access health services there.

    The measures are aimed at helping 1.6 million Portuguese and 3.4 Spanish inhabitants along the border, which comprises some of the poorest districts in both countries.

    At a press conference after the summit, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said ambulance services would operate across both countries so that patients could be served by the nearest vehicle, whether from Portugal or Spain.

    Other measures expected include bilingual schools and a joint centre for combating fires. A full package will be announced by the end of the day on Saturday.

    The border has remained open to workers and transport of goods between mid-March to July 1, despite the coronarivus pandemic. But it was closed to tourists, hurting local businesses reliant on tourism. [L8N2E826K]

    “I am in Portugal every day. Everyone knows me,” said Florencio Ramos Ramos from Spain who sells wild mushrooms in his shop in the tiny municipality of Salamanca.

    “But we’ve always been a disadvantaged zone – both the Portuguese side, and the Spanish,” he told Portuguese broadcaster RTP.


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