Portuguese football player Cristiano Ronaldo can be very pleased with his numbers in football statistics and on social networks alike. Slovakia, on the other hand, is in trouble: the new coronavirus mutation is spreading through the country despite strict bans and anti-epidemic measures. And did you know that a Harvard scientist is convinced that an alien ship had entered our solar system?
A few weeks ago, news of a new coronavirus strain from South England had caused a great stir. Much of the world immediately resorted to harsh restrictions, even some parts of Britain have isolated themselves. However, the measures faild to stop the spread of the more contagious form of coronavirus. The new mutation B.1.1.7. has now been confirmed at our closest neighbors. This coronavirus strain appeared in eastern Slovakia.
"Already in the first samples from the Michalovce district, Boris Klempa's team, in cooperation with the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics of Comenius University, managed to identify the so-called English strain,"
Minister of Health Marek Krajčí said on his social network. According to the scientists, the British form of coronavirus is up to 70 percent more contagious than the original strain. Its spread is particularly intense among children and more common in people under 60 years of age.
The anti-epidemic index DOG will undergo significant changes from Wednesday, January 6. This was stated by the head of the Ministry of Health, Jan Blatný. He had originally said that the DOG level would start to be counted according to the new rules as early as January 1, but in the end he decided to postpone the deadline. The percentage of newly infected people will no longer be taken into account in the calculation of the resulting risk index, as it is distorted by area-wide antigen testing. This increases the positivity of tests as well as the reproductive number and artificially raises the risk index, which, as a result, remains well above the 4/5 degree of the anti-epidemic index DOG.
According to the Ministry of Health, the resulting score should be more in line with reality from tomorrow. More data from hospitals will be taken into account. It is the occupancy of hospitals that is a key indicator of the current strength of the epidemic. The congestion of the country's health care system is the biggest coronavirus-related scarecrow, and the very reason why anti-epidemic measures are in place worldwide.
The native of Funchal is enjoying a great period of life. Having shared a photo of his four children and girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez on social networks during the Christmas holidays, Cristiano Ronaldo proceeded to score on the football pitch. He scored two more goals in the Italian Serie A, and in the number of goals in professional football matches for a team or the national team, he has already surpassed the Brazilian footballer Pelé. He lacks a single goal to match the record of the legendary Czech footbal player Josef Bican. Ronald is also doing very well on social networks. He became the first person to collect more than 250 million followers on Instagram. In 2020, it gained 50 million new supporters. It is this social network that provides Cristian with a very nice extra income. According to experts, he asks an amount of around 30 million crowns for a single photo in his feed.
Samsung will officially announce its new smartphone flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S21, next Thursday, January 14. In addition to the basic version, the S21 Plus and the more premium S21 Ultra models will also be introduced. The South Korean technology giant simply named the event Galaxy Unpacked and chose the slogan "Welcome to the Everyday Epic". It will be available on Samsung.com or YouTube from 4 pm. In addition to the three new smartphones mentioned, Samsung should also introduce a new edition of smart watches and new Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro headphones.
In his forthcoming book, Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth, Avi Loeb discusses his theory of an unidentified object that entered our solar system in 2017. The interstellar object called Oumuamua was first seen with the Pan-STARRS telescope at the Haleakala Observatory in Hawaii. While most scientists have classified this object as a comet, Avi Loeb is convinced that it was alien technology.
"What would happen if a caveman saw a cellphone? He's seen rocks all his life, and he would have thought it was just a shiny rock,"
That's all from us for today. We wish you a carefree and, if possible, quiet Tuesday. And let us remind you of the wise words of the ancient philosopher Epictetus: