Daily Archives: September 5, 2020

2020-09-05: News Headlines

Editor (2020-09-05). COVID-19 y la crisis de salud — El no ser Trump no es suficiente. workers.org Una vez cada cuatro años, los dos principales partidos capitalistas de Estados Unidos obtienen medios ilimitados en horario de máxima audiencia, con mucho alboroto, para promover a sus candidatos a presidente y vicepresidente de Estados Unidos. La Convención Nacional Demócrata de cuatro días que terminó el 20 de agosto ofreció . . . |

Posted by Lynda Carson (2020-09-05). Tenant Rights Groups Bracing for Flood of Questions Around New State Law. indybay.org Eviction Protections During The Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic…

Geoff Watts (2020-09-05). [Obituary] Maria Angela Brito de Sousa. thelancet.com Immunologist and leader in science. Born in Lisbon, Portugal, on Oct 17, 1939, she died there of COVID-19 on April 14, 2020, aged 80 years.

Patralekha Chatterjee (2020-09-05). [World Report] Is India missing COVID-19 deaths? thelancet.com Experts have questioned shortcomings and lack of clarity in vital registration, testing practices, and classification of COVID-19 deaths. Patralekha Chatterjee reports from New Delhi.

The Lancet (2020-09-05). [Editorial] COVID-19: a new lens for non-communicable diseases. thelancet.com On Sept 19, 2011, global leaders met at the UN in New York, USA, to set an international agenda on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which cause three-quarters of global deaths. This was only the second time in history that the UN General Assembly had met to discuss a health issue (the first was for HIV/AIDS in 2016). In 2015, Sustainable Development Goal 3.4 set the ambitious target for countries to reduce their risk of premature mortality from NCDs by a third relative to 2015 levels by 2030. The Lancet NCD Countdown 2030, published on Sept 3, reveals that, among high-income countries, only Denmark, Luxembourg,…

Sharmila Devi (2020-09-05). [World Report] COVID-19 exacerbates violence against health workers. thelancet.com Hundreds of incidents of violence and harassment have been recorded, but these are likely to be just the tip of the iceberg. Sharmila Devi reports.

Richard Horton (2020-09-05). [Comment] Offline: Strengthening the voice of medicine in society. thelancet.com Do doctors have too much power? The influential French writer and philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy believes so. In his response to COVID-19, The Virus in the Age of Madness, Lévy complains that physicians have been transformed into "supermen and superwomen". They have been endowed by politicians and publics "with extraordinary powers". This bestowal of power is strange. For, Lévy argues, COVID-19 is nothing unusual—"that sort of disaster has always been with us". What is different this time is how we have reacted.

The Canary (2020-09-05). Tories' plans to cut foreign aid criticised as 'morally reprehensible'. thecanary.co Cutting the UK's foreign aid budget would be a "devastatingly backwards step" which would send a "worrying message" to the rest of the world, Boris Johnson has been told. | A cross-party group of MPs has written to the prime minister demanding he urgently clarify rumours that spending in this area is to be reduced. | Fears have been raised that chancellor Rishi Sunak could row back on the commitment — included in the Conservatives 2019 election manifesto — to spend 0.7% of national income on foreign aid to compensate for the cost of the UK's coronavirus (Covid-19) response. | Warning the prime ministe…

The Canary (2020-09-05). Refugee rights activists gather in Dover amid fears of disruption from far-right. thecanary.co Protesters have gathered at the port of Dover to show their support for refugees reaching the UK in small boats.There were fears of violence ahead of Saturday 5 September with right-wing anti-immigrant groups also announcing their intention to assemble in the Kent town.It comes despite pleas from local MP Natalie Elphicke to "stay away" to prevent a second wave of coronavirus (Covid-19)."Refugees welcome": On Friday 4 September, the words "Rise above fear. Refugees welcome" were beamed onto the White Cliffs of Dover by humanitarian charity Freedom From Torture.A heavy police presence is in place in the tow…

yenisafak (2020-09-05). Eurasia, Central Asia virus cases rise by over 3,400. yenisafak.com UkraineA record daily spike of 2,836 cases raised Ukraine's total to 133,787, according to Health Minister Maksym Stepanov.He said 50 more COVID-19 patients died over the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 2,811, while recoveries increased by 1,036 to reach 61,649.At least 69,327 patients remain under treatment in Ukraine, the minister said.UzbekistanA total of 171 new cases brought Uzbekistan's overall count to 43,169, as three more fatalities moved the death toll up to 341.At least 40 more recoveries raised the total to 40,432.According to the Health Ministry, 2,396 patients remain under treatment and ar…

_____ (2020-09-05). Weekly News Review August 30th — Sept 5th. truepublica.org.uk Editors Weekly Poke Last week, an article in the Tory backing Telegraph newspaper investigated different ways of calculating how well Britain has done so far in combatting the Covid crisis (source). It looked at the different ways across the world of calculating mortality rates of the pandemic. They interrogated case mortality rates, then excess deaths, …

Labor Video Project (2020-09-05). Covid, Death & Capitalist Crimes In California's Central Valley. indybay.org The growing pandemic in California's Central Valley including the eight deaths at Foster Farms is the focus of this program. Despite the fact that Governor Newsom and companies like Foster Farms were aware of the threat of the virus they refused protect the workers and their families. Cal-OSHA has less than 200 health and safety inspectors for California's 18 million workers.

Global Research News (2020-09-05). Selected Articles: Covid-Gate, The Political Virus. globalresearch.ca By The COVID pandemic and economic collapse have highlighted the race and class inequalities in our society. With more than 35 million jobs lost, millions …

_____ (2020-09-05). In The Worst Of Times, The Billionaire Elite Plunder The Working Class. popularresistance.org Since March, more than 58 million people in the U.S. have filed for unemployment. The Internal Revenue Service now predicts that the U.S. economy will have almost 40 million fewer jobs in 2021 than they predicted before the pandemic, as a result of the prolonged economic depression. As it becomes widely recognized that the economy is not going to "bounce right back" into full activity — even when coronavirus cases do eventually decline — and that the current depression will continue for a long time, companies are doing anything they can to drive their stock prices higher.

yenisafak (2020-09-05). Iran schools re-open despite concerns over spread of virus. yenisafak.com Schools in Iran re-opened to 15 million students on Saturday after a seven-month closure despite concerns over increased spread of the novel coronavirus in the country."This year, we shoulder a heavier burden of responsibility toward our students," said President Hassan Rouhani, who oversaw the opening of schools in a video conference broadcast live on state television.Education and health are equally important to society, he said, but added that parents would not be forced to send their children back to school.Iranian media said that seminaries also reopened on Saturday to about 50,000 students.Several medical p…

yenisafak (2020-09-05). Pope to travel outside Rome for first time since coronavirus pandemic. yenisafak.com Pope Francis will next month visit the Italian town of Assisi, his first trip out of Rome since the coronavirus pandemic hit the country in February, and will sign a new encyclical, a spokesman for the Assisi Basilica said on Saturday.The encyclical, which is the highest form of papal writing, is expected to focus on what Francis believes…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-05). Pandemic Reflexes: Lockdowns and Arrests in Victoria, Australia. dissidentvoice.org Ugly. Rough. Police in the Australian state of Victoria muscling their way in. The father and children watching. It had all arisen because the pregnant mother in question had engaged in conduct defined as incitement. In a post on her Facebook page, Zoe Buhler had urged Victorians to protest the coronavirus lockdown rules over the …

Jessica Myers (2020-09-05). Experts fear pandemic could spur dramatic spike in homelessness. zcomm.org "It will be a bigger crisis than we can imagine if we don't act soon."

Annina Claesson (2020-09-05). Finland Is Rallying Around a Six-Hour Workday — And So Should We. zcomm.org As the pandemic forces us to reassess how working life is organized, we should take up labor's historic call for a shorter workday.

MST (2020-09-05). Economy, education and politics. zcomm.org The pandemic has accelerated the consequences of the crisis on people, the forms of labor exploitation and natural goods…

Aarathi Prasad (2020-09-05). [Perspectives] Uché Blackstock: dismantling structural racism in health care. thelancet.com Uché Blackstock's father, a Jamaican immigrant, arrived in New York State, USA, aged just 17 years. "Like many young immigrant men, he had a variety of jobs", she recalls, "he was a mechanic, a refrigerator repair person, [and] he finally went to a Brooklyn college, where he met our mom." Her mother, Dale Blackstock, was a physician who went to Harvard Medical School and practised in Brooklyn, but had to fight her way to college. "She grew up in poverty here in Brooklyn, where I was born, and where I live.

Luca Valera, Paulina Ramos, Marcelo Barrientos, Fernando Altermatt, Sergio Ruiz, Rommy von Bernhardi, Mauricio Cuello (2020-09-05). [Correspondence] Clinical research in Chile: do not block the way of inquiry. thelancet.com Clinical research in Chile has grown rapidly during the past 20 years because of various research studies that were conceived and done by Chilean researchers, or through multicentre clinical trials. Nevertheless, clinical research in the areas of neurodegenerative diseases, dementia, or those involving people with mental disabilities has been impeded by the enactment of Law 20.584 in 2012.1 This law regulates people's rights and duties concerning actions associated with their health care. Article 28 of this law states: "No person with a mental or intellectual disability, and who cannot express his or her will, ma…

yenisafak (2020-09-05). Frenchman with incurable disease to livestream his death. yenisafak.com A Frenchman suffering from a rare and incurable condition is livestreaming his death on social media as he refuses to take food, drink or medicine after President Emmanuel Macron turned down his request for euthanasiaAlain Cocq, 57, who has been suffering from a degenerative disease for 34 years, has said he would livestream his death on Facebook from Saturday morning."So I have finished my last meal … I drink to your health one last time. The road to deliverance begins and, believe me, I am happy," Cocq said in a video posted on Friday night and shot from his medicalised bed at his home in Dijon, eastern Franc…

Fight Back (2020-09-05). Tucson police kill Chicano teen as he attempts to surrender. fightbacknews.org Tucson, AZ – At 11 a.m. on August 26, undercover Tucson police officers set up a drug deal with a 17-year-old suspected of armed robberies. After the deal, the young Chicano, identified by the Tucson Police Department as Simon Pancho, realized it was a sting operation and attempted to run. Within four seconds he was hit with two bullets and died as medical help arrived. | On September 2, TPD released the body cam footage but the first four minutes is footage of the suspect's alleged crimes of armed robbery. What's more is the officer narrating the video used the phrase "at age 17, technically he is a juvenile" as…

WSWS (2020-09-05). Rochester, New York police tortured and murdered a man in March, video shows. wsws.org Footage from body-cameras shows police tormenting Daniel Prude for several minutes while he lay naked, handcuffed and hooded on a freezing street.

David K Evans, Amina Mendez Acosta (2020-09-05). [Correspondence] Lifting bans on pregnant girls in school. thelancet.com The debate about whether to permit girls to attend school after becoming pregnant has been in the headlines in Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and elsewhere.1 Advocates for permitting girls to remain in school affirm that education is a human right.2 Critics propose that permitting girls to return might encourage more adolescent pregnancy, even as countries seek to reduce adolescent childbearing.3 Evidence on the consequences of girls returning to school after they become pregnant is limited, and identifying the effect on subsequent outcomes can be challenging.

Laura Levy, Jean-Yves Meuwly, Apostolos Sarivalasis, Chahin Achtari, Patrice Mathevet, Fernanda G Herrera (2020-09-05). [Clinical Picture] Survival of the fetus: cervical cancer and pregnancy, a challenging combination. thelancet.com A 39-year-old woman—gravida 1, para 1—attended the emergency department of our hospital with a 7-day history of unexpected vaginal bleeding. She had no previous Pap smear results and she had not done a pregnancy test before she came to see us.

Michael Marmot (2020-09-05). [Perspectives] Humankind neither nasty nor brutish. thelancet.com On a cold February day in Amsterdam in 2016, an Alfa Romeo stopped by a canal side. A woman got out of the driver seat and went to get her toddler out of the car. To her horror, she realised the car was still moving and jumped back into the driver seat. She was too late to apply the brake and the car glided into the canal. Ruben, a jeweller who heard her screams and saw it happen, grabbed a hammer, dashed from his shop, and plunged into the icy water. Meanwhile, three other men joined him in the water.

Ravi Savarirayan, Louise Tofts, Melita Irving, William Wilcox, Carlos A Bacino, Julie Hoover-Fong, Rosendo Ullot Font, Paul Harmatz, Frank Rutsch, Michael B Bober, Lynda E Polgreen, Ignacio Ginebreda, Klaus Mohnike, Joel Charrow, Daniel Hoernschmeyer, Keiichi Ozono, Yasemin Alanay, Paul Arundel, Shoji Kagami, Natsuo Yasui, Klane K White, Howard M Saal, Antonio Leiva-Gea, Felipe Luna-González, Hiroshi Mochizuki, Donald Basel, Dania M Porco, Kala Jayaram, Elena Fisheleva, Alice Huntsman-Labed, Jonathan Day (2020-09-05). [Articles] Once-daily, subcutaneous vosoritide therapy in children with achondroplasia: a randomised, double-blind, phase 3, placebo-controlled, multicentre trial. thelancet.com Vosoritide is an effective treatment to increase growth in children with achondroplasia. It is not known whether final adult height will be increased, or what the harms of long-term therapy might be.

Varun Suresh (2020-09-05). [Correspondence] Deep anaesthesia. thelancet.com I read with great interest the article by Timothy G Short and colleagues1 about their Balanced Anaesthesia Study that investigated mortality in older patients (aged ‚â•60 years) undergoing major surgery who were randomly assigned to light general anaesthesia (bispectral index [BIS] target 50) or deep general anaesthesia (BIS target 35). This trial showed no difference in 1-year all-cause mortality between patients assigned to light general anaesthesia or deep general anaesthesia. However, in addition to the limitations mentioned in Short and colleagues' discussion, I note certain other serious is…

Timothy G Short, Kate Leslie, Doug Campbell, Chris Frampton, Matthew T V Chan, Paul S Myles, Balanced Anaesthesia Study Group (2020-09-05). [Correspondence] Deep anaesthesia — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank everyone for their interest in our study.1 We would like to reiterate that the Balanced Anaesthesia Study was an intention-to-treat randomised controlled trial designed to show a 2% absolute difference in mortality between groups. We aimed to confirm the finding from several observational studies that there is a roughly 20% increase in mortality in sick, older patients (aged ‚â•60 years) receiving deep anaesthesia.2…

teleSUR (2020-09-04). China Backs Venezuela's Right To Safeguard Sovereignty: FM. telesurenglish.net China stands with the Venezuelan people in their fight against COVID-19 and upholds the Venezuelan government's right to safeguard national sovereignty, and national dignity and development, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday. | Wang made the remarks while holding talks with his Venezuelan counterpart Jorge Arreaza via video link. | RELATED: | Noting that Latin America is one of the "epicenter…

Eve Ottenberg (2020-09-04). The Latest Covid Testing Sabotage. counterpunch.org On August 20, the Trump regime prohibited the FDA from regulating Covid-19 tests. This could cause bad tests and false results, as was possibly the purpose of the order. What better way to undermine faith in tests or to disappear covid than to have everyone test negative for it? If this sounds too conspiratorial to

_____ (2020-09-04). "Unprecedented" transfer of personal NHS information to shady tech Co's. truepublica.org.uk By Mary Fitzgerald and Corri Crider — Originally published at TruePublica on June 8th 2020: Hours before facing court proceedings from openDemocracy over its massive NHS COVID-19 data deal with private tech firms, the UK government has caved to pressure and released all the contracts governing its deals with Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and controversial AI …

news.un (2020-09-04). UN agency for Palestinian refugees launches $95 million appeal to keep COVID at bay. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a health and socio-economic emergency across the occupied Palestinian territory, the UN agency for the region warned on Friday, noting a swell of coronavirus cases in recent weeks.

Staff (2020-09-04). 108 inmates test positive for COVID-19 in 'trailer jail'. therealnews.com The jail was only reporting 78 active cases, but this number doesn't include people who were already released or those who's test results have not come in yet, so the real number is likely much higher.

news.un (2020-09-04). UNICEF to lead global procurement, supply of COVID vaccines. news.un.org UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) will be leading procurement and supply of COVID-19 vaccinations to ensure that all countries have safe, fast and equitable access to initial doses when they are available, the agency announced.

news.un (2020-09-04). COVID-19 impact on treatment for chronic illness revealed. news.un.org The COVID-19 health crisis has caused massive disruption worldwide in diagnosing and treating people with deadly but preventable diseases, including more than one in two cancer patients, UN health experts said on Friday.

teleSUR (2020-09-04). Chile: Copper Workers Demand Rights Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic. telesurenglish.net Chile's Federation of Copper Workers (FTC) warned on Friday that they would take action to protect their jobs if Codelco's executives jeopardize them amid the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | The FTC said in a statement that "it will ensure the unrestricted defense of employment amid this pandemic," as tensions between the company's representatives and the miners have escalated in recent months over threats of massive layoffs and lac…

WSWS (2020-09-04). Memorial on Detroit's Belle Isle provides sobering tribute to the city's victims of coronavirus. wsws.org The city declared Monday Detroit Memorial Day and transformed the state park into a large-scale memorial for the 1,500 residents who have died from COVID-19 so far this year.

WSWS (2020-09-04). School and college outbreaks make Iowa the US COVID-19 hotspot. wsws.org Rural communities in Midwest states are seeing a surge of new infections that are a byproduct of the murderous back-to-school policy being implemented by every state.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-04). South Korean doctors end strike after deal with government. peoplesdispatch.org The Democratic Party government in South Korea signed a deal with the Korea Medical Association (KMA) on September 4, Friday, ending a two-week long doctors' strike in the country. A crucial part of the deal was the government agreeing to put on hold its controversial healthcare reforms during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. | Thousands of doctors, medical interns and trainees and medical students in South Korea went on strike from August 23, protesting the Democratic Party's healthcare reform plan introduced earlier this year. The uproar over the proposed reforms came at a time when the nation was grappling…

teleSUR (2020-09-04). US COVID-19 Deaths Projected to Double to 400,000+ By January. telesurenglish.net Deaths could be reduced by 30% if Americans wore face masks, as epidemiologists advise. Yet, mask-wearing is declining, and due to seasonality and the public's lower risk perception, the current death rate of 850 per day could more than triple, the independent research institute noted. | RELATED: | Previously projecting 317,697 deaths by December 1, the institute, whose model has been cited by the White House Coronavirus Task…

WSWS (2020-09-04). UK Morrisons distribution worker speaks on Bridgwater COVID-19 outbreak. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site spoke with a worker about the situation at the distribution centre of major supermarket chain Morrisons in Bridgwater, Somerset, which had an outbreak of COVID-19 in March.

WSWS (2020-09-04). India sets world record for daily coronavirus infections. wsws.org With India now recording more than 75,000 new cases on average each day, it will soon overtake Brazil as the country with the world's second-highest number of COVID-19 infections.

David King (2020-09-04). A complete cock-up by government. zcomm.org Interview on how the government consciously allowed Covid-19 to spread…

Jeremy Brecher (2020-09-04). Striking in the Coronavirus Depression. zcomm.org In response to COVID-19 and the COVID-19 Depression, workers have developed unique strategies and forms of organization to protect their lives and livelihoods…

Staff (2020-09-04). Headlines for September 4, 2020. democracynow.org Key Model Projects 410,000 Dead in U.S. from COVID-19 by January 1, Trump Mocks Biden for Wearing Mask During Pandemic, COVID-19 Cases Surge on College Campuses, Amnesty: Over 7,000 Health Workers Have Died During Pandemic, 1,300 in Mexico, U.S. Marshals Kill Anti-Fascist Activist Suspected in Fatal Portland Shooting, Rochester Suspends Seven Officers Tied to Death of Daniel Prude, D.C. Protesters Condemn Police Killing of Black Teenager Deon Kay, Biden Visits Kenosha, Wisconsin, to Meet Family of Jacob Blake, L.A. Airport Workers Stage Die-In Calling for Benefits for Laid-Off Workers, Attorney General Barr Refus…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-04). COVID-19 numbers and plant growth insights: News from the College. imperial.ac.uk Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

sputniknews (2020-09-04). Trump Says Willing to Use $300 Billion of Unspent Money for COVID-19 Stimulus. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US President Donald Trump said he wants to release an unspent $300 billion to use for coronavirus financial relief if Congress approves the plan.