Daily Archives: September 21, 2020

2020-09-21: News Headlines

_____ (2020-09-21). Sweden's COVID-19 Response Is Nothing To Envy. popularresistance.org From Djurgà•rden, I walk along the water on Strandvà§gen — a rising fall whips in a determined wind across the water, slicing at remnants of summer and carving pathways around centuries-old buildings. Colors like Nordic interior design catalogs look like they've been stirred among clouds — a muted vibrance that evokes a calm and stoic resolve. | Albeit quieter than a typical early fall day, there's a bustle. People are out and their faces are bare. Buses and trolleys roll by and not a mask can be seen inside. Scuffed and faded stickers on the street remind people to keep their distance yet t…

WSWS (2020-09-21). UK firms awarded billions in NHS/government contracts amid failure of COVID-19 testing system. wsws.org The largest intended privatisation is the £100 billion-plus expansion of the national coronavirus testing programme "Operation Moonshot."

Dennis Bernstein (2020-09-21). Kevin Cooper: Surviving Death Row and COVID-19 in San Quentin. counterpunch.org Kevin Cooper has been incarcerated for over 37 years (35 years on death Row) for the murder of the Ryan family and child guest Christopher Hughes, a brutal crime he doggedly maintains he did not commit. Currently, having exhausted appeals through the courts, Kevin is requesting that Governor Newsom order an innocence investigation to consider all the evidence that points to others and exonerates Kevin Cooper. Gov. Newsom has ordered DNA testing which has almost been completed at this time.

WSWS (2020-09-21). Catastrophic wildfires, corporate air pollution, and COVID-19: A collision of crises. wsws.org The EPA loosened air pollution limits at the very time that coronavirus was becoming pandemic in the United States.

True Publica (2020-09-21). The COVID-19 Crisis in the UK. Towards a Full Lockdown? globalresearch.ca Big Guns: Groups of more than six in the park are lawbreaking — but groups of 30 with big guns killing stuff is not. Who are the landowners who own England's vast grouse moors? As Who Owns England has previously …

Marilyn Bechtel (2020-09-21). New California laws: Family leave, COVID protections, tax credits for undocumented. peoplesworld.org Among bills Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law last week are measures to strengthen family leave provisions for California workers, to require companies to tell their workers if they have been exposed to COVID-19, and to increase access to workers compensation benefits for workers exposed on the job. When Senate Bill 1383, by State Sen. …

WSWS (2020-09-21). University of Melbourne student union enforces club affiliation requirement amid pandemic. wsws.org The student union's demands will serve only to disaffiliate clubs, compounding the destructive impact of the COVID-19 crisis on cultural and political life on campus.

_____ (2020-09-21). Reclaim Public Medicine For Public Health. popularresistance.org Far too many people have suffered and died because our medicines and medical products system was not prepared to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with prompt and universal access to reliable tests, treatments, and vaccines. Governments, non-profits, and industry in the U.S. and around the world are working furiously to catch up. But their efforts have been hampered by fundamental flaws in our profit-driven pharmaceutical industry. | For Americans with diabetes, cancer, asthma, infectious diseases, mental illnesses, and a myriad of other health issues, those flaws have been causing suffering and even death for dec…

_____ (2020-09-21). "Unethical" and "astonishing" — Serco lands another £45m for 'failing' COVID Test and Trace scheme. truepublica.org.uk By Caroline Malloy: The outsourcing giant Serco has won an additional £45m to provide COVID test centres, openDemocracy reveals. The multi-million-pound deal has not been made public but provides a major additional role for the controversial firm in the UK's troubled Test and Trace scheme, which has come under fire as infection rates rise across …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-09-21). Mass USPS mask mailing nixed by Trump could have cut COVID deaths by 88%. peoplesworld.org A late-March and early-April plan by the USPS to mail five free reusable masks to every household in America, blocked by Trump who wanted to downplay the virus, has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths that could have been avoided. The scuttled safety measure was exposed by the dump of thousands of documents from …

Dr. Ronald B. Brown (2020-09-21). Schools Perpetuating "Unsupported Overreaction to the Coronavirus" globalresearch.ca In his "Students have been reprimanded and threatened for not following strict social-distancing rules at social events, even as the incumbent President of the United States flaunts the same social-distancing rules …

Michael Heinrich (2020-09-21). Profit raten: On Coronavirus and Crisis. mronline.org Leftists are also arguing over a political-economic understanding of the conditions created by the virus. For example, in Konkret, Justin Monday criticized the current crisis rhetoric by indicating that the deployment of labour-power is not being fundamentally called into question, but only deferred.

progressive (2020-09-21). Smoking Gun: Crisis? What Crisis? progressive.org A timeline of the pandemic warning signs ignored by the Trump Administration.

WSWS (2020-09-21). WHO condemns governments' failure to prepare for pandemic. wsws.org The pandemic has exposed the contradiction between the highly integrated nature of modern society and the outmoded and irrational nation-state system of capitalism.

WSWS (2020-09-21). Los Angeles educators form rank-and-file safety committee to oppose unsafe school reopening. wsws.org The Los Angeles Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee has been established to protect the district's students, teachers and staff from the deadly virus.

_____ (2020-09-21). What Does A "Safe Return" To School Look Like? popularresistance.org Demands for stu ≠dents and edu ≠ca ≠tors to return to in-per ≠son school ≠ing dur ≠ing the pan ≠dem ≠ic are com ≠ing from Democ ≠rats and Repub ≠li ≠cans, both claim ≠ing the return is nec ≠es ≠sary not just to pro ≠vide high-qual ≠i ≠ty edu ≠ca ≠tion, but to save the econ ≠o ≠my and get par ≠ents back to work. The nar ≠ra ≠tive con ≠scious ≠ly exploits the needs of par ≠ents who may not have health ≠care and who rely on pub ≠lic schools to care for and edu ≠cate their chil ≠dren while they work. It pits par ≠ents,…

Alan Macleod (2020-09-21). Pompeo Announces Funding for Welfare, Healthcare and Indigenous Support. In Venezuela. mintpressnews.com The sweeping $348 million aid package, which includes funding for healthcare, direct cash assistance, and even psychosocial support, runs in stark contradiction to a long-held US policy of sanctions on Venezuela.

Central Valley vs Covid Coalition (2020-09-21). Thursday 9/24: Stop The Murders! Justice For Foster Farms Workers, Their Families & The Community. indybay.org Dollar General Store 323 N. Main St. Livingston, California…

Chayanon Phucharoen, Nichapat Sangkaew, Kristina Stosic (2020-09-21). The characteristics of COVID-19 transmission from case to high-risk contact, a statistical analysis from contact tracing data. thelancet.com Results confirmed that the quarantine policy, which mandated individual isolation in the state provided facilities for all high-risk contacts, diminished contact's chance of infection from the confirmed cases, especially in the epicenter districts. Our findings confirmed that sharing accommodation with an infected case, and exposure to a case with several documented secondary transmission, generally increased the SARS-CoV-2 infection probability. Finally, some confirmed cases do exhibit a higher risk of spreading SARS-CoV-2 to their contacts compared to a typical confirmed case.

Staff (2020-09-21). Headlines for September 21, 2020. democracynow.org Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87, Sparking a Deluge of Tributes and a Fierce Succession Battle, U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Poised to Top 200,000, U.N. Says 150 Million More Children May Face Poverty as Global Coronavirus Death Toll Nears 1 Million, California Grapples with Evacuations, Toxic Air as Record-Breaking Wildfires Continue to Blaze, Trump Announces $13 Billion for Puerto Rico, as Elections Near and 3 Years After Hurricane Maria, Leaked Docs Show Major Banks Helped Criminals Launder Billions of Dollars, International Community Counters Trump over U.N. Iran Sanctions, Peru's President Survives Impeach…

_____ (2020-09-21). No Socialist Paradise: Sweden's COVID-19 Response Is Nothing to Envy. strategic-culture.org Eleanor Goldfield reports from Stockholm on how COVID-19 has laid bare the US-style capitalist reality creeping into Sweden's already struggling socialized programs. | Eleanor GOLDFIELD | From Djurgà•rden, I walk along the water on Strandvà§gen — a rising fall whips in a determined wind across the water, slicing at remnants of summer and carving pathways around centuries-old buildings. Colors like Nordic interior design catalogs look like they've been stirred among clouds — a muted vibrance that evokes a calm and stoic resolve. | Albeit quieter than a typical early fall day, there's a bustle…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-21). Iran COVID-19 update: 177 deaths, 3,341 infections. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 15 (MNA) — The daily count of COVID-19 infections in Iran reached 3,341 on Monday, bringing the total cases to 425,481, according to the Health Ministry.

The Canary (2020-09-21). Local lockdowns in four areas South Wales after a 'worrying and rapid rise' in coronavirus cases. thecanary.co The areas of Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport and Blaenau Gwent will be placed under a local lockdown following an increase in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases, the Welsh Government has announced. | Health minister Vaughan Gething said there had been a "worrying and rapid rise" in cases of Covid-19 in the four areas, which have a combined population of about 430,000 people. | Under the measures, which come into force at 6pm on Tuesday, people must not enter or leave the areas without a reasonable excuse. | People are only able to meet outdoors and are unable to meet members of their extended household indoors. | Dym…

The Canary (2020-09-21). If we don't take action, the UK could see '500,000 coronavirus cases per day next month'. thecanary.co Chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance used a press briefing to set out their growing worry over the spread of coronavirus in the UK.Here are the key points from their 20-minute presentation from Downing Street on Monday: — Vallance warned there could be 50,000 coronavirus cases per day next month, leading to 200-plus daily deaths, if the rate of the disease's spread was not tackled.— Less than 8% of the UK population are thought to have coronavirus antibodies to fight off infection, making the "vast majority" of people "susceptible" to the deadly virus…

Staff (2020-09-21). Meatpacking Industry Drafted an Executive Order to Keep Plants Open Amid COVID. truthout.org In late April, as COVID-19 raced through meatpacking plants sickening and killing workers, President Donald Trump issued a controversial It was a relief for the nation's meatpackers who were being urged, or ordered, to sus…

WSWS (2020-09-21). Strike of nearly 5,000 University of Illinois Health nurses and workers reaching a critical juncture. wsws.org The only way for service workers and nurses at UIC and UIH to combat poverty wages and the threat of the pandemic is to take their struggle into their own hands.

yenisafak (2020-09-21). 77% conflict-hit people lost income amid virus: Study. yenisafak.com The Norwegian Refugee Council's report — titled Downward Spiral: the economic impact of Covid-19 on refugees and displaced people — said a survey was conducted in Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Uganda and Venezuela and additional research in Somalia, DR Congo, Lebanon, Jordan, Burkina Faso and Yemen."The devastating economic impact is tipping many into a hunger, homelessness and education crisis," it said.According to the findings from the 1,413 people surveyed, 77% of people had lost a job or income from work since March, 70% of people had to cut the number of meals for their househ…

yenisafak (2020-09-21). Madrid asks for help from Spanish army against coronavirus surge. yenisafak.com The regional chief of Madrid, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, requested on Monday help from the army to fight the coronavirus surge in and around the Spanish capital where local authorities have ordered a partial lockdown of some poorer areas, prompting protests during the weekend.

RT (2020-09-21). CDC publishes, then DELETES, new guidelines warning of aerosol Covid-19 transmission, contradicting WHO. rt.com The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added to the confusion about coronavirus, updating then deleting new guidelines about its spread that differ from the official position of the World Health Organization. | "It is possible that [Covid19] may spread through the droplets and airborne particles that are formed when a person who has [Covid-19] coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes. There is growing evidence that droplets and airborne particles can remain suspended in the air and be breathed in by others, and travel distances beyond 6 feet (for example, during choir practice, in restaurants, or…

John Kendall Hawkins (2020-09-21). Trump: The Novel Coronated Virus. counterpunch.org I recently reviewed Mike Davis' The Monster Enters (2020), an update of his book, The Monster at the Door (2017), which was a warning that we were terrifyingly close to suffering a flu virus pandemic that could wipe out millions of people, unless the world worked together to develop a universal vaccine (suspending the profit

Sen. Bernie Sanders (2020-09-21). The possibility that Trump will not voluntarily leave. peoplesworld.org Yes. This is a presidential election between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Yes. This is an election about health care, education, the economy, climate change, criminal justice, and so many other important issues. More importantly, however, this is an election about whether or not we retain American democracy. This is an election we must not …

Dr. Mike Yeadon (2020-09-21). Lies, Damned Lies and Health Statistics — The Deadly Danger of False Positives. globalresearch.ca

| I never expected to be writing something like this. I am an ordinary person, recently semi-retired from a career in the pharmaceutical industry and biotech, where I spent over 30 years trying to solve problems of disease understanding and seek |

WSWS (2020-09-21). SEIU calls off health care strike in Minnesota after Allina hospital system threatens legal action. wsws.org The cancellation of the strike comes as 4,000 workers at the University of Illinois at Chicago in SEIU Local 73 remain on picket lines in Chicago, Peoria, Rockford and Urbana.

Alan MacLeod (2020-09-21). US Pompeo Venezuela Feature photo REGIME CHANGE TOUR Pompeo Announces Funding for Welfare, Healthcare and Indigenous Support. In Venezuela. thealtworld.com The sweeping $348 million aid package, which includes funding for healthcare, direct cash assistance, and even psychosocial …

Global Research News (2020-09-21). Selected Articles: Lies, Damned Lies and Health Statistics — The Deadly Danger of False Positives. globalresearch.ca We hope that by publishing diverse view points, submitted by journalists and experts dotted all over the world, the website can serve as a reminder that no matter what narrative we are presented with, things are rarely as cut and …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-21). Assange on Trial: Torture Testimonies, Offers of Pardon and Truth Telling. counterpunch.org The extradition trial of Julian Assange at the Old Bailey has moved into a higher gear. Testimonies spanned the importance of classified information in war journalism, the teasing offer of a pardon for Assange by US President Donald Trump, torture inflicted by the US Central Intelligence Agency, the chilling effect of indictments under the Extradition Act and the legacy of the Collateral Murder video.

Joe Glenton (2020-09-21). Defence minister launches propaganda blitz ahead of Commons war crime debate. thecanary.co The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has launched a propaganda blitz ahead of a Commons debate on a controversial war crimes bill. Critics say the bill could decriminalise torture, damage human rights, and help authoritarian regimes. | Due to be The Tories have been trying to loosen the laws which govern war throughout their time in power, fram…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-21). Imperial completes new space mission instrument despite lockdown challenges. imperial.ac.uk Staff from the Department of Physics have delivered a miniature instrument for a new kind of European Space Agency space weather monitoring mission.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-21). Unique ultraviolet aurora spied at comet visited by Rosetta. imperial.ac.uk ESA's Rosetta mission has revealed a unique kind of aurora sparked by the solar wind in the gas surrounding Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

teleSUR, ce (2020-09-20). El Salvador Reopens Airports, Requires PCR Test for Nationals. telesurenglish.net The international airport in San Salvador reopened on Saturday with limited commercial flight operations, and the requirement of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, despite a ruling by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court which said that the entry of Salvadorans or permanent residents cannot be denied. | RELATED: | The government of Nayib Bukele said that airlines must require a negative PCR test from passenge…

MEE and agencies (2020-09-20). Coronavirus: Lebanon reports record 1,006 cases in 24 hours. middleeasteye.net Coronavirus: Lebanon reports record 1,006 cases in 24 hours | Eleven deaths from Covid-19 also announced in crisis-hit country as minister calls for new two-week lockdown | Sun, 09/20/2020 – 22: 22 | A nurse tends to a patient suffering from Covid-19 in an intensive care unit at the Rafik Hariri public hospital in the Lebanese capital Beirut on 7 April 2020 (AFP) | Lebanon on Sunday said i…

Peter Koenig (2020-09-20). IWF und WEF — vom Groàüen Lockdown zur Groàüen Transformation COVID-19 und die Folgen. globalresearch.ca Der vom World Economic Forum (WEF) verkàºndete globale Great Reset (s. …

Weihui Fu, Yan Liu, Li Liu, Huiliang Hu, Xiaobo Cheng, Ping Liu, Zhigang Song, Lijun Zha, Shimeng Bai, Tingting Xu, Songhua Yuan, Fengru Lu, Zhiying Shang, Yihong Zhao, Jing Wang, Jun Zhao, Longfei Ding, Jun Chen, Lin Zhang, Tongyu Zhu, Xiaoyan Zhang, Hongzhou Lu, Jianqing Xu (2020-09-20). An open-label, randomized trial of the combination of IFN-κ plus TFF2 with standard care in the treatment of patients with moderate COVID-19. thelancet.com In conclusion, we found that aerosol inhalation of IFN-κ plus TFF2 in combination with standard care is safe and superior to standard care alone in shortening the time up to viral RNA negative conversion in all clinical samples. In addition, the patients in experimental group had a significantly shortened CT imaging improvement time than those in control group. This study suggested that this combination treatment is able to facilitate clinical improvement (negative for virus, improvement by CT, reduced hospitalization stay) and thereby result in an early release from the hospital.

Abderrahim Oussalah, Stanislas Gleye, Isabelle Clerc Urmes, Elodie Laugel, Franàßoise Barbé, Sophie Orlowski, Catherine Malaplate, Isabelle Aimone-Gastin, Beatrice Maatem Caillierez, Marc Merten, Elise Jeannesson, Raphaà´l Kormann, Jean-Luc Olivier, Rosa-Maria Rodriguez-Guéant, Farès Namour, Sybille Bevilacqua, Nathalie Thilly, Marie-Reine Losser, Antoine Kimmoun, Luc Frimat, Bruno Levy, Sébastien Gibot, Evelyne Schvoerer, Jean-Louis Guéant (2020-09-20). The spectrum of biochemical alterations associated with organ dysfunction and inflammatory status and their association with disease outcomes in severe COVID-19: A longitudinal cohort and time-series design study. thelancet.com Our results point out the lack of the association between the inflammatory markers and the risk of death but rather highlight a significant association between renal dysfunction and the risk of COVID-19 related acute respiratory failure and death.

Alessandro Invernizzi, Alessandro Torre, Salvatore Parrulli, Federico Zicarelli, Marco Schiuma, Valeria Colombo, Andrea Giacomelli, Mario Cigada, Laura Milazzo, Annalisa Ridolfo, Ivano Faggion, Laura Cordier, Marta Oldani, Sara Marini, Paolo Villa, Giuliano Rizzardini, Massimo Galli, Spinello Antinori, Giovanni Staurenghi, Luca Meroni (2020-09-20). Retinal findings in patients with COVID-19: Results from the SERPICO-19 study. thelancet.com COVID-19 can affect the retina. Retinal veins diameter seems directly correlated with the disease severity. Its assessment could have possible applications in the management of COVID-19.

A Guest Author (2020-09-20). Cuba socialista es líder mundial en la lucha contra el COVID-19. workers.org Por Rosemari Mealy Rosemari Mealy Esta es una charla ligeramente editada que se dio en un seminario web del Partido Mundo Obrero el 20 de agosto sobre "COVID puede ser derrotado: Cuba, China, Venezuela y Vietnam lideran el camino". Me gustaría agradecer a Workers World/Mundo Obrero por la oportunidad de . . . |

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-20). Health Ministry confirms 3,097 new COVID-19 infections. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 20 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 3,097 COVID-19 infections and 183 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

The Canary (2020-09-20). Sadiq Khan presses for new coronavirus controls for London as infections rise. thecanary.co London mayor considers a return to working from home as new modelling shows capital just days behind Northern hotspots. | By | London mayor Sadiq Khan is pressing for new coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions amid rising infection rates in the capital — including a return to working from home.Mayoral sources said the city was catching up with disease hotspots in the North West and North East of England, which have been placed under new controls.While data from only a few days ago suggested London was two weeks behind those areas, the latest…

The Canary (2020-09-20). University town residents fear coronavirus spikes as students return. thecanary.co More than half of people living in university towns and cities fear that the return of students will lead to coronavirus (Covid-19) spikes and restrictions in their area, according to a survey.Tens of thousands of students are due back on campus in the coming days. And earlier in September, government scientific advisers warned that significant coronavirus outbreaks linked to universities are "highly likely".A new poll has now suggested 57% of people fear local restrictions will result. Nearly half (48%) indicated they will blame the government.Students have been discouraged from taking part in fresher week activ…

Staff (2020-09-20). I'm Living in Fear of COVID as New People Get Transferred Into the Prison I'm In. truthout.org Washington State's Department of Corrections (WDOC) is continuing to transfer prisoners between facilities during COVID-19 outbreaks, a practice that public health experts warn dramatically increases the risk of the virus spreading. It matters to me because as an incarcerated individual, the WDOC is responsible for my health and well-being, and it should matter to you, because prisoners can't protect themselves from the spread of the virus and the impact of infected prisoners goes far beyon…