Daily Archives: October 1, 2020

2020-10-01: News Headlines

Michael J. Talmo (2020-10-01). The Pandemic That Never Was. globalresearch.ca On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic. When I think of this scary word it conjures up heartbreaking images of vast numbers of people suffering, precipitated into abysmal poverty. The WHO used to agree with …

Randy Hillier (2020-10-01). Video: Faulty Covid-19 PCR Testing Procedure Triggers False Positives: Ontario MP Randy Hillier. globalresearch.ca Randy Hillier, (Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston) questioned the Premier on concerns being raised all over the world about the reliability of PCR tests for COVID. | "We know high false positive rates are due to high CTs (cycle thresholds) and Canadian and world …

WSWS (2020-10-01). Four US school employees and two college students killed by COVID-19 this week. wsws.org At least 30 school teachers and staff have died from COVID-19 since late July, when schools began to reopen en masse, sending millions back into unsafe classrooms across the US.

Eds. (2020-10-01). The key to Viet Nam's successful COVID-19 response. mronline.org There were less than 400 cases of infection across the country during that period, most of them imported, and zero deaths, a remarkable accomplishment considering the country's population of 96 million people and the fact that it shares a 1,450 km land border with China.

Public Citizen (2020-10-01). Trump's Corporate Bailout Spurs $100 Billion Fossil Fuel Borrowing Binge. globalresearch.ca Trump Administration's Corporate Bailouts Aided Failing Fossil Fuel Companies; Stands in Contrast to Lack of COVID-19 Assistance for Ailing American Families | *** | Oil and gas companies have issued nearly $100 billion in new bonds since the Trump administration's COVID-19 corporate …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-01). Trump administration to cut refugee admission under the guise of COVID-19. peoplesdispatch.org The new cuts in refugee admission planned for the year 2021 will be a historic low for the United States and in line with the administration's anti-immigration policy…

Andrew Korybko (2020-10-01). US Presidential Debate Presented China As the Scapegoat. Blaming China for Covid-19. globalresearch.ca American democracy would best be served by focusing more on domestically relevant facts than rhetorical attacks against foreign countries like China. | *** | The …

WSWS (2020-10-01). For a London-wide strike to oppose the threat to life from COVID-19! wsws.org We cannot allow a re-run of March, April and May when 33 colleagues died because of deliberate neglect by Transport for London, the bus companies and Unite.

Eleanor J. Bader (2020-10-01). 'Pictures Are Remembered Better Than Words': Art Activism in the Age of Trump. progressive.org A new book highlights how visual artists have responded to the Trump Administration's mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic, immigration, racial injustice, and the climate crisis.

news.un (2020-10-01). COVID-19 underscores need to deliver on promise of landmark women's rights conference. news.un.org Unless countries act now, the COVID-19 pandemic could erase recent "fragile progress" towards gender equality, the UN Secretary-General warned on Thursday, urging governments to put women at the centre of recovery and response.

Meredith Ayan (2020-10-01). Across the globe, Covid-19 puts animal shelters in crisis. nationofchange.org While pet foster and adoption rates soar in New York and many parts of the U.S., globally, the situation is much direr.

WSWS (2020-10-01). Bridgestone, Total shut plants as COVID-19 layoffs sweep Europe. wsws.org After receiving billions of euros from the public purse in the form of European Union bailouts, European corporations are drastically cutting jobs.

teleSUR (2020-10-01). De Facto Regime Amplifies Crisis in Bolivia, Ex-Minister Says. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's former Health Minister Gabriela Montaño Wednesday criticized the coup-born regime led by Jeanine Añez for bringing about a deep economic, political, and social crisis. | RELATED: | She pointed out that this Andean country faces also a health crisis given that the U.S.-backed government mishandled the pandemic, which resulted in 135,311 COVID-19 cases and 7,965 deaths so far. | Additionally, the accelerat…

WSWS (2020-10-01). Stop the spread of COVID-19! Build rank-and-file safety committees to save lives! Prepare a nationwide strike to close unsafe schools! wsws.org Hundreds of thousands of middle and high school students in New York City are being sent back to classrooms for in-person instruction today as the pandemic continues to spread throughout the school system and the city.

_____ (2020-10-01). COVID-19 Cases Among Health Care Workers Under-Reported. popularresistance.org Fiana Tulip spent the last 10 weeks trying to figure out how her mother, a health care worker in Dallas, contracted and died of COVID-19. | Isabelle Papadimitriou, 64, was a respiratory therapist at the Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation. She died on July 4, one week after contracting the novel coronavirus. | Tulip said she learned after talking with her mother's colleagues and reading her journals and text messages that the hospital failed to alert her mother and other staff members at the rehabilitation center that one of the patients had tested positive for COVID-19.

Labor Video Project (2020-10-01). San Leandro Hospital CNA Nurses Fight Covid, For PPE & Conditions For Nurses & Patients. indybay.org San Leandro Hospital nurse and chief CNA rep talks about the conditions at the hospital and the effect of Covid-19 on the workers and patients. She also discusses the role of the Alameda Board of Supervisors in supporting the union busting operations of Alameda Health Services which was set up by the Board to run the public health system.

Robert Norse (2020-10-01). Growing Resistance to City Manager's Camp & FNB Sweep Threats. indybay.org Dozens of activists and volunteers gathered at 8 AM Monday morning in Parking Lot #27 on the 200th day of a SC Homeless Union COVID-19 Relief Center–created back in March at the Town Clock by the Union, Food Not Bombs [FNB], and Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom [HUFF] .

Staff (2020-10-01). Pandemic of Repression: Modi Government Crushes Dissent While Ignoring India's 6 Million COVID Cases. democracynow.org As India becomes just the second country to hit 6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, we speak to journalist Rana Ayyub in Mumbai, who was recently hospitalized after testing positive for the disease. India's lead pandemic agency says an antibody study suggests more than 60 million people in the country have already been infected with the coronavirus — 10 times the official count but still a small fraction of its population of 1.3 billion. "It doesn't feel like India is even talking about the pandemic," says Ayyub, a global opinions writer for The Washington Post. "More than the fear of the pandemic, people i…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-01). COVID-19 infects 3,825, kills 211 in Iran in 24h. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 01 (MNA) — According to the Iranian Health Ministry, the novel coronavirus disease has claimed 211 lives in the country in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-01). Iran ready to coop. with China on COVID-19 vaccine. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 01 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani felicitated the Chinese National Day and expressed readiness for increased cooperation with Beijing, especially in producing the COVID-19 vaccine.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-01). COVID-19 cases top 34m across the world. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 01 (MNA) — According to the latest compiled data, more than 34 million people across the world have been infected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-01). Smoking and obesity increase risk of severe COVID-19 and sepsis. imperial.ac.uk Researchers have identified genetic evidence to support a causal link between smoking and obesity and an increased risk of severe COVID-19 and sepsis.

sputniknews (2020-10-01). 'Serious Threat': Trump is Biggest Source of COVID-19 Misinformation, Study Finds. sputniknews.com A recent analysis by Cornell University researchers of 38 million articles regarding the COVID-19 pandemic has determined that US President Donald Trump is the largest driver of misinformation when it comes to the deadly respiratory illness.

sputniknews (2020-10-01). UK's Huawei 5G Ban To Cost Over £41bn, Gov't Urged To Reform Plans Amid COVID-19 Crisis – CPS Report. sputniknews.com The UK announced reversal of its decision on the Chinese telecoms giant in July, forcing British telecos to remove kit from existing networks over potential threats to network supply lines due to US sanctions. But the delays are set to cost billions in GDP and cause Britain to lose its place as Europe's 5G capital, numerous reports have shown.

Staff (2020-10-01). Researchers Say Trump Is the "Largest Single Component" of COVID Misinformation. truthout.org President Trump is the largest individual driver of falsehoods and misinformation surrounding COVID-19, according to researchers at Cornell University, who recently analyzed 38 million articles about the coronavirus pandemic in English-language media from around the world. | Trump's name appeared in articles that contained misleading information

Staff (2020-10-01). India Hits 6 Million COVID Cases as Modi Government Represses Dissent. truthout.org As India becomes just the second country to hit 6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, we speak to journalist Rana Ayyub in Mumbai, who was recently hospitalized after testing positive for the disease. India's lead pandemic agency says an antibody study suggests more than 60 million people in the country have already been infected with the coronavirus — 10 times the official count but still a small fraction of its population of 1.3 billion. "It doesn't feel like India is even talking about the pande…

yenisafak (2020-10-01). South Africa opens borders for global travelers. yenisafak.com South Africa Thursday opened its borders to international travelers, barring those coming from high-risk countries.The government has listed 60 countries as being high risk, including the US, the UK, Russia, and several countries in the Middle East and Latin America.The country had closed ports of entry in March to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.In a statement, the government said that all travelers visiting the country will be expected to abide by the health regulations which include mandatory wearing of masks, practicing social distancing in public spaces and sanitizing hands.Travelers are also requir…

yenisafak (2020-10-01). Thousands of jobless Bangladeshi garment workers fear for future. yenisafak.com Thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic are struggling to find work and are at risk of destitution without urgent support, advocates said.At least 70,000 people are estimated to have been laid off after $3.5 billion-worth of clothing orders were cancelled or suspended and exports plummeted by 84% in April, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) said.Most of the country's 4,000 clothing factories, which employ about 4 million people – mostly women, reopened in April after a month-long break to stem the spread of COVID-19. Banglade…

yenisafak (2020-10-01). Not all COVID-19 cases are patients: Turkish official. yenisafak.com Since most who test positive for the novel coronavirus in Turkey do not show symptoms, "not all cases are patients," the country's top health official said Wednesday.Explaining that all those who test positive for the virus are listed as "cases," Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said the vast majority infections were asymptomatic."The rest are those who show symptoms of the disease and are brought under treatment," said Koca, adding that these patients are either monitored in hospitals or their homes."We report those that we treat in hospitals separately as inpatients," he added.Amid swelling case numbers across Eu…

yenisafak (2020-10-01). UAE records highest daily COVID-19 cases for second day. yenisafak.com The United Arab Emirates recorded its highest daily total of coronavirus infections on Thursday since the start of the outbreak, with 1,158 new cases.The Gulf Arab state had registered a record 1,100 cases in 24 hours on Wednesday. Daily infection numbers have surged over the past two months from 164 on Aug. 3. Authorities have blamed people's poor adherence to social distancing measures.The UAE has a high per capita rate of COVID-19 tests. The country of around 9.9 million people has carried out 9,798,960 tests so far, the government statistics authority says.The UAE's nationwide tally stands at 95,348 infection…

RT (2020-10-01). Take the jab or lose your job: Medical journal calls for a MANDATORY Covid vaccine, says 'noncompliance should incur a penalty'. rt.com With half the US population reportedly unwilling to submit to an experimental Covid-19 shot, a new scientific paper has shed light on how state health authorities might enforce compliance with vaccine mandates. | Published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday, the The writers acknowledge that…

RT (2020-10-01). Covid-19 infecting our DREAMS, says study — and researchers claim it hints at 'some form of SHARED MINDSCAPE'. rt.com Many of us consider it a living nightmare and, now, new research proves the Covid-19 pandemic is invading our dreams too. Moreover, it concludes that the similar themes of its test subjects' dreams point to a "shared" mindscape. | Researchers in Finland used artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze the recent dreams of several hundred people, details of which had been recorded on a database. They found that Covid-19 had 'infected' over half the dreams that the participants described as 'bad'. The resulting

RT (2020-10-01). 'You cannot lock down everybody': Madrid leaders oppose Spanish govt's plan to lock down capital. rt.com Conservative-led authorities in the Madrid region on Thursday criticized the Spanish government's plan to confine the capital city in an effort to tackle a surge in Covid-19 cases. | Announcing its plan late on Wednesday, the Health Ministry said the central government was overriding regional authorities to impose a lockdown of the city of over 3 million people in the coming days. Nine surrounding municipalities with populations of at least 100,000 each will also be included in the plan. | "You cannot lock down everybody," regional chief Isabel Diaz Ayuso said, speaking on esRadio. "I'm sure the Madrid plan is…

RT (2020-10-01). 'Don't wait on west': MP from Ukraine's largest opposition party urges Kiev to swallow pride & buy Russian coronavirus vaccine. rt.com A Ukrainian opposition MP has called for Kiev to start a dialogue with Moscow to purchase the Russian Covid-19 vaccine. Viktor Medvedchuk is an influential member of the pro-Russia and eurosceptic 'Opposition Platform' group. | Writing on the party website, Medvedchuk said he believes the country should buy the Russian vaccine, Sputnik V, instead of making deals with Western companies for vaccines which don't exist yet. | "Russia has already received applications from 50 countries, including from the CIS, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America," Medvedchuk wrote. "If the Ukrainian government is going…

RT (2020-10-01). One in 200 in England has Covid-19, but growth of new cases 'may have slowed' — new study. rt.com A large-scale study has showed that the UK government's efforts to control the pandemic may be working, as those infected are passing the virus on to fewer people. However, the overall number of infections has increased. | Researchers from Imperial College London tested more than 80,000 volunteers between September 18 and 26. The results, compiled by the polling organization Ipsos MORI, showed the infections had "increased substantially across all age groups and areas of the country." | More than one in 200 people in England has Covid-19, the study concluded. This is a higher figure than that produced via the…

RT (2020-10-01). UK govt seeking to avoid national lockdown to 'stop unemployment in millions' — minister. rt.com The UK government is seeking to avoid a full national lockdown to save jobs, Environment Secretary George Eustice has said, after 700,000 people became unemployed during the Covid-19 crisis. | "I've not seen any projections of four million [unemployed materializing] but certainly we know that there are some 700,000 extra people that are already unemployed," Eustice told Sky on Thursday. "It's for precisely that reason that we are trying to avoid full lockdown." | The Office for Budget Responsibility forecast in July that unemployment in Britain would peak at 11.9 percent in the last quarter of 2020, which is e…

RT (2020-10-01). 'Like father, like son': Twitter up in arms after Boris Johnson's dad gets caught violating new strict mask guidelines. rt.com UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's father has taken heat on social media after he was photographed shopping without a mask. The PM just recently updated the strict mask-wearing rules amid an uptick in Covid-19 cases. | Stanley Johnson, 80, was "caught red-handed" by the Daily Mirror, which published photos of him casually shopping without a mask. By doing so, the author and former Tory politician had flouted the tougher rules on face coverings announced by his son last week. Amid the resurgence of Covid-19, Brits were ordered to wear masks in shops and malls, while the fines for breaking the regulations were do…

WSWS (2020-10-01). Australia Post workers speak out against union-enforced COVID-19 dangers and cuts to conditions. wsws.org "What used to be a job you would gladly retire on has now become like a job for contractors forever chasing their tail to meet deadlines with piecemeal payments."

WSWS (2020-10-01). Explosive outbreak of COVID-19 at British universities. wsws.org The government knew the start of the academic year would bring about a resurgence of the virus but continued nevertheless as part of its herd immunity policy.

Phyllis Bennis (2020-10-01). The Pentagon Took Money for Covid-19 Relief and Bought… More Weapons. commondreams.org The Trump administration took $1 billion in stimulus funds that were supposed to go towards making masks and other protective equipment for the pandemic — and gave most of it to weapons manufacturers. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/shutterstock_1779766358.jpg

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-10-01). 'A $100 Billion Lifeline While Most Americans Are Being Left Behind': Report Details Massive Fed Bailout of Fossil Fuel Industry. commondreams.org "Big Oil is exploiting Covid-19 to go on an unprecedented borrowing binge, and the Trump administration is to blame." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/oil_wells.jpg

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-01). 'Illegal and Immoral': Experts Say 'Self-Promoting' Trump Letter in Covid-19 Food Aid Boxes Clear Hatch Act Violation. commondreams.org One hunger advocate said the inclusion of the note "essentially blackmails nonpartisan food charities into aiding Trump's reelection campaign." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/food_box.jpg

Jonathan Cook (2020-10-01). Doubt is a Treacherous Path: We must avoid being diverted towards terminal cynicism. dissidentvoice.org What I think of as the cynical left are once again berating the progressive critical left, myself included, for failing to write what they want written about Covid-19. I take this as a kind of unintended compliment: that they think we can write about their concerns better than they can themselves. how much longer are …

RT (2020-10-01). Russia's FSB detains Siberian nuclear scientist suspected of passing classified technologies & state secrets to China. rt.com A Russian physicist is being accused of divulging state secrets, after conducting research at a physics lab in China. He couldn't return to his work there due to Covid rules and had recently been working at Tomsk State University. | The Urals-based news site Znak identified the suspect as 64-year-old nuclear physicist Alexander Lukanin. Znak reported that Lukanin was arrested for disclosing classified information belonging to the Russian government, but there has been no official confirmation of this. The outlet also reported that the scientist is currently in a pre-trial detention centre, and that the FSB has…

Edna Bonhomme (2020-10-01). Covid Threatens to Worsen Disparities in Maternal and Reproductive Care. thenation.com Covid Threatens to Worsen Disparities in Maternal and Reproductive Care…

Matt Sedlar (2020-10-01). Trump's Approach to a Coronavirus Vaccine May Leave America Behind. cepr.net New York Daily News See article on original site As with everything else, Donald Trump likes to boast about how quickly we are moving toward developing a coronavirus vaccine. By historic standards, he has a case. We may have a vaccine through the final Phase 3 tests and approved by the Food and Drug Administration …

news.un (2020-10-01). Stranded migrants need safe and dignified return, says independent UN rights panel. news.un.org Governments should immediately address the inhumane conditions in detention faced by migrant workers who are also being blamed for spreading the coronavirus, a UN panel of independent rights experts said on Thursday.

Michael Welch (2020-10-01). Coronavirus: Killer Virus or Common Flu? globalresearch.ca First published on September 27, 2020 | "Implementation of the current draconian measures that are so extremely restrict fundamental rights can only be justified if there is reason to fear that a truly, exceptionally dangerous virus is threatening us. Do any …

MEE and agencies (2020-10-01). Coronavirus: Turkish government admits excluding asymptomatic cases from figures. middleeasteye.net Coronavirus: Turkish government admits excluding asymptomatic cases from figures | Revelation prompts outrage as Turkish Medical Association accuses government of 'hiding the facts' | Thu, 10/01/2020 – 09: 23 | The official number of daily coronavirus cases in Turkey have begun to decline in recent days after rising over the past several weeks (Reuters) | Doctors and politicians in Turkey…

Staff (2020-10-01). Headlines for October 1, 2020. democracynow.org Hate Groups Celebrate Trump's Call for Far-Right Extremists to "Stand By", FBI Warns of Far-Right Terrorism as Trump Boosts Hate Group, Ex-Trump Campaign Manager Quits After Arrest on Spousal Abuse Allegations, Commission on Presidential Debates to Change Rules to "Ensure a More Orderly Discussion", Madrid Back on Lockdown as Coronavirus Infections Surge, Peruvian Medical Workers Strike, Demanding Personal Protective Equipment, Trump Plans Rallies in Wisconsin Even as State Becomes Coronavirus Red Zone, U.S. Economy Shrank at Record-Breaking 31.4% Annualized Rate in Second Quarter, Federal Courts Halt Trump Campa…