Daily Archives: October 21, 2020

2020-10-21: News Headlines

Jon Miltimore (2020-10-21). Masks Aren't Helpful in Beating COVID-19: Europe's Top Health Officials. globalresearch.ca This article was first crossposted in August. | Denmark boasts one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the world. As of August 4, the Danes have suffered 616 COVID-19 deaths, That's less

WSWS (2020-10-21). Missouri coronavirus infection rates spike, creating havoc in schools, economy. wsws.org As in the Midwest more generally, Missouri hit another record level number of COVID-19 infections over the last week, driven by the White House's "herd immunity" policy.

_____ (2020-10-21). OECD shields corporations from due taxes in Covid gripped world. truepublica.org.uk Blueprints published by the OECD last week on how it plans to tackle tax havens do not come close to the reforms needed, the Tax Justice Network has warned. Hundreds of billions in corporate tax is lost to tax havens every year under current international rules, and the costs of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic make …

Eds. (2020-10-21). 'Exhausted, angry and worried sick!': French health workers protest. mronline.org French health and social care workers stage mass protests for better staffing, pay and conditions as a second wave of COVID-19 engulfs the country, writes Susan Ram…

The Canary (2020-10-21). South Yorkshire to be placed in Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions. thecanary.co South Yorkshire will be the latest region placed into Tier 3 coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions. | Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis said the restrictions will come into force on the morning of Saturday 24 October. They'll cover around 1.4 million people in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. The government will give the region a £41m support package. | With the number of people in hospital with coronavirus having doubled over the past 10 days, Jarvis said that leaders had to take the decision. He said: We all recognise the gravity of the situation and have taken the responsible route to ensu…

yenisafak (2020-10-21). Air pollution added over 6.6M deaths to toll in 2019. yenisafak.com Air pollution, the fourth leading risk factor for early death, added 6.67 million deaths to the global toll last year, according to a new study published on Wednesday."Air pollution is the leading environmental risk factor for early death, with its total impact exceeding only by high blood pressure (10.8 million), tobacco use (8.71 million), and dietary risks (7.94 million)," State of Global Air 2020 report highlighted.On newborn deaths, the report stated that lack of air quality also led to almost 500,000 deaths worldwide last year among babies in their first month of life."[Due to unprecedented COVID-19 restric…

yenisafak (2020-10-21). Medical staff struggle against coronavirus in Iran. yenisafak.com Healthcare workers in Iran are struggling against the novel coronavirus as the country has seen a rising trend in infections and deaths in October. | A total of 164 Iranian medical personnel have died due to COVID-19, Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki said in a statement on Aug.22. | Since late August, a large number of health workers have tested positive for the coronavirus, while many others lost their lives due to the pandemic. | In Iran, especially in the capital Tehran, hospitals allocated to COVID-19 patients have reached their maximum capacity. Therefore, newly diagnosed patients are treated at their ho…

RT (2020-10-21). Covid-19 patients FIVE TIMES more likely to die in hospital than those with flu, are at higher risk for 17 complications — CDC. rt.com The risk of dying from the coronavirus is five times higher than that of seasonal flu, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new report, based on the records of 9,000 hospital patients. | "Compared with patients with influenza, those with COVID-19 had a more than five times higher risk for in-hospital death and approximately double the ICU admission risk and hospital length of stay, and were at higher risk for 17 acute respiratory, cardiovascular, hematologic, neurologic, renal and other complications," the CDC said in a new report released on Tuesday. | The study found that while 21 percent…

WSWS (2020-10-21). Washtenaw County issues stay-at-home order at University of Michigan campus in the wake of campus COVID outbreak. wsws.org The rise in cases at the University of Michigan follows the shutdown of the graduate student strike last month, which was waged in opposition to the university's unsafe reopening policy.

Nadia Maria Mohamed (2020-10-21). Labor, Land, and Legacy: What New Might We Grow in the Shell of the Old? thenation.com Labor, Land, and Legacy: What New Might We Grow in the Shell of the Old?

Mark Hertsgaard (2020-10-21). Amy Coney Barrett Gets That Covid Is Infectious—but Not That Climate Change Is Real. thenation.com Amy Coney Barrett Gets That Covid Is Infectious—but Not That Climate Change Is Real…

Bryce Covert (2020-10-21). The Pandemic Sent Americans' Health Care Coverage Into Free Fall. thenation.com The Pandemic Sent Americans' Health Care Coverage Into Free Fall…

Jens Berger and Tobias Riegel (2020-10-21). Corona vaccine development – they prefer not to ask about risks and side effects. indybay.org Thousands or even millions could be vaccinated on the basis of "emergency approval." We will probably have to live with the virus. The current strategy of damaging measures until a vaccine is available is a bumpy path with incalculable risks, side effects and already visible collateral damage. Jens Berger and Tobias Riegel are German journalists who publish regularly on nachdenkseiten.de.

Tobias Riegel (2020-10-21). Welcome to the new normality! indybay.org Contradiction is demonized in general. A state of emergency becomes the new normality. Corona criticism creates "strange bedfellows."

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-21). Coronavirus cases climb toward a new peak in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 21 (MNA) — The coronavirus outbreak has been worsening in Iran, as the number of infections, hospitalizations and fatalities due to the respiratory disease has been increasing in the past days.

Newsclick (2020-10-21). Indian beedi workers struggle due to pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org Workers in the beedi sector in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu are facing a deep crisis as the pandemic has affected the industry and severely reduced their incomes…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-21). Podcast: Pandemic mental health, hidden strengths and severe morning sickness. imperial.ac.uk In this edition: Exploring pandemic mental health, comparing spaceflight and frontline NHS work, and linking severe morning sickness with depression.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-21). Imperial and TUM launch joint PhD programme in AI, robotics and healthcare. imperial.ac.uk Imperial and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have launched a joint PhD programme that will initially focus on AI, robotics and healthcare.

Melvin Goodman (2020-10-21). Brennan's Nuremberg Defense: One More Whitewash of the CIA's Torture Program. counterpunch.org With his disingenuous memoir, Brennan has now joined forces with former CIA directors and deputy directors such as Tenet, McLaughlin, Goss, and Michael Morell who refuse to recognize the CIA created a sadistic program that went far beyond DoJ guidelines, and then lied about the extent of the torture and the fact that nothing was learned that stopped terrorist activity.

William rivers Pitt (2020-10-21). Trump Will Never Admit Error. His Lack of Self-Accountability Is Deadly. zcomm.org Trump is still breathing because of the medical data gathered from people he allowed to die…

J. Blommaert, A. Radwan, C. Sleurs, C. Maggen, M. van Gerwen, V. Wolters, D. Christiaens, R. Peeters, P. Dupont, S. Sunaert, K. Van Calsteren, S. Deprez, F. Amant (2020-10-21). The impact of cancer and chemotherapy during pregnancy on child neurodevelopment: A multimodal neuroimaging analysis. thelancet.com Prenatal exposure to maternal cancer and its treatment might affect local grey and white matter structure, but not functional connectivity or global organization. While platinum-based therapy was identified as a potential risk factor, this was not the case for chemotherapy in general.

Kuehn BM. (2020-10-20). New Insights on COVID-19's Hyperinflammation in Children. jamanetwork.com A rare, life-threatening hyperinflammatory syndrome that some children develop after coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is distinct from Kawasaki disease, according to a collaboration among European scientists.

WSWS (2020-10-20). World Bank: South Asian economies hit hard by COVID-19. wsws.org The report bluntly warns that "more people will be added to the ranks of the extreme poor in South Asia than in any other region in 2020."

WSWS (2020-10-20). COVID-19 resurgence devastates Spanish working class. wsws.org Despite the devastation caused by COVID-19, the Socialist Party-Podemos government is refusing to take any serious measures to contain the pandemic.

Staff (2020-10-20). The eviction crisis is making surviving the pandemic harder. Here's how we fight back. therealnews.com Evictions are happening all across the United States, and COVID-19 has only made it worse. We look at the data surrounding evictions and what people are doing to solve this crisis. We also talk about the recent Bolivian elections.

Ashley Smith (2020-10-20). Competing with Nature: COVID-19 as a capitalist virus. mronline.org He's turned it into a political propaganda unit to the point that it is unable to deal even with a major outbreak within our own borders. The U.S. is beginning to exhibit the features of a failed nation state.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-20). Video: The "Smoking Guns" of a Manufactured Pandemic. globalresearch.ca "Closing down the Global Economy as a means to combating the Killer Virus. That's what they want us to believe. If the public had been informed that Covid-19 is "similar to Influenza", the fear campaign would have fallen flat…"

WSWS (2020-10-20). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Health care sector worker in Buenos Aires, Argentina march to the city government offices to press demands for nurses to attain permanent professional status, emergency raises and additional staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Johnnie Lewis (2020-10-20). Oregon prisoners resist denial of Covid-19 protocol. workers.org Portland, Ore. On four successive days in late September, four prisoners in Oregon state prisons died of Covid-19. On Oct. 17, two more prisoners died of the virus. Family members protest Covid conditions in Oregon prisons, Pendleton, July. Credit: Bob Lonergan In mid-September more than 3,000 prisoners, including over 1,000 . . . |

WSWS (2020-10-20). UK COVID-19 "alert" system overseen by UK spy chiefs. wsws.org The decision to invest in this secretive body, rather than the National Health Service, is part of the policy of herd immunity, while using the pandemic to restructure economic and social relations and strengthen the state apparatus.

news.un (2020-10-20). New UN gender study: Women 'far from having an equal voice to men'. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic is "interrupting efforts" to achieve gender equality and threatening to "reverse hard-won gains" over the past decades, a senior UN official said on Tuesday.

news.un (2020-10-20). UN urges people to #PledgetoPause before sharing information online. news.un.org With the COVID-19 pandemic sparking a "communications emergency" caused by false information disseminated on social media, the UN Secretary-General is encouraging people everywhere to take a breath before sharing content online.

news.un (2020-10-20). One in six children living in extreme poverty, with figure set to rise during pandemic. news.un.org An estimated one in six children — or 356 million globally — were living in extreme poverty before the COVID-19 pandemic began, and this is set to worsen significantly, according to a new World Bank Group and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) analysis released on Tuesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-20). Iranian COVID-19 vaccine to enter human phase in mid-Nov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 20 (MNA) — Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki said that the Iranian coronavirus vaccine has passed animal test and will enter the human test phase in mid-November 2020.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-20). Iran Covid-19 update: 322 deaths in past 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 20 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 5,039 new COVID-19 infections and 322 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-20). UK researchers to explore human challenge studies for COVID-19. imperial.ac.uk Researchers are set to explore a human challenge study with the virus that causes COVID-19, the first such study anywhere in the world.

sputniknews (2020-10-20). US Mortality Data Indicates COVID-19 Death Toll Nearly Double Reported Toll. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The true death toll from COVID-19 likely exceeds 400,000, nearly twice the official tally, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) based on an analysis of "excess deaths" in the first eight months of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

sputniknews (2020-10-20). Seniors Found Prone to 'Brain Fog', Weakness, Emotional Turmoil After Surviving COVID-19. sputniknews.com Many older adults who've become critically ill from the COVID-19 coronavirus describe experiencing "brain fog" – or difficulty stringing together thoughts, problems concentrating and issues with short-term memory – after battling the disease.

Staff (2020-10-20). The US Is Missing a Chance to Tackle Climate Crisis and Pandemic Relief Together. truthout.org The pandemic crisis has exacerbated existing inequalities and has been an abject lesson in what happens when nations don't prepare in advance for catastrophe. It has also led many to draw the comparison between this health crisis and the ongoing climate crisis — and the growing and urgent need to tackle climate change now before it spirals out of control. | The U.S., which continues to lead the world in COVID-19 infections, has taken the opposite approach — rolling back enviro…

Staff (2020-10-20). COVID-19 in Prisons Is Far Worse Than Previously Thought, Data Trackers Say. truthout.org James King was incarcerated in California's San Quentin State Prison for roughly six years. He spent much of that time analyzing the politics of incarceration by chronicling his experiences living in one of the country's most notorious prisons. When he was released from prison in December 2019, he joined the staff of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, where he has campaigned for decarceration. | While incarcerated, King endured life in a cramped and racially segregated prison — a sit…

Staff (2020-10-20). Overdoses Are Skyrocketing During COVID-19. The DEA Is Making It Worse. truthout.org Drug overdose deaths have seen an alarming spike as the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted treatment and aggravated the underlying causes of drug misuse, according to multiple data sources. Meanwhile, millions of people in the United States continue to face significant barriers to evidence-based addiction treatment as law enforcement restricts the supply of pharmaceutical opioids, forcing pain patients and drug users toward dangerous substitutes such as heroin and fentanyl that fuel high rates of fatal…

yenisafak (2020-10-20). 'China's potential vaccines show no adverse reaction'. yenisafak.com China claimed on Tuesday that its experimental vaccines for protection against COVID-19 have shown "no adverse reaction." "So far, none of those who have received the 'emergency use' vaccine have shown severe adverse reactions," Zheng Zhongwei, a top official at China's National Health Commission, was quoted as saying by the state-run Global Times newspaper.Pharma giants in many countries have resisted the idea of taking a shortcut in rolling out an antigen for the novel virus.China and Russia, however, have started vaccinating a select group of people with experimental shots, prompting a debate on risks of admin…

yenisafak (2020-10-20). Iran reports record 5,039 new daily COVID-19 cases. yenisafak.com Iran's health ministry on Tuesday reported 5,039 new coronavirus infections in the previous 24 hours, the highest ever daily tally, pushing the national total to 539,670.Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV that 322 people had died from the disease in the previous 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 31,034 in Iran, one of the worst-hit countries in the Middle East.

yenisafak (2020-10-20). Coronavirus cases in Eurasia up by 7,376. yenisafak.com Coronavirus infections and deaths continued their upward trend across Eurasia and Central Asia on Tuesday.- UkraineUkraine's Health Minister Maksim Stepanov announced 5,469 new cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the tally on 309,107.The death toll in the country rose to 5,786 as 113 people died from COVID-19, while 3,044 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 126,489, Stepanov said.Ukraine's President Vladimir Zelenskiy met with religious leaders in his country and asked for their support amid the rising number of virus cases.Zelenskiy said that if the number of daily cases reach 9…

RT (2020-10-20). Melania Trump cancels campaign event with Donald over 'lingering cough' following Covid diagnosis. rt.com The return of Melania Trump to the US campaign trail has been delayed, with the first lady cancelling her trip to Pennsylvania with her husband due to an ongoing cough, as she continues to recover from her Covid-19 infection. | Melania will not now travel together with President Donald Trump on Tuesday night "out of abundance of caution," said Stephanie Grisham, her chief of staff. | The first lady "continues to feel better every day following her recovery from Covid-19," Grisham added, but she said her "lingering cough" remained an issue. | The campaign rally in Erie, Pennsylvania was expected to be Melania's…

RT (2020-10-20). Manchester hit with extra Covid-19 restrictions as Johnson govt accused of 'playing poker with people's lives'. rt.com Greater Manchester will enter the highest level of England's coronavirus restrictions from Friday, UK PM Boris Johnson has announced. The decision follows a collapse in talks between the government and local leaders on new rules. | Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, the prime minister It comes as the UK recorded a furth…

RT (2020-10-20). 'You don't need to completely isolate any more,' Sweden to tell elderly amid country's relaxed handling of Covid-19. rt.com In its latest approach to the pandemic, Sweden plans to ease coronavirus restrictions for elderly citizens. The country's state epidemiologist says the situation is less "dramatic" than in the rest of Europe. | With the exception of those over 70, Swedish citizens have faced few restrictions during the pandemic. Now, the government's "priority" is to return normalcy to the lives of elderly Swedes, according to Anders Tegnell. In contrast to most of Europe, older Swedish residents are now being encouraged to emerge from their isolation and resume their lives. | "We would send the message to elderly people, you…

RT (2020-10-20). Spanish government eyes Covid-19 curfews, but needs opposition backing to extend state of alarm. rt.com The Spanish government is considering new curfews and other measures in a bid to curb rising Covid-19 infections as the country battles a second wave, with Health Minister Salvador Illa warning that "very tough weeks are coming." | Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Illa stressed that another state of alarm would need to be enacted for his government to bring in curfews across Spain, with a particular focus on the Community of Madrid. The region has been the worst affected in the country, with 281,388 confirmed Covid-19 cases as of Monday. | The Community of Madrid's President Isabel Díaz Ayuso…

Kuehn BM. (2020-10-20). COVID-19 Halts Reproductive Care for Millions of Women. jamanetwork.com Since coronavirus disease 2019 ushered in lockdowns and limited movement, London-based Marie Stopes International reported that roughly 2 million fewer women have received reproductive care services through its programs in 37 countries. The result could be 1.5 million additional unsafe abortions, 900‚ÄØ000 unintended pregnancies, and 3100 additional deaths, according to the nonprofit organization that provides contraception and safe abortion.

WSWS (2020-10-20). Queensland state election underscores political instability in Australia. wsws.org While focussing on closing the state borders due to COVID-19, Labor is reassuring the corporate elite that a Labor government will meet all its requirements.