Daily Archives: October 23, 2020

2020-10-23: News Headlines

Eve Ottenberg (2020-10-23). The Scourge of Herd Immunity. counterpunch.org Covid-19 kills, and its kill rate is significantly higher than the flu. Some who recover develop insufficient immunity to prevent getting infected again. Some don't appear to recover. They are stuck with debilities that last months, maybe longer. And it's possible that this disease is chronic and lingers in some people, like herpes, a virus

Lynda Carson (2020-10-23). Oakland's new Encampment Management Policy (EMP) threatens the unhoused. indybay.org Black, Asian, & Latino Adults Have The Most Trouble Paying The Rent During The Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic:…

yenisafak (2020-10-23). Russia registers record number of daily COVID-19 cases. yenisafak.com Russia has registered a new record in the daily coronavirus cases on Friday — 17,340 people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past day. The total number of people, who have been exposed to the infection, exceeded 1.48 million, meaning over 1% of the Russian population has already contracted the virus. According to Health Minister Mikhail Murashko, the active cases stand at 335,870 and the situation has a tendency to further deteriorate.The virus has already claimed 25,525 lives in Russia, including 283 over the last 24 hours.Recoveries increased by 11,263 since Thursday to reach 1.11 million.Since the beginn…

yenisafak (2020-10-23). Swiss report 10 more coronavirus deaths, 6,634 new infections. yenisafak.com Coronavirus infections rose by 6,634 confirmed cases, Swiss health authorities said on Friday, as the nation considers tightening restrictions meant to slow the accelerating spread of COVID-19.The total confirmed cases in Switzerland and tiny neighbouring principality Liechtenstein topped 100,000, rising to 103,653, and the death toll rose by 10 to 1,877.The numbers come as Germany has put Switzerland on its risk list for coronavirus hot spots and as the government in Bern considers tightening restrictions on public life if case numbers keep rising.

yenisafak (2020-10-23). German health minister expects COVID-19 vaccine in early 2021. yenisafak.com Germany's health minister expects a COVID-19 vaccine to be available early next year and believes a large proportion of Germans who want the shot could be vaccinated within six to seven months of enough doses being available.Jens Spahn was quoted as saying in Der Spiegel on Friday that a vaccine could be available in January, or maybe in February or March, or even later, but said there would be no compulsory vaccination."Of course, it would be best if a vaccine could prevent new infections. But it would also be a benefit if it makes the course of the disease milder," said Spahn, who tested positive for coronaviru…

Jeet Heer (2020-10-23). The 'Dark Winter' of Covid-19 Overshadows the Debate. thenation.com The 'Dark Winter' of Covid-19 Overshadows the Debate…

T.J. Coles (2020-10-23). How Trump Killed 220,000 Americans: the First Three Months of Covid. counterpunch.org Epidemiologists agree that early intervention is crucial for curbing the worst effects of pandemics. America's decentralized, state-level, bureaucratic response systems needed a President willing and able to take charge. Trump did the opposite. In order to keep market confidence as high as possible, Trump kept telling the public that all was well, leaving underfunded and privatized bureaucracies to navigate through the chaos.

Editor (2020-10-23). Los ricos se vuelven más ricos, los pobres se vuelven más pobres y más enfermos. workers.org "Los ricos se vuelven más ricos y los pobres más pobres". El viejo cliché sigue siendo cierto, obscenamente cierto. En seis meses, de marzo a septiembre, cuando la clase trabajadora fue golpeada por COVID, el desempleo masivo y un aumento en la supremacía blanca, los ricos se hicieron más ricos. . . . |

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-10-23). A Day in My Life in the Time of Covid. counterpunch.org Find the remote and flip on CNN to check the headlines, before immediately clicking it off, recalling my vow, made at least once a week, to never watch cable news again. I've taken similar vows about reading the New York Times, the Guardian and the Washington Post. But you can't avoid them. They seek you out, relentlessly track you down, enter your mind, like it or not, like some cyber-Nosferatu, sucking your soul out before you've had the chance to fuel yourself with the day's first bitter cup of Arabica. I think of Eliot's line about J. Alfred measuring his days with "coffee spoons." Mine, I fear, will be measu…

yenisafak (2020-10-23). Over 1.3M coronavirus patients recover in Africa. yenisafak.com Africa continued to maintain a more than 80% recovery rate with 1,387,022 patients having recovered as of Friday, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).At least 40,690 people have died of the virus across the continent, revealed the latest update by the Africa CDC. The number of confirmed cases has reached 1,685,589.Southern Africa is the hardest hit region with 785,600 cases and 20,300 deaths; however, it also has the most recoveries that currently stand at 702,500.North Africa recorded 454,100 cases, East Africa 199,800, West Africa 186,600 and Central Africa 59,500.Sou…

repost (2020-10-23). Eight Black workers sue S.F. health department for racial discrimination. indybay.org Eight Black workers in the City and County of San Francisco filed suit against the city for systemic racism and bullying.

Mirinda Crissman (2020-10-23). From Texas to Nigeria, end police brutality! workers.org Houston Hundreds of people gathered near Wazobia African Market on the southwest side of Houston on Oct. 14 to protest police brutality in Nigeria. They came together to draw attention to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, known in Nigeria for its extrajudicial killings, torture, extortion, frame-ups and blackmail. "End SARS" protests . . . |

Anita Raj (2020-10-23). [Research Paper] Gun violence in the U.S.: It is past time we listen to the voices of women and black communities. thelancet.com The United States (U.S.) presidential election is upon us at a time when the nation faces increasing polarization on many issues, including guns and violence, and our presidential candidates reflect this polarization. The incumbent Republican Nominee, Donald Trump, warns voters that his opponent will "take away your guns (and) destroy your Second Amendment," which secures the right of the people to keep and bear firearms [1]. Democratic nominee and former Vice President under Barack Obama, Joe Biden, in fact includes in his platform a commitment to effective gun control policies, including banning assault weapons…

Jason Holland (2020-10-22). Covid-19: A Series of Unlikely Events. dissidentvoice.org You could say I lost my faith in science and progress… I never saw no miracle of science, That didn't go from a blessing to a curse — Sting, "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" (Recorded in 1992, Released in 1993) I do this real moron thing, and it's called thinking. And apparently …

Peter Koenig (2020-10-22). The Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic: The Real Danger is "Agenda ID2020" globalresearch.ca WHO has most likely received orders from "above", from those people who also manage Trump and the "leaders" (sic) of the EU, European Union. The final decision to go ahead NOW with COVID-19 pandemic, was taken in January 2020 at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos – behind very much closed doors.

John C. A. Manley (2020-10-22). "Second Wave" Covid-19 Cases, With Face Masks… globalresearch.ca Dr. Gary Magdar, a . | . ….

WSWS (2020-10-22). Houston schools reopen as COVID-19 surges in Texas. wsws.org The push to reopen the largest district in the state, and seventh-largest in the country, takes place as the coronavirus pandemic is raging in Texas, which has over 881,000 confirmed cases and 17,646 deaths, the second highest numbers in the country.

WSWS (2020-10-22). COVID-19 pandemic surges despite limited curfew measures across Europe. wsws.org With 700,000 new cases and 8,000 deaths from the virus last week, health officials are warning mortality this winter could reach four to five times that in the spring of 2020.

WSWS (2020-10-22). GM victimizes Mexican worker for quarantining after catching COVID-19. wsws.org After 26 years working for GM, Sergio Contreras was fired after he quarantined, challenging the efforts of the corporation to cover up COVID-19 outbreaks and continue production.

WSWS (2020-10-22). Woman died from COVID-19 on Spirit Airline flight in July. wsws.org The case was just confirmed this weekend, meaning that the whole cabin, medical crews and many people in the airport were, unbeknownst to themselves, potentially exposed to the deadly pathogen.

WSWS (2020-10-22). Excess US deaths during COVID-19 pandemic top 300,000. wsws.org The estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is nearly 50 percent higher than the official coronavirus death toll of 220,000 in the United States.

Staff (2020-10-22). COVID-19 is raging in prisons. Why are America's aging political prisoners still behind bars? therealnews.com Ericka Payne discusses the struggle to get her uncle Ed Poindexter released, and how political prisoners are left out of the conversation about protecting aging prisoners from the pandemic.

Katharine Early (2020-10-22). Transforming Our Food Systems is the Only Way to Nourish the World. counterpunch.org The way we produce our food is under pressure like never before. And with the climate crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic now posing the greatest challenges to nourishing the expanding global population, our precious and fragile food system is fast reaching breaking point. So do we intensify the current system of farming or is there

Stephanie Tromblay (2020-10-22). Indigenous Peoples Day in the time of COVID-19. workers.org "We are not your Halloween costumes! We are not your dime store Indians!" a speaker shouted from the bandstand on the Santa Fe Plaza this Indigenous Peoples Day in Santa Fe, N.M., as a colonialist obelisk was taken down by Puebloan activists To see people still celebrating Columbus in the . . . |

ACU (2020-10-22). Video: The Moment for Change Is Now. Medical Doctors Speak Out. globalresearch.ca On October 10, 2020, ACU2020.org announced the world doctors' alliance in Berlin, Germany. | It is an alliance of medical doctors, scientists and peace activists who together claim that this COVID-19 affair is just not true. | And as medical doctors, it …

Robert J. Burrowes (2020-10-22). Working to End Human Violence in the Time of COVID-19. globalresearch.ca At what is arguably the most important time in human history, with Homo Sapiens confronted by an enormous range of violent challenges that threaten our very survival, the only question of any genuine importance is this: Can we craft and …

Makbule Sahan — Ruwan Subasinghe (2020-10-22). Ending Corporate Impunity is at the Heart of a Sustainable Post-Pandemic Global Recovery. counterpunch.org The Covid-19 pandemic has once again exposed the fragility of global supply chains and business models built on non-standard forms of employment and informality. Following the global drop in demand as a result of the pandemic, many companies resorted to abruptly ending the procurement of goods and services and even to defaulting on prior commitments made —

Mike Kuhlenbeck (2020-10-22). Warehouse workers organize for COVID-19 safety at Mars Wrigley. workers.org Chicago — The Warehouse Workers for Justice, Mars Workers for Justice, the Foodchain Workers Alliance and the HEAL Alliance are organizing a rally at Mars Wrigley headquarters on Oct. 27. It will be part of a Halloween week of actions protesting the candy company's retaliation against warehouse workers in Joliet, . . . |

news.un (2020-10-22). Classroom crisis: Avert a 'generational catastrophe', urges UN chief. news.un.org The world is at risk of suffering "a generational catastrophe" as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on the education of students globally, the UN chief said on Thursday.

ACLU NorCal (2020-10-22). Wednesday 10/21: Voting Plan, CA Ballot Info, & Voting Rights During COVID-19 Webinar w/ ACLU. indybay.org Online voter webinar and online volunteering opportunities…

The Canary (2020-10-22). Liverpool hospitals treating more coronavirus patients than at peak of pandemic. thecanary.co Hospitals in Liverpool are treating more coronavirus patients than they were during the peak of the first wave of the pandemic, the medical director has said. | Dr Tristan Cope, medical director of Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Royal, Aintree and Broadgreen hospitals in the city, said the numbers were continuing to rise. | Writing on Twitter, he said: "Sadly we are now treating more patients in hospital with Covid-19 @LivHospitals than we did in April at the peak of the first wave and numbers continue to rise. | "So important that people in #liverpool and @LivCityRegion adhere to social…

The Canary (2020-10-22). Welsh government announces nationalisation of rail service. thecanary.co The Welsh government has decided to nationalise its railways following a significant drop in passenger numbers because of coronavirus (Covid-19). | The country's transport minister Ken Skates said bringing day-to-day rail services for its Wales and Borders franchise under public control would help secure the future of passenger services and protect jobs. | Private firm KeolisAmey, a joint venture between French transport giant Keolis and Amey, has run the franchise in Wales for just two years after taking it over from Arriva Trains Wales. | Following today's announcement on the future of rail in Wales, all custo…

yenisafak (2020-10-22). Top Belgian diplomat in intensive care with COVID-19. yenisafak.com Belgium's foreign minister has been hospitalized in intensive care for treatment of the coronavirus.A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman on Thursday confirmed Sophie Wilmes had been in hospital since last night.Wilmes announced Saturday on Twitter that she had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, adding: "An infection that probably occurred in the family circle, given the precautions I have taken outdoors." She was in self-quarantine since Friday.In the past few days, Belgium has recorded a steep rise in the infections. With the country's health minister warning of a "tsunami" of infections, the government has or…

RT (2020-10-22). FDA formally approves pricey antiviral Remdesivir as Covid-19 treatment. rt.com The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gilead Sciences' expensive antiviral drug Remdesivir to treat Covid-19, expanding its earlier emergency use authorization and guaranteeing huge profits for the company. | Remdesivir has become the first and only drug to be officially approved in the US for treating infection with the novel coronavirus after the FDA issued its decision on Thursday. The move expands on a May emergency use authorization, which allowed doctors to use it to treat hospitalized Covid-19 patients. | Gilead has issued a statement confirming the drug will be used for Covid-19 patien…

RT (2020-10-22). Conservatives accuse Twitter of selectively ignoring own policies on REVENGE PORN, misleading content in Borat prank on Giuliani. rt.com Conservatives blasted Twitter for ignoring and even promoting what they called a misleading revenge-porn attack on Rudy Giuliani after censoring reporting on alleged influence-peddling by Joe Biden's family. | At issue was a picture posted on Twitter on Wednesday showing Giuliani laying back on a bed with his hand reaching inside his pants while a woman stands nearby. The image was taken from the new 'Borat' sequel, in which Giuliani, a personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, believed himself to be doing an interview on the Covid-19 pandemic with a female Russian reporter. After the interview, Giuliani and…

RT (2020-10-22). 'He wants to preserve that legacy': Khabib coach Javier Mendez says UFC fighter driven to honor late father Abdulmanap. rt.com Khabib Nurmagomedov's coach Javier Mendez said the fighter is driven to preserve the legacy he and his late father Abdulmanap had planned ahead of his clash with Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. | The Russian fighter's father and trainer died in July aged 57 as a result of Covid-19 complications. | Asked how the UFC lightweight champion had dealt with the loss, Mendez said: "He's been handling it fantastic, he's driven, he's motivated to preserve the legacy that him and his father had planned. That's the one thing I can say that is great, his mind. | "He says 'Coach, if anything breaks it's ok because my mind is not…

RT (2020-10-22). 11 arrested at anti-Covid-lockdown protest in Dublin, police violently clash with demonstrators (VIDEOS). rt.com More than 100 demonstrators protesting against ramped-up Covid-19 lockdown restrictions clashed with police in Dublin, with 11 being arrested and an investigation launched into the organizers of the event. | Nine of the people arrested have been charged with public order offenses, as the protest broke lockdown restrictions, which only allow citizens to leave their homes for essential trips. | Law enforcement attempted to block a crowd at Grafton Street and ordered the demonstrators to disperse as they were "in breach of public health regulations." | A small group managed to break through a wall of officers dep…

RT (2020-10-22). Cristiano Ronaldo 'COULD STILL face Barcelona and Lionel Messi in Champions League' despite second positive Covid test — reports. rt.com Cristiano Ronaldo may still be able to play for Juventus in their UEFA Champions League clash with Barcelona on Wednesday despite testing positive for Covid-19 a second time, according to reports. | Ronaldo initially tested positive for coronavirus on October 13 and according to Portuguese outlet Also on rt…

RT (2020-10-22). Leading Russian virologist says another Covid-19 lockdown may lead to RIOTS, economic fallout could be worse than pandemic itself. rt.com After a strict lockdown last spring, the introduction of a second coronavirus quarantine in Russia has the potential to result in severe economic hardship and psychological suffering, which could eventually lead to mass unrest. | That's according to Fyodor Lisitsyn, a senior specialist at Moscow's Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, which was responsible for creating the world's first-registered Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V. | Speaking to the TV channel Russia-24, the virologist explained that the knock-on effects of a strict lockdown, such as economic problems for millions of people,…

RT (2020-10-22). France expands curfews to cover 46 million people as Covid-19 cases set new daily record. rt.com Coronavirus curfews in France will be extended to include some two-thirds of the population, with the country reporting a record 41,622 new confirmed cases of the disease on Wednesday. | French Prime Minister Jean Castex said the curfews that were imposed in Paris and eight other major cities last week will be expanded to 38 more departments. That means 46 million out of the country's 67 million population will be barred from leaving their homes between 9pm and 6am. | The country has found itself in a "serious situation" due to the second wave of the coronavirus and that is continuing to "degrade," Castex said…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-22). The Elders Call for Surge in Global Cooperation to Combat 'Current Disarray' Set Off by Covid-19, Climate Crisis. commondreams.org The global group of independent world leaders and justice advocates known as the Elders on Thursday issued a rebuke of the current failure by world leaders to employ a multilateral approach to confronting multiple existential crises facing the world population. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1220687626_1.jpg

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-22). Blasting 'Deliberate Indifference' to Inmate Health, California Court Orders San Quentin Prison to Reduce Population by Half. commondreams.org The ruling called the Covid-19 outbreak at the notorious lockup "the worst epidemiological disaster in California correctional history." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sq.jpg

Navina Khanna, Axel Fuentes (2020-10-22). Here's How Meatpacking Corporations Could Protect Workers From COVID-19—and What They're Doing Instead. commondreams.org JBS, the world's largest meatpacking corporation, has refused to compensate the families of employees who died after contracting COVID at its facility in Colorado. (Photo: Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/big-meat-workers-covid-immunity_0.jpg

Common Dreams staff (2020-10-22). WATCH: Joe Biden and Donald Trump Face Off in Final Presidential Debate Before Election Day. commondreams.org The candidates are expected to address Covid-19, climate change, and national security, among other topics. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-122922049611.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-10-22). Citing 'Big Mistakes' Made in Covid-19 Fight, Khanna and Warren Lead 130+ Dems Calling for Congress to Prevent the Next Pandemic. commondreams.org "The current administration's response has exposed serious flaws in the country's ability to combat large scale public health challenges." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12277376881.jpg

Tim Libretti (2020-10-22). Democrats right to close the door on McConnell's sham COVID rescue bills. peoplesworld.org Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought his two stand-alone COVID relief bills to a vote in the Senate this week two stand-alone COVID-19 relief packages. On Tuesday, he put up an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program bill to help small businesses, and on Wednesday again staged a vote on the same "skinny" $500 billion …

WSWS (2020-10-22). Sri Lankan SEP to hold online meeting on a socialist program to fight COVID-19. wsws.org The event will discuss the policies necessary for workers, the rural poor and youth to combat the coronavirus disaster and the Rajapakse administration's austerity and anti-democratic measures.

WSWS (2020-10-22). Sri Lankan workers must rally the rural poor against Rajapakse's "herd immunity" policies. wsws.org The true situation was hidden from the outset because the government refused to implement rigorous anti-COVID-19 measures when the virus first impacted on the country in late January.

IndustriALL (2020-10-22). Employers fail to control COVID, but Sri Lankan army rounds up workers instead. peoplesworld.org Garment workers in Sri Lanka were herded off into quarantine by the army in the middle of the night following a rapid increase of infections at their factory. Unions say that this could have been avoided by forming the recommended health committees. According to reports, on Oct. 19, the total number of COVID-19 cases in …

Makia Freeman (2020-10-22). 16 Glaring Parallels Between the 9/11 and COVID Ops. globalresearch.ca There are numerous 9/11 COVID similarities to be seen and understood as the world goes ever deeper into Operation Coronavirus. | Many nations around the world, including