Daily Archives: November 1, 2020

2020-11-01: News Headlines

The Canary (2020-11-01). England's national lockdown could be extended, Cabinet minister admits. thecanary.co England's four-week national lockdown could be extended beyond December 2 if coronavirus (Covid-19) infection rates do not significantly fall, a Cabinet minister has admitted.More to come?: Michael Gove said he believed the restrictions announced by Boris Johnson would bring down the R value, but warned that people may have to stay at home for longer if not.Pubs, bars, restaurants, and non-essential retail will close from 5 November for four weeks across England, with furlough payments at 80% extended for the duration of the new measures.People will be allowed to exercise and socialise in public spaces out…

news.un (2020-11-01). First Person: supporting migrants on the COVID-19 frontline in Myanmar. news.un.org One of the far-reaching effects of the global lockdown brought on the COVID-19 pandemic has been the return of migrant workers to their home countries. The UN gender agency, UN Women has been supporting the authorities in Myanmar, under the EU—UN funded Spotlight Initiative, to provide for the needs of women.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-11-01). What is COVID-19? Seven Key Points for Understanding SARS-CoV-2 and Testing. globalresearch.ca Introduction | COVID-19 appeared in Europe and the Americas in 2020, following the emergence of a new virus from China in 2019. | This new virus belongs to the well-known family of coronaviruses that has already produced two particularly severe epidemics in …

RT (2020-11-01). England's November lockdown to be extended throughout December if infection rate doesn't go down, Gove confirms. rt.com UK Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove has said that the government is ready to extend the lockdown in England throughout December if the coronavirus continues to surge. All decisions will be based on "evidence," he stated. | Gove told Sky News' Sophy Ridge that the government had hoped that a system of regional lockdown "could succeed" in curbing the surge in Covid-19 but, "unfortunately, over the course of the last two weeks the virus has been spreading faster than predicted." | The planned second lockdown across England would last from November 5 to December 2, if the MPs approve the proposal by Prime Mini…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-11-01). The Covid-19 Roadmap: Towards Global Economic Chaos and Societal Destruction. globalresearch.ca Minor Edits on October 16, 2020. First published on October 6, 2020 | It is now confirmed that the Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (RT-PCR) used to estimate COVID-19 positive cases is questionable. It cannot detect or identify the virus. What …

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-01). Iran registers 7,719 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 01 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 7,719 COVID-19 infections and 434 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-11-01). The Covid-19 Numbers Game: The "Second Wave" is Based on Fake Statistics. globalresearch.ca "Red zones", travel bans, quarantines, "red lists". A "Second Wave". Millions of people are lining up for Covid-19 testing. The "Numbers Game". How statistics and "estimates" are used by politicians to justify the closure of the national economy and the derogation of fundamental civil rights.

Jeff Bryant (2020-11-01). Bad Leadership Is Plunging Public Schools Into a Crisis. commondreams.org Covid-19 exposed how important teachers are to students and families—it's a shame that school leaders still won't listen to them. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/50221334568_58eb6e120d_o1.jpg

RT (2020-11-01). No beer for the Chancellor: Iconic Berlin political pub blacklists Merkel and cronies for ordering new lockdown. rt.com The German officials behind the country's month-long partial lockdown, during which all restaurants will be closed, are no longer welcome at the 'Standige Vertretung,' an iconic Berlin pub catering to the political class. | The owners of the pub voiced their anger over the decision to partially shut down the German economy to slow down the spread of Covid-19. In a video

Colin Todhunter (2020-11-01). Class Consciousness in the Age of COVID. dissidentvoice.org Prior to the appearance of COVID-related restrictions and lockdowns, neoliberal capitalism had turned to various mechanisms in the face of economic stagnation and massive inequalities: the raiding of public budgets, the expansion of credit to consumers and governments to sustain spending and consumption, financial speculation and militarism. Part and parcel of this has been a strategy …

RT (2020-11-01). Some good news: Australia records zero Covid cases for first time in nearly five months. rt.com As European nations rush headlong into lockdowns and several countries post record case numbers, it's not all doom and gloom on the Covid front; Australia has reported no new community infections for the first time since June. | The development paves the way for a further easing of harsh lockdown restrictions that have been in place in the country, particularly in the state of Victoria, which accounts for the vast majority of Australia's 907 deaths related to the disease. | Sunday saw Australia record no new daily infections for the first time since June 9. "Thank you to all of our amazing health & public heal…

Kairos Center, Poor People's Campaign (2020-11-01). Sunday 11/1: Dia de los Muertos & All Saints Day: The Lives Lost to Pandemics of COVID, Poverty, Racism. indybay.org Online via livestream…

sputniknews (2020-11-01). Berlin Pub Blacklists Chancellor Angela Merkel for Poor Coronavirus Response. sputniknews.com Germany announced a month-long lockdown earlier this week. The quarantine, that will start on Monday, 2 November, stipulates the cancellation of all mass events and the closure of bars and restaurants except for takeaways.

Prabhat Patnaik (2020-11-01). Why third world workers were worst hit by the pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org Advanced countries have been more open-handed in fiscal support for their economies, in particular for workers, while Third World countries have been extremely niggardly, not necessarily out of choice (except in the case of India)…

RT (2020-11-01). Scientists discover 'devastating' NEW genetic disease that's killed 40% of known patients by attacking lungs and immune system. rt.com The new condition, which is caused by genetic mutations, has shown a particularly high death rate, as patients were not responding to any currently available treatments, the researchers said. | The disease — 'vacuoles, E1 enzyme, X-linked, autoinflammatory and somatic syndrome' — has been dubbed VEXAS. It causes symptoms that include blood clots in veins, recurrent fevers, abnormalities in the lungs, and vacuoles — unusual cavity-like structures — in the myeloid cells, which play a crucial part in the human immune system. | Researchers at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) came acro…

RT (2020-11-01). Major fire at Istanbul hospital sends plume of black smoke into the sky (VIDEOS). rt.com A fire broke out at the Istanbul University's Medical Facility Hospital on Sunday, triggering a major response from the city's firefighters. Thankfully, the blaze occurred in a building that is not currently in use. | Istanbul residents were disturbed on Sunday by the sight of a big plume of black smoke rising from the Fatih district. It emanated from a huge fire that was engulfing a building under construction, owned by the Medical Faculty Hospital of the Istanbul University. | àáapa tƒ±p fakàºltesi veya yan kƒ±smƒ± yanƒ±yor üò&ne…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-01). Best medical tour operator in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 01 (MNA) — At the beginning of the new millennium, and in the light of advanced technologies in the field of transportation, geographical boundaries and long distances have become virtually meaningless.

Christian Gortázar, Francisco J Rodríguez del-Río, Lucas Domínguez, José de la Fuente (2020-10-31). [Correspondence] Host or pathogen-related factors in COVID-19 severity? thelancet.com Lucy Okell and colleagues1 observed that the transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is currently in marked decline in many countries. Okell and colleagues suggest two possible explanations for this decline, namely the effect of lockdowns, physical distancing, and other interventions; or, alternatively, herd immunity. After analysing trends in cumulative deaths over time in many European countries that went into lockdown at different stages of their epidemic, and data obtained from serology studies on the proportion of the population that had the infection previously, Okell an…

Thomas A Treibel, Charlotte Manisty, Mervyn Andiapen, Corinna Pade, Melanie Jensen, Marianna Fontana, Xosé Couto-Parada, Teresa Cutino-Moguel, Mahdad Noursadeghi, James C Moon (2020-10-31). [Correspondence] Asymptomatic health-care worker screening during the COVID-19 pandemic — Authors' reply. thelancet.com Kevin Fennelly and Christopher Whalen emphasise that health-care workers (HCWs) are at a higher risk of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 infection than are the general population. Angela Chow and colleagues describe their experience in Singapore of very low rates of HCW infections and nosocomial transmission when effective personal protective equipment is implemented. We agree with both perspectives, and our Correspondence1 did not contradict either of these viewpoints.

The Canary (2020-10-31). Unions call for more measures to protect jobs as furlough scheme ends. thecanary.co Fears have been raised that people will be pushed into in hardship as government coronavirus support schemes end.Unions are calling for more measures to protect jobs as the furlough scheme ends, saying the new support plans are "not adequate", while poverty campaigners have concerns about the end of mortgage holidays.With no certainty about whether Covid-19 can be brought under control in the near future and millions of UK people living under further restrictions, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey called on the Government to bring forward clear plans for the protection of health, jobs and incomes.Mr McCluskey…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-31). Iran COVID-19 update: 386 deaths, 7,820 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 7,820 COVID-19 infections and 386 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

news.un (2020-10-31). Sustainable urbanization critical to COVID-19 recovery, better quality of life. news.un.org Cities will be critical for the world to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and the worst recession for decades, according to the latest report published by UN-Habitat, the UN agency working on urban issues.

_____ (2020-10-31). Biden And Trump Agree Far More Than They Disagree. popularresistance.org With the U.S. presidential elections slated for next Tuesday November 3rd, unprecedented numbers of voters have already cast their ballot. Despite a polarized electorate deeply divided on issues from police brutality to COVID-19, for many voters commited to preventing four more years of Trump, the two major candidates prove far more similar than presented in mainstream media. | To shed light on some of these dyanmics in this crucial election for the hemisphere, we spoke with Adrienne Pine, professor of medical anthropology at American University, member of the Embassy Protection Collective, and author of the rece…

Angela Chow, Htet Lin Htun, Win Mar Kyaw, Lay Tin Lee, Brenda Ang (2020-10-31). [Correspondence] Asymptomatic health-care worker screening during the COVID-19 pandemic. thelancet.com Mass testing of asymptomatic health-care workers (HCWs) has been suggested to reduce nosocomial transmission of COVID-19.1 This level of testing might not be necessary in hospitals with protocols for personal protective equipment,2 despite recommendations by Thomas Treibel and colleagues.3 The 1600-bed Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore, is colocated with the 330-bed National Centre for Infectious Diseases, Singapore, which, together, manage most patients with COVID-19 in Singapore. At this hospital, HCWs use fit-tested N95 respirators, eye protection, gloves, and gowns in areas where patients with COVID-19 are tr…

WSWS (2020-10-31). Australian ruling elite again demands premature lifting of pandemic restrictions. wsws.org The similar ending of safety measures caused the COVID-19 catastrophes, now engulfing hospitals throughout Europe, the US and many other parts of the world.

Michael Welch (2020-10-31). Coronavirus and the Biotech Complex. A Conversation with Whitney Webb. globalresearch.ca "Government insiders had foreknowledge of the Covid-19 crisis on a scale that, thus far, has gone unreported and that those same insiders are now manipulating the government's response and public panic in order to reap record profits and gain unprecedented …

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-31). Meeting of COVID-19 combat headquarters held on Saturday. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) — National Coronavirus Combat and Prevention Headquarters held a meeting in the presence of Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki on Saturday.

Lucy C Okell, Robert Verity, Aris Katzourakis, Erik M Volz, Oliver J Watson, Swapnil Mishra, Patrick Walker, Charlie Whittaker, Christl A Donnelly, Steven Riley, Azra C Ghani, Axel Gandy, Seth Flaxman, Neil M Ferguson, Samir Bhatt (2020-10-31). [Correspondence] Host or pathogen-related factors in COVID-19 severity? — Authors' reply. thelancet.com Christian Gortázar and colleagues, in their response to our Correspondence about herd immunity in COVID-19,1 suggest that the mutation of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) might provide an alternative explanation for the observed decline in deaths in Europe. As evidence, they highlight the observation that the SARS-CoV-2 virus has mutated,2,3 alongside their own report arguing that the severity of COVID-19 has decreased over time.4 Unfortunately, their own study appears to have ended before many recoveries could have occurred, severely undermining the main conclusion.

WSWS (2020-10-31). European Central Bank set to expand bond-buying program. wsws.org ECB president Christine Lagarde has said the euro zone recovery is "losing momentum" amid a resurge of COVID-19 infections.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-31). Global COVID-19 death toll approaching 1.2m. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) — The global COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 1.19 million according to John Hopkins University.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-31). O jogo de números do Covid-19: A "segunda vaga" é baseada em estatísticas falsas. globalresearch.ca "Zonas vermelhas", proibiàßà£o de viajar, quarentenas, "listas vermelhas". Uma "Segunda Vaga" foi anunciada. | A campanha do medo tornou-se extenuante. Milhàµes de pessoas alinham-se para serem testadas ao Covid-19. | Medidas estatais drásticas sà£o contempladas, incluindo restriàßàµes a ajuntamentos sociais, casamentos, funerais, …

teleSUR, ce (2020-10-31). St. Kitts & Nevis Opens Borders to Visitors. telesurenglish.net The Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis is officially open to welcome visitors following the several months long COVID-19 travel restrictions. | RELATED: | Visitors will be designated within three categories: travellers from Caricom member states which are part of the "Caribbean Bubble;" international travellers coming from a country or territory outside of the "Caribbean Bubble;" and returning nationals and residents. | All incoming tra…

Richard Horton (2020-10-31). [Comment] Offline: COVID-19—a crisis of power. thelancet.com COVID-19 is about the politics of the body. In a series of lectures and essays in the 1970s and early 1980s, Michel Foucault (who died in 1984) argued that the discipline of public health emerged with the birth of capitalism in the 18th century. The body came to be understood as an instrument of economic production, of labour power, and so became a subject of significant political interest. Medicine and public health were endorsed as tools to enhance these productive forces, to ensure that people were fit for work.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-10-31). 'Trump Is KILLING Americans': As US Cases Top 9 Million, Stanford Study Ties President's Rallies to Covid-19 Spread. commondreams.org The analysis links 18 rallies to over 30,000 cases and 700 deaths—but doesn't include events in October, when states saw infections surge. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12832311631.jpg

Manlio Dinucci (2020-10-31). Manlio Dinucci: "Il pericolo per l'umanità viene dalle armi nucleari non dal covid" globalresearch.ca Manlio Dinucci, giornalista del comitato "no guerra no Nato", spiega i reali pericoli che incombono oggi sul pianeta. …

The Canary (2020-10-31). Union calls for schools to be closed if England enters month-long lockdown. thecanary.co Schools and colleges must be closed if the government imposes another national lockdown, the National Education Union (NEU) has said. Joint general secretary Kevin Courtney also called for ministers to prepare to introduce school rotas for the end of any new restrictions. | New measures: | Boris Johnson is expected to outline fresh measures to control the spread of coronavirus at a Downing Street press conference on 31 October. He is reportedly considering introducing nationwide restrictions next week, which could see everything closed except essential shops and education settings for a month. | NEU calle…

The Canary (2020-10-31). Even the boss of the Police Federation is slating the government's coronavirus communications. thecanary.co The chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales has criticised the "briefing" of a potential lockdown to the media, claiming it had increased pressure on the emergency services. | John Apter, head of the organisation which represents more than 120,000 rank-and-file officers, called for "clear communication" on coronavirus measures. | He tweeted on Saturday morning: "To those briefing selective media on a potential national lockdown please understand the impact this has. It creates a media frenzy, causes confusion and ahead of any official announcement encourages some to make the most of their pre-lockd…

Boaventura de Sousa Santos (2020-10-31). Negationism, gattopardism and transitionism. zcomm.org The new coronavirus pandemic has called into question many of the political certitudes that seemed to have been consolidated over the past forty years…

Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi (2020-10-31). Video: The Corona Virus and the Health Impacts of the Lockdown: Interview with Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi. globalresearch.ca Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi is an award winning medical doctor specialised in the fields of immunology, bacteriology, virology, and parasitology. | This is not a killer virus comparable to the Spanish Flu. | . | . …

WSWS (2020-10-31). United States rockets past 100,000 daily cases. wsws.org There were more than 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States over the past seven days, measured both by the daily new case counts and the seven-day running average.

WSWS (2020-10-31). For a European-wide school strike against the pandemic. wsws.org If non-essential businesses, schools, and day-care centres are not immediately closed, the overloading of health care systems and the premature death of millions of people is inevitable.

WSWS (2020-10-31). Large bonuses awarded to executives of bailed-out US companies. wsws.org Major companies such as Hertz and JCPenney paid their executives millions in bonuses before filing for bankruptcy and cutting thousands of jobs during the pandemic.

The Lancet (2020-10-31). [Editorial] The US election 2020. thelancet.com 100 years ago, voters in the presidential election of 1920 were weary, trepidatious, and living with the spectre of pandemic and uncertainty. After the carnage of World War 1 and the multiple waves of influenza that enveloped the world between 1918 and 1920 (of the 50 million lives lost, 675‚Äà000 were American), the US economy had sunk into a deep recession as it adjusted to post-wartime production and consumption. Presidential candidate Warren G Harding expounded that "America's present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy".

The Canary (2020-10-31). Firms urge government to sort out the outsourced Test and Trace system. thecanary.co The government needs to sort out the outsourced Test and Trace system because the welcomed extension to the furlough scheme is just a short-term fix, business leaders have said.They point out that it's a key weapon in the fight against the virus, it would boost confidence, and mean workers are not asked to self-isolate without decent sick pay.Lockdown part two: Prime minister Boris Johnson, speaking at a Downing Street press conference, announced that non-essential retail and hospitality services will be forced to close — while schools stay open — during a four-week national lockdown.It means tha…

Ankit Agarwal, Trevor J Royce (2020-10-31). [Correspondence] The effect of Medicare for All on rural hospitals. thelancet.com Alison Galvani and colleagues1 robustly modelled the effect of the Medicare for All Act on US national health expenditures and outcomes. Spending on hospital care and physician or clinical services accounts for 53% of total spending. Their model assumes that Medicare rates are uniformly 22% lower than are private-payer rates and that, by switching all fees to Medicare rates, overall reimbursements will be 6% lower for hospitals and 7% lower for physicians.

Meagan C Fitzpatrick, Alison P Galvani (2020-10-31). [Correspondence] The effect of Medicare for All on rural hospitals — Authors' reply. thelancet.com The USA's rural hospitals are a lifeline for the communities that they serve, as evidenced by the catastrophic effects of their closures. Subsequent to the closure of a rural hospital, mortality rises by 5 ∑9% among residents of the service area.1…

Jeyaraj D Pandian, Yogeshwar Kalkonde, Ivy Anne Sebastian, Cynthia Felix, Gerard Urimubenshi, Jackie Bosch (2020-10-31). [Series] Stroke systems of care in low-income and middle-income countries: challenges and opportunities. thelancet.com The burden of stroke is higher in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) than in high-income countries and is rising. Even though there are global policies and guidelines for implementing stroke care, there are many challenges in setting up stroke services in LMICs. Despite these challenges, there are many models of stroke care available in LMICs—eg, multidisciplinary team care led by a stroke neurologist, specialist-led care by neurologists, physician-led care, hub and spoke models incorporating stroke telemedicine (ie, telestroke), and task sharing involving community health workers.

Fight Back (2020-10-31). The riot in Naples and the choice between health and work. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from Italian Marxist- Leninist organization Fronte Popolare. | "Health is first and foremost, but without money no masses are sung": so, we read on one of the many banners laid out during the spontaneous protest marches in Naples in these hours. The contrast between health and work, between physical well-being and economic well-being is a choice that in a real democracy we should not even imagine to make. Yet this is the choice put in front of us, in the South as well as in the North, throughout the all country. While the North — and especially…

Pamela Das (2020-10-31). [Perspectives] Kevin Fenton: pursuing equity and equality in public health. thelancet.com Kevin Fenton is a public health polymath. He's worked successfully in health prevention and health improvement for more than three decades and is currently the Regional Director of Public Health England (PHE) London and the Regional Director of Public Health for NHS London. "I have a passion for learning and throughout my career it is about looking for the next set of opportunities to make a difference to the people who I have been called to serve", he says.

Peter Langhorne, Heinrich J Audebert, Dominique A Cadilhac, Joosup Kim, Patrice Lindsay (2020-10-31). [Series] Stroke systems of care in high-income countries: what is optimal? thelancet.com Stroke is a complex, time-sensitive, medical emergency that requires well functioning systems of care to optimise treatment and improve patient outcomes. Education and training campaigns are needed to improve both the recognition of stroke among the general public and the response of emergency medical services. Specialised stroke ambulances (mobile stroke units) have been piloted in many cities to speed up the diagnosis, triage, and emergency treatment of people with acute stroke symptoms. Hospital-based interdisciplinary stroke units remain the central feature of a modern stroke service.