Daily Archives: November 2, 2020

2020-11-02: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-11-02). Missouri hospitals face being overwhelmed in latest surge of COVID-19 infections. wsws.org Hospital administrators across the state are raising the alarm, demanding the governor take action to limit the spread, including mandating masks, even as plans remain to reopen schools.

Raul Diego (2020-11-02). New COVID-19 Security Measures Will Make Health a Prerequisite for Travel. globalresearch.ca As the multi-sector, global response to the coronavirus tightens the noose around civil liberties, CommonPass stands out as one of the most appalling and dangerous attacks on basic human rights in the name of public health. | *** | Imagine standing …

_____ (2020-11-02). Educator Speaks Out Against Unsafe Conditions, Lack Of Resources. popularresistance.org A middle school educator in Knoxville, Tennessee recently came forward to speak with the World Socialist Web Site about the unsafe conditions at her school. Knox County currently has nearly 13,000 cases of COVID-19 and 92 deaths, making it the third most affected county in the state, behind Shelby (Memphis) and Davidson (Nashville) counties. | With the abandonment of even the most rudimentary safety measures at schools and other workplaces, cases in Tennessee have continued to surge in recent months. October has been the state's deadliest month of the pandemic, with over 700 succumbing to the virus.

Elaine Shelly (2020-11-02). Four Pandemic Americas: Infinite Choices, Few Choices, Pseudo-Choice, and No Choices at All. counterpunch.org My mother is a Black woman. But when I had to place her in nursing home care in 2016, I intentionally chose a home in a largely white community. Why? Because she was more likely to survive there. Let me explain. After President Trump's recent Covid-19 hospitalization, people said there were two Americas — one

WSWS (2020-11-02). Omaha, Nebraska school worker dies from COVID-19 as cases spike and teacher anger grows. wsws.org School custodian Greg Petersen became ill as schools reopen and teacher opposition grows to the spread of the deadly virus.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-02). Interior Min. hosts COVID-19 Combat, Prevention HQ's meeting. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 02 (MNA) — The meeting of National Coronavirus Combat and Prevention Headquarters was held at the venue of Interior Ministry on Monday in the presence of Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani fazli and Health Minister Saeed Namaki.

WSWS (2020-11-02). Months of unpaid wages spark strikes by delivery drivers across China. wsws.org To maintain or boost profits amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the big express delivery companies have lowered prices, shifting the burden onto local courier stations and exploiting delivery workers ever more harshly.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-02). Portuguese communists call to strengthen National Health Service to fight fresh spike in COVID-19. peoplesdispatch.org The Portuguese government has announced new lockdown restrictions in 121 municipalities across the country in the wake of a fresh spike in COVID-19 cases. A record number of 4,656 COVID-19 cases were reported on October 30…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-02). Logistics, transportation industry's role in fighting COVID19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 02 (MNA) — Mehrzad Manuel Ferdows and Behzad Daniel Ferdows, two entrepreneurs in the logistics and transportation industry, have, in an analysis, weighed in on the significance of this industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mark Pocan (2020-11-02). Everyone Needs to Do More to Fight COVID-19. commondreams.org We have little room for error if we are going to prevent thousands of people from getting sick and dozens from dying every day. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/coronavirus_3.jpeg

_____ (2020-11-02). Trump's Zealots: White Supremacists And Evangelicals. popularresistance.org Let us not be naive. If President Trump recently called on his adoring followers to "liberate" states like Michigan, Virginia, Maryland*, and Minnesota, which all happen to have Democrat governors, this is not about freeing people from the supposed tyranny of lockdown and social distancing measures. What the gun-toting, Trump 2020 and Confederate-flag waving Trump storm-troopers have been organized and likely paid to do, is to make sure the United States goes back to work as soon as possible. Naturally, this is despite the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging in all 50 states, at various levels, with n…

WSWS (2020-11-02). Who bears responsibility for the Canadian ruling elite's catastrophic handling of the COVID-19 pandemic? wsws.org By systematically prioritizing corporate profit and investor wealth over human lives, Canada's governments have created conditions for a second wave of COVID-19 infections and deaths even bigger than the first.

Dr. Gary G. Kohls (2020-11-02). The Flawed COVID-19 Vaccine Testing Programs. globalresearch.ca There doesn't appear to be much difference between the testing protocols of the dozens of pharmaceutical companies that are working on developing a vaccine for the elusive (and therefore dubious) SARS virus that has not actually yet been isolated in …

WSWS (2020-11-02). Australia: Queensland Labor holds office by exploiting pandemic concerns. wsws.org Labor postured as a protector of the population from COVID-19, but will now unveil austerity measures in a delayed December budget.

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2020-11-02). Russian Government Prioritizes Small and Medium Scale Businesses, Affected by Covid-19 Crisis. globalresearch.ca Over the years, Small and Medium Scale Businesses (SMEs) have been uttermost focus for the Russian government recognizing the fact that these provide employment and support the overall economy. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the government has seriously prioritized the sector, …

Malavika Vyawahare (2020-11-02). Madagascar's Lemurs Species May Never Recover: The Covid-19 Economic Fallout is Triggering Hunger and Deprivation throughout Sub-saharan Africa. globalresearch.ca The DreamWorks version of Madagascar is exactly that, a fantasy. The island nation is no unpeopled paradise teeming with dancing lemurs, as depicted in the animated Madagascar film. On the contrary, almost all of its lemur species are being

_____ (2020-11-02). Businesses and taxpayers 'mugged' by Covid-19 bailout loans. truepublica.org.uk By TruePublica: The Taxpayer, now besieged by a government completely out of control over its handling of the pandemic are bearing the brunt of outrageous interest rates and arrangement fees charged by so-called 'lenders' providing emergency Covid-19 bailout loans for struggling businesses. It's not as if the banks themselves are doing badly out of loans …

Heidi Shierholz (2020-11-02). Thanks to Mitch McConnell, 30 Million Workers Head Into Election Day Unnecessarily Hurting. commondreams.org It is both cruel and terrible economics that Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell adjourned the Senate last Tuesday with no COVID relief. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/mcconnell_unemployment.jpg

Eric A. Gordon (2020-11-02). George Mann's new CD, 'The Coronavirus Sessions,' pure joy in the struggle. peoplesworld.org I have followed singer/songwriter George Mann at some distance for many years now. I guess more exactly I should say, he's followed me, as the only place I've ever actually heard him live has been in Los Angeles, where I live, and where he's passed though multiple times over his many years of wandering the …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-11-02). Sawing the Sacred: Felling the Djab Wurrung Directions Tree. dissidentvoice.org Djab Wurrung women are in an abusive relationship with Victoria's government. — Sissy Eileen Austin, The Guardian, September 14, 2019 It was a penultimate day in the Australian state of Victoria. The state government had announced that some of harshest coronavirus lockdown restrictions in the developed world would be easing. Melbourne's restaurants, bars and cafes …

WSWS (2020-11-02). Union suppresses Albany, New York nurses' fight for coronavirus protections. wsws.org For two years, the New York State Nurses Association has allowed its members to work without a contract while opposing a genuine fight for the minimum safety measures needed to protect nurses against infection.

WSWS (2020-11-02). The pandemic and the political record of the SEP in the 2020 election. wsws.org In his speech opening Sunday's final public meeting of the 2020 election, Socialist Equality Party Chairman David North stated, "A great historical crisis—and the pandemic is of that magnitude—reveals and puts to the test the perspectives and programs of all parties." The course of events has vindicated the perspective and program of the Socialist Equality Party.

Dean Baker (2020-11-02). Record 33.1 Percent Surge Still Leaves GDP 3.5 Percent Below Pre-Pandemic Level. counterpunch.org The trade deficit reached a record in the third quarter. GDP grew at a record 33.1 percent annual rate, as the economy bounced back from the pandemic-driven shutdowns in the second quarter. However, even with this record growth, the economy was still 3.5 percent below its pre-pandemic level. If we assume a modest 2.0 percent

WSWS (2020-11-02). Right-wing propagandists in Germany promote "herd immunity" wsws.org The deadly policies of the German government, sending workers back into workplaces and pupils into schools in the midst of the pandemic, are accompanied by a reactionary propaganda campaign by politicians and the media.

Jasmine Norden (2020-11-02). Calls for Universal Basic Income increase as government support fails those most in need. thecanary.co Elected representatives across the UK have called on the government to prevent poverty by trialling Universal Basic Income (UBI). | On 30 October, 520 MPs, councillors, peers, mayors and members of devolved assemblies, In the letter, organised by UBI Lab Network, the elected representatives said: Millions of people have fallen through the cracks of the government's support packages. The pandemic has left countless families facing po…

Mel Gurtov (2020-11-02). In Defense of Confucius Institutes. counterpunch.org Readers may be surprised to learn that while disputes between the US and China over trade, human rights, and the pandemic are making headlines, educational exchange programs are Washington's chief target these days. These programs are easy marks for an administration that wants to demonstrate toughness with Beijing. It is arousing suspicion about several categories

The Canary (2020-11-02). Bird flu outbreak at farm in Kent — 480 birds to be culled. thecanary.co Hundreds of birds at a farm in Kent will be culled following an outbreak of bird flu. | All 480 birds on the site near the town of Deal will be killed to limit the spread of the disease, the Government has confirmed. | The outbreak of the H5N2 avian influenza at the small commercial premises was confirmed on Monday. | A 1km restricted zone has been put in place around the site to limit the risk of the disease spreading, while urgent enquiries are underway for any evidence that it has spread further. | Public Health England (PHE) says the risk to public health from the virus is very low and the Food Standards Agen…

Graham Peebles (2020-11-02). Saving Our Planet Is Our Responsibility. counterpunch.org Destructive human behavior based on selfishness, greed and ignorance has created the interrelated environmental emergency. A global crisis of unprecedented scale that threatens the survival of over a million plant and animal species, the security of tens of millions of people and the health of the planet. Unlimited irresponsible consumption of goods, services and animal

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-02). National lockdown: Imperial's community redouble efforts to support students. imperial.ac.uk Preparations by the College over the summer months provide confidence that teaching and research can continue, and that staff and students are safe.

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…

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

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 …

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.

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.

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 …

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

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.

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…

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 …

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…

MEE and agencies (2020-11-01). Coronavirus: Iran hits record daily death toll, true count 'could be three times higher'. middleeasteye.net Coronavirus: Iran hits record daily death toll, true count 'could be three times higher' | As Tehran faces two-week lockdown, new curbs to be imposed in most of country as total death toll hits 35,298 | Sun, 11/01/2020 – 15: 53 | Iranians on their way to shop in Tajrish Square, Tehran, pass a sign advising people to wear masks (AFP) | Iran's coronavirus daily death toll has hit a new recor…

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…

sputniknews (2020-11-01). Irish Deputy PM Varadkar Faces Grilling over Leak of Doctors' Pay Agreement to Rivals. sputniknews.com MPs for both the Fianna Fail party, which is in a coalition with deputy PM Leo Varadkar's Fine Gael, and the opposition Sinn Fein condemned his statement that leaking confidential details of pay talks with a medical association to its rival was merely "not best practice".

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.

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.

Kevin Fennelly, Christopher C Whalen (2020-10-31). [Correspondence] Asymptomatic health-care worker screening during the COVID-19 pandemic. thelancet.com We applaud the establishment of the COVIDsortium by Thomas Treibel and colleagues1 as a bioresource focusing on asymptomatic health-care workers (HCWs).1 However, we disagree with the authors' conclusion that "the rate of asymptomatic infection among HCWs more likely reflects general community transmission than in-hospital exposure". This report was an ecological study subject to the ecological fallacy. Moreover, the figure compares symptomatic inpatients who were tested in hospital with asymptomatic HCWs.