2020-11-05: News Headlines

A. Castellitto (2020-11-05). COVID Testing: We've Been Duped. globalresearch.ca Lost in this whole pandemic hysteria are some key considerations that when carefully analyzed place the whole COVID-19 narrative in a highly questionable light. The gatekeepers of information dissimulation are manufacturing consent at an alarming rate, but their fatigue is …

_____ (2020-11-05). Teachers Walk Off The Job After COVID-19 Outbreak. popularresistance.org Teachers and support staff at Glamorgan Junior Public School, in the Toronto borough of Scarborough, walked off the job Monday to protest school authorities' decision to keep the school open despite a major COVID-19 outbreak. The outbreak was declared last Friday after nine teachers and two students tested positive for the potentially lethal virus. Fifty-eight students have been ordered to quarantine. | The work stoppage continued yesterday as reports emerged of a further student testing positive. The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has flatly refused to close the school…

WSWS (2020-11-05). Sri Lankan government rejects total lockdown amid surging COVID-19 infections. wsws.org The Rajapakse regime's decisions are aimed at continuing corporate operations, particularly factory production for exports, forcing workers to stay on the job.

WSWS (2020-11-05). College student, 20, found dead in dorm room after testing positive for COVID-19. wsws.org The young student died in her dorm room while in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 and being sent home from the hospital.

Djillali Annane, Nicholas Heming, Lamiae Grimaldi-Bensouda, Véronique Frémeaux-Bacchi, Marie Vigan, Anne-Laure Roux, Armance Marchal, Hugues Michelon, Martin Rottman, Pierre Moine, for the Garches COVID 19 Collaborative Group (2020-11-05). Eculizumab as an emergency treatment for adult patients with severe COVID-19 in the intensive care unit: A proof-of-concept study. thelancet.com Findings from this proof-of-concept study suggest eculizumab may improve survival and reduce hypoxia in patients with severe COVID-19. Randomized studies evaluating the efficacy and safety of this treatment approach are needed.

Unredacted (2020-11-05). It's All Wrong: Sage U.K. Forecast of 4,000 Deaths a Day Is 'Misleading'. globalresearch.ca The forecast of 4,000 people dying per day from COVID-19 by next month could be four or five times too high and does not reflect the current situation, a leading Oxford professor has warned. | The incredible figure was presented by…

The Canary (2020-11-05). Serco profits soar while Test and Trace reaches lowest ever proportion of contacts. thecanary.co The NHS Test and Trace system has reached the lowest ever proportion of contacts of people who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) in England.Four in 10 close contacts of people who tested positive are still not being reached by the system, at the same time as it recorded its highest weekly number of positive cases.A total of 137,180 people tested positive for Covid-19 in England at least once in the week to 28 October — an increase of 8% on the previous week and the highest weekly number since Test and Trace was launched at the end of May.According to the latest figures, 59.9% of close contacts of pe…

Editor (2020-11-05). Este sistema está enfermo. workers.org La crisis de COVID-19 está arrojando una luz evidente sobre las contradicciones y los fracasos del capitalismo. Millones de vidas están en riesgo, y no tiene por qué ser así. Aquí en los Estados Unidos —un país que durante más de un siglo ha estado a la vanguardia de las . . . |

WSWS (2020-11-05). Hospital fire in Brazil exposes criminal neglect of workers' lives. wsws.org A fire at a hospital in the state of Rio de Janeiro resulted in the deaths of eight people, at least three of them COVID-19 patients.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-11-05). The COVID-19 RT-PCR Test: How to Mislead All Humanity. Using a "Test" To Lock Down Society. globalresearch.ca The misuse of the RT-PCR technique is used as an intentional strategy by some governments, supported by scientific safety councils and by the dominant media, to justify the violation of a large number of constitutional rights, the destruction of the economy with the bankruptcy of entire active sectors of society,…

Manlio Dinucci (2020-11-05). Fukushima, the Nuclear Pandemic Spreads. globalresearch.ca It was not Covid, therefore the news went almost unnoticed: Japan will release over a million tons of radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea. The catastrophic incident in Fukushima was triggered by the Tsunami that …

QuickTestNow (2020-11-05). IMD Path and Quick Test Now Launch Antioch COVID Testing Site. indybay.org IMD Path and Quick Test Now launch a COVID testing site in Antioch, California.

MEE correspondent (2020-11-05). Iranian press review: Lockdowns lead to marriages. middleeasteye.net Iranian press review: Lockdowns lead to marriages | Meanwhile, an aide to the supreme leader denies the Holocaust, widespread abuse reported in private rehab centres, and a top athlete practices in a field | Thu, 11/05/2020 – 14: 29 | A couple walks past a mural painted on the outer walls of the former US embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran on 20 September 2020 (AFP) | Lockdowns l…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-11-05). Labor Department reports 21.5 million still getting jobless aid. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—New claims for jobless benefits, from people thrown out of work by the coronavirus pandemic and actions to counter the community spread of the plague, totaled 21.51 million for the week ending on Oct. 17, the Labor Department reported. That doesn't count new claims for state or federal jobless benefits since then, the Bureau of …

_____ (2020-11-05). Wage War Against The Philosophy Of War. popularresistance.org In mid-October, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its World Economic Outlook report, which offered some dizzying data. For 2020, the IMF estimates that the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will decline by 4.4%, while in 2021 the global GDP will rise by 5.2%. Stagnation and decline will define the economic activity in both Europe and North America, as well as in large states such as Brazil and India. With a second wave of coronavirus infections in Europe and with the first wave not having been controlled in Brazil, India, and the United States, it appears that these IMF estimates might sink further…

Brian Shilhavy (2020-11-05). Brainwashing the Masses: 6 Companies Own Almost All of the Media in the U.S. — Using Medical "Doctors" to Sell Their Message. globalresearch.ca The current "war against the Coronavirus" is primarily an information war, with the corporate media putting forth a unified message they want the public to believe, and any efforts to present alternative information is vigorously opposed and ridiculed. | Six …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-11-05). The Corona Pandemic and Trump's Trade War against China: America's Dependence on "Made in China". Potential Disruption of the US Economy. globalresearch.ca First published in May 2020, updated June 14, 2020 | What Prospects for trade relations with China, in the wake of the 2020 US November Presidential Election? | Introduction | The US has been threatening China with trade sanctions for several years. At …

The Canary (2020-11-05). Woman arrested trying to take 'deteriorating' 97-year-old mother out of care home. thecanary.co A woman was temporarily arrested and restrained by police after she attempted to take her 97-year-old mother out of a care home. | Video footage shared on social media by former Coronation Street actress Leandra Ashton appeared to capture part of the incident in a car park in Market Weighton in East Yorkshire on Tuesday. | In the two clips an upset Ashton claims she and her mother had taken her grandmother out of the home where she is "deteriorating" because they had not seen her for nine months. | The 97-year-old woman could be seen sitting in the passenger seat of a stationary car with a police vehicle parked i…

The Canary (2020-11-05). What do the new lockdown rules mean for me? thecanary.co People in England have been ordered to stay at home for the next month in a bid to reverse the spread of coronavirus.But the nation's second national lockdown, beginning on Thursday, comes with a number of exceptions, including pupils continuing to go to school, limitless outdoor exercise and "safe visiting" for care home residents and their families.— When do the new rules come into force?The lockdown will run from 5 November until 2 December, after MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of the new restrictions. | Boris Johnson has sought to reassure people the measures will be eased on 2 December as planned, a…

WSWS (2020-11-05). Official academics downplay the risks of school reopenings as pandemic rages across the US. wsws.org The official bourgeois academics and health experts, as evidenced by the likes of Emily Oster, Ashish Jha and Scott Atlas, place the profit interests of the ruling class above the safety and lives of the working class.

progressive (2020-11-05). Smoking Gun: Crisis? What Crisis? progressive.org A timeline of the pandemic warning signs ignored by the Trump Administration.

Avi Cherla, Matthew Renwick, Ashish Jha, Elias Mossialos (2020-11-05). Cost-effectiveness of cancer drugs: Comparative analysis of the United States and England. thelancet.com England's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the US' Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) both conduct cost-effectiveness evaluations for new cancer drugs to help payers make drug coverage decisions. However, NICE and ICER assessments have been noted to reach different conclusions. We aim to better understand the degree to which their recommendations diverge and what drives these apparent differences.

news.un (2020-11-05). UN rights experts call for release of Saudi activist championing women's right to drive. news.un.org The deteriorating health‚ÄØof Saudi women's rights activist Loujain Al-Hathloul is‚ÄØ"deeply alarming", UN-appointed rights experts said on Wednesday, calling for her release along with "all other women human rights defenders in detention".

Nadda Osman (2020-11-05). UN raises alarm over Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul's health following hunger strike. middleeasteye.net UN raises alarm over Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul's health following hunger strike | The Saudi activist launched a hunger strike last month to protest against restrictions on contacting her family | Thu, 11/05/2020 – 12: 56 | UN experts have raised concerns about Loujain's health after launching her second hunger strike(AFP) | UN experts have raised concerns over the deteriorating health of jailed…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-05). Mass detention of health workers in India; union to continue fight. peoplesdispatch.org As many as 2,000 Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) were forcefully detained in the State of Andhra Pradesh on November 2. They were staging protests to demand the implementation of the National Health Mission guidelines…

MEE staff (2020-11-05). Palestinian prisoner Maher al-Akhras passes 100 days on hunger strike. middleeasteye.net Palestinian prisoner Maher al-Akhras passes 100 days on hunger strike | Taghreed, Akhras's wife, says her husband has been in and out of a coma as his health deteriorates | Thu, 11/05/2020 – 12: 01 | Palestinians carry placards demanding the release of administrative detainee in Israeli custody Maher al-Akhras during a demonstration Hebron, 3 November (AFP) | Palestinian prisoner Maher al-Akhras is on the "ver…

Maria Lai, Jack Lee, Sally Chiu, Jessie Charm, Wing Yee So, Fung Ping Yuen, Chloe Kwok, Jasmine Tsoi, Yuqi Lin, Benny Zee (2020-11-05). A machine learning approach for retinal images analysis as an objective screening method for children with autism spectrum disorder. thelancet.com Because ARIA is a fully automatic cloud-based algorithm and relies only on retinal images, it can be used as a risk assessment tool for ASD screening. Further diagnosis and confirmation can then be made by professionals, and potential treatment may be provided at a relatively early stage.

Lina Roa, Ellie Moeller, Zachary Fowler, Rodrigo Vaz Ferreira, Sebastian Mohar, Tarsicio Uribe-Leitz, Aline Gil Alves Guilloux, Alejandro Mohar, Robert Riviello, John G Meara, Jose Emerson dos Santos Souza, Valeria Macias (2020-11-05). Assessment of diagnostics capacity in hospitals providing surgical care in two Latin American states. thelancet.com Facilities providing SAO care in low-resource states in Mexico and Brazil often lack functioning diagnostics services and workforce. Scale-up of diagnostic services is essential to improve SAO care and should occur with emphasis on equitable and adequate resource allocation.

John W Pickering, Rebecca Abey-Nesbit, Heather Allore, Hamish Jamieson (2020-11-05). Development and validation of multivariable mortality risk-prediction models in older people undergoing an interRAI home-care assessment (RiskOP). thelancet.com These community-based risk prediction models accurately predict mortality in older people with complex co-morbidities. They may contribute to both forecasting for policy making and clinical decision making regarding an individual's needs.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-04). J-IDEA symposium: Tony Blair on the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. imperial.ac.uk Former Prime Minister Tony Blair said that the coronavirus pandemic could accelerate social inequality and the wealth gap.

WSWS (2020-11-04). New Zealand to legalise euthanasia following referendum. wsws.org The move to legalise euthanasia was championed by the far-right ACT Party amid growing demands among ruling elites for the elderly to be sacrificed to the COVID-19 pandemic.

teleSUR (2020-11-04). Honduras: Preventable Diseases Impact Heavily on GDP. telesurenglish.net The World Food Program (WFP) warned that malnutrition, overweight, and obesity cost Honduras about 10.2 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP), which has become a significant health problem amid the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Program and Policy Officer of the World Food Program, David Natarén said that this disease's overall cost is $2.341.4 million and malnutrition is the most expensive since it represents $2.005.1…

Carla Stea (2020-11-04). COVID-19 Tracing Methods: United Nations Special Rapporteur Warns of Danger of "Intrusive Surveillance" globalresearch.ca On October 29, 2020, Joseph Cannataci, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy delivered an address to the General Assembly warning that "Widespread use of contact tracing technology to fight the Covid-19 pandemic has led to almost incessant …

_____ (2020-11-04). Record Number Of Children Infected With COVID-19. popularresistance.org More than 61,000 children in the U.S. were diagnosed with Covid-19 last week — more than in any other week during the pandemic, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association reported Monday. | In all, 853,635 children have been diagnosed with the virus this year, representing 11.1 percent of all U.S. cases. The percentage of pediatric cases has risen steadily since mid-April, when children accounted for just 2 percent of Covid-19 cases in the country. | "This is a stark reminder of the impact this pandemic is having on everyone…

RT (2020-11-04). 'Serious situation': NHS England moves to highest alert level to stop Covid-19 cases 'spiralling out of control' in 2nd wave. rt.com NHS England will move to its highest alert level from midnight tonight as its chief executive warned that strident measures are needed to prevent Covid cases "spiralling out of control" and swamping the health service. | There are currently more than 10,000 Covid-19 patients hospitalized across England, with almost 1,000 on ventilators, according to government data. | Hospitals could handle about 20,000 coronavirus patients before hitting full capacity, according to NHS England on Wednesday. The agency's chief Sir Simon Stevens explained, however, that the country is currently dealing with "22 hospitals' worth…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-04). Robin Shattock says 'we could be living with COVID-19 for years to come'. imperial.ac.uk Imperial's COVID-19 vaccine lead, Professor Robin Shattock, has told MPs we could be living with the virus for years to come.

WSWS (2020-11-04). Parents' strike called Thursday in UK against threat from COVID-19. wsws.org The parents' strike poses the need for a coordinated network of rank-and-file committees linking parents with teachers, students and broader sections of the working class to defeat the Johnson government's "herd immunity" agenda.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-04). Coronavirus infects 8,452, kills 419 in Iran in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 04 (MNA) — The daily count of COVID-19 infections in Iran reached 8,452 on Wednesday, bringing the total cases to 646,164, according to the Health Ministry.

WSWS (2020-11-04). Australian central bank joins "quantitative easing" as global crash deepens. wsws.org The Reserve Bank of Australia warned of a "downside risk to the outlook" because of the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, especially in Europe.

Robert P. Alvarez (2020-11-04). Tax the Rich. School the Children. Pay the Teachers. counterpunch.org Olivia Pace worked in early childhood education. She loved her job. She loved her kids. Then Covid-19 hit and she was laid off. "I've worked in childcare since I was 15 — since I was a child myself," said Pace, who lives in Oregon's Multnomah County, the metro area around Portland. Preschool workers like Pace

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-04). College funds support Imperial community throughout the pandemic. imperial.ac.uk In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College has expanded and extended the hardship fund available to its staff and student community.

WSWS (2020-11-04). Teachers at Toronto school walk off the job after COVID-19 outbreak. wsws.org Acting at the behest of Ontario's Conservative government, school authorities have rejected out of hand teachers' demand for the school's closure or additional safety measures.

_____ (2020-11-04). Amazon Bans Book Exposing US COVID-19 Chaos. popularresistance.org A decision by the Amazon company to block a book focused on a scientific and cooperative approach to COVID-19 amounts to corporate information control operating at a new intensity. This censorship occurs while almost every form of U.S. media permits and promotes racist, unscientific and thoroughly confusing information. | The censored book is "Capitalism on a Ventilator: The Impact of COVID-19 in China & the U.S." This anthology of 55 articles by a broad range of social justice authors discuss the importance of free health care, social distancing, testing, protective equipment, education and social mobilizat…

G. Dunkel (2020-11-04). How COVID-19 reveals inequalities in the U.S. economy. workers.org The Trump administration has admitted it has no plan to get COVID-19 under control. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told CNN Oct. 25 that "We are not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation areas." . . . |

sputniknews (2020-11-04). South Korea Approves New Test to Simultaneously Detect COVID-19, Flu. sputniknews.com Health officials in South Korea have approved a new test that can detect both COVID-19 and seasonal influenza at the same time.

Kun Wang, Changshuai Wu, Jian Xu, Baohui Zhang, Xiaowang Zhang, Zhenglian Gao, Zhengyuan Xia (2020-11-04). Factors affecting the mortality of patients with COVID-19 undergoing surgery and the safety of medical staff: A systematic review and meta-analysis. thelancet.com COVID-19 patients, in particular those with severe respiratory complications, may have high postoperative mortality. Medical staff in close contact with infected patients is suggested to take high level personal protective equipment (PPE).

WSWS (2020-11-04). Bipartisan assault on US public education intensifies amid COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org The further evisceration of state and local budgets for education will have a devastating impact on education workers and public school students alike.

WSWS (2020-11-04). Highest one-week increase in US child cases since onset of COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org More than 61,000 children in the US were diagnosed with COVID-19 last week, more than in any other week during the pandemic.

Ali Harb (2020-11-04). US elections 2020: Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar win re-election. middleeasteye.net US elections 2020: Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar win re-election | Tlaib says Covid-19 relief will be her top priority during second term in Congress and vows to continue pushing for Palestinian human rights | Wed, 11/04/2020 – 04: 13 | The Republican opponents of Tlaib and Omar had raised staggering amounts of money despite the non-competitive nature of races (AFP/File photo) | Muslim-American Congresswomen Rashi…

teleSUR (2020-11-04). Coronavirus Mutations Unlikely To Resist Potential Vaccine. telesurenglish.net A study from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) confirms that SARS-CoV-2 virus mutations should not affect potential COVID-19 vaccines. | RELATED: | According to the Australian institution, after studying the 'D614G' mutation, which was considered "to adversely affect the efficacy of most vaccines," it was demonstrated that the mutation was not stronger than "virus neutralization assays performed…