Daily Archives: November 29, 2020

2020-11-29: News Headlines

_____ (2020-11-29). Evictions Have Led To Hundreds Of Thousands Of Additional COVID-19 Cases. popularresistance.org Expiring state eviction bans have led to hundreds of thousands of additional coronavirus cases, new research finds, raising alarm about what will happen when the national eviction moratorium lapses next month. | During the pandemic, which at one point was estimated it would displace as many as 40 million people, 43 states, plus Washington, D.C., temporarily barred evictions. Many of the moratoriums lasted just 10 weeks, while some states continue to ban the proceedings. | The researchers, from the University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, San Francisco, Johns Hopkins University…

_____ (2020-11-29). Athletes Get COVID-19 Tests While Nurses Are Refused Testing. popularresistance.org On her day off not long ago, emergency room nurse Jane Sandoval sat with her husband and watched her favorite NFL team, the San Francisco 49ers. She's off every other Sunday, and even during the coronavirus pandemic, this is something of a ritual. Jane and Carlos watch, cheer, yell — just one couple's method of escape. | "It makes people feel normal," she says. | For Sandoval, though, it has become more and more difficult to enjoy as the season — and the pandemic — wears on.

_____ (2020-11-29). Why COVID-19 Granted the U.S. Most Favored Nation Status. strategic-culture.org Paul STREET | Routinely described by its "leaders" as "the greatest country in the world" (hereafter "GCITW") and "the richest country in the world" (hereafter "RCITW"), the United States is home to 4.25% of the world's population but 21% of global COVID-19 cases and 18% of global COVID-19 deaths. Why has the GCITW fared so poorly in responding the biggest global pandemic in more than a century? | The first and most obvious answer is that its government has been headed by a fascist lunatic who has fanned and fueled the pandemic in numerous overlapping ways: publicly denying its lethal impact while privately under…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Iran registers 12,950 new COVID-19 infections, 389 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — According to the Iranian Health Ministry, 12,950 new cases of COVID-19 infections have been confirmed in the country during the past 24 hours.

MEE and agencies (2020-11-29). Turkey sees record Covid-19 deaths for seventh day in a row. middleeasteye.net Turkey sees record Covid-19 deaths for seventh day in a row | Surge in cases comes despite stricter efforts to contain virus, but opposition politicians accuse Erdogan of taking 'band-aid' measures | Sun, 11/29/2020 – 18: 00 | A deserted street in Istanbul's popular tourist neighbourhood of Beyoglu amid the coronavirus pandemic, 21 November 2020 (Reuters) | Coronavirus deaths in Turkey ros…

teleSUR, ce (2020-11-29). Brazil's Left Contests in the Second Round of Municipal Elections. telesurenglish.net The voting centers in 57 Brazilian cities opened this Sunday at 7: 00 a.m. local time (10: 00 GMT) to elect the mayors of those localities, in a day that takes place under strict measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Some 38.3 million Brazilian voters will elect the mayors of 57 large cities in this second round of elections, including in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, in which none of the candidates obtained…

Staff (2020-11-29). Precarious Working Conditions of Nursing Home Employees Foster Spread of COVID. truthout.org The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated America's nursing homes, but the reasons aren't as simple as people might think. | To understand how nursing homes became the source of The average n…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). 25 films reached COVID-19 special section of "Cinema Verite" en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 30 (MNA) — 25 films have been reached to the Coronavirus special section of the 14th edition of "Cinema Verite" which is slated to be held in an online format in Tehran from Dec 8-14, 2020.

Matthew Rozsa (2020-11-29). Coronavirus mutates rapidly in mink and ferrets. Should we be afraid?>. salon.com Mink, with their human-like immune systems, are being culled en masse to prevent the spread of COVID-19 mutations…

Commonwealth Club (2020-11-29). Wednesday 12/9: Impact of COVID-19 on Refugees & Aid Workers in the Middle East. indybay.org Online via livestream (FREE)…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-11-29). Video: Covid-Gate, The Political Virus. globalresearch.ca The national economies of 193 countries, member states of the United Nations were ordered to close down on March 11, 2020. The order came from above, from Wall Street, the World Economic Forum, the billionaire foundations. And corrupt politicians throughout …

Torsten Engelbrecht (2020-11-29). COVID19 PCR Tests Are Scientifically Meaningless. globalresearch.ca First published on June 29, 2020 | Lockdowns and hygienic measures around the world are based on numbers of cases and mortality rates created by the so-called SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR tests used to identify "positive" patients, whereby "positive" is usually equated with …

AIER (2020-11-29). Cost of Lockdowns: A Preliminary Report. globalresearch.ca In the debate over coronavirus policy, there has been far too little focus on the costs of lockdowns. It's very common for the proponents of these interventions to write articles and large studies without even mentioning the downsides. | Here is …

The Canary (2020-11-29). Cabbies slam 'aggressive' finance companies over repayment demands. thecanary.co Finance companies are being "absolute charlatans" by demanding taxi drivers restart vehicle payments despite a collapse in earnings, a trade body has claimed.Cabbies face "a real crisis" as payment holidays offered earlier this year following the coronavirus outbreak are being ended, according to the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association (LTDA).Thousands of drivers in London used finance companies to purchase new electric taxis in recent years costing around £65,000 each.Hundreds of taxis are being stored in fields dotted around the edge of London due to the lack of customers (Victoria Jones/PA)Typical repayme…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Funeral ceremony of veteran actor Parviz Pourhosseini. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov . 29 (MNA) — The funeral ceremony of veteran stage and cinema actor Parviz Pourhosseini was held at Tehran's Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery on Sunday. Pourhosseini passed away at the age of 79 on Friday due to coronavirus disease.

_____ (2020-11-29). As Pandemic Aid Ends, Families Face Brutal New Year. popularresistance.org California – In late 2017, a house fell on Jacques Gene. | The construction foreman in Cool, east of Sacramento, was inside a half-finished home when the rolling trusses that make up the underside of the roof fell, collapsing the whole house. Gene, 46, suffered broken ribs, a punctured lung and a concussion. When his coworkers sorted through the rubble, he says, they didn't expect to find him alive. | But he found work again, earning $70,000 annually as a foreman to support his wife, their two kids and two children from a previous marriage.

_____ (2020-11-29). The Actual Effects Of Enhanced Unemployment Benefits. popularresistance.org No matter how hard they search, unemployed workers can't find jobs that don't exist. The major cause of today's high unemployment is the lack of jobs, not workers who have stopped searching for work and have left jobs unfilled. By the end of July, there were still 11.1 million fewer jobs in the U.S. economy than there had been prior to the pandemic in January 2020. | Renewing the FPUC supplemental unemployment benefits would boost spending and create jobs. Economist Mark Zandi from Moody's Analytics estimates that $1 of renewed unemployment benefits would increase economic output by $1.64…

Jeffrey D. Sachs (2020-11-29). Supreme Court's Scientifically Illiterate Decision Will Cost Lives. commondreams.org Pope Francis: The common good takes precedence over simplistic appeals to "personal freedom" in protests against justified public health measures. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/brooklyn-wedding-955px.jpg

The Lancet (2020-11-28). [Editorial] Maintaining the HIV response in a world shaped by COVID-19. thelancet.com Although global attention is dominated by COVID-19, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, as it enters its fifth decade, is far from over. Since the early 1980s, 75 ∑7 million people have become infected with HIV. 32 ∑7 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses. HIV/AIDS remains a major public health crisis and only a few countries will meet the 90—90—90 treatment target for 2020. Much has been made of how information systems and service models in the HIV response have helped the COVID-19 response, but the COVID-19 pandemic could have knock-on effects on the HIV response and be devastating for com…

WSWS (2020-11-28). Brazilian government intensifies herd immunity campaign amid new COVID-19 surge. wsws.org With the beginning of the second wave, Bolsonaro is carrying out an anti-vaccine campaign, while state governments align their policies to a de facto herd immunity policy.

WSWS (2020-11-28). Michigan COVID-19 hospitalizations pushing medical facilities to occupancy limits. wsws.org The exponential surge in coronavirus cases in Michigan during the months of October and November has resulted in an alarming increase in the number of patients entering hospitals across the state with 53 facilities at 75 percent or higher bed occupancy.

Tanya Wadhwa (2020-11-28). Chilean health workers hold an indefinite national strike. peoplesdispatch.org The healthcare professionals are demanding special bonuses for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic and a greater budget for the public health sector in 2021, among other measures…

RT (2020-11-28). Boris Johnson names business minister Nadhim Zahawi top UK official responsible for vaccine deployment. rt.com UK Conservative Party politician Nadhim Zahawi has been appointed as under secretary of state responsible for the deployment of a Covid-19 vaccine across the country, signalling a massive vaccination programme is forthcoming. | The prime minister's office said Zahawi's new position is temporary and will last until at least next summer. | According to UK media, Zahawi is expected to oversee the rollout of a vaccine across the country once it is approved. He will report to Health Secretary Matt Hancock. | Zahawi has served as parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Indus…

Tema Fodje, Esther Choo (2020-11-28). [Perspectives] Applying for residency in the time of COVID-19. thelancet.com This year has been one of tremendous uncertainty for medical students, especially those entering their final year. The dynamics of selecting a specialty, preparing to apply for it, and entering the application process have been disrupted. Many rotations were cancelled or changed so the opportunities to fully explore a specialty were curtailed. Other research and extracurricular activities in support of such training were also constrained. Students entered application season with only the small comfort of knowing that everyone was pretty much in the same boat.

WSWS (2020-11-28). California Highway Patrol evicts homeless families on Thanksgiving eve. wsws.org Citing COVID-19 state mandated shelter-in-place orders, families and activists with Reclaim and Rebuild our Community attempted to take up residence in vacant publicly owned homes.

Richard Horton (2020-11-28). [Comment] Offline: Europe and COVID-19—struggling with tragedy. thelancet.com The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, publishes weekly reports on progress to control the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe. They make grim reading. The latest iteration, dated Nov 19, predicts that daily deaths from COVID-19 will continue to rise in the coming weeks, reaching a peak of over 7000 deaths per day around mid-January. Hospitals will be stretched to breaking point from December through to the end of February. COVID-19 is currently the second leading cause of death in the region—29‚Äà858 weekly deaths (ischaemic heart dis…

WSWS (2020-11-28). Australian paramedics under mounting pressure. wsws.org Even before they were placed on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, paramedics reported the highest rates of workplace injury of any occupation.

Sophie Cousins (2020-11-28). [World Report] Afghanistan braced for second wave of COVID-19. thelancet.com Afghan health workers predict a second wave of COVID-19 infections, but is the health system ready? Sophie Cousins reports from Afghanistan.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). COVID-19 daily deaths drop below 400 after nearly a month. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — According to the latest announced figures by the Iranian Health Ministry, daily death toll of the COVID-19 has dropped belowe 400 for the first time since Oct. 31.

WSWS (2020-11-28). UK government pandemic policies lead to several suicides among students. wsws.org As if the stress and fear of living away from family and support networks, many for the first time in their lives, in the middle of a deadly pandemic was not bad enough, students and young people have been targeted by the right-wing media and government as being one of the primary reasons for the spread of COVID-19.

WSWS (2020-11-28). Massive spread of COVID-19 in Kentucky schools and death of 15-year-old girl prompts statewide school closures. wsws.org Almost 10,000 K-12 students and 2,000 faculty members are presently in quaratine or isolation across Kentucky.

sputniknews (2020-11-28). UK's Prime Minister Boris Johnson Says COVID-19 Regulations 'Have a Sunset of 3 February'. sputniknews.com While the currently-imposed nationwide lockdown is set to expire on Wednesday, Johnson has triggered anger among many MPs with his intention to introduce new COVID-19 restrictions after 2 December.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-11-28). 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,…

WSWS (2020-11-28). FCA ramps up production at Warren Truck despite death of temporary worker from COVID-19. wsws.org The worker who succumbed to the virus had been hired less than three weeks before he became sick and had told his coworkers that he had waited a long time to get the chance for a job at FCA.

WSWS (2020-11-28). New ultra-right Supreme Court majority invokes religion to block COVID-19 safety measures. wsws.org The Supreme Court struck down New York's measures to control the spread of COVID-19 by limiting indoor events, including religious services, heralding the power of the new five-justice, ultra-reactionary bloc.

WSWS (2020-11-28). Israel's siege means death for Gaza's COVID-19 patients. wsws.org The Hamas government has said the Gaza Strip "lacks oxygen-generating machines, ventilators, protective gear, and hygiene materials. Thirty-two percent of basic drugs and 62 percent of drugs and materials for medical laboratories are not available."

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). ICRC to grant SFr 250K of aid to IRCS amid outbreak. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — ICRC will provide SFr 250,000 worth of humanitarian aid to the Iranian Red Crescent Society so as to provide home oxygen equipment for Covid-19 patients.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-11-28). Dr Pascal Sacré: Emergency Physician Unjustly Fired for His Writings on the COVID Crisis: The Right of Response. globalresearch.ca There, it happened. | For my words, my words, my writings, I was dismissed like a waste, a thief, without the right to answer. | An experienced, competent emergency physician, appreciated by his colleagues for my actions in stressful situations, fired in …

Ashlie D. Stevens (2020-11-28). The delight of HBO's bizarre docuseries "How to With John Wilson" is found in the detours. salon.com Meticulously captured B-roll poignantly transforms into a beautiful series that will remind you of pre-COVID life…

The Canary (2020-11-28). Mass virus testing plan for students 'flawed', warns universities union. thecanary.co A union has told of its "grave concerns" over plans for mass coronavirus testing for students, warning that "flaws" in the government's approach are a "recipe for chaos"."Flaws": A seven-day travel window has been announced so students can spend the festive period with their families, with additional testing offered before they depart. Students will be encouraged to take an asymptomatic test at "targeted" universities in England, while teaching will move online by December 9 so they have enough time to self-isolate if needed.But the University and College Union (UCU) said plans appear to have been "rushed"

The Canary (2020-11-28). Health experts fear rapid tests may distract from vaccine work. thecanary.co Ambitious rapid coronavirus testing plans for England threaten to become a distraction from other key goals such as the roll-out of a vaccine, prominent health officials have warned.Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised the fast mass community testing systems conducted in Liverpool — which gave results in around 20 minutes without the need for a laboratory — will be replicated in all tier three areas after lockdown ends. This covers areas with a combined population of some 23 million people.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Liverpool — where 300,000 people have been tested in the pilot scheme…

_____ (2020-11-28). Greek General Strike Against Attacks On Right To Demonstrate. popularresistance.org The mood in the international working class is strained to the breaking point. As millions of people were demonstrating against the government across India on Thursday, tens of thousands of public sector workers and employees in Greece also went on a nationwide 24-hour general strike. | They were protesting against the devastating coronavirus policies and demanded better protective measures, the confiscation of private hospitals, mass hiring of health workers and salary increases. This week, the total number of infections in Greece exceeded the 100,000 mark and the death toll rose to over 2,000.

WSWS (2020-11-28). Greek general strike against attacks on right to demonstrate and devastating coronavirus policy. wsws.org As the total number of infections in Greece exceeded the 100,000 mark and the death toll rose to over 2,000, doctors, nurses and public employees, transport workers, dockworkers, journalists, teachers and cultural workers took part in the strike.

sputniknews (2020-11-28). Number of Detentions at Anti-Lockdown Protest in London Rises to 155, Police Say. sputniknews.com LONDON (Sputnik) – More than 150 people were detained in London during a protest against coronavirus restrictions, the Metropolitan Police Service said in a Saturday statement.

Tom Coburg (2020-11-28). Government hyperbole and exceptionalism hides serious flaws in coronavirus programme. thecanary.co People on low income are avoiding Boris Johnson's Both are examples…

Staff (2020-11-28). Largest Retail Association Is Lobbying to Get Stores Open as Pandemic Worsens. truthout.org As schools in some parts of the U.S. shut down again because of

_____ (2020-11-28). Call To Stop Shutting Off People's Power For Good. popularresistance.org Across San Antonio, the virus was hunting. Food insecurity was high. Mass layoffs and terminations rolled on. And it was hot. Hundred-degree days scorched much of July. | Yet the lights and air conditioners—for the first time in many, many summers—were staying on reliably for rich and poor alike across the city. Every side of town. Every block. For thousands of poor families across the city who routinely struggle to keep up with their utility payments, this was perhaps the one gift of a deadly pandemic: a pause on forced electricity disconnections for nonpayment.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-28). Trade unions and progressive movements across the world unite to #MakeAmazonPay. peoplesdispatch.org During the pandemic, Amazon emerged as the first trillion-dollar corporation ever while its CEO Jeff Bezos became the first person to amass over USD 200 billion. Meanwhile, its workers across the world have complained of denial of rights…

WSWS (2020-11-28). MAS factory workers in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka, discuss concerns over pandemic. wsws.org Workers' concerns have been deepened because of the disastrous pandemic situation globally and in Sri Lanka.

Dean Baker (2020-11-28). More Bad News About the Pandemic Recession: Longer Hours. cepr.net We know that the economy is likely to get worse in the immediate future as the pandemic is spreading out of control in most parts of the country. However, the latest data on average weekly hours indicates we may be facing a longer term issue that has not generally been anticipated. In a normal recession …