2020-03-27: News Headlines

Phyllis Bennis (2020-03-27). To Fight This Pandemic, We Need to Take Over the Military's Resources. zcomm.org —Not the Other Way Around…

Nicolas J.S. Davies (2020-03-27). Why is the U.S. so Exceptionally Vulnerable to Covid-19? dissidentvoice.org The United States has become the new center of the global coronavirus pandemic, with over 86,000 cases, more than China or Italy. More than a thousand Americans have already died, but this is surely only the very beginning of this deadly collision between the U.S.'s uniquely inadequate public healthcare system and a real pandemic. On …

CounterSpin (2020-03-27). Mary Grant on Water & Covid-19, David Cay Johnston on the Last Bailout. fair.org Media…

Rob Wallace (2020-03-27). COVID-19 and Circuits of Capital. mronline.org COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the second severe acute respiratory syndrome virus since 2002, is now officially a pandemic. As of late March, whole cities are sheltered in place and, one by one, hospitals are lighting up in medical gridlock brought about by surges in patients.

Vijay Prashad (2020-03-27). We won't go back to normal, because normal was the problem. mronline.org It is hard to remember that just a few weeks ago, the planet was in motion. There were protests in Delhi (India) and Quito (Ecuador), eruptions against the old order that ranged from anger at the economic policies of austerity and neoliberalism to frustration with the cultural policies of misogyny and racism. Ingeniously, in Santiago …

Rob Urie (2020-03-27). Bailouts for the Rich, the Virus for the Rest of Us. counterpunch.org For the second time in a generation, the President and Congress are creating an economy under the guise of 'saving the economy.' Through bailouts for the executives of corporations and institutions whose coffers have been emptied for their own personal enrichment, a corporate kleptocracy is having its class power secured. And through token payments and

Alan Macleod (2020-03-27). Doctors "Strongly Condemn" UK Decision to Keep Assange Imprisoned During COVID-19 Pandemic. mintpressnews.com Assange's treatment in the UK's Belmarsh Prison has been so poor that convicted murderers and other high-security inmates had to stage a mass protest to secure his transfer to the hospital wing.

Andrew Bacevich (2020-03-27). The Coronavirus and the Real Threats to American Safety and Freedom. counterpunch.org Americans are facing "A Spring Unlike Any Before." So warned a front-page headline in the March 13th New York Times. That headline, however hyperbolic, was all too apt. The coming of spring has always promised relief from the discomforts of winter. Yet, far too often, it also brings its own calamities and afflictions. According to the

David Hearst (2020-03-27). Coronavirus in Gaza: Just 40 ICU Beds for Two Million People Under Siege. globalresearch.ca Hospitals all over the western world are bracing for a tsunami of intensely ill patients suffering from breathing difficulties due to In Britain, car companies are

WSWS (2020-03-27). "There's such a cruelty about the situation": New York City hospitals overwhelmed by coronavirus surge. wsws.org New York hospitals confront skyrocketing numbers of patients, a rising death toll, medical staff falling ill and critical shortages of Personal Protective Equipment and ventilators.

Ramzy Baroud (2020-03-27). BJP and Israel: Hindu Nationalism is Ravaging India's Democracy. counterpunch.org It was only a matter of time before the anti-Muslim sentiment in India turned violent. A country that has historically prided itself on its diversity and tolerance, and for being 'the largest democracy in the world' has, in recent years, exhibited the exact opposite qualities — chauvinism, racism, religious intolerance, and, at times, extreme violence.

Alessandro Miani, Ernesto Burgio, Prisco Piscitelli, Renato Lauro, Annamaria Colao (2020-03-27). The Italian war-like measures to fight coronavirus spreading: Re-open closed hospitals now. thelancet.com As recently highlighted by The Lancet, the Covid-19 outbreak started in Northern Italy has shocked Europe, while it has been questioned if China benefits from an authoritarian advantage in disease response [1,2]. In Italy, after the shutdown of the educational system (schools and Universities will remain closed at least for one month) and the collapse of the touristic sector (90% of travels and reservations cancelled), the Government officially locked down residents of all the region of Milan (Lombardia) and other 11 provinces.

Robert Fisk (2020-03-27). What Trump is Doing in the Middle East While You are Distracted by COVID-19. counterpunch.org And still the virus shrouds Donald Trump's mischief in the Middle East. First it was his sly retreat from Iraq; now it's his cosy military exercises with the United Arab Emirates — famous in song and legend as a former Saudi ally in the bloody Yemen war — and his cut of $1bn in aid

teleSUR (2020-03-27). Migrants in California Are Unprotected Against Covid-19 Effects. telesurenglish.net The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) Friday denounced that migrants in California are at greater risk of contracting Covid-19 because they lack legal protections. | RELATED: | A survey of 1,222 Latin Americans, which this NGO carried out between March 12 and 14, revealed that the Covid-19 has worsened the situation of immigrants. | For this reason, CHIRLA asked the Californian authorities to include immigran…

Ruth Hopkins (2020-03-27). A Message For America from Brazil's First Indigenous Congresswoman. counterpunch.org Last year, we all watched in horror as the Amazon rainforest burned at an unprecedented rate. We cannot afford to lose it, especially amid a climate emergency. It's vast greenery releases oxygen and stores carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping gas that causes of global warming. The death of the Amazon would mean the end of life

WSWS (2020-03-27). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Amazon workers in France, metalworkers in Italy, postal workers in Britain and doctors in Zimbabwe are among those taking job action to protest lack of adequate safety measures in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff (2020-03-27). Rep. Omar Blasts Trump's "American Exceptionalism" as US Leads in COVID-19 Cases. truthout.org As much of the United States is under lockdown, the House votes today on a $2 trillion emergency relief package to address the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. It will generate payments to most Americans and includes protections for workers, but it is also a massive bailout for a number of industries and corporations, and the vote comes as a record 3.28 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits. We speak with Congressmember Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, the first Somali American electe…

news.un (2020-03-27). Migrants in Hawaii care for the elderly, the aloha way. news.un.org Migrants are playing an increasingly important role in the provision of health care around the world. The number of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who move from developing countries to take up posts in developed countries is expected to rise as the global population of older persons and children continues to grow.

Conn Hallinan (2020-03-27). How austerity and anti-immigrant politics left Italy exposed to viral blitzkrieg. peoplesworld.org As the viral blitzkrieg rolls across one European border after another, it seems to have a particular enmity for Italy. The country's death toll has far surpassed China's, and scenes from its hospitals look like something out of Dante's imagination. Why? Italy has the fourth-largest economy in the European Union, and in terms of health …

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-27). Media Repeat Phony Trump Regime Narco-Terrorism Charges against Maduro. globalresearch.ca Establishment media never miss an opportunity to set the record straight on major issues. | Instead they consistently proliferate state-sponsored Big Lies about designed US adversaries. | The latest exercise in Trump regime mass deception is directed against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro…

Philip Giraldi (2020-03-27). Tulsi Gabbard Falls on Her Sword: America's Leading Antiwar Voice Is Destroyed by Hillary. globalresearch.ca In American politics, it is not often that one sees an assassination carried out in public, but that is exactly what the Democratic Party establishment did to

teleSUR Desk (2020-03-27). Democracy in Brazil would not be normal, Bolsonaro threatens. mronline.org The far-right president hints that a regime more authoritarian than Chile's Augusto Pinochet dictatorship could be the "price to pay" due to the "chaos" that the "small flu" triggers.

Paul Street (2020-03-27). "I Will Not Kill My Mother for Your Stock Portfolio" counterpunch.org despite his repeated reference to the battle against COVID-19 as a "war" against a "vicious invisible enemy," Trump has so far refused to follow the pleas of public health experts, mayors, and governors for him to invoke the Defense Production Act. The legislation empowers the White House to order corporations to convert production over to manufacture of items needed to fight the war: masks, medical gowns, ventilators, respirators, test-kits, hospital beds and the like.

Marilyn Bechtel (2020-03-27). California cities, counties act to protect renters, homeowners, and unsheltered residents. peoplesworld.org OAKLAND, Calif.—As COVID-19 infections soar and economic activity is increasingly disrupted, communities across California are acting to keep the most sharply impacted people in their homes, and to shelter the most vulnerable of all—more than 100,000 unsheltered Californians. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced March 26 that he had reached agreement with four nationwide banks—Citi, JPMorgan Chase, …

Louis Proyect (2020-03-27). Life and Death in the Epicenter. counterpunch.org When it comes to warding off COVID-19, I've been ahead of the curve. Last October, after a bout with acute bronchitis that lasted most of the month, I resolved never to go through such an ordeal again. I started using hand sanitizer and avoided touching my face. Like my glaucoma, it is a geriatric illness. When I checked the New York Times archives for tips on dealing with bronchitis, I was shocked to discover how many well-known and powerful geezers came down with it: Konrad Adenauer, Boris Yeltsin, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Paul Robeson. None died from bronchitis, but around half were hospitali…

Al Neal (2020-03-27). MLB Opening Day 2020 at home; baseball jerseys material for PPE. peoplesworld.org There was an air of emptiness Thursday. With the entire world amiss during the Covid-19 pandemic, yesterday seemed even stranger—if you're a baseball fan that is. There were no crowds gathered at stadiums, no shimmering sunlight reflecting off players' sunglasses, and the fulfilling sounds of a wooden bat cracking, a ball sailing beyond second base, …

Jefferson Morley (2020-03-27). Could the Death of the National Security State be a Silver Lining of COVID-19? counterpunch.org Could something good come from the catastrophe of COVID-19? Might the epic insecurity of a plague teach us something about national security? Political scientist Micah Zenko calls the current pandemic "the worst intelligence failure in U.S. history." Former CIA analyst Melvin Goodman sees "the urgent need to redefine national security." Ilan Goldenberg, a former defense

The Canary (2020-03-27). UK sees its biggest day-on-day jump in coronavirus deaths. thecanary.co The UK has seen its biggest day-on-day rise in deaths since the Covid-19 outbreak began.A total of 759 people have now died in UK hospitals after being diagnosed with coronavirus, while 113,777 have tested positive, the Department of Health and Social Care said.Many more people are thought to be infected.(PA Graphics)It took 13 days for the number of deaths in the UK to go from one to just above 100.It took a further eight days to reach the latest total of 759, analysis by the PA news agency shows.The jump in coronavirus-related deaths in the UK from 578 to 759 is an increase of 181 — the biggest day-on-day…

Eds. (2020-03-27). In light of the Global pandemic, focus attention on the people. mronline.org SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19, now declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation, has begun to wreak havoc in large parts of the world, with other parts waiting in anticipation. We are in a real struggle, which needs total mobilisation; a struggle that needs to put life before profit.

David Rosen (2020-03-27). God's Vengeance: the Christian Right and the Coronavirus. counterpunch.org Steven Andrew is pastor of the USA Christian Church in San Jose (CA) who warns, "Obeying God protects the USA from diseases, such as the coronavirus." He goes on, Bible thumping, "Our safety is at stake since national disobedience of God's laws brings danger and diseases, such as coronavirus, but obeying God brings covenant protection.

Alan Macleod (2020-03-27). With a Quarter of the World's Population Under US Sanctions, Countries Appeal to UN to Intervene. mintpressnews.com Eight countries, representing around one-quarter of all humanity, say that Washington's actions are undermining their response to the COVID—19 pandemic sweeping the planet.

Andrew Levine (2020-03-27). Neither Biden Nor Trump: Imagine Cuomo. counterpunch.org The Trump presidency is mainly about enriching and glorifying Donald Trump. To that end, and in accord with his attitudes and dispositions, he has set about making America hate again — or, more precisely, a whole lot more than in the recent past. Thus, he has taken to calling the global pandemic caused by the

Chris Gilbert (2020-03-27). Letter from Catalonia: Alarming measures. mronline.org I'm in a small city in Catalonia called Olot, not far from the Pyrenees. I came here because I knew the coronavirus lockdown would be much rougher in Barcelona. Still, people walk around with masks and keep social distances, barely going out.

Joe Sims (2020-03-27). Coronavirus and capitalist crisis: The struggle of (and for) our lives. peoplesworld.org Joe Sims is a national co-chair of the Communist Party USA. This article is adapted from a report he delivered to a meeting of the CPUSA's National Board on March 25, 2020. In a new and dangerous twist to the coronavirus crisis, Donald Trump is now calling for an end to social distancing perhaps as …

Steve Sweeney (2020-03-27). Italian workers strike in Lombardy over coronavirus safety issues. peoplesworld.org Italian workers took strike action over coronavirus safety issues Wednesday with the government accused of putting lives at risk by deeming almost 60% of the country's workforce as "essential." Metalworkers' unions called the action on Monday, raising concerns that non-essential companies, including call centers and weapons factories, had been exempted from government orders to close …

Anthony DiMaggio (2020-03-27). Misinformation and the Coronavirus: On the Dangers of Depoliticization and Social Media. counterpunch.org Bill Gates created the coronavirus. China secretly developed it in a lab as a biological weapon. A cure exists and the government controls it, but won't release it to the public. The virus is no more dangerous than the seasonal flu. Coronavirus is a "fake news" hoax manufactured by the news. You can use hand

Steve Topple (2020-03-27). The Tories' latest coronavirus response is peak hypocrisy. thecanary.co The UK government has Coronavirus: more UK government action: | Sky News tweeted on Friday 27 March: | The Government has written to all local authorities in England asking them to house all people sleeping rough,those in hostels and night shelters by the w…

John Wojcik (2020-03-27). As coronavirus rages worldwide, U.S. now first in infections. peoplesworld.org In denial, Donald Trump continues to insist that America go back to work at the very moment that the U.S. tops the world in the number of coronavirus infections. He is hot to trot on doing what he calls a "county by county risk assessment" to determine allegedly "unaffected areas of the country" that can …

Kathleen Wallace (2020-03-27). The End of the Parasite Paradigm. counterpunch.org Politicians like Lindsey Graham have been worried that some individuals might get a few cents extra during this crisis if the relief bills are too "generous". The concern does not extend to corporations that bloat and have essentially no stipulations put upon them from the trough of taxpayer largess. This is the clearest indication that

Pam Martens, Russ Martens (2020-03-27). Stimulus Bill Allows Federal Reserve to Conduct Meetings in Secret; Gives Fed $454 Billion Slush Fund for Wall Street Bailouts. counterpunch.org The U.S. Senate voted 96-0 late yesterday on a massive bailout of Wall Street banks versus a short-term survival plan for American workers thrown out of their jobs — and potentially their homes. The text of the final bill was breathtaking in the breadth of new powers it bestowed on the Federal Reserve, including the

James Preston Allen (2020-03-27). Alexander Cockburn meets Charles Bukowski at a Sushi Bar in San Pedro. counterpunch.org I was reminded the other day about a funny incident that happened years ago when the noted Nation Magazine columnist Alexander Cockburn was introduced to the famous American poet Charles Bukowski. My memory of this was sparked by the appearance of Laura Flanders, radio journalist in her own right and the niece of Cockburn came

Dennis Broe (2020-03-27). Corona culture: Europe and the new normal. peoplesworld.org PARIS—After its outbreak in China, Europe had been called the new epicenter of the disease, and particularly Western Europe, where the responses have varied from the new Socialist-Podemos coalition in Spain nationalizing the country's industry to a total quarantine in France by the neoliberal Macron, criticized for being three weeks too late. Some predict that …

Leonardo Flores (2020-03-27). Trump admin's $15 million bounty on Maduro triggers explosive confession of violent Guaidó plot. thegrayzone.com The Trump administration's deception-laden indictment of President Nicolas Maduro and members of his inner circle has badly backfired, resulting in…

WSWS (2020-03-27). Australia's imprisoned refugees plead for release as coronavirus risk increases. wsws.org Detainees have protested at being held "in a potential death trap in which we have no option or means to protect ourselves."

Andrew Korybko (2020-03-27). Russia Is Responding Better Than Everyone Else to World War C. globalresearch.ca The largest country in the world is faring surprisingly well when it comes to surviving World War C, which is greatly attributable to Russia's proactive measures in taking COVID-19 as serious as possible, including through border closures and the forthcoming …

Mike Whitney (2020-03-27). The Senate's Coronavirus Relief Package Must be Stopped! globalresearch.ca The Senate's $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package is not fiscal stimulus and it's not a lifeline for the tens of millions of working people who have suddenly lost their jobs. It's a fundamental restructuring of the US economy designed to …

Dr. Leon Tressell (2020-03-27). Western Media Focusses On Big Pharma's Search for a Coronavirus Vaccine While Suppressing Coverage of High Dose Intravenus Vitamin C to Save Lives in China. globalresearch.ca Not a day passes without some hyped up media story of how big-pharma is racing to the rescue of humanity with its search for a coronavirus vaccine. There are over 40 companies now searching for a vaccine. Collectively they are …

Lucas Koerner (2020-03-27). Venezuela Dismisses US Justice Department 'Narco-terrorism' Accusations. globalresearch.ca Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro rejected US drug trafficking accusations against his person and senior members of his government. | In a televised address Thursday evening, Maduro blasted the State Department's "racist cowboy methods" of offering money for information leading to his …

Philip Giraldi (2020-03-27). Whither Coronavirus? When Will It End and What Will Happen Along the Way. globalresearch.ca The coronavirus story has generated a number of major subplots. | First is the origin of the virus. Did it occur naturally or was it created in a Chinese, American or Israeli weapons lab? If bioengineered, did it somehow escape or …

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-03-27). Montenegro Being Accelerated to the European Union in a Face-saving Regime. globalresearch.ca Italians furious at the lack of help and solidarity from the European Union began removing flags of the Union throughout the country and replaced them with Chinese and Russian ones. As this is happening in a long-time member of the …

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-03-27). Bolsonaro Needs Help to Overcome Coronavirus Pandemic Despite Loyalty to Trump. globalresearch.ca Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro after weeks of downplaying the potential seriousness of the coronavirus is beginning to lose popularity for his irrationality, especially since describing the coronavirus as a "fantasy" and a "minor flu." While all South American countries, with …

Staff (2020-03-27). "Shelter in Place" Is Putting Domestic Violence Survivors in a Dire Situation. truthout.org As schools shut, public spaces close, and all but essential workers are ordered to stay indoors under shelter-in-place orders across the U.S. and globe, domestic violence services are scrambling to help vulnerable people navigate home lives that they say are increasingly unsafe during the pandemic. What happens when you're trapped at home with your abuser? "This is really a dire situation for a lot of victims across the country," says Katie Ray-Jones, chief executive officer of the National Domes…

Staff (2020-03-27). Incarcerated Anti-Fascists Report Targeted Beatings by Guards. truthout.org The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is targeting Eric King, an unapologetically vocal anti-fascist, yogi and poet who has been incarcerated since

Staff (2020-03-27). Trump White House Objects to $1 Billion Price Tag for 80,000 Ventilators. truthout.org President Donald Trump is expected as early as the end of this week to sign legislation that would establish a

Staff (2020-03-27). Governments Say "Stay at Home," But Thousands Don't Have a Home. truthout.org In December, she moved into The Sophia Way, an all-women's homeless shelter in Bellevue, Washington, near Seattle and roughly 6 miles from the suburban nursing home that was the site of the first known COVID-19 outbreak in the country. | Living spaces in the shelter were already tight, but they have become even tighter as managers have sought to implement social distancing and head off infection among the 80 women who are served by the shelter's programs and the 35 people who work there. | "We're kind of coop…

Fidel Castro (2020-03-27). Doctors, Not Bombs… "Educated in the Idea of Saving Lives" globalresearch.ca Excerpts from Fidel's 2003 speech in Buenos Aires: | "Our country does not drop bombs on other peoples… our country does not possess nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, or biological weapons. Our country's tens of thousands of scientists and doctors have been …

Pepe Escobar (2020-03-27). Why France Is Hiding a Cheap and Tested Virus Cure. globalresearch.ca What's going on in the fifth largest economy in the world arguably points to a major collusion scandal in which the French government is helping Big Pharma to profit from the expansion of Covid-19. Informed French citizens are absolutely furious …

Julian Rose (2020-03-27). Manufactured Pandemic: Testing People for Any Strain of a Coronavirus, Not Specifically for COVID-19. globalresearch.ca The following is from a medical forum. The writer, who is a widely respected professional scientist in the US, prefers to stay anonymous, because presenting any narrative different than the official one can cause you a lot of stress in …

John P.A. Ioannidis (2020-03-27). Video: Perspectives on the COV-19 Pandemic, A Fiasco in the Making: Dr. John Ioannidis, Stanford University. globalresearch.ca Perspectives on the Pandemic: | Dealing with Coronavirus, a fiasco in the making? As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, we are making decisions without reliable data. | Dr John P.A. Ioannidis is a professor of medicine and professor of epidemiology and population …

Julia Conley (2020-03-27). 'Big Win': Caving to Pressure Campaign, Gilead Sciences Relinquishes Monopoly Claim for Promising Coronavirus Treatment. globalresearch.ca Government watchdog Public Citizen celebrated Wednesday afternoon as pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences backed off a monopoly claim for its drug that may treat the coronavirus which has sickened

AE911Truth (2020-03-27). 911 Truth: WTC 7 Not Destroyed by Fire, Concludes Final University of Alaska Fairbanks Report. globalresearch.ca The destruction of the 47-story World Trade Center Building 7 in New York City late in the afternoon of September 11, 2001, was not a result of fires, according to the

Prof. Anthony A. Gabb (2020-03-27). COVID-19 Puts Capitalism on a Ventilator. No More Bank and Corporate Bailouts! globalresearch.ca U.N. chief Antonio Guterres warned that a The aftershock of previous pandemics was catastrophic. The fourteenth century …

Dr. Mustafa Fetouri (2020-03-27). Lockerbie's Only Convict May be Exonerated Posthumously. globalresearch.ca The only man to be convicted of the infamous Lockerbie bombing,

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-03-27). Covid-19: Lithuania on the Brink of a Catastrophe. globalresearch.ca COVID-19 expands in Lithuania. Having registered its first official case in February, the country currently has almost 300 infected people and four confirmed deaths. Taking into account that the official numbers tend to differ from the real ones due to …

Tony Cartalucci (2020-03-27). Covid-19: The Panic Is Worse Than the Pathogen. globalresearch.ca The Corona Virus Disease 2019 or "Covid-19" is a coronavirus similar to the virus that causes pneumonia. Covid-19 is a danger to at-risk groups including the elderly and the chronically ill. | If you are not elderly and if you are …

True Publica (2020-03-27). Lancet Chief Skewers Johnson Government for Its Disastrous Covid-19 Failure. globalresearch.ca An editorial piece in

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (2020-03-27). Recognizing and Resisting the "Hasbara Pandemic" globalresearch.ca Steady media reports on the rising number of the novel Coronavirus infections and its human toll have contributed to a global psychology of fear where entire populations are succumbing their free will to those in positions of authority, elected and …

WSWS (2020-03-27). Brazil's Bolsonaro threatens dictatorship over COVID-19 crisis. wsws.org Leading Brazilian businessmen have terrorized workers with threats of "40 million unemployed" unless state quarantines are lifted.

Peter Mayo (2020-03-27). Higher Education in the Time of COVID-19. zcomm.org The history of education is full of episodes whereby necessity, through crises in the form of occupation, led to ingenuity…

WSWS (2020-03-27). Reported COVID-19 cases exceed 1,200 in Washington, D.C. region as public health disaster looms. wsws.org The coronavirus has exposed the fragility of the social infrastructure throughout the region surrounding the United States' capitol city.

David Schultz (2020-03-27). The Covid-19 Bailout: Another Failed Opportunity at Structural Change. counterpunch.org The Covid-19 bailout is yet another opportunity at a structural transformation of the American state, economy, and society that will be lost. Instead, it will be another short-term patch that will fail to alter the trajectory of Neo-liberal capitalism in America, if not across the globe. There are two basic types of reform—ordinary and structural.

WSWS (2020-03-27). Europe's COVID-19 death toll reaches over 16,000. wsws.org Years of slashing health and social care budgets, together with government inaction, have taken a grim toll, with health workers forced to make decisions as to who lives and dies.

Sean Petty & Kelley Cabrera (2020-03-27). Frontline NY Nurses Lack Protective Masks & Ventilators. zcomm.org Say Worst Yet to Come as COVID-19 Spreads…

WSWS (2020-03-27). Total coronavirus cases in United States surge past Italy, China. wsws.org The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the US has risen tenfold in a week, to 85,594.

Peter Cohen (2020-03-27). COVID-19, the Exponential Function and Human the Survival. counterpunch.org It's time for us all to understand the Exponential Function. One of the hallmarks of COVID-19 is its exponential nature, with numbers of infected currently doubling about every 4 days in the US. This growth rate, plus the at least 14-day lag time, make it particularly difficult to fight, as efforts to respond tend to

teleSUR (2020-03-27). Uruguay: Cuts in Public Wages to Finance the 'Coronavirus Fund'. telesurenglish.net Uruguay's President Luis Lacalle Thursday announced cuts to public officials' cuts and pensions to finance the "Coronavirus Fund", which is intended to pay for the treatment of Covid-19 patients and medical supplies. | RELATED: | That decision implies a cut of 20 percent of the salaries of the president and his ministers. | The remuneration of legislators and directors of public institutions will be reduced in equal magnitude.

Thomas Klikauer — Norman Simms (2020-03-27). Corona in Germany: Hording and Authoritarianism. counterpunch.org By 26 March 2020, what the world calls "Coronavirus" and the USA calls "Covid-19" had affected 197 countries and territories with almost 20,000 deaths globally. While 20,000 looks like rather an insignificant number given the 7.8 billion people on planet earth, a highly reputable source — worldometer — noted on that day the ranking of

WSWS (2020-03-27). COVID-19 pandemic: Doctors sue French government for criminal negligence. wsws.org Lawyers representing hundreds of health-care professionals are filing a suit charging Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and other top officials with criminal negligence.

WSWS (2020-03-27). Profits before lives: German parliament passes emergency package for large corporations and the rich. wsws.org All parties in parliament, from the Left Party to the extreme right AfD, are working together to defend capitalism and to shift the burden of the COVID-19 crisis onto the working class.

Fight Back (2020-03-27). Veteran Chicano leader Carlos Montes blasts Trump response to crisis. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – Long time Chicano leader Carlos Montes blasted the Trump administration's mishandling of the pandemic, March 25, stating, "President Trump's irrational and disjointed response to this COVID-19 pandemic is causing major harm to working people." | Montes continued, "Especially hard-hit are non-unionized workers in the lower sectors of the economy that who have little to no benefits. They are primarily Black and brown workers who lack health insurance, sick leave, vacations and access to unemployment benefits. This pandemic with the economic crash is causing extreme hardships to Black and brown com…

WSWS (2020-03-27). Detroit hospitals warn many "extremely sick" patients will be denied lifesaving treatment. wsws.org As COVID-19 cases throughout the metro Detroit area soared, the Henry Ford Health system has warned patients that "because of shortages," patients who are "extremely sick" may be "ineligible for ICU or ventilator care."

Daniel Warner (2020-03-27). COVID-19: Health or Wealth? counterpunch.org Can the pandemic be separated from the economy? As the pandemic continues in Europe and the United States but seems to be subsiding in Asia, more and more questions are being raised about how to relaunch the economy. The importance of public health is being opposed to opening for business. The battle in the U.S.

teleSUR (2020-03-27). Over 45 Countries Ask Cuba for Interferon to Treat Covid-19. telesurenglish.net Outlet Granma reported that over 45 nations have requested Cuba for Interferon Alpha 2b Human Recombinant supplies given that this drug is effective in treating Covid-19 patients. | RELATED: | Interferon is produced by the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), a Cuban institution that enjoys prestige in the international scientific community. | Created in the 1980s, this drug ha…

Ron Jacobs (2020-03-27). Politics, Pandemics and Trumpism. counterpunch.org Since early March 2020, the US election process has taken a backseat to the COVID-19 pandemonium and panic. My day job gave me a unique perspective on the reaction to this situation. I work in a public library, one of the few places in the US where people of every class, skin tone and origin

WSWS (2020-03-27). Bipartisan corporate bailout gives $17 billion to Boeing. wsws.org The top executives who oversaw the cost-cutting, layoffs and cover-ups that resulted in two crashes and the deaths of 346 people are being rewarded with billions in taxpayer money.

Edward Leer (2020-03-27). Somebody Else's World: An Interview with Kelly Reichardt. counterpunch.org Kelly Reichardt has slowly been building a reputation in American independent cinema as one of the most rigorous and profound working filmmakers in a rapidly receding artistic landscape. Her first film, River of Grass (1994), starring her producer and horror director Larry Fessenden, is a crafty and incisive feminist subversion of the "Lovers on the

WSWS (2020-03-27). Horn of Africa and East Africa face coronavirus and locust swarm. wsws.org Some 80 percent of the population in the Horn, a region long synonymous with famine, conflicts and refugees, relies on agriculture for subsistence, meaning that the consequences will be devastating for the already vulnerable population.

teleSUR (2020-03-27). US Senators Request to Ease Sanctions Against Venezuela, Iran. telesurenglish.net U.S. Senator Christopher Murphy and 10 other lawmakers sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin urging them to alleviate the RELATED: | "We are writing to express…

Richard Moser (2020-03-27). Russia-gate: the Dead But Undead. counterpunch.org Attention all Russia-gaters! Under the cover of pandemic, the US finally dropped charges against those dastardly Russian meme-bombers! Just in case you think this is yet another conspiracy led by Trump's Department of Justice to hide something, the case against the troll farm fell apart 2 years ago when Mueller was still in charge. It's

John Feffer (2020-03-27). The Politics of the Coronavirus. zcomm.org For the far right, the pandemic is a chance to enact border controls and erode the rule of law. It could also expose their utter incompetence…

Richard Eskow (2020-03-27). Seven Rules for the Boeing Bailout. counterpunch.org Call it the "Boeing bailout." As the world struggles with the pandemic, Boeing should be seen as the vector for a parallel epidemic. It's Patient Zero in an epidemic of corporate failure. As we change the way we live our lives, corporations like Boeing should change the way they are run. Corporate mismanagement made this

Eliza Egret (2020-03-27). Police and security firm evict people onto the streets in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. thecanary.co Police and security guards have evicted a squatted homeless shelter, throwing people onto the streets as the coronavirus pandemic takes over the UK. The unbelievable eviction came one day after the government The eviction also took place just before the government The eviction:…

WSWS (2020-03-27). New US unemployment claims hit 3.28 million as pandemic produces economic catastrophe. wsws.org The number of new weekly claims for state unemployment benefits reached the staggering total of 3.28 million, an increase of 1,000 percent over the previous week, and the largest such total in history.

WSWS (2020-03-27). Australian unions and employers demand workers stay on building sites despite pandemic. wsws.org The unions are determined to utilise the coronavirus crisis to prove themselves indispensible to big business.

WSWS (2020-03-27). Canada: Vancouver homeless left to fend for themselves amid coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org The Canadian ruling elite's policy of malign neglect in the face of the lethal coronavirus pandemic is exemplified by the failure of all levels of government to do anything to protect homeless people.

Steven Sahiounie (2020-03-27). Coronavirus: After the EU Failed to Deliver, Italy Looks to Russia for Help. mintpressnews.com The current global political scene is changing rapidly as a result of the coronavirus. New super-powers are emerging and former power-houses are weakening in the face of the crisis.

Miko Peled (2020-03-27). From Electoral Politics to Coronavirus Response: In Israel, Apartheid Mentality Reigns. mintpressnews.com Israel's longstanding political crisis didn't end due to some altruistic desire to pull together in a time of crisis, it ended because Israelis were faced with a choice, work with Arabs or throw it all away, writes Miko Peled.

WSWS (2020-03-27). Australian teachers use social media to speak out on coronavirus danger, unions collaboration with government. wsws.org One teacher wrote: "The world is screaming at us to see what happens when governments are too slow to act. Strike now!"

Sharon Lerner (2020-03-27). Gilead Sciences Backs Off Monopoly Claim for Promising Coronavirus Drug. zcomm.org "Gilead is notorious for price gouging. Gilead holds the key to bringing down and ending both HIV and hep C epidemics, and in both cases, prices have played a real factor in our inability to stop both epidemics. And that's terrifying."

WSWS (2020-03-27). Wall Street rise continues as coronavirus infections accelerate. wsws.org The extreme volatility of the markets is such that the Dow, having entered a bear market—defined as a fall of 20 percent—has now returned to bull market status, all in the space of just six weeks.

Afroze Fatima Zaidi (2020-03-27). In one sentence, Jeremy Corbyn sums up why the coronavirus has changed politics. thecanary.co In an But one sentence, in particular, summed exactly why it has changed. Corbyn stated: There's suddenly a realisation that we're only as healthy as the safety of our neighbour. | "I was denounced as somebody that wanted to spend more money than we could possibly afford" | Outgoing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says the government's coronavirus response proves he was "right" about public spending at the 2019…

WSWS (2020-03-27). What the coronavirus calamity means for intellectual and cultural life. wsws.org A Rubicon has been crossed. The existing order, in the eyes of tens of millions, will be seen from now on as illegitimate and an immediate threat to their continued existence.

Anthony Dimaggio (2020-03-27). The Dangers of Depoliticization and Social Media. zcomm.org Misinformation and the Coronavirus…

Jonathan Carp (2020-03-27). Coronavirus and the Collapse of Our Imaginations. counterpunch.org Right now, millions of people throughout North America and Europe are living through an unprecedented situation and making unprecedented demands. Formerly meek white-collar workers content to schlep to and from the office every day are demanding the right to telecommute. Blue-collar workers told they are essential are demanding raises- here in Washington, our grocery workers

WSWS (2020-03-27). UK: Corbyn's pathetic exit as Labour leader amid coronavirus crisis. wsws.org Corbyn strained every sinew to appear responsible and supportive at a time of national emergency, stressing that he did not want to appear to be "relentlessly negative."

WSWS (2020-03-27). Australian school system in chaos after coronavirus semi-closures. wsws.org Prime Minister Scott Morrison's insistence that schools remain open as usual reflected economic, not health, considerations.

RT (2020-03-27). Iran records 144 new Covid-19 deaths as military sets up emergency 2,000-bed hospital in Tehran. rt.com Iran saw nearly 150 new fatalities from coronavirus, health officials disclosed on Friday. The country's military has deployed a makeshift hospital in Tehran as the Islamic Republic continues to battle the respiratory illness. | A health ministry official confirmed that Iran suffered 144 deaths from the previous day, pushing its death toll to 2,378. The Islamic Republic currently has 32,332 confirmed cases of Covid-19, according to a government tally. | The latest figures coincide with the creation of a makeshift hospital in the nation's capital. The Iranian military reportedly converted an exhibition center i…

RT (2020-03-27). Cat contracts coronavirus FROM sick owner in new case of human-to-animal transition. rt.com As scientists around the world battle for a cure or vaccine to Covid-19, a new case of human-to-animal transmission has arisen in Belgium, where health experts say a cat contracted the disease from its coronavirus-stricken owner. | Just one week after the pet owner in Liege, Belgium was diagnosed with Covid-19, their cat also started showing symptoms of the disease, including respiratory problems and diarrhea. | As panic over the outbreak keeps gaining ground, spokesman for Belgium's coronavirus crisis center, Emmanuel Andre, tried to reassure the public that the infected animal was an "isolated case." | "Ther…

RT (2020-03-27). 'Are those who bomb towns going to accuse us of terrorism?' Maduro rips US over 'narco-terrorism' charge. rt.com Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro fired back at the US, which is offering a $15 million bounty for information leading to his arrest, dismissing the narco-terrorism charge as a smear to deflect attention from its coronavirus woes. | Maduro came out swinging after the US Justice Department, in an almost unprecedented move,

RT (2020-03-27). Turkey evacuates hundreds of migrants from Greek border amid virus pandemic. rt.com Ankara has sent some 6,000 migrants waiting at the Turkish-Greek border to cross into the European Union to cities inside the country, Reuters reported on Friday, citing the Interior Ministry. The move was part of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. | Migrants waiting at the border crossing in Edirne province were transported in buses to state guest houses where they would be quarantined, Anadolu news agency reported. They would be moved to other regions in Turkey at the end of the quarantine, it added. | Thousands of migrants had massed at a border crossing with European Union-member Greece after T…

RT (2020-03-27). UK health secretary Hancock follows PM Johnson in testing POSITIVE for Covid-19. rt.com The UK's health secretary Matt Hancock has tested positive for coronavirus just hours after Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed that he is carrying the disease. | In a video posted on Twitter, a nasally Hancock said that he had been working from home in recent days because he was displaying "mild symptoms" of the Covid-19 infection. He said that doctors told him to get tested and the test came back positive so he will be self-isolating until next Thursday. | Following medical advice, I was advised to test for I…

RT (2020-03-27). US quietly seeks out foreign doctors to fight Covid-19 pandemic. rt.com As the entire world has become the frontline of the fight against the Covid-19 coronavirus, the US State Department is headhunting foreign doctors to assist the US, promising they can skip to the front of the immigration queue. | In a message posted on its website on Thursday night, Foggy Bottom encouraged medical professionals who have already applied for US visas — "particularly those working to treat or mitigate the effects of Covid-19" — to contact their nearest US embassy or consulate for an appointment. Those already in the US have been offered visa extensions. | We encourage medical profession…

RT (2020-03-27). 'I read same reports as you': US State Dept accuses China of putting conditions on Covid-19 aid, cites media when pressed on proof. rt.com The US State Department has accused Beijing of attaching '"strings" to aid given to countries battling Covid-19, but was unable to name specifics, only citing press reports, while also invoking a Chinese "coverup." | Senior State Department official James Richardson — who runs the Office of Foreign Assistance Resources — levied the charges to reporters during a

RT (2020-03-27). European stocks sink as spread of coronavirus explodes across continent. rt.com European markets opened significantly lower on Friday, ignoring all the stimulus pledges by governments this week, as the deadly Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread. Europe now accounts for more than half of global infections. | Britain's FTSE 100 is plummeting more than three percent during early trading in London. Stock markets in Germany and France are down over two percent. | The market fall comes as EU leaders fail to come to an agreement over the economic response to the coronavirus pandemic. During a video conference summit on Thursday, the leaders of the 27-member bloc argued over how to pull their e…

RT (2020-03-27). France's coronavirus death toll nears 2,000 as 300 more die in Covid-19 pandemic. rt.com The death toll from the Covid-19 outbreak has reached 1,996 in France after the country's health authorities confirmed that 299 more people have died there in a 24-hour period. | Announcing the latest fatalities on Friday evening, France's director-general of health also said that there have been a total of 32,964 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the state, up from 29,155 a day prior. | Earlier Friday, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe warned of "very difficult" days ahead as the country sees a rise in cases, and said the government would extend a raft of nationwide restrictions aimed at curbing the s…

RT (2020-03-27). Italy yet to reach coronavirus contagion peak, national health chief warns, as 712 die in one day. rt.com Italy has yet to see the worst of the coronavirus pandemic spreading through the country, a senior health official has warned, a day after more than 700 people died in a single 24-hour period. | "We haven't reached the peak and we haven't passed it," the head of the Superior Health Institute, Silvio Brusaferro, told a press conference on Friday. He noted, however, that there were "signs of a slowdown" in the number of infections, suggesting that the health crisis could turn a corner soon. | Figures released on Thursday showed 712 new Covid-19 deaths, bringing the nationwide total to 8,215. | Brusaferro said th…

RT (2020-03-27). Coronavirus-inspired terrorists are planning attacks, says DoJ report — but in a fear-charged climate, which is the real threat? rt.com The US Justice Department has warned — with scant evidence — that coronavirus is encouraging terrorists to attack. But Covid-19 is actually deadlier than terrorism, and experts warn against criminalizing its transmission. | The pandemic is accelerating the dastardly plots of terrorists, according to John Demers, the assistant attorney general for national security at the Justice Department, who shared his fears — and he has a lot of them — with Politico on Friday. Demers warned that terrorists would "take advantage of" certain "windows of opportunities," though he acknowledged that there…

RT (2020-03-27). 2 Florida poll workers test positive for coronavirus, elections office urges in-person voters to 'seek medical advice'. rt.com Local officials in Florida have advised some residents who cast ballots in the state's primary to see their doctors after two poll workers tested positive for Covid-19, despite authorities insisting there was no risk to voters. | The two election staffers manned separate polling stations in Broward County — Florida's second largest, with some 2 million residents — and were confirmed to carry the illness on Thursday, according to local authorities. | "County staff as well as other poll workers at those locations have been notified of the situation and have been advised to take appropriate steps," Brow…

RT (2020-03-27). Trump greenlights call-up of one MILLION reservists to battle Covid-19. rt.com To help with the Covid-19 coronavirus emergency, US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order authorizing the call-up of up to a million reserve military personnel in the army, navy, air force and coast guard. | Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security — which is in charge of the Coast Guard units not subordinated to the Navy — are now authorized to order individual members and units of the Ready Reserve under their jurisdiction, to "active duty not to exceed 24 consecutive months," Trump noted in the executive order signed Friday evening. | The number of mobilized reservists is "not t…

RT (2020-03-27). China registers first local Covid-19 infection in 3 days as Beijing curbs international travel in hopes of halting imported cases. rt.com China reported its first locally transmitted coronavirus infection in half a week as officials continue to struggle with cases coming from abroad. Beijing has cut the number of flights allowed in and out of the country. | Fifty-five new Covid-19 cases were reported across mainland China on Thursday, according to the latest figures from the country's National Health Commission. All but one of the infections involved imported cases. | While China has been largely successful in stopping the spread of the virus, the country has wrestled with cases arriving from abroad. Beijing announced on Thursday that Chinese ai…

RT (2020-03-27). Trump invokes Defense Production Act, accusing General Motors of 'wasting time' on producing ventilators. rt.com President Donald Trump has invoked wartime powers, ordering General Motors to produce ventilators to treat Covid-19 patients. The move comes after Trump unloaded on the automaker for delaying production. | Trump's order, signed on Friday, requires General Motors to "accept, perform, and prioritize Federal contracts for ventilators," per a White House statement. Previously, Trump had touted GM's commitment to producing 40,000 ventilators in partnership with Ventec Life Systems, but after GM supposedly revised that number down to 6,000, Trump accused them on Friday of "wasting time." | "Our negotiations with GM…

RT (2020-03-27). Vietnam aims to keep number of Covid-19 cases under 1,000 — govt. rt.com Vietnam is aiming to keep the number of coronavirus cases in the country under 1,000, the government said. The statement came as the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country passed 150 on Friday. | "We have been able to contain epicenters, and even potential epicenters… and we are determined to keep the number of COVID-19 cases from reaching 1,000," Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said. | Vietnam will limit domestic flights and stop public gatherings for two weeks from Saturday in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. | Hanoi has moved to bar entry to all foreigners, suspend inter…

RT (2020-03-27). Wall Street stocks tumble as US overtakes China in highest number of Covid-19 infections. rt.com US markets dropped on Friday as the House of Representatives is expected to vote on a $2 trillion stimulus bill to contain the coronavirus spread. The US is now the worst-hit nation with more than 85,000 people infected. | The Dow Jones Industrial Average tanked more than 900 points at the opening, ending a three-day rally on Wall Street. Both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite are also down around three percent. | The US Labor Department reported on Thursday a record number of jobless claims which surged to 3.28 million. The number eclipsed the Great Recession peak of 665,000 in March 2009 and the all-time…

RT (2020-03-27). ÔªøÔªøIsrael to deploy army to help enforce Covid-19 lockdown. rt.com Israel will deploy its army to help police enforce the coronavirus lockdown in the country, as people are told to stay at home and businesses are closed down. | A partial lockdown that was already in place was made even stricter earlier this week, with people being required to stay within 100 meters of their homes and to stay at home as much as possible, with the threat of fines or prosecution for violating the rules. | In line with many other countries, gatherings have also been banned and schools shut down. | Now the army will come in to help enforce the rules. | We are preparing to allocate 500 soldiers to…

RT (2020-03-27). #PrayForBoris trends after PM Johnson contracts Covid-19, sparking fierce debate on Twitter. rt.com In the aftermath of British PM Boris Johnson revealing that he has coronavirus, #PrayForBoris started to trend online, infuriating many who claim less high-profile figures such as NHS workers deserve just as much attention. | Johnson News that the deadly virus had hit at…

RT (2020-03-27). UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests POSITIVE for Covid-19 infection. rt.com British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for Covid-19 infection, experiencing mild symptoms. He will self-isolate in Downing Street but will remain in charge of the government. | "Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus," Johnson said. "I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government's response via video-conference as we fight this virus." | It was not immediately clear when the prime minister was tested but various members of his staff had been working elsewhere when the news first emerged that he had tested positive. | #Sta…

RT (2020-03-27). Serbian PM: 'Fake news' that we don't appreciate EU help, but Covid-19 aid came from China. rt.com After a former Swedish prime minister accused Serbia of hyping coronavirus aid that it received from China but ignoring 'far more substantial' help from the European Union, Serbian PM Ana Brnabic moved to set the record straight. | "When China sent an aircraft with help to Serbia President [Aleksandar] Vucic made a great show of it," Carl Bildt tweeted on Friday morning, "But when far more substantial [EU] aid arrives there is no fanfare and no President in sight." | When China üá®üá≥ sent an aircraft with help to Serbia üá∑ü&a…

RT (2020-03-27). 'This is low, even for you': Hillary Clinton uses record coronavirus deaths to bash Trump, gets virtual punches herself. rt.com As the US recorded more cases of Covid-19 than any other country in the world, Hillary Clinton used the opportunity to crack jokes about President Trump. The failed presidential candidate was savaged online for her insensitivity. | As of Friday, the United States has recorded more than 94,000 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, passing out China and Italy. More than 1,400 Americans have died, hospitals are approaching capacity, and a record 3.3 million workers have filed for unemployment. | As the US passed this grim milestone, former secretary of state and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took the o…

RT (2020-03-27). 'Open your STUPIDLY abandoned plant': Trump lashes out at GM & Ford over ventilator delay. rt.com President Donald Trump has lost his patience with automakers who promised to produce ventilators to treat Covid-19 patients, threatening to invoke his emergency powers to force General Motors and Ford to live up to their pledge. | "They said they were going to give us 40,000 much needed Ventilators, 'very quickly,'" Trump tweeted on Friday. "Now they are saying it will only be 6000, in late April, and they want top dollar." | He added that it's "always a mess" with GM CEO Mary Barra, and that he will invoke the Defense Production Act, a piece of wartime legislation giving the president the power to order manuf…

RT (2020-03-27). Coronavirus creeps closer to Putin as Kremlin staffer diagnosed with Covid-19. rt.com With news of Boris Johnson's coronavirus infection and Justin Trudeau's self isolation, it's clear that jobs which involve lots of meetings and shaking hands aren't the safest occupations at present. | Now, in Russia, fears are growing that the disease might have already infiltrated President Putin's closest circle. The anxiety has been fueled by confirmation on Friday that at least one employee of the presidential administration has contracted Covid-19. | Putin's spokesman told reporters he was aware of the situation. However, Dmitry Peskov said the individual concerned did not have direct contact with Putin.

RT (2020-03-27). Russia records third coronavirus patient death as number infected surpasses 1,000. rt.com Another person diagnosed with Covid-19 has died in Moscow, bringing the overall death toll in Russia to three people. 196 new cases were announced on Friday, which means the nationwide number of infected now stands at 1,036. | The latest victim was a 70-year-old woman with a number of underlying conditions. She had suffered from diabetes for 20 years and also had terminal renal failure and other diseases. | The two other Russian deaths, announced on Wednesday, also involved elderly patients, aged 88 and 73 respectively. Last week, a 79-year-old woman was initially thought to have succumbed to coronavirus, but…

RT (2020-03-27). Europe coronavirus cases dramatically SURGE as worldwide death toll surpasses 25,000. rt.com The worldwide death toll from Covid-19 has surpassed 25,000 and researchers have detected a huge spike in Europe with Spain, Germany and the UK reporting thousands of fresh cases. | The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center noted that the grim milestone had been reached on Friday. Professor Steve Hanke from the university said that Europe has seen a "massive surge" in cases over a 16 hour period with Spain recording over 6,000 fresh diagnoses, Germany racking up over 5,400 and the UK seeing nearly 3,000 new cases. |

RT (2020-03-27). UK medical chief in ISOLATION after experiencing Covid-19 symptoms. rt.com England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty has gone into self-isolation in his home after experiencing symptoms that are compatible with Covid-19. | Professor Whitty, who is the top medical adviser to the UK government, said on Friday that he began experiencing symptoms on Thursday night and he would be in isolation for seven days. | The health official's announcement caps a remarkable day in the UK in which the prime minister and the health secretary both revealed that they have contracted the disease. | Whitty has worked closely with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in recent days. The professor said he will c…

RT (2020-03-27). 'The answer is no': Trump says WSJ story on suspending tariffs is 'just more fake news'. rt.com US President Donald Trump swiftly shut down the suggestion that Washington would suspend import tariffs for a quarter of a year amid the Covid-19 crisis, dubbing recent source-based reporting on the question as "fake news." | Asked about a new

RT (2020-03-27). World economy has entered a recession 'as bad or worse' than the global financial crisis — IMF chief. rt.com IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said it's "clear" that the global economy has "entered recession" due to the evolving Covid-19 pandemic, and that the organization is working on projections to assess how severe it will be. | Georgieva said she expects the recession to be "quite deep." Recovery is projected for 2021, but only if the virus can be contained, she said. | She said countries needed to step up their response measures aggressively, adding that the IMF has received a large number of requests for emergency financing. Georgieva said the international body has received pledges from Britain, Japan, and China…

RT (2020-03-27). 'Disgrace we needed global pandemic': UK govt requests ALL homeless people be housed by weekend. rt.com The UK government has urged all local authorities in England to house all rough sleepers, those in hostels and night shelters by the weekend — leading many to ask why it takes a worldwide Covid-19 crisis to end homelessness. | According to Crisis — a charity for homeless people — a

RT (2020-03-27). Number of US Covid-19 cases smashes past 90,000. rt.com The number of people infected with the coronavirus in the United States has surged to nearly 93,000, as the country reclaims its position of having the most cases of Covid-19 in the world. | The The increase saw it overtake Italy, which briefly had the most confirmed cases of any country in the world when its official count of infections reached 86,498 on Friday. | Fri…

RT (2020-03-27). Surveying the virus battlefield: Russian military medics inspect Covid-19 health facilities in Bergamo, Italy (VIDEO). rt.com Russian military medics carried out reconnaissance at health facilities in Bergamo, where the elderly are being treated for the coronavirus, before engaging in the fight against the disease on Italian soil. | The Russian experts, sporting full protective gear, inspected four hospitals with their Italian colleagues on Friday. They examined the layout of the buildings and talked to staff to come up with a list of urgent measures needed to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and establish the scope of disinfection activities. | The Russian contingent of around 100 servicemen and 22 Kamaz trucks arrived in Italy on…

RT (2020-03-27). Six months in jail for standing too close to strangers? Countries worldwide roll out draconian measures to fight Covid-19. rt.com New regulations in Singapore which threaten prison time for anyone found violating "social distancing" protocols exemplify the harsh rules being imposed around the world in the fight against coronavirus. | According to a press release from the Ministry of Health, Singaporeans who fail to maintain a distance of one meter from other people in "non-transient" public interactions can be fined up to 10,000 Singapore dollars ($6,985) and even risk a six-month jail sentence. | The strict measures come as nations around the world adopt similarly extreme provisions to halt the spread of coronavirus. | Jordan

RT (2020-03-27). Washington cancels major Philippines maneuvers. rt.com The US military has canceled a large-scale exercise involving thousands of troops in the Philippines because of the coronavirus pandemic. | The decision to scrap Balikatan 2020 was taken "in light of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic and in the best interest of the health and safety of both countries' forces," AFP quoted US Indo-Pacific Command chief Admiral Phil Davidson as saying. | The war games, scheduled for May 4-15, would have involved more than 10,000 troops from the two long standing allies and a smaller contingent from Australia. | The US troops who take part in Balika…

RT (2020-03-27). Spain's Covid-19 death toll SPIKES again as 769 die in new single day record. rt.com Spain's health ministry has announced that it has suffered another record breaking day for Covid-19 deaths as 769 people fell victim to the disease in one day. | Health officials revealed on Friday morning that the number of fatalities jumped to 4,858, while the number of confirmed infections in the country has risen from 56,188 to 64,059. | The rate of infection has seemingly slowed, however, with the 7,871 jump in new cases making a 14 percent increase on the previous day. That compares favorably to the 18 percent increase announced on Thursday and Wednesday's 20 percent surge. | Worryingly, however, the mor…

RT (2020-03-27). Fighting resumes in Libya amid efforts to stop coronavirus pandemic. rt.com Battles raged on several fronts in Libya on Friday after a night of heavy bombardment in Tripoli, Reuters reported, citing combatants and residents. After a comparative lull, serious warfare resumed this week despite international calls for calm to allow Libya's fragmented health system to prepare for any spread of the coronavirus. Libya confirmed its first case of the infectious disease on Monday. | The Libyan National Army (LNA) of eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar has been assaulting Tripoli for nearly a year, hoping to capture the capital in the northwest where the internationally recognized Governmen…

RT (2020-03-27). US Congress approves $2.2 trillion stimulus bill, sends to White House. rt.com The US House has approved the mammoth $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill passed earlier this week by the Senate, sending the long-awaited relief package to President Donald Trump's desk for signing. | The bill sailed through the House with a voice vote despite an attempt by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky) to force a roll-call poll. The pressing need to distribute immediate aid to individual Americans and small businesses starved for cash by coronavirus-related shutdowns appeared to override legislators' objections to various controversial provisions included in the massive legislative package. | Trump is…

RT (2020-03-27). Italy's WORST day: Coronavirus death rate highest since start of outbreak with 900+ fatalities. rt.com Italy has experienced its worst day yet in the country's devastating coronavirus epidemic, with 919 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours — the highest single-day total since the pandemic began. | The highest-ever single-day spike in fatalities brought Italy's death toll to 9,134, a number that has long since surpassed the outbreak's original epicenter in China. Italy had 86,498 confirmed cases as of Friday, also exceeding China's numbers as Beijing has seen new infections all but flatline. | While single-day deaths in the country had been on the decline for several days, Friday's numbers show Italy is no…

RT (2020-03-27). Sinking global economy & cheap crude take big bite out of Russia's forex reserves. rt.com Russian gold and foreign currency holdings have shed almost $30 billion or more than five percent in one week in the biggest drop since the global financial crisis amid the coronavirus pandemic and crashing oil prices. | According to the latest data released by the country's central bank, the reserves stood at $551.2 billion as of March 20, down from $581 billion a week earlier. The regulator explained the decline with negative revaluation. | The nation's forex holdings faced almost a similar drop in October 2008, when the reserves shrank by $30.6 billion to $487 billion. Another steep decline occurred in the…

RT (2020-03-27). 'Crocodile tears': Sports Direct billionaire Ashley 'deeply apologetic' over coronavirus blunders. rt.com Billionaire and retail giant Mike Ashley has apologized profusely for his company's handling of the coronavirus and subsequent government-mandated lockdown. But many aren't convinced by the attempted atonement. | When the British government announced a nationwide lockdown Monday, which included the closure of all non-essential shops, Ashley's athletics retail company Sports Direct struck a defiant

RT (2020-03-27). France trying to repatriate 30,000 of its nationals — FM. rt.com France is still trying to repatriate 30,000 of its citizens from overseas due to the coronavirus, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday. Over the last week, France has brought home around 100,000 people, the minister told Europe 1 radio. | Malaysia and France have organized chartered flights to fly out hundreds of their citizens stranded in Cambodia after the Southeast Asian nation sealed its borders and cancelled flights, Reuters reported. | A special charter flight departed on Thursday with 413 French people on board. Another 100 French nationals will be leaving Cambodia on Saturday and many mor…

RT (2020-03-27). Orban imposes 2-week lockdown, expects coronavirus peak in Hungary by July. rt.com Hungary is imposing a two-week lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus epidemic. It is expected to peak in the country in June or July, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday. | Citizens will be allowed to go to work, shop and take limited exercise outside during the lockdown, which starts on Saturday. However, they should keep distance from each other, Orban said on public radio. Restrictions would be enforced by police, he added. | Hungary has recorded around 300 coronavirus cases and 10 deaths, Reuters reported. Orban has said the actual number of cases is probably much higher. "Restrictions put…

RT (2020-03-27). 'Enjoy cherry blossoms next year,' Tokyo governor says as 40 new coronavirus cases reported. rt.com Japan's Tokyo prefecture reported 40 more coronavirus infections on Friday. Its governor appealed to people to wait until next year for traditional spring parties to view the flowering of cherry blossoms. | Preventing a regional outbreak is a prerequisite for holding a successful Olympic Games, after the event was delayed until next year, Yuriko Koike told reporters. | Should the Games be held next spring, she expressed hope of bringing back the Olympics marathon race to host city Tokyo. The marathon had to be relocated this year to Sapporo due to the hot weather. | A surge in virus infections this week took T…

RT (2020-03-27). Britain, EU negotiators to hold first joint committee talks on Monday. rt.com British and EU negotiators will hold the first meeting of a joint committee as planned on Monday, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. The statement came after trade talks were put on hold because of the coronavirus outbreak, Reuters reported. | The spokesman said the meeting would be co-chaired by senior British Minister Michael Gove and European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic and would take place remotely rather than in person due to the coronavirus. Video conference and conference calls are among the options being considered. | The joint committee will oversee the implementation, app…