2020-04-05: News Headlines

RT (2020-04-06). Oil slips 6% after OPEC+ meeting delay as Trump vows 'very substantial tariffs' if Saudis & Russia fail to reach output cut deal. rt.com US President Donald Trump has promised to impose "very substantial tariffs" on imported oil, unless Saudi Arabia and Russia reach a deal to push crude prices up, just as oil skidded again following last week's rally. | Both Brent and WTI crude futures dived over 9 per cent at the Asian session opening, before bouncing back to around $32.6 and $26.6 a barrel respectively. The drop comes after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-member partners abruptly delayed their emergency meeting until Thursday, apparently due to standing disagreements between Saudi Arabia and Russia. | Crud…

teleSUR (2020-04-05). US Weaponizing COVID-19 Against Venezuela, Iran: Oliver Stone. telesurenglish.net "As a number of religious scholars have warned, 'plagues expose the foundations of injustice' in our societies," film director Oliver Stone wrote in an op-ed Saturday exposing the United States (U.S.) government "profound lack of human decency" amid the new coronavirus pandemic. | RELATED: | In the piece published by the New York Daily News, Stone denounces the U.S. government for refusing to remove murderous sanctions on Iran and Venezuela…

teleSUR (2020-04-05). Venezuelan Leader Pens Open Letter to US Public. telesurenglish.net In a letter issued on Sunday, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro warned the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump against making any unwise military decisions against the Bolivarian Republic. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza read a letter on Sunday that Venezuelan President Maduro sent to the people of the United States, following Washington's recent threats toward the Bolivarian Republ…

teleSUR (2020-04-05). Greece: Migrant Camp Quarantined After COVID-19 Case Confirmed. telesurenglish.net Greece has quarantined a migrant installation about 40 km northeast the capital Athens after a 53-year-old Afghan asylum seeker tested positive for COVID-19, the ministry of migration announced Sunday. | RELATED: | The man lives with his family in the Malakasa camp where hundreds of asylum seekers are housed. He was transported to a hospital in Athens and tests on people who were in contact with him are being held as the authorities are…

Danica Jorden (2020-04-05). ICE Eases Threat but "Essential" Immigrant Farmworkers Struggle to Feed Themselves. zcomm.org Immigrant farm workers have long been essential to the United States. But they have never been recognized, respected or properly rewarded for their labor…

Emily Apple (2020-04-05). One NATO country is using the coronavirus as a weapon of war. thecanary.co Across the world, countries are struggling to deal with coronavirus (Covid-19). But one NATO country, Turkey, is using the pandemic as a weapon of war and a tool of repression. | Both domestically and in its war in the North East of Syria (aka Rojava), the Turkish state is seizing the opportunity of coronavirus to continue its war against majority Kurdish communities. | Cutting off water supplies during a pandemic: | On 3 April, Kurdistan 24

Eds. (2020-04-05). Spoken Word Poetry — 'this world we live in'. mronline.org TheTamim is a young and very passionate boy who writes about his upmost emotions and feelings, not only towards the world but also distintive individuals across history.

Staff (2020-04-05). COVID-19 Is Turning Prisons Into "Kill-Boxes" truthout.org "Our prisons are about to be utterly transformed by tragedy on a grand scale." So concludes "COVID-19 And Indiana Prisons," a 13-page blueprint to save the lives of thousands of people locked up in the cages of the Indiana Department of Corrections. | Written through a collective process involving more than 600 formerly incarcerated women, the report calls for the release of 5,662 people — 21 percent of the state prison population — and lays out a process to use funds from the state's share of the f…

Steve Ellner (2020-04-05). Why The Mainstream Media Suggests Lifting Sanctions Against Iran While Not Saying Anything About Venezuela ‚Ä®. zcomm.org No other country in the world is being subjected to the type of regime change strategy that the Trump administration is applying to Venezuela…

teleSUR (2020-04-05). Brazil, Chile, Ecuador Report Highest Number of COVID-19 Cases. telesurenglish.net Brazil, Chile and Ecuador are currently reporting the highest number of COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in the entire Latin America region, the latest reports revealed on Sunday morning. | RELATED: | According to data from the Brazilian Ministry of Health, the death toll from coronavirus increased to 432, with 73 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. | The figure of 73 deaths is the highest for a single day since the first cas…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-04-05). Coronavirus Pandemic Will Inevitably Cause Food Crisis. globalresearch.ca The coronavirus crisis will not end anytime soon. Day after day, news about the catastrophe becomes increasingly frightening and alarming. The numbers do not indicate any sign of a truce and we cannot see improvements in the world scenario in …

Staff (2020-04-05). By Refusing to Cancel In-Person Voting, Wisconsin GOP Weaponizes Coronavirus. truthout.org Despite warnings from public health experts and legal challenges by voting rights groups, the Democratic primary and state and local elections are set to go forward on Tuesday after Republican state legislators refused to take up a proposal to cancel most in-person voting in light of the coronavirus pandemic. | After Democratic Gov. Tony Evers

Charles Komanoff (2020-04-05). What the Coronavirus Pandemic Can Teach Us About the Climate Emergency. zcomm.org The climate change lessons of Covid-19 are to heed the warnings of scientists, do everything possible to minimize the hazards they predict, and prepare to cope with the impacts that remain…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-04-05). Boastful Pay Cuts: The Coronavirus Incentive. globalresearch.ca It has become a source of pride. Highly salaried executives — often, it should be said, receiving pay very much disconnected from the value of their work — making voluntary pay cuts and telling everybody else about it. In sport, …

Chris Jarvis (2020-04-05). A shocking video exposes the devastating impact of the coronavirus crisis in Bangladesh. thecanary.co On the face of it, Bangladesh appears not to have been hit hard by the new coronavirus (Covid-19). Official statistics show that | ‡¶Ü‡¶&AElig…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-04-05). COVID-19 expert explains what soap does to SARS-CoV-2 virus. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to drive home the message that excellent hand-washing is the most effective way to prevent illnesses, such as COVID-19. Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and director of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, explains what soap does to SARS-CoV-2, and other viruses …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-04-05). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: How does SARS-CoV-2 make people sick? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org A novel coronavirus is a new strain that has not been seen before in humans. SARS-Co-V2 is a novel virus, causing the disease COVID-19. Because COVID-19 is a new disease, much is still being learned about how it spreads and the severity of illness it causes. On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Gregory Poland, …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-04-05). Mayo Clinic Q&A: Poor lung health appears to play a role in deaths related to COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Why is COVID-19 so harmful to the lungs? Are smokers more at risk of the virus causing damage? As a smoker, should I be taking more precautions than the average person? ANSWER: COVID-19 can significantly affect the lungs. People whose lung health is affected by factors such as lung disease or smoking …

Staff (2020-04-05). New York State Pays Up to 15 Times the Normal Prices for Medical Equipment. truthout.org With the coronavirus outbreak creating an unprecedented demand for medical supplies and equipment, New York state has paid 20 cents for gloves that normally cost less than a nickel and as much as $7.50 each for masks, about 15 times the usual price. It's paid up to $2,795 for infusion pumps, more than twice the regular rate. And $248,841 for a portable X-ray machine that typically sells for $30,000 to $80,000. | This payment data, provided by state officials, shows just how much the shortage of…

teleSUR (2020-04-05). Spain's Sanchez Calls for New 'Marshall Plan' in Europe. telesurenglish.net Spanish President Pedro Sánchez, told the nations of the European Union (EU) that they will fail as a community if forceful measures are not taken to face the coronavirus pandemic. | RELATED: | In an article published on Sunday in more than a dozen European newspapers, in different languages, Sánchez appealed for solidarity between EU countries to get ahead in the face of the health emergency that is hitting the co…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-04-05). COVID-19: The tale of 1 virus and 2 testing methods. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org When a new virus emerges that infects and sickens humans, the wheels of innovation start turning quickly in the world of health care and biomedical research. Teams versed in different aspects of laboratory medicine work together to better understand the virus and develop tests to identify those who are infected or have been exposed to …

Shane Quinn (2020-04-05). Switching Focus: From the Coronavirus Crisis to the Cuban Missile Crisis. globalresearch.ca With the world's attention directed towards the coronavirus it may be worth changing focus, and analysing another international incident, the Cuban Missile Crisis. This hugely significant event occurred almost 60 years ago, officially from the 16th to the 28th of …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-04-05). COVID-19 expert answers questions on how the virus makes people sick and more. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Experts continue to learn more about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and how it behaves. Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and director of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, is answering questions about how the virus makes people sick, how it compares to influenza, and how the COVID-19 pandemic response is affecting the …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-04-05). Mayo Clinic expert puts grim COVID-19 projections into perspective. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org This week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious diseases expert, shared sobering estimates that COVID-19 could kill 100,000 to 240,000 Americans. Top government scientists warn that the death toll could be even higher if Americans don't follow the strict guidelines put in place to slow the spread of the virus. Dr. Gregory Poland, a …

Seth Sandronsky (2020-04-05). Reclaiming Vacant Homes in the COVID-19 Pandemic. zcomm.org All things equal, when the coronavirus pandemic ends, the struggle for affordable and livable housing will continue…

Robert Fantina (2020-04-05). Coronavirus in Albania and the Presence of Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) in Tirana. globalresearch.ca Following the outbreak of coronavirus in Italy, more than 120,000 Albanians residing in Italy returned to their country. Albania, with a population under 3,000,000, has, as of this writing, 243 cases of coronavirus. That is 84 cases per 1,000,000 people. …

Staff (2020-04-05). The Billionaires Putting Their Wealth Above Public Health Amid the Pandemic. truthout.org While millions are facing health and financial uncertainty and unemployment rolls are reaching record levels due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, a small group of wealthy elites are thriving. Not only do the rich and powerful seem to have access to otherwise near-impossible to obtain

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-04-05). Working toward a COVID-19 vaccine. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The push to create a vaccine that prevents people from contracting SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, continues. Dr. Stacey Rizza, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist, says developing a vaccine takes research, money and time. "Everyone wants to have a vaccine ready right now," says Dr. Rizza. "Researchers around the globe and at Mayo …

Jessica Corbett (2020-04-05). Big Brother in the Age of Coronavirus: 100+ Groups Warn Against Exploiting Pandemic to Permanently Expand Surveillance State. globalresearch.ca As the number of COVID-19 cases

news.un (2020-04-05). First person: COVID-19 is not a silver lining for the climate, says UN Environment chief. news.un.org Greenhouse gas emissions are down and air quality has gone up, as governments react to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Inger Andersen, has cautioned against viewing this as a boon for the environment. In this First Person editorial, Ms. Andersen calls instead for a profound, systemic shift to a more sustainable economy that works for both people and the planet.

David Daley (2020-04-05). More Democracy or Less? Elections in a Pandemic. zcomm.org The GOP's decade-long war on voting rights is making it harder to hold fair elections as COVID-19 spreads…

teleSUR (2020-04-05). Peru Announces Economic Plan for People Affected by COVID-19. telesurenglish.net "What we want, on the one hand, is to minimize the damage that social isolation has been causing to the economy," he stressed, adding that it is important to aid companies because "behind them, there are a significant number of workers who have to continue, as far as possible, with their work."

Fight Back (2020-04-05). Latinos and Asian Americans hit hardest by early COVID-19 job losses. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – The headline news that the unemployment rate for March jumped by almost a full percentage point, to 4.4%, was bad enough. The actual unemployment rate was much higher by the end of March, given that the more 10 million people who lost their jobs and filed for unemployment insurance benefits in the last two weeks of March were not counted. Adding in these workers would have increased the unemployment rate by more than 6%, raising the total rate at the end of March to about 10.5%. | The official government unemployment rate also understates the number of jobless workers, as you have to be out of work…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-04-05). Six ways home-based cardiac rehab keeps patients safe, healthy during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. ? COVID-19 presents evolving challenges to health care, in part because it is a new viral disease. People do not have natural immunity and a vaccine hasn't yet been developed. Patients with heart disease are at increased risk of cardiac-related complications and death, and are more likely to develop severe complications from COVID-19. …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-04-05). What you need to know about spring allergies and COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org In many parts of the U.S., spring is in full bloom. And with the arrival of spring comes an increase in seasonal allergies and now questions about increased risk related to COVID-19. "Currently, there is no data to substantiate those patients with allergies and asthma are at an increased risk for contracting COVID-19," says Dr. …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-04-05). Mayo Clinic in Florida expands specimen testing and processing capabilities for COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org JACKSONVILLE, Fla.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-04-05). Autonomous shuttles help transport COVID-19 tests at Mayo Clinic in Florida. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ? For the first time in the U.S., autonomous vehicles are being used to transport medical supplies and COVID-19 tests at Mayo Clinic in Florida. At a time when health care resources and staff are stretched thin, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) has partnered with Beep and NAVYA to use autonomous vehicles to …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-04-05). Tips to stay mentally healthy while staying at home. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Social distancing guidelines in the U.S. have extended until April 30 and many states now have stay-at-home orders to protect the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic. But isolation and loneliness can affect people's emotional health, especially older adults. "Social interaction and emotional health are definitely intertwined, and during this time when social interaction can't be …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-04-05). COVID-19: Advice for caring for people with Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org With the COVID-19 pandemic at the forefront of daily life, how much information should you share with a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease, dementia or mild cognitive impairment? And how do you explain the necessary precautions and social distancing requirements? Dr. Joseph Sirven, a Mayo Clinic neurologist, says it depends on the person's exact …

Tony Cartalucci (2020-04-05). Covid-19: Have "Real Journalists" Forgotten the H1N1 Scandal They Reported On? globalresearch.ca Overreaction and big-pharma profiteering from Covid-19 is a repeat of the 2009 H1N1 "Swine Flu" scandal. Why has the corporate media that would eventually expose the 2009 scandal failed to inform readers today that the same corrupt interests are leading …

teleSUR (2020-04-05). First Person Killed in the Philippines for Violating Quarantine. telesurenglish.net A 63-year-old man was shot dead Thursday in the Philippines after threatening village officials and police, becoming the first reported case of a police shooting a civilian for refusing to follow quarantine amid the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | "The suspect was cautioned by a village health worker … for not wearing a face mask," the police report informed on Saturday, adding that "the suspect got angry, ut…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-04-05). Mayo Clinic Research in the news around the world. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org In this unconventional time, we are going to offer an unconventional article, really a collection of the previous week's news stories related to Mayo Clinic Research. Our plan – to share a brief excerpt and link to stories written by journalists around the world. Most will likely be about COVID-19, some may report findings that change …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-04-05). Radiology, Engineering investigating ways to help Mayo Clinic during COVID-19 response. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. ? A supply shortage of critical materials, such as ventilators, face shields and masks, is possible in the U.S. In response, several Mayo Clinic teams have reached out to colleagues to assess their current and expected needs. These teams also are determining how they could print critical medical supplies as part of the …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-04-05). Tips for connecting to Mayo Clinic using Patient Online Services. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. ? Telehealth is becoming more important as a way of delivering health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Video appointments are one form of telehealth that is seeing an increased usage. Patients also can take advantage of the telehealth offerings available through patient portals. Mayo Clinic's patient portal, Patient Online Services, offers its patients several …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-04-05). Mayo Clinic joins community efforts urging people to #StoptheSpread during COVID-19 pandemic. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Jeff Bolton, Mayo Clinic's chief administrative officer, joins other community leaders in Rochester, Minn., in sharing the message that the best defense against COVID-19 is for people to stay home. ROCHESTER, Minn.

Kurt Nimmo (2020-04-05). COVID-19 Depression: Trump Needs a War. globalresearch.ca It is seriously astounding how fast the economy is crumbling. No infusion of funny money will save the American people from the historically severe depression now evolving. | State and federal governments are becoming more authoritarian in response to serious influenza …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-04-05). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: The 'unprecedented challenge' of fighting COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic has heavily burdened front-line health care providers. "Our nation and our medical community is facing an unprecedented challenge," says Dr. Elie Berbari, chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Mayo Clinic. On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Berbari discusses how Mayo Clinic is minimizing exposure to …

Staff (2020-04-05). $1,200 Only Goes So Far. It's Time to Abolish Debt. truthout.org Silence The U.S. is in free fall. The…

Staff (2020-04-05). Pipelines Are Still Being Built as the Rest of the Economy Shuts Down. truthout.org Governors of at least 37 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have issued strict orders for residents providing "non-life-sustaining" services to remain inside.

Nino Pagliccia (2020-04-05). A Simple "Democratic Transition" Framework for Venezuela: End All "Sanctions" globalresearch.ca On March 31 the US Secretary of State issued a

teleSUR (2020-04-05). Israeli Forces Detain Palestinian Governor of Jerusalem. telesurenglish.net Israel has detained Sunday the Palestinian Authority (PA) Governor of Jerusalem Adnan Ghaith over "illegal" activities and imprisoned him for the seventh time in the previous 18 months period. | RELATED: | "Adnan Ghaith was detained this morning for Palestinian activity in Jerusalem, which is illegal," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. | Ghaith's lawyer, Rami Othman, said his client, who was taken for q…

teleSUR (2020-04-05). US Seizes Ventilators Destined for Barbados. telesurenglish.net The United States government seized 20 ventilators destined for Barbados, the island's Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic informed Sunday. | RELATED: | "They were seized in the United States. Paid for, but seized, so we are trying to see exactly what is going to transpire there," Bostic said, explaining that the ventilators donated to the Barbados government were barred from exportation. | "Ventilators…

Andrew Glikson (2020-04-05). Earth hurtling towards catastrophe worse than dinosaur extinction. zcomm.org Earth's next mass extinction is avoidable — if carbon dioxide emissions are dramatically curbed and we develop and deploy technologies to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere…

Emily Apple (2020-04-05). No-one's buying Matt Hancock's excuse for more draconian restrictions on our lives. thecanary.co Health secretary Matt Hancock appeared on The Andrew Marr Show on 5 April. He warned that unless people follow the rules on essential travel and social distancing then tougher restrictions would be introduced. Hancock If you don't want us to take the next step and ban exercise… then the message is very clear… you have to follow the rules.

Fight Back (2020-04-05). China mourns loss of life in pandemic, sends aid to NYC. fightbacknews.org April 4 was a day of national mourning in the People's Republic of China as millions paused to mark the lives lost in the pandemic. | According to a report from New China News Agency (Xinhua), "President Xi Jinping led the national mourning, which paid tribute to martyrs who sacrificed their lives fighting the outbreak and fellow Chinese who died." Xi also serves as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China. | In addition to public mourning ceremonies, the report stated "Subway trains in big cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, briefly suspended operations. Passengers stood up in subway cars. Stat…

Antonio Martins (2020-04-05). Citizen's Income and the reinvention of money. zcomm.org The pandemic is forcing governments all over the world to break taboos, create money and distribute it among the population. What this reveals about the nature of currency and how societies can use the breach to overcome the iron logic of capital…

RT (2020-04-05). 'Profound lack of human decency': Oliver Stone tears into US govt over Iran & Venezuela sanctions amid Covid-19 crisis. rt.com The United States government has revealed its contempt for human compassion and global solidarity by refusing to lift draconian sanctions on Iran and Venezuela during the Covid-19 crisis, director Oliver Stone has argued. | Iran has suffered immensely from the virus, Stone noted in an op-ed published by the New York Daily News, but due to US sanctions the Islamic Republic is "reportedly the only country in the world that cannot buy medicines needed to fight the pandemic." | The outspoken Hollywood legend similarly condemned Washington's decision to maintain — and in some cases, increase — its economi…

RT (2020-04-05). Easier said than done? Trump says major US leagues 'have to get back' but Covid-19 carnage could mean long waiting game. rt.com US President Donald Trump says that the nation's various sports leagues could resume by the end of the summer but experts warn that any such move could come in direct contrast to coronavirus safety measures. | The US has joined the majority of the rest of the world in shutting down practically all sporting events in the country indefinitely as surge they past 300,000 cases of Covid-19, but with the Trump administration apparently keen to return to a state of 'business as usual' they have signposted a resumption of sports in time for the kick-off of the NFL season in early September as a target. | The NBA, whic…

RT (2020-04-05). 'What do you have to lose?' Trump touts anti-malaria drug as Covid-19 cure, urges India to lift export ban. rt.com Praising the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a potential cure for Covid-19 and claiming he would take a pill himself, if infected, US President Donald Trump has urged Indian PM Narendra Modi to lift a ban on its exports. | The federal government has already accumulated some 29 million doses of hydroxychloroquine in its national stockpiles, and is seeking to acquire more, even though the drug's effectiveness against Covid-19 is still being tested and remains questionable. | "After a call today with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is giving serious consideration to releasing the hold it put on…

RT (2020-04-05). UK ministers 'no longer discounting' theory that Covid-19 leaked from Wuhan lab — report. rt.com Senior members of the UK government have become less skeptical of the fringe theory that the coronavirus pandemic came from a lab in Wuhan, China, the original epicenter of the outbreak, high-ranked sources told the Daily Mail. | A member of Cobra, the emergency committee led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, told the papaer that while it's still believed that the virus originated from animals, intelligence reports have not ruled out the possibility that the deadly illness was man-made. | "There is a credible alternative view [to the zoonotic theory] based on the nature of the virus. Perhaps it is no coincidenc…

RT (2020-04-05). 'Social distancing breach': Man City set to punish Kyle Walker over 'lockdown sex party' with call girls. rt.com Manchester City have confirmed they are investigating reports that defender Kyle Walker paid two call girls to visit his home last week for a "sex party" despite coronavirus lockdown advice being in place in the UK. | Walker, 29, is Just hou…

RT (2020-04-05). Scottish health chief RESIGNS after police tells her off for breaking Covid-19 lockdown rules. rt.com Dr Catherine Calderwood is stepping down from…

RT (2020-04-05). Foul-mouthed JESUS arrested in Moscow for violating self-isolation rules, becomes instant meme fodder online. rt.com Saying harsh things to police when you think you're being unlawfully detained may be understandable… but not when your name is Jesus. The internet has gone crazy over a bizarre Covid-19 arrest made by the Moscow police. | A man walking his dog in the centre of the capital — an activity allowed, within 100 metres of home, despite the coronavirus-related near-total lockdown — was arrested in broad daylight. He was then put in a police van and driven to the station as his scared pooch remained alone in the street. | Adding to the drama, the incident took place at Moscow's prestigious Patriarch's Ponds…

RT (2020-04-05). Covid-19 cases in Moscow near 4,000 as mayor says residents are at 'HIGHEST RISK' compared to other regions. rt.com Moscow has over 500 new coronavirus cases, with the total number of infections in the capital approaching 4,000. The city's mayor has warned that residents remain at risk and that's why tough measures are still needed. | The Russian capital registered 536 new infections on Sunday, increasing the city's total case count to 3,893, according to official figures. The latest data lists 5,389 cases nationwide, resulting in 45 deaths. | Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said on Sunday that Moscow is at "highest risk" because of the number of people that have have traveled through the city or returned from abroad. The large numbe…

RT (2020-04-05). Magic bullet for Covid-19? Scientists look to century-old plasma treatment, but there are some big 'BUTS'. rt.com As the world seeks a Covid-19 panacea, treating patients with plasma harvested from those who have recovered from the virus is being touted as a possible cure — but big challenges still remain, scientists say. | It's been months since the novel coronavirus started to rage across China, spilling over to other countries and infecting more than a million people around the world, but there is still no clinically tested vaccine or medication. However, one possible treatment that has been around for over a century is attracting attention, with some scientists suggesting it could be a game-changer — provid…

RT (2020-04-05). 'Low-risk' businesses in Iran will start operating within a week, Rouhani says. rt.com Some commerce and industries in Iran will likely be able to resume activities in a week's time, President Hassan Rouhani has announced, signaling that the Islamic Republic has survived the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic. | "Under the supervision of the Health Ministry, all those low-risk economic activities will resume from Saturday," Rouhani said in a televised meeting. | He added that two-thirds of Iranian government employees will work from their offices starting next weekend, adding that the easing of anti-coronavirus measures does not conflict with the country's health advisories. | Businesses deemed "hig…

RT (2020-04-05). Spanish PM says EU survival is at stake in war against coronavirus as Spain becomes Europe's most infected nation. rt.com As Spain becomes Europe's most infected country, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has sent a forceful message to Brussels, warning that the European Union will fail if it gets its handling of the Covid-19 crisis wrong. | In a piece Sanchez called for solidarity between membe…

RT (2020-04-05). Coronavirus lockdowns shave off almost 30 percent of entire US economy — Moody's. rt.com As stay-at-home orders to battle the coronavirus are effective in most states, the virus-related restrictions have already shed 29 percent of US daily output, Moody's Analytics warns as cited by the Wall Street Journal. | The full scale of economic disaster stemming from almost countrywide closures of businesses in various industries — from entertainment to retail — will not be seen for years. However, the first estimates have already started to emerge, and the picture is quite gloomy. | According to Moody's study, which was carried when 41 states shut down non-essential businesses, California alon…

RT (2020-04-05). Covid-19 hotspot Italy rolls out plan for 'living with the virus' once peak has passed. rt.com Rome is set to cautiously relax some of its lockdown restrictions when the pandemic slows down or stops its spread, while at the same time boosting health services to keep coronavirus at bay. | Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza has outlined a five-step plan to allow his Covid-stricken country to outlast the fatal disease, which has claimed 15,362 lives to date. "There are difficult months ahead. Our task is to create the conditions to live with the virus," he was quoted as saying by La Repubblica newspaper. | Italy, the worst-affected country in Europe in terms of Covid-19 deaths, will exit the nationwi…

RT (2020-04-05). Spain registers fewer than 700 new coronavirus-related deaths as daily fatalities show signs of slowing. rt.com Spain's death toll from Covid-19 has risen by 674 in the last 24 hours, the country's Health Ministry reported, marking fewer deaths than in previous days. The number of newly-confirmed cases has also fallen by around 1,000. | The daily number of registered cases is also showing signs of decline. Cases rose to 130,759 from 124,736 on Sunday — an increase of 6,023 — down from 7,000 new infections the previous day. | New infections grew just five percent over the past day, which is the lowest rise since the health crisis began, El Pais reported. Total deaths stand at 12,418, with daily fatalities decre…

RT (2020-04-05). China's exports of key medical supplies rise to $1.5 BILLION amid global shortage of anti-virus gear. rt.com As the coronavirus landed in Europe and the US, the former epicenter of the outbreak, China, has exported to other countries medical supplies worth $1.45 billion (10.2 billion yuan) to battle the deadly pandemic. | The key supplies, including billions of masks, millions of protection suits and infrared temperature detectors, as well as 16,000 units of ventilators, were sent overseas in one month from March 1 to April 4, the country's General Administration of Customs announced on Sunday. | According to Chinese Ministry of Commerce, exports of medical supplies have been increasing and the government is not goin…

RT (2020-04-05). Some good news! Number of people who've RECOVERED from Covid-19 passes quarter of a million. rt.com Perhaps the most under-reported statistic in the entire coronavirus pandemic passed an important milestone on Sunday as 250,000 were marked as having recovered from the illness. | The onward march of the death toll and number of confirmed cases has prompted countless hours of media coverage, as the virus spread around the globe. However, the number of people who are officially recorded as having recovered from the disease receives far less attention. | The important stat climbed past the quarter of a million barrier (to 252,478) on Sunday, as more than 20 percent of confirmed carriers of the virus have officia…

RT (2020-04-05). Covid-19 cases in Moscow near 4,000 as mayor says capital is country's 'HIGHEST RISK' region. rt.com Moscow's mayor has warned that the growing number of coronavirus infections in the city means tough self-isolation measures are still needed. The capital reported more than 500 new cases on Sunday from a national total of 658. | It means the overall number of confirmed infections in the capital is now 3,893, up by 536, and more than two-thirds of Russia's nationwide tally of 5,389, according to official figures. Authorities have recorded 45 deaths. | Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said on Sunday that Moscow is considered to be at the "highest risk" because of the number of people that have have traveled through the cit…

RT (2020-04-05). Scottish medical chief WITHDRAWN from briefings after flouting lockdown rules to visit holiday home. rt.com Scotland's chief medical officer will no longer attend press briefings after coming under fire for twice flouting the UK's lockdown rules in order to visit her holiday home on the coast. | Dr Catherine Calderwood was publicly imploring Scots to adhere to the 'stay at home' measures, while privately she was travelling to the east coast of Scotland to visit her second home at weekends. | The medical chief was photographed with her family near a coastal retreat in Earlsferry and the images were published in The Scottish Sun late on Saturday. | EXCLUSIVE: Fury as Scots chief medic flouts own coronavirus lockdown r…

RT (2020-04-05). Market speculations, not real demand, sank Russian oil to 20-year lows. rt.com The swings in the oil market are mainly caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the lack of a deal between the OPEC and major exporters of crude. However, some analysts believe that there are more factors behind the market rout. | The price for Russian Urals oil blend fell to $10.54 per barrel (CIF Rotterdam) on April 2, the weakest level since March 1999. Despite having managed to rebound since then, the rally could be short-term and just a reaction to a possible big oil deal, independent economic analyst Narek Avakyan told RT, explaining that demand is still going to fall amid the pandemic and worldwide boost…

RT (2020-04-05). 'Better days will return': Queen Elizabeth compares Covid-19 fight to WWII, but reassures Brits, as coronavirus deaths near 5,000. rt.com Adapting her wartime message for the present, Queen Elizabeth II has assured the UK that by remaining "united and resolute" it will beat the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, the virus claimed another 621 lives overnight. | In what was only her fourth special broadcast since her coronation in 1953, the queen thanked healthcare workers "who selflessly continue their day-to-day duties outside the home in support of us all." | Her Majesty The Queen addresses the UK and the Commonwealth in a special broadcast recorded at Windsor Castle.

RT (2020-04-05). 'We will WHIP YOU': Police employ no-nonsense measures to force Covid-19 lawbreakers to self-isolate in Zambia (VIDEO). rt.com Some people just don't get it when it comes to bans on partying and loitering amid the Covid-19 pandemic — you've certainly heard of this type in your country. Zambia's police just found a "creative" way to force them to comply.

RT (2020-04-05). TIGER tests positive for Covid-19 as 5 more big cats develop 'dry cough' at Bronx Zoo. rt.com Bronx Zoo has announced that one of their big cats tested positive for Covid-19, apparently infected by a caretaker. Three other tigers and three lions developed a dry cough, but are expected to recover. | "Our cats were infected by a person caring for them who was asymptomatically infected with the virus or before that person developed symptoms," the Wildlife Conservation Society, which manages the zoo, said in a statement. | We tested the cat out of an abundance of caution and will ensure any knowledge we gain about COVID-19 will contribute to the world's continuing understanding of this novel coronavirus.

RT (2020-04-05). Saudi stocks open higher as deal to save oil market looms. rt.com The main stock index of Saudi bourse rose nearly two percent despite a delay in talks between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and major oil producers. | The Saudi Tadawul market lost some gains less than one hour after the trading week started in the Gulf states on Sunday, but was still up around half a percent. | Stock in other countries in the region were mixed, with the premier index of Boursa Kuwait gaining around one percent, and the Bahrain stock market was also slightly up. Stock markets in both Qatar and Oman were slightly down, losing around 0.1 percent each. | Also on rt.

RT (2020-04-05). Trump brandishes tariff stick at 'illegal OPEC cartel' & vows to do 'whatever it takes' (but no US oil cuts!). rt.com Calling on Russia and Saudi Arabia to urgently resolve the global oil output crisis, President Donald Trump said he will do whatever it takes — except for cutting the US' own oil production, apparently — to protect American jobs. | "I will do whatever it takes to protect US oil jobs," Trump told reporters at a daily Covid-19 task force press briefing. "We are the number one producer in the world right now… I am a big believer in our great energy business, and we are going to take care of our energy business." | If I have to level tariffs on all imported oil coming into this country, I will. | "I'

RT (2020-04-05). Not quite piracy? Berlin senator CORRECTS story of US 'snatching' Germany-bound masks. rt.com A Berlin senator who accused the US of "piracy" by diverting a shipment of protective masks bound for the German capital has backtracked, and now says that no American firm was involved in the mix-up. But the masks remain missing. | According to Berlin's Senator for the Interior, Andreas Geisel, a shipment of protective masks left a 3M factory in China last week and arrived in Bangkok, Thailand, from where they were due to be shipped to Berlin's police force. However, the masks never arrived. | Geisel claimed on Friday that they had been rerouted by 3M to the US, after President Donald Trump threatened the Ame…

Al Jazeera (2020-04-05). Mehdi Hassan Interviews Professor Marandi About Iran's Response to COVID-19. iranian.com According to official figures, at least six people die every hour in Iran from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The Islamic republic has become one of the world's coronavirus epicentres, with the death toll surpassing 3,000 this week and the number of cases topping 50,000. As the virus spreads in Iran, the government …

IRNA (2020-04-05). Iran to produce 4 million face masks daily. iranian.com As the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, Iran is to increase its production of protective face masks to 4 million a day in coming weeks, according to the Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Reza Rahmani. Iran's daily capacity for production of face mask was about to 700,000 before the outbreak of the …

sputniknews (2020-04-05). Desperate Times Require Innovative Measures: Hotel Owner Opens Sex Doll Brothel Amid COVID-19 Crisis. sputniknews.com The coronavirus outbreak that has affected more than one million people, has also resulted in a huge economic slowdown. Many countries have introduced measures to help small and medium business to weather the crisis, but one businesswoman has decided to take the matter into her own hands.

sputniknews (2020-04-05). Flying in Coronavirus' Face: Jobless Thai Sex Workers Forced to Comb Streets for Clients – Report. sputniknews.com Among those Thais, who have lost their jobs due to the worsening epidemic, not everyone can afford to stay in, with concerns rising that the government's compensation scheme will exclude those who have hitherto not been formally registered as employed – sex workers, for instance.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-04-05). 'This President Has Blood on His Hands': Trump Again Urges Public to Take Anti-Malaria Drug for Coronavirus, Despite Reports of Danger. commondreams.org The nation's top expert on infectious diseases was forced once again on Sunday to negate President Donald Trump's latest claim that an anti-malaria drug can treat coronavirus, which the president made at his Saturday evening press conference. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-04-05). US Government's Handling of Coronavirus Crisis Has Likely Led to Severe Undercounting of Deaths, Public Health Officials Say. commondreams.org Decision-making by the U.S. government early on during the coronavirus outbreak has likely led to the country severely undercounting the number of deaths from the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, according to public health experts. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-04-05). 'Reckless': Chaos Expected in Tuesday's Elections After Wisconsin Republicans Refuse to Cancel In-Person Voting. commondreams.org Despite warnings from public health experts and legal challenges by voting rights groups, the Democratic primary and state and local elections are set to go forward on Tuesday after Republican state legislators refused to take up a proposal to cancel most in-person voting in light of the coronavirus pandemic. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

The Canary (2020-04-05). Colleagues pay tribute to NHS staff who have died during Covid-19 crisis. thecanary.co Tributes have flooded in for NHS staff known to have died after contracting Covid-19.Two nurses — both young mothers — five doctors and two healthcare assistants have contracted the coronavirus and died since the start of the outbreak.Nurse Areema Nasreen, 36, died just after midnight on April 2 in intensive care at Walsall Manor Hospital in the West Midlands — the hospital where she had worked for 16 years. | Richard Beeken, chief executive of Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, paid tribute to her, saying: "Any death is devastating but losing one of our own is beyond words."He said Nasreen had started…

The Canary (2020-04-05). 'I'm only a van driver,' says one man on the front line, 'but everyone's going above and beyond'. thecanary.co As a delivery driver for the NHS, Dave Holt is experiencing the most intense working conditions of his professional life.In the first of a series of profiles looking at workers on the front line of the battle against Covid-19 in the UK, the 49-year-old from Farnborough tells the PA news agency what life is like right now.What was a normal working day like before coronavirus?: I work for Berkshire Surrey Pathology Services. We serve all the surgeries around the South East of England. All the pathology departments of these hospitals work together. We go out and collect specimens, drop off mail, absolutely an…

The Canary (2020-04-05). Tory incompetence revealed as Hancock admits NHS may not hit ventilator target before virus peak. thecanary.co The health secretary has said the government is on track to meet its goal of ventilator capacity for 18,000 patients. However, he also admitted that may not be in place before the expected peak of the virus.Matt Hancock said the virus is expected to peak within a week to 10 days but said the ventilator capacity will likely be below 18,000 by then.He defended the government's handling of the outbreak and said the army is now helping to get personal protective equipment (PPE) to the NHS front line.He also said now is "not the time" to be discussing a pay rise for nurses, but said he was "sympathetic" to calls for t…

John Lee (2020-04-05). How Deadly Is the Coronavirus? It's Still Far from Clear. globalresearch.ca In announcing the most far-reaching restrictions on personal freedom in the history of our nation, Boris Johnson resolutely followed the scientific advice that he had been given. The advisers to the government seem calm and collected, with a solid consensus …

teleSUR (2020-04-05). UK PM Admitted to Hospital Over COVID-19 Symptoms. telesurenglish.net The United Kingdom's Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted Sunday to the hospital for further tests and as a "precautionary step," 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19, the British government announced. | RELATED: | "On the advice of his doctor, the prime minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests," a Downing Street spokeswoman said, adding that "this is a precautionary step, as the prime minis…

South Front (2020-04-05). Video: Syrian Soldiers Killed in Turkish Strikes in Idlib. Kurdish Rebels Attack Turkish Proxies in Afrin. globalresearch.ca The Afrin Liberation Forces carried out a series of attacks on Turkish-backed militants in northern Aleppo. According to the group, its fighters stormed positions of Turkish proxies near Omra killing three of them on March 26. On April 1, the …

ICFA (2020-04-05). Angola 3 Newsletter: DECARCERATE!!!! indybay.org We dedicate this newsletter to the men, women and children in detention centers, jails and prisons, where they are unable to social distance or sanitize–leaving them to anxiously wait for the virus to take hold in their facilities. Please encourage your local governments to take action before the virus hits.

Robert Norse & Keith McHenry (2020-04-05). Correcting the Sentinel's Latest Errors. indybay.org Food Not Bombs activist Keith McHenry corrects errors, omissions, and distoertions in Sentinel writer Jessica York's recent story "Santa Cruz County launches joint homelessness task force in coronavirus pandemic; Food Not Bombs expands food distribution" (4 PM, April 4th) at www.santacruzsentinel.com/2020/04/04/san… .

Robert Norse (2020-04-05). Updates from Santa Cruz's Struggling Benchlands Meal & Santa Barbara's Peter Marin. indybay.org Santa Barbara activist Peter Marin blasts Santa Barbara's "Let 'Em Die: " Lack of Services. Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs activist Keith McHenry Calls for More Volunteers, Warns Local Authorities Violate CDC Safeguards for Those Outside…

MoveOn.org, Veterans For Peace, others (2020-04-05). Webinar: Racial Justice has no Borders: War & Militarization in the time of Pandemic. indybay.org Online (go to link below)…

Oakland Rent Strike (2020-04-05). We're Not Paying Rent: Here's Why. indybay.org While there has long been a housing crisis in Oakland — and throughout California— COVID-19 makes the issue particularly dire because so many people are out of work and people are being told to stay at home to combat the spread of the virus.

capitalism is the virus (2020-04-05). Oakland Rent Strike: Food Not Rent. indybay.org An organized group of tenants in Oakland are beginning a rent strike. We call on others to join us.

Lynda Carson (2020-04-05). California Apartment Association is afraid of coronavirus rent strikes. indybay.org With millions in California losing their jobs, income, food, and healthcare, while being ordered to shelter-in-place as a result of the coronavirus pandemic spreading across the state and the nation, it seems reasonable to many that a rent strike not only seems feasible, but necessary.

Dan Bacher (2020-04-05). California regulators approve new fracking permits during COVID-19 epidemic. indybay.org The increase in oil and gas drilling permits in recent years, including fracking operations — and fact that California has no health and safety setbacks like many other states do — is a result of the millions of dollars every year that WSPA and oil companies spend every year on lobbying state officials, including the Governor's Office and state regulatory agencies, as well as the many millions spent by the oil industry on campaign contributions to politicians and campaign committees.

The Commonwealth Club (2020-04-05). Livestream: Democracy and COVID-19: What Happens Next? indybay.org Online via livestream…

COVID-19 Safety for All (2020-04-05). Oakland & Alameda County: Call Now to Demand Housing for Our Unsheltered Neighbors. indybay.org Alameda County and the City of Oakland have millions of dollars in emergency funds available for COVID-19 relief efforts, yet they have NOT provided the emergency housing needed for the thousands of homeless residents residing in our communities.

Michael Harris (2020-04-05). Toward A Complete Dr. Martin Luther King Legacy. indybay.org MLK Library Sacramento | 24th Street Bypass | Sacramento, CA. 95822…

Brian Terrell (2020-04-05). Remembering MLK, Jr. on the Anniversary of his Murder in a Pandemic Year. zcomm.org "I am convinced that if we are to get on to the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values"

Margaret Kimberley (2020-04-05). COVID-19 and Black Workers. commondreams.org The gross inequalities and declining standards of life in the US are magnified by the corona crisis, pushing already marginalized populations to the brink.

Jill Richardson (2020-04-05). Efficiency vs. Resilience. commondreams.org "Your grocery store probably did not have a warehouse full of toilet paper backstock sitting around somewhere when their customers bought out their entire supply. It would be expensive and inefficient to keep a huge supply of toilet paper on hand in the unlikely chance it would ever be needed."

Robert Freeman (2020-04-05). Will the Media Help Elect Trump? Again? commondreams.org In the 2016 election the media gave more than $2 billion of free publicity to Donald Trump. It was voyeurism of his biting-off-the-heads-of-chickens campaign style. The nation had never seen anything like it, and it was, regrettably, newsworthy.

sputniknews (2020-04-05). Increase in Oil Output Will Lead to Very Low Oil Prices, Not Benefit Any Country – Kremlin. sputniknews.com Following the OPEC+ deal falling apart Saudi Arabia ramped up its oil production and started offering its crude to European buyers at a significant discount. This pushed the price of black gold down further after already suffering a decline due to coronavirus pandemic-induced quarantines.

sputniknews (2020-04-05). Putin to Cut Down Personal Contacts, Work Remotely for at Least Another Week — Kremlin. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin will continue working remotely for at least another week, especially in light of the recent infection of a Moscow coronavirus hospital chief with COVID-19, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday.

yenisafak (2020-04-05). Kremlin says Russia committed to constructive talks on oil. yenisafak.com Russia wants constructive talks on the situation in the oil market and sees no alternative to dialogue, Interfax news agency cited Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on Sunday."Russia was not in favour of terminating the OPEC+ deal. President (Vladimir) Putin and Russia are committed to a constructive negotiation process, which does not have an alternative for stabilising the international energy market," Peskov said.

sputniknews (2020-04-05). Russia Didn't Support Termination of OPEC+ Deal, Putin Eager to Have Constructive Talks – Kremlin. sputniknews.com The day before, it was reported that the main participants in the OPEC+ group supported the idea of meeting on 6 April to discuss cutting oil production.

sputniknews (2020-04-05). Scotland's Chief Medical Officer Snapped Breaking Lockdown, Visiting Second Home. sputniknews.com Calderwood has repeatedly stressed residents of Scotland should adhere to government advice and restrictions, and suggested it look ever-less likely holidays would take place this year as they have done previously.

sputniknews (2020-04-05). 'Very Fire!' Fans Ecstatic as 'Braless' Bella Thorne Sings Unreleased Ballad on Instagram. sputniknews.com Earlier this week, Bella Thorne had teased she intended to share some unreleased music on social media as she quarantines in her California home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

sputniknews (2020-04-05). Live From Paris as Self-Isolation Regime Continues Amid COVID-19 Pandemic – Video. sputniknews.com In late March, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe extended the coronavirus lockdown in the country until 15 April amid the global pandemic.

sputniknews (2020-04-05). Russia Confirms 658 New Coronavirus Cases in 24 Hours Bringing Total to 5,389. sputniknews.com The country previously went had a paid week off, as Russian President Vladimir Putin urged people to stay at home to curb the coronavirus pandemic, also introducing travel bans and boosting the healthcare system.

sputniknews (2020-04-05). Love in the Time of Coronavirus: Couples Wear Face Masks Over COVID-19 Fears. sputniknews.com The World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March. To date, more than 1,213,900 people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 65,600 fatalities, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre.

sputniknews (2020-04-05). 'Russian Threat' on Hold as Battle With COVID-19 Sets New Priorities for NATO, West. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – As the world is battling the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, Russia's alleged threat seems to be put on hold by NATO and the West and is no longer viewed as imminent, experts said, noting that the common fight against the virus may improve — at least at the time of the pandemic – ties between the sides.

sputniknews (2020-04-05). UK Health Secretary: Follow Coronavirus Lockdown or Exercise Will Be Banned. sputniknews.com The UK's second weekend in lockdown is predicted to be the country's warmest in six months, drawing many Britons to streets and parks to bask in the light and heat – but if their conduct amounts to breaches in isolation guidance, restrictions on outdoor movement could be severely curtailed.

sputniknews (2020-04-05). UN Facing 'Dire' Liquidity Meltdown Due to Coronavirus Crisis. sputniknews.com On Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres cautioned that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic's economic impact may "bring a recession that probably has no parallel in the recent past".

sputniknews (2020-04-05). Absolutely Unrelated: Scientists Bust Myths That 5G Equipment Helps to Spread Coronavirus. sputniknews.com Bizarre 5G conspiracy theories have already led to a series of arsons that damaged or destroyed top telecom equipment. These theories are in line with other similar claims about alleged harm the new technology could pose to the human body.

sputniknews (2020-04-05). Live From Berlin Park as Self-Isolation Regime Continues Amid COVID-19 Pandemic – Video. sputniknews.com In late March, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced strict coronavirus measures for at least two weeks, including a ban on more than two people meeting and the closure of all non-essential businesses.

sputniknews (2020-04-05). Watch Hospital for Infectious Diseases Under Construction Catch Fire in Moscow. sputniknews.com With the COVID-19 pandemic showing no signs of abating, governments have been taking emergency measures to stop the spread of the infection. According to the World Health Organisation, the number of confirmed cases globally has exceeded one million with over 58,000 deaths.

sputniknews (2020-04-05). Russia to Create System to Identify Citizens Who Return From Abroad to Curb Spread of COVID-19. sputniknews.com The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Russia has grown to 5,389 after 658 new cases were registered over the past day, the COVID-19 response centre said in a statement on Sunday.

sputniknews (2020-04-05). Indian Netizens Call on Modi to 'Save Doctors' Amid Reported Attacks on Medics, Gear Shortage. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): As COVID-19 positive cases soared to 445 on Saturday in Delhi, state chief Arvind Kejriwal criticised the federal government for allegedly not paying attention to the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the city's hospitals.

sputniknews (2020-04-05). Robbie Williams Opens Up About Having COVID-19 Symptoms During 3-Week-Isolation. sputniknews.com The English singer-songwriter and former Take That vocalist has shared with The Sun that he felt "lethargic, tired and heavy" in isolation.

sputniknews (2020-04-05). 'Gold Bugs' Smug as Precious Metal Set to Thrive Amid COVID-19 Pandemic in 'Financial Apocalypse'. sputniknews.com For years, "gold bugs" – investors encouraging buying precious metals at low prices as a hedge against future global economic risks, were shunned amidst consistently rallying global equities markets.

sputniknews (2020-04-05). New Labour Head Sir Keir Starmer Claims Johnson Made 'Serious Mistakes' in Dealing With Corona Woes. sputniknews.com Sir Keir Starmer assumes the Labour leadership, taking over from Jeremy Corbyn, at a really challenging time, as the whole world is struggling to stamp out an infectious disease and the tremendous economic fallout of what the WHO declared a pandemic last month.

yenisafak (2020-04-05). Coronavirus deaths in Netherlands rise by 115 to 1,766. yenisafak.com The number of deaths caused by the new coronavirus in the Netherlands has increased by 115 to 1,766, health authorities said on Sunday.Confirmed infections increased by 1,224 to 17,851, the Dutch Institute for Public Health said.

yenisafak (2020-04-05). Bangladesh: Online entertainment option in unusual quarantine. yenisafak.com Bangladesh is in the middle of a 17-day countrywide lockdown to halt the spread of novel coronavirus.The government took precautionary and protective measures, including air, road and railway restrictions and deployed army troops to maintain social distance after officials confirmed the first three cases of COVID-19 on March 8.Like other nations, the government and private sector, except emergency services workers, have stay-at-home orders and must maintain a self-quarantine.Sajidul Islam Sojol, who teaches the Art of Living at Daffodil International University in Dhaka, gave a picture to Anadolu Agency about how…

yenisafak (2020-04-05). Russia registers 658 new cases, coronavirus tally rises to 5,389. yenisafak.com The novel coronavirus has infected 658 more people in Russia, bringing the total to 5,389 over the last 24 hours, the country's authorities said on Sunday.The death toll rose to 45 as the infection claimed two more lives since yesterday, an emergency team said in a statement.More than half of the patients are under the age of 45.Since appearing in Wuhan, China, last December, coronavirus has spread to at least 181 countries and regions, according to figures compiled by the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.The data shows more than 1.2 million cases have been reported worldwide, with the global death toll above…

yenisafak (2020-04-05). It's April in Paris, but French told to stay indoors. yenisafak.com Parisians have been warned not to succumb to the tempting sunny spring weather and to remain indoors to help fight the spread of the coronavirus that has killed 7,560 in France.France, like other countries, has confined its residents to home since March 17 to curb the spread of the virus. The measures have been extended until April 15, and are likely to be extended again.Several guests on Sunday televisions shows, including doctors, were alarmed by images of many Parisians out and about along the banks of the river Seine and on car-less streets and sidewalks, jogging, strolling and enjoying the sunny weather."Whe…

yenisafak (2020-04-05). Germany's coronavirus death toll climbs to 1,446. yenisafak.com The death toll from coronavirus in Germany has climbed to 1,446 on Sunday, according to figures released by local authorities.Data analysis firm Risklayer and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, which compiled real-time figures from nearly 400 local health authorities, reported 169 new deaths over the past 24 hours.With 5,024 new cases, the number of people infected with the virus increased to 96,108 in the country.More than 26,400 people were reported to have recovered from the virus.Despite the slowing trend in new coronavirus infections, which remained below 6,200 for more than a week, the country recorded on S…

yenisafak (2020-04-05). Coronavirus tally rises in several Arab countries. yenisafak.com Health authorities in several Arab countries confirmed new cases and deaths from the novel coronavirus on Sunday.The Lebanese Health Ministry recorded a new fatality, raising the death toll to 18, while seven people tested positive for the virus, bringing the total to 527.In Morocco, the Health Ministry said the death toll has risen to 66 after seven deaths were recorded.The number of confirmed cases climbed to 960 with another 41 cases recorded.In Iraq, health authorities recorded one death, bringing the death toll to 57, and a total of 908 cases after 18 more cases were confirmed.The Palestinian government, for…

yenisafak (2020-04-05). Moroccan king pardons 5,000 prisoners amid COVID-19. yenisafak.com Moroccan King Mohammed VI on Sunday pardoned 5,645 prisoners in preventive measures against coronavirus, the Justice Ministry said in a statement. | The monarch called for "taking all necessary measures to strengthen the protection of inmates and correctional institutions [concerned with minor prisoners under 18 years old] from the spread of coronavirus." | "Due to the exceptional circumstances associated with the situation of health emergency and the imposed precautions to take, this process will be implemented in a gradual manner," the statement said. | On Saturday, the Moroccan Ministry of Health said that the…

yenisafak (2020-04-05). Turkish Cargo maintains operations for healthier world. yenisafak.com Turkish Cargo, a division of Turkey's national flag carrier Turkish Airlines, has planned 155 flights per week for cargo freighters and 60 flights per week for passenger aircraft that are being used for cargo operations, departing from Istanbul in April.According to a statement by Turkish Airlines, Turkish Cargo maintains the air bridge built by Turkish Airlines with its cargo operations.The statement emphasized that the new type of coronavirus (COVID-19) brought the entirety of the travel industry nearly to a halt after declaring as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).It is also stressed that over…

yenisafak (2020-04-05). Over 250,000 patients recover from coronavirus globally. yenisafak.com More than 250,000 people have recovered from the novel coronavirus globally, according to the U.S-based Johns Hopkins University. China has the highest number of recovered people with 77,207.Outside of China, the total number of recovered people is 38,080 in Spain, 26,400 in Germany, 20,996 in Italy, 19,736 in Iran, 15,574 in France, 15,021 in the U.S, 6,463 in South Korea, 6,415 in Switzerland, 1,005 in Malaysia, 215 in the U.K, and 786 in Turkey, the university data showed.Since appearing in Wuhan, China, last December, the novel coronavirus has spread to at least 182 countries and regions.The data shows more t…

yenisafak (2020-04-05). Singapore reports 120 new coronavirus cases in record daily jump. yenisafak.com Singapore's health ministry on Sunday confirmed 120 more coronavirus cases, the most new infections reported in a single day for the city-state.The number of new cases is a 60% increase over the 75 reported on Saturday, which was the previous biggest rise. Singapore has reported a total of 1,309 infections and suffered six deaths from the global pandemic.

yenisafak (2020-04-05). Prominent Hezbollah commander killed in Lebanon. yenisafak.com A prominent Hezbollah commander, Muhammad Ali Yunis, was killed by unknown gunmen on Sunday morning in southern Lebanon, Iranian and Lebanese media reported.The Iranian semi-official Fars news agency reported that the slain commander was "responsible for tracking spies and collaborators".It also said that so far there is "no additional information on how he was killed".Some Lebanese media outlets close to the Hezbollah group said that Yunis was pursuing a suspect when he was ambushed by three cars in the Zoutar area.Opposition Lebanese media said Israeli intelligence agency Mossad is behind the assassination.No…

yenisafak (2020-04-05). Muslim bloc rejects India's new law in Kashmir. yenisafak.com The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) rejected the new laws introduced by the Indian government in Jammu and Kashmir, saying it could change the Muslim-majority region's demographics.In a statement, issued late Saturday from its headquarters in Jeddah, the Muslim body expressed its deep concern over the adoption of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Order 2020."The introduction of this new law governing domiciles further compounds the already dire situation at the disputed territory since the unilateral removal on 5 August 2019 of the special status accorded to it under the Constitution," said the state…

Kathy Kelly (2020-04-04). Stop Tightening the Thumb Screws: A Humanitarian Message. zcomm.org One way to help others survive is to insist that the United States lift sanctions against Iran and instead support acts of practical care…

Jessica Corbett (2020-04-04). Millions of Women in Mexico Join "Day Without Us" Strike to Protest Gender-Based Violence. zcomm.org "In Mexico it's like we're in a state of war; we're in a humanitarian crisis because of the quantity of women that have disappeared or been killed"

The Lancet (2020-04-04). [Editorial] COVID-19 will not leave behind refugees and migrants. thelancet.com Never has the "leave no one behind" pledge felt more urgent. As nations around the world implement measures to control the spread of SARS-CoV-2, including lockdowns and restrictions on individuals' movements, they must heed their global commitments. When member states adopted the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, they promised to ensure no one will be left behind. Chief among the world's most vulnerable people are refugees and migrants. The COVID-19 crisis puts these groups at enormous risk.

Vijay Prashad (2020-04-04). Trump sends gun boats to Venezuela while the World partners to fight a deadly pandemic. mronline.org On April's Fools Day, U.S. President Donald Trump gave a press conference where he announced a new "counter-narcotics effort" by U.S. Southern Command. "We're deploying additional Navy destroyers, combat ships, aircrafts and helicopters, Coast Guard cutters…doubling our capabilities in the region," he said…

Emily Apple (2020-04-04). This weekend is our chance to prove we can make a difference to the coronavirus pandemic. thecanary.co The sun is shining and many of us have been cooped up inside for weeks. The urge to get out, see friends, and resume our normal lives is tempting beyond belief. But this weekend is our chance to prove that every single one of us can make a difference in the fight against coronavirus.Invisible enemy: It can be hard fighting an invisible enemy. For those of us who aren't key workers, our fight isn't on the frontline. We're not being called up to the beaches or the battlefield. And in some ways, it would be easier if there was a visible enemy we could fight. It would be easier if it didn't feel like the best…

Eds. (2020-04-04). Western media unlocked: Hypocrisy behind COVID-19 reports. mronline.org Why did apparently stigmatizing names like Chinese virus or Wuhan virus keep making headlines? How have the Western media shaped the narrative of China's response to the novel coronavirus? As the virus continues to wreck havoc, China Daily investigates how the Western version of propaganda plays out in the global battle against coronavirus.

John Smith (2020-04-04). Why coronavirus could spark a capitalist supernova. mronline.org There is no magic money tree — the 'rescue packages' aim to rescue a rotten system, and won't work.

Staff (2020-04-04). It's Impossible to "Distance" in ICE Detention. Doctors Say Free All Detainees. truthout.org René Escobedo González has a cough. He's got a fever and trouble breathing. Eight of the 24 other people in his cell do as well. Locked in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention in the Jefferson County Jail in Texas, the men have asked for medical evaluation — but instead of a COVID-19 test, Escobedo González says they've been given a "pill for pain and sleep." On a call with Truthout, he said the people inside are terrified, and completely unprepared to weather a deadly glob…

Medea Benjamin (2020-04-04). Saudi's Brave Women Pull Back the Curtain on Crown Prince MBS. zcomm.org The bogus trial against Loujain al-Hathloul should compel governments around the world to put more pressure on the Saudis and demand al-Hathloul's immediate and unconditional release…