Daily Archives: March 22, 2020

2020-03-22: News Headlines

Telesur (2020-03-23). Cuba Sends 53 Doctors and Nurses to Fight Covid-19 in Italy. globalresearch.ca Cuban health authorities announced on Thursday that the country will send 53 health professionals to Lombardy, Italy, to help contain the new coronavirus pandemic. | The 53 doctors and nurses have experience in caring for these types of diseases. In 2014, …

John Buell (2020-03-23). Why Americans Should Stop Talking About 'China Flu' and Learn From China. commondreams.org A medical staffmember walks out of an aisle in a hospital in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (Photo: Feature China/Barcroft Media/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Josh Bivens (2020-03-23). The Coronavirus Fiscal Response Should Be as Big as Needed. commondreams.org Red sign hanging at the glass door of a shop saying "Closed due to coronavirus." (Image: Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Sam Pizzigati (2020-03-23). How to Wage War, FDR-Style, on Our Pandemic. commondreams.org President Donald Trump looks on next to Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during a meeting at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland on March 3, 2020. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Joseph Stiglitz (2020-03-22). "Trickle-Down" Economic Plans Not Enough for Coronavirus Challenge. zcomm.org Just a little while ago, people said we couldn't afford this program helping college students with immense debt, or healthcare for everyone. We always could have afforded these things. It was just our prioritization was wrong.

Anya Parampil (2020-03-22). Coronavirus hits US prisons: "thousands face death sentence" thegrayzone.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Dr. Amanda Klonsky, the chief program officer at a prison education organization, about…

Wang Fuhua (2020-03-22). 10 Questions for the U.S.: Where Did the Novel Coronavirus Come From? globalresearch.ca Given that some major U.S. media and politicians made groundless claims that the novel coronavirus originates in China, blamed and slandered China, even asked for an apology from China, I am presenting below 10 questions I have every reason to …

Nick Turse (2020-03-22). Italy's Coronavirus Nightmare Could Happen in U.S. Within Days or Weeks. zcomm.org "Right now, the major concern that I have, and that other public health experts have, is the risk of outstripping health care capacity"

Barbara Ehrenreich (2020-03-22). Barbara Ehrenreich Is Not an Optimist, but She Has Hope for the Future. zcomm.org Interview about class, reporting, the coronavirus, and socialism…

teleSUR (2020-03-22). Israel's Palestinian Inmates to Hunger Strike Due to COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Palestinians detained in Israel threatened to start an indefinite hunger strike to protest Israel's response to the coronavirus pandemic including a ban on meeting attorneys, absence of preventive measures, and refusal of protection gear, Haaretz reported Sunday. | RELATED: | Prisoners affiliated with Hamas, the group governing Gaza, returned their breakfast and lunches Thursday, and others affiliated with Fatah, the faction tha…

teleSUR (2020-03-22). US Urged to Release Detainees at ICE Centers as Virus Spreads. telesurenglish.net Legal rights groups RAICES, Rapid Defense Network, and ALDEA-The People's Justice Center filed an emergency lawsuit on behalf of families and children detained by the United States (U.S.) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to demand their immediate release as the new coronavirus is fast-spreading across the country. | RELATED: | The organizations said Saturday in a press release that all the migrant detention cen…

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-22). US Senators Dump Stocks with COVID-19 "Inside Information" globalresearch.ca Following a closed-door briefing on the threat of spreading COVID-19 infections — before markets began crashing — at least five US senators cashed in based on inside information unavailable to the public. | The quintet includes Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard …

The Canary (2020-03-22). Calls rise to ban self-isolaters retreating to Wales and other rural parts of the UK. thecanary.co Self-isolaters should be banned from travelling to rural parts of Wales during the coronavirus crisis, according to a Plaid Cymru politician.Party leader Adam Price has written to first minister Mark Drakeford demanding he stops people travelling to caravan parks, second homes and tourist accommodation across the country.He said there are concerns about an influx of people into rural communities — putting even more pressure on local health and social care services. | I've just sent an urgent letter to

Afroze Fatima Zaidi (2020-03-22). Selfish, reckless members of the British public are still rejecting social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. thecanary.co On 20 March, the prime minister finally As the pandemic grows, containing the spread of the virus is key. That's why social distancing is so essential. Having people together in close spaces becomes a catalyst for the virus to spread. However, a lot of people seem to still be oblivious to the…

teleSUR (2020-03-22). Taliban-Afghan Gov't Skype Call Revives Hopes of Peace Process. telesurenglish.net Afghanistan's Taliban and the current government held a "virtual" meeting on prisoner releases Sunday, officials reported, breathing life back into the nascent peace process. | RELATED: | The two sides spoke for over two hours in a Skype meeting facilitated by the United States and Qatar, officials said. | "Prisoner releases by both sides is an important step in the peace process, as stated in the U.S.-Taliban agree…

teleSUR (2020-03-22). Prison Protests Due to Overcrowding Ends in 23 Dead, 83 Wounded. telesurenglish.net At least 23 prisoners died and 83 were wounded in the La Modelo Prison in Bogotá during the riots last night, the Colombian Ministry of Justice reported on Sunday. According to the Ministry, several prisoners protested the overcrowding of these facilities amid fears of the coronavirus spreading. | RELATED: | "The result of the escape attempt in La Modelo was 23 dead and 83 wounded, of which 32 are in hospital centers,"

teleSUR (2020-03-22). Death Toll From Coronavirus Rises to 50 in Latin America. telesurenglish.net On Sunday, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic had left at least 50 people dead in Latin America, with Brazil reporting the highest death toll among all countries. | RELATED: | Since the confirmation of the first case of the coronavirus in Brazil, several Latin American governments have decreed quarantines and strengthened sanitary measures to prevent the virus from spreading. | In South America, specifically,…

Donna Luca (2020-03-22). Support Change in a Post-COVID-19 World. nationofchange.org The crisis doesn't end when COVID-19 subsides. Help NationofChange create positive progressive change for the future.

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2020-03-22). Rethinking "Commander-in-Chief" in American Leadership in Relation to COVID-19. globalresearch.ca Ask Americans who's commander-in-chief, most will respond: our president. Citizens only think about this just before a presidential election every four years when their final, 'supreme criteria' of U.S. leadership is raised: "Does she or he have it: — namely the …

Kurt Nimmo (2020-03-22). The Lesson of COVID-19. The State has a Monopoly on Coercion and Violence. globalresearch.ca The COVID-19 "pandemic" is primarily designed to empower the ruling elite and further its authoritarian reach. The primary tool is the innate human fear of death and this fear has been greatly magnified by the corporate propaganda media. | For those …

Staff (2020-03-22). Climate Science Deniers Are Also Downplaying COVID-19 Risks. truthout.org On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO)

teleSUR (2020-03-22). Italy's Death Toll Surges to 4,825 From Coronavirus Outbreak. telesurenglish.net Italy reported 6,557 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, raising the total to 53,578 since the pandemic first broke out in its north on Feb. 21, according to the latest data provided by the Civil Protection Department managing the COVID-19 emergency. | RELATED: | Further 793 people died of coronavirus in Italy in the past 24 hours, taking the country's death toll to 4,825. The number of active coronavirus infections…

Nino Pagliccia (2020-03-22). The IMF Abandons Venezuelans to the Threat of the COVID-19 Pandemic on a Political Decision. globalresearch.ca No government that had to bow to the power of a financial institution like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) knows the harsh consequences to which it will have to submit. That includes the Venezuelan government. And yet last March 15 …

Kurt Nimmo (2020-03-22). COVID-19: Welcome to the New Dark Ages. globalresearch.ca The response by the government to COVID-19 will turn America into a third world country in short order. Destroying the economy, throwing millions of people out of work, creating air money and thus inflation, and draconian measures to head off …

Ellen Brown (2020-03-22). Worst Financial Crisis since 1929: The Fed's $1.5 Trillion Stimulus Bill. Long Term Solutions. globalresearch.ca In what is being called

Pascual Serrano (2020-03-22). Cuba in the Time of the Coronavirus. zcomm.org The Cuban government, accustomed to natural disasters, noted that its 2014 legislation determines that when natural, technological and health disasters prevent employees from performing their jobs, workers shall receive their entire salaries for one month and 60% for the rest of the time their work is suspended.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-03-22). Moralising Hoarding, Panic Buying and Coronavirus. globalresearch.ca Hoarding as moral aberration and ethical breach: the term has recently become the subject of scorn in coronavirus chatter. In terms of mental disorders,

Staff (2020-03-22). We Need Testing and Trust — Not Travel Bans, Says Epidemiologist. truthout.org We are all facing the consequences of the Trump administration's many failures in responding to the coronavirus pandemic, from the disastrously low number of tests that have been administered to identify and treat those with the virus to the misleading presidential statements and absence of national leadership in implementing aggressive and timely public health measures for physical distancing aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. | Predictably, Trump and his supporters claim that he is doing a tremendo…

Afroze Fatima Zaidi (2020-03-22). A shocking letter reveals how little this government is doing to protect NHS staff during the coronavirus pandemic. thecanary.co An open Making a desperate NHS England has stated that the…

Badri Raina (2020-03-22). Corona in an Up-and -Down Nation. zcomm.org Corona is a sly assassin In an up—and-down nation. It kills less from partying, More from starvation. Those that rush decrepit trains In afflicted mega cities Have no morsel and no note In their exhausted kitties. They may not the virus feel, But hunger bites so keen That a jaggery bit in a

The Canary (2020-03-22). Self-employed people need immediate help to survive the government is warned. thecanary.co Thousands of sole traders need immediate help to survive the coronavirus crisis as many are seeing their livelihoods "vanish", the government is being warned. | The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said ministers must now ramp up support for the self-employed, following last week's announcement of wages support for workers. | Dr Adam Marshall, director-general of the BCC, said: "Chambers across the UK are hearing from thousands of sole traders, for whom last week's measures offer little reassurance. | "While we understand the complexity involved, there are five million self-employed people who need help similar…

Sonia Shah (2020-03-22). Think Exotic Animals Are to Blame for the Coronavirus? Think Again. zcomm.org Scientists have fingered bats and pangolins as potential sources of the virus, but the real blame lies elsewhere—with human assaults on the environment…

Natalie Shure (2020-03-22). Sanders Is Modeling a Serious Response to Coronavirus. zcomm.org Fumbling Democrats made a huge mistake by shying away from a robust material response to the crisis…

teleSUR (2020-03-22). Cuba Comes to Italy's Aid by Sending Team of Doctors and Nurses. telesurenglish.net The island-nation of Cuba has dispatched a team of doctors and nurses to help Italy combat the coronavirus outbreak that killed over 4,000 people inside the country in the last month. | RELATED: | Cuba announced on Sunday that the team of doctors and nurses to Italy after the worst-affected region, Lombardy, asked the island-nation for immediate assistance in helping them fight the coronavirus. | The Caribbean i…

Staff (2020-03-22). Punitive Measures Worsen the Homelessness Crisis. We Must Guarantee Housing. truthout.org In 1992, Sam Tsemberis, a faculty member at the New York University School of Medicine, founded Pathways Housing First, an innovative New York City program that provides shelter to homeless individuals without preconditions. | "I was frustrated by the continued failure of doing things the old way," Tsemberis told Truthout. "Requiring people to be clean, sober and in treatment for a period of time before providing them with housing was not working." | As he thought about the growing number of ho…

news.un (2020-03-22). World Water Day: Often overlooked, water resources are essential part of solution to climate change. news.un.org On World Water Day, the United Nations launched a flagship report that says reducing both the impacts and drivers of climate change will require major shifts in the way we use and reuse the Earth's limited water resources.

RT (2020-03-22). Germany bans gatherings of more than 2 people in desperate attempt to stop Covid-19. rt.com The German government has resorted to some drastic measures to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. It ordered all gatherings of more than two people be banned for at least two weeks. | Federal and regional authorities have agreed on what they call a "contact ban," which basically prohibits all meetings between people in which more than two persons are involved. Exceptions will be made only for families and people living together in the same households, Chancellor Angela Merkel said. | All restaurants that continue to open should be closed immediately. From now on, they will only be allowed to s…

RT (2020-03-22). Italian Army hauls Covid-19 victims' bodies to lesser-hit regions as medics decide who gets help first in makeshift tents (VIDEOS). rt.com Another Italian Army convoy has been spotted transporting coffins with coronavirus victims' bodies out of its hardest-hit region, Lombardy, as overworked medics set up makeshift triage tents outside of overloaded hospitals. | The military truck convoy left the Bergamo cemetery in broad daylight on Saturday, as authorities announced the highest daily death toll to date of nearly 800 people. The coffins were set to be transported to a crematorium in Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, according to RT's Ruptly, as local morgues in the Lombardy region are incapable of dealing with the growing number of victims. | In the m…

RT (2020-03-22). War-ravaged Syria suffers its FIRST case of Covid-19 — state media. rt.com Syria's health minister has confirmed that the first case of coronavirus, which has already reached pandemic levels, has been reported in the country. | The person person in question came from abroad, it was announced. Meanwhile, Health Minister Nizar al-Yaziji told SANA state news agency that the "necessary measures" have been taken to deal with the case. | Earlier on Sunday, the official said that the nation — suffering from years-long civil war and a terrorist surge — was actively preparing for a potential coronavirus outbreak on its territory. | Medical authorities in Aleppo already established a…

RT (2020-03-22). France's coronavirus death toll surges by 112 to 674. rt.com France saw a major spike in Covid-19 deaths on Sunday as 112 more people were confirmed dead, bringing the total number to 674. Cases of infection sharply increased as well, now standing at 16,018. | Some 7,240 of the infected are hospitalized, including 1.746 in intensive care units. | The global death toll of the coronavirus pandemic has already surpassed 13,000 and over 300,000 of cases have been registered. The epicenter of the epidemic has shifted to Europe, hitting Italy and Spain particularly hard, while China has seemingly managed to get its outbreak under control.

RT (2020-03-22). Moscow metro 'will operate in ANY case scenario, it cannot stop', mayor says amid coronavirus fears. rt.com Despite the coronavirus outbreak, the Moscow government will not shut its most used public transit system, the metro, said the mayor while dismissing the rumors to the contrary as "nonsense and stupidity." | "The metro will work in any situation," Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin told the news channel Rossiya 1. He was responding to online rumors that a total shutdown of the system was imminent to curb the spread of the Covid-19 infection. | Before the pandemic Moscow metro was used daily by some 9 million passengers. Since the Russian capital closed many public venues and advised employers to allow workers do the…

RT (2020-03-22). Rand Paul becomes first US senator to test POSITIVE for coronavirus. rt.com Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for coronavirus and is in quarantine, the Kentucky Republican is the first member of the upper chamber of Congress to contract the virus. | The politician revealed the news on his official Twitter account, announcing that he is "feeling fine" and has not displayed any symptoms of the Covid-19 illness. The Twitter statement said that he was tested "out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events". | Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of cauti…

RT (2020-03-22). Spain's coronavirus death toll SPIKES by nearly 400 as number of cases passes 28,000. rt.com The death toll from the Covid-19 illness in Spain leaped to 1,720 on Sunday, an increase of nearly 400 in just one day, as the number of infected people soared over 28,000. | The Spanish health ministry announced the 30 percent increase in confirmed deaths and revealed that the number of Covid-19 cases in the Iberian country had climbed to 28,572, an increase of over 3,600 from Saturday's 24,926 figure. | The one-day rise in deaths of 394 was notably higher than the previous day's increase of 324. Health officials said that more than 1,000 have died in the area around the capital Madrid and 1,785 people are in…

RT (2020-03-22). Emirates suspends all passenger flights due to Covid-19 pandemic. rt.com One of the world's largest international airlines, Emirates, has announced that it will suspend all of its passenger flights from March 25 and cut wages in half as the world continues to reel from Covid-19. | The company said it will "temporarily suspend passenger operations by 25 March," warning that earlier flights could also be subject to "change at short notice." | The state-owned UAE carrier had already said it was about to suspend some 70 percent of its network and asked staff to go on unpaid leave as the airlines industry suffers one of the worst hits because of the novel coronavirus pandemic that has i…

RT (2020-03-22). Russian world breaststroke champ Efimova keeps fit with quarantine press-ups, delights fans with topless beach snap (PHOTOS). rt.com Russian world champion swimmer Yulia Efimova may be largely confined to home like millions of others around the world during the Covid-19 outbreak but she's at least managing to stay in shape. | Six-time world breaststroke queen Efimova is currently in sun-kissed Hawaii training for the summer Olympics, although like her fellow athletes around the world faces an anxious wait over whether the Games in Tokyo will even go ahead as the Covid-19 chaos rages on. | Likes millions of others, Efimova at least appears to be following the 'stay at home' advice, but that has not stopped her working out. | The Russian s…

RT (2020-03-22). 'They have been LYING from the start,' lawyer tells RT as medics sue French PM, ex-minister over Covid-19 inaction. rt.com French medics are seeking the prosecution of top officials over their allegedly negligent response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Among the evidence is an interview with an ex-health minister, who called government action a masquerade. | Three French medics filed a legal complaint this week against Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and former minister of solidarity and health, Agnes Buzyn. The two senior officials, the complaint alleges, failed to perform their duty and organize a proper response to the coronavirus outbreak, which by now has gripped most of Europe and put France on standstill. | As early as January,…

RT (2020-03-22). It's strange for US to offer help against Covid-19 outbreak after 'accusations' it created the virus — Iran's Khamenei. rt.com Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has said it was not the right time for Iran to reach out for US aid to help it combat the pandemic, citing earlier allegations that the contagion could have been created in America. | "Several times Americans have offered to help Iran to contain the virus … You are accused of creating this virus. I do not know whether it is true, but it is strange that you want to help Iran," Khamenei said in a televised speech on Sunday. | He did not go into the details, saying that it was nonetheless "unwise" to accept American aid, given the circumstances. | The unverified claims that th…

RT (2020-03-22). Covid-19 cases rise to 367 in Russia after 61 more people tested positive for disease. rt.com Health workers recorded 61 new cases of Covid-19 in Russia, bringing their total number to 367, the authorities said on Sunday. | The new patients, 54 of which were identified in Moscow, recently returned from trips to Switzerland, Latvia, the Netherlands, Spain and France. The latter two countries remain among the hardest hit by the ongoing pandemic, with more than 28,000 and 14,000 confirmed cases respectively. | On Friday, the Kremlin denied holding talks on the possibility of placing Moscow on a lockdown. Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said that there are no plans to close the city's busiest public transit s…

RT (2020-03-22). Iconic opera star Placido Domingo tests positive for coronavirus. rt.com Opera superstar Placido Domingo has said he's contracted the dreaded Covid-19 virus, taking a moment to urge his fans to follow basic health guidelines, as the death toll from the pandemic keeps growing. | "I feel it is my moral duty to announce to you that I have tested positive for COVID19, the Corona virus," the singer said on Facebook on Sunday. | Domingo and his family will remain in self isolation "as long as it is deemed medically necessary." | The star got tested for the virus after he "experienced fever and cough symptoms" and the results came back positive. |

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RT (2020-03-22). Olympic chiefs set 4-week deadline to decide on fate of coronavirus-threatened Tokyo 2020 Games. rt.com Tokyo 2020 organizers have set a four-week deadline in which to decide on a potential postponement of the Games, as the Covid-19 outbreak continues to threaten the event. | In a statement on Sunday, International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials said that key stakeholders, including in Japan, would take the next four weeks before making a definitive decison. | "The IOC will, in full coordination and partnership with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Japanese authorities and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, start detailed discussions to complete its assessment of the rapid development of the worldwide…

RT (2020-03-22). Bogota prison riot over coronavirus leaves 23 dead and 83 injured — Colombian justice ministry. rt.com At least 23 people have died and dozens more are injured following a riot over coronavirus in La Modelo prison in the Colombian capital Bogota, the country's justice ministry has said. | Seven prison guards were injured during the outbreak of violence on Saturday night, which took place as prisoner protests over sanitary conditions erupted into bloodshed. Two of the guards are in a critical condition, Minister of Justice Margarita Cabello Blanco said on Sunday. | The South American country is imposing a nationwide lockdown on Tuesday night in a bid to tackle the spread of the Covid-19 illness. A total of 231 p…

RT (2020-03-22). Coronavirus cases in Germany rise by nearly 2,000 in one day as death toll hits 55. rt.com The number of Covid-19 cases in Germany climbed to 18,610 and the death toll rose to 55, as almost 2,000 more people were confirmed as having the disease on Sunday. | The Robert Koch Institute announced a fresh round of alarming statistics on Sunday morning, showing that 1,948 additional people have contracted the virus. | The federal agency, which is responsible for disease control and prevention in Germany, said a total of 55 people have died after testing positive for the illness, an increase of 9 from Saturday's tally. The figures are based on data collected up until midnight on Saturday. | The institute a…

RT (2020-03-22). Russian military planes carrying medics and equipment fly to devastated Italy to help combat Covid-19 pandemic (VIDEO). rt.com Six of the nine military transport planes prepared by Russia to deliver help to Italy in its desperate fight against the Covid-19 infection have departed an air base near Moscow. | The Ilyushin Il-76 planes are heading to the Pratica di Mare Air Base of the Italian Air Forces near Rome, the Russian Defense Ministry reported. The planes are carrying Russian military medics and specialists in infectious diseases, as well as equipment necessary for diagnostics and disinfection of the deadly coronavirus. | | ©Russian Defense Ministry | Earlier, the ministry prepared nine transport planes on the Chkalovskiy…

RT (2020-03-22). Coronavirus surges in New York as 4,800 new cases recorded, death toll hits 114. rt.com The number of people infected with the Covid-19 illness in New York has dramatically surged with 4,800 new cases recorded on Sunday. A total of 15,168 people in the state are carrying the disease and 114 have died. | State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the spike on Sunday as the Mayor of New York city Bill de Blasio described the outbreak as the biggest domestic crisis since the Great Depression. | "If we don't get more ventilators in the next 10 days people will die who don't have to die," de Blasio said, according to the Reuters news agency. | Earlier Sunday, Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institu…

RT (2020-03-22). US debt crisis wasn't supposed to happen until at least 2035. Covid-19 is rapidly pushing it closer. rt.com The overall price tag of the fiscal stimulus package in the US could be around one trillion dollars. With record budget deficits and its national debt at $23 trillion, is the US hastening toward a fiscal reckoning? | The Trump administration wants to send direct cash payments to Americans in the coming weeks to help them cope with the economic ravages of

RT (2020-03-22). No need to test EVERYONE, but when lockdowns are lifted Covid-19 cases could JUMP back up, WHO warns. rt.com Countries affected by the Covid-19 epidemic may have to deal with a resurgence of the disease after they lift lockdowns, a top WHO official has warned. To create a vaccine could take at least a year, he said. | "If we don't put in place the strong public health measures now, when those movement restrictions and lockdowns are lifted, the danger is the disease will jump back up," Dr. Mike Ryan has stressed. | Ryan, who serves as the head of the Health Emergencies Programme at the World Health Organization, also made an apparent reversal on previous advice from the UN body, saying there was no need to test everyo…

RT (2020-03-22). France reports first Covid-19-related death of hospital doctor. rt.com France has lost its first practicing doctor to coronavirus, the nation's Minister for Solidarity and Health Olivier Veran has announced. The unidentified hospital health professional succumbed to the virus on Saturday night. | No further details about the fatality has been offered by the minister, who made the announcement on Sunday. Local media said the victim was an emergency doctor from Compiegne, a region of France hit badly by the pandemic. The medic reportedly died shortly after being transported to Lille. | France has almost 15,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 562 deaths reported so far. While not hit…

RT (2020-03-22). Russian military planes with medics & supplies land in coronavirus-hit Italy (VIDEO). rt.com Four Russian Ilyushin Il-76 military transport planes carrying medical supplies and experts to help Italy battle its devastating Covid-19 crisis landed at the Italian air force base Pratica di Mare. | The aircraft brought medics and specialists in infectious diseases from Russia, as well as equipment necessary for diagnostics and disinfection. | The emergency aid was received personally by the Italian Chief of the Defense Staff, General Enzo Vecciarelli, who thanked the Russian people for lending a helping hand. | I would like to express my gratitude on behalf of the entire Italian people for Russian assistanc…

RT (2020-03-22). 'Nobody knew Covid-19 would take off like it did': Mnuchin says coronavirus looks like 10 to 12 week scenario. rt.com The US treasury secretary has assured US citizens that the coronavirus is unlikely to last very long, but defended the Trump administration by saying no one could have predicted how bad things would really get. | Amid panic surrounding the coronavirus and a spiraling economy, Mnuchin has announced he believes the coronavirus is a 10- to 12-week situation, and US citizens and businesses should be expecting relief very soon. | Speaking to Fox News, Mnuchin revealed that the much-talked-about economic coronavirus package is expected to move through Congress on Monday, as details are currently being finalized. | I…

RT (2020-03-22). 'Stay indoors & healthy': India holds coronavirus 'self-curfew drill' as infections reach 300,000 globally. rt.com As a part of a drill to increase Covid-19 pandemic awareness and prepare for the worst, India has launched a 14-hour 'self curfew' to test Indians' readiness for social isolation and quarantine. | "Let us all be a part of this curfew, which will add tremendous strength to the fight against [the] Covid-19 menace," Indian PM Narendra Modi tweeted minutes before the 'self-curfew' went into effect. | The steps we take now will help in the times to come. | In a few minutes from now, the Let us all be a part…

RT (2020-03-22). Hospitals '10 days away' from shortages of essential supplies, Mayor De Blasio warns, as Covid-19 cases in NYC top 8,000. rt.com New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio believes April will be 'a lot worse' than March when it comes to coronavirus, and wants the US military 'mobilized' in response to the disease. | Speaking on NBC's 'Meet the Press,' De Blasio took a jab at the federal government, claiming he sees very little positive about its response to the spread of coronavirus. | "It's only getting worse," he said, adding that, "New Yorkers and Americans deserve the blunt truth." | That blunt truth, according to the mayor, includes the fact that hospitals will be running short on fundamental supplies like ventilators in the coming month a…

RT (2020-03-22). Angela Merkel goes into home QUARANTINE after contacting virus-infected doctor. rt.com German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been placed under house quarantine, after it was revealed that she'd had contact with a medic that has since tested positive for coronavirus. | The news, which immediately made headlines, was confirmed by the government spokesman Steffen Seibert. | A doctor that vaccinated Merkel on Friday, against a bacterium that causes pneumonia, among other diseases, has himself tested positive for the virus, Seibert said in a statement, without revealing any further details about the medic. | "The chancellor has decided to immediately place herself under house quarantine," he said, addi…

RT (2020-03-22). Italy's coronavirus death toll jumps by 651 as number of cases nears chilling 60,000. rt.com The death toll of the major coronavirus outbreak plaguing Italy has reached 5,476, while a total number of confirmed cases is nearing 60,000, according to the latest figures from health authorities. | Italy experienced a major surge in the number of coronavirus deaths on Sunday, as 651 more people succumbed to the illness. Still, the figure did not surpass the Saturday spike, when the country saw the largest one-day number of deaths. | The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 59,138 — almost a one fifth of the infected worldwide. | Lombardy remains the worst-affected r…

RT (2020-03-22). 'I thought about it … but I didn't': CNN's Tapper tries to explain not fact-checking AOC over coronavirus 'hoax' claim. rt.com Jake Tapper of CNN has admitted to not fact-checking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on his show after she'd said the administration called the coronavirus a "hoax," but claimed it was okay because Trump "lies so often." | Tapper remained silent on Sunday when Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) criticized the Trump administration's response to the pandemic on CNN's 'State of the Union' show, claiming that the White House had at one point labeled the disease a "hoax." | In reality, the administration never labeled the coronavirus a hoax, though Donald Trump last month did call media coverage part of a hoax when he critic…

RT (2020-03-22). Nude Madonna calls coronavirus the 'great equalizer' in bizarre video, inspires instant mockery. rt.com A video of a naked Madonna emotionally saying the coronavirus has "made us all equal" while in a bathtub has people both confused and mocking the 'Like a Prayer' singer. | "It's the great equalizer and what's terrible about it is what's great about it," Madonna says about the coronavirus in the video, which was posted to her Twitter account on Sunday. | "What's terrible about it is that it's made us all equal in many ways and what's wonderful about is that it's made us all equal in many ways," the singer goes on to say from the bathtub adorned with flower petals. In her caption for the video, she calls the qui…

RT (2020-03-22). Japan and IOC are resisting pressure to postpone Tokyo Olympics… but for how much longer? rt.com With the sporting landscape decimated by the coronavirus pandemic currently overwhelming the world, the one major event yet to be called off is this summer's Tokyo Olympics, leaving athletes in a type of competitive limbo. | Most sports leagues across the globe have shut their doors for the health and safety of athletes, staff and fans alike. | The UEFA European Championships, also originally scheduled for this summer, have been pushed back to 2021 while uncertainty remains as to when major sporting leagues in Europe, the US and beyond will once again resume operations. | However, the one event yet to be serio…

RT (2020-03-22). 'Million dollar question!' Belgian health minister jokes on how long coronavirus lockdown will last. rt.com Belgium has been put on almost total lockdown as Europe battles the deadly coronavirus epidemic that has effected tens of thousands. Yet, Belgian health minister believes the virus will calm down in eight weeks or so. | When asked by a reporter about how long restriction imposed by the government to supposedly stop the spread of the disease will last, Minister Maggie De Block jokingly said it was a "million dollar question." | "We are now heading toward the peak of the epidemic, after which the curve will descend. I think this situation will last for at least another eight weeks. It would be the normal curve,"

RT (2020-03-22). Russia to create first ever 3D Moon map to help decide where cosmonauts will land. rt.com Russia is creating the first ever topographic three dimensional map of the Moon to help decide where cosmonauts will land in future journeys to Earth's natural satellite. | The director of the Russian Space Research Institute Anatoly Petrukovich announced the plan on Sunday, saying the map will be created using stereo imaging and it will have a resolution of two to three meters. | "After the work of the American satellites, we have maps of the Lunar plane, but here, using stereo processing and light analysis, we will get a universal altitude map of the entire Moon with high accuracy," he said. | Also on rt.com

RT (2020-03-22). Russia shuts down all foreign flights except between world capitals or those carrying evacuees. rt.com Russia has further tightened its border controls on Sunday after all flights to and from foreign nations have been banned. An exception is made for those between foreign capitals or necessary for evacuation. | Starting Monday, no passenger flights will be made to and from Russia, the national air regulator has announced. An exception is made for regular flights connecting the Russian capital with 146 foreign capitals and charter flights that are necessary to carry repatriated individuals to their home nations, including Russia. | Similar restrictions were earlier imposed on air traffic with countries more seri…

RT (2020-03-22). Disaster amid pandemic: Croatia deploys army to clean debris, advocates 'distancing' after strongest quake in 140yrs. rt.com Croatia sent troops to clear rubble in Zagreb after the capital was struck by a series of powerful tremors. The authorities told people to observe social distancing due to the pandemic after initially calling on others to help. | Army personnel began working to remove rubble from the city streets hours after Zagreb was rocked by an earthquake on Sunday morning. The troops were also deployed to assist patients in the city's major hospitals, the Defense Ministry said. | Hrvatska vojska poma≈æe gradu Zagrebu u sanaciji posljedica najsna≈ænijeg potresa. Pripadnici Hrvatske vojske su anga&as…

RT (2020-03-22). April could be WORST MONTH EVER for oil. rt.com Oil producers are facing their worst crisis in history, but the market is not at a bottom yet, according to several analysts. | The millions of barrels of additional supply promised by Saudi Arabia will take time to reach their destination. On the demand side, major economies have only begun to slow down, and the gaping hole where the economy once stood is expected to widen. A growing number of analysts say that the global economy is already in a recession. | "Even just a week ago, it was difficult to imagine how oil market conditions could become significantly weaker," Standard Chartered wrote in a note. "How…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-03-22). WATCH: Bernie Sanders Holds Roundtable on Coronavirus Response With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib. commondreams.org "What better time than now to call for bold, progressive policy solutions." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-03-22). Because of the Threat of Coronavirus Turning ICE Detention Into 'Death Camps,' Groups Rallying to Free Families Held Around Country. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-03-22). 'Trump Must Act Now': Bernie Sanders, Others Call on President to Use Powers to Manufacture Equipment for Coronavirus Response. commondreams.org "This decision is unconscionable. It will allow the virus to spread. It will get people killed." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-03-22). Sanders Calls for 'Unprecedented Legislative Response' to Coronavirus Crisis—Not Corporate Bailouts. commondreams.org "Now is not the time to allow large corporations to take advantage of this horrific crisis by ripping off U.S. taxpayers and profiteering off of the pandemic." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Tasnim News (2020-03-22). Official: Upward Trend in Coronavirus Cases in Tehran Stops. iranian.com Governor of Tehran Province said the rising trend in the new cases of COVID-19 in the Iranian province has stopped. Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Anushirvan Mohseni said the growing trend in the coronavirus cases in the province of Tehran has stopped. While the growth rate of new infections on March 19 stood at 7 …

South Front (2020-03-22). Video: 'Moderate Rebels' Bite Hand that Feeds Them. 2 Turkish Soldiers Killed in Idlib. globalresearch.ca Syria entered the second half of the week with a new spike of tensions in Greater Idlib. This escalation has been widely expected because militant groups are sabotaging key parts of the Russian-Turkish agreement on de-escalation in the area. | Radicals …

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-03-22). Jewish Activists Demand Governor Newsom Release Detainees In Light of Covid-19 Outbreak. indybay.org In a March 21 press release, Never Again Action Bay Area calls on Governor Newsom to take immediate steps to release migrants from unsanitary, overcrowded "death camp" detention centers…

IWOC Oakland (2020-03-22). Santa Rita Jail Solidarity During the Coronavirus Pandemic. indybay.org As businesses, schools, and institutions close to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, many people are wondering how to support people in jails, prisons, and immigration detention centers.

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-03-22). Covid-19 Status Update From Marin for March 19, 2020. indybay.org Marin County COVID-19 status update: March 19, 2020…

Norman Solomon (2020-03-22). What the Coronavirus Emergency Has to Do with Biden vs. Sanders. indybay.org Tepid adjustments vs. truly transformational agendas…

WeCopwatch (2020-03-22). Ramsey Orta denied basic safety measures in Solitary Confinement as COVID-19 virus spreads. indybay.org Ramsey Orta and other inmates in the New York State Prison system are extremely vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. If Governor Cuomo does not act now, it will be blood on his hands.

Labor Video Project (2020-03-22). At Port of Oakland, ILWU Tells SAA We Want Health/Safety Protection from COVID-19. indybay.org ILWU Local 10 and 34 leaders and rank and file had a press conference in front of SSA in Oakland demanding that they have proper health and safety in their port jobs. Tra-Pack was forced to clean the equipment and they are demanding the same action from SSA. They also discussed the issue of the conditions of the Grand Princess Crew docked in Hunters Point…

ACLU-NC (2020-03-22). ACLU Demands the Release from Prisons and Jails of Communities Vulnerable to COVID-19. indybay.org ACLU Also Calls for Release of People Currently in Pretrial Detention Because of Cash Bail to Prevent a Public Health Crisis…

Dave Id (2020-03-22). Five Demands for Emergency COVID-19 Survival. indybay.org With the Bay Area and now all of California on coronavirus lockdown, millions going without paychecks and health insurance, prisoners and unsheltered folks at great risk of contracting the virus, wheatpaste posters have gone up in Oakland making five reasonable demands to increase our collective chance at survival.

lynda Carson (2020-03-22). Legality of shelter-in-place orders is questionable. indybay.org Coronavirus pandemic fears result in California Lock-down!

Lynda Carson (2020-03-22). California governor issues mandatory statewide order to stay at home. indybay.org Symptoms of coronavirus.

Richard Look and Curt Garman (2020-03-22). Deserted SFO and Empty Shelves at Novato Safeway. indybay.org Coronavirus effects widespread…

Danny Haiphong (2020-03-22). Coronavirus Fearmongering Demonstrates U.S. Imperialism is a Drag on Humanity. indybay.org

repost (2020-03-22). Italy's Misleading Figures on the C-Virus. indybay.org In addition to false positives from the C-virus testing kits, we have these figures from Italy's Italian Institute of Health (ISS):…

Lynda Carson (2020-03-22). Amid coronavirus threat Social Security closes all local Social Security offices. indybay.org In essence, now that the SSA offices have been shut down locally, and across the nation, and people cannot reach anyone at the tele-service centers because they have not been expanded, it places tens of thousands of HUD's subsidized housing tenants at risk when they are not able to obtain documents that are needed to verify their income when it's time to renew their housing contracts!

MUNK (2020-03-22). Tokyo Olympics / coronavirus . Please write your comment on the administration of Japan . indybay.org Is the number of people infected with coronavirus manipulated by the Japanese government? The number of tests is overwhelmingly small. I don't know the exact number of people infected. There is no doubt that this is related to the economic effects of the Tokyo Olympics.

Daniel Borgstrà∂m (2020-03-22). KPFA's Peasant War & the Bylaws. indybay.org An allegory about the Bylaws Referendum. In a wider sense it's also about the struggle for democracy in progressive movements and organizations which often tend to be taken over by an elite minority.

Photos from San Francisco Bay Area (2020-03-22). 2020 Scenes from a Pandemic. indybay.org Please credit the photographers as indicated: | Steve Disenhof, Pro Bono Photo | Mary Martin DeShaw, Pro Bono Photo | Jack Owicki, Pro Bono Photo | Ruth Robertson, Pro Bono Photo | Terry Scussel, Pro Bono Photo…

WorkWeek (2020-03-22). WorkWeek On SF Housing With Dean Preston, ILWU Port Safety & UCSF AFSCME Cancer Cluster. indybay.org WorkWeek interviews SF Supervisor Dean Preston about the housing crisis and the fight against evictions. Next WorkWeek hears about UAW auto worker wildcats over the failure to protect the health and safety of auto workers. We interview UAW 551 Chicago Ford worker Scott Houldierson. | Next WorkWeek hears about the conditions of Bay Area Longshore workers who are members of ILWU Local 10 with Trent Willis, president of the Local. | Last, WorkWeek interviews Stella Miranda, the wife of a UCSF AFSCME 3299 worker whose worksite was on radioactive contaminated land at the Hunters Point shipyard. | She talks about what…

The Canary (2020-03-22). Military to offer local support amid the UK's 'accelerating' coronavirus crisis. thecanary.co Military planners have been called in to help with localised support systems as people at high risk from the coronavirus were urged to stay home for at least 12 weeks.The move came as Boris Johnson called for Britons to resist visiting their parents on Mother's Day, with the prime minister warning the Covid-19 outbreak is "accelerating".The government and health officials have urged the 1.5 million people in England considered most at risk from the disease because of their health conditions to begin "shielding" themselves by staying at home.Letters will go out this week "strongly advising" them not to go out for…

Tom Coburg (2020-03-22). Beyond the tragedy of the Coronavirus pandemic, there is a glimmer of hope. thecanary.co We live in strange times that bring out the worst in people, such as panic buying, but also the best. And over the days and weeks ahead we will undoubtedly witness tragedies that one way or another affect us all. In the UK we're also witnessing a major shift in the way government responds to the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. Meanwhile, prime minister Boris Johnson's gung-ho approach has gone and in his TV appearances, he As to the economic and political systems that have exacerbated the crisis, will th…

sputniknews (2020-03-22). What's Boris Johnson's No. 10 Bunker Relying on Amid COVID-19 Dread? sputniknews.com Despite this week being meant to be marked by celebrations – of Boris Johnson's 100 days in office, his fiancee Carrie Symonds' b-day, and Mother's Day on Sunday, Downing Street is predictably opting for a bit of self-isolation with the nation's its most prominent flat relying on food deliveries – more specifically, of eco-veggies, as it turns out.

yenisafak (2020-03-22). Britain's Johnson warns that health service could be overwhelmed by coronavirus. yenisafak.com Britain's National Health Service (NHS) could be "overwhelmed" by the coronavirus like the Italian health system in just two weeks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Sunday in the face of rising numbers of deaths.The death toll in Italy

yenisafak (2020-03-22). Pope calls for world prayer to stop coronavirus, will deliver special blessing. yenisafak.com Pope Francis said on Sunday he will this week deliver an extraordinary "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) blessing – normally given only at Christmas and Easter – and called for worldwide prayer to respond to the coronavirus crisis.Francis made the surprise announcement in his weekly Angelus message, which he has been delivering from inside the Vatican over the internet and television instead of before crowds in St. Peter's Square.His decision to make an exception and give a special "Urbi et Orbi" blessing underscored the gravity of the situation worldwide but particularly in Italy, which has overtaken Ch…

Michael Galant (2020-03-22). 5 Key Demands: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Face of the Coronavirus. commondreams.org The coronavirus outbreak must be defeated in a way that moves us forward. (Image: CDC) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Nozomi Hayase (2020-03-22). Assange's Extradition: An Escalation of the US War on Terror. commondreams.org Julian Assange supporters demonstrate outside of the Westminster Magistrates Court on November 18, 2019 in London. (Photo: Hollie Adams/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ralph Nader (2020-03-22). For America's Urgent Health and Safety, Trump Needs to Resign! commondreams.org U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus response while flanked by Vice President Mike Pence during a briefing with health insurers at the White House on March 10, 2020. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eric Margolis (2020-03-22). Our Shameless 'War President' Goes to Battle. commondreams.org In his usual regal style, Trump has been taking responsibility for every aspect of the virus epidemic. That's dangerous. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Neve Gordon, Catherine Rottenberg (2020-03-22). The Coronavirus Conundrum and Human Rights. commondreams.org Let's not allow our leaders to use this crisis to push for repressive tactics domestically. (Photo: U.S. Army Photo by John Pellino/flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

CP Editor (2020-03-22). Pandemic for Mathphobes: A Public Service Announcement. counterpunch.org

yenisafak (2020-03-22). Coronavirus medical supplies donated by Alibaba's Ma arrive in Ethiopia. yenisafak.com The first batch of protective and medical equipment donated by Chinese billionaire and Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma was flown into the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Sunday, as coronavirus cases in Africa rose above 1,100.The virus has spread more slowly in Africa than in Asia or Europe but has a foothold in 41 African nations and two territories. So far it has claimed 37 lives across the continent of 1.3 billion people.The shipment is a much-needed boost to African healthcare systems that were already stretched before the coronavirus crisis, but nations will still need to ration supplies at a time of global scar…

pip.hinman (2020-03-22). Slow COVID-19: Shut schools down. greenleft.org.au

Max Parry (2020-03-22). Is the Global Pandemic a Product of the Elite's Malthusian Agenda and U.S. Bio-warfare? dissidentvoice.org On March 11th, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to be a global pandemic, the first since the H1N1 swine flu in 2009. Initially reported in the city of Wuhan in Central China in December, just four months later there are now over 150,000 cases in …

sputniknews (2020-03-22). Self-Quarantined Netizens Celebrate #WorldWaterDay While 'Mother Earth is Shut for Renovation'. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Currently, several parts of the world including India are temporarily locked down because of the China-originated coronavirus (COVID-19), which has killed over 13,000 people globally. It would not be wrong to say that humans are now more than ever realising the value of having a natural resource-rich planet.

sputniknews (2020-03-22). US Army Enters New York to Convert Hotels and Dorms to Hospitals Amid COVID-19 Pandemic – Video. sputniknews.com The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US state of New York has reached 10,356, while New York City has registered 6,211 people infected with the virus, Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a press briefing on 21 March.

sputniknews (2020-03-22). Paris on Lockdown for Sixth Day to Slow Rate of COVID-19 – Video. sputniknews.com As of 21 March, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in France was 14,459, according to the country's Health Ministry. Johns Hopkins University reported that on 22 March, 14,485 COVID-19 cases were detected in France, and that 562 have people died.

sputniknews (2020-03-22). Buckingham Palace Staffer Reportedly Tested Positive for COVID-19 While Queen Was Still There. sputniknews.com The royal aide is understood to have contracted COVID-19 early last week, while the monarch was only sent away from Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

sputniknews (2020-03-22). Video of Destruction and Rubble in Earthquake-Hit Croatian Capital Zagreb Emerges Online. sputniknews.com The Balkan nation has been shaken by a 6.0-magnitude tremor that came just days after the country went on lockdown in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

sputniknews (2020-03-22). Beirut Put on Lockdown Amid Coronavirus Pandemic – Video. sputniknews.com The COVID-19 virus that originated in China back in December has since spread across the globe, infecting over 300,000 people and killing around 13,600. Numerous countries have introduced severe quarantine measures and closed their borders, also urging their citizens to stay home to stop the outbreak.

sputniknews (2020-03-22). Global Democracy on Pause: How Coronavirus Outbreak Has Altered Countries' Political Lives. sputniknews.com So far, over 266,000 people have contracted the COVID-19 infection around the world, leading to major changes in our everyday lives as countries struggle to stop the spread of the virus.

sputniknews (2020-03-22). India Pushes for Speedy Research on COVID-19, Allows National Labs to Carry Out Clinical Trials. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India earlier set up an empowered panel for COVID-19 to coordinate scientific research to develop a solution to the viral infection. So far, India has reported five deaths and 324 active coronavirus cases, including 41 foreign nationals.

sputniknews (2020-03-22). $1 Billion in Two Weeks: Hedge Funds Capitalise on UK Airlines Gridlock Over COVID-19 — Report. sputniknews.com Late last week, the trade body Airlines UK warned that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic may do irreparable damage to the country's aviation industry if it does not get emergency support from the government.

sputniknews (2020-03-22). Lockdown is Not Enough to Stop the Coronavirus – WHO Emergency Executive. sputniknews.com The COVID-19 pandemic recently surpassed 300,000 cases, while the death toll is over 13,000. The infection has struck over 120 countries, with the main centres of the outbreak outside China being located in Italy, the United States, Spain, Germany, and Iran.

sputniknews (2020-03-22). Russian Anti-Terror Agency Releases Video of Militant Plotting Terror Attack Being Neutralised. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia's National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) on Sunday said its agents had neutralised a militant near the city of Ufa, who planned to carry out a terror attack.

sputniknews (2020-03-22). Iran Doubts US Aid Amid Pandemic, Suspects Their Involvement in Virus Spread – Supreme Leader. sputniknews.com According to the head of state, Washington has offered to help Tehran fight the coronavirus outbreak. At the same time, the United States stated this week that there will be no sanctions relief for Iran, despite calls to ease the pressure amid the coronavirus pandemic.

sputniknews (2020-03-22). Virologists Sent to Italy Have Practical Experience in Combating Viral Infections – Moscow. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Virologists, who were sent to Italy to help combat the coronavirus pandemic, have extensive practical experience, as they took part in eliminating outbreaks of African Swine Fever, anthrax and were involved in developing a vaccine against Ebola, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Sunday.

sputniknews (2020-03-22). Ex-Man Utd Star's Wife Makes Uplifting Post-Coronavirus Promise in Nude Instagram Post. sputniknews.com Javier Hernandez's better half has indulged in a bit of nostalgia amid the coronavirus chaos, posting a throwback to the old days of her riding naked on a horseback along an empty picturesque coastline.

sputniknews (2020-03-22). Danger to Democracy or Tool to Fight Misinformation? Attorney Discusses Mass Surveillance in Israel. sputniknews.com It's been several days since Israel began using a mass surveillance system – initially developed by the country's internal secret service (Shin Bet) – to track coronavirus patients and alert those who have been in proximity to them that they too could be contagious and thus should isolate themselves for 14 days.

sputniknews (2020-03-22). Fiddle While Rome is Burning: Strip Club in New York City Throws Coronavirus-Themed Party. sputniknews.com New York City currently has one of the highest numbers of coronavirus cases in the United States — 4,400. This accounts for almost 30 percent of all cases in the country. The governor of New York has told all residents to stay indoors in order to prevent the spread of the infectious disease.

sputniknews (2020-03-22). Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Says Oil Market Slumped on 'Arab Partners' Initiative'. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov has said the recent breakup of the OPEC+ oil output cut agreement and subsequent collapse in oil prices was the "Arab partners' initiative".

sputniknews (2020-03-22). Russia to Create First 3D Map of the Moon. sputniknews.com Russian scholars previously said that Russia would be launching a space vehicle to the Moon in October 2021 – for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

sputniknews (2020-03-22). US Media Reveals Main Drawback of Russian Strategic Bomber. sputniknews.com The bomber's modernised version Tu-160M2, which successfully underwent a test flight last month, is expected to start entering service with the Russian Aerospace Forces in 2021.

sputniknews (2020-03-22). Russian Information Centre Denies Reports on Moscow's Plan to Tighten Quarantine – Source. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian Information and Communication Center denies reports that authorities are inclined to introduce measures tightening quarantine in the country, a source told Sputnik on Sunday.

yenisafak (2020-03-22). Pakistan's Karachi set for COVID-19 lockdown. yenisafak.com The lockdown starting Sunday midnight will last two weeks in the province, which has reported almost 50% of the total 645 coronavirus cases in Pakistan, Chief Minister for Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah announced in a video message. | "There will be a lockdown all over the province from today midnight for 15 days," Shah said, urging people to observe self-quarantine and stay off the streets for the next two weeks. | All markets, shopping malls, restaurants, public beaches, and other public spots will remain closed. Public transport will also remain shut, he announced. All schools, colleges, and universities across the…

yenisafak (2020-03-22). Turkey says over-65 COVID-19 curfew has exceptions. yenisafak.com Turkey Sunday gave new details, including exceptions, of a curfew for people 65 or older or people with chronic illnesses.Vital public officials and pharmacists will be exempt from the restrictions, said the Interior Ministry.Doctors, healthcare professionals, mayors, provincial directors, social service officers and other required public officials will continue to work so long as they do not face any serious health conditions such as cancer, it added.The ministry added that people who must travel or leave home may do so after requesting official permission over the designated hotlines such as 112, 155, and 156.C…

yenisafak (2020-03-22). Medical charity MSF deploys coronavirus treatment centre in Iran. yenisafak.com Medical charity MSF is setting up a 50-bed emergency centre to treat severe COVID-19 cases in Iran, the French organisation said on Sunday.A team of nine MSF intensive care medics will staff the facility on the grounds of the Amin hospital in the central province of Isfahan, the charity said, as Iran grapples with the worst outbreak of coronavirus in the region."The size of the COVID-19 epidemic in Iran is particularly worrying," MSF said, citing the country's 20,610 cases and 1,556 deaths as of March 20, according to official figures. In recent days, Tehran freed a French academic in a prisoner swap that also sa…

yenisafak (2020-03-22). Coronavirus shutdown not a recession but an investment in survival: Fed's Bullard. yenisafak.com In normal times massive unemployment and a collapse in economic output would be tragic.This time, as the coronavirus cloisters millions of Americans and shuts down the U.S. economy, it should instead be saluted as an investment in public health that lays the groundwork for a rapid rebound.That is the view of St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard, who argues that a potential $2.5 trillion hit coming to the economy is both necessary and manageable if officials move fast and keep it simple. It may seem an unconventional view in a moment of global anxiety, but Bullard argues the shutdown measures now bein…

yenisafak (2020-03-22). Turkey 'neutralizes' 5 YPG/PKK terrorists in N.Iraq. yenisafak.com Turkish security forces "neutralized" five YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, the National Defense Ministry announced on Sunday.The terrorists were neutralized in the Hakurk region in air-backed operations, the ministry said on Twitter.Turkish authorities often use the term "neutralized" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.The ministry added that the country's anti-terror operations will continue without letup.YPG/PKK terrorists often seek shelter in northern Iraq, just across the Turkish border, to plan terrorist attacks in Turkey.In its more than 30-year terror campaign…

yenisafak (2020-03-22). Afghanistan reports 10 new coronavirus cases. yenisafak.com Authorities in Afghanistan on Sunday reported 10 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, including two in the capital Kabul for the first time, taking the total to 34.Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz told a press conference that the 10 new cases nationwide — out of 97 tests — include two foreign diplomats based in Kabul, but declined to give more details.Feroz demanded the government declare a complete lockdown in the frontline state of Herat bordering Iran, which has emerged as the epicenter behind the spread of virus in Afghanistan, with thousands of deportees entering on a daily basis.

yenisafak (2020-03-22). Iraq extends curfew in Baghdad to contain coronavirus. yenisafak.com Iraq's government has extended a curfew on travel in and out of Baghdad until March 28 as part of strict measures to prevent the coronavirus from spreading, it said in a statement on Sunday.It said it had also decided to extend a ban on all inbound and outbound flights from the country's airports until March 28.Under the curfew imposed on March 17 no persons can travel into or out of Baghdad.At least 230 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed so far in Iraq, the Health Ministry said on Sunday, and 20 people have died.

yenisafak (2020-03-22). Iraq confirms 3 more deaths from coronavirus. yenisafak.com Iraq confirmed three more deaths from coronavirus in Baghdad on Sunday, bringing the country's total fatalities to 20, according to the health ministry.A ministry statement said 19 people tested positive for the virus over the past 24 hours, taking the overall infections to 233, while 57 people have recovered from the disease.As precautionary measures due to the coronavirus, most of Iraq's provinces decided to close their borders, including Erbil and Sulaymaniyah, while some provinces decided to impose a lockdown.Last week, Baghdad shut down schools and universities for 10 days and banned travel to virus-hit pro…

yenisafak (2020-03-22). Spain's coronavirus deaths surpass 1,700, cases over 28,000. yenisafak.com Spain's death toll from the coronavirus epidemic soared to 1,720 on Sunday from 1,326 the day before, according to multiple media outlets citing the latest health data.The number of registered cases in the country rose to 28,572 on Sunday from 24,926 in the previous tally announced on Saturday, the reports added.

yenisafak (2020-03-22). Austrian FM says tourists who left recently are extremely negligent. yenisafak.com Austrian tourists who flew overseas in recent days or who try to cancel emergency return flights to extend vacations are "extremely negligent", Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said on Sunday, urging travel limits to halt the coronavirus.Austria, which has 3,026 coronavirus cases and nine deaths, is working with Lufthansa unit Austrian Airlines, Ryanair Holding's Laudamotion and others to help those among the estimated 30,000 Austrian citizens abroad who want to get back home, Schallenberg told reporters in Vienna.On a new website, heimflug.austrian.com, would-be returnees can view emergency flights and re…

yenisafak (2020-03-22). Palestinians in West Bank must home-confine for 14 days as of 2000GMT. yenisafak.com The Palestinian government on Sunday ordered Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank confined to their homes for two weeks as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.The order, announced by Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh on television, goes into force at 10 p.m. (2000GMT). Medical personnel, pharmacists, grocers and bakers would be exempt, he said.

yenisafak (2020-03-22). Spain to extend state of emergency over coronavirus for 15 more days. yenisafak.com The Spanish government has decided to extend for another 15 days the 15-day state of emergency announced on March 14 to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, El Pais and El Mundo newspapers reported on Sunday.Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez communicated the decision to regional leaders during a videoconference call, the reports said. The nationwide state of emergency bars people from all but essential outings.The death toll from Europe's second-worst outbreak of the virus jumped to 1,326 from 1,002 the day before, according to Spanish Health Ministry data released on Saturday. The number of cases rose to 24,92…

Wang Fuhua (2020-03-21). Ten Questions for the U.S.: Where did the Novel Coronavirus Come From? globalresearch.ca CGTN Editor's note: The article is an edited version of an article which was first published on a WeChat official account named Gong Yi Kan Shi Jie. The article reflects the author's opinions and does not necessarily reflect the views …

news.un (2020-03-21). UN welcomes response by Libyan parties to calls for humanitarian pause. news.un.org The United Nations on Saturday welcomed the "positive responses" of Libya's Tripoli-based government and the Libyan National Army (LNA) to calls for a pause to stop the fighting, in the hopes that this would allow humanitarian access throughout the crisis-torn country and head off the potential threat of COVID-19.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-03-21). Vietnam War Started 55 Years Ago: Neoliberalism and "The Vietnam Model". Who Won the Vietnam War? globalresearch.ca April 1975 marks the official end of the Vietnam War. Yet today, Vietnam is an impoverished countries. The Hanoi government is a US proxy regime. Vietnam has become a new cheap labor frontier of the global economy. Neoliberalism prevails.

Eds. (2020-03-21). The fatalistic view from an ER Nurse on what's ahead. mronline.org Being an ER Nurse, a lot of people have asked me what I think about COVID-19. I almost inevitably tell them- first and foremost- that I really can't overstate how much of a problem it is that we don't have enough personal protective equipment (PPE). |

Emily Apple (2020-03-21). Please don't try escaping Covid-19 in Cornwall. Our services simply can't cope. thecanary.co Anger is mounting across Cornwall as increasing reports come in of people fleeing to the region to escape the coronavirus (Covid-19). Local people are noticing rising numbers of second homeowners and tourists arriving. Meanwhile, some holiday parks

The Canary (2020-03-21). Coronavirus crisis causes surge in dangerous channel crossings by desperate refugees. thecanary.co Fears around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have caused a surge in refugees trying to cross the English channel to the UK. The refugees risk their lives making these journeys in dangerous inflatable boats.Border patrols have blocked more than a 100 refugees from entering the UK this week. There are fears that 3,000 refugees living in desperate conditions in northern France are at high risk of contracting coronavirus.Desperation: Care4Calais founder Clare Moseley said it was only a matter of time before the virus swept through refugee camps.Bella Sankey, director of charity Detention Action, told the P…

W. T. Whitney, Jr. (2020-03-21). Fighting COVID-19 in Cuba, China and the United States. mronline.org The pandemic has effectively provided a laboratory-like demonstration that people do better when states can plan ahead, apply national resources unequivocally to the public good, put science in the service of the people, and practice international solidarity. These are characteristics of socialist societies. |

Caitlin A. Johnstone (2020-03-21). Liberal NPCs hate Russia, Conservative NPCs hate China. mronline.org The frenzied, shrieking hysteria I'm witnessing right now among Trump's base regarding China looks and moves in the exact same way the mental zombification of Russia hysteria looked and moved when it began tearing through rank-and-file Democrats in late 2016 and early 2017. The seething, screaming vitriol I get from the MAGA crowd on social […] |

Glen Ford (2020-03-21). Late-stage imperial omni-crisis: Death by virus and internal contradictions. mronline.org "The system…is failing. Let's admit it," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on March 14 at a White House briefing. |

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Cuba Sends 53 Doctors and Nurses to Fight Covid-19 in Italy
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
Cuban health authorities announced on Thursday that the country will send 53 health professionals to Lombardy, Italy, to help contain the new coronavirus pandemic. | The 53 doctors and nurses have experience in caring for these types of diseases. In 2014, …
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Why Americans Should Stop Talking About 'China Flu' and Learn From China
John Buell | commondreams.org | 2020-03-23
A medical staffmember walks out of an aisle in a hospital in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (Photo: Feature China/Barcroft Media/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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How to Wage War, FDR-Style, on Our Pandemic
Sam Pizzigati | commondreams.org | 2020-03-23
President Donald Trump looks on next to Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during a meeting at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland on March 3, 2020. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The Coronavirus Fiscal Response Should Be as Big as Needed
Josh Bivens | commondreams.org | 2020-03-23
Red sign hanging at the glass door of a shop saying "Closed due to coronavirus." (Image: Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Barbara Ehrenreich Is Not an Optimist, but She Has Hope for the Future
Barbara Ehrenreich | zcomm.org | 2020-03-22
Interview about class, reporting, the coronavirus, and socialism…
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Coronavirus hits US prisons: "thousands face death sentence"
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2020-03-22
Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Dr. Amanda Klonsky, the chief program officer at a prison education organization, about…
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"Trickle-Down" Economic Plans Not Enough for Coronavirus Challenge
Joseph Stiglitz | zcomm.org | 2020-03-22
Just a little while ago, people said we couldn't afford this program helping college students with immense debt, or healthcare for everyone. We always could have afforded these things. It was just our prioritization was wrong.
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Italy's Coronavirus Nightmare Could Happen in U.S. Within Days or Weeks
Nick Turse | zcomm.org | 2020-03-22
"Right now, the major concern that I have, and that other public health experts have, is the risk of outstripping health care capacity"
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10 Questions for the U.S.: Where Did the Novel Coronavirus Come From?
Wang Fuhua | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-22
Given that some major U.S. media and politicians made groundless claims that the novel coronavirus originates in China, blamed and slandered China, even asked for an apology from China, I am presenting below 10 questions I have every reason to …
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10 Questions for the U.S.: Where Did the Novel Coronavirus Come From?
Wang Fuhua | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-22
Given that some major U.S. media and politicians made groundless claims that the novel coronavirus originates in China, blamed and slandered China, even asked for an apology from China, I am presenting below 10 questions I have every reason to …
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Israel's Palestinian Inmates to Hunger Strike Due to COVID-19
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-22
Palestinians detained in Israel threatened to start an indefinite hunger strike to protest Israel's response to the coronavirus pandemic including a ban on meeting attorneys, absence of preventive measures, and refusal of protection gear, Haaretz reported Sunday. | RELATED: | 'Dear World, How Is the Lockdown?' Gaza Takes To Twitter | Prisoners affiliated with Hamas, the group governing Gaza, returned their breakfast and lunches Thursday, and others affiliated with Fatah, the faction tha…
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US Urged to Release Detainees at ICE Centers as Virus Spreads
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-22
Legal rights groups RAICES, Rapid Defense Network, and ALDEA-The People's Justice Center filed an emergency lawsuit on behalf of families and children detained by the United States (U.S.) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to demand their immediate release as the new coronavirus is fast-spreading across the country. | RELATED: | Trump Dismissed Intel, Warned in January of COVID-19 Threat | The organizations said Saturday in a press release that all the migrant detention cen…
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US Senators Dump Stocks with COVID-19 "Inside Information"
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-22
Following a closed-door briefing on the threat of spreading COVID-19 infections

Taliban-Afghan Gov't Skype Call Revives Hopes of Peace Process
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-22
Afghanistan's Taliban and the current government held a "virtual" meeting on prisoner releases Sunday, officials reported, breathing life back into the nascent peace process. | RELATED: | Afghanistan Suggests Ceasefire with Taliban to Fight Pandemic | The two sides spoke for over two hours in a Skype meeting facilitated by the United States and Qatar, officials said. | "Prisoner releases by both sides is an important step in the peace process, as stated in the U.S.-Taliban agree…
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Prison Protests Due to Overcrowding Ends in 23 Dead, 83 Wounded
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-22
At least 23 prisoners died and 83 were wounded in the La Modelo Prison in Bogotá during the riots last night, the Colombian Ministry of Justice reported on Sunday. According to the Ministry, several prisoners protested the overcrowding of these facilities amid fears of the coronavirus spreading. | RELATED: | Colombia: President Duque Faces Investigation for Vote Buying | "The result of the escape attempt in La Modelo was 23 dead and 83 wounded, of which 32 are in hospital centers,"
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Death Toll From Coronavirus Rises to 50 in Latin America
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-22
On Sunday, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic had left at least 50 people dead in Latin America, with Brazil reporting the highest death toll among all countries. | RELATED: | COVID-19 Will Increase Poverty & Unemployment in LatAm: ECLAC | Since the confirmation of the first case of the coronavirus in Brazil, several Latin American governments have decreed quarantines and strengthened sanitary measures to prevent the virus from spreading. | In South America, specifically,…
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Italy's Death Toll Surges to 4,825 From Coronavirus Outbreak
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-22
Italy reported 6,557 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, raising the total to 53,578 since the pandemic first broke out in its north on Feb. 21, according to the latest data provided by the Civil Protection Department managing the COVID-19 emergency. | RELATED: | Cuba Sends 53 Doctors and Nurses to Fight Covid-19 in Italy | Further 793 people died of coronavirus in Italy in the past 24 hours, taking the country's death toll to 4,825. The number of active coronavirus infections…
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Cuba Comes to Italy's Aid by Sending Team of Doctors and Nurses
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-22
The island-nation of Cuba has dispatched a team of doctors and nurses to help Italy combat the coronavirus outbreak that killed over 4,000 people inside the country in the last month. | RELATED: | Cuba Sends 144 Health Workers to Combat the Covid-19 in Jamaica | Cuba announced on Sunday that the team of doctors and nurses to Italy after the worst-affected region, Lombardy, asked the island-nation for immediate assistance in helping them fight the coronavirus. | The Caribbean i…
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Punitive Measures Worsen the Homelessness Crisis. We Must Guarantee Housing
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-22
In 1992, Sam Tsemberis, a faculty member at the New York University School of Medicine, founded Pathways Housing First, an innovative New York City program that provides shelter to homeless individuals without preconditions. | "I was frustrated by the continued failure of doing things the old way," Tsemberis told Truthout. "Requiring people to be clean, sober and in treatment for a period of time before providing them with housing was not working." | As he thought about the growing number of ho…
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Self-employed people need immediate help to survive the government is warned
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-22
Thousands of sole traders need immediate help to survive the coronavirus crisis as many are seeing their livelihoods "vanish", the government is being warned. | The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said ministers must now ramp up support for the self-employed, following last week's announcement of wages support for workers. | Dr Adam Marshall, director-general of the BCC, said: "Chambers across the UK are hearing from thousands of sole traders, for whom last week's measures offer little reassurance. | "While we understand the complexity involved, there are five million self-employed people who need help similar…
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The Lesson of COVID-19
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-22
The COVID-19 "pandemic" is primarily designed to empower the ruling elite and further its authoritarian reach. The primary tool is the innate human fear of death and this fear has been greatly magnified by the corporate propaganda media. | For those …
globalresearch.ca/lesson-covid-19/570706…

The IMF Abandons Venezuelans to the Threat of the COVID-19 Pandemic on a Political Decision
Nino Pagliccia | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-22
No government that had to bow to the power of a financial institution like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) knows the harsh consequences to which it will have to submit. That includes the Venezuelan government. And yet last March 15 …
globalresearch.ca/imf-abandons-venezuela…

The Lesson of COVID-19. The State has a Monopoly on Coercion and Violence
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-22
The COVID-19 "pandemic" is primarily designed to empower the ruling elite and further its authoritarian reach. The primary tool is the innate human fear of death and this fear has been greatly magnified by the corporate propaganda media. | For those …
globalresearch.ca/lesson-covid-19/570706…

A shocking letter reveals how little this government is doing to protect NHS staff during the coronavirus pandemic
Afroze Fatima Zaidi | thecanary.co | 2020-03-22
An open letter from NHS staff is calling on the government to urgently address shortages in personal protective equipment (PPE). The letter has signatures from almost 4,000 frontline staff struggling at the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. | Making a desperate plea for the government to address the situation, the letter said: | NHS England has stated that the…
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Selfish, reckless members of the British public are still rejecting social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic
Afroze Fatima Zaidi | thecanary.co | 2020-03-22
On 20 March, the prime minister finally announced that restaurants, pubs and gyms must close during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. This is in an effort to implement social distancing and prevent the virus from spreading. | As the pandemic grows, containing the spread of the virus is key. That's why social distancing is so essential. Having people together in close spaces becomes a catalyst for the virus to spread. However, a lot of people seem to still be oblivious to the…
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World Water Day: Often overlooked, water resources are essential part of solution to climate change
news.un.org | 2020-03-22
On World Water Day, the United Nations launched a flagship report that says reducing both the impacts and drivers of climate change will require major shifts in the way we use and reuse the Earth's limited water resources.
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Rethinking "Commander-in-Chief" in American Leadership in Relation to COVID-19
Barbara Nimri Aziz | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-22
Ask Americans who's commander-in-chief, most will respond: our president. Citizens only think about this just before a presidential election every four years when their final, 'supreme criteria' of U.S. leadership is raised: "Does she or he have it:

COVID-19: Welcome to the New Dark Ages
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-22
The response by the government to COVID-19 will turn America into a third world country in short order. Destroying the economy, throwing millions of people out of work, creating air money and thus inflation, and draconian measures to head off …
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Support Change in a Post-COVID-19 World
Donna Luca | nationofchange.org | 2020-03-22
The crisis doesn't end when COVID-19 subsides. Help NationofChange create positive progressive change for the future.
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Worst Financial Crisis since 1929: The Fed's $1.5 Trillion Stimulus Bill. Long Term Solutions
Ellen Brown | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-22
In what is being called the worst financial crisis since 1929, the US stock market has lost a third of its value in the space of a month, wiping out all of its gains of the last three years. …
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Moralising Hoarding, Panic Buying and Coronavirus
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-22
Hoarding as moral aberration and ethical breach: the term has recently become the subject of scorn in coronavirus chatter. In terms of mental disorders, it is "characterized by persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions", though the Coronavirus Hoarder is …
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Calls rise to ban self-isolaters retreating to Wales and other rural parts of the UK
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-22
Self-isolaters should be banned from travelling to rural parts of Wales during the coronavirus crisis, according to a Plaid Cymru politician.Party leader Adam Price has written to first minister Mark Drakeford demanding he stops people travelling to caravan parks, second homes and tourist accommodation across the country.He said there are concerns about an influx of people into rural communities

Sanders Is Modeling a Serious Response to Coronavirus
Natalie Shure | zcomm.org | 2020-03-22
Fumbling Democrats made a huge mistake by shying away from a robust material response to the crisis…
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Think Exotic Animals Are to Blame for the Coronavirus? Think Again
Sonia Shah | zcomm.org | 2020-03-22
Scientists have fingered bats and pangolins as potential sources of the virus, but the real blame lies elsewhere–with human assaults on the environment…
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Cuba in the Time of the Coronavirus
Pascual Serrano | zcomm.org | 2020-03-22
The Cuban government, accustomed to natural disasters, noted that its 2014 legislation determines that when natural, technological and health disasters prevent employees from performing their jobs, workers shall receive their entire salaries for one month and 60% for the rest of the time their work is suspended.
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Corona in an Up-and -Down Nation
Badri Raina | zcomm.org | 2020-03-22
Corona is a sly assassin In an up–and-down nation. It kills less from partying, More from starvation. Those that rush decrepit trains In afflicted mega cities Have no morsel and no note In their exhausted kitties. They may not the virus feel, But hunger bites so keen That a jaggery bit in a Read…
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Italian Army hauls Covid-19 victims' bodies to lesser-hit regions as medics decide who gets help first in makeshift tents (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-03-22
Another Italian Army convoy has been spotted transporting coffins with coronavirus victims' bodies out of its hardest-hit region, Lombardy, as overworked medics set up makeshift triage tents outside of overloaded hospitals. | The military truck convoy left the Bergamo cemetery in broad daylight on Saturday, as authorities announced the highest daily death toll to date of nearly 800 people. The coffins were set to be transported to a crematorium in Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, according to RT's Ruptly, as local morgues in the Lombardy region are incapable of dealing with the growing number of victims. | In the m…
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Germany bans gatherings of more than 2 people in desperate attempt to stop Covid-19
rt.com | 2020-03-22
The German government has resorted to some drastic measures to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. It ordered all gatherings of more than two people be banned for at least two weeks. | Federal and regional authorities have agreed on what they call a "contact ban," which basically prohibits all meetings between people in which more than two persons are involved. Exceptions will be made only for families and people living together in the same households, Chancellor Angela Merkel said. | All restaurants that continue to open should be closed immediately. From now on, they will only be allowed to s…
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'I thought about it … but I didn't': CNN's Tapper tries to explain not fact-checking AOC over coronavirus 'hoax' claim
rt.com | 2020-03-22
Jake Tapper of CNN has admitted to not fact-checking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on his show after she'd said the administration called the coronavirus a "hoax," but claimed it was okay because Trump "lies so often." | Tapper remained silent on Sunday when Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) criticized the Trump administration's response to the pandemic on CNN's 'State of the Union' show, claiming that the White House had at one point labeled the disease a "hoax." | In reality, the administration never labeled the coronavirus a hoax, though Donald Trump last month did call media coverage part of a hoax when he critic…
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France's coronavirus death toll surges by 112 to 674
rt.com | 2020-03-22
France saw a major spike in Covid-19 deaths on Sunday as 112 more people were confirmed dead, bringing the total number to 674. Cases of infection sharply increased as well, now standing at 16,018. | Some 7,240 of the infected are hospitalized, including 1.746 in intensive care units. | The global death toll of the coronavirus pandemic has already surpassed 13,000 and over 300,000 of cases have been registered. The epicenter of the epidemic has shifted to Europe, hitting Italy and Spain particularly hard, while China has seemingly managed to get its outbreak under control.
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US debt crisis wasn't supposed to happen until at least 2035. Covid-19 is rapidly pushing it closer
rt.com | 2020-03-22
The overall price tag of the fiscal stimulus package in the US could be around one trillion dollars. With record budget deficits and its national debt at $23 trillion, is the US hastening toward a fiscal reckoning? | The Trump administration wants to send direct cash payments to Americans in the coming weeks to help them cope with the economic ravages of coronavirus, part of a mass…
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No need to test EVERYONE, but when lockdowns are lifted Covid-19 cases could JUMP back up, WHO warns
rt.com | 2020-03-22
Countries affected by the Covid-19 epidemic may have to deal with a resurgence of the disease after they lift lockdowns, a top WHO official has warned. To create a vaccine could take at least a year, he said. | "If we don't put in place the strong public health measures now, when those movement restrictions and lockdowns are lifted, the danger is the disease will jump back up," Dr. Mike Ryan has stressed. | Ryan, who serves as the head of the Health Emergencies Programme at the World Health Organization, also made an apparent reversal on previous advice from the UN body, saying there was no need to test everyo…
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Hospitals '10 days away' from shortages of essential supplies, Mayor De Blasio warns, as Covid-19 cases in NYC top 8,000
rt.com | 2020-03-22
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio believes April will be 'a lot worse' than March when it comes to coronavirus, and wants the US military 'mobilized' in response to the disease. | Speaking on NBC's 'Meet the Press,' De Blasio took a jab at the federal government, claiming he sees very little positive about its response to the spread of coronavirus. | "It's only getting worse," he said, adding that, "New Yorkers and Americans deserve the blunt truth." | That blunt truth, according to the mayor, includes the fact that hospitals will be running short on fundamental supplies like ventilators in the coming month a…
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'Million dollar question!' Belgian health minister jokes on how long coronavirus lockdown will last
rt.com | 2020-03-22
Belgium has been put on almost total lockdown as Europe battles the deadly coronavirus epidemic that has effected tens of thousands. Yet, Belgian health minister believes the virus will calm down in eight weeks or so. | When asked by a reporter about how long restriction imposed by the government to supposedly stop the spread of the disease will last, Minister Maggie De Block jokingly said it was a "million dollar question." | "We are now heading toward the peak of the epidemic, after which the curve will descend. I think this situation will last for at least another eight weeks. It would be the normal curve,"
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Emirates suspends all passenger flights due to Covid-19 pandemic
rt.com | 2020-03-22
One of the world's largest international airlines, Emirates, has announced that it will suspend all of its passenger flights from March 25 and cut wages in half as the world continues to reel from Covid-19. | The company said it will "temporarily suspend passenger operations by 25 March," warning that earlier flights could also be subject to "change at short notice." | The state-owned UAE carrier had already said it was about to suspend some 70 percent of its network and asked staff to go on unpaid leave as the airlines industry suffers one of the worst hits because of the novel coronavirus pandemic that has i…
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'Stay indoors & healthy': India holds coronavirus 'self-curfew drill' as infections reach 300,000 globally
rt.com | 2020-03-22
As a part of a drill to increase Covid-19 pandemic awareness and prepare for the worst, India has launched a 14-hour 'self curfew' to test Indians' readiness for social isolation and quarantine. | "Let us all be a part of this curfew, which will add tremendous strength to the fight against [the] Covid-19 menace," Indian PM Narendra Modi tweeted minutes before the 'self-curfew' went into effect. | The steps we take now will help in the times to come. | In a few minutes from now, the #JantaCurfew commences. | Let us all be a part…
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Japan and IOC are resisting pressure to postpone Tokyo Olympics… but for how much longer?
rt.com | 2020-03-22
With the sporting landscape decimated by the coronavirus pandemic currently overwhelming the world, the one major event yet to be called off is this summer's Tokyo Olympics, leaving athletes in a type of competitive limbo. | Most sports leagues across the globe have shut their doors for the health and safety of athletes, staff and fans alike. | The UEFA European Championships, also originally scheduled for this summer, have been pushed back to 2021 while uncertainty remains as to when major sporting leagues in Europe, the US and beyond will once again resume operations. | However, the one event yet to be serio…
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Covid-19 cases rise to 367 in Russia after 61 more people tested positive for disease
rt.com | 2020-03-22
Health workers recorded 61 new cases of Covid-19 in Russia, bringing their total number to 367, the authorities said on Sunday. | The new patients, 54 of which were identified in Moscow, recently returned from trips to Switzerland, Latvia, the Netherlands, Spain and France. The latter two countries remain among the hardest hit by the ongoing pandemic, with more than 28,000 and 14,000 confirmed cases respectively. | On Friday, the Kremlin denied holding talks on the possibility of placing Moscow on a lockdown. Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said that there are no plans to close the city's busiest public transit s…
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Emirates backtracks on decision to suspend all passenger flights, says will fly to some countries following requests by govts
rt.com | 2020-03-22
The UAE-based international airline, Emirates, which earlier said it would hold all passenger flights, promptly reversed its decision, adding that 13 destinations will be exempted. | One of the world's largest international airlines was on the verge of putting all its passenger flights on hold for an indefinite period starting March 25. Yet, some urgent requests from the authorities and clients from several countries apparently made it change its mind. | Also on rt.com | | Emirates suspends all passenger flights due to Covid-19 pandemic | Ju…
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Iconic opera star Placido Domingo tests positive for coronavirus
rt.com | 2020-03-22
Opera superstar Placido Domingo has said he's contracted the dreaded Covid-19 virus, taking a moment to urge his fans to follow basic health guidelines, as the death toll from the pandemic keeps growing. | "I feel it is my moral duty to announce to you that I have tested positive for COVID19, the Corona virus," the singer said on Facebook on Sunday. | Domingo and his family will remain in self isolation "as long as it is deemed medically necessary." | The star got tested for the virus after he "experienced fever and cough symptoms" and the results came back positive. |

| To help stop spreading the vir…
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France reports first Covid-19-related death of hospital doctor
rt.com | 2020-03-22
France has lost its first practicing doctor to coronavirus, the nation's Minister for Solidarity and Health Olivier Veran has announced. The unidentified hospital health professional succumbed to the virus on Saturday night. | No further details about the fatality has been offered by the minister, who made the announcement on Sunday. Local media said the victim was an emergency doctor from Compiegne, a region of France hit badly by the pandemic. The medic reportedly died shortly after being transported to Lille. | France has almost 15,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 562 deaths reported so far. While not hit…
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Russian military planes carrying medics and equipment fly to devastated Italy to help combat Covid-19 pandemic (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-03-22
Four of the nine military transport planes prepared by Russia to deliver help to Italy in its desperate fight against the Covid-19 infection have departed an air base near Moscow. | The Ilyushin Il-76 planes are heading to the Pratica di Mare Air Base of the Italian Air Forces near Rome, the Russian Defense Ministry reported. The planes are carrying Russian military medics and specialists in infectious diseases, as well as equipment necessary for diagnostics and disinfection of the deadly coronavirus. | | ©Russian Defense Ministry | Earlier, the ministry prepared nine transport planes on the Chkalovskiy…
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Russian military planes carrying medics and equipment fly to devastated Italy to help combat Covid-19 pandemic (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-03-22
Six of the nine military transport planes prepared by Russia to deliver help to Italy in its desperate fight against the Covid-19 infection have departed an air base near Moscow. | The Ilyushin Il-76 planes are heading to the Pratica di Mare Air Base of the Italian Air Forces near Rome, the Russian Defense Ministry reported. The planes are carrying Russian military medics and specialists in infectious diseases, as well as equipment necessary for diagnostics and disinfection of the deadly coronavirus. | | ©Russian Defense Ministry | Earlier, the ministry prepared nine transport planes on the Chkalovskiy…
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Moscow metro 'will operate in ANY case scenario, it cannot stop', mayor says amid coronavirus fears
rt.com | 2020-03-22
Despite the coronavirus outbreak, the Moscow government will not shut its most used public transit system, the metro, said the mayor while dismissing the rumors to the contrary as "nonsense and stupidity." | "The metro will work in any situation," Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin told the news channel Rossiya 1. He was responding to online rumors that a total shutdown of the system was imminent to curb the spread of the Covid-19 infection. | Before the pandemic Moscow metro was used daily by some 9 million passengers. Since the Russian capital closed many public venues and advised employers to allow workers do the…
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'They have been LYING from the start,' lawyer tells RT as medics sue French PM, ex-minister over Covid-19 inaction
rt.com | 2020-03-22
French medics are seeking the prosecution of top officials over their allegedly negligent response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Among the evidence is an interview with an ex-health minister, who called government action a masquerade. | Three French medics filed a legal complaint this week against Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and former minister of solidarity and health, Agnes Buzyn. The two senior officials, the complaint alleges, failed to perform their duty and organize a proper response to the coronavirus outbreak, which by now has gripped most of Europe and put France on standstill. | As early as January,…
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Disaster amid pandemic: Croatia deploys army to clean debris, advocates 'distancing' after strongest quake in 140yrs
rt.com | 2020-03-22
Croatia sent troops to clear rubble in Zagreb after the capital was struck by a series of powerful tremors. The authorities told people to observe social distancing due to the pandemic after initially calling on others to help. | Army personnel began working to remove rubble from the city streets hours after Zagreb was rocked by an earthquake on Sunday morning. The troops were also deployed to assist patients in the city's major hospitals, the Defense Ministry said. | Hrvatska vojska poma≈æe gradu Zagrebu u sanaciji posljedica najsna≈ænijeg potresa. Pripadnici Hrvatske vojske su anga&as…
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Coronavirus surges in New York as 4,800 new cases recorded, death toll hits 114
rt.com | 2020-03-22
The number of people infected with the Covid-19 illness in New York has dramatically surged with 4,800 new cases recorded on Sunday. A total of 15,168 people in the state are carrying the disease and 114 have died. | State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the spike on Sunday as the Mayor of New York city Bill de Blasio described the outbreak as the biggest domestic crisis since the Great Depression. | "If we don't get more ventilators in the next 10 days people will die who don't have to die," de Blasio said, according to the Reuters news agency. | Earlier Sunday, Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institu…
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Russian military planes with medics & supplies land in coronavirus-hit Italy (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-03-22
Four Russian Ilyushin Il-76 military transport planes carrying medical supplies and experts to help Italy battle its devastating Covid-19 crisis landed at the Italian air force base Pratica di Mare. | The aircraft brought medics and specialists in infectious diseases from Russia, as well as equipment necessary for diagnostics and disinfection. | The emergency aid was received personally by the Italian Chief of the Defense Staff, General Enzo Vecciarelli, who thanked the Russian people for lending a helping hand. | I would like to express my gratitude on behalf of the entire Italian people for Russian assistanc…
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Rand Paul becomes first US senator to test POSITIVE for coronavirus
rt.com | 2020-03-22
Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for coronavirus and is in quarantine, the Kentucky Republican is the first member of the upper chamber of Congress to contract the virus. | The politician revealed the news on his official Twitter account, announcing that he is "feeling fine" and has not displayed any symptoms of the Covid-19 illness. The Twitter statement said that he was tested "out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events". | Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of cauti…
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Coronavirus cases in Germany rise by nearly 2,000 in one day as death toll hits 55
rt.com | 2020-03-22
The number of Covid-19 cases in Germany climbed to 18,610 and the death toll rose to 55, as almost 2,000 more people were confirmed as having the disease on Sunday. | The Robert Koch Institute announced a fresh round of alarming statistics on Sunday morning, showing that 1,948 additional people have contracted the virus. | The federal agency, which is responsible for disease control and prevention in Germany, said a total of 55 people have died after testing positive for the illness, an increase of 9 from Saturday's tally. The figures are based on data collected up until midnight on Saturday. | The institute a…
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Olympic chiefs set 4-week deadline to decide on fate of coronavirus-threatened Tokyo 2020 Games
rt.com | 2020-03-22
Tokyo 2020 organizers have set a four-week deadline in which to decide on a potential postponement of the Games, as the Covid-19 outbreak continues to threaten the event. | In a statement on Sunday, International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials said that key stakeholders, including in Japan, would take the next four weeks before making a definitive decison. | "The IOC will, in full coordination and partnership with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Japanese authorities and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, start detailed discussions to complete its assessment of the rapid development of the worldwide…
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'Nobody knew Covid-19 would take off like it did': Mnuchin says coronavirus looks like 10 to 12 week scenario
rt.com | 2020-03-22
The US treasury secretary has assured US citizens that the coronavirus is unlikely to last very long, but defended the Trump administration by saying no one could have predicted how bad things would really get. | Amid panic surrounding the coronavirus and a spiraling economy, Mnuchin has announced he believes the coronavirus is a 10- to 12-week situation, and US citizens and businesses should be expecting relief very soon. | Speaking to Fox News, Mnuchin revealed that the much-talked-about economic coronavirus package is expected to move through Congress on Monday, as details are currently being finalized. | I…
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Russian world breaststroke champ Efimova keeps fit with quarantine press-ups, delights fans with topless beach snap (PHOTOS)
rt.com | 2020-03-22
Russian world champion swimmer Yulia Efimova may be largely confined to home like millions of others around the world during the Covid-19 outbreak but she's at least managing to stay in shape. | Six-time world breaststroke queen Efimova is currently in sun-kissed Hawaii training for the summer Olympics, although like her fellow athletes around the world faces an anxious wait over whether the Games in Tokyo will even go ahead as the Covid-19 chaos rages on. | Likes millions of others, Efimova at least appears to be following the 'stay at home' advice, but that has not stopped her working out. | The Russian s…
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Spain's coronavirus death toll SPIKES by nearly 400 as number of cases passes 28,000
rt.com | 2020-03-22
The death toll from the Covid-19 illness in Spain leaped to 1,720 on Sunday, an increase of nearly 400 in just one day, as the number of infected people soared over 28,000. | The Spanish health ministry announced the 30 percent increase in confirmed deaths and revealed that the number of Covid-19 cases in the Iberian country had climbed to 28,572, an increase of over 3,600 from Saturday's 24,926 figure. | The one-day rise in deaths of 394 was notably higher than the previous day's increase of 324. Health officials said that more than 1,000 have died in the area around the capital Madrid and 1,785 people are in…
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Nude Madonna calls coronavirus the 'great equalizer' in bizarre video, inspires instant mockery
rt.com | 2020-03-22
A video of a naked Madonna emotionally saying the coronavirus has "made us all equal" while in a bathtub has people both confused and mocking the 'Like a Prayer' singer. | "It's the great equalizer and what's terrible about it is what's great about it," Madonna says about the coronavirus in the video, which was posted to her Twitter account on Sunday. | "What's terrible about it is that it's made us all equal in many ways and what's wonderful about is that it's made us all equal in many ways," the singer goes on to say from the bathtub adorned with flower petals. In her caption for the video, she calls the qui…
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Italy's coronavirus death toll jumps by 651 as number of cases nears chilling 60,000
rt.com | 2020-03-22
The death toll of the major coronavirus outbreak plaguing Italy has reached 5,476, while a total number of confirmed cases is nearing 60,000, according to the latest figures from health authorities. | Italy experienced a major surge in the number of coronavirus deaths on Sunday, as 651 more people succumbed to the illness. Still, the figure did not surpass the Saturday spike, when the country saw the largest one-day number of deaths. | The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 59,138

Angela Merkel goes into home QUARANTINE after contacting virus-infected doctor
rt.com | 2020-03-22
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been placed under house quarantine, after it was revealed that she'd had contact with a medic that has since tested positive for coronavirus. | The news, which immediately made headlines, was confirmed by the government spokesman Steffen Seibert. | A doctor that vaccinated Merkel on Friday, against a bacterium that causes pneumonia, among other diseases, has himself tested positive for the virus, Seibert said in a statement, without revealing any further details about the medic. | "The chancellor has decided to immediately place herself under house quarantine," he said, addi…
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April could be WORST MONTH EVER for oil
rt.com | 2020-03-22
Oil producers are facing their worst crisis in history, but the market is not at a bottom yet, according to several analysts. | The millions of barrels of additional supply promised by Saudi Arabia will take time to reach their destination. On the demand side, major economies have only begun to slow down, and the gaping hole where the economy once stood is expected to widen. A growing number of analysts say that the global economy is already in a recession. | "Even just a week ago, it was difficult to imagine how oil market conditions could become significantly weaker," Standard Chartered wrote in a note. "How…
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Russia shuts down all foreign flights except between world capitals or those carrying evacuees
rt.com | 2020-03-22
Russia has further tightened its border controls on Sunday after all flights to and from foreign nations have been banned. An exception is made for those between foreign capitals or necessary for evacuation. | Starting Monday, no passenger flights will be made to and from Russia, the national air regulator has announced. An exception is made for regular flights connecting the Russian capital with 146 foreign capitals and charter flights that are necessary to carry repatriated individuals to their home nations, including Russia. | Similar restrictions were earlier imposed on air traffic with countries more seri…
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Russia to create first ever 3D Moon map to help decide where cosmonauts will land
rt.com | 2020-03-22
Russia is creating the first ever topographic three dimensional map of the Moon to help decide where cosmonauts will land in future journeys to Earth's natural satellite. | The director of the Russian Space Research Institute Anatoly Petrukovich announced the plan on Sunday, saying the map will be created using stereo imaging and it will have a resolution of two to three meters. | "After the work of the American satellites, we have maps of the Lunar plane, but here, using stereo processing and light analysis, we will get a universal altitude map of the entire Moon with high accuracy," he said. | Also on rt.com
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Official: Upward Trend in Coronavirus Cases in Tehran Stops
Tasnim News | iranian.com | 2020-03-22
Governor of Tehran Province said the rising trend in the new cases of COVID-19 in the Iranian province has stopped. Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Anushirvan Mohseni said the growing trend in the coronavirus cases in the province of Tehran has stopped. While the growth rate of new infections on March 19 stood at 7 …
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WATCH: Bernie Sanders Holds Roundtable on Coronavirus Response With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-22
"What better time than now to call for bold, progressive policy solutions." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Because of the Threat of Coronavirus Turning ICE Detention Into 'Death Camps,' Groups Rallying to Free Families Held Around Country
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-22
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'Trump Must Act Now': Bernie Sanders, Others Call on President to Use Powers to Manufacture Equipment for Coronavirus Response
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-22
"This decision is unconscionable. It will allow the virus to spread. It will get people killed." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Sanders Calls for 'Unprecedented Legislative Response' to Coronavirus Crisis—Not Corporate Bailouts
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-22
"Now is not the time to allow large corporations to take advantage of this horrific crisis by ripping off U.S. taxpayers and profiteering off of the pandemic." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Video: 'Moderate Rebels' Bite Hand that Feeds Them. 2 Turkish Soldiers Killed in Idlib
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-22
Syria entered the second half of the week with a new spike of tensions in Greater Idlib. This escalation has been widely expected because militant groups are sabotaging key parts of the Russian-Turkish agreement on de-escalation in the area. | Radicals …
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Jewish Activists Demand Governor Newsom Release Detainees In Light of Covid-19 Outbreak
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2020-03-22
In a March 21 press release, Never Again Action Bay Area calls on Governor Newsom to take immediate steps to release migrants from unsanitary, overcrowded "death camp" detention centers…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/03/21/1883171…

Covid-19 Status Update From Marin for March 19, 2020
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2020-03-22
Marin County COVID-19 status update: March 19, 2020…
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Santa Rita Jail Solidarity During the Coronavirus Pandemic
IWOC Oakland | indybay.org | 2020-03-22
As businesses, schools, and institutions close to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, many people are wondering how to support people in jails, prisons, and immigration detention centers.
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What the Coronavirus Emergency Has to Do with Biden vs. Sanders
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2020-03-22
Tepid adjustments vs. truly transformational agendas…
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KPFA's Peasant War & the Bylaws
Daniel Borgstrà∂m | indybay.org | 2020-03-22
An allegory about the Bylaws Referendum. In a wider sense it's also about the struggle for democracy in progressive movements and organizations which often tend to be taken over by an elite minority.
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Legality of shelter-in-place orders is questionable
lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-03-22
Coronavirus pandemic fears result in California Lock-down!
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2020 Scenes from a Pandemic
Photos from San Francisco Bay Area | indybay.org | 2020-03-22
Please credit the photographers as indicated: | Steve Disenhof, Pro Bono Photo | Mary Martin DeShaw, Pro Bono Photo | Jack Owicki, Pro Bono Photo | Ruth Robertson, Pro Bono Photo | Terry Scussel, Pro Bono Photo…
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WorkWeek On SF Housing With Dean Preston, ILWU Port Safety & UCSF AFSCME Cancer Cluster
WorkWeek | indybay.org | 2020-03-22
WorkWeek interviews SF Supervisor Dean Preston about the housing crisis and the fight against evictions. Next WorkWeek hears about UAW auto worker wildcats over the failure to protect the health and safety of auto workers. We interview UAW 551 Chicago Ford worker Scott Houldierson. | Next WorkWeek hears about the conditions of Bay Area Longshore workers who are members of ILWU Local 10 with Trent Willis, president of the Local. | Last, WorkWeek interviews Stella Miranda, the wife of a UCSF AFSCME 3299 worker whose worksite was on radioactive contaminated land at the Hunters Point shipyard. | She talks about what…
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Ramsey Orta denied basic safety measures in Solitary Confinement as COVID-19 virus spreads
WeCopwatch | indybay.org | 2020-03-22
Ramsey Orta and other inmates in the New York State Prison system are extremely vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. If Governor Cuomo does not act now, it will be blood on his hands.
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Five Demands for Emergency COVID-19 Survival
Dave Id | indybay.org | 2020-03-22
With the Bay Area and now all of California on coronavirus lockdown, millions going without paychecks and health insurance, prisoners and unsheltered folks at great risk of contracting the virus, wheatpaste posters have gone up in Oakland making five reasonable demands to increase our collective chance at survival.
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ACLU Demands the Release from Prisons and Jails of Communities Vulnerable to COVID-19
ACLU-NC | indybay.org | 2020-03-22
ACLU Also Calls for Release of People Currently in Pretrial Detention Because of Cash Bail to Prevent a Public Health Crisis…
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At Port of Oakland, ILWU Tells SAA We Want Health/Safety Protection from COVID-19
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2020-03-22
ILWU Local 10 and 34 leaders and rank and file had a press conference in front of SSA in Oakland demanding that they have proper health and safety in their port jobs. Tra-Pack was forced to clean the equipment and they are demanding the same action from SSA. They also discussed the issue of the conditions of the Grand Princess Crew docked in Hunters Point…
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Capitalism and COVID-19
Alex Stephanovich | indybay.org | 2020-03-22
It's easy to demonstrate that capitalists don't care whether people die. Why then such drastic response to COVID-19? It is because they care about profit and preservation of their prestige and power.
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Coronavirus Fearmongering Demonstrates U.S. Imperialism is a Drag on Humanity
Danny Haiphong | indybay.org | 2020-03-22
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Deserted SFO and Empty Shelves at Novato Safeway
Richard Look and Curt Garman | indybay.org | 2020-03-22
Coronavirus effects widespread…
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California governor issues mandatory statewide order to stay at home
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-03-22
Symptoms of coronavirus.
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Tokyo Olympics / coronavirus . Please write your comment on the administration of Japan
MUNK | indybay.org | 2020-03-22
Is the number of people infected with coronavirus manipulated by the Japanese government? The number of tests is overwhelmingly small. I don't know the exact number of people infected. There is no doubt that this is related to the economic effects of the Tokyo Olympics.
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Amid coronavirus threat Social Security closes all local Social Security offices
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-03-22
In essence, now that the SSA offices have been shut down locally, and across the nation, and people cannot reach anyone at the tele-service centers because they have not been expanded, it places tens of thousands of HUD's subsidized housing tenants at risk when they are not able to obtain documents that are needed to verify their income when it's time to renew their housing contracts!
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Italy's Misleading Figures on the C-Virus
repost | indybay.org | 2020-03-22
In addition to false positives from the C-virus testing kits, we have these figures from Italy's Italian Institute of Health (ISS):…
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Climate Science Deniers Are Also Downplaying COVID-19 Risks
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-22
On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the outbreak of novel coronavirus 2019, which causes the disease COVID-19, was officially a "public health emergency of int…
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Military to offer local support amid the UK's 'accelerating' coronavirus crisis
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-22
Military planners have been called in to help with localised support systems as people at high risk from the coronavirus were urged to stay home for at least 12 weeks.The move came as Boris Johnson called for Britons to resist visiting their parents on Mother's Day, with the prime minister warning the Covid-19 outbreak is "accelerating".The government and health officials have urged the 1.5 million people in England considered most at risk from the disease because of their health conditions to begin "shielding" themselves by staying at home.Letters will go out this week "strongly advising" them not to go out for…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/03/22/military…

Britain's Johnson warns that health service could be overwhelmed by coronavirus
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-22
Britain's National Health Service (NHS) could be "overwhelmed" by the coronavirus like the Italian health system in just two weeks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Sunday in the face of rising numbers of deaths.The death toll in Italy

Beyond the tragedy of the Coronavirus pandemic, there is a glimmer of hope
Tom Coburg | thecanary.co | 2020-03-22
We live in strange times that bring out the worst in people, such as panic buying, but also the best. And over the days and weeks ahead we will undoubtedly witness tragedies that one way or another affect us all. In the UK we're also witnessing a major shift in the way government responds to the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. Meanwhile, prime minister Boris Johnson's gung-ho approach has gone and in his TV appearances, he appears out of his depth. | As to the economic and political systems that have exacerbated the crisis, will th…
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What's Boris Johnson's No. 10 Bunker Relying on Amid COVID-19 Dread?
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-22
Despite this week being meant to be marked by celebrations – of Boris Johnson's 100 days in office, his fiancee Carrie Symonds' b-day, and Mother's Day on Sunday, Downing Street is predictably opting for a bit of self-isolation with the nation's its most prominent flat relying on food deliveries – more specifically, of eco-veggies, as it turns out.
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Pope calls for world prayer to stop coronavirus, will deliver special blessing
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-22
Pope Francis said on Sunday he will this week deliver an extraordinary "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) blessing – normally given only at Christmas and Easter – and called for worldwide prayer to respond to the coronavirus crisis.Francis made the surprise announcement in his weekly Angelus message, which he has been delivering from inside the Vatican over the internet and television instead of before crowds in St. Peter's Square.His decision to make an exception and give a special "Urbi et Orbi" blessing underscored the gravity of the situation worldwide but particularly in Italy, which has overtaken Ch…
yenisafak.com/en/news/pope-calls-for-wor…

5 Key Demands: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Face of the Coronavirus
Michael Galant | commondreams.org | 2020-03-22
The coronavirus outbreak must be defeated in a way that moves us forward. (Image: CDC) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Assange's Extradition: An Escalation of the US War on Terror
Nozomi Hayase | commondreams.org | 2020-03-22
Julian Assange supporters demonstrate outside of the Westminster Magistrates Court on November 18, 2019 in London. (Photo: Hollie Adams/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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For America's Urgent Health and Safety, Trump Needs to Resign!
Ralph Nader | commondreams.org | 2020-03-22
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus response while flanked by Vice President Mike Pence during a briefing with health insurers at the White House on March 10, 2020. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Our Shameless 'War President' Goes to Battle
Eric Margolis | commondreams.org | 2020-03-22
In his usual regal style, Trump has been taking responsibility for every aspect of the virus epidemic. That's dangerous. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The Coronavirus Conundrum and Human Rights
Neve Gordon, Catherine Rottenberg | commondreams.org | 2020-03-22
Let's not allow our leaders to use this crisis to push for repressive tactics domestically. (Photo: U.S. Army Photo by John Pellino/flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Pandemic for Mathphobes: A Public Service Announcement
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-22
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Coronavirus medical supplies donated by Alibaba's Ma arrive in Ethiopia
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-22
The first batch of protective and medical equipment donated by Chinese billionaire and Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma was flown into the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Sunday, as coronavirus cases in Africa rose above 1,100.The virus has spread more slowly in Africa than in Asia or Europe but has a foothold in 41 African nations and two territories. So far it has claimed 37 lives across the continent of 1.3 billion people.The shipment is a much-needed boost to African healthcare systems that were already stretched before the coronavirus crisis, but nations will still need to ration supplies at a time of global scar…
yenisafak.com/en/world/coronavirus-medic…

Slow COVID-19: Shut schools down
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-03-22
Healthcare Mary MerkenichIssue 1258 Australia COVID-19 education workers school shut-downsMarch 22, 2020Debate over whether schoo…
greenleft.org.au/content/slow-covid-19-s…

Is the Global Pandemic a Product of the Elite's Malthusian Agenda and U.S. Bio-warfare?
Max Parry | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-22
On March 11th, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to be a global pandemic, the first since the H1N1 swine flu in 2009. Initially reported in the city of Wuhan in Central China in December, just four months later there are now over 150,000 cases in …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/03/is-the-global…

Netanyahu's Power Grab
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-22
Netanyahu's main aims are staying in power and out of prison

Lockdown is Not Enough to Stop the Coronavirus – WHO Emergency Executive
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-22
The COVID-19 pandemic recently surpassed 300,000 cases, while the death toll is over 13,000. The infection has struck over 120 countries, with the main centres of the outbreak outside China being located in Italy, the United States, Spain, Germany, and Iran.
sputniknews.com/world/202003221078667263…

Beirut Put on Lockdown Amid Coronavirus Pandemic – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-22
The COVID-19 virus that originated in China back in December has since spread across the globe, infecting over 300,000 people and killing around 13,600. Numerous countries have introduced severe quarantine measures and closed their borders, also urging their citizens to stay home to stop the outbreak.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2020032210786…

Self-Quarantined Netizens Celebrate #WorldWaterDay While 'Mother Earth is Shut for Renovation'
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-22
New Delhi (Sputnik): Currently, several parts of the world including India are temporarily locked down because of the China-originated coronavirus (COVID-19), which has killed over 13,000 people globally. It would not be wrong to say that humans are now more than ever realising the value of having a natural resource-rich planet.
sputniknews.com/india/202003221078664465…

Russian Anti-Terror Agency Releases Video of Militant Plotting Terror Attack Being Neutralised
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-22
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia's National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) on Sunday said its agents had neutralised a militant near the city of Ufa, who planned to carry out a terror attack.
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Iran Doubts US Aid Amid Pandemic, Suspects Their Involvement in Virus Spread – Supreme Leader
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-22
According to the head of state, Washington has offered to help Tehran fight the coronavirus outbreak. At the same time, the United States stated this week that there will be no sanctions relief for Iran, despite calls to ease the pressure amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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US Army Enters New York to Convert Hotels and Dorms to Hospitals Amid COVID-19 Pandemic – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-22
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US state of New York has reached 10,356, while New York City has registered 6,211 people infected with the virus, Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a press briefing on 21 March.
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Video of Destruction and Rubble in Earthquake-Hit Croatian Capital Zagreb Emerges Online
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-22
The Balkan nation has been shaken by a 6.0-magnitude tremor that came just days after the country went on lockdown in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Virologists Sent to Italy Have Practical Experience in Combating Viral Infections – Moscow
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-22
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Virologists, who were sent to Italy to help combat the coronavirus pandemic, have extensive practical experience, as they took part in eliminating outbreaks of African Swine Fever, anthrax and were involved in developing a vaccine against Ebola, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Sunday.
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Paris on Lockdown for Sixth Day to Slow Rate of COVID-19 – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-22
As of 21 March, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in France was 14,459, according to the country's Health Ministry. Johns Hopkins University reported that on 22 March, 14,485 COVID-19 cases were detected in France, and that 562 have people died.
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India Pushes for Speedy Research on COVID-19, Allows National Labs to Carry Out Clinical Trials
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-22
New Delhi (Sputnik): India earlier set up an empowered panel for COVID-19 to coordinate scientific research to develop a solution to the viral infection. So far, India has reported five deaths and 324 active coronavirus cases, including 41 foreign nationals.
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Global Democracy on Pause: How Coronavirus Outbreak Has Altered Countries' Political Lives
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-22
So far, over 266,000 people have contracted the COVID-19 infection around the world, leading to major changes in our everyday lives as countries struggle to stop the spread of the virus.
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Buckingham Palace Staffer Reportedly Tested Positive for COVID-19 While Queen Was Still There
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-22
The royal aide is understood to have contracted COVID-19 early last week, while the monarch was only sent away from Buckingham Palace on Thursday.
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Fiddle While Rome is Burning: Strip Club in New York City Throws Coronavirus-Themed Party
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-22
New York City currently has one of the highest numbers of coronavirus cases in the United States

Danger to Democracy or Tool to Fight Misinformation? Attorney Discusses Mass Surveillance in Israel
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-22
It's been several days since Israel began using a mass surveillance system – initially developed by the country's internal secret service (Shin Bet) – to track coronavirus patients and alert those who have been in proximity to them that they too could be contagious and thus should isolate themselves for 14 days.
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Ex-Man Utd Star's Wife Makes Uplifting Post-Coronavirus Promise in Nude Instagram Post
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-22
Javier Hernandez's better half has indulged in a bit of nostalgia amid the coronavirus chaos, posting a throwback to the old days of her riding naked on a horseback along an empty picturesque coastline.
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Russia to Create First 3D Map of the Moon
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-22
Russian scholars previously said that Russia would be launching a space vehicle to the Moon in October 2021 – for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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Russian Information Centre Denies Reports on Moscow's Plan to Tighten Quarantine – Source
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-22
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian Information and Communication Center denies reports that authorities are inclined to introduce measures tightening quarantine in the country, a source told Sputnik on Sunday.
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US Media Reveals Main Drawback of Russian Strategic Bomber
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-22
The bomber's modernised version Tu-160M2, which successfully underwent a test flight last month, is expected to start entering service with the Russian Aerospace Forces in 2021.
sputniknews.com/military/202003221078664…

Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Says Oil Market Slumped on 'Arab Partners' Initiative'
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-22
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov has said the recent breakup of the OPEC+ oil output cut agreement and subsequent collapse in oil prices was the "Arab partners' initiative".
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Afghanistan reports 10 new coronavirus cases
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-22
Authorities in Afghanistan on Sunday reported 10 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, including two in the capital Kabul for the first time, taking the total to 34.Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz told a press conference that the 10 new cases nationwide

Turkey 'neutralizes' 5 YPG/PKK terrorists in N.Iraq
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-22
Turkish security forces "neutralized" five YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, the National Defense Ministry announced on Sunday.The terrorists were neutralized in the Hakurk region in air-backed operations, the ministry said on Twitter.Turkish authorities often use the term "neutralized" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.The ministry added that the country's anti-terror operations will continue without letup.YPG/PKK terrorists often seek shelter in northern Iraq, just across the Turkish border, to plan terrorist attacks in Turkey.In its more than 30-year terror campaign…
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Turkey says over-65 COVID-19 curfew has exceptions
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-22
Turkey Sunday gave new details, including exceptions, of a curfew for people 65 or older or people with chronic illnesses.Vital public officials and pharmacists will be exempt from the restrictions, said the Interior Ministry.Doctors, healthcare professionals, mayors, provincial directors, social service officers and other required public officials will continue to work so long as they do not face any serious health conditions such as cancer, it added.The ministry added that people who must travel or leave home may do so after requesting official permission over the designated hotlines such as 112, 155, and 156.C…
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Spain to extend state of emergency over coronavirus for 15 more days
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-22
The Spanish government has decided to extend for another 15 days the 15-day state of emergency announced on March 14 to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, El Pais and El Mundo newspapers reported on Sunday.Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez communicated the decision to regional leaders during a videoconference call, the reports said. The nationwide state of emergency bars people from all but essential outings.The death toll from Europe's second-worst outbreak of the virus jumped to 1,326 from 1,002 the day before, according to Spanish Health Ministry data released on Saturday. The number of cases rose to 24,92…
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Medical charity MSF deploys coronavirus treatment centre in Iran
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-22
Medical charity MSF is setting up a 50-bed emergency centre to treat severe COVID-19 cases in Iran, the French organisation said on Sunday.A team of nine MSF intensive care medics will staff the facility on the grounds of the Amin hospital in the central province of Isfahan, the charity said, as Iran grapples with the worst outbreak of coronavirus in the region."The size of the COVID-19 epidemic in Iran is particularly worrying," MSF said, citing the country's 20,610 cases and 1,556 deaths as of March 20, according to official figures. In recent days, Tehran freed a French academic in a prisoner swap that also sa…
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Pakistan's Karachi set for COVID-19 lockdown
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-22
The lockdown starting Sunday midnight will last two weeks in the province, which has reported almost 50% of the total 645 coronavirus cases in Pakistan, Chief Minister for Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah announced in a video message. | "There will be a lockdown all over the province from today midnight for 15 days," Shah said, urging people to observe self-quarantine and stay off the streets for the next two weeks. | All markets, shopping malls, restaurants, public beaches, and other public spots will remain closed. Public transport will also remain shut, he announced. All schools, colleges, and universities across the…
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Iraq confirms 3 more deaths from coronavirus
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-22
Iraq confirmed three more deaths from coronavirus in Baghdad on Sunday, bringing the country's total fatalities to 20, according to the health ministry.A ministry statement said 19 people tested positive for the virus over the past 24 hours, taking the overall infections to 233, while 57 people have recovered from the disease.As precautionary measures due to the coronavirus, most of Iraq's provinces decided to close their borders, including Erbil and Sulaymaniyah, while some provinces decided to impose a lockdown.Last week, Baghdad shut down schools and universities for 10 days and banned travel to virus-hit pro…
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Iraq extends curfew in Baghdad to contain coronavirus
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-22
Iraq's government has extended a curfew on travel in and out of Baghdad until March 28 as part of strict measures to prevent the coronavirus from spreading, it said in a statement on Sunday.It said it had also decided to extend a ban on all inbound and outbound flights from the country's airports until March 28.Under the curfew imposed on March 17 no persons can travel into or out of Baghdad.At least 230 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed so far in Iraq, the Health Ministry said on Sunday, and 20 people have died.
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Coronavirus shutdown not a recession but an investment in survival: Fed's Bullard
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-22
In normal times massive unemployment and a collapse in economic output would be tragic.This time, as the coronavirus cloisters millions of Americans and shuts down the U.S. economy, it should instead be saluted as an investment in public health that lays the groundwork for a rapid rebound.That is the view of St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard, who argues that a potential $2.5 trillion hit coming to the economy is both necessary and manageable if officials move fast and keep it simple. It may seem an unconventional view in a moment of global anxiety, but Bullard argues the shutdown measures now bein…
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Spain's coronavirus deaths surpass 1,700, cases over 28,000
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-22
Spain's death toll from the coronavirus epidemic soared to 1,720 on Sunday from 1,326 the day before, according to multiple media outlets citing the latest health data.The number of registered cases in the country rose to 28,572 on Sunday from 24,926 in the previous tally announced on Saturday, the reports added.
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Austrian FM says tourists who left recently are extremely negligent
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-22
Austrian tourists who flew overseas in recent days or who try to cancel emergency return flights to extend vacations are "extremely negligent", Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said on Sunday, urging travel limits to halt the coronavirus.Austria, which has 3,026 coronavirus cases and nine deaths, is working with Lufthansa unit Austrian Airlines, Ryanair Holding's Laudamotion and others to help those among the estimated 30,000 Austrian citizens abroad who want to get back home, Schallenberg told reporters in Vienna.On a new website, heimflug.austrian.com, would-be returnees can view emergency flights and re…
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Palestinians in West Bank must home-confine for 14 days as of 2000GMT
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-22
The Palestinian government on Sunday ordered Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank confined to their homes for two weeks as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.The order, announced by Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh on television, goes into force at 10 p.m. (2000GMT). Medical personnel, pharmacists, grocers and bakers would be exempt, he said.
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Ten Questions for the U.S.: Where did the Novel Coronavirus Come From?
Wang Fuhua | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-21
CGTN Editor's note: The article is an edited version of an article which was first published on a WeChat official account named Gong Yi Kan Shi Jie. The article reflects the author's opinions and does not necessarily reflect the views | …
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Ten Questions for the U.S.: Where did the Novel Coronavirus Come From?
Wang Fuhua | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-21
by Wang Fuhua | . | CGTN Editor's note: The article is an edited version of an article which was first published on a WeChat official account named Gong Yi Kan Shi Jie. The article reflects the author's opinions and not necessarily | …
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Ten Questions for the U.S.: Where did the Novel Coronavirus Come From?
| globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-21
by Wang Fuhua | . | CGTN Editor's note: The article is an edited version of an article which was first published on a WeChat official account named Gong Yi Kan Shi Jie. The article reflects the author's opinions and not necessarily | …
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UN welcomes response by Libyan parties to calls for humanitarian pause
news.un.org | 2020-03-21
The United Nations on Saturday welcomed the "positive responses" of Libya's Tripoli-based government and the Libyan National Army (LNA) to calls for a pause to stop the fighting, in the hopes that this would allow humanitarian access throughout the crisis-torn country and head off the potential threat of COVID-19.
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Vietnam War Started 55 Years Ago: Neoliberalism and "The Vietnam Model". Who Won the Vietnam War?
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-21
April 1975 marks the official end of the Vietnam War. Yet today, Vietnam is an impoverished countries. The Hanoi government is a US proxy regime. Vietnam has become a new cheap labor frontier of the global economy. Neoliberalism prevails.
globalresearch.ca/who-won-the-vietnam-wa…

Coronavirus crisis causes surge in dangerous channel crossings by desperate refugees
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-21
Fears around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have caused a surge in refugees trying to cross the English channel to the UK. The refugees risk their lives making these journeys in dangerous inflatable boats.Border patrols have blocked more than a 100 refugees from entering the UK this week. There are fears that 3,000 refugees living in desperate conditions in northern France are at high risk of contracting coronavirus.Desperation: Care4Calais founder Clare Moseley said it was only a matter of time before the virus swept through refugee camps.Bella Sankey, director of charity Detention Action, told the P…
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Coronavirus transforms Greek refugee camps into death camps
wsws.org | 2020-03-21
The intolerable hygienic conditions in the internment camps prevent even the most basic protective measures from being adopted.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/21/refu…

Beyond the Death Penalty, Activists Are Fighting to End Death by Incarceration
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-21
With 2.3 million people behind bars, the United States is the world's largest jailer. Yet after decades of holding this dubious honor, many Americans have begun to question what Fordham law professor John Plaff calls "this massive experiment in punitive social control." Decarceration is being discussed in states across the…
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