Daily Archives: March 28, 2020

2020-03-28: News Headlines

Declan Terence Bradley, Mariam Abdulmonem Mansouri, Frank Kee, Leandro Martin Totaro Garcia (2020-03-28). [Commentary] A systems approach to preventing and responding to COVID-19. thelancet.com A novel zoonotic coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 has resulted in a pandemic of respiratory infection [1,2]. COVID-19 has provoked restrictive infection control measures, social and economic disruption, and expressions of racism [3]. Systems thinking can help policymakers understand and influence the spread of infection and its multifaceted consequences across the community since society is itself a complex adaptive system [4]. It can provide a framework to look beyond the chain of infection and better understand the multiple implications of decisions and (in)actions in face of such a complex situation involving many inte…

Marjorie Cohn (2020-03-28). DOJ Seeks to Exploit Coronavirus Emergency to Detain People Indefinitely. zcomm.org Throughout U.S. history, presidents have exploited national emergencies to exceed their constitutional powers…

Staff (2020-03-28). Using CPAPs in Place of Ventilators Could Spread the Coronavirus. truthout.org The limited supply of ventilators is one of the chief concerns facing hospitals as they prepare for more COVID-19 cases. In Italy, where hospitals have been overwhelmed with patients in respiratory failure, doctors have had to make difficult life-or-death decisions about who gets a ventilator and who does not. | In the U.S., emergency plans developed by states for a shortage of ventilators include using positive airway pressure machines — like those used to treat sleep apnea — to help hospita…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-03-28). Barbaric Decisions: Coronavirus, Refusing Bail and Julian Assange. dissidentvoice.org To expose another human being to serious illness, and to the threat of losing their life, is grotesque and quite unnecessary. This is not justice, it is a barbaric decision. — Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, March 26, 2020 Social distancing is not a word that seems to have reached certain parts of the British …

WSWS (2020-03-28). COVID-19 pandemic spells no truce in US imperialism's global aggression. wsws.org Far from declaring a humanitarian truce as COVID-19 threatens the lives of millions, Washington has sought to weaponize the death and disruption spread by the disease.

WSWS (2020-03-28). Fears grow that coronavirus is taking hold among immigrants in US custody as three children test positive. wsws.org Adult and child detainees living in cramped quarters, herded into cafeterias and denied basic sanitation are facing the very real possibility of an escalated rate of contagion.

Kathy Kelly (2020-03-28). Vigil for Peace in Yemen, a New Norm. dissidentvoice.org For the past three years, several dozen New Yorkers have gathered each Saturday at Union Square, at 11: 00 a.m. to vigil for peace in Yemen. Now, however, due to the coronavirus, the vigil for peace is radically altered. Last week, in recognition of the city's coming shelter in place program, participants were asked to hold …

The Canary (2020-03-28). Frontline NHS staff say coronavirus testing is still 'not enough' and 'not fast enough'. thecanary.co NHS staff working on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic have said not enough is being done to deal with the rising numbers of workers forced to self-isolate and take time off.Coronavirus tests for frontline workers are to be trialled in England this weekend ahead of a wider rollout, in a bid to get more healthcare staff back to work.This comes 10 days after Wales began screening staff in a bid to help the health service cope with the outbreak. | Those working in hospitals across the UK said the move has not come quickly enough, with some wards crippled by up to a quarter of doctors and nurses off.All the…

The Canary (2020-03-28). Council workers face 'sickening physical and verbal assaults' during coronavirus pandemic. thecanary.co Council workers have been abused and assaulted as they carry out their duties during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. One safety patrol officer had his leg broken after a cyclist rode into him. | The Local Government Association (LGA) said there'd been a number of "sickening physical and verbal assaults" on workers. It called on the public to respect the "tireless efforts" of council staff. | The LGA acknowledged that "emotions and tensions are running high" during the pandemic but said workers had been spat and sworn at, shoved by members of the public and racially abused. | We're heartbroken to hear that some…

Katie Halper (2020-03-28). Media Silent as Poll Workers Contract Covid-19 at Primaries That DNC, Biden Campaign Claimed Were Safe. fair.org Donald Trump is the

The Lancet (2020-03-28). [Editorial] COVID-19: learning from experience. thelancet.com Over the past 2 weeks, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has marched relentlessly westward. On March 13, WHO said that Europe was now the centre of the pandemic. A few days later, deaths in Italy surpassed those in China. Iran and Spain had also reported over 1000 deaths as of March 23, and many other European countries and the USA reported increasing numbers of cases, heralding an imminent wave of fatalities. Following the sweep of COVID-19 is a series of dramatic containment measures that reflect the scale of the threat posed by the pandemic.

Antoine Flahault (2020-03-28). [Correspondence] COVID-19 cacophony: is there any orchestra conductor? thelancet.com The first wave of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is currently invading the world, and several countries are now struggling to fight it or trying to delay its start to help smooth its peak size for the purpose of lowering morbidity and mortality, and thereby reduce the overall tension on their health-care system. China's first major outbreaks of COVID-19 happened in January, 2020. Then South Korea, Iran, and Italy entered into this Ravel's Bolero-like epidemic in late February and early March, 2020, and many other countries are preparing to play the same rhythmic pattern in the coming days and weeks.

Richard Horton (2020-03-28). [Comment] Offline: COVID-19 and the NHS—"a national scandal" thelancet.com "When this is all over, the NHS England board should resign in their entirety." So wrote one National Health Service (NHS) health worker last weekend. The scale of anger and frustration is unprecedented, and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the cause. The UK Government's Contain—Delay—Mitigate—Research strategy failed. It failed, in part, because ministers didn't follow WHO's advice to "test, test, test" every suspected case. They didn't isolate and quarantine. They didn't contact trace. These basic principles of public health and infectious disease control were ignored, for reasons that r…

Ann Danaiya Usher (2020-03-28). [World Report] WHO launches crowdfund for COVID-19 response. thelancet.com For the first time, WHO is asking the general public and private donors for support. The project is a test run for the WHO Foundation, to be launched later this year. Ann Danaiya Usher reports.

Wendy Moore (2020-03-28). [Perspectives] The suffragette surgeons of Endell Street. thelancet.com When war swept through Europe in August, 1914, more than 1000 medical men were mobilised with the British Army to France and several hundred more male doctors signed up to support the Allied war effort. Dozens of British women doctors volunteered their services too. On Aug 14, 1914, just 10 days after Britain declared war on Germany, the UK's Association of Registered Medical Women compiled a list of more than 60 members who declared themselves "willing to serve". Yet their help was bluntly declined.

The Lancet (2020-03-28). [Editorial] Learning the lessons of Chernobyl: time is running out. thelancet.com Unit number 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded on April 26, 1986, causing radiation injuries to hundreds of people within a couple of weeks. High levels of radiation affected clean-up workers (liquidators) involved in the emergency response, more than 500‚Äà000 liquidators involved in later decontamination and containment, and the general population in the surrounding Soviet states. 116‚Äà000 people were evacuated, 220‚Äà000 were permanently relocated, and a 30 km exclusion zone still exists around the plant.

Sally Casswell, Jàºrgen Rehm (2020-03-28). [Comment] Reduction in global alcohol-attributable harm unlikely after setback at WHO Executive Board. thelancet.com A decision emerged after many hours of informal consultation at the WHO Executive Board in February, 2020, on the next steps for global governance of harmful use of alcohol. Clear evidence of increased alcohol consumption and attributable harm in many low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs),1 and predictions of more harm to come if effective policy is not adopted,2 led a group of representatives from LMICs to propose a working group "to review and propose the feasibility of developing an international instrument for alcohol control".

Michael Marmot (2020-03-28). [Perspectives] Despair, democracy, and the failures of American capitalism. thelancet.com A third of the children who used to ride the number 6 bus to school in Yamhill, OR, USA, in the 1970s died before their time, mostly by suicide or from drugs, alcohol, or reckless accidents. Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times, is one of the survivors. He recalls one family of five siblings, four of whom succumbed as adults: Farlan died of liver failure from drink and drugs; Rogena died of hepatitis linked to drug use; Zealan burned to death in a house fire while passed out drunk; and Nathan blew himself up cooking meth.

Aarathi Prasad (2020-03-28). [Perspectives] Leadership bid. thelancet.com The Perfect Candidate, director Haifaa Al-Mansour's second film based in Saudi Arabia, opens with a scene of an old man on a stretcher, bloodied and groaning after a collision with a truck brings him to the only emergency room in the area. Once the under-resourced clinic staff have heaved him through the only route into the building—a mud-clogged and flooded road—he opens his eyes to what for him is an even greater horror: the face of the only doctor qualified to treat him. Through her niqab, a pair of determined eyes examine him, as Dr Maryam expertly turns the patient's body to palpate his spine.

Susan Jaffe (2020-03-28). [World Report] Leadership changes at USAID. thelancet.com Mark Green, the respected head of the US Agency for International Development, has resigned. Susan Jaffe reports from Washington.

Tony Kirby (2020-03-28). [World Report] PrEP finally approved on NHS in England. thelancet.com After years of wrangling, pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention will finally be available on the National Health Service in England. Tony Kirby reports.

The Lancet (2020-03-28). [Editorial] Building on the PrEP victory. thelancet.com On March 15, the UK Department of Health and Social Care announced funding to make pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication available on the National Health Service in England for HIV prevention. This decision will be met, finally, with a sense of achievement by HIV activists and care providers, who have fought long and hard to make tenofovir-based PrEP drugs widely accessible in the UK, 8 years after the US Food and Drug Administration approved them and more than 4 years after WHO recommended their use for people at high risk of acquiring HIV.

Asha Herten-Crabb, Sara E Davies (2020-03-28). [Comment] Why WHO needs a feminist economic agenda. thelancet.com In September, 2019, Alan Donnelly and Ilona Kickbusch called for a chief economist at WHO.1 Such a position, they argued, would enable WHO to better advocate for greater recognition of, and thus action on, the interdependency of health and the economy. We support this proposal: recognition of the interdependence of health and the economy is vital for WHO to achieve its mandate: "the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health…without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition".

Eliza Egret (2020-03-28). When death dealers make ventilators, we know it's time to end the arms trade. thecanary.co Peace activists might be relieved to hear that UK arms companies are Meanwhile, arms company Babcock is working with a medical equipment company to make thousands of ventilators. Babcock is now seemingly concerned with saving lives, rather t…

WSWS (2020-03-28). Kroger warehouse workers walk out in Memphis over coronavirus concerns. wsws.org About 400 Kroger warehouse workers in Memphis walked off their jobs yesterday to protest mind-numbing work shifts of up to 96 hours a week and unsafe working conditions as COVID-19 spreads through the state of Tennessee.

Reese Erlich (2020-03-28). In a Plague Year, Trump Ratchets up Tensions with Iran and Iraq. zcomm.org Trump can continue his "maximum pressure campaign" against Iran and face continued Iraqi attacks on US troops. Or he can back off to focus on domestic concerns and avoid a wider war…

Juan Cole (2020-03-28). No Mercy even in a Pandemic. zcomm.org Israeli Occupation Authorities Demolish Makeshift Field Hospital in Palestinian Hamlet…

WSWS (2020-03-28). UK health care assistant: "There's a fear that if we are tested for COVID-19, most of us will come back positive and the NHS will collapse" wsws.org A senior health care assistant spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about his experiences at work during the coronavirus pandemic.

WSWS (2020-03-28). University of California graduate students need a socialist political strategy. wsws.org Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, striking University of California graduate students must turn out to the working class in a political struggle for trillions for public health, decent living standards, and public education for all.

Staff (2020-03-28). Republican Billionaire's Group Pushes Unproven COVID-19 Treatment Trump Promoted. truthout.org In recent days, Home Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus' Job Creators Network has placed

teleSUR (2020-03-28). Europe Exceeds 20,000 Deaths by COVID-19. telesurenglish.net The accelerating death toll from the COVID-19 epidemic sweeping the globe increased to more than 20,000 in Europe Saturday, with Italy and Spain the most affected, reporting more than 800 dead in a single day. | RELATED: | The worst-hit country, Italy, announced 889 new COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, pushing it past the 10,000 mark, and Spain added 832, as well as Madrid officials, said the epidemic seemed to be ne…

teleSUR (2020-03-28). COVID-19: Fears of Domestic Violence Rise as Millions Confined. telesurenglish.net With families across Europe confined to their homes to curb the spread of COVID-19, fears are rising of a surge in domestic violence, professionals on the matter warn. | RELATED: | From Berlin to Paris, Madrid, Rome, and Bratislava, associations that help victims of domestic violence have sounded the alarm after Europe overtook China to become the epicenter of the new pandemic. | The stress caused by social isolation is exacerba…

teleSUR (2020-03-28). New York: Quarantine By Trump Would Be a "Declaration of War" telesurenglish.net The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, attacked this Saturday the idea of ‚Äã‚Äãa mandatory quarantine in this state raised by the U.S. President, Donald Trump, and stated that such a measure would be a "declaration of war on the states." | RELATED: | "It would be chaos and mayhem," said Democrat Cuomo in an interview with CNN, in which he questioned the legality of the two-week quarantine th…

teleSUR (2020-03-28). Costa Rica Asks IMF for Exceptional Assistance Due to Covid-19. telesurenglish.net Costa Rica's President Carlos Alvarado Friday asked International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and the United Nations for better financing conditions to face the pandemic's economic effects. He also proposed "exceptional and historic" measures to protect the poorest. | RELATED: | "In the current context, the terms of financial assistance should be exceptional in terms of interest, grace period, and payment time," A…

teleSUR (2020-03-28). The Vatican Confirmed Covid-19 Cases at Pope Francis' Residence. telesurenglish.net Vaticano's Press Office Director Matteo Bruni Saturday reported 6 Covid-19 confirmed patients, one of whom is a Secretary of State official who resides at Saint Martha House, where Pope Francis lives. | RELATED: | "The Pope and his closest aides have not been affected," Bruni stressed and added that the official was isolated at a hospital, although his health conditions are not particularly critical. | "The test results confirmed the absen…

teleSUR (2020-03-28). Russia Calls to Lift 'Genocidal' Sanctions Against Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Russia's Foreing Minister Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova Friday reiterated her country's call to lift the illegal economic sanctions imposed by the United States on Venezuela, which they consider as a "genocide tool" in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | "We will not tire of repeating our call to immediately cancel arbitrary unilateral sanctions that at the current juncture of the epidemic become almost a weapo…

teleSUR (2020-03-28). Cuba's Medical Brigade Fight Along With Jamaica Against COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Cuba's medical brigade is currently fighting along with the Jamaican people and government against the Covid-19 pandemic, which is the result of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. | RELATED: | In statements to Prensa Latina on Internet, doctor Jose Armando Arronte, head of Cuba's Medical Brigade (BMC) in this nation, confirmed the favorable health condition of all collaborators who comply with health measures to the threatening of…

teleSUR (2020-03-28). Federal Judge Bans Bolsonaro's 'Brazil Cannot Stop' Campaign. telesurenglish.net Federal Judge Laura Bastos Saturday ordered RELATED: | Bastos complie…

Jessica Dos Santos (2020-03-28). Tales of Resistance: Love in Times of Coronavirus. zcomm.org We know we won't starve to death, because solidarity is alive and well in every corner of the country…

Steve Topple (2020-03-28). Thanks to the coronavirus, the poorest people in the UK are sitting on a financial time bomb. thecanary.co The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic could potentially unleash financial chaos for some of the poorest people in the UK. A new study has found that many of us have no financial safety net in the event of a crisis. But what the research doesn't say is that it's some of those at the bottom of society who'll be hit hardest. And thanks to Universal Credit, that group is about to get a whole lot larger. | Coronavirus: people are not prepared: | The financial advice company OpenMoney

WSWS (2020-03-28). New York Democratic governor finally suspends construction projects after criminal delay. wsws.org Andrew Cuomo suspended all "non-essential" construction projects as opposition to unsafe working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic began to mount.

The Canary (2020-03-28). NHS staff launch website to help colleagues working in 'scary' and 'heartbreaking' environments. thecanary.co Two friends have launched a free set of online resources to help NHS staff cope with the stresses of working during the coronavirus pandemic. | Trained cognitive behavioural hypnotherapists Slee Parrish and Alex James designed The website contains instructions for a set of eight techniques, accompanied by simple YouTube videos, to help staff manage feelings of fear, anxiety and stress while they are at work. | This includes breathing exercises, guided meditatio…

WSWS (2020-03-28). European Union summit on coronavirus ends in acrimony. wsws.org The 27 European Union heads of government met via video conference on Thursday evening to discuss the coronavirus crisis.

WSWS (2020-03-28). US teachers speak out on the coronavirus epidemic. wsws.org Teachers across the country spoke on the impact the epidemic is having on education and the way forward.

Tom Anderson (2020-03-28). An inside look at one of Bristol's new coronavirus mutual aid groups. thecanary.co This article is about my experience of being involved in the setting up of one of the thousands of new mutual aid groups which have sprung up across the British Isles. It's the first thing that I have written in this confusing time since the global coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak reached the UK, and it's been difficult to write. I hope it will be the first of many articles about the growth of these mutual aid groups.A time of uncertainty and isolation: The last week or so has been pretty memorable for everyone. Full of stress and anxiety about friends and family who are vulnerable to the spread of coronavi…

WSWS (2020-03-28). Albany, Georgia walloped by coronavirus outbreak as governor refuses to implement state-wide stay at home order. wsws.org As of Friday the Albany area ranked second only to the New York City metro region, the epicenter of the outbreak in the US, in the number of infections per capita.

WSWS (2020-03-28). Coronavirus death toll extends to New York transit workers. wsws.org The two deaths Thursday are the direct result of the criminally negligent response by the MTA in collaboration with the union.

WSWS (2020-03-28). Coronavirus cases in United States surpass 100,000. wsws.org Hospital systems in the most affected regions, including New York City, Chicago, Detroit and others, face imminent collapse.

Steve Topple (2020-03-28). Coronavirus brings out the worst in criminals as they target families on free school meals. thecanary.co Not to let a global pandemic go to waste, criminals have been Coronavirus: criminals making the most of it: | In an email seen by The Canary, one south London school sent this message to families on free school meals: The DfE [Department for Education] have warned that fraudsters are targeting parents of children eligible for f…

Staff (2020-03-28). 800,000 Doctors Demand Trump End Dangerous Campaign Against Social Distancing. truthout.org A council representing more than 800,000 doctors across the U.S. signed a letter Friday imploring President Donald Trump to reverse his call for businesses to reopen by April 12, warning that the president's flouting of the guidance of public health experts could jeopardize the health of millions of Americans and throw hospitals into even more chaos as they fight the coronavirus pandemic. | The Council of Medical Specialty Societies—a coalition comprised of such physicians' groups as th…

WSWS (2020-03-28). Coronavirus in Europe: Overworked hospitals become death traps. wsws.org The criminal inactivity of European governments has led to a murderous and vicious circle of overwork, infection and work absences in hospitals throughout the continent.

WSWS (2020-03-28). Ohio, Texas and Mississippi ban abortion under guise of fighting coronavirus. wsws.org Over the last two weeks Ohio, Texas and Mississippi have effectively banned abortion, claiming that personal protective equipment is needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fight Back (2020-03-28). The U.S. should be working with China to end the Pandemic, Not provoking a new cold war. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the statement from the MN Anti-War Committee. | The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest global crisis since World War 2. Millions may die in the coming weeks as the coronavirus spreads exponentially on every continent, irrespective of national borders. Hospital systems will be overwhelmed, supply chains will be stretched, shortages will be widespread, and impacts will be universal. Humanity will be united like never before, in struggle against an unprecedented public health threat. | Unfortunately, the Trump administration seems hellbent on using this crisis to furth…

Staff (2020-03-28). Cuomo Puts Private Equity Vulture in Charge of Coronavirus Economic Recovery. truthout.org New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

WSWS (2020-03-28). Australian governments reject calls for lockdown despite rising COVID-19 danger. wsws.org The "national cabinet" is determined to keep as many workers as possible on the job in order to shore up corporate profits.

WSWS (2020-03-28). Pandemic death toll in Europe rises to 19,000 as savaged health care systems are overwhelmed. wsws.org The COVID-19 pandemic is preying on Europe's 500 million-plus population whose health care services have been decimated by years of government austerity and private sector looting.

WSWS (2020-03-28). Workers remain at risk during New Zealand's COVID-19 lockdown. wsws.org A state of emergency has been imposed, parliament suspended and the military placed on standby, but many workers remain at risk of contagion.

Jon Walker (2020-03-28). We Must Expand Tricare for Everybody Who Needs It. zcomm.org We need a solution that can be used even faster than any industry bailout or targeted reinsurance program that has the government take on the insurers' cost for covering Covid-19 patients…

WSWS (2020-03-28). Nearly 19,000 pandemic deaths in Europe as savaged health care systems are overwhelmed. wsws.org The COVID-19 pandemic is preying on Europe's 500 million-plus population whose health care services have been decimated by years of government austerity and private sector looting.

Mirah Riben (2020-03-28). COVID-19 in America: An Avoidable Crisis and Loss of Untold Numbers of Lives. dissidentvoice.org President Trump claimed he used the word "hoax" about the news coverage, not the virus. But he continued to downplay and minimize it, such as saying on March 6, 2020: "I just think this is something that you can never really think is going to happen." I suppose he was unaware that The CDC issued …

Staff (2020-03-28). Trump and His Allies Have Decided to Preserve Capitalism at Any Cost. truthout.org Pastor Tony Spell of Baton Rouge knows what you can do with your social distancing. "The virus, we believe, is politically motivated," Under the circumstances, it…

WSWS (2020-03-28). Mexico's government seeks to place burden of virus crisis on the backs of the working class. wsws.org Mexican President López Obrador has belittled the threat and done nothing in terms of health spending or financial support to workers.

The Canary (2020-03-28). Medical journal editor-in-chief slams NHS bosses, saying they could have prevented 'chaos and panic'. thecanary.co NHS bosses could have prevented "chaos and panic" in a system left "wholly unprepared for this pandemic", Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of British medical journal the Lancet, has said. | Horton wrote in the Lancet that numerous warnings were issued to the NHS but these were not heeded. He cited an example from his journal on 20 January, pointing to a global epidemic: Preparedness plans should be readied for deployment at short notice, including securing supply chains of pharmaceuticals, personal protective equipment, hospital supplies and the necessary human resources to deal with the consequences of a global ou…

WSWS (2020-03-28). Detroit mayor confirms denial of treatment to "extremely sick" patients: "What they put out is honest" wsws.org One ICU nurse at a local hospital posted a video to social media from her car in tears as she described the COVID unit in her hospital saying that "it felt like I was working in a war zone."

Jack Rasmus (2020-03-28). A Reflection on Trump the War President. zcomm.org Trump is a 'true believer' that the market solves everything and immediately. Just wave the magic market wand and it will appear…

WSWS (2020-03-28). UK government buried 2016 report exposing catastrophic NHS failings during flu pandemic. wsws.org Exercise Cygnus has been buried for years for fear it would give rise to demands for an end to health care cuts.

WSWS (2020-03-28). Big business in South Korea exploits pandemic to carry out massive assault on jobs. wsws.org The trade unions are aiding the government and corporations use the health crisis to implement deeper attacks on the working class.

Staff (2020-03-28). On Strike Now for Three Years, Spectrum Workers Are Demanding Public Ownership. truthout.org Cable technician Troy Walcott, along with 1,800 of his fellow members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3, has been striking for three years, and there's still no end in sight. | Local 3 first walked off the job in March 2017 when their employer, Spectrum/Charter Communications — the

RT (2020-03-28). Worldwide number of Covid-19 cases exceeds 600,000 — Johns Hopkins University. rt.com The number of coronavirus cases around the world has reached 601,478, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University, which also puts the global death toll at close to 28,000. | Cases in the United States have skyrocketed in recent days, as the country's 105,000 infections now make it the new epicenter of the pandemic. Although originating in Wuhan, Hubei province, China has managed to halt the spread of the disease, with no new locally transmitted infections recorded on Friday. | The number of cases in Italy, the hardest-hit country in Europe, recently surpassed those in China. | Also on rt.com

RT (2020-03-28). Worldwide number of Covid-19 cases exceeds 615,500 — Johns Hopkins University. rt.com The number of coronavirus cases around the world has reached 615,519, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University, which also puts the global death toll at close to 29,000. | Cases in the United States have skyrocketed in recent days, as the country's 105,000 infections now make it the new epicenter of the pandemic. Although originating in Wuhan, Hubei province, China has managed to halt the spread of the disease, with no new locally transmitted infections recorded on Friday. | The number of cases in Italy, the hardest-hit country in Europe, recently surpassed those in China. | Also on rt.com

RT (2020-03-28). Big Tech teams up with White House to battle Covid-19 — and spy on us all. rt.com Governments and scientists alike agree that 'tracking' is a key strategy for containing the coronavirus. It is now clear they intend to do so using technology like smartphones, a move that raises concerns about privacy, however. | Both US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence made sure to mention the 'Covid-19 Screening Tool' app developed by Apple at their daily press briefing on Friday. According to the White House, the app "guides users through questions about symptoms and exposure," using guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) "to help determine steps they should…

RT (2020-03-28). Spain suffers another record day for Covid-19 deaths as 832 perish. rt.com Spain has recorded another record breaking day for Covid-19 deaths as 832 people died from the disease in 24 hours and the number of cases surged by over 8,000. | Spanish health officials announced on Saturday morning that 5,690 people have now died from the coronavirus in the Mediterranean country and a total of 72,248 people have contracted the illness. | The figure represents an increase of 8,189 confirmed cases on Friday's total. | While the shocking statistics are a further reminder of the threat the virus poses they offer evidence that the rate of infection has slowed in Spain. | The jump in cases is a 1…

RT (2020-03-28). 'Least deserving' Branson roasted as Virgin Atlantic seeks massive state-sponsored bailout despite not paying staff. rt.com Billionaire Richard Branson is coming under fire from politicians and regular citizens alike as the tycoon sought hundreds of millions of pounds in state aid for his Virgin Atlantic airline due to the Covid-19 crunch. | The airline, which does not boast the cash reserves of some of its larger competitors, has been hard-hit by the coronavirus crisis, which has left the aviation sector reeling. | It quickly put its staff on unpaid leave and has led the calls for a state-sponsored bailout of the industry. However, it plans to use the funds to cover fixed costs, rather than to pay its staff, who won't be getting a…

RT (2020-03-28). WATCH Russian biodefense troops disinfect nursing home in coronavirus-hit Italy. rt.com Experts from Moscow's biodefense unit have been deployed at the epicenter of the deadly Covid-19 outbreak in Italy, tasked with disinfecting a nursing home where patients died amid the coronavirus pandemic. | A Russian military biological and chemical protection team was dispatched to the Martino Zanchi nursing home in the city of Bergamo in Italy's northern Lombardy region on Friday. | Going from room to room, anti-epidemic specialists in hazmat suits and respirators sprayed disinfectant on all furniture, including beds and mattresses. They also thoroughly disinfected floors, walls and ceilings because traces…

RT (2020-03-28). 'We have many friends in the world': Italian FM says no ulterior motive to Russian Covid-19 aid, calls it 'act of solidarity'. rt.com Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio brushed aside suggestions that aid from Moscow to combat the coronavirus pandemic came with hidden intentions, stating his country had nothing to fear from Russian assistance. | In an

RT (2020-03-28). Three patients with Covid-19 die in Russia as country registers 228 new cases, total now 1,264. rt.com Three people in Russia have died after being infected with coronavirus. The precise cause of death in some of the cases is being determined, but they could potentially bring the country's Covid-19 death toll to seven. | One case involved a 57-year-old man from the town of Buzuluk, in the south-western Orenburg region. The local authorities said that the victim had caught the virus after traveling around Europe by car. | He was hospitalized, along with six family members, after it was discovered that he'd contracted Covid-19. The autopsy confirmed the coronavirus infection and bilateral viral pneumonia, with th…

RT (2020-03-28). 6 years of economic war toughened Russia to deal with oil market chaos. rt.com Russia has learned to survive Western sanctions and managed to accumulate enough funds to keep its economy afloat for several years even if oil prices continue to decline. | In a recent report, rating agency Moody's said the Russian economy is less vulnerable to oil market shocks triggered by the coronavirus outbreak and the row between Moscow and Riyadh. | "Russia is best-prepared of all the oil-producing countries, as our economy has been living in an economic war mode for 6 years," the president of the Russian-Asian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Vitaly Mankevich, told RT. | Also on rt.com

RT (2020-03-28). Russia to ban ALL cross-border travel over Covid-19 pandemic. rt.com Automobile, railway, pedestrian and river checkpoints on the Russian border will go into lockdown on Monday in order to prevent Covid-19 from spreading across the country, the government has announced. | Authorities said that the measure was "temporary," but provided no indication as to when frontiers will re-open. | The ban doesn't apply to diplomats or members of official delegations departing from the country. | Russian truck drivers serving international routes, as well as the crews of trains and river vessels, will be able to return home. Exceptions are also being made for residents of the Baltic Sea excl…

RT (2020-03-28). Two patients with Covid-19 die in Russia as country registers 228 new cases, total now 1,264. rt.com Two people in Russia have died after being infected with coronavirus. The precise cause of death in each case is still being determined, but they could potentially bring the country's Covid-19 death toll to six. | One case involved a 57-year-old from the town of Buzuluk, in the south-western Orenburg region, local health officials said, as cited by Russian media. Authorities say that the victim caught the virus after traveling around Europe by car. | The man was hospitalized, along with six family members, after it was discovered that he had Covid-19. Experts are still determining if the deceased succumbed to…

RT (2020-03-28). Russia presents Covid-19 TREATMENT based on existing anti-malaria drug. rt.com Russian specialists believe they have come up with an effective way to treat Covid-19 infection using an anti-malarial drug. They say it not only curbs the symptoms of the disease, but also prevents the virus from replicating. | While experts around the world have been trying to create a specific vaccine against the virus behind the global pandemic, there have also been attempts to repurpose existing medicines, to help the scores of patients that badly need treatment. Russian pharmacists on Saturday said they have found one such drug — Mefloquine — to be effective in stopping Covid-19. | The drug, wh…

RT (2020-03-28). Russian military support 'much needed' in Italy's 'critical' battle against Covid-19 — Lombardy VP. rt.com Russian help is "very much needed" in Italy's ongoing battle against the Covid-19 virus, the VP of the Lombardy region Fabrizio Sala has said, as the country recorded its worst yet single-day spike in fatalities. | Sala said on Friday that the presence of Russia's military in Italy proves that the pandemic has become "a problem for the whole world" and that its scale indicates that countries "need to combine our efforts" and work "side-by-side" to beat it, according to a statement released by Russia's Defense Ministry. | A contingent of 100 Russian military personnel arrived in Italy at the weekend after Rome…

RT (2020-03-28). He betrayed Maduro to be busted by America? Venezuela's ex-spy chief 'to turn himself in' to US to face 'narco-terrorism' charges. rt.com The former head of Venezuela's military intelligence, Hugo Carvajal, has reportedly offered to turn himself in to American authorities. Despite denouncing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Carvajal was too indicted by the US. | Carvajal, who has been in hiding since Spanish authorities green-lit his extradition to the US on drug-trafficking charges earlier this month, now wants to surrender, Reuters reported on Saturday, citing anonymous sources. According to the news agency, the Americans have been in touch with the former spy chief through a "non-governmental intermediary." | Though US authorities have lo…

RT (2020-03-28). 'Some people will die, that's life': Bolsonaro questions Covid-19 crisis, says deaths in Brazil exaggerated for political purposes. rt.com Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has waved off the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, insisting that life goes on. He suggested the death toll in his own country has been overstated for political purposes. | The Brazilian leader has been locking horns with many of the country's governors, who have imposed bans on non-essential commerce and continue to accuse Bolsonaro of prioritizing the economy over the lives of his citizens. | "I'm sorry, some people will die, they will die, that's life," Bolsonaro said in an televised interview on Friday. "You can't stop a car factory because of traffic deaths." | He remarked…

RT (2020-03-28). Pitching for ideas? Trump turned to baseball great Rodriguez & girlfriend J-Lo for coronavirus thoughts, say US reports. rt.com US President Donald Trump has cast his net far and wide in seeking input on how to tackle the mounting Covid-19 crisis in the country, including seeking the thoughts of baseball great Alex Rodriguez, according to some reports. | Coronavirus casualties are rising rapidly by the day in America, which has become the new epicenter for the pandemic. | Also on rt.com | | In economic terms, US leader Trump has formally signed a $2.2 trillion stimulus…

RT (2020-03-28). Rouhani says Iran's healthcare system ready for Covid-19 peak as it sees more than 3,000 new infections. rt.com President Hassan Rouhani has said that Iran's medical infrastructure was prepared to overcome the zenith of the coronavirus pandemic, as the country recorded more than 3,000 new cases and nearly 140 new deaths. | The Iranian leader expressed confidence in his country's ability to cope with a possible peak in Covid-19 cases during televised remarks on Saturday. He described Iran's medical facilities and personnel as "strong," and predicted that the crisis could come to an end in a few weeks. | Rouhani's remarks came as Iran's health ministry confirmed 3,076 new infections, bringing the national total to 35,408.

RT (2020-03-28). Covid-19 cases in Germany surge 6,294 in one day as death toll hits 325. rt.com The number of coronavirus cases in Germany has surged by 6,294 in one day to nearly 50,000, while the death toll jumped by 72 to 325. | The Robert Koch Institute announced a fresh round of alarming statistics on Saturday morning, showing that a total of 48,582 people in Germany are confirmed carriers of the virus. | The federal agency, which is responsible for disease control and prevention in Germany, said that 325 people have died after testing positive for the illness. The figure represents an increase of 72 from Friday's tally and it is based on data collected up until midnight on Friday. | The spike in ca…

RT (2020-03-28). Global Covid-19 death toll surpasses 30,000, with two thirds in Europe — AFP. rt.com The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 30,000 lives around the globe, according to the calculations by AFP news agency. Some 20,000 of the victims were in Europe where Italy and Spain remain the hardest-hit countries. | John Hopkins University in Maryland, which also keeps track of the Covid-19 death toll, has also updated its count to just above 30,000 deaths. | In AFP's home country, France, the authorities said that 319 people succumbed to the disease Saturday, with the overall number of deaths reaching 2,314.

RT (2020-03-28). India sees its biggest daily jump in Covid-19 cases as number of infected nears 900. rt.com India's confirmed coronavirus cases tally hit 873 on Saturday after the country went into a three-week quarantine in the hope of stopping the spread of the deadly Covid-19 disease. | An additional 149 people tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases nationwide to 873, India's Health Ministry said on Saturday. This is the biggest single-day increase the country has seen since the beginning of the outbreak. | India has remained among the states with a relatively low number of officially-reported infections and deaths from the coronavirus. A total of 19 people have died as of Saturday.

RT (2020-03-28). Wuhan reopens subway, allows incoming traffic as it phases out 2-month coronavirus lockdown (PHOTOS). rt.com The metro in Wuhan, the city where the deadly Covid-19 virus is believed to have originated, has opened its doors to 11 million residents after two months of lockdown. Trains are arriving in the city as life returns to normal. | On Saturday, several subway lines in Wuhan welcomed their first passengers after a 65-day hiatus brought about by the coronavirus outbreak, which has since spread to most of the planet. The number of those infected is nearing 600,000 worldwide. | Some 184 metro stations, equipped with thermal scanners, opened for commuters, who will still have to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

RT (2020-03-28). 'F*ck you pr*ck!': Tyson Fury's young son offers cheeky rebuke during dad's quarantine home workout (VIDEO). rt.com When you are a 6ft 9in heavyweight champion, exercising at home during a period of self-imposed isolation can be tricky but Tyson Fury isn't letting the coronavirus situation – or indeed his son – get in the way of his routine.

RT (2020-03-28). First baby dies in the US after coronavirus diagnosis. rt.com An infant younger than one year old has died in Chicago, after testing positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus. The child is possibly the first infant in the US to die of the deadly disease. | The child's death was reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Saturday. Though Covid-19 has not yet been named as the conclusive cause of death, the child was diagnosed with the illness before passing away. | "There has never before been a death associated with COVID-19 in an infant," IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said in a statement. "We must do everything we can to prevent the spread of this deadly…

RT (2020-03-28). 'Inadequate armor'? FETISH supplier donates gear to 'underfunded' NHS as Covid-19 deaths pass 1,000 mark. rt.com With Britain's National Health Service struggling to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, help has come from the most unlikely source. A company supplying medical equipment to hardcore fetish enthusiasts has donated its stock. | Over 17,000 Britons have contracted the Covid-19 coronavirus, among them Prince Charles and Prime Minister Boris Johnson. More than 1,000 have died. In the country's hospitals, shortages of vital protective gear have been

RT (2020-03-28). In 2009 UK government experts wildly over-hyped dangers of swine flu — is history repeating with Covid-19? rt.com Amidst the coronavirus lockdown, some of the claims of governments and media have been shown to be exaggerated. Ten years ago, they tried the same thing with swine flu. They haven't learned their lessons — has the public? | On Wednesday, RT

RT (2020-03-28). Kazakh bodybuilder's 'marriage' to sex doll girlfriend on hold because of coronavirus. rt.com Kazakh bodybuilder Yuri Tolochko has revealed his planned nuptials with sex-doll fiancee Margo have fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic. Yes, you read that right. | Muscleman Tolochko recently sent social media into a spin when he announced his plans to wed plastic lover Margo, having first shared news of their relationship back in May of 2019. | Also on rt.com | | Silicone sex doll Margo has her own Instagram page run by Tolochko, where the details of their intense preparat…

RT (2020-03-28). No reason to relax: Merkel warns Germans that lockdown WON'T be lifted as Covid-19 infections soar. rt.com Angela Merkel has urged Germans to continue to cooperate with a nationwide shutdown aimed at halting the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that the large number of daily infections means that the measures must remain in place. | In a weekly podcast, the German chancellor thanked the nation for complying with a comprehensive shutdown of non-essential activities, as well as for following social distancing guidelines, but said that the country was still a long way from returning to normal. | "I must ask you to be patient. Unfortunately, the daily numbers of new infections still give us no reason to relax the rules,"

RT (2020-03-28). From layoffs to COVID DANCE-OFFs, richest US universities drag their heels on virus response. rt.com When art school students at one of America's top universities asked their dean for tuition refunds, she turned them down in a most peculiar way: through interpretive dance. The elite, it seems, are different from you and me. | With their school closed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, students at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts got in touch with college officials to ask for their tuition back. Given that a year's tuition at the art school costs upwards of $60,000, they were anxious to get the money returned. | Dean Allyson Green emailed the students back last week, denying their request. Att…

RT (2020-03-28). Covid-19 SPIKE in Netherlands as 93 new deaths and over 1,100 new cases recorded. rt.com The Netherlands' surge in coronavirus cases continues, with 1,159 people confirmed as having caught the disease in 24 hours. The European country has also reported 93 new deaths from the virus. | A total of 9,762 people have now contracted the illness in the country, with Saturday's spike accounting for almost 14 percent of all confirmed cases. The death toll now stands at 639, up from 546 on Friday. | The Netherlands introduced social distancing and other measures in mid-March, in a bid to try and control the spread of the virus. Its National Institute for Health (RIVM) said it hopes to see the fruits of thes…

RT (2020-03-28). OneWeb files for bankruptcy, unable to secure financing amid coronavirus chaos. rt.com SpaceX rival OneWeb has filed for bankruptcy less than a week after launching another batch of internet satellites, as it failed to raise more funds for its program amid the Covid-19 pandemic. | The London-based venture, as well its affiliates, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday, saying that the proceedings are aimed at pursuing "a sale of its business in order to maximize the value of the company." | Since the beginning of the year, OneWeb had been trying to get more investment. The company says that is was close to obtaining the necessary financial support, but talks failed due to market turbulence tr…

RT (2020-03-28). Run for the hills! Pentagon sends teams into MOUNTAIN BUNKERS as pandemic preparations go into full swing. rt.com The US' Northern Command has sent teams of essential staff deep underground to wait out the Covid-19 pandemic. On the surface, more than a million grunts won't be quite as cocooned. | Air Force General Terrence O'Shaughnessy heads up the US' Northern Command, as well as the North American Aerospace Defense Command — a joint US/Canadian operation that monitors the skies over North America for missile and airborne threats. Earlier this week, O'Shaughnessy

RT (2020-03-28). 'No new patients until release': WATCH staff protest KIDNAPPING of Haiti hospital chief as Covid-19 takes root in country. rt.com The chief surgeon and director at one of Haiti's major hospitals was kidnapped on his way into work, triggering protests from the facility's staff, who have refused to take any new patients until the doctor is freed. | The surgeon, Dr Jerry Bitar, was abducted soon after leaving his home for the Bernard Mevs hospital in Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince on Friday, an administrator at the facility told Reuters. Crowds gathered outside the hospital to demand Bitar's release, chanting slogans and declining treatment for any new arrivals. | "Hospital staff decided not to take any new cases for the time being," sai…

RT (2020-03-28). Primary postponed & quarantine mulled as New York Covid-19 death toll JUMPS by 209 in one day & number of cases blasts past 50,000. rt.com The death toll from the Covid-19 infection in New York increased by 209 on Saturday, while the number of people infected with the virus rose to 52,318. The state's presidential primary was also pushed back until June. | Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in a press conference on Saturday that a total of 728 people in New York have now died due to the illness. The number of confirmed cases also surged past the 50,000 milestone as it spiked by 7,683 on Friday's total of 44,635. The increase represents a 17 percent jump on the previous day's figure. | US President Donald Trump said earlier in the day that he was con…

RT (2020-03-28). 'We will be where they are': LA mayor says he expects city to catch up with NYC on coronavirus in DAYS. rt.com A rush of Covid-19 patients will soon swarm Los Angeles' hospitals, the city's mayor warned, noting that a rapid rise in cases has put LA on track to eclipse New York City in under a week. | With California seeing a 26 percent spike in coronavirus patients on Friday alone, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said his city would likely be overwhelmed, with cases doubling every two days, pushing its medical facilities to breaking point. | "We will be where they are," Garcetti said, referring to NYC, the nation's hardest-hit city. "We will have doctors making excruciating decisions. We will be trying to figure out what we do…

RT (2020-03-28). World boxing champ Billy Joe Saunders apologizes after video shows him 'teaching men how to hit women during lockdown'. rt.com British world boxing champion Billy Joe Saunders has apologized after footage emerged appearing to show him teaching men how to hit their female partners if tensions flare in lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic. | WBO world super-middleweight champ Saunders, 30, is seen in the footage training with a punchbag in his barn. | Talking to the camera, the boxer begins by saying: "I just want to make a little video for all you dads, husbands, if you've got girlfriends etc. | "Obviously this Covid-19 thing is getting quite serious and we are isolated in tight spaces. | "If your old woman is giving you mouth and you…

RT (2020-03-28). First train with medical supplies for Europe leaves Wuhan as China eases Covid-19 lockdown. rt.com Beijing has resumed its railway freight service between Wuhan and Europe by delivering medical aid to Germany as authorities work to lift strict quarantine measures after the number of new cases Covid-19 dropped. | A train loaded with medical supplies and construction materials has left a station in Wuhan, the capital city of China's central Hubei Province, and is set to arrive in the city of Duisburg in Germany in two weeks, Chinese outlet the Global Times reported on Saturday. The delivery will be the first China-EU cargo freight operation from Wuhan since the city was placed under strict quarantine in Janua…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-03-28). 'Far More to Do,' Say Progressives After House Approves and Trump Signs Corporate-Friendly Coronavirus Relief Act. commondreams.org "The clock has already started on a fourth bill and we expect and demand that House Democrats fight to ensure that the needs of all communities are met." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-03-28). 800,000 Doctors to Trump: Heed Expert Warnings and End Dangerous Campaign Against Social Distancing. commondreams.org "We need your leadership in supporting science-based recommendations on social distancing that can slow the virus." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Joe Parkin Daniels (2020-03-28). [World Report] Venezuelan migrants "struggling to survive" amid COVID-19. thelancet.com Humanitarian organisations are concerned that border closures and health-care shortages are amplifying the challenges posed by COVID-19. Joe Parkin Daniels reports from Bogotá.

Peace Action Massachusetts (2020-03-28). Webinar: Coronavirus: Time to End US Sanctions on Iran. indybay.org Online webinar via ZOOM…

San Jose Peace & Justice Center (2020-03-28). Webinar: Decarceration in the time of COVID – 19 with Ivette Ale from JusticeLA. indybay.org Online event…

Ella Baker Center (2020-03-28). As COVID-19 Reaches Santa Rita Jail, Decarceration Becomes More Urgent. indybay.org Oakland, CA — According to Alameda County jail officials, a nurse in Santa Rita Jail has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the first positive test in the jail. The positive case follows at least one confirmed exposure and several possible exposures at the jail by an arrestee and sheriff deputy. For the last two weeks, advocates with the Audit Ahern Coalition and healthcare labor unions have been calling for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office (ACSO), Alameda County District Attorney's Office, and Alameda County Board of Supervisors to reduce the risk of this pandemic for those incarcerated at Santa…

anonymous (2020-03-28). Learning from the Past, Preparing for the Future: Lessons from Depression-era Mutual Aid. indybay.org As coronavirus spreads and the death toll begins to climb, our most immediate concern is (and should remain) staying healthy and supporting our communities through the immediate crisis. As radicals, however, we must also begin to strategize how we will respond to the economic collapse that will continue to affect our lives long after a vaccine or herd immunity render the virus itself a past issue. Looking back to our local history, we can learn a great deal from Great Depression era worker self-organizing and mutual aid.

Kate Zeller (2020-03-28). IMF Announces Coronavirus Debt Relief and Increased Lending Resources. indybay.org As the coronavirus continues to take lives and wreak havoc on health systems and the economy, the International Monetary Fund announced plans for debt relief for poor countries and increased lending resources for all countries.

National Lawyers Guild (2020-03-28). Know Your Rights during COVID-19 (Coronavirus). indybay.org While the COVID-19 pandemic necessitates public health measures to reduce the impact of the virus on our communities and health care systems, we must be vigilant and resist authoritarian and violent tendencies.

Kate Zeller (2020-03-28). G20 Emergency Meeting Convenes on Coronavirus Health and Economic Impacts. indybay.org Saudi Arabia chaired an emergency virtual G20 meeting for Presidents and Prime Minsters as the coronavirus wreaks havoc on the global economy.

Brenda Norrell (2020-03-28). Navajo Nation reports two deaths and 92 cases of coronavirus. indybay.org Navajo coronavirus cases increased to 92 cases, with two confirmed deaths. There were 21 new cases of the virus in the past 24 hours for Dine' living in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

The Commonwealth Club (2020-03-28). Livestream: The Science of Happiness during COVID-19. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Tony Cartalucci (2020-03-28). Covid-19: The Panic is Worse Than the Pathogen. indybay.org

The Commonwealth Club (2020-03-28). Livestream: COVID-19 and the LGBTQI Community. indybay.org Online via livestream…

JAIR ALEXANDER OLAVE CALDERON (2020-03-28). DESPUES DE LA PANDEMIA DEL COVID-19 "EL DIA DESPUES" indybay.org El día en que el mundo supere la guerra biológica que hoy enfrenta, entenderá que el rol del estado debe ser predominante y volver a tomar el control de las instituciones de salud, los servicios públicos, el control mixto de la banca, el absoluto control y manejo de los fondos de pensiones.

The Commonwealth Club (2020-03-28). Live Stream: Solutions to the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond. indybay.org Online event via live stream…

ACPD (2020-03-28). Alameda County Public Defender Wins COVID-19 Release of More Than 300 Inmates. indybay.org OAKLAND, Thursday, March 19 — Lawyers with the Public Defender's Office in collaboration with the Sheriff, prosecutors and courts have secured the release of more than 300 people because of the threat of COVID-19 in Santa Rita County Jail.

Workers World Party (2020-03-28). Webinar: Capitalism is Killing Us! COVID-19 and Wall Street Crash. indybay.org Online event…

Ruth Robertson (2020-03-28). Starbucks Let Critical Time Slip Away Before Taking Action During COVID-19 Pandemic. indybay.org A March 26 Buzzfeed News article says of Starbucks, "the decisions of a company that employs 220,000 people in the US have had far-reaching consequences in the midst of a virus accelerating faster than most public health systems can keep up with."

Palo Alto and Beyond (2020-03-28). 2020 Scenes from a Pandemic: Lockdown Pt. II. indybay.org Photo credits as indicated go to: Wesley Chang, Ruth Robertson, Bob Shonkoff, and Teri Vershel. All for Pro Bono Photo. Top photo by Teri Vershel, Pro Bono Photo. | Part I of this story is at link below.

Adopted from ACLU Northern California (2020-03-28). Golden Chains may explore the Stolen Legacy of Negro Bar, California. indybay.org First elected Treasurer of San Francisco, Honorable William Alexander Leidesdorff, Jr. acquired well over 35,000 acres along the "Gold River" Rancho Rio de Los Americanos. His "sudden death" and burial on May 18, 1848 marked the beginning of the Gold Rush on his land and the establishment of the town Negro Bar, California, today the City of Folsom. "Slavery and Freedom" in Negro Hill / Negro Bar Mining District is part of "Golden Chains" to be continued…

The Canary (2020-03-28). Coronavirus testing to begin for some NHS staff. thecanary.co Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests for NHS frontline staff are to be trialled this weekend. These are part of a wider roll-out to help those given the all-clear from the disease to return to work. The move comes after prime minister Boris Johnson tested positive for coronavirus and has gone into self-isolation.Cabinet minister Michael Gove said the government was working in a "new alliance" with universities, businesses and researchers to boost testing capacity. A total of 759 people have already died in UK hospitals after being diagnosed with coronavirus. Meanwhile, 113,777 have tested positive and hundreds of thousan…

The Canary (2020-03-28). Johnson accused of failing to follow his own rules as another cabinet minister self isolates. thecanary.co The number of people who have died after contracting coronavirus passed 1,000 as it was revealed another cabinet minister has been forced to self-isolate.As of 5pm on 27 March, 1,019 people had died after being diagnosed with Covid-19, the Department of Health and Social Care said on 28 March.A total of 120,776 coronavirus tests have taken place, with 17,089 positive results and 103,687 people testing negative.The latest figures come after Scottish secretary Alister Jack revealed he had developed mild symptoms of coronavirus and was self-isolating.Boris Johnson is already having to lead the response to the pandem…

sputniknews (2020-03-28). Pakistani Minister Calls BS After UK-Based News Channel Claims Imran Khan is COVID-19 Positive. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The novel coronavirus pandemic has affected 199 countries, infecting some of the world's most famous personalities including the UK's Prince Charles, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Hollywood celebrities like Tom Hanks, and even Sophie Grégoire Trudeau — the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Ralph Nader (2020-03-28). Coronavirus Makes Clear: The Time for Serious Civic Reforms Is Now! commondreams.org The coronavirus outbreak must be defeated in a way that moves us forward. (Image: CDC) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Leonardo Flores (2020-03-28). Trump's Narcoterrorism Indictment of Maduro Already Backfires. commondreams.org A U.S. Justice Department images displays charges against Venezuelan President Nicol√°s Maduro and other Venezuelan officials on March 26, 2020. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Richard Eskow (2020-03-28). How Many Nedas? Iran Sanctions Are Biological Warfare Against Civilians. commondreams.org General view of a hospital where health officers, wearing masks and special protective suits, take care of a patient infected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) at a hospital in Tehran, Iran on March 02, 2020. (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Christian Parenti, Dante Dallavalle (2020-03-28). Our Economy Is a Sick Beast: The Corporate Debt Crisis Explained. commondreams.org Traders work during the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 19, 2020, at Wall Street in New York City. Wall Street stocks fell again early Thursday as central banks unveiled new stimulus measures and U.S. jobless claims showed an initial hit from the slowdown generated by the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Imani Countess and William Minter (2020-03-28). Can Coronavirus Be a Catalyst for Thinking Globally? commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Sue Sturgis (2020-03-28). COVID-19 Crisis Reveals Broadband Inequity. commondreams.org Eight-year-old Indi Pineau, a 3rd grader in Jeffco Public Schools, works on doing her first day of online learning in her room at her family's home on March 17, 2020 in Lakewood, Colorado. Jeffco Public Schools implemented a remote learning and work plan where teachers, students, and staff will educate and learn from home with online programs for an unknown period due to COVID-19. (Photo: RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Laura Flanders (2020-03-28). Covid-19: Our Health Crisis Is Born of Bigotry. commondreams.org Americans lack a national health care system, the country's pockmarked with healthcare deserts, and millions of what Truman called "normally self-supporting" people are just one layoff or one virulent virus away from disaster—as we're now seeing. (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

pip.hinman (2020-03-28). LGBTI people face greater stigmatisation in pandemic. greenleft.org.au

sputniknews (2020-03-28). Abe Warns Citizens of 'Unprecedented' Economic Measures, Long Battle Against COVID-19. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday called upon citizens to prepare themselves for the "worst-case scenario" and lengthy battle against COVID-19 that will include unprecedented economic measures.

sputniknews (2020-03-28). Possible COVID-19 Outbreak in Libya to Be 'Catastrophic' Amid Protracted Conflict, UN Warns. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Should a COVID-19 outbreak begin in Libya, it will overwhelm the war-torn country's already overstretched healthcare system, Jennifer Bose Ratka, public information officer at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Libya, said.

sputniknews (2020-03-28). Indian Gov't Extends Relief to Migrant Labourers on 'Longest March' Amid Coronavirus Lockdown. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared a three-week lockdown in the country earlier this week in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The federal government has also rolled out a $22.36 billion economic relief package for the poorer sections of the population.

sputniknews (2020-03-28). Afghan Security Council Warns Any Propaganda Could Sabotage Prisoner Swap Process. sputniknews.com KABUL (Sputnik) – Any propaganda, including on the part of the Taliban movement that refused to agree on a ceasefire and increased violence against Afghans, could hinder the process of prisoners exchange in Afghanistan, Javid Faisal, the spokesman for the National Security Council, said on Saturday.

sputniknews (2020-03-28). Indian Railways Turns Coaches Into Isolation Facility for COVID-19 Patients, Leaving Users Impressed. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): In a collective fight against the coronavirus pandemic, India has locked down its 1.3 billion citizens until 14 April. All modes of public transports including trains, planes, buses, and even metro and local rails have been suspended until then.

sputniknews (2020-03-28). Russia Registers 228 Coronavirus Cases Over Past 24 Hours – Operational Headquarters. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The number of patients infected with COVID-19 in Russia has increased by 228 people over the past 24 hours, the country's operational headquarters for preventing the spread of coronavirus said in a statement on Saturday.

sputniknews (2020-03-28). Russian Federal Biomedical Agency Presents Drug to Treat COVID-19. sputniknews.com Earlier in the day, Russia's operational headquarters for preventing the spread of COVID-19 reported that the number of patients infected with the coronavirus in Russia has increased by 228 people over the past 24 hours, and that one more person has died.

sputniknews (2020-03-28). Spread of COVID-19 in Russia to Decline in May – WHO Representative on Health Ministry's Assessment. sputniknews.com Earlier this week, the World Health Organisation's (WHO) representative in Russia, Melita Vujnovic, said that there was no need for a hard quarantine in Russia, adding that Moscow was "one step ahead" in its fight against COVID-19.

sputniknews (2020-03-28). D'oh! New Study Reveals Mysterious X-Ray Signals Are Not Decaying Dark Matter. sputniknews.com The existence and detection of dark matter is one of the most important topics in science. It is believed that this enigmatic substance, which does not absorb, reflect, or emit light holds together entire galaxies and plays a crucial role in the evolution of the Universe.

sputniknews (2020-03-28). Scientists Stuck on Research Ship in Arctic as Borders Closed Amid COVID-19 Pandemic. sputniknews.com The Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of the Arctic Climate or MOSAiC project involves more than 60 institutions from 19 countries and amid the coronavirus pandemic and worldwide closure of borders, it seems unlikely that scientists will cross international borders just to reach a common embarkation point.

sputniknews (2020-03-28). 'Corona Criminals' Going Out of Their Way to Bait COVID-19-Fearing People. sputniknews.com As many prefer or alternatively have been resolutely instructed to stay indoors, with the spread of the coronavirus leaving no say in the matter, culprits have been changing the ways in which they do business, targeting potentially gullible individuals in online scams as well as deceiving them in their own homes.

sputniknews (2020-03-28). 'Don't Be a Cutie Pie!' Trump Gives Weird Comeback to Reporter During White House Briefing – Video. sputniknews.com The US government is trying to curb the coronavirus outbreak in the country, as the United States has surpassed all other countries in the number of cases, with over 100,000 infected and at least 1,700 fatalities.

sputniknews (2020-03-28). 'Truly Awful': Hillary Clinton Bashed for 'America First' Remarks as Corona Pandemic Persists. sputniknews.com With at least 81,000 positive tests, the US currently has more confirmed COVID-19 cases than any other country, something that President Trump said was "a tribute to the amount of testing that we're doing".

sputniknews (2020-03-28). Istanbul Nearly Deserted Amid COVID-19 Pandemic – Video. sputniknews.com Turkey is suspending air travel with other countries amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on 27 March.

2020-03-28: Social Media Postees

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DOJ Seeks to Exploit Coronavirus Emergency to Detain People Indefinitely
Marjorie Cohn | zcomm.org | 2020-03-28
Throughout U.S. history, presidents have exploited national emergencies to exceed their constitutional powers…
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[Commentary] A systems approach to preventing and responding to COVID-19
Declan Terence Bradley, Mariam Abdulmonem Mansouri, Frank Kee, Leandro Martin Totaro Garcia | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
A novel zoonotic coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 has resulted in a pandemic of respiratory infection [1,2]. COVID-19 has provoked restrictive infection control measures, social and economic disruption, and expressions of racism [3]. Systems thinking can help policymakers understand and influence the spread of infection and its multifaceted consequences across the community since society is itself a complex adaptive system [4]. It can provide a framework to look beyond the chain of infection and better understand the multiple implications of decisions and (in)actions in face of such a complex situation involving many inte…
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Why is the U.S. so exceptionally vulnerable to Covid-19?
Nicolas J.S. Davies | zcomm.org | 2020-03-28
Will we finally wake up from our American dream, open our eyes and start learning from our neighbors in other countries, including ones that have different political, economic and healthcare systems than ours?>…
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Using CPAPs in Place of Ventilators Could Spread the Coronavirus
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-28
The limited supply of ventilators is one of the chief concerns facing hospitals as they prepare for more COVID-19 cases. In Italy, where hospitals have been overwhelmed with patients in respiratory failure, doctors have had to make difficult life-or-death decisions about who gets a ventilator and who does not. | In the U.S., emergency plans developed by states for a shortage of ventilators include using positive airway pressure machines

Barbaric Decisions: Coronavirus, Refusing Bail and Julian Assange
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-28
To expose another human being to serious illness, and to the threat of losing their life, is grotesque and quite unnecessary. This is not justice, it is a barbaric decision.

COVID-19 pandemic spells no truce in US imperialism's global aggression
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
Far from declaring a humanitarian truce as COVID-19 threatens the lives of millions, Washington has sought to weaponize the death and disruption spread by the disease.
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Costa Rica Asks IMF for Exceptional Assistance Due to Covid-19
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-28
Costa Rica's President Carlos Alvarado Friday asked International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and the United Nations for better financing conditions to face the pandemic's economic effects. He also proposed "exceptional and historic" measures to protect the poorest. | RELATED: | Costa Rican Indigenous Denounce Govt Inaction Regarding Murders | "In the current context, the terms of financial assistance should be exceptional in terms of interest, grace period, and payment time," A…
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Fears grow that coronavirus is taking hold among immigrants in US custody as three children test positive
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
Adult and child detainees living in cramped quarters, herded into cafeterias and denied basic sanitation are facing the very real possibility of an escalated rate of contagion.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/28/chil…

[Correspondence] COVID-19 cacophony: is there any orchestra conductor?
Antoine Flahault | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
The first wave of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is currently invading the world, and several countries are now struggling to fight it or trying to delay its start to help smooth its peak size for the purpose of lowering morbidity and mortality, and thereby reduce the overall tension on their health-care system. China's first major outbreaks of COVID-19 happened in January, 2020. Then South Korea, Iran, and Italy entered into this Ravel's Bolero-like epidemic in late February and early March, 2020, and many other countries are preparing to play the same rhythmic pattern in the coming days and weeks.
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[Editorial] COVID-19: learning from experience
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
Over the past 2 weeks, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has marched relentlessly westward. On March 13, WHO said that Europe was now the centre of the pandemic. A few days later, deaths in Italy surpassed those in China. Iran and Spain had also reported over 1000 deaths as of March 23, and many other European countries and the USA reported increasing numbers of cases, heralding an imminent wave of fatalities. Following the sweep of COVID-19 is a series of dramatic containment measures that reflect the scale of the threat posed by the pandemic.
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[Comment] Offline: COVID-19 and the NHS–"a national scandal"
Richard Horton | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
"When this is all over, the NHS England board should resign in their entirety." So wrote one National Health Service (NHS) health worker last weekend. The scale of anger and frustration is unprecedented, and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the cause. The UK Government's Contain–Delay–Mitigate–Research strategy failed. It failed, in part, because ministers didn't follow WHO's advice to "test, test, test" every suspected case. They didn't isolate and quarantine. They didn't contact trace. These basic principles of public health and infectious disease control were ignored, for reasons that r…
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[Perspectives] The suffragette surgeons of Endell Street
Wendy Moore | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
When war swept through Europe in August, 1914, more than 1000 medical men were mobilised with the British Army to France and several hundred more male doctors signed up to support the Allied war effort. Dozens of British women doctors volunteered their services too. On Aug 14, 1914, just 10 days after Britain declared war on Germany, the UK's Association of Registered Medical Women compiled a list of more than 60 members who declared themselves "willing to serve". Yet their help was bluntly declined.
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[Comment] Reduction in global alcohol-attributable harm unlikely after setback at WHO Executive Board
Sally Casswell, Jàºrgen Rehm | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
A decision emerged after many hours of informal consultation at the WHO Executive Board in February, 2020, on the next steps for global governance of harmful use of alcohol. Clear evidence of increased alcohol consumption and attributable harm in many low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs),1 and predictions of more harm to come if effective policy is not adopted,2 led a group of representatives from LMICs to propose a working group "to review and propose the feasibility of developing an international instrument for alcohol control".
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[Perspectives] Despair, democracy, and the failures of American capitalism
Michael Marmot | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
A third of the children who used to ride the number 6 bus to school in Yamhill, OR, USA, in the 1970s died before their time, mostly by suicide or from drugs, alcohol, or reckless accidents. Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times, is one of the survivors. He recalls one family of five siblings, four of whom succumbed as adults: Farlan died of liver failure from drink and drugs; Rogena died of hepatitis linked to drug use; Zealan burned to death in a house fire while passed out drunk; and Nathan blew himself up cooking meth.
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[Editorial] Learning the lessons of Chernobyl: time is running out
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
Unit number 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded on April 26, 1986, causing radiation injuries to hundreds of people within a couple of weeks. High levels of radiation affected clean-up workers (liquidators) involved in the emergency response, more than 500‚Äà000 liquidators involved in later decontamination and containment, and the general population in the surrounding Soviet states. 116‚Äà000 people were evacuated, 220‚Äà000 were permanently relocated, and a 30 km exclusion zone still exists around the plant.
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[World Report] Leadership changes at USAID
Susan Jaffe | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
Mark Green, the respected head of the US Agency for International Development, has resigned. Susan Jaffe reports from Washington.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)30721-2/fulltext?rss=yes

[Editorial] Building on the PrEP victory
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
On March 15, the UK Department of Health and Social Care announced funding to make pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication available on the National Health Service in England for HIV prevention. This decision will be met, finally, with a sense of achievement by HIV activists and care providers, who have fought long and hard to make tenofovir-based PrEP drugs widely accessible in the UK, 8 years after the US Food and Drug Administration approved them and more than 4 years after WHO recommended their use for people at high risk of acquiring HIV.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)30688-7/fulltext?rss=yes

[World Report] WHO launches crowdfund for COVID-19 response
Ann Danaiya Usher | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
For the first time, WHO is asking the general public and private donors for support. The project is a test run for the WHO Foundation, to be launched later this year. Ann Danaiya Usher reports.
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[Perspectives] Leadership bid
Aarathi Prasad | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
The Perfect Candidate, director Haifaa Al-Mansour's second film based in Saudi Arabia, opens with a scene of an old man on a stretcher, bloodied and groaning after a collision with a truck brings him to the only emergency room in the area. Once the under-resourced clinic staff have heaved him through the only route into the building–a mud-clogged and flooded road–he opens his eyes to what for him is an even greater horror: the face of the only doctor qualified to treat him. Through her niqab, a pair of determined eyes examine him, as Dr Maryam expertly turns the patient's body to palpate his spine.
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[World Report] PrEP finally approved on NHS in England
Tony Kirby | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
After years of wrangling, pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention will finally be available on the National Health Service in England. Tony Kirby reports.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)30720-0/fulltext?rss=yes

[Comment] Why WHO needs a feminist economic agenda
Asha Herten-Crabb, Sara E Davies | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
In September, 2019, Alan Donnelly and Ilona Kickbusch called for a chief economist at WHO.1 Such a position, they argued, would enable WHO to better advocate for greater recognition of, and thus action on, the interdependency of health and the economy. We support this proposal: recognition of the interdependence of health and the economy is vital for WHO to achieve its mandate: "the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health…without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition".
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When death dealers make ventilators, we know it's time to end the arms trade
Eliza Egret | thecanary.co | 2020-03-28
Peace activists might be relieved to hear that UK arms companies are teaming up to make much-needed ventilators. Some of the country's biggest dealers in death

Vigil for Peace in Yemen, a New Norm
Kathy Kelly | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-28
For the past three years, several dozen New Yorkers have gathered each Saturday at Union Square, at 11: 00 a.m. to vigil for peace in Yemen. Now, however, due to the coronavirus, the vigil for peace is radically altered. Last week, in recognition of the city's coming shelter in place program, participants were asked to hold …
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Vigil for Peace in Yemen, a New Norm
Kathy Kelly | zcomm.org | 2020-03-28
Particularly now, with intense focus on U.S. health care, it's timely to recognize that in the past five years U.S. supported Gulf Coalition airstrikes bombed Yemen's health care facilities 83 times…
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Kroger warehouse workers walk out in Memphis over coronavirus concerns
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
About 400 Kroger warehouse workers in Memphis walked off their jobs yesterday to protest mind-numbing work shifts of up to 96 hours a week and unsafe working conditions as COVID-19 spreads through the state of Tennessee.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/28/krog…

UK health care assistant: "There's a fear that if we are tested for COVID-19, most of us will come back positive and the NHS will collapse"
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
A senior health care assistant spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about his experiences at work during the coronavirus pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/28/ukco…

University of California graduate students need a socialist political strategy
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, striking University of California graduate students must turn out to the working class in a political struggle for trillions for public health, decent living standards, and public education for all.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/28/ucgr…

No Mercy even in a Pandemic
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2020-03-28
Israeli Occupation Authorities Demolish Makeshift Field Hospital in Palestinian Hamlet…
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In a Plague Year, Trump Ratchets up Tensions with Iran and Iraq
Reese Erlich | zcomm.org | 2020-03-28
Trump can continue his "maximum pressure campaign" against Iran and face continued Iraqi attacks on US troops. Or he can back off to focus on domestic concerns and avoid a wider war…
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Russia Calls to Lift 'Genocidal' Sanctions Against Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-28
Russia's Foreing Minister Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova Friday reiterated her country's call to lift the illegal economic sanctions imposed by the United States on Venezuela, which they consider as a "genocide tool" in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Putin Urges G20 to Lift Sanctions on Goods Due to COVID-19 | "We will not tire of repeating our call to immediately cancel arbitrary unilateral sanctions that at the current juncture of the epidemic become almost a weapo…
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Republican Billionaire's Group Pushes Unproven COVID-19 Treatment Trump Promoted
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-28
In recent days, Home Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus' Job Creators Network has placed Facebook ads and texted supporters to sign a petition urging President Donald Trump to "CUT RED TAPE" and make an anti-malarial drug called hydroxychloroquine available for treating those sickened with the virus, one such mess…
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Coronavirus death toll extends to New York transit workers
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
The two deaths Thursday are the direct result of the criminally negligent response by the MTA in collaboration with the union.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/28/tran…

800,000 Doctors Demand Trump End Dangerous Campaign Against Social Distancing
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-28
A council representing more than 800,000 doctors across the U.S. signed a letter Friday imploring President Donald Trump to reverse his call for businesses to reopen by April 12, warning that the president's flouting of the guidance of public health experts could jeopardize the health of millions of Americans and throw hospitals into even more chaos as they fight the coronavirus pandemic. | The Council of Medical Specialty Societies–a coalition comprised of such physicians' groups as th…
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Coronavirus cases in United States surpass 100,000
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
Hospital systems in the most affected regions, including New York City, Chicago, Detroit and others, face imminent collapse.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/28/covi…

Frontline NHS staff say coronavirus testing is still 'not enough' and 'not fast enough'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-28
NHS staff working on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic have said not enough is being done to deal with the rising numbers of workers forced to self-isolate and take time off.Coronavirus tests for frontline workers are to be trialled in England this weekend ahead of a wider rollout, in a bid to get more healthcare staff back to work.This comes 10 days after Wales began screening staff in a bid to help the health service cope with the outbreak. | Those working in hospitals across the UK said the move has not come quickly enough, with some wards crippled by up to a quarter of doctors and nurses off.All the…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/03/28/frontlin…

European Union summit on coronavirus ends in acrimony
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
The 27 European Union heads of government met via video conference on Thursday evening to discuss the coronavirus crisis.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/28/gipf…

New York: Quarantine By Trump Would Be a "Declaration of War"
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-28
The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, attacked this Saturday the idea of ‚Äã‚Äãa mandatory quarantine in this state raised by the U.S. President, Donald Trump, and stated that such a measure would be a "declaration of war on the states." | RELATED: | Historic $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Bill Passes US House | "It would be chaos and mayhem," said Democrat Cuomo in an interview with CNN, in which he questioned the legality of the two-week quarantine th…
telesurenglish.net/news/New-York-Quarant…

Council workers face 'sickening physical and verbal assaults' during coronavirus pandemic
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-28
Council workers have been abused and assaulted as they carry out their duties during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. One safety patrol officer had his leg broken after a cyclist rode into him. | The Local Government Association (LGA) said there'd been a number of "sickening physical and verbal assaults" on workers. It called on the public to respect the "tireless efforts" of council staff. | The LGA acknowledged that "emotions and tensions are running high" during the pandemic but said workers had been spat and sworn at, shoved by members of the public and racially abused. | We're heartbroken to hear that some…
thecanary.co/discovery/news-discovery/20…

NHS staff launch website to help colleagues working in 'scary' and 'heartbreaking' environments
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-28
Two friends have launched a free set of online resources to help NHS staff cope with the stresses of working during the coronavirus pandemic. | Trained cognitive behavioural hypnotherapists Slee Parrish and Alex James designed NHS in Mind after becoming concerned by the impact of the outbreak on the mental health of frontline workers. | The website contains instructions for a set of eight techniques, accompanied by simple YouTube videos, to help staff manage feelings of fear, anxiety and stress while they are at work. | This includes breathing exercises, guided meditatio…
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US teachers speak out on the coronavirus epidemic
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
Teachers across the country spoke on the impact the epidemic is having on education and the way forward.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/28/teac…

Ohio, Texas and Mississippi ban abortion under guise of fighting coronavirus
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
Over the last two weeks Ohio, Texas and Mississippi have effectively banned abortion, claiming that personal protective equipment is needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/28/abor…

Thanks to the coronavirus, the poorest people in the UK are sitting on a financial time bomb
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2020-03-28
The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic could potentially unleash financial chaos for some of the poorest people in the UK. A new study has found that many of us have no financial safety net in the event of a crisis. But what the research doesn't say is that it's some of those at the bottom of society who'll be hit hardest. And thanks to Universal Credit, that group is about to get a whole lot larger. | Coronavirus: people are not prepared: | The financial advice company OpenMoney surveyed 2,000 people with YouGo…
thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2020/03/28/than…

Coronavirus in Europe: Overworked hospitals become death traps
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
The criminal inactivity of European governments has led to a murderous and vicious circle of overwork, infection and work absences in hospitals throughout the continent.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/28/euho…

New York Democratic governor finally suspends construction projects after criminal delay
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
Andrew Cuomo suspended all "non-essential" construction projects as opposition to unsafe working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic began to mount.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/28/cons…

An inside look at one of Bristol's new coronavirus mutual aid groups
Tom Anderson | thecanary.co | 2020-03-28
This article is about my experience of being involved in the setting up of one of the thousands of new mutual aid groups which have sprung up across the British Isles. It's the first thing that I have written in this confusing time since the global coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak reached the UK, and it's been difficult to write. I hope it will be the first of many articles about the growth of these mutual aid groups.A time of uncertainty and isolation: The last week or so has been pretty memorable for everyone. Full of stress and anxiety about friends and family who are vulnerable to the spread of coronavi…
thecanary.co/opinion/2020/03/28/an-insid…

Cuba's Medical Brigade Fight Along With Jamaica Against COVID-19
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-28
Cuba's medical brigade is currently fighting along with the Jamaican people and government against the Covid-19 pandemic, which is the result of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. | RELATED: | Expert: Cuban Health System's Strength Against COVID-19 | In statements to Prensa Latina on Internet, doctor Jose Armando Arronte, head of Cuba's Medical Brigade (BMC) in this nation, confirmed the favorable health condition of all collaborators who comply with health measures to the threatening of…
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Albany, Georgia walloped by coronavirus outbreak as governor refuses to implement state-wide stay at home order
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
As of Friday the Albany area ranked second only to the New York City metro region, the epicenter of the outbreak in the US, in the number of infections per capita.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/28/geor…

The U.S. should be working with China to end the Pandemic, Not provoking a new cold war
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-03-28
Fight Back News Service is circulating the statement from the MN Anti-War Committee. | The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest global crisis since World War 2. Millions may die in the coming weeks as the coronavirus spreads exponentially on every continent, irrespective of national borders. Hospital systems will be overwhelmed, supply chains will be stretched, shortages will be widespread, and impacts will be universal. Humanity will be united like never before, in struggle against an unprecedented public health threat. | Unfortunately, the Trump administration seems hellbent on using this crisis to furth…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/3/28/us-shoul…

Coronavirus brings out the worst in criminals as they target families on free school meals
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2020-03-28
Not to let a global pandemic go to waste, criminals have been targeting families on free school meals. They're doing it amid the chaos caused by coronavirus (Covid-19). And they're trying to get people's bank details. | Coronavirus: criminals making the most of it: | In an email seen by The Canary, one south London school sent this message to families on free school meals: The DfE [Department for Education] have warned that fraudsters are targeting parents of children eligible for f…
thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2020/03/28/coro…

Tales of Resistance: Love in Times of Coronavirus
Jessica Dos Santos | zcomm.org | 2020-03-28
We know we won't starve to death, because solidarity is alive and well in every corner of the country…
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Cuomo Puts Private Equity Vulture in Charge of Coronavirus Economic Recovery
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-28
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced at a press conference on Monday, March 23 that he was charging his former high-level aides William Mulrow and Steven M. Cohen with rebuilding New York's economy in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Cuomo's former aides have deep ties to Wall Street: Mulrow is a senior advisory director at the private equity giant Bla…
truthout.org/articles/cuomo-puts-private…

COVID-19: Fears of Domestic Violence Rise as Millions Confined
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-28
With families across Europe confined to their homes to curb the spread of COVID-19, fears are rising of a surge in domestic violence, professionals on the matter warn. | RELATED: | Pope Condemns Violence Against Women in New Year's Mass | From Berlin to Paris, Madrid, Rome, and Bratislava, associations that help victims of domestic violence have sounded the alarm after Europe overtook China to become the epicenter of the new pandemic. | The stress caused by social isolation is exacerba…
telesurenglish.net/news/COVID-19-Fears-o…

Detroit mayor confirms denial of treatment to "extremely sick" patients: "What they put out is honest"
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
One ICU nurse at a local hospital posted a video to social media from her car in tears as she described the COVID unit in her hospital, saying that "it felt like I was working in a war zone."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/28/detr…

A Reflection on Trump the War President
Jack Rasmus | zcomm.org | 2020-03-28
Trump is a 'true believer' that the market solves everything and immediately. Just wave the magic market wand and it will appear…
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Detroit mayor confirms denial of treatment to "extremely sick" patients: "What they put out is honest"
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
One ICU nurse at a local hospital posted a video to social media from her car in tears as she described the COVID unit in her hospital saying that "it felt like I was working in a war zone."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/28/detr…

Medical journal editor-in-chief slams NHS bosses, saying they could have prevented 'chaos and panic'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-28
NHS bosses could have prevented "chaos and panic" in a system left "wholly unprepared for this pandemic", Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of British medical journal the Lancet, has said. | Horton wrote in the Lancet that numerous warnings were issued to the NHS but these were not heeded. He cited an example from his journal on 20 January, pointing to a global epidemic: Preparedness plans should be readied for deployment at short notice, including securing supply chains of pharmaceuticals, personal protective equipment, hospital supplies and the necessary human resources to deal with the consequences of a global ou…
thecanary.co/discovery/news-discovery/20…

COVID-19 in America: An Avoidable Crisis and Loss of Untold Numbers of Lives
Mirah Riben | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-28
President Trump claimed he used the word "hoax" about the news coverage, not the virus. But he continued to downplay and minimize it, such as saying on March 6, 2020: "I just think this is something that you can never really think is going to happen." I suppose he was unaware that The CDC issued …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/03/covid-19-in-a…

Federal Judge Bans Bolsonaro's 'Brazil Cannot Stop' Campaign
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-28
Federal Judge Laura Bastos Saturday ordered President Jair Bolsonaro's administration to suspend promos of "Brazil Cannot Stop", a campaign that promotes the return to work, which is contrary to measures imposed by regional governors to contain the Covid-19. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro Suggests Brazilians are Naturally Immune to COVID-19 | Bastos complie…
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Europe Exceeds 20,000 Deaths by COVID-19
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-28
The accelerating death toll from the COVID-19 epidemic sweeping the globe increased to more than 20,000 in Europe Saturday, with Italy and Spain the most affected, reporting more than 800 dead in a single day. | RELATED: | The Vatican Confirmed Covid-19 Cases at Pope Francis' Residence | The worst-hit country, Italy, announced 889 new COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, pushing it past the 10,000 mark, and Spain added 832, as well as Madrid officials, said the epidemic seemed to be ne…
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The Vatican Confirmed Covid-19 Cases at Pope Francis' Residence
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-28
Vaticano's Press Office Director Matteo Bruni Saturday reported 6 Covid-19 confirmed patients, one of whom is a Secretary of State official who resides at Saint Martha House, where Pope Francis lives. | RELATED: | Pope Francis Will Meet With Lula At The Vatican | "The Pope and his closest aides have not been affected," Bruni stressed and added that the official was isolated at a hospital, although his health conditions are not particularly critical. | "The test results confirmed the absen…
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Big business in South Korea exploits pandemic to carry out massive assault on jobs
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
The trade unions are aiding the government and corporations use the health crisis to implement deeper attacks on the working class.
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Nearly 19,000 pandemic deaths in Europe as savaged health care systems are overwhelmed
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
The COVID-19 pandemic is preying on Europe's 500 million-plus population whose health care services have been decimated by years of government austerity and private sector looting.
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UK government buried 2016 report exposing catastrophic NHS failings during flu pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
Exercise Cygnus has been buried for years for fear it would give rise to demands for an end to health care cuts.
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Pandemic death toll in Europe rises to 19,000 as savaged health care systems are overwhelmed
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
The COVID-19 pandemic is preying on Europe's 500 million-plus population whose health care services have been decimated by years of government austerity and private sector looting.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/28/euro…

Australian governments reject calls for lockdown despite rising COVID-19 danger
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
The "national cabinet" is determined to keep as many workers as possible on the job in order to shore up corporate profits.
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Media Silent as Poll Workers Contract Covid-19 at Primaries That DNC, Biden Campaign Claimed Were Safe
Katie Halper | fair.org | 2020-03-28
Donald Trump is the single individual in US society most responsible for spreading dangerous misinformation about Covi…
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Workers remain at risk during New Zealand's COVID-19 lockdown
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
A state of emergency has been imposed, parliament suspended and the military placed on standby, but many workers remain at risk of contagion.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/28/nzld…

We Must Expand Tricare for Everybody Who Needs It
Jon Walker | zcomm.org | 2020-03-28
We need a solution that can be used even faster than any industry bailout or targeted reinsurance program that has the government take on the insurers' cost for covering Covid-19 patients…
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Mexico's government seeks to place burden of virus crisis on the backs of the working class
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
Mexican President López Obrador has belittled the threat and done nothing in terms of health spending or financial support to workers.
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Trump and His Allies Have Decided to Preserve Capitalism at Any Cost
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-28
Pastor Tony Spell of Baton Rouge knows what you can do with your social distancing. "The virus, we believe, is politically motivated," said Spell regarding the 1,170 people who attended services at his Life Tabernacle Church on Sunday. They came on 27 buses from five parishes, and will do so again, because "it's not a concern," according to Spell. | Under the circumstances, it…
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On Strike Now for Three Years, Spectrum Workers Are Demanding Public Ownership
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-28
Cable technician Troy Walcott, along with 1,800 of his fellow members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3, has been striking for three years, and there's still no end in sight. | Local 3 first walked off the job in March 2017 when their employer, Spectrum/Charter Communications

Spain suffers another record day for Covid-19 deaths as 832 perish
rt.com | 2020-03-28
Spain has recorded another record breaking day for Covid-19 deaths as 832 people died from the disease in 24 hours and the number of cases surged by over 8,000. | Spanish health officials announced on Saturday morning that 5,690 people have now died from the coronavirus in the Mediterranean country and a total of 72,248 people have contracted the illness. | The figure represents an increase of 8,189 confirmed cases on Friday's total. | While the shocking statistics are a further reminder of the threat the virus poses they offer evidence that the rate of infection has slowed in Spain. | The jump in cases is a 1…
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'No new patients until release': WATCH staff protest KIDNAPPING of Haiti hospital chief as Covid-19 takes root in country
rt.com | 2020-03-28
The chief surgeon and director at one of Haiti's major hospitals was kidnapped on his way into work, triggering protests from the facility's staff, who have refused to take any new patients until the doctor is freed. | The surgeon, Dr Jerry Bitar, was abducted soon after leaving his home for the Bernard Mevs hospital in Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince on Friday, an administrator at the facility told Reuters. Crowds gathered outside the hospital to demand Bitar's release, chanting slogans and declining treatment for any new arrivals. | "Hospital staff decided not to take any new cases for the time being," sai…
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He betrayed Maduro to be busted by America? Venezuela's ex-spy chief 'to turn himself in' to US to face 'narco-terrorism' charges
rt.com | 2020-03-28
The former head of Venezuela's military intelligence, Hugo Carvajal, has reportedly offered to turn himself in to American authorities. Despite denouncing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Carvajal was too indicted by the US. | Carvajal, who has been in hiding since Spanish authorities green-lit his extradition to the US on drug-trafficking charges earlier this month, now wants to surrender, Reuters reported on Saturday, citing anonymous sources. According to the news agency, the Americans have been in touch with the former spy chief through a "non-governmental intermediary." | Though US authorities have lo…
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6 years of economic war toughened Russia to deal with oil market chaos
rt.com | 2020-03-28
Russia has learned to survive Western sanctions and managed to accumulate enough funds to keep its economy afloat for several years even if oil prices continue to decline. | In a recent report, rating agency Moody's said the Russian economy is less vulnerable to oil market shocks triggered by the coronavirus outbreak and the row between Moscow and Riyadh. | "Russia is best-prepared of all the oil-producing countries, as our economy has been living in an economic war mode for 6 years," the president of the Russian-Asian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Vitaly Mankevich, told RT. | Also on rt.com
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Rouhani says Iran's healthcare system ready for Covid-19 peak as it sees more than 3,000 new infections
rt.com | 2020-03-28
President Hassan Rouhani has said that Iran's medical infrastructure was prepared to overcome the zenith of the coronavirus pandemic, as the country recorded more than 3,000 new cases and nearly 140 new deaths. | The Iranian leader expressed confidence in his country's ability to cope with a possible peak in Covid-19 cases during televized remarks on Saturday. He described Iran's medical facilities and personnel as "strong," and predicted that the crisis could come to an end in a few weeks. | Rouhani's remarks came as Iran's health ministry confirmed 3,076 new infections, bringing the national total to 35,408.
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Rouhani says Iran's healthcare system ready for Covid-19 peak as it sees more than 3,000 new infections
rt.com | 2020-03-28
President Hassan Rouhani has said that Iran's medical infrastructure was prepared to overcome the zenith of the coronavirus pandemic, as the country recorded more than 3,000 new cases and nearly 140 new deaths. | The Iranian leader expressed confidence in his country's ability to cope with a possible peak in Covid-19 cases during televised remarks on Saturday. He described Iran's medical facilities and personnel as "strong," and predicted that the crisis could come to an end in a few weeks. | Rouhani's remarks came as Iran's health ministry confirmed 3,076 new infections, bringing the national total to 35,408.
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'Least deserving' Branson roasted as Virgin Atlantic seeks massive state-sponsored bailout despite not paying staff
rt.com | 2020-03-28
Billionaire Richard Branson is coming under fire from politicians and regular citizens alike as the tycoon sought hundreds of millions of pounds in state aid for his Virgin Atlantic airline due to the Covid-19 crunch. | The airline, which does not boast the cash reserves of some of its larger competitors, has been hard-hit by the coronavirus crisis, which has left the aviation sector reeling. | It quickly put its staff on unpaid leave and has led the calls for a state-sponsored bailout of the industry. However, it plans to use the funds to cover fixed costs, rather than to pay its staff, who won't be getting a…
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No reason to relax: Merkel warns Germans that lockdown WON'T be lifted as Covid-19 infections soar
rt.com | 2020-03-28
Angela Merkel has urged Germans to continue to cooperate with a nationwide shutdown aimed at halting the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that the large number of daily infections means that the measures must remain in place. | In a weekly podcast, the German chancellor thanked the nation for complying with a comprehensive shutdown of non-essential activities, as well as for following social distancing guidelines, but said that the country was still a long way from returning to normal. | "I must ask you to be patient. Unfortunately, the daily numbers of new infections still give us no reason to relax the rules,"
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'Some people will die, that's life': Bolsonaro questions Covid-19 crisis, says deaths in Brazil exaggerated for political purposes
rt.com | 2020-03-28
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has waved off the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, insisting that life goes on. He suggested the death toll in his own country has been overstated for political purposes. | The Brazilian leader has been locking horns with many of the country's governors, who have imposed bans on non-essential commerce and continue to accuse Bolsonaro of prioritizing the economy over the lives of his citizens. | "I'm sorry, some people will die, they will die, that's life," Bolsonaro said in an televised interview on Friday. "You can't stop a car factory because of traffic deaths." | He remarked…
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From layoffs to COVID DANCE-OFFs, richest US universities drag their heels on virus response
rt.com | 2020-03-28
When art school students at one of America's top universities asked their dean for tuition refunds, she turned them down in a most peculiar way: through interpretive dance. The elite, it seems, are different from you and me. | With their school closed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, students at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts got in touch with college officials to ask for their tuition back. Given that a year's tuition at the art school costs upwards of $60,000, they were anxious to get the money returned. | Dean Allyson Green emailed the students back last week, denying their request. Att…
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'F*ck you pr*ck!': Tyson Fury's young son offers cheeky rebuke during dad's quarantine home workout (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-03-28
When you are a 6ft 9in heavyweight champion, exercising at home during a period of self-imposed isolation can be tricky but Tyson Fury isn't letting the coronavirus situation – or indeed his son – get in the way of his routine. | …
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First baby dies in the US after coronavirus diagnosis
rt.com | 2020-03-28
An infant younger than one year old has died in Chicago, after testing positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus. The child is possibly the first infant in the US to die of the deadly disease. | The child's death was reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Saturday. Though Covid-19 has not yet been named as the conclusive cause of death, the child was diagnosed with the illness before passing away. | "There has never before been a death associated with COVID-19 in an infant," IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said in a statement. "We must do everything we can to prevent the spread of this deadly…
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Three patients with Covid-19 die in Russia as country registers 228 new cases, total now 1,264
rt.com | 2020-03-28
Three people in Russia have died after being infected with coronavirus. The precise cause of death in some of the cases is being determined, but they could potentially bring the country's Covid-19 death toll to seven. | One case involved a 57-year-old man from the town of Buzuluk, in the south-western Orenburg region. The local authorities said that the victim had caught the virus after traveling around Europe by car. | He was hospitalized, along with six family members, after it was discovered that he'd contracted Covid-19. The autopsy confirmed the coronavirus infection and bilateral viral pneumonia, with th…
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Covid-19 SPIKE in Netherlands as 93 new deaths and over 1,100 new cases recorded
rt.com | 2020-03-28
The Netherlands' surge in coronavirus cases continues, with 1,159 people confirmed as having caught the disease in 24 hours. The European country has also reported 93 new deaths from the virus. | A total of 9,762 people have now contracted the illness in the country, with Saturday's spike accounting for almost 14 percent of all confirmed cases. The death toll now stands at 639, up from 546 on Friday. | The Netherlands introduced social distancing and other measures in mid-March, in a bid to try and control the spread of the virus. Its National Institute for Health (RIVM) said it hopes to see the fruits of thes…
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WATCH Russian biodefense troops disinfect nursing home in coronavirus-hit Italy
rt.com | 2020-03-28
Experts from Moscow's biodefense unit have been deployed at the epicenter of the deadly Covid-19 outbreak in Italy, tasked with disinfecting a nursing home where patients died amid the coronavirus pandemic. | A Russian military biological and chemical protection team was dispatched to the Martino Zanchi nursing home in the city of Bergamo in Italy's northern Lombardy region on Friday. | Going from room to room, anti-epidemic specialists in hazmat suits and respirators sprayed disinfectant on all furniture, including beds and mattresses. They also thoroughly disinfected floors, walls and ceilings because traces…
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Pitching for ideas? Trump turned to baseball great Rodriguez & girlfriend J-Lo for coronavirus thoughts, say US reports
rt.com | 2020-03-28
US President Donald Trump has cast his net far and wide in seeking input on how to tackle the mounting Covid-19 crisis in the country, including seeking the thoughts of baseball great Alex Rodriguez, according to some reports. | Coronavirus casualties are rising rapidly by the day in America, which has become the new epicenter for the pandemic. | Also on rt.com | | US passes 100,000 CASES of Covid-19 after becoming world epicenter for virus

Kazakh bodybuilder's 'marriage' to sex doll girlfriend on hold because of coronavirus
rt.com | 2020-03-28
Kazakh bodybuilder Yuri Tolochko has revealed his planned nuptials with sex-doll fiancee Margo have fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic. Yes, you read that right. | Muscleman Tolochko recently sent social media into a spin when he announced his plans to wed plastic lover Margo, having first shared news of their relationship back in May of 2019. | Also on rt.com | | Freaky romance: Kazakh bodybuilder intends to marry sex doll (PHOTOS) | Silicone sex doll Margo has her own Instagram page run by Tolochko, where the details of their intense preparat…
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Covid-19 cases in Germany surge 6,294 in one day as death toll hits 325
rt.com | 2020-03-28
The number of coronavirus cases in Germany has surged by 6,294 in one day to nearly 50,000, while the death toll jumped by 72 to 325. | The Robert Koch Institute announced a fresh round of alarming statistics on Saturday morning, showing that a total of 48,582 people in Germany are confirmed carriers of the virus. | The federal agency, which is responsible for disease control and prevention in Germany, said that 325 people have died after testing positive for the illness. The figure represents an increase of 72 from Friday's tally and it is based on data collected up until midnight on Friday. | The spike in ca…
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Wuhan reopens subway, allows incoming traffic as it phases out 2-month coronavirus lockdown (PHOTOS)
rt.com | 2020-03-28
The metro in Wuhan, the city where the deadly Covid-19 virus is believed to have originated, has opened its doors to 11 million residents after two months of lockdown. Trains are arriving in the city as life returns to normal. | On Saturday, several subway lines in Wuhan welcomed their first passengers after a 65-day hiatus brought about by the coronavirus outbreak, which has since spread to most of the planet. The number of those infected is nearing 600,000 worldwide. | Some 184 metro stations, equipped with thermal scanners, opened for commuters, who will still have to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
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Primary postponed & quarantine mulled as New York Covid-19 death toll JUMPS by 209 in one day & number of cases blasts past 50,000
rt.com | 2020-03-28
The death toll from the Covid-19 infection in New York increased by 209 on Saturday, while the number of people infected with the virus rose to 52,318. The state's presidential primary was also pushed back until June. | Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in a press conference on Saturday that a total of 728 people in New York have now died due to the illness. The number of confirmed cases also surged past the 50,000 milestone as it spiked by 7,683 on Friday's total of 44,635. The increase represents a 17 percent jump on the previous day's figure. | US President Donald Trump said earlier in the day that he was con…
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'We will be where they are': LA mayor says he expects city to catch up with NYC on coronavirus in DAYS
rt.com | 2020-03-28
A rush of Covid-19 patients will soon swarm Los Angeles' hospitals, the city's mayor warned, noting that a rapid rise in cases has put LA on track to eclipse New York City in under a week. | With California seeing a 26 percent spike in coronavirus patients on Friday alone, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said his city would likely be overwhelmed, with cases doubling every two days, pushing its medical facilities to breaking point. | "We will be where they are," Garcetti said, referring to NYC, the nation's hardest-hit city. "We will have doctors making excruciating decisions. We will be trying to figure out what we do…
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Russia to ban ALL cross-border travel over Covid-19 pandemic
rt.com | 2020-03-28
Automobile, railway, pedestrian and river checkpoints on the Russian border will go into lockdown on Monday in order to prevent Covid-19 from spreading across the country, the government has announced. | Authorities said that the measure was "temporary," but provided no indication as to when frontiers will re-open. | The ban doesn't apply to diplomats or members of official delegations departing from the country. | Russian truck drivers serving international routes, as well as the crews of trains and river vessels, will be able to return home. Exceptions are also being made for residents of the Baltic Sea excl…
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'Inadequate armor'? FETISH supplier donates gear to 'underfunded' NHS as Covid-19 deaths pass 1,000 mark
rt.com | 2020-03-28
With Britain's National Health Service struggling to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, help has come from the most unlikely source. A company supplying medical equipment to hardcore fetish enthusiasts has donated its stock. | Over 17,000 Britons have contracted the Covid-19 coronavirus, among them Prince Charles and Prime Minister Boris Johnson. More than 1,000 have died. In the country's hospitals, shortages of vital protective gear have been reported, though Downing S…
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Two patients with Covid-19 die in Russia as country registers 228 new cases, total now 1,264
rt.com | 2020-03-28
Two people in Russia have died after being infected with coronavirus. The precise cause of death in each case is still being determined, but they could potentially bring the country's Covid-19 death toll to six. | One case involved a 57-year-old from the town of Buzuluk, in the south-western Orenburg region, local health officials said, as cited by Russian media. Authorities say that the victim caught the virus after traveling around Europe by car. | The man was hospitalized, along with six family members, after it was discovered that he had Covid-19. Experts are still determining if the deceased succumbed to…
rt.com/russia/484345-russia-six-coronavi…

Covid-19 cases in Germany surge 6,294 in one day as death toll hits 325
rt.com | 2020-03-28
The number of coronavirus cases in Germany has surged by 6,294 in one day to nearly 50,000, while the death toll has jumped by 72 to 325. | The Robert Koch Institute released a fresh round of alarming statistics on Saturday morning, showing that a total of 48,582 people in Germany are confirmed carriers of the virus. | The federal agency, which is responsible for disease control and prevention in Germany, said that 325 people have died after testing positive for the illness. The figure represents an increase of 72 from Friday's tally and it is based on data collected up until midnight on Friday. | The spike in…
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OneWeb files for bankruptcy, unable to secure financing amid coronavirus chaos
rt.com | 2020-03-28
SpaceX rival OneWeb has filed for bankruptcy less than a week after launching another batch of internet satellites, as it failed to raise more funds for its program amid the Covid-19 pandemic. | The London-based venture, as well its affiliates, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday, saying that the proceedings are aimed at pursuing "a sale of its business in order to maximize the value of the company." | Since the beginning of the year, OneWeb had been trying to get more investment. The company says that is was close to obtaining the necessary financial support, but talks failed due to market turbulence tr…
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Run for the hills! Pentagon sends teams into MOUNTAIN BUNKERS as pandemic preparations go into full swing
rt.com | 2020-03-28
The US' Northern Command has sent teams of essential staff deep underground to wait out the Covid-19 pandemic. On the surface, more than a million grunts won't be quite as cocooned. | Air Force General Terrence O'Shaughnessy heads up the US' Northern Command, as well as the North American Aerospace Defense Command

India sees its biggest daily jump in Covid-19 cases as number of infected nears 900
rt.com | 2020-03-28
India's confirmed coronavirus cases tally hit 873 on Saturday after the country went into a three-week quarantine in the hope of stopping the spread of the deadly Covid-19 disease. | An additional 149 people tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases nationwide to 873, India's Health Ministry said on Saturday. This is the biggest single-day increase the country has seen since the beginning of the outbreak. | India has remained among the states with a relatively low number of officially-reported infections and deaths from the coronavirus. A total of 19 people have died as of Saturday.
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'We have many friends in the world': Italian FM says no ulterior motive to Russian Covid-19 aid, calls it 'act of solidarity'
rt.com | 2020-03-28
Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio brushed aside suggestions that aid from Moscow to combat the coronavirus pandemic came with hidden intentions, stating his country had nothing to fear from Russian assistance. | In an interview with Euronews' Giorgia Orlandi published on Friday, the reporter pressed Di Maio to reveal the "real purpose" behind Moscow's mission to deliver medical supplies to the Mediterranean nation, citing amorphous "doubts" and "fears" that the aid could shift intern…
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First train with medical supplies for Europe leaves Wuhan as China eases Covid-19 lockdown
rt.com | 2020-03-28
Beijing has resumed its railway freight service between Wuhan and Europe by delivering medical aid to Germany as authorities work to lift strict quarantine measures after the number of new cases Covid-19 dropped. | A train loaded with medical supplies and construction materials has left a station in Wuhan, the capital city of China's central Hubei Province, and is set to arrive in the city of Duisburg in Germany in two weeks, Chinese outlet the Global Times reported on Saturday. The delivery will be the first China-EU cargo freight operation from Wuhan since the city was placed under strict quarantine in Janua…
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World boxing champ Billy Joe Saunders apologizes after video shows him 'teaching men how to hit women during lockdown'
rt.com | 2020-03-28
British world boxing champion Billy Joe Saunders has apologized after footage emerged appearing to show him teaching men how to hit their female partners if tensions flare in lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic. | WBO world super-middleweight champ Saunders, 30, is seen in the footage training with a punchbag in his barn. | Talking to the camera, the boxer begins by saying: "I just want to make a little video for all you dads, husbands, if you've got girlfriends etc. | "Obviously this Covid-19 thing is getting quite serious and we are isolated in tight spaces. | "If your old woman is giving you mouth and you…
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Russia presents Covid-19 TREATMENT based on existing anti-malaria drug
rt.com | 2020-03-28
Russian specialists believe they have come up with an effective way to treat Covid-19 infection using an anti-malarial drug. They say it not only curbs the symptoms of the disease, but also prevents the virus from replicating. | While experts around the world have been trying to create a specific vaccine against the virus behind the global pandemic, there have also been attempts to repurpose existing medicines, to help the scores of patients that badly need treatment. Russian pharmacists on Saturday said they have found one such drug

'Far More to Do,' Say Progressives After House Approves and Trump Signs Corporate-Friendly Coronavirus Relief Act
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-28
"The clock has already started on a fourth bill and we expect and demand that House Democrats fight to ensure that the needs of all communities are met." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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800,000 Doctors to Trump: Heed Expert Warnings and End Dangerous Campaign Against Social Distancing
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-28
"We need your leadership in supporting science-based recommendations on social distancing that can slow the virus." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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[World Report] Venezuelan migrants "struggling to survive" amid COVID-19
Joe Parkin Daniels | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
Humanitarian organisations are concerned that border closures and health-care shortages are amplifying the challenges posed by COVID-19. Joe Parkin Daniels reports from Bogotá.
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Webinar: Coronavirus: Time to End US Sanctions on Iran
Peace Action Massachusetts | indybay.org | 2020-03-28
Online webinar via ZOOM…
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Webinar: Decarceration in the time of COVID – 19 with Ivette Ale from JusticeLA
San Jose Peace & Justice Center | indybay.org | 2020-03-28
Online event…
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Learning from the Past, Preparing for the Future: Lessons from Depression-era Mutual Aid
anonymous | indybay.org | 2020-03-28
As coronavirus spreads and the death toll begins to climb, our most immediate concern is (and should remain) staying healthy and supporting our communities through the immediate crisis. As radicals, however, we must also begin to strategize how we will respond to the economic collapse that will continue to affect our lives long after a vaccine or herd immunity render the virus itself a past issue. Looking back to our local history, we can learn a great deal from Great Depression era worker self-organizing and mutual aid.
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G20 Emergency Meeting Convenes on Coronavirus Health and Economic Impacts
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2020-03-28
Saudi Arabia chaired an emergency virtual G20 meeting for Presidents and Prime Minsters as the coronavirus wreaks havoc on the global economy.
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Know Your Rights during COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
National Lawyers Guild | indybay.org | 2020-03-28
While the COVID-19 pandemic necessitates public health measures to reduce the impact of the virus on our communities and health care systems, we must be vigilant and resist authoritarian and violent tendencies.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/03/28/1883187…

As COVID-19 Reaches Santa Rita Jail, Decarceration Becomes More Urgent
Ella Baker Center | indybay.org | 2020-03-28
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IMF Announces Coronavirus Debt Relief and Increased Lending Resources
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2020-03-28
As the coronavirus continues to take lives and wreak havoc on health systems and the economy, the International Monetary Fund announced plans for debt relief for poor countries and increased lending resources for all countries.
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Navajo Nation reports two deaths and 92 cases of coronavirus
Brenda Norrell | indybay.org | 2020-03-28
Navajo coronavirus cases increased to 92 cases, with two confirmed deaths. There were 21 new cases of the virus in the past 24 hours for Dine' living in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
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Golden Chains may explore the Stolen Legacy of Negro Bar, California
Adopted from ACLU Northern California | indybay.org | 2020-03-28
First elected Treasurer of San Francisco, Honorable William Alexander Leidesdorff, Jr. acquired well over 35,000 acres along the "Gold River" Rancho Rio de Los Americanos. His "sudden death" and burial on May 18, 1848 marked the beginning of the Gold Rush on his land and the establishment of the town Negro Bar, California, today the City of Folsom. "Slavery and Freedom" in Negro Hill / Negro Bar Mining District is part of "Golden Chains" to be continued…
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Starbucks Let Critical Time Slip Away Before Taking Action During COVID-19 Pandemic
Ruth Robertson | indybay.org | 2020-03-28
A March 26 Buzzfeed News article says of Starbucks, "the decisions of a company that employs 220,000 people in the US have had far-reaching consequences in the midst of a virus accelerating faster than most public health systems can keep up with."
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2020 Scenes from a Pandemic: Lockdown Pt. II
Palo Alto and Beyond | indybay.org | 2020-03-28
Photo credits as indicated go to: Wesley Chang, Ruth Robertson, Bob Shonkoff, and Teri Vershel. All for Pro Bono Photo. Top photo by Teri Vershel, Pro Bono Photo. | Part I of this story is at link below.
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Covid-19: The Panic is Worse Than the Pathogen
Tony Cartalucci | indybay.org | 2020-03-28
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Livestream: The Science of Happiness during COVID-19
The Commonwealth Club | indybay.org | 2020-03-28
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Webinar: Capitalism is Killing Us! COVID-19 and Wall Street Crash
Workers World Party | indybay.org | 2020-03-28
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Live Stream: Solutions to the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond
The Commonwealth Club | indybay.org | 2020-03-28
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DESPUES DE LA PANDEMIA DEL COVID-19 "EL DIA DESPUES"
JAIR ALEXANDER OLAVE CALDERON | indybay.org | 2020-03-28
El día en que el mundo supere la guerra biológica que hoy enfrenta, entenderá que el rol del estado debe ser predominante y volver a tomar el control de las instituciones de salud, los servicios públicos, el control mixto de la banca, el absoluto control y manejo de los fondos de pensiones.
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Despues De La Pandemia Del COVID-19 "El Dia Despues"
Jair Alexander Olave Calderon | indybay.org | 2020-03-28
El día en que el mundo supere la guerra biológica que hoy enfrenta, entenderá que el rol del estado debe ser predominante y volver a tomar el control de las instituciones de salud, los servicios públicos, el control mixto de la banca, el absoluto control y manejo de los fondos de pensiones.
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Livestream: COVID-19 and the LGBTQI Community
The Commonwealth Club | indybay.org | 2020-03-28
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Alameda County Public Defender Wins COVID-19 Release of More Than 300 Inmates
ACPD | indybay.org | 2020-03-28
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Pakistani Minister Calls BS After UK-Based News Channel Claims Imran Khan is COVID-19 Positive
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-28
New Delhi (Sputnik): The novel coronavirus pandemic has affected 199 countries, infecting some of the world's most famous personalities including the UK's Prince Charles, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Hollywood celebrities like Tom Hanks, and even Sophie Grégoire Trudeau

Johnson accused of failing to follow his own rules as another cabinet minister self isolates
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-28
The number of people who have died after contracting coronavirus passed 1,000 as it was revealed another cabinet minister has been forced to self-isolate.As of 5pm on 27 March, 1,019 people had died after being diagnosed with Covid-19, the Department of Health and Social Care said on 28 March.A total of 120,776 coronavirus tests have taken place, with 17,089 positive results and 103,687 people testing negative.The latest figures come after Scottish secretary Alister Jack revealed he had developed mild symptoms of coronavirus and was self-isolating.Boris Johnson is already having to lead the response to the pandem…
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Coronavirus testing to begin for some NHS staff
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-28
Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests for NHS frontline staff are to be trialled this weekend. These are part of a wider roll-out to help those given the all-clear from the disease to return to work. The move comes after prime minister Boris Johnson tested positive for coronavirus and has gone into self-isolation.Cabinet minister Michael Gove said the government was working in a "new alliance" with universities, businesses and researchers to boost testing capacity. A total of 759 people have already died in UK hospitals after being diagnosed with coronavirus. Meanwhile, 113,777 have tested positive and hundreds of thousan…
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Coronavirus Makes Clear: The Time for Serious Civic Reforms Is Now!
Ralph Nader | commondreams.org | 2020-03-28
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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Trump's Narcoterrorism Indictment of Maduro Already Backfires
Leonardo Flores | commondreams.org | 2020-03-28
A U.S. Justice Department images displays charges against Venezuelan President Nicol√°s Maduro and other Venezuelan officials on March 26, 2020. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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How Many Nedas? Iran Sanctions Are Biological Warfare Against Civilians
Richard Eskow | commondreams.org | 2020-03-28
General view of a hospital where health officers, wearing masks and special protective suits, take care of a patient infected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) at a hospital in Tehran, Iran on March 02, 2020. (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Our Economy Is a Sick Beast: The Corporate Debt Crisis Explained
Christian Parenti, Dante Dallavalle | commondreams.org | 2020-03-28
Traders work during the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 19, 2020, at Wall Street in New York City. Wall Street stocks fell again early Thursday as central banks unveiled new stimulus measures and U.S. jobless claims showed an initial hit from the slowdown generated by the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Can Coronavirus Be a Catalyst for Thinking Globally?
Imani Countess and William Minter | commondreams.org | 2020-03-28
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Covid-19: Our Health Crisis Is Born of Bigotry
Laura Flanders | commondreams.org | 2020-03-28
Americans lack a national health care system, the country's pockmarked with healthcare deserts, and millions of what Truman called "normally self-supporting" people are just one layoff or one virulent virus away from disaster—as we're now seeing. (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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COVID-19 Crisis Reveals Broadband Inequity
Sue Sturgis | commondreams.org | 2020-03-28
Eight-year-old Indi Pineau, a 3rd grader in Jeffco Public Schools, works on doing her first day of online learning in her room at her family's home on March 17, 2020 in Lakewood, Colorado. Jeffco Public Schools implemented a remote learning and work plan where teachers, students, and staff will educate and learn from home with online programs for an unknown period due to COVID-19. (Photo: RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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LGBTI people face greater stigmatisation in pandemic
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-03-28
Healthcare Mary MerkenichIssue 1259 Australia COVID-19 LGBTI communityMarch 28, 2020While the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone, some groups are more at risk than others and face greater stigmatisat…
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Abe Warns Citizens of 'Unprecedented' Economic Measures, Long Battle Against COVID-19
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-28
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday called upon citizens to prepare themselves for the "worst-case scenario" and lengthy battle against COVID-19 that will include unprecedented economic measures.
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Possible COVID-19 Outbreak in Libya to Be 'Catastrophic' Amid Protracted Conflict, UN Warns
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-28
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Should a COVID-19 outbreak begin in Libya, it will overwhelm the war-torn country's already overstretched healthcare system, Jennifer Bose Ratka, public information officer at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Libya, said.
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Indian Gov't Extends Relief to Migrant Labourers on 'Longest March' Amid Coronavirus Lockdown
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-28
New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared a three-week lockdown in the country earlier this week in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The federal government has also rolled out a $22.36 billion economic relief package for the poorer sections of the population.
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Afghan Security Council Warns Any Propaganda Could Sabotage Prisoner Swap Process
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-28
KABUL (Sputnik) – Any propaganda, including on the part of the Taliban movement that refused to agree on a ceasefire and increased violence against Afghans, could hinder the process of prisoners exchange in Afghanistan, Javid Faisal, the spokesman for the National Security Council, said on Saturday.
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Indian Railways Turns Coaches Into Isolation Facility for COVID-19 Patients, Leaving Users Impressed
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-28
New Delhi (Sputnik): In a collective fight against the coronavirus pandemic, India has locked down its 1.3 billion citizens until 14 April. All modes of public transports including trains, planes, buses, and even metro and local rails have been suspended until then.
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Istanbul Nearly Deserted Amid COVID-19 Pandemic – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-28
Turkey is suspending air travel with other countries amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on 27 March.
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Russia Registers 228 Coronavirus Cases Over Past 24 Hours – Operational Headquarters
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-28
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The number of patients infected with COVID-19 in Russia has increased by 228 people over the past 24 hours, the country's operational headquarters for preventing the spread of coronavirus said in a statement on Saturday.
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'Don't Be a Cutie Pie!' Trump Gives Weird Comeback to Reporter During White House Briefing – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-28
The US government is trying to curb the coronavirus outbreak in the country, as the United States has surpassed all other countries in the number of cases, with over 100,000 infected and at least 1,700 fatalities.
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Scientists Stuck on Research Ship in Arctic as Borders Closed Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-28
The Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of the Arctic Climate or MOSAiC project involves more than 60 institutions from 19 countries and amid the coronavirus pandemic and worldwide closure of borders, it seems unlikely that scientists will cross international borders just to reach a common embarkation point.
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Russian Federal Biomedical Agency Presents Drug to Treat COVID-19
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-28
Earlier in the day, Russia's operational headquarters for preventing the spread of COVID-19 reported that the number of patients infected with the coronavirus in Russia has increased by 228 people over the past 24 hours, and that one more person has died.
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'Corona Criminals' Going Out of Their Way to Bait COVID-19-Fearing People
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-28
As many prefer or alternatively have been resolutely instructed to stay indoors, with the spread of the coronavirus leaving no say in the matter, culprits have been changing the ways in which they do business, targeting potentially gullible individuals in online scams as well as deceiving them in their own homes.
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D'oh! New Study Reveals Mysterious X-Ray Signals Are Not Decaying Dark Matter
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-28
The existence and detection of dark matter is one of the most important topics in science. It is believed that this enigmatic substance, which does not absorb, reflect, or emit light holds together entire galaxies and plays a crucial role in the evolution of the Universe.
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Pentagon Activates Special Protocols to Fight COVID-19, Can Hide Info About Infected Troops – Report
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-28
The reported move comes as the US became the country hardest-hit by the novel virus. Washington previously resorted to help from the National Guard to aid civil authorities in handling the pandemic.
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Netizens Crack up Over Viral Video of Reporter 'Social Distancing' From a Herd of Bison
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-28
A reporter has recently taught social media users a great lesson on social distancing at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. The park has been closed until further notice because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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