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CORONAVIRUS AFTERMATH: IS WORLD HEADING FOR A BIO-WARFARE?

ADVANCES IN BIOTECHNOLOGY MEANS CONTAGIONS MAY BE WEAPONISED
Author: Ashok B Sharma - Published 26-03-2020 12:04 GMT-0000
The present spread of the novel Coronavirus across the globe has infected thousands and sent many of them to death. The figures of dead and infected are on the rise every day. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has termed the disaster as a “pandemic”. The virus has spread to about 196 countries and territories in six continents. The news of lockdown is coming from countries across the globe every day. The lockdown is causing huge loss to the world economy. The alarming situation calls for a hard thinking. Was the outbreak intentional or spontaneous?
UNITED STATES

SANDERS & THE SQUAD ON COVID-19: SUPPORTING WORKERS TOP PRIORITY

DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE SAYS SPENDS WHATEVER IT TAKES NOW
Author: John Bachtell - Published 25-03-2020 09:31 GMT-0000
“This is an unprecedented moment in history, and we need to act in unprecedented ways, no matter what it costs,” declared Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). “We need to guarantee to every American they will not be left hanging,” and that they have the health care, food, and housing they need during this crisis.

EUROPE AND THE CORONAVIRUS: REPORT FROM THE FRONT

‘HERD IMMUNITY’ IS NEOLIBERAL PARLANCE FOR ‘LET THE POOR DIE’
Author: Dennis Broe - Published 24-03-2020 09:50 GMT-0000
Europe is being called the epicentre of the coronavirus, and particularly western Europe, where the responses have varied from the new Socialist-Podemos coalition in Spain nationalising the country’s industry to a total quarantine in France by the neoliberal Emmanuel Macron, criticised for being three weeks too late.
UNITED KINGDOM

LABOUR PARTY LEADER ELECTION UNDER THE SHADOW OF CORONAVIRUS

MPs SCEPTICAL OF PARTY’S FUTURE WITHOUT TOTAL REVAMP
Author: Arun Srivastava - Published 24-03-2020 09:47 GMT-0000
While UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is contemplating to enforce lockdown by the police, as it has become imperative with people not taking seriously the preventive measure of social distancing and staying inside, interestingly the Labour Party is going ahead with its programme of electing its new leader on April 4, to replace Jeremy Corbyn.
INDIA

INNOVATION (OR LACK OF IT) IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

ON TRUMP’S ‘ART OF DEAL’, AND MODI’S ‘BANG YOUR POTS’
Author: Sushil Kutty - Published 21-03-2020 10:48 GMT-0000
It is only in America that presidents get routinely pulled up for real and imaginary breach. Take Trump, for instance. He made the mistake of telling somebody in media, “We’re not a shipping clerk.” This, after he was questioned if his administration was coping with the demands to keep America ready to handle the coronavirus pandemic.

TRADE UNIONS FIGHT TO PROTECT WORKERS FROM COVID-19

INCOME SUPPORT, FREE TESTING AND MEDICAL CARE A MUST
Author: Ben Chacko - Published 20-03-2020 12:08 GMT-0000
Trade unions across the world are leading the battle to protect workers and their families from economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Unions are fighting to ensure workers receive sick pay, avoid catastrophic loss of income if employers are closing businesses, and that governments put measures in place to protect their homes.

DESPITE US BLOCKADE, CUBA PRODUCES COVID-19 MEDICINES

DOCTORS, PHARMA INDUSTRY JOIN HANDS TO DEVELOP VACCINE
Author: Yaditza del Sol González - Published 20-03-2020 10:55 GMT-0000
HAVANA: Although there is no preventive vaccine or specific treatment at this time for the new coronavirus SARS COV-2, which causes COVID-19, the Cuban pharmaceutical industry is guaranteeing production of proven, high efficacy treatment medications, including recombinant human interferon alpha 2b, in addition to another group of drugs that are included in protocols for treating patients with this disease and the complications that may arise.

PAKISTAN SEVERELY HIT BY ‘CORONAKRATCH’, BUT NO LOCKDOWN YET

AFFECTED BALOCH PEOPLE NOT GETTING GOVERNMENT ATTENTION
Author: Sankar Ray - Published 20-03-2020 10:48 GMT-0000
With 456 detected positive, Pakistan is the most severely hit South Asian country by the Coronavirus pandemic. ‘Coronakratch’ — an acronym for the pandemic of ‘Coronavirus, king of all crashes’ — has been coined by Frédéric Lordon, Director (Research) at Centre de Sociologie Européenne (CSE), under Centre Européen de Sociologie et de Science Politique (CNRS), who has penned a 3000-plus word essay in Le Mondediplomatique on the issue Two reportedly succumbed to the ravages of SARS-CoV 2, mutated in the global media as COVID-19. SARS-CoV-2 is actually “the seventh coronavirus known to infect humans; SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 can cause severe disease” unlike HKU1, NL63, OC43 and 229E which are associated with mild symptoms.
UNITED STATES

TRUMP’S CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE LEAVES AMERICAN WORKERS UPSET

2.1 MILLION FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES BRACE FOR UNCERTAINTY
Author: Mark Gruenberg - Published 19-03-2020 10:44 GMT-0000
WASHINGTON – Donald Trump’s dizzying reversals and commands to the country about what to do to combat the coronavirus pandemic leave one of the biggest groups of U.S. workers – the 2.1 million federal government employees – and their unions confused and upset.
INDIA: HEALTH WATCH

COVID-19: SCIENCE, MYTHS, AND BUSINESS

NUTRITIOUS FOOD, HYGEINE HOLD THE REAL KEY
Author: Dr. Arun Mitra - Published 18-03-2020 11:05 GMT-0000
The medical fraternity around the globe is up in arms to mitigate the impact of Novel Corona virus. The WHO has declared it a Pandemic and issued guidelines for its prevention. Governments in each country are following those details. These include personal human behaviour, travel restrictions, early medical advice, avoid crowded places etc. On the personal level the people are being advised to care for the personal hygiene, wash hands more frequently, not to touch the objects unnecessarily, avoid touching the face, keep distance from the infected persons, cover the face while coughing or sneezing, wear the mask if running flu, throw the used tissues in a covered bin. People have been advised to avoid large gatherings. Schools, colleges even temples are being closed. There are severe restrictions on international travel. The people from abroad are being screened. Early medical advice is important for the purpose of detection and isolation of suspicious cases.

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