Covid-19: Left shows the way

by Surangya

People’s Dispatch | March 22, 2020

With no end in sight to the Covid-19 pandemic, governments everywhere are advising people to stay at home and isolate themselves. But what about those vulnerable sections of the society who cannot afford the luxury to stop working and quarantine themselves? We look at the demands made by left parties and organizations across the world to safeguard the workers and other at-risk populations. We also look at the measures taken by left governments in power that are managing to contain the virus as well as ensuring that peoples needs are met.

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Cuba Comes to Italy’s Aid by Sending Team of Doctors and Nurses

teleSUR | March 22, 2020

Cuban doctors are flown to several countries around the world to help combat the coronavirus outbreak.

Cuban doctors are flown to several countries around the world to help combat the coronavirus outbreak. | Photo: @CubacooperaGh

“We are all afraid but we have a revolutionary duty to fulfill, so we take out fear and put it to one side,” Leonardo Fernandez, 68, an intensive care specialist, told Reuters late on Saturday shortly before his brigade’s departure.

The island-nation of Cuba has dispatched a team of doctors and nurses to help Italy combat the coronavirus outbreak that killed over 4,000 people inside the country in the last month.

 

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Cuba Sends 144 Health Workers to Combat the Covid-19 in Jamaica

teleSUR | March 21, 2020

Cuban doctors arrive in Lombardia (Italy) to help fight the pandemic, March 16, 2020.

Cuban doctors arrive in Lombardia (Italy) to help fight the pandemic, March 16, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @Cristian_2_27

Cuba has also sent its doctors to Venezuela and Suriname over the last days.

Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Saturday announced that his country is sending a medical brigade to combat the Covid-19 Pandemic in Jamaica, a Caribbean country that has been going through a severe economic and political crisis for the past years.

 

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Amid coronavirus pandemic, Bolsonaro’s Brazil begs for Cuban doctors – after expelling them

by Ben Norton

People’s World | March 23, 2020

Amid coronavirus pandemic, Bolsonaro’s Brazil begs for Cuban doctors – after expelling them

Cuban doctors observe a procedure at a health clinic in Brasilia, Brazil. Cuba was forced by the Bolsonaro regime to end a program that sent doctors to remote regions of Brazil. Now Brazil has fallen back on the small nation for much-needed medical support — requesting help from the very same Cuban doctors it expelled months ago. Eraldo Peres | AP

The coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed the health infrastructure of countries around the world. Desperate to contain the deadly virus, hard-hit countries, including even rich European nations like Italy and Britain, have reached out for expert medical help from Cuba, China, and Venezuela.

Even Brazil, currently under the control of a far-right administration that has joined the U.S. in demonizing Cuba’s socialist government, has fallen back on the small nation for much-needed medical support — requesting help from the very same Cuban doctors it expelled months ago.

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Coronavirus pandemic: 37 million U.S. jobs could be lost but gun sales spur

  | March 23, 2020

U.S. Private Sector Job Quality Index estimates that some 37 million domestic jobs are vulnerable to layoffs.

Hardest hit would be limited- and full-service restaurants, with some 9 million jobs at risk of layoffs in the near term. Fields such as education have some 3.2 million jobs at risk, while general stores have 2.8 million, according to the report.

The report comes as economists are bracing for a wave of job losses that could drive claims for jobless benefits to the highest level in recent memory.Read More »

Covid-19 Shatters the Facade of European Union

The Greanville Post | March 20, 2020

The new coronavirus and its accompanying disease Covid-19 has stopped the globe in its tracks. Governments, markets and news cycles have become dominated by the pandemic. Europe is now the epicenter for the disease, with reportedly more fatal cases of infection than China where the virus first erupted in December.

Several European Union countries have declared themselves states of emergencies, including Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain and Italy. The 27-member bloc has sealed off external borders. Some states, such as Poland, have begun closing borders with other EU members. Brussels, the administrative center of the EU, is alarmed because the much-vaunted single market and its core principles of free movement of goods and people is at risk of collapsing.

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The Coronavirus Pandemic: Capitalism is questioned

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Countercurrents.org | March 22, 2020

The ramping coronavirus pandemic is questioning capitalism as at least a billion people around the world are confined in homes. Millions of workers have already lost jobs. A bleak future waits for them. Governments are struggling to face the situation. The United States, considered the most powerful, the most resourceful, the wisest and the smartest state, is actually in a state of mess. About 150 countries now have more than 300,000 confirmed cases, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. Some Spanish intensive care units are close to their limit.

An AFP news-report from Rome said: Nearly one billion people around the world were confined to their homes on Sunday.Read More »

Trump response to pandemic a failing of unimaginable proportions

by John Wojcik

People’s World | March 19, 2020

Trump response to pandemic a failing of unimaginable proportions

President Donald Trump speaks during a press briefing with the coronavirus task force, at the White House, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Washington. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn, right, and Vice President Mike Pence listen. As with most of the task force’s press briefings lately, they were light on useful information but heavy on effusive praise for Trump. | Evan Vucci / AP

Donald Trump’s March 19 press conference on the coronavirus crisis sweeping the country provided the world with yet another display of his massive failure as a president.

It was a rambling diatribe that gave the press almost no information about critical issues.

Just one example of his failure had to do with the availability of the protective equipment needed by our health care workers. The Trump and Pence answer was that these things are being produced, but no assurances were given as to how and when they would reach hospitals.

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U.S: Senators use advance coronavirus knowledge to enrich selves; hospitals becoming desperate

by John Wojcik

People’s World | March 20, 2020

Senators use advance coronavirus knowledge to enrich selves; hospitals becoming desperate

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill, Feb. 4. He is one of a number of U.S. senators who are alleged to use advanced intelligence knowledge about the outbreak to sell off stock holdings. | Alex Brandon / AP

The American people’s confidence in the ability of their national leaders to steer the country through the coronavirus pandemic was shattered further today when it was revealed that several top U.S. senators on the intelligence committee used advance knowledge of the coming coronavirus disaster to dump stock they owned and rake in huge profits before the disease struck.

Sen. Richard Burr, GOP chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, acted on what he learned at a classified briefing to sell stock valued at up to $1.6 million dollars—much of it in the soon-to-be-decimated hotel industry. What’s worse, on the day he did that, President Trump was on national television saying the virus was not a threat to Americans in general and would soon “disappear.”

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Health inequality: The rich and famous get coronavirus tests first

by Michael Biesecker and Michelle R. Smith

People’s World | March 19, 2020

Health inequality: The rich and famous get coronavirus tests first

A health worker displays the packaged nasopharyngeal swab used on patients at a drive-through COVID-19 testing station for University of Washington Medicine patients in Seattle. A backlash roiled across social media March 18, as several celebrities and professional athletes revealed that they had been tested for the coronavirus, even when they didn’t have a fever or other tell-tale symptoms. | Elaine Thompson/AP

WASHINGTON (AP)—Celebrities, politicians, and professional athletes faced a backlash this week as many revealed that they had been tested for the coronavirus, even when they didn’t have a fever or other tell-tale symptoms.

That’s fueling a perception that the wealthy and famous have been able to jump to the head of the line to get tested while others have been turned away or met with long delays.

The concerns over preferential treatment underscores a fundamental truth about inequalities baked into the U.S. health care system—those with the financial means can often receive a different level of service.

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