Revue de presse internationale (non exhaustive, et plus ou moins aléatoire)

précédente: https://telegra.ph/Revue-de-presse-internationale-non-exhaustive-et-suivi-des-fils-03-31

pour mémoire, ou pour rien, simplement comme un rapide tableau des discussions à travers le monde.

Manila, Philippines
A flagellant whips his back as penance, defying government orders to avoid religious gatherings and stay at home to stop the spread of the coronavirus
Photograph: Ezra Acayan/Getty
(la série de photos du jour du Guardian est quotidienne et bien faîte:
https://www.theguardian.com/news/gallery/2020/apr/10/easter-in-lockdown-good-friday-best-photos

10/4

Articles divers 10/04 (hors france):

# le Vaccin BCG aide-t-il? peut-être.

# l’île de Malte prévoit 20 000 tests

# émeutes en Belgique suite à des violences policières (la police n’est pas confinée)

# les start-ups appelées à l’innovation au Luxembourg

# bien des tests d’infections ne sont pas fiables

# achat massifs et en foule alors que le confinement est annoncé en Turquie

# la police intervient pour empêcher l’enterrement d’un médecin dans un village en Egypte

#la librairie de la Beat Generation à San Francisco en faillite

# des bébés sous masques dans les maternités en Thailande

# l’Arabie Saoudite déclare un cessez-le-feu dans sa guerre au Yemen

# des incendies autour de Chernobyl difficiles à contenir mais “tout irait bien”

# des millions d’enfants très pauvres en Inde doivent faire face au virus et au manque de nourriture

# la famine monte pour plus de 3 millions de personnes en Angleterre

# ce serait un bon moment pour annuler la dette des pays d’Afrique sub-saharienne, peut-on compter sur le FMI?

#Des différentes façons dont les smartphones pourraient suivre l’infection

# Débat dans l’Ouest du Bengale sur la possibilité de tenir un marché aux fleurs

# Depuis qu’un tigre a été testé comme porteur du virus, dans tous les zoos les consignes sont strictes, “ne pas toucher ou approcher les animaux”

# Un an après le soulèvement au Soudan, les manifs sont impossibles du fait du virus

# Les troupes militaires Tchadiennes attaques Boko Haram

# Apple et Google sont prêts à aider et participer à toutes les développements d’applis de suivi des infections et à discuter avec les autorités étatiques…

# Une série d’articles sur le Canada (en contrepoint à la présentation quelque peu idyllique des politiques de Trudeau ici: https://maxpolicy.substack.com/p/issue-14-growing-anxiety-in-indigenous). Un article évoquait la réorganisation en cours des industriels de l’énergie fossile et prévoyait un possible retour très fort de l’industrie extractiviste dans la crise du Covid19 (https://plus.lesoir.be/290554/article/2020-03-28/pourquoi-la-crise-du-coronavirus-est-une-bombe-retardement-pour-le-climat) . Actuellement, au Canada, l’extraction pétrolière ne s’est aucunement arrêtée et continue presque d’autant plus. L’Ontario a voté une suspension des restrictions dues aux considérations écologiques et climatiquessur la production industrielle, pour que tout soit permis et que rien ne vienne freiner la relance économique. Face à la crise, les industriels n’observent pas le retour tout temporaire des animaux dans quelques villes, dans les océans ou ailleurs, ils réaffirment au contraire combien les énergies fossiles sont des valeurs sûres, et peuvent permettre selon eux de relancer “la croissance”.


Countries with Mandatory Policies to BCG Vaccine Register Fewer Coronavirus Deaths

A new scientific study has discovered a possible correlation between countries where it is mandatory to be vaccinated against tuberculosis, also called “Bacillus Calmette-Guerin” (BCG), and the impact of the new coronavirus.

“We found that countries without universal policies of BCG vaccination (Italy, Netherlands, USA) have been more severely affected compared to countries with universal and long-standing BCG policies”, the study’s authors wrote.


https://www.novinite.com/articles/204095/Countries+with+Mandatory+Policies+to+BCG+Vaccine+Register+Fewer+Coronavirus+Deaths


Coronavirus: testing begins on 20,000 workers who serve the public


The precautionary testing of 20,000 employees in the private and public sectors who continue to go to work started on Saturday.

It is expected to last for 20 days and will test people islandwide. The health ministry urged those who are unable to work from home, mainly those providing services to the public to go get tested for Covid-19.
The tests are being carried out by private labs in all districts.


https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/04/11/coronavirus-testing-begins-on-20000-workers-who-serve-the-public/


Le décès d’un jeune après une course-poursuite avec la police provoque une violente émeute à Anderlecht (véhicules caillassés)


Des émeutes ont éclaté dans le quartier de Cureghem à Anderlecht. De nombreux habitants sont sortis dans les rues de la commune pour protester suite au décès d’un jeune homme lors d’une course-poursuite avec la police vendredi soir.

Des incidents violents sont en cours. Sur l’avenue Clémenceau et la Chaussée de Mons, des jeunes affrontent directement la police avec des jets de projectiles. Des véhicules ont été callaissés, et du matériel urbain détruit. Deux policiers ont été blessés, l’un par un pavé, l’autre par un cocktail Molotov.

La police est déployée en masse et le quartier autour de la station de métro Clémenceau est complètement bouclé. Un canon à eau et un hélicoptère ont été envoyés.


https://www.lalibre.be/regions/bruxelles/le-deces-d-un-jeune-apres-une-course-poursuite-avec-la-police-provoque-une-emeute-a-anderlecht-des-vehicules-incendies-5e91d11dd8ad581631e73df6


Les start-up appelées à innover pour surmonter la crise Covid-19 au Luxembourg

En collaboration avec Luxinnovation, le ministère de l’Économie lance à destination des jeunes entreprises innovantes un appel à projets sous le nom “StartupsVsCovid19”. Les start-up sont appelées à introduire des projets portant sur le développement de produits ou services innovants d’ordre technologiques destinés à limiter voire à surmonter les effets économiques, sanitaires ou sociétaux de la crise liée à la pandémie du coronavirus Covid-19.

Les propositions de projets sont à introduire à compter du 20 avril et jusqu’au 30 avril 2020 inclus via le site où toutes les informations utiles sont publiées pour répondre à l’appel de projets. Un jury, composé de représentants du ministère de l’Économie, de Luxinnovation, du Technoport, du Luxembourg-City Incubator, la House of Startups et de la LHoFT procèdera le 7 mai à la pré-sélection des projets sur dossier. La sélection finale se fera après les auditions des présélectionnés par visio-conférences le 14 mai. Les projets retenus seront annoncés vers la mi-mai et devront être exécutés en respectant le budget présenté.


https://gouvernement.lu/fr/actualites/toutes_actualites/communiques/2020/04-avril/10-covid19-startups.html


Armenia seeks to weaken environmental information law


Watchdogs fear the change would allow the government to limit the release of mining-related information.


Doydoyan fears the new law could be used to classify information about mining projects. “Decisions about mining are made in discussions with the public. If the public is denied information, how would people make an informed and fact-based decision?” she told Eurasianet.

The Ministry of Environment says it is not seeking to limit the flow of information, only to bring Armenia’s legislation in line with international standards.

“Under the current law, if, for example, a person requests information about the breeding site of the Caucasian leopard, we are obliged to provide that information within five working days,” the ministry said in a press release.

The UN Aarhus convention on access to information and environmental justice allows governments to deny information requests “if the disclosure would adversely affect the environment to which the information relates, such as the breeding sites of rare species.”
https://eurasianet.org/armenia-seeks-to-weaken-environmental-information-law


How false negatives are complicating COVID-19 testing

People with negative results might actually have the virus, as all tests are not 100 percent reliable, experts warn.


As COVID-19 tests become more widely available across the United States, scientists have warned that there is one growing concern: The tests are not 100 percent reliable, meaning people with negative results might actually have the virus.

That could have devastating implications as a global recession looms and governments wrangle with the question of when to reopen economies shuttered as billions of people were ordered to stay home in an effort to halt the transmission of the deadly disease.


https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/04/false-negatives-complicating-covid-19-testing-200411100741669.html


Panic-buying in Turkey after orders to stay home for 48 hours
Roads in Turkish cities packed, long queues form outside shops as thousands of people rush to buy last-minute goods following a sudden order from authorities to stay home.

ANKARA – Turkey ordered citizens to stay at home for 48 hours across 31 cities starting midnight Friday to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, immediately triggering panic-buying in some cities.

The interior ministry said in a statement the order would last until midnight (2100 GMT) on Sunday in dozens of cities, including the economic hub of Istanbul and the capital Ankara.

Almost immediately afterwards, thousands of people in Istanbul and Ankara flocked to markets and bakeries still open for last-minute shopping.


https://middle-east-online.com/en/panic-buying-turkey-after-orders-stay-home-48-hours


Police make arrests and disperse protest against coronavirus victim burial in Egyptian village


Demonstrators in Nile Delta village protest burial of Covid-19 victim fearing contagion


Police on Saturday arrested 12 people as they dispersed a crowd in a Nile Delta village protesting against the burial of a coronavirus victim.

Egyptian men wearing masks wait outside a centre of non-governmental organisation Egyptian Food Bank to receive cartons with foodstuffs (AFP)

A security source told AFP that relatives had taken the body of a retired doctor from her home in Daqahliya, north of Cairo to the family vault in the village of Shubra al-Bahou.

However, prior to the burial, dozens of villagers launched a demonstration outside the cemetery.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/police-make-arrests-and-disperse-protest-against-coronavirus-victim-burial-egyptian-village


San Francisco’s iconic City Lights bookstore on verge of closing


City Lights was founded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, one of the members of the Beat movement, in 1953. The store in the now-fashionable North Beach neighborhood is synonymous with the Beat Generation and was the publisher of Allen Ginsberg’s famous poem “Howl.”
It still serves as a meeting place for San Francisco’s creative community and hosts readings, book signings and other literary events.


https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/city-lights-bookstore-san-francisco-gofundme/index.html


Hospital in Thailand Gives Newborn Babies Tiny Face Shields as Protection From Coronavirus

In a statement to TIME, the hospital explains that on Thursday the nurses had began preparing the babies to be discharged and taken home from the hospital. When the babies’ mother explained that she would have to take a taxi or public transport to get home, “the nurses worried about the babies’ well-being and they handcrafted the face shields,” the hospital says.

“The face shields were just for a short-term protection,” the statement continues. The hospital adds that it does not have any pediatric cases of COVID-19.

In a post on Facebook, the hospital reiterated that these face shields were for a “unique case” just for the babies’ journey home from the hospital and are not usually given to all newborn babies in the hospital. “Because safety is what we care about the highest,” the post said.

The photographs, which were taken through a glass window in the hospitals maternity ward, show nurses and the mother also wearing masks around the newborns.


https://time.com/5819527/babies-face-masks-thailand/


Saudi Arabia declares ceasefire in Yemen over coronavirus


he Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen has declared a two-week ceasefire in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the war-torn country, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
The ceasefire in the five-year conflict was set to begin Thursday, according to coalition spokesman Col. Turki al-Malki. SPA said the move was prompted by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ call for a pause of hostilities in the country in order to counter the spread of Covid-19.
The coronavirus has now infected more than 1.5 million people and killed over 88,000 worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.


https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/09/middleeast/saudi-yemen-coronavirus-ceasefire-intl/index.html


Chernobyl Wildfires Reignite, Stirring Up Radiation – Serialpressit (News)


VINNYTSIA, Ukraine — Firefighters have struggled to control wildfires burning through radioactive forest in the abandoned territory around the Chernobyl nuclear plant, where radiation levels are considerably lower than they were immediately after the 1986 accident but still pose risks.

Radiation readings near the wildfires, where smoke is swirling about, have been elevated, with the wind blowing toward rural areas of Russia and Belarus for most of the past week. The wind shifted Friday toward Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, but authorities say the radiation level is still normal in the city, whose population is about three million.

But Saturday’s strong winds could spread the fires to the remnants of the nuclear plant and the equipment that was used to clean up the disaster, said Kateryna Pavlova, the acting head of the agency that oversees the area, in a telephone interview. “At the moment, we cannot say the fire is contained,” Ms. Pavlova said.

After the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, authorities created an area around the plant known as the Zone of Alienation, a rough circle with a nearly 18-mile radius, fenced off with barbed wire. Access to the zone is limited to workers who manage the site and tourists who take guided excursions.


https://www.serialpressit.com/2020/04/11/chernobyl-wildfires-reignite-stirring-up-radiation-serialpressit-news/


Coronavirus: The children struggling to survive India’s lockdown


With 472 million children, India has the largest child population in the world and campaigners say the lockdown has impacted around 40 million children from poor families.

These include those working in farms and fields in rural areas, as well as children who work as ragpickers in cities or sell balloons, pens and other knick-knacks at traffic lights.

Sanjay Gupta, director of Chetna, a Delhi-based charity that works with child labourers and street children, says the worst affected are the millions of homeless children who live in cities – on streets, under flyovers, or in narrow lanes and bylanes.


https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-52210888


Hunger crisis hits lockdown Britain as 1.5million say they go without eating all day due to poverty brought on by coronavirus pandemic

Shocking figures come from YouGov poll commissioned by the Food Foundation
More than one million have lost all their income since lockdown was announced
Charity calls for food parcels to be delivered to those who are self-isolating 
Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID

Million of Brits are going without meals in a growing food crisis amid the coronavirus lockdown, according to a charity.

Some 1.5 million people have reported going a whole day without eating since the draconian measures were introduced three weeks ago, because they didn’t have enough in their cupboards and fridges.

The figures, from a YouGov poll commissioned by the Food Foundation and the FFCC (Food, Farming and Countryside Commission), also show six per cent of the population – more than three million people – have had someone in their household skip dinner.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8210559/Hunger-crisis-hits-lockdown-Britain-1-5million-say-without-eating-day.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490


Coronavirus crisis demands that the G20 give debt relief to sub-Saharan Africa


For more than two years the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have warned that sub-Saharan Africa stands on the verge of a debt crisis. Ever since commodity prices began to fall in 2015, the public finances of nations stretching from Nigeria to Kenya and Chad to South Africa have deteriorated.

If China is the manufacturing centre of the world, Africa is its chief supplier of essential materials, from oil and copper to the rare-earth minerals used in mobile phones. As China’s manufacturing waned in the middle of the last decade, so did the crucial foreign earnings that keep African nations afloat.

Making matters worse, an investment binge to build much-needed infrastructure left the continent with spiralling debt costs.
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The high rate of interest that sub-Saharan governments pay on their debts means that the cumulative stock of loans can be modest in relation to national income but still be unaffordable.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/11/sub-saharan-africa-g20-imf-world-bank-debt-relief-coronavirus


For non-intrusive tracking of Covid-19, smartphones have to be smarter

Broadly speaking, there are three main approaches to harnessing smartphone capabilities. There’s the standard “data grab” model in which the state declares that, due to exceptional circumstances, etc, we have to grab everyone’s location data, centralise and analyse it – all under “legal protections” of course. (Ho ho). Then there’s the variant of data-grabbing, which adds reassuring bromides about how the data will be “anonymised” – conveniently ignoring the technical impossibility of guaranteeing anonymity.

And then there are decentralised models that keep as much sensitive data on users’ phones as possible and uses a centralised server only to enable people to use their own devices to trace contacts. All over the world – at MIT, Cambridge University, King’s College London and a range of European technical universities, for example, groups of gifted researchers have been working on this third approach. Prototypes already exist (I have one on my phone). And what this shows is that privacy-preserving approaches to proximity-tracing are possible, and that countries do not need to accept methods that create risk and enable misuse. Downing Street: are you listening?
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/11/for-non-intrusive-tracking-of-covid-19-smartphones-have-to-be-smarter


Defy Orders, Says BJP Leader As Mamata Banerjee “Lets Flower, Sweet, Paan Shops Open”


Coronavirus West Bengal: “If I say this, I will be blamed of doing politics. But you tell me if this should be allowed to happen. This is becoming an issue as the Mamata Banerjee government has allowed flower, sweet, paan (betel) shops – everything to remain open.”

Union minister Babul Supriyo today criticised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjees decision to allow opening of a big flower market amid the lockdown to control the COVID-19 pandemic and claimed that it would endanger public safety.

The senior BJP leader said the opening of the flower market would send a “wrong signal” that the state is not facing coronavirus threat.

Mr Supriyo, who had been criticising the CM in a series of posts on his Twitter handle on issues ranging from supply of testing kits to the state to alleged loot in ration items, on Saturday tweeted that by opening the Howrah flower market “the CM is endangering public safety and this reflects the dangerous state of affairs in West Bengal.”
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/mamata-banerjee-lets-flower-sweet-paan-shops-open-amid-lockdown-defy-her-babul-supriyo-2210148


Zoos on high alert: Animals under watch 24×7, keepers told to keep social distance


Mumbai/Bahraich: The coronavirus scare is now beginning to spread to zoos since a tiger tested positive for the virus SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) at the Bronx Zoo in New York.

The Maharashtra zoo authority (MZA) has asked 13 zoos, rescue centres and national parks across the state, including Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) and the Byculla Zoo in Mumbai, to submit reports on suspected Covid-19 cases in animals by Sunday.

And the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department has begun to identify isolation enclosures and quarantine areas for wild cats in the two zoos, tiger reserves and sanctuaries in the state.

If there’s any real menace to the development reported from the Bronx Zoo, the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic is likely to acquire an altogether new dimension.

The instructions to zoos in the country came from the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) in an advisory to keep a watch on animals 24×7 for any abnormal behaviour and symptoms.

Zoos on high alert: Animals under watch 24×7, keepers told to keep social distance
Mumbai/Bahraich: The coronavirus scare is now beginning to spread to zoos since a tiger tested positive for the virus SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) at the Bronx Zoo in New York.

The Maharashtra zoo authority (MZA) has asked 13 zoos, rescue centres and national parks across the state, including Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) and the Byculla Zoo in Mumbai, to submit reports on suspected Covid-19 cases in animals by Sunday.

And the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department has begun to identify isolation enclosures and quarantine areas for wild cats in the two zoos, tiger reserves and sanctuaries in the state.

If there’s any real menace to the development reported from the Bronx Zoo, the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic is likely to acquire an altogether new dimension.

The instructions to zoos in the country came from the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) in an advisory to keep a watch on animals 24×7 for any abnormal behaviour and symptoms.

Keepers and handlers have been told not to go into the vicinity of animals without safety gear, preferably wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Also, zoos have been asked to isolate and quarantine sick animals. Keepers have been instructed to have the least contact while providing food to them.
https://www.asianage.com/science/110420/zoos-on-high-alert-animals-under-watch-24×7-keepers-told-to-keep-social-distance.html


Sudan’s Revolution One Year After Fall of the Dictatorship

The streets running from Sudan’s army headquarters to the University of Khartoum are quiet this week – shut down by order of the transitional government to stave off the worst effects of the incoming coronavirus.

It is a profoundly anti-climactic departure from the scene a year ago that witnessed young and old, students and professionals, Arab and African peacefully assembled – more than 1 million strong – demanding a new Sudan built upon the revolutionary ideals of “freedom, peace, and justice.”

The regime of Omar al-Bashir had commanded power for 30 years and its military and paramilitary forces were once again fanned out around the city last April preparing to yet again prolong the autocrat’s rule. But on this day, as the protesters stared into Bashir’s abyss of violence and oppression, they did not blink.

Sensing the protesters’ resolve, military and intelligence forces, for so long loyal to the aging dictator, stepped in and removed him from power unleashing a chain of largely peaceful events that for the first time in more than a generation has allowed Sudanese to contemplate what a new Sudan might resemble once freed from the fear, division, and isolation imposed upon them by its own rulers.
https://allafrica.com/stories/202004110117.html


Chad Troops Kill 1,000 Boko Haram Fighters


The Chadian army has killed 1,000 fighters during an operation against Boko Haram in the Lake Chad border region.

Army spokesman Colonel Azem Bermendoa Agouna said that 52 troops died during the operation, which was launched on March 31. “A thousand terrorists have been killed. Also, 50 motorised canoes have been destroyed, the colonel said, referring to a large boat also called a pirogue.

Agouna said the operation, which was launched after nearly 100 soldiers were killed in a Boko Haram attack last month, ended on Wednesday after the armed fighters were forced out of the country.
https://africalaunchpad.com/chad-troops-kill-1000-boko-haram-fighters/


Coca-Cola Suspends All Brands Advertising Campaign, Commits $120m to Fight COVID-19


According to her “from April and until further notice, we are putting commercial advertising of Coca-Cola and all our brands on hold. Our focus at this time is to ensure the safety and well being of our people and communities”. Speaking further, she said “in the immediate, we are working with our NGO partners to provide support towards COVID-19 communication, provision of protective kits and drinks for health workers. She stated that the company resolved to do this because it’s the right thing to do and because we know that by working together, we can make a difference.

The latest effort suspending forthwith all its brands advertising campaigns is the first in the history of the beverage giant as such an action was never contemplated by the company even during the First and Second World Wars. This stop order on the further brand advertising activities by Coca-Cola is also in line with steps already taken by some major advertisers locally and globally. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began and the lockdown aimed at containing the further spread of this deadly disease, some advertisers and brand owners have been compelled to put a stop to their brands the campaign as they have since diverted the bulk of their budgets to aids support and humanitarian services.


https://radarr.africa/coca-cola-suspends-all-brands-advertising-campaign-commits-120m-to-fight-covid-19/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=coca-cola-suspends-all-brands-advertising-campaign-commits-120m-to-fight-covid-19


Apple and Google partner on COVID-19 contact tracing technology


All of us at Apple and Google believe there has never been a more important moment to work together to solve one of the world’s most pressing problems. Through close cooperation and collaboration with developers, governments and public health providers, we hope to harness the power of technology to help countries around the world slow the spread of COVID-19 and accelerate the return of everyday life.


https://blog.google/inside-google/company-announcements/apple-and-google-partner-covid-19-contact-tracing-technology?fbclid=IwAR2i5r5o4qKF1iDHUAt6YFbUQNgv_k_hB6gyZHzYRTNqCgRkqTCoA4BdaVA


Une série de photos autour du monde: An Unimaginable Toll

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2020/04/coronavirus-unimaginable-toll-photos/609652/

People in protective suits offer funeral prayers for a man who died of the new coronavirus, before his burial at a graveyard in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 6, 2020. #


CANADA

Coronavirus Colonialism: How the COVID-19 Crisis Is Catalyzing Dispossession


It is clear that billionaire oil and gas CEOs see the COVID-19 crisis as an opportunity to push through their resource development plans that not only put Indigenous communities at risk of infection but also guarantee environmental degradation.

The coronavirus crisis is also testing Indigenous sovereignty. On March 18, citizens in the Nunavut community of Rankin Inlet blocked a road leading to the Agnico-Eagle Meliadine gold mine to help stop the spread of COVID-19. They wanted to prevent a planeload of itinerant workers from travelling to the mine for work. Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, had asked non-essential people from outside the territory not to travel to Nunavut, and the residents of Rankin Inlet felt that the mine’s operation was not essential. Agnico-Eagle Meliadine disagreed and is bringing in workers from outside the territory to continue mining during the pandemic.

Similarly, the Haida Nation has asked tourists to stop visiting in an effort to protect citizens from the spread of COVID-19; however, many tourists are still flocking to Haida Gwaii for a holiday. The islands have two small hospitals with a limited number of beds and medical equipment, including just two ventilators. Though Pacific Coast Airlines, which flies from Vancouver to Masset, has now suspended flights to Haida Gwaii, BC Ferries is continuing its service from Prince Rupert to Skidegate and is transporting many outside tourists to the islands.

In Alberta, the United Conservative Party is using the coronavirus crisis and the drop in oil prices to backtrack on some of its promises. In late February, the UCP introduced a draconian budget, complete with plans to close 20 parks and recreational sites and turn over another 164 to private management. The government stressed, though, that it would not be selling off any Crown land and promised that it would instead enter into negotiations with municipalities and First Nations in the province to transfer land for local management. Just last week, however, the UCP announced that it had changed its mind and is now putting a 65-hectare grassland near Taber in the Treaty 7 region up for auction on March 31, with a starting bid of $440,000. This kind of disaster dispossession fits the mould of the “shock doctrine”—a right-wing government using a crisis to push through controversial ideas that prioritize private profit.

Though capitalists and colonial politicians often use emergencies to advance exploitative agendas, Klein argues that crises can also catalyze popular resistance. Catastrophes such as the current global pandemic bring our priorities into focus and can open up new opportunities to develop wider relations of compassion, reciprocity, and solidarity. Crises also make space for new ideas that we can use to radically transform society and put people before profit. Why bailout oil and gas companies who contribute to the climate crisis and ignore Indigenous rights when we can instead invest in health care, education, affordable housing, and renewable energy?
https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/coronavirus-colonialism-how-crisis-is-catalyzing-dispossession


Construction on Trans Mountain pipeline goes on, company says, as First Nations concerned over COVID-19 risks
Some Indigenous communities are calling for a sharp halt to construction on major projects as COVID-19 cases in Canada continue to rise

Oil and gas workers in both British Columbia and Alberta fall under the “essential services” category, and so have remained on the job. However, in B.C. it is unclear whether those essential services extend to workers building new pipeline infrastructure, rather than existing plants and leases that feed daily demand.

Some Indigenous communities are calling for a sharp halt to construction on major projects as COVID-19 cases in Canada continue to rise. In a letter to Trudeau on Monday, the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs called on Ottawa to “act swiftly” and shut down all construction of the Coastal GasLink project, which would feed gas into the $40-billion LNG Canada facility on the West Coast.

There are several decisions being made across the country regarding who is an essential worker

“The risks posed by continued work on the Coastal GasLink project are ones that were not consented to, and ones that leaders and officials raised warnings about in advance of the project’s approval,” the group said.

A list of essential services issued by B.C. included infrastructure that is “critical in supporting daily essential electricity needs” as well as oil and natural gas production.

The Alberta government published a list of essential services that more explicitly included “energy” construction projects that “ensure safe and reliable operations of critical provincial and municipal infrastructure.”

Transportation and transit were also included as essential construction projects.
https://nationalpost.com/news/construction-on-trans-mountain-pipeline-goes-on-company-says-as-first-nations-concerned-over-covid-19-risks


Indigenous fear Canada work camps will be coronavirus incubators

Construction work on pipelines, dams raises risk of COVID-19 spread, harm to nearby communities, Indigenous leaders say.
The state of emergencies and actions taken by BC Hydro and other utilities has not assuaged the concerns of some Indigenous community members and advocacy groups, who continue to raise concerns about COVID-19’s spread at industrial work camps.

The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) on March 30 called for work to be suspended on Coastal GasLink, a pipeline project that faces staunch opposition from members of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in northern BC and sparked nationwide protests earlier this year, over the issue.

“The camps represent a concentration of a transient workforce that are living in close proximity,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, the UBCIC president. “It’s a ripe breeding ground for [the] spread of the COVID-19 virus, which in turn could spread into our communities.”

Last week, Canadian media outlets reported that an employee working on LNG Canada’s liquefied natural gas export facility in Kitimat, in northwest BC, tested positive for COVID-19. The worker went home to self-isolate. “Currently, no one staying at the lodges has tested positive for COVID-19,” an LNG spokeswoman told Global News.
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/indigenous-fear-canada-work-camps-coronavirus-incubators-200406115720000.html


Financier predicts new respect for oilpatch as Canada recovers from pandemic


Calgary energy investor Mac Van Wielingen says there’s an opportunity for the oil and gas sector to regain public respect and support when Canada tries to restore its economy after the COVID-19 pandemic ends.

The industry has suffered since global oil prices tumbled in 2014 but it’s been made worse by national policies that are hostile toward the fossil fuel industry, the co-founder of ARC Financial Corp. said in a keynote speech on the webcast Scotiabank Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers Energy Symposium on Wednesday.

Pulling out of the current sharp downturn in the economy that has resulted in millions of employment insurance claims will require a major contribution from the oilpatch, he said.

“We’ve been through now about six years of difficult markets and what seemed like interminable —sometimes hellish — hostility and resistance to our industry,” Van Wielingen said.

“What is different now is that Canadians are going to see and experience extremely difficult conditions in all respects within Canada, including skyrocketing national and provincial deficits.

“There’s no question in my mind it’s going to force more realism, more pragmatism, and a reordering of our central priorities. Exactly to what extent, we’ll have to see.”

The recovery from the recession will require support for oil and gas workers and communities but it doesn’t mean the country should pin its hopes on another oil boom, said Greenpeace Canada campaigner Keith Stewart.

“True pragmatism would recognize that oil is a sunset industry and that the energy industry of the future will be zero-carbon renewables,” he said.

“Oil and gas aren’t going to disappear overnight, but the boom times aren’t coming back.”
https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/business/financier-predicts-new-respect-for-oilpatch-as-canada-recovers-from-pandemic-569479762.html


Ontario suspends environmental oversight rules, citing COVID-19

The Ontario government has suspended key environmental protection oversight rules, saying they could hinder its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The change allows the Progressive Conservative government to push forward projects or laws that could significantly impact the environment, without consulting or notifying the public. Critics say they fear the relaxed rules could be used to skirt environmental oversight for projects unrelated to COVID-19.

Under the new regulation, government ministries do not have to consult the public or consider environmental values as they make decisions. The regulation doesn’t specify that those decisions must be related to COVID-19.

“At this point I will give the benefit of the doubt to the government … but we will be watching very closely,” said Ontario NDP environment critic Ian Arthur.

“The danger of this could be if it was done for political reasons.”
https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/04/08/news/ontario-suspends-environmental-oversight-rules-citing-covid-19


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SARS-CoV-2-INFO, [11 Apr 2020 at 09:00:31]:
🇫🇷 Confronté à l’opinion publique scandalisée par ses facturations aux familles, OGF, qui gère la morgue temporaire de Rungis, annonce qu’il prendra finalement en charge « l’intégralité des frais »

Sans doute conscient de la dégradation vertigineuse de son image dans l’opinion publique, le groupe funéraire OGF qui gère la morgue temporaire de Rungis (94) tente désespérément de renverser la tendance.

OGF, qui contrôle notamment la marque PFG (Pompes funèbres générales) annonce qu’il prendra désormais en charge l’intégralité des frais.

SARS-CoV-2-INFO, [11 Apr 2020 at 09:01:20]:
🇪🇨 En Equateur, une centaine de détenus de six prisons contribuent à la constructions de cercueils en bois pour les personnes décédés du COVID-19.

SARS-CoV-2-INFO, [11 Apr 2020 at 09:01:39]:
🇫🇷 Le Covid-19 est entré dans près de 60% des EHPAD d’Ile-de-France (ARS)

Selon le directeur général de l’Agence régionale de santé, environ 400 des 700 EHPAD d’Ile-de-France connaissent « au moins un cas de Covid-19 ».

Aurélien Rousseau précise que « la contagion progresse vite », notamment parmi les personnels. « Nous sommes dans un contexte où le nombre de personnes contaminées parmi les personnels s’accroît à la même vitesse que dans la population générale », dit-il. (Actu140)

SARS-CoV-2-INFO, [11 Apr 2020 at 09:02:19]:
💊 Plus de deux tiers des patients atteints de COVID-19 gravement malades ont vu leur état s’améliorer après un traitement au remdesivir, un médicament expérimental développé par Gilead Sciences Inc.

La nouvelle analyse inclut des patients aux États-Unis, en Europe, au Canada et au Japon qui ont reçu une cure de 10 jours de remdesivir intraveineux.

Avant le traitement, 30 patients étaient sous respirateurs et quatre étaient sur une machine qui pompe le sang du corps du patient à travers un oxygénateur artificiel. Après un suivi médian de 18 jours, 36 patients, soit 68%, ont connu une amélioration de la classe de soutien en oxygène, dont plus de la moitié des 30 patients bénéficiant d’une respirateurs mécanique dont les tubes respiratoires ont été retirés. Au total, 25 patients, soit 47%, sont sortis de l’hôpital. Sept patients, 13% du total, sont décédés.

Douze patients, 23%, ont présenté des effets secondaires graves, notamment un syndrome de dysfonctionnement d’organes multiples, un choc septique et une atteinte rénale aiguë.

«Nous attendons avec impatience les résultats des essais cliniques contrôlés pour potentiellement valider ces résultats», a écrit le Dr Jonathan Grein, principal auteur du document et directeur de l’épidémiologie hospitalière au Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, à Los Angeles. (Reuters)

SARS-CoV-2-INFO, [11 Apr 2020 at 09:02:28]:
🇺🇸 🇮🇷 L’administration Trump cherche à empêcher le Fonds monétaire international de fournir un prêt d’urgence de 5 milliards de dollars à l’Iran pour l’aider à lutter contre la pandémie. (CNN)

COVID-19 Pandemic – Breaking, [21 125 vues, 11 Apr 2020 at 09:03:01]:
🇸🇦 The senior Saudi prince who is governor of Riyadh is in intensive care with the coronavirus. Several dozen other members of the royal family have been sickened as well. And doctors at the elite hospital that treats Al-Saud clan members are preparing as many as 500 beds for an expected influx of other royals and those closest to them, according to an internal “high alert” sent out by hospital officials.

“Directives are to be ready for V.I.P.s from around the country,” the operators of the elite facility, the King Faisal Specialist Hospital, wrote in the alert, sent electronically Tuesday night to senior doctors. A copy was obtained by The New York Times.

“We don’t know how many cases we will get but high alert,” the message stated, instructing that “all chronic patients to be moved out ASAP” @COVID19Up @coronavirusinfo SOURCE

COVID-19 Pandemic – Breaking, [6 943 vues, 11 Apr 2020 at 13:48:18]:
🇪🇸 Spain: Healthcare workers applaud in memory of their co-worker Esteban, a male nurse that died of the coronavirus disease at the Severo Ochoa Hospital in Leganes, near Madrid. @COVID19Up

COVID-19 Pandemic – Breaking, [7 520 vues, 11 Apr 2020 at 13:48:37]:
🇹🇳 Tunisia: The Tunisian army used a helicopter to unceremoniously end a football match that violated a countrywide lockdown. @COVID19Up

SARS-CoV-2-INFO, [11 Apr 2020 at 13:54:14]:
🇫🇷 La France a décidé d’autoriser les personnes à l’extérieur pour adopter un animal de compagnie dans des refuges pour animaux, malgré les mesures strictes de confinement. (AFP)

SARS-CoV-2-INFO, [11 Apr 2020 at 13:54:21]:
🇺🇸🇺🇳 Le président américain Donald Trump a promis une “annonce” la semaine prochaine concernant le financement de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS), quelques jours après ouvertement menacé de suspendre la contribution américaine

SARS-CoV-2-INFO, [11 Apr 2020 at 13:54:29]:
🇬🇧 La primatologue britannique de renommée mondiale Jane Goodall dit que la pandémie de coronavirus a été causée par le mépris de l’humanité pour la nature et le manque de respect pour les animaux.

SARS-CoV-2-INFO, [11 Apr 2020 at 13:54:42]:
🇺🇳 Le chef de L’OMS Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus a déclaré que si certains États envisageaient des moyens d’alléger les restrictions qui ont placé environ la moitié de l’humanité sous une forme de confinement, le faire trop rapidement pourrait être dangereux.

“Je sais que certains pays planifient déjà la transition hors des restrictions de séjour à la maison. Qui veut voir les restrictions levées autant que n’importe qui”, a-t-il déclaré lors d’une conférence de presse à Genève.

“Dans le même temps, lever les restrictions trop rapidement pourrait conduire à une résurgence mortelle. La descente peut être aussi dangereuse que la montée si elle n’est pas gérée correctement.”

SARS-CoV-2-INFO, [11 Apr 2020 at 14:58:56]:
🇫🇷 « Le déconfinement n’arrivera pas avant de très longues semaines », affirme sur RTL le chef des urgences de l’hôpital Pompidou à Paris

Invité de RTL à la mi-journée, le professeur Philippe Juvin, chef du service des urgences de l’hôpital européen Georges Pompidou à Paris, explique que « le déconfinement doit arriver par vagues, peut-être en libérant d’abord les plus jeunes ».

Pour ne pas subir une 2e vague de contaminations par la suite, le professeur Juvin estime qu’« il faut tester la population pour libérer d’abord ceux qui ont eu le virus et utiliser l’intelligence artificielle pour identifier les clusters qui pourraient émerger ».

« Il faut également augmenter le nombre de lits de réanimation, et donner des masques à la population”, explique encore Philippe Juvin, pour qui « le déconfinement général n’aura pas lieu avant de très très longues semaines. » (Actu140)

COVID-19 Pandemic – Breaking, [7 230 vues, 11 Apr 2020 at 15:07:27]:
🇪🇬 Egypt: A large gathering in Daqhaliat village in Egypt in protest against allowing an Egyptian doctor who died from COVID-19 to be buried in her village.

Security forces then dispersed the gathering with tear gas, and arrested 15. She was later buried successfully. @COVID19Up

COVID-19 Pandemic – Breaking, [6 812 vues, 11 Apr 2020 at 15:07:35]:
🇱🇧 Pictures from the community aid in Lebanon being distributed to the less fortunate families. @COVID19Up

COVID-19 Pandemic – Breaking, [6 990 vues, 11 Apr 2020 at 15:40:05]:
🇬🇧 UK: 24 year old woman in Wales sentenced to six months prison for spitting in face of emergency worker and claiming to have coronavirus. @COVID19Up