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

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

Weinböhla, Germany Due to unusually low temperatures in the area, wine growers from Schloss Wackerbarth are deploying anti-frost candles to protect their grape shoots
Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA
Riffa, Bahrain Medical staff in the newly-inaugurated intensive care unit for Covid-19 patients at the Bahrain Defense Force hospital, converted in seven days from a hospital parking lot into a large intensive care unit
Photograph: Mazen Mahdi/AFP via Getty Images
Haifa, Israel A mother and two wild boar cubs roam in the Carmel neighbourhood
Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA
Hong Kong, China A man plays a piano inside a truck, hired by a music school. In attempt to keep their business running during the coronavirus pandemic, Ming’s Piano, a music school with 12 teachers and about 200 students, has hired three trucks to deliver lessons to students’ doorsteps
Photograph: Billy HC Kwok/Getty Images

Articles divers 14/04 (hors france) (que des mauvaises nouvelles, ou presque):

# Tchernobyl : l’incendie se rapproche de la centrale

# Le virus ne vient pas seulement des marchés d’animaux sauvages, mais aussi d’un laboratoire chinois expérimentant sur les chauve-souris et les coronavirus

# Récit d’un soignant du Quebec dans une maison de retraite

# aperçu des mesures de confinement au Canada

# La Lithuanie dénonce la fausse solidarité de l’OTAN

# Un pathogène vorace détruit les oliviers en Europe

# En Pologne un mouvement organise des protestations virtuelles contre l’interdiction des avortements qui doit être voté sous peu

# Podcast à écouter sur Jadaliyya!!!!

# Les travailleurs migrants du Golf Persique laissés sans moyens sans travail

# Au Lagos, les habitants organisent des formes d’auto-défense contre les cambriolages potentiels…

# Le racisme aux États-Unis a une longue histoire, les noirs-américains sont aujourd’hui les plus touchés par le virus et ce n’est pas sans raisons

# Grande manif/émeute à Mumbai contre la prolongation du confinement

# En Inde le confinement est prolongé, pour 1,3 milliards de personnes

# Pendant la crise, la Corée du Nord en profite pour tester ses missiles…

# En Chine l’installation de la 5G continue

# le covid19 peut survivre à de longues expositions à 60° Celsius.

# Dette : les appels à alléger les pays africains commencent à porter leurs fruits

# L’OMS confirme des cas d’Ebola au Congo

# Un chauffeur de Taxi raconte ses difficultés en Afrique du Sud

Tchernobyl : le feu de forêt se rapproche de la centrale


Depuis dix jours, des pompiers tentent de contenir un incendie qui se propage dans la zone désertée depuis 30 ans. Son étendue est jugée « gigantesque » et « imprévisible ».
Plus de 400 pompiers ukrainiens combattaient lundi un important incendie autour la zone d’exclusion de Tchernobyl, les autorités se montrant rassurantes tandis que des observateurs affirment que le feu se rapproche dangereusement de la centrale.

« La centrale nucléaire de Tchernobyl, les lieux de stockage de déchets radioactifs et les autres infrastructures cruciales de la zone d’exclusion ne sont pas menacés », a indiqué Volodymyr Demtchouk, un haut responsable des services d’urgence ukrainien, dans une vidéo publiée lundi sur Facebook. Il a ajouté que la principale tâche des pompiers était de localiser les zones d’incendies et d’en limiter la propagation.
http://www.leparisien.fr/international/tchernobyl-le-feu-de-foret-se-rapproche-de-la-centrale-13-04-2020-8299080.php


Wuhan lab was performing coronavirus experiments on bats from the caves where the disease is believed to have originated – with a £3m grant from the US

Wuhan Institute of Virology undertook coronavirus experiments on bats
They were captured more than 1,000 miles away in Yunnan
Sequencing of the Covid-19 genome has traced it to bats from Yunnan's caves
Accident at the laboratory in the Chinese city was 'no longer being discounted' 

The laboratory at the centre of scrutiny over the pandemic has been carrying out research on bats from the cave which scientists believe is the original source of the devastating outbreak.

Documents obtained by The Mail on Sunday show the Wuhan Institute of Virology undertook coronavirus experiments on mammals captured more than 1,000 miles away in Yunnan – funded by a $3.7 million grant from the US government.

Sequencing of the Covid-19 genome has traced it to bats found in Yunnan’s caves.


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8211257/Wuhan-lab-performing-experiments-bats-coronavirus-caves.html?ito=social-twitter_mailonline&fbclid=IwAR3tz9JUdDW1vb-Cd_VfcGK2KMhK3nn4bWFwNtJwIWPFUvWay8ppYRsuLoU


Les récits d’un préposé
Bulletin du front sanitaire – Ma veillée pascale…


En première ligne du front sanitaire, voyez-vous, on trouve surtout celles qui sont généralement méprisées et maltraitées par le système tout court. Des femmes victimes de sexisme à longueur de journée. Des ménagères qui ont des bouches à nourrir. Des immigrées de confession musulmane que l’on méprise trop souvent dans nos journaux et nos institutions publiques. Il y a aussi des types comme moi et ma blonde, qui sont nés pauvres et ont connu dans la chair et l’os la pauvreté. Bref, nous sommes un peu le peuple.

Ma conjointe Carole est directrice de la résidence. Elle se donne à 3000% avec peu de moyens et le manque d’écoute de part et d’autre de ses «supérieurs» (sic!!!). Elle mériterait plus que des éloges. Elle a une tête froide et solide. Un coeur grand comme le cosmos. Je crains néanmoins pour sa vie, encore plus que pour la mienne. Nous sommes donc un couple au front… Vous pouvez trouver ça cute. Je ne pourrai m’empêcher de trouver ça triste. Les histoires de fées nous font vomir. À d’autres les propos lénifiants et soporifiques des valets du capitalisme.

J’occupe aussi les fonctions de directeur adjoint. Je dirige les équipes (sic!), rédige les communiqués et assiste ma directrice dans la mesure de nos forces mises en commun.

Je travaille généralement de 19h30 à 6h00 am. Ma blonde s’occupe du jour et moi du soir et de la nuit. J’ai les diplômes qu’il faut pour exercer ma profession de préposé aux bénéficiaires. J’ai travaillé deux ans au Centre hospitalier de l’Université Laval et deux ans dans un CHSLD. Je suis revenu vers le métier de préposé après avoir effectué toutes sortes de boulots qui vont de la fabrication de palettes de bois à la rédaction technique. Feue ma mère, Jeannine René, était préposée aux bénéficiaires au Foyer Joseph-Denys, située sur la rue Laviolette à Trois-Rivières. C’est par elle que je suis entré dans ce métier. Et c’est avec son soutien spirituel que je puis continuer à affronter le danger tous les jours.

Je n’avancerai pas plus loin sur mon background. C’est sans intérêt, sinon pour placer un peu le décor humain…

https://preposeequebec.blogspot.com/2020/04/bulletin-du-front-sanitaire-ma-veillee.html?fbclid=IwAR1FSyQb0XgO_B-B0Lnx16P76oETd2R8KJUGbv6Z5RlN_WqcTgLA6RXZC9s


What’s being done across Canada to fight COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every province and territory. Canada’s chief public health officer and her provincial counterparts are encouraging people to wash their hands, give each other space and wear a mask if they are sick or a homemade one if they believe they could have been exposed to the virus and are not showing any symptoms.

Ottawa has put money into health-care research and the economy. It has also put restrictions on international travel and is mandating 14-day quarantines for travellers returning to Canada to try to limit spread of the novel coronavirus.

Classes are suspended or cancelled at schools throughout the country.

Each province and territory also has its own emergency measures to detect cases and prevent spread of the virus.

Here’s a look at some of the ways different jurisdictions are responding:
https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/04/14/news/whats-being-done-across-canada-fight-covid-19


Fake solidarity by NATO


f you look at the facts, Lithuania is fighting alone with the epidemic of COVID-19 infection. However, like all other countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

You just need to look at Italy, which does not have time to bury the dead. The NATO allies apparently forgot that they were allies and turned a blind eye to the help that the Italians lack so much. It is more likely that NATO member countries live by the formula “self comes first”

Germany has shown how such “solidarity” in the Alliance looks like. Due to the COVID-19 virus, Germany without any reason blocked the supply of personal protective equipment purchased by the Hungarian leadership (masks, respirators, gas masks, gloves, protective suits). This was recently announced publicly by Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Despite the fact that several hundred soldiers with coronavirus have already been gathered in the Lithuanian barracks, of which almost 30 are NATO soldiers from the multinational battalion battle group, no one is in a hurry to evacuate them or at least offer help with their treatment.

Thus, Minister of Defense of Lithuania Raimundas Karoblis, either does not understand what is happening in the countries of the world in a pandemic or lives in a parallel reality. Despite the refusal of NATO assistance, he states: “Lithuania does not plan to abandon its obligations to jointly strengthen the military alliance and does not intend to change amount of defense spending.”
https://balticword.eu/fake-solidarity-by-nato/


Voracious Pest: Deadly Olive Disease Would Cost Europe Over €20 Bln, Study Finds


Transmitted by sap-sucking insects such as spittlebugs, Xylella is deemed as one of the most dangerous pathogens for plants, with no cure for the disease known to date.

Along with olive trees, the pest can infect cherry, almond, and plum trees; however, given the fact that it was first discovered in 2013 in trees in Puglia, Italy, it has since been associated with olives. The disease has brought about devastating fallout in Italy, with an estimated 60% decline in crops.

The pathogen blocks water and nutrient transmission in trees, which gradually wither and die after being deprived of the essential life-sustaining elements.
https://sputniknews.com/business/202004141078952854-voracious-pest-deadly-olive-disease-would-cost-europe-over-20-bln-study-finds/


Poland holds virtual protests against abortion bill during COVID-19 lockdown


Human rights groups have launched an online protest against controversial bills in Poland on abortion and sexual education.

Polish MPs are set to consider new laws on Wednesday that pro-choice groups say would effectively ban abortions.

A second bill would also make it a crime to teach or promote sexual education to those under the age of 18.

But the coronavirus pandemic has meant that streets protests are not possible, as Poland has banned group gatherings as part of its state of emergency.
https://www.euronews.com/2020/04/14/poland-holds-virtual-protests-against-abortion-bill-during-covid-19-lockdown



Status/الوضع Issue 7.1 is Here! (Podcasts)

http://www.statushour.com/en/home


This issue of Status الوضع comes at an extraordinary time in our contemporary history, not just as a community of scholars, activists, writers, and artists concerned with the circumstances facing the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa, but rather as human beings around the world coming to terms with our collective ecology, economy, and politics!

As the threat and effects of the new COVID-19 virus spreads and ravages so many communities around the world, we are seeing an unprecedented global effort to curb its proliferation and minimize its effect. In addition to our usual programming in this issue, we have launched a new urgent video interview program called “Politics in the Time of Corona.” It is our earnest attempt to ascertain and survey the widespread impact of COVID-19 and the measures taken to contain it across the world. The program, hosted by Bassam Haddad and Noura Erakat, is already in its 8th episode at the time of this launch with more episodes coming in the days and weeks ahead. The purpose behind these interviews is to showcase both the specificities and commonalities between the address of COVID-19 and governance across locales, geographies, political landscapes, cultural milieus and other conditions. Each episode brings us closer to a different locale in the world to provide reporting, analysis, and reflection from colleagues on the challenges and implications in their communities. So far these interviews include So far we have interviews covering COVID-19 in Gaza with Issam A. Adwan and Salam Khashan, in Dublin (Ireland) with John Reynolds, in Cairo (Egypt) with Amr Adly, in Tehran (Iran) with Alex Shams and Hoda Katebi, on incarceration in Iran with Golnar Nikpour, in San Francisco (United States) with Jessica Malaty Rivera, in Doha (Qatar) and the Arabian Peninsula with Ahmad Dallal, and Vancouver (Canada) with Adel Iskandar. Do stay tuned to follow updates about COVID-19 from around the world through our incredible interlocutors at Status الوضع.

Yet before COVID-19 reset the world’s news agendas and shifted public attention, we have spent months preparing a rich collection of interviews for this very special issues. The conditions and circumstances that preceded COVID-19 as described by the many interlocutors we spoke to serve as a critical backdrop against which the virus’ impact should be examined and understood. Whether it is in Gaza and Syrian refugee camps or in countries like Iran, Egypt, or Turkey, socioeconomic and political circumstances inform how authorities, political elite, government infrastructure, state bureaucracy, civil society, and grassroots community organizing have responded and the efficacy of their efforts. It is important to recognize that while COVID-19 has shifted our attention away from other pressing matters in our respective communities, it may not have shifted the balance of power or erased vulnerability, it may have further exacerbated aggravated situations while simultaneously empowered the precarious in other situations. To understand these changes it is critical to expansively explore not just the virus and its repercussions, but the backdrop that precedes its advent.
https://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/40953


Gulf’s migrant workers struggling during pandemic


Millions of foreign labourers form the backbone of Gulf economies, but many of the sectors in which they work have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak.

DUBAI – Charity workers are scouring the United Arab Emirates for empty buildings and Bahrain is repurposing closed schools to rehouse low income labourers from overcrowded accommodation, a hotspot for the coronavirus outbreak in the Gulf.

The challenge is not limited to the region’s congested labour camps, where one room with bunk beds can sleep about a dozen workers, the virus has also spread in densely populated commercial districts where many expatriates share housing to save on rent. Many have lost jobs and are struggling.

Indian engineer Mohamed Aslam shares a three-bedroom apartment in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi with 14 other people. Health authorities put the building under quarantine after some residents tested positive for the virus.

“The charities are covering the food: dinner, lunch, breakfast,” he told Reuters news agency. “Praise be to God, because of charity we are surviving.”

Aslam is among millions of foreign workers, many from Asia, who form the backbone of Gulf economies and work in the construction, hospitality, retail, transport and services sectors, many of which have been disrupted by the outbreak.
https://middle-east-online.com/en/gulfs-migrant-workers-struggling-during-pandemic


Nigeria: Lagos residents defend homes against curfew bandits

Amid rising number of robberies during lockdown, residents form vigilante groups to keep guard against attackers.

The 54-year-old, a commercial bus driver, was looking forward to spending some quality time with his four children. Most days, he leaves his house in Lagos’s Iju-Ishaga area before they wake up and sometimes returns home after they have already gone to bed.

Four days into the lockdown, however, this downtime with his family was interrupted when a criminal gang stormed a nearby street to rob residents of their belongings.

“I woke up around 1am and I heard some neighbours screaming and calling for people to come out and defend them. It was like a movie scene. I made my way to the entrance of the house and found out that other neighbours were all out with weapons [such as machetes and clubs],” Kolawole told Al Jazeera.

A man standing beside a street barricade in Alagbado area of Lagos [Al Jazeera]

“I quickly ran back into the house to fetch my machete and joined other residents to form a barricade to prevent the hoodlums from invading our street. We stayed awake until 7am before dispersing to our homes.”

The quick mobilisation resulted in Kolawole and his immediate neighbours not coming under attack – unlike residents of two nearby streets. Armed with clubs, machetes and iron rod, the robbers ransacked homes, carted away valuables and injured some residents who put up a fight.

That was not the first time the community was targeted by criminal gangs. Kolawole acquired his machete, which he keeps close to his bedside, after being robbed in 2018.

(….)

Businessman Awosusi Ahmed keeping vigil in front of his Lagos home to prevent attacks on his family [Al Jazeera]


Nigeria is Africa’s most populous nation with a population of more than 200 million. Some 20 million reside in the megacity of Lagos, the majority of whom work in the informal sector.

The extension of the lockdown is expected to add to the hardship of millions of Nigerians living hand-to-mouth, often on less than one dollar a day.

Starting on April 1, the Humanitarian Affairs Ministry began paying 20,000 naira ($52) to families in the national social register of poor and vulnerable households.

Buhari has also ordered that “the current social register be expanded from 2.6 million households to 3.6 million households in the next two weeks. This means we will support an additional one million homes with our social investment programmes.”

But residents complained that the interventions do not go far enough.

“The government’s failure to disclose key details of the cash transfer program has also cast doubt on how many people it includes and who will benefit,” Human Rights Watch, a US-based NGO, said in a statement.

“Millions of Nigerians observing the COVID-19 lockdown lack the food and income that their families need to survive,” Anietie Ewang, the group’s Nigeria researcher, said.

On April 6, Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed said oil-rich Nigeria had requested $6.9bn from international lenders to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Already, Africa’s most populous country has seen its revenues slump following a drop in oil prices.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/04/nigeria-lagos-residents-defend-homes-curfew-bandits-200414165917113.html


Racism: The most dangerous ‘pre-existing condition’

Black Americans are dying disproportionately from COVID-19 and there is a reason for it.
More than 100 years ago, a 1926 syphilis survey conducted in the US state of Alabama showed that 36 percent of the people in Macon County had syphilis. Only 60 years after the legal abolition of slavery, Black Americans made up the majority of that county, barely keeping a living through sharecropping.

A subway rider wears a mask and a bandana to protect himself against COVID-19 in New York on April 7, 2020 [AP/Bebeto Matthews]

In 1932, the county was chosen to become a living laboratory in which for the next few decades, Black men would be tested and examined to track the development of syphilis. The study was led by what was then known as the Tuskegee Institute, which recruited hundreds of residents, misleading them that they were receiving treatment.

In the late 1940s, effective treatments became available for the disease, but the unwilling participants in the study were not given access to it. They did not become aware that they were being lied to until local media uncovered the truth in 1972.

This story was not an isolated accident but was rather part of the systematic disregard for African American lives by public and private institutions during the Jim Crow era. At that time, medical professionals openly espoused anti-Black racist beliefs and were convinced treatment for some diseases, like syphilis, was not possible among Black communities.

For instance, Thomas W Murrell, a doctor at the University College of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia, wrote in 1906:

“Those that are treated are only half cured, and the effort to assimilate a complex civilization drives their diseased minds until the results are criminal records. Perhaps here, in conjunction with tuberculosis, will be the end of the negro problem. Disease will accomplish what man cannot do.”
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/racism-dangerous-pre-existing-condition-200414154246943.html


Thousands Defy Lockdown At Bandra Station In Mumbai, Lathicharged By Cops
Video footage from the area showed hundreds of people jostling, government warnings about coronavirus and social distancing forgotten.
New Delhi:

Mumbai, the city with the highest cases of coronavirus, became the site of a huge protest this afternoon as hordes of migrant workers gathered outside Mumbai’s Bandra station today protesting against the extension of the lockdown. Video footage from the area showed thousands of people jostling, giving a go by to government warnings about coronavirus and social distancing.

Most demanded that they be allowed to go home. When the crowd ignored several warnings to disperse, batons were used, the police said.

The visuals — reminiscent of the huge migrant exodus outside the inter-state bus stations in Delhi after the lockdown was declared for the first time – raised questions about how such a huge crowd gathered despite multiple containment zones in the city. It also raised concern about further spread of the virus –Mumbai has seen more than 1,500 cases of COVID-19, more than half of the 2,300-plus cases in Maharashtra.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah had called Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to express concern and offer support. The administration needs to stay vigilant as such events will weaken India’s fight against coronavirus, he said.

Later in the evening, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray told the media that the people had gathered outside the station as they thought “the trains will start running and they will go home…Someone said something and hence they gathered”. “Don’t play with their emotions. They are poor people. I warn you don’t play with their emotions,” he said, addressing rumour-mongers.

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Sources told NDTV that the crowd wanted to leave Mumbai, expecting train services to resume. A message to that effect was apparently making the rounds. The police say they are still verifying the claim that a fake message was circulated.

The crowd mostly comprised migrant labourers who live in the slums around Bandra station. With no jobs, police messages that food would be delivered to them or they could shift to a camp, do not convince them.

“We have been providing food to their doorstep. The Centre has done nothing to give migrant labourers any confidence and with an expansion of the lockdown, they came out on the streets as an act of desperation,” said Zeeshan Siddique, a Congress MLA from the neighbouring constituency.
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/massive-crowd-at-bandra-stand-in-mumbai-as-migrants-defy-lockdown-2211695?pfrom=home-topscroll


India extends world’s biggest virus lockdown
Covering 1.3 billion people, the lockdown has been extended until May 3


India’s poor

The shutdown, with strict limits on activity, has been devastating for the economy – and in particular for India’s poor.

Millions of daily wage laborers suddenly lost their jobs, forcing hundreds of thousands to travel hundreds of kilometers back to their home villages, often on foot.

A policeman wearing a coronavirus helmet takes part with others in a procession to raise awareness about Covid-19 during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown in Chennai on April 12, 2020. Photo: AFP/Arun Sankar

Some died on the way, while others were shunned by locals when they made it back to their villages. One clip that went viral on social media showed a group of migrants being hosed down with chemicals by local officials.

Others have been stranded in cities in cramped, unsanitary conditions where the virus could spread quickly.

New Delhi alone is providing hundreds of thousands of free meals.
Snarl-ups

Farmers have complained of a lack of workers to harvest crops while snarl-ups of thousands of trucks not allowed to move because of the lockdown have hampered food transport.

“We have tried to keep the interests of the poor and the daily wage workers in mind while making these new guidelines,” Modi said in his 24-minute address.

“The central and state governments are working together to ensure that the farmers don’t face any problems.”

Reserve Bank of India governor Shaktikanta Das has called the coronavirus an “invisible assassin” that could wreak havoc on the economy.

A restaurant industry group, a sector that employs millions of people nationwide, warned Monday there could be “social unrest” if it did not receive financial relief.

The commerce ministry has also reportedly urged the government to consider opening more activities “with reasonable safeguards” even if the lockdown is extended.

Even before the pandemic, the Indian economy was stuttering, with the highest unemployment for decades.

Growth had slowed to about 5.0% before the pandemic and some analysts say it could slump to 1.5-2.0% this year – way below the level needed to provide jobs for the millions coming into the labor market each month.
https://asiatimes.com/2020/04/india-extends-worlds-biggest-virus-lockdown/


Covid-19 provides perfect cover for Kim


Amid the global pandemic, North Korea unleashes multiple missile test launches
At a time when the world’s attention is glued to the Covid-19 pandemic, North Korea test-fired its latest barrage of missiles early Tuesday morning.

The test is believed to have been of short-range, anti-ship missiles, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, which closely monitor North Korean military activities.

The projectiles were fired from the east coast and splashed approximately 150 kilometers east of the peninsula, in the Sea of Japan, which Koreans call the East Sea. The drills continued for about 40 minutes, the JCS said.

It was the fifth test this year. Four separate tests of various missile systems were conducted last month.
https://asiatimes.com/2020/04/covid-19-provides-perfect-cover-for-kim/


China Unicom Beijing and Huawei sign an MoU for “5G Capital”


pril 8, 2020 – BEIJING, CHINA: At the China Unicom Beijing and Huawei Release Conference of “5G Capital” Joint Innovation, China Unicom Beijing and Huawei signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the “5G Capital” joint innovation project. The project aims to improve 5G networks for both users and industries in the new era of 5G development.

Based on this project, the two parties will further 5G technological innovation and 5G rapid commercial adoption. They will also continue to promote 5G smart services and explore business modes, contributing to the quick development of “New Infrastructure” to keep high-quality sustained economic development. This will better enable the two parties to build 5G leadership in technology, business, and social responsibility in Beijing and transform this city into a global 5G benchmark.

MoU signing between China Unicom Beijing and Huawei

Mr. Yang Lifan, Deputy General Manager of China Unicom Beijing, Mr. Fan Liqun, General Manager of the Network Development Department of China Unicom Beijing, and Mr. Ritchie Peng, CMO of Huawei’s Wireless Network Product Line, gave keynote speeches on the “5G Capital” joint innovation project.

Mr. Tang Xiongyan, a Chief Scientist of China Unicom Network Technology Research Institute, Mr. Zhou Yi, General Director of China Carrier Wireless Network & Cloud Core Network Marketing & Solution Sales Department of Huawei, and Mr. Zhao Ming, Director of China Unicom Beijing Account Department of Huawei also attended the MoU signing event.
https://www.telecomtv.com/content/news/china-unicom-beijing-and-huawei-sign-an-mou-for-5g-capital-38331/


Covid-19 can survive long exposure to high temperature, a threat to lab staff around world: Research paper



HONG KONG — The new coronavirus can survive long exposure to high temperatures, according to an experiment by a team of French scientists.

Professor Remi Charrel and colleagues at the Aix-Marseille University in southern France heated the virus that causes Covid-19 to 60°C for an hour and found that some strains were still able to replicate.

The scientists had to bring the temperature to almost boiling point to kill the virus completely, according to their non-peer-reviewed paper released on bioRxiv.org on Saturday (April 11). The results have implications for the safety of lab technicians working with the virus.

https://www.todayonline.com/world/covid-19-can-survive-long-exposure-high-temperature-threat-lab-staff-around-world-research


Lockdown: The number of people going hungry in Gauteng has doubled


The number of people who rely on food parcels provided by the Gauteng government to survive during the lockdown has doubled.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura revealed this during the launch of the Ekurhuleni Food Bank at the Springs fresh produce market on the East Rand on Tuesday.

Makhura said that, over the last two weeks, they had received calls from people who used to work before the lockdown who were now asking to be included on the list of the needy.

“Food security is critical in Gauteng. Ordinarily, in Gauteng, 20% of the population are food insecure. When there is no Covid-19, we also have residents who are food insecure.

“These are people who have a guarantee of food that can last them for five days and are worried about where they will source food for the remaining two days of the week.

“We want to assure all those contributing that this is not arbitrary, and beneficiaries are not identified arbitrarily,” said Makhura.

He said recipients are identified through existing government criteria.
https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/lockdown-the-number-of-people-going-hungry-in-gauteng-has-doubled-20200414


Dette : les appels à alléger les pays africains commencent à porter leurs fruits


Dix-neuf pays africains sur 25 à travers le monde bénéficieront « dans l’immédiat » d’un allègement de leur dette auprès du Fonds monétaire international (FMI). Ils recevront – dans le cadre de son Fonds de réserve et de secours en cas de catastrophe (CCRT)- des subventions pendant six mois pour couvrir leurs obligations au titre du service de la dette envers le FMI, a-t-il annoncé. Ce sont : le Bénin, du Burkina Faso, des Comores, de la Gambie, de la Guinée, la Guinée-Bissau, le Libéria, Madagascar, le Mali, le Mozambique, le Niger, la République centrafricaine (RCA), la République démocratique du Congo (RDC), le Rwanda, Sao-Tomé et Principe, la Sierra Leone et le Togo. Selon les précisions de l’institution de Bretton Woods, il s’agit d’une « première vague ».

« Cela [...] leur permettra de canaliser davantage de leurs ressources financières vers des secours médicaux et autres secours vitaux ». Kristalina Georgieva, DG du FMI

Le CCRT, indique le Fonds, est actuellement doté de près de 500 millions de dollars. Une première tranche de 250 millions sera déployée pour les 25 pays présentement sélectionnés. La Grande-Bretagne a contribué à hauteur de 185 millions, le Japon a apporté 100 millions, tandis que les apports d’autres pays donateurs comme la Chine ne sont pas précisés. Mais alors que le FMI veut porter ce fonds à 1,4 milliard de dollars pour alléger la dette de plus de pays, l’institution financière international entend « faire pression » sur les donateurs pour atteindre cet objectif et envisage en parallèle la vente d’une part de ses réserves d’or.
https://afrique.latribune.fr/economie/2020-04-14/dette-les-appels-a-alleger-les-pays-africains-commencent-a-porter-leurs-fruits-845108.html


WHO Confirms New Ebola Case in the DRC


The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that a new case of Ebola has been confirmed in the DR Congo.

The announcement on Friday came just days before the country’s largest-ever Ebola outbreak was expected to be declared over.

The new case was confirmed in Beni, a town at the heart of the epidemic in the eastern part of the DR Congo. According to reports, the patient died on Thursday morning in a hospital after showing symptoms several days earlier.

The multisectoral committee for the response to the epidemic said in a statement that preliminary information shows that he is a 26-year-old man in Beni territory.

The committee added that its teams, in collaboration with the WHO, are already on the ground to deepen the investigations and implement public health actions.
https://africalaunchpad.com/who-confirms-new-ebola-case-in-the-drc/


Taxi owner tells of struggle


Doctors and healthcare professionals aren’t the only workers providing crucial services during the Covid-19 lockdown; taxi and bus drivers are too.

But a city taxi boss who has had to double up as a taxi driver says he is concerned about the nonchalant attitude from passengers regarding Covid-19.

Sheldon Woodroffe, who is also the Woodlands Taxi Association chairperson, fears contracting the virus and has seen most clients are unfazed by the situation. “People say they won’t stop living their lives; many people are continuing as if it is normal. Some passengers say it’s not a black man’s disease. They say it won’t hit them.

“Very few come here wearing masks. Some say it makes them claustrophobic. I think more education is needed.”

Woodroffe admits that the restrictions governing public transport during the lockdown have left him battling to make ends meet. “It’s terrible for business. I’m only making a quarter of the regular profit …”

For Woodroffe, the biggest anxiety is having one of his taxis repossessed as he cannot meet his instalment this month. “I’m financed by SA Taxi. They have already started sending messages threatening to repossess the vehicle. As it stands, I can’t afford to pay the R18 500 instalment.”
https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/taxi-owner-tells-of-struggle-20200413


A jackal sits on the grass in Yarkon Park, in front of a Ferris wheel in nearby Luna Park, in Tel Aviv. #



Sélection Sur les fils Sars-Cov Info https://t.me/nCovFR et COVID-Pandemic 19: https://ko-fi.com/covid_19pandemic_breaking et SARS-COV Info: https://ko-fi.com/covid_19pandemic_breaking et Coronaviurs Infolive: https://ko-fi.com/covid_19pandemic_breaking

SARS-CoV-2-INFO, [1 190 vues, 14 Apr 2020 at 09:47:14]:
🦠 Les responsables de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé ont déclaré lundi que toutes les personnes qui se remettent du coronavirus n’ont pas les anticorps nécessaires pour combattre une seconde infection, ce qui fait craindre que les patients ne développent pas une immunité après avoir survécu au Covid-19.

“En ce qui concerne le rétablissement puis la réinfection, je crois que nous n’avons pas les réponses à cela. C’est une inconnue”, a déclaré lundi le docteur Mike Ryan, directeur exécutif du programme d’urgence de l’OMS, lors d’une conférence de presse au siège de l’organisation à Genève.

Une étude préliminaire sur des patients à Shanghai a révélé que certains patients n’avaient “aucune réponse anticorps détectable” alors que d’autres avaient une réponse très élevée, a déclaré le docteur Maria Van Kerkhove, scientifique principale de l’OMS sur le Covid-19. La question de savoir si les patients qui ont eu une forte réponse anticorps étaient immunisés contre une seconde infection est “une question distincte”, a-t-elle ajouté.

Plus de 300 000 des 1,87 million de cas de coronavirus dans le monde ont été guéris, ont noté les responsables de l’OMS, ajoutant qu’ils ont besoin de plus de données sur les patients guéris pour comprendre leur réponse anticorps, si cela leur donne une immunité et pour combien de temps.

“Nous devons vraiment mieux comprendre à quoi ressemble cette réponse anticorps en termes d’immunité”, a déclaré M. Van Kerkhove.

Selon M. Ryan, on peut se demander si le virus peut se réactiver après qu’un patient se soit rétabli et que les tests pour le Covid-19 se soient révélés négatifs.

“Il y a de nombreuses raisons pour lesquelles nous pourrions assister à une réactivation de l’infection, soit avec la même infection, soit avec un autre agent infectieux”, a-t-il déclaré. En général, “il y a de nombreuses situations d’infection virale où une personne n’élimine pas entièrement le virus de son système”. Certains patients peuvent également se débarrasser de l’infection principale mais développer une infection bactérienne secondaire, a-t-il dit.

Les centres américains de contrôle et de prévention des maladies ont déclaré qu’ils développaient un test pour détecter la présence d’anticorps de coronavirus afin de déterminer si une personne pourrait être immunisée contre la maladie. Si un tel test peut déterminer qui a été exposé au virus, il n’est pas certain qu’il puisse identifier les personnes immunisées contre la réinfection, selon l’OMS.

Les responsables de l’OMS ont également mis en garde lundi contre la levée des restrictions de distanciation sociale et la réouverture d’entreprises, alors même que les dirigeants politiques américains, du président Donald Trump au gouverneur de New York Andrew Cuomo, le président français Emmanuel Macron, ont déclarés qu’ils espéraient rouvrir des entreprises dès que cela serait possible en toute sécurité.

“Alors que le Covid-19 accélère très vite, il décélère beaucoup plus lentement. En d’autres termes, la descente est beaucoup plus lente que la montée”, a déclaré le directeur général de l’OMS, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, lors d’une conférence de presse au siège de l’organisation à Genève, lundi. “Cela signifie que les mesures de contrôle doivent être levées lentement et avec contrôle. Cela ne peut pas se faire d’un seul coup”.

M. Tedros a établi une liste de contrôle à l’intention des pays avant qu’ils n’envisagent de lever les mesures de distanciation sociale :

  • La transmission du virus doit être contrôlée.
  • Un système de surveillance doit être mis en place pour détecter, isoler et traiter les patients.
  • Les épidémies dans les hôpitaux et les maisons de retraite doivent être réduites au minimum.
  • Des mesures préventives doivent être mises en place dans les lieux essentiels tels que les écoles et les lieux de travail.
  • Le risque d’importer la maladie de l’étranger doit être maîtrisé.

“Les mesures de contrôle ne peuvent être levées que si les bonnes mesures de santé publique sont en place, y compris une capacité significative de recherche des contacts”.

COVID-19 Pandemic – Breaking, [8 458 vues, 14 Apr 2020 at 10:06:42]:
🇨🇳 Two Chinese companies were banned from exporting anti-epidemic products as China tightens quality control on export of such goods, according to Ministry of Commerce on Mon. Some foreign buyers previously returned shipments to these two enterprises due to substandard quality. @COVID19Up

COVID-19 Pandemic – Breaking, [10 719 vues, 14 Apr 2020 at 10:06:55]:
🇺🇸 This is the true human cost of COVID-19 that you don’t see on TV very often.

CNN obtained photos from ER staff at a Detroit hospital, showing bodies pilled up in vacant spaces because the morgue was full. Nearly 1,500 people have died in Michigan, and 23,000 nationwide. @COVID19Up

📡Guardians of Hong Kong, [14 Apr 2020 at 10:09:02]:
Stand News Wins Four Awards and “The Best Press Photo Of The Year” in Taiwan Press Photo Contest

Taiwan Press Photo Contest is organised by the Taiwan Press Photographer Association, with 12 competition categories including spot news, general news, sport news, features, people in the news, etc. Among the around 1,600 pictures in the competition, Stand News wins 4 awards. One of the pictures that captured riot police shining strong beams of light at reporters in Wong Tai Sin in Aug 2019 won “The Best Press Photo Of The Year”. The winning pictures are taken by Nasha Chan and Peter Wong. A reporter from Initium Media also won “The Best Series Of Press Photo Of The Year” with pictures taken during the anti-extradition law movement.

Sources: Stand News
Editor’s Note: As Hong Kongers, we wish these pictures can remind us of those walking ahead of us during the movement. May the flame in our hearts never be extinguished.


🇮🇳 Des milliers de personnes se sont rassemblées à Mumbai pour manifester contre la prolongation du confinement en Inde. (Times of India)


🇨🇳 En Chine, des Africain·e·s se font jeter des commerces, expulser de leur appartement ou placer en quarantaine de force sans raison.

🌐 Flash Info 🌐, [2 831 vues, 14 Apr 2020 at 21:13:41]:
🌐 Flash-Info : Les ministres s’expriment à propos du déconfinement le 11 mai 🇫🇷

“Ce qu’a annoncé Emmanuel Macron ce n’est pas le déconfinement le 11 mai, c’est le confinement jusqu’au 11 mai”, nuance le ministre de l’Intérieur, Christophe Castaner.

🌐 Flash Info 🌐, [2 663 vues, 14 Apr 2020 at 21:13:54]:
🌐 Flash-Info : Trump veut prendre la main sur le déconfinement, au risque de conflits 🇺🇸 (AFP)

“C’est le président des Etats-Unis qui décide!”. Déterminé à être le grand ordonnateur du déconfinement des Etats-Unis, Donald Trump semble prêt à aller au conflit avec les gouverneurs, au risque de créer la confusion chez les Américains.

La réponse d’Andrew Cuomo, gouverneur de New York, a été vive :
“La position du président est tout simplement absurde. Ce n’est pas ce que dit la loi. Ce n’est pas ce que dit la constitution. Nous n’avons pas un roi, nous avons un président”, a-t-il lancé mardi matin sur CNN.

🌐 Flash Info 🌐, [2 268 vues, 14 Apr 2020 at 21:14:01]:
🌐 Flash-Info : L’Association internationale du transport aérien (IATA) a évalué mardi une chute de 55% pour les revenus des compagnies aériennes en 2020. Une baisse du chiffre d’affaires qui équivaut à 286 milliards d’euros, soit du “jamais vu auparavant”.


Things are boiling over in Mitchell’s Plain, City of Cape Town, Western Cape province. Riot is apparently due to food parcels that were promised to the less-fortunate but never arrived.

Situation is spreading with riots and opportunistic looting now occurring in Seawinds, near Muizenburg, City of Cape Town, Western Cape province.

🌐 Flash Info 🌐, [2 072 vues, 14 Apr 2020 at 21:14:09]:
🌐 Flash-Info : Bilan en France 🇫🇷 (DGS)

Le nombre de cas confirmés dans les hôpitaux s’élève à 103.573, soit 5.497 cas de plus ces dernières 24 heures.

Le nombre total de décès s’élève quant à lui à 15.729, soit 762 morts de plus qu’hier. (10.129 décès dans les hôpitaux et 5.600 dans les EHPAD/MES)

Le nombre de personnes hospitalisées est de 32.292, soit 179 de plus que la veille.

Par ailleurs, le nombre de patients en soins intensifs est de 6.730, soit 91 de moins que la veille.

COVID-19 Pandemic – Breaking, [5 801 vues, 14 Apr 2020 at 21:14:56]:
🇮🇷 A farmer in Qom took revenge on his local bank by giving one of his cattle to the bank instead of a $600 debt.

While, businesses are closed due to coronavirus outbreak, the bank apparently refused to grant him respite & froze account of his guarantor. @COVID19Up

SARS-CoV-2-INFO, [14 Apr 2020 at 21:16:04]:
🇫🇷 Aujourd’hui, Christophe Castaner a assuré que “14 millions” de masques seraient “distribués d’ici le 26 avril”, et que 40 millions de masques supplémentaires ont été commandés.

SARS-CoV-2-INFO, [14 Apr 2020 at 21:16:10]:
🇫🇷Le médecin glissera ces mots sur le certificat de décès : « suspicion de Covid ». Sans savoir si cela aura un effet sur les statistiques Flèche vers la droite Morts à domicile : les victimes invisibles du COVID-19

Chaque soir, le directeur général de la Santé fait le point : le bilan est actuellement de 9 253 personnes mortes à l’hôpital, et 5 140 dans les Ehpad et établissements médico-sociaux. Mais il pourrait être bien plus lourd en comptant les personnes décédées chez elles

Sur 57 440 décès toutes causes confondues au mois de mars, environ 13 000 personnes sont mortes chez elles. L’Insee ne précise pas la cause, et au vu de la faible quantité de tests réalisés, il est difficile d’établir le nombre exact de morts liées à l’épidémie

Le dernier patient qu’il a perdu est mort, à 85 ans, dans son lit : insuffisance respiratoire. Le Dr Philippe Doll, généraliste dans le Haut-Rhin, suspecte un cas de Covid-19 mais, sans test et hors hôpital, ce décès n’entrera pas dans le bilan officiel des victimes

Il faudra attendre une étude scientifique et démographique complète, qui prendra sans doute de longs mois, avant d’avoir des chiffres se rapprochant de la réalité, sur les décès imputables à l’épidémie de Covid-19.
(Enquête de Ouest-France)

SARS-CoV-2-INFO, [14 Apr 2020 at 21:16:25]:
🌎 Trump a l’intention jeudi de tenir une vidéoconférence avec les dirigeants des pays du G7 sur les mesures de lutte contre le coronavirus.

SARS-CoV-2-INFO, [1 190 vues, 14 Apr 2020 at 21:17:15]:
🦠 Les responsables de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé ont déclaré lundi que toutes les personnes qui se remettent du coronavirus n’ont pas les anticorps nécessaires pour combattre une seconde infection, ce qui fait craindre que les patients ne développent pas une immunité après avoir survécu au Covid-19.

“En ce qui concerne le rétablissement puis la réinfection, je crois que nous n’avons pas les réponses à cela. C’est une inconnue”, a déclaré lundi le docteur Mike Ryan, directeur exécutif du programme d’urgence de l’OMS, lors d’une conférence de presse au siège de l’organisation à Genève.

Une étude préliminaire sur des patients à Shanghai a révélé que certains patients n’avaient “aucune réponse anticorps détectable” alors que d’autres avaient une réponse très élevée, a déclaré le docteur Maria Van Kerkhove, scientifique principale de l’OMS sur le Covid-19. La question de savoir si les patients qui ont eu une forte réponse anticorps étaient immunisés contre une seconde infection est “une question distincte”, a-t-elle ajouté.

Plus de 300 000 des 1,87 million de cas de coronavirus dans le monde ont été guéris, ont noté les responsables de l’OMS, ajoutant qu’ils ont besoin de plus de données sur les patients guéris pour comprendre leur réponse anticorps, si cela leur donne une immunité et pour combien de temps.

“Nous devons vraiment mieux comprendre à quoi ressemble cette réponse anticorps en termes d’immunité”, a déclaré M. Van Kerkhove.

Selon M. Ryan, on peut se demander si le virus peut se réactiver après qu’un patient se soit rétabli et que les tests pour le Covid-19 se soient révélés négatifs.

“Il y a de nombreuses raisons pour lesquelles nous pourrions assister à une réactivation de l’infection, soit avec la même infection, soit avec un autre agent infectieux”, a-t-il déclaré. En général, “il y a de nombreuses situations d’infection virale où une personne n’élimine pas entièrement le virus de son système”. Certains patients peuvent également se débarrasser de l’infection principale mais développer une infection bactérienne secondaire, a-t-il dit.

Les centres américains de contrôle et de prévention des maladies ont déclaré qu’ils développaient un test pour détecter la présence d’anticorps de coronavirus afin de déterminer si une personne pourrait être immunisée contre la maladie. Si un tel test peut déterminer qui a été exposé au virus, il n’est pas certain qu’il puisse identifier les personnes immunisées contre la réinfection, selon l’OMS.

Les responsables de l’OMS ont également mis en garde lundi contre la levée des restrictions de distanciation sociale et la réouverture d’entreprises, alors même que les dirigeants politiques américains, du président Donald Trump au gouverneur de New York Andrew Cuomo, le président français Emmanuel Macron, ont déclarés qu’ils espéraient rouvrir des entreprises dès que cela serait possible en toute sécurité.

“Alors que le Covid-19 accélère très vite, il décélère beaucoup plus lentement. En d’autres termes, la descente est beaucoup plus lente que la montée”, a déclaré le directeur général de l’OMS, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, lors d’une conférence de presse au siège de l’organisation à Genève, lundi. “Cela signifie que les mesures de contrôle doivent être levées lentement et avec contrôle. Cela ne peut pas se faire d’un seul coup”.

M. Tedros a établi une liste de contrôle à l’intention des pays avant qu’ils n’envisagent de lever les mesures de distanciation sociale :

  • La transmission du virus doit être contrôlée.
  • Un système de surveillance doit être mis en place pour détecter, isoler et traiter les patients.
  • Les épidémies dans les hôpitaux et les maisons de retraite doivent être réduites au minimum.
  • Des mesures préventives doivent être mises en place dans les lieux essentiels tels que les écoles et les lieux de travail.
  • Le risque d’importer la maladie de l’étranger doit être maîtrisé.

“Les mesures de contrôle ne peuvent être levées que si les bonnes mesures de santé publique sont en place, y compris une capacité significative de recherche des contacts”.