Catégorie : revue de presse

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”.

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. #


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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