This 26 March 2020 video by United States senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says about itself:
It is enormously dangerous to ignore medical experts and try to bring people back to work who may be sick.
Our first priority must be to protect the health of the American people.
BILLIONAIRES WANT PEOPLE AT WORK, EVEN IF IT KILLS THEM As President Donald Trump pushes for an end to the nationwide social distancing practices that health professionals say are essential to saving lives, incredibly wealthy Americans are eager to get employees back to work ― and some say they’re OK with people dying. A number of the country’s richest businesspeople spoke frankly about the matter for a Bloomberg story published Wednesday. [HuffPost]
U.S. DEATH TOLL TOPS 1,000, MAKESHIFT MORGUE IN NYC U.S. deaths from the coronavirus pandemic topped 1,000, in a grim milestone for a global outbreak that is taking lives and wreaking havoc on economies and established routines of ordinary life. Deaths soared in New York City, the epicenter of the American outbreak, and bodies of the dead were being stored in refrigerated truck trailers. [AP]
Governor Cuomo pleads for assistance as New York state plunges into an unprecedented health crisis: here.
On Wednesday, two major Detroit-area hospitals—Henry Ford Health System and Beaumont Health—reported that facilities within their system had reached their capacity for treating coronavirus patients, as the number of confirmed cases in Michigan’s most populated metropolitan area continued to escalate. The total number of confirmed cases in Detroit proper reached 702 on Wednesday, contributing to a statewide total of 2,294 infections: here.
Hospitals consider universal “do not resuscitate” orders for coronavirus patients.
For Asian-Americans, there are two pandemics.
Cheesecake Factory hailed for “starting the revolution” by refusing to pay rent.
CONGRESS HANDS TRUMP KEYS TO THE COUNTRY The emergency coronavirus legislation that the Senate agreed to can only be described as an outrage. It is not an economic rescue package, but a sentence of unprecedented economic inequality and corporate control over our politics that will resonate for a generation. It represents a transfer of wealth and power to the super-rich from the rest of us, with the support of both political parties ― a damning statement about the condition of American democracy. [HuffPost]
GOP SENATORS: CASH WILL MAKE AMERICANS LAZY Some Republican lawmakers have a big problem with the Senate’s emergency coronavirus legislation, which improves unemployment benefits for millions of people being laid off during the pandemic. “Unless this bill is fixed, there is a strong incentive for employees to be laid off instead of going to work,” four GOP senators complained in a statament. [HuffPost]
ABORTION PROVIDERS SUE TEXAS A coalition of abortion rights groups filed a lawsuit against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), challenging his ban on abortions during the coronavirus crisis. Abbott’s administration has ordered abortion providers to postpone all abortions that are not medically necessary to preserve the life or health of the patient, ostensibly to conserve medical supplies as health care facilities are flooded with coronavirus patients. [HuffPost]
THESE RETAILERS REFUSED TO CLOSE, SO TOWN SHUT THEM A spokesperson for the McHenry, Illinois, police department said it has served cease-and-desist orders against JoAnn Fabrics, Michaels and GameStop, telling the retailers they were violating the stay-home order issued by Gov. J.B. Pritzker. The refusal of those chains to close their doors has enraged employees who believe their services are anything but essential. [HuffPost]
ANIMAL HOSPITALS, VETS, DONATE VENTILATORS Veterinary hospitals and colleges and even zoos around the country are offering critically needed ventilators to hospitals struggling to treat coronavirus patients. Hospitals in areas hard-hit by the outbreak face dire shortages as the number of cases of COVID-19 quickly climb. As resources are stretched thin, loans of the breathing machines could save hundreds of lives. [HuffPost]
DOMESTIC ABUSE VICTIMS NEED MORE HELP As millions of Americans are forced to shelter in place amid the coronavirus crisis, some of the most vulnerable are those confined to isolation with their abusers. Two dozen senators urged the Department of Health and Human Services asking it to ensure anti-domestic violence and anti-sexual violence organizations have the “flexiblity, resources and information needed to continue to provide these critical services during the pandemic.” [HuffPost]
Leaked government report warns of tens of thousands of deaths in one Canadian province: here.
UK Judge Vanessa Baraitser yesterday refused an application to grant WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange bail. He is currently held on remand in London’s HMP Belmarsh, pending completion of a hearing to decide on his extradition to the United States on charges of espionage carrying a life sentence. Assange’s legal team made the bail request due to the “very real” and potentially “fatal” risk posed to his fragile health by the coronavirus pandemic. The judge’s decision is more proof that the British government, in collusion with the Trump administration and US security services, want nothing less than to see the world-famous journalist dead: here.
Britain: Last Sunday, the London Times reported on a private event held at the end of February at which leading Conservative government advisor Dominic Cummings explained the UK’s coronavirus response. Those present summarised his position as “herd immunity, protect the economy, and if that means some pensioners die, too bad.” A senior Conservative source described his view as “let old people die”: here.
The number of cases of coronavirus on the African continent continues to grow with more than 2,400 confirmed cases and 60 reported deaths across the continent as of Wednesday. There is the potential for a horrific loss of millions of lives, should the virus start to spread in working-class areas and densely packed slums in many of the overcrowded cities across Africa. The spread can only be exacerbated by the conflicts, poverty and disease that are a scourge on the continent: here.
Warnings that hundreds of thousands of Indonesians may already have COVID-19: here.
Amid an exponential growth of COVID-19 infections across Australia, medical experts and health professionals have warned that the country is unprepared for an expected surge in case numbers and hospitalisations. Insufficient supplies of ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE) for doctors and nurses, along with intensive care beds in hospitals, have been reported in virtually all states and territories: here.