Coronavirus pandemic worldwide news

This 30 March 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Donald Trump confirms his real pandemic priority. John Iadarola and Francesca Fiorentini break it down on The Damage Report.

“More than 2,000 people in the United States are dead and at least 135,000 have confirmed cases of COVID-19. But President Donald Trump has decided to use his Sunday to tweet about his TV ratings. His White House press briefings are as popular as The Bachelor finale and Monday Night Football, he boasted in a series of tweets on Sunday:

For weeks now, Trump’s daily press briefings have attracted an average of 8.5 million viewers on cable news. He uses the briefings to go on rants attacking the media and political opponents, and to share misinformation. News organizations, including Mother Jones, have urged TV networks to stop airing his press conferences live. Seattle’s NPR station KUOW made the decision to stop airing the briefings after observing a “pattern of false information and exaggeration.””

Read more here.

Many homeless people in the USA. Will Trump open the now vacant rooms of his Trump Tower and his Trump hotels for them? Don’t count on it. Contrary to what happened in Hilversum town in the Netherlands.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio:

Hilversum homeless sheltered in hotel

Due to the 1.5-meter rule, the homeless shelter in Hilversum had a problem. Where previously two people could be accommodated in a room, there can now be only one. “We cannot use the rooms to the maximum. The Amrath Hotel offers a solution”, Harro Koeleman of the reception told NH Nieuws. One of the hotel guests is Ronald, who especially enjoys the double bed. “I have to get up at 4 am to go to work, but that’s okay, because I know where I can sleep at night.”

Homeless shelter

This photo shows the homeless shelter bed where Ronald slept so far.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Monday, March 30, 2020

Ambulance services heading for a ‘national crisis’ with thousands of workers in self-isolation

AMBULANCE services are heading for a “national crisis”, with more than 4,000 workers in self-isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic, the GMB union warned today.

The union also warned that the remaining staff at work are not receiving the personal protective equipment and testing that they need, even when attending patients suspected of having Covid-19.

London, Yorkshire, North East, Wales, East Midlands, South Central, South East Coast and North West ambulance services have each reported hundreds of cases of self-isolation, the union said.

‘ALL health workers and their families must be tested immediately,’ Chair of the Council of the British Medical Association and GP Dr Chaand Nagpaul demanded yesterday. Johnson’s government said that testing of NHS staff began over the weekend. However, it is only those who are showing symptoms who are being tested, by which time it is too late: here.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Monday, March 30, 2020

Food-production workers herded too close together, union warns

Unite says the government has not enforced the two-metre-distancing rule for the industry

WORKERS on food-production lines are being herded together because the government has not enforced the two-metre-distancing rule for the industry, union Unite said today.

The union has called on Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Secretary George Eustice to make social distancing compulsory to protect food workers and supplies from the coronavirus.

Unite has thousands of members in the food-processing sector, including in abattoirs.

Refugees Welcome sign

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 30 March 2020:

‘Grant leave to remain for all refugees

Campaigners call on government to ensure that all in Britain has have chance to stay safe in Britain

CAMPAIGNERS have urged the government to grant leave to remain for all asylum-seekers to ensure equal access to healthcare, housing and food for all.

The groups, led by Manchester-based rights campaigners Refugee & Asylum Participatory Action Research (RAPAR), have written an open letter to ministers calling for migrants to be given legal status immediately.

The appeal, which was also sent to Irish leaders, has been signed by 37 organisations in Britain and Ireland.

Italy has been hit hardest by the coronavirus within the European Union, with nearly 92,500 confirmed cases and over 10,000 deaths, but when they asked for urgent medical supplies under a special European crisis mechanism, no EU country responded, with Germany and France initially banning the export of medical masks and protective gear: here.

12-year-old Belgian girl dies from coronavirus: here.

5 thoughts on “Coronavirus pandemic worldwide news

  1. Today Trump bragged that if we only have 100,000-200,000 deaths in America from this coronavirus once in a century pandemic that would represent him doing a “terrific job.” That’s an awful long way from “Fifteen infections will soon be down to zero.” In a previous message we hesitated from calling Trump a mass murderer. He may have just crossed that line.

    Trump has now moved the goal posts on judging his performance so far into genocide territory, if we have any less than 2 million deaths in America, that’s supposed to represent what a wonderful leader he is. 2 million deaths is what medical experts, who know what they are talking about, say we would suffer here if we did nothing.

    Yeah, well guess what, nothing is exactly what Trump has done for months, as he gas lighted over and over, week after week, that this would all just go away if we did exactly nothing. Pack the churches on Easter indeed.

    2 million deaths is what we would get if there was something approaching a 100% infection rate among our citizens, presuming about a 1% fatality rate. Let that sink in for a moment. A 100% infection rate. Could there be a better definition of a total and complete leadership failure?

    So now by Trump’s new self-serving post moving the goal posts standard, anything short of the most pathetic incompetence is supposed to be a swell job of playing president.

    Today, Dr. Deborah Brix, the White House coronavirus response so-called coordinator, who if she is not a blithering idiot sure talks like one in the dark shadow of Trump’s all consuming praise craving ego, said that we could limit . . . limit mind you . . . deaths to 200,000 if we had near perfect mitigation. She knows perfectly well there is no such thing going on even now. So much for being no worse than the common flu.

    If there was perfect mitigation going on there would be no in person government briefings or press conferences of any kind, six foot spacing or not, it would be teleconferencing only. There was video out today of people building a tent field hospital in Central Park. If there was even near perfect mitigation, in one of the hottest hot spots of all, everyone in that video would have been wearing a face mask. None were.

    The reason why what Brix said is so stupid is because even so-called “near” perfect mitigation continues to allow the virus to spread. Partial mitigation may slow the rate of new infections, but if you know anything about mathematical models of infection propagation with something as infectious as this, if even a minority of the population is still out there acting recklessly (read deaf, dumb and blind Trump supporters) mathematically you still arrive in the end at the same number of total infections.

    We’ll say it again. This is incredibly important. We will end up with essentially the SAME number of ultimate deaths as the worst case scenario unless there is TOTAL intervention, not just “mitigation”.

    And yet, even today, there are governors out there, especially Republicans, playing cute handicappers about which parts of their states need to worry and which don’t, mirroring Trump’s silly county by county patchwork scheme. They are playing Russian roulette with the lives of their populations and with bullets in all the chambers, and it’s going to end very, very badly.

    Now, this is what a real leader would do.

    Because the virus has already propagated so widely in America, EVERY man, woman and child in America must immediately self quarantine for at least 3 weeks, until those currently infected run their course whatever it is. They must not leave their homes except to buy food, or doing something else critically essential, and then only if they are wearing a face mask. A national ban on evictions and power/gas/water turn offs. Every man, woman and child must be tested, and treated accordingly. Our borders must be sealed completely except for vital freight shipments, and when reopened nobody must be allowed in who is not tested, and even then monitored and rigidly quarantined for at least 3 weeks.

    That’s what it’s going to take. That’s how China escaped the worst case, for the moment.

    That’s what Trump needs to order before it’s too late. And if he does not, he might as well be a mass murderer. That is the consequence of continuing to push the lie that everything is under control, when it absolutely is not at all.

    The People’s Email Network, PO Box 35022, L.A., CA 90035


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