Coronavirus news update

This 3 April 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Fired Amazon Worker Chris Smalls Responds To Leaked Smear Campaign Plans

Amazon executives described Smalls as “not smart or articulate”, Smalls was fired after organizing a walkout over employee safety at Amazon‘s Staten Island warehouse.

Now, a better consequence of the coronavirus pandemic. Today, Dutch NOS radio reports that 35 Dutch soldiers have returned from Iraq. Earlier, scores had returned from the Afghan war. This should be an example for all governments in the world; to fight the coronavirus in worldwide solidarity; instead of fighting, or planning to fight, war on Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, Mali, Venezuela, Iran, nuclear-armed China or nuclear-armed Russia.

Greek hospital doctors outside the Athens Health Ministry – they are demanding the requisitioning of the private sector

From daily News Line in Britain today:

GREEK DOCTORS DEMAND ‘PUT AN END TO PRIVATE SECTOR’ – fill 30,000 vacancies in the Greek NHS

THE Greek National Health Service doctors’ union OENGE has called on all doctors, trade unions, trades councils and social associations to ‘organise jointly mobilisations at hospitals’ entrances and protests at health administrative centres’ on 7 April, the ‘World Health Day – National Day of Action’.

The call was issued last Wednesday by the President of OENGE, Afrodite Rentziou, at the entrance of the Attiko Hospital near Athens. Several trade unions federations have pledged participation.

Rentziou said that only 75 new beds have been placed in Intensive Care Units, on top of 600, when the necessary number exceeds 3,500.

She added that before the coronavirus pandemic, there were 30,000 unfilled vacancies in the Greek NHS and the government now say that only 4,000 would be hired and for just a few months.

Rentziou appealed for the immediate employment of some 900 doctors who have applied for work in the hospitals.

OENGE have put forward three main demands. Mass employment of doctors, nurses and hospital staff; total unconditional requisition of the health private sector and integration with the Greek NHS; and protective clothing, masks and gloves for all medical staff.

On Thursday evening the Greek government’s health spokesperson Dr Sotiris Tsiodras announced that 1,514 people have been infected by the coronavirus and 53 have died since March 10.

The refugee camp at Ritsona, 50 km north of Athens, declared a lockdown on Thursday following 20 reported cases of coronavirus infection.

Dozens of villages in northern Greece have been declared infected by the virus and police and Greek Army units enforce a total prohibition of movement in or out of the villages.

The large ferry Eleftherios Venizelos with some 350 people on board of whom 120 have tested positive, according to the seafarers’ crew union PENEN, has docked in the port of Piraeus and will remain on a 14-day quarantine.

PENEN have denounced shipping companies for not declaring infections on cargo ships.

Greece quarantines Ritsona camp refugees: here.

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  4. Our world faces a common enemy: COVID-19. The virus does not care about nationality or ethnicity, faction or faith. It attacks all, relentlessly.

    Meanwhile, armed conflict rages on around the world.

    The most vulnerable — women and children, people with disabilities, the marginalized and the displaced — pay the highest price. They are also at the highest risk of suffering devastating losses from COVID-19.

    Let’s not forget that in war-ravaged countries, health systems have collapsed.

    Health professionals, already few in number, have often been targeted. Refugees and others displaced by violent conflict are doubly vulnerable. The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war.

    That is why today, I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world.

    – UN Secretary General,
    António Guterres


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