Coronavirus crisis news update, Europe


This 10 April 2020 video says about itself:

Coronavirus: Inside Europe’s ground zero intensive care unit – BBC Newsnight

Lodi, in Lombardy, Italy is at the heart of the European epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic. But how are doctors inside the hospital and its intensive care unit responding to Covid-19?

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

Europe is still in the ‘eye of the storm’ warns WHO, as countries ease restrictions

EUROPE is still in the “eye of the storm,” the World Health Organisation warned today as countries began to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Cases of Covid-19 rose to nearly one million in Europe yesterday, while on Wednesday global figures were over two million. More than 84,000 across the Continent have died from the virus.

Several nations have eased some restrictions in their countries, while others started to draw up plans yesterday to reopen some businesses.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

Unions slam DHL’s response to coronavirus

A SUPPLY chain company has been blasted by unions for “endangering thousands” of workers with “inadequate” coronavirus social distancing and safety measures.

DHL Supply Chain has been urged to resolve a number of issues raised by trade unions, after reports emerged that self-isolating staff are being forced to survive on statutory sick pay.

The company, which employs 41,000 people in Britain, has reportedly refused to acknowledge “urgent concerns” over a lack of PPE, with at-risk staff staying at work because of the dramatic drop in their incomes.

From the BBC in Britain today:

The director of a large NHS trust has contacted the BBC asking for the phone numbers of Burberry and Barbour because he does not have enough gowns for his staff working on coronavirus wards.

He said his trust has “less than 24 hours supply and [with the] weekend coming up” he was hugely concerned.

The BBC is not disclosing his name or the trust he runs. …

The government has been criticised for not providing enough PPE for NHS and other care workers to protect them while looking after patients with the virus.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Home Office failing to protect refugees from coronavirus

THE Home Office and its contractors are failing to protect refugees from coronavirus, charities warned today.

With many left with no recourse to funds and others expected to live on just £35 per week, the challenges facing asylum-seekers during the pandemic are immense.

In Scotland, the Asylum Seeker Housing Project says that private contractor Mears has been slow to provide support.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain today:

Incompetent approach to care homes is risking lives

A CATALOGUE of negligence, government incompetence and callous disregard for safety in care homes is putting tens of thousands of lives unnecessarily at risk from coronavirus, a damning study of the industry revealed today.

The Wellcome Trust research revealed staff shortages, management instructions to ignore social distancing and self-isolation in care homes, an almost complete lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and reports of carers with Covid-19 symptoms being forced to continue working with Britain’s most vulnerable people for fear of destitution.

Led by Professor Lydia Hayes of Kent University, the study included evidence gathered from more than 2,500 care workers by public service union Unison.

99-year-old British World War II veteran raises more than £14m for the NHS as he completes challenge: here.

Divers join ‘thank you’ to the NHS more than 300 feet below sea level: here.

British divers thank NHS

French President Macron quarrels with Dutch government on European Union coronavirus policy: here.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Guards of the palace of president Macron are sleeping in cars in protest

French police guarding the Presidential Palace in Paris sleep in their police cars in protest. The building in which they normally spend the night is not disinfected. The officers are afraid that they will incur corona.

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