Coronavirus pandemic update, Europe

This 13 April 2020 video says about itself:

British broadcaster and journalist Piers Morgan thanked immigrants, including Filipinos, working in their National Health Service while on air for Good Morning Britain.

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier:

European states demand return to work as COVID-19 cases top 1 million

17 April 2020

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across Europe surged to more than one million yesterday, rising 40,612 to 1,011,369, as governments across the continent intensified pressure on workers to end confinement measures and return to work.

While shelter-at-home orders and school and plant closures in Europe have limited COVID-19’s spread, the pandemic is raging. After the number of new cases in Spain fell several days running to 3,961 on April 14, it suddenly nearly doubled to 6,599 the following day—Spain’s ongoing return to work will accelerate the contagion.

France announced 753 deaths yesterday and a record number of new cases, rising 17,164 to 165,027. It was Britain, however, that recorded the most deaths, 861, as 4,617 new cases brought the UK total to 103,093, the sixth country to pass the 100,000 case mark.

Britain: Bournemouth nurse’s letter to WSWS prompts widespread discussion on dangers facing NHS workers during COVID-19 pandemic. By Alice Summers, 17 April 2020. The letter describes the appalling conditions in the hospital’s COVID-19 ward and the anger of healthcare workers at management’s failure to provide adequate PPE and towards Boris Johnson’s Conservative government.

From the World Socialist Web Site, 17 April 2020:

Belgian doctor’s open letter to government over poor-quality personal protective equipment

Dr. Van Looy, a trainee consultant working on COVID-19 wards at a Belgian hospital, has written an open letter to the Belgian government over the poor-quality personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, he and his colleagues must use. He also informed the hospital COVID-19 coordinator.

The letter said, “It [the mask] immediately felt it didn’t close tightly around chin and nose… In the course of the morning two masks tore of their own accord…”

Nurses at private Irish hospital denied COVID-19 sick leave

According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, nurses working at the Mater private hospital in Dublin are being refused special sick leave when self-isolating due to COVID-19. The hospital is also refusing to discuss implementation of pay rises bringing pay in line with public sector nurses won in Ireland following a nationwide strike last year.

The hospital, along with 18 other private hospitals in Ireland, is being financially supported by the Irish government for a three-month period because of the pandemic.

Hungarian airline fires some staff and cuts pay of others in response to COVID-19

The Hungarian discount airline Wizz Air announced it would lay off nearly a fifth of its workforce and cut the pay of remaining pilots, cabin crew and administration staff by an average 14 percent.

The airline, which is currently only operating at three percent capacity, announced a profit of around €275 million in May 2018. The Budapest Business Journal commented this week, “For the last financial year (F20), which has ended on March 31, Wizz AIR expects to report an underlying net profit in line with the company’s latest guidance range of EUR 350-355 million.”

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