COVID-19 disaster, Europe

This 1 May 2020 video from Britain says about itself:

Why are so many Filipino health workers dying of Covid-19? – BBC Newsnight

At least 25 Filipino health care workers have now died with Covid-19, despite making up less than 2% of the NHS workforce.

Newsnight has learned that the Filipino Nurses UK Association has written to the Chief Nursing Officer, Ruth May, asking for urgent action after figures emerged suggesting around one in 5 of NHS and health care workers who have died are from The Philippines.

This is despite Filipino workers making up less than 2% of the NHs workforce.

Francis Fernando of the Filipino Nurses UK Association, told Newsnight he thinks “Filipino workers are being taken advantage of” and they are afraid that they’ll be reprimanded if they speak out.

Emerging evidence suggests that Covid-19 is having a disproportionate effect on Black Asian and minority ethnic communities in Britain.

Yesterday the NHS announced a risk assessment process for BAME health workers and new guidance was issued, but campaigners believe more urgency is needed.

Why are Filipino deaths so high, and what is it like for those working on the front line?

James Clayton reports.

Three UK meat processing workers die of COVID-19. By Barry Mason, 23 May 2020. The three died in different sections of Cranswick Convenience Foods factory in Wombwell, Barnsley.

UK Local councils face financial collapse due to pandemic. By Dennis Moore, 23 May 2020. Social care spending could face a shortfall of £3.5 billion, placing up to 225,000 adult social care places at risk in the coming year.

As hundreds across Europe die daily from coronavirus. European Union pushes reopening of beach resorts and hotels for summer holiday season. By Jordan Shilton, 23 May 2020. Piling one lie on another, the EU Commission claimed its guidelines would restore “transport services across the EU while protecting the health of transport workers and passengers”.

Representatives from Germany’s parliamentary parties support far-right protests against coronavirus policies. By Christoph Vandreier, 23 May 2020. The far-right demonstrations in Germany are being used to drum up support for the dangerous policy of easing coronavirus pandemic restrictions and intimidate all opposition.

Widespread opposition to unsafe reopening of schools and day-care facilities in Germany. By Andy Niklaus and Ulrich Rippert, 23 May 2020. Social distancing has been abandoned in schools and no safety measures such as face masks are being provided.

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