Socialist Demands for the COVID-19 Crisis

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Post by blindpig » Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:27 am

Over 7.5 million people sampled for COVID-19 testing in Qingdao
Xinhua | Updated: 2020-10-14 14:37

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Citizens receive COVID-19 tests at a testing station in Shibei District of Qingdao, East China's Shandong province, Oct 14, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

QINGDAO -- Over 7.5 million people had been sampled for nucleic acid testing by 9:30 am Wednesday in East China's Qingdao city, after it began a city-wide testing campaign on Monday.

Over 4.06 million of the collected samples have been tested so far and, with the exception of the cases already reported, no new positive samples have been detected, the municipal health commission said.

Qingdao has reported 12 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the virus re-emerged in the city over the weekend, the municipal health commission said.

Qingdao has a population of more than 11 million. The city has vowed to complete city-wide nucleic acid testing within five days starting from Monday.

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Citizens register for COVID-19 tests at a testing station in Shibei District of Qingdao, East China's Shandong province, Oct 14, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/20201 ... 7ea24.html

How it is done. The US Chamber of Commerce would no sooner endorse these practices for reasons of economics and precedence than Donald Trump would for his personal political reasons.But the MSM would never say that, just as they never mention the great success that socialist method and indeed philosophy has had in controlling this pandemic, the propaganda of omission.
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Re: Socialist Demands for the COVID-19 Crisis

Post by blindpig » Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:56 pm

The head of Rospotrebnadzor accused the Russians of the increase in the incidence of coronavirus
10/16/2020
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The head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova announced a simultaneous increase in the incidence of COVID-19 in Russia. The reason for this, according to the head of Rospotrebnadzor, was the irresponsible attitude of Russians to their health.

Anna PopovaIn recent weeks, there has been a sharp increase in the incidence of coronavirus infection in Russia. According to the authorities, already 90% of beds in hospitals allocated for the treatment of patients with coronavirus are occupied. In many localities, local authorities are hastily refurbishing maternity hospitals, and this provokes protests from local residents. In cities, queues line up for polyclinics . The collapse of the health care system caused by the epidemic has become visible to the naked eye. Under these conditions, the authorities did not find anything better than to blame the people for everything.

However, the entire system of the bourgeois state, the bourgeois power itself, is to blame for the current situation. The so-called optimization of the healthcare system took place in Russia, the whole point of which was to close hospitals and reduce the number of hospital beds. The President of Russia said unequivocally about this: “Our hospital beds are often used not for treating a patient, but in order to heal patients, especially in the autumn-winter period. This is probably not bad either, but the beds are not made for that . " The maintenance of "extra" places in hospitals, Putin called an ineffective waste of funds.

As a result, the “achievement” was a decrease in the number of hospitals and hospital beds so that the number of hospitals is less than in 1932, and the number of beds is at the 1960 level.

On the one hand, we see the heroic efforts of doctors to combat the epidemic, forced to provide assistance to a huge number of patients, and on the other, cynical statements by high-ranking officials accusing people of the pandemic. The COVID-19 epidemic has demonstrated the results of the activities of the Russian bourgeois government over the past 30 years. The catastrophic situation was the result of the entire purposeful policy of the authorities in the past years.

https://www.rotfront.su/glava-rospotreb ... inila-ros/

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No surprise that the primitive accumulationists who continue to rob the Soviet legacy would resort to such excuses. Expect their more sophisticated brethren here to do the same if Trump loses. The blame for everything will be transferred to his maskless minions. While they are indeed dumbasses this will conveniently paper over the cruel deficiencies of capitalism in preparing for and directly addressing this pandemic.

Meanwhile in China, where the capitalists wear a socialist yoke, it's back to business as usual and life has largely returned to pre-pandemic patterns. But US capital, unbridled, anarchic and violently opposed to any and all restraint has shit in it's own Easter Basket.
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Re: Socialist Demands for the COVID-19 Crisis

Post by blindpig » Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:43 pm

Let the pandemic be the starting point for an overthrowing course for the benefit of the people

The government's legislative package concerning the coronavirus was adopted by the plenary of the Greek Parliament on April 2nd. It generously offered a multitude of new privileges to business groups, the "slaughter" of remaining labor rights and some half-measures for the pandemic, which are a drop in the ocean in relation to the huge gaps in the collapsed public health system.



The KKE voted against the various anti-labor measures included in it. The KKE MPs have highlighted their dangerous content concerning labor rights, as well as the overall inadequacy of the ND government's measures against the pandemic. The KKE demanded that none of the anti-labor measures be implemented and called on the people to raise the flag of demands with a view to overturning this barbaric anti-popular policy.



Speaking from the floor of the Parliament, Dimitris Koutsoumbas, General Secretary of the CC of the KKE, denounced the governments of both the ND and the former social democratic SYRIZA for dismantling the public health system in favor of the private sector, which has expanded during the past years, due to the commercialization policy of Health, promoted by the EU.



The GS of the CC of the KKE denounced the government's anti-popular measures, as well as the pursuit of a trade union ban, on the pretext of the pandemic. He demanded immediate measures to boost the income of the popular strata and submitted the KKE's comprehensive proposal to immediately strengthen the public health system and protect workers' lives in factories and other workplaces.



Referring to the struggle taking place within the EU to manage the crisis with Keynesian-type state intervention measures, which both ND's liberals and SYRIZA's social democrats endorse in Greece, he noted that these measures are being taken to support the capitalist crisis. He underlined that the workers will have to pay again, as they will be called to fill the new fiscal gaps and new lending created either by the Eurobond or the Coronabond. He noted that in the EU, which is an imperialist capitalist union of states, there can be no "solidarity" because it is not a union in the interest of the peoples.



The GS of the CC of the KKE concluded his speech by saying: "Hope lies only in the awakening of the only true superpower, which is the people themselves. Let the pandemic be the starting point for an overall overthrowing course for the benefit of the peoples".

https://inter.kke.gr/en/articles/Let-th ... he-people/

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Response to ND - SYRIZA hypocrisy

The Prime Minister Mr. Mitsotakis requested that the members of the Cabinet and the PMs of the governing party ND deposit half their salary, for the next two months, in order to support the special fund that has been set up to combat the coronavirus.

SYRIZA, for its part, competing with the government in its efforts to impress, called for a mandatory, not voluntary, reduction in parliamentary salaries and benefits for all state and government officials.

Commenting on the ND and SYRIZA proposals for a reduction in PMs' and state officials' salaries to support the special fund to combat the coronavirus, the Press Bureau of the CC of the KKE states the following:

"If ND and SYRIZA and the other parties want to, they can adopt the long-standing proposal of the KKE for a permanent - not temporary, given the pandemic situation - drastic reduction in the PMs' and other high-ranking state officials' salaries and the abolition of the compensation for participation in Parliamentary Committees along with parliamentary benefits. This proposal has always been in place, and much more so given today's conditions where the people are suffering from the consequences of the pandemic, from the great deficits in the public Healthcare System, as well as from measures taken by the government and big business.

Whatever they state contains elements of hypocrisy and demagogy during these difficult times and their goal is to cover up the huge responsibility they bear for the under funding of the public Healthcare System.

We note, once again, that in terms of KKE parliament members, their parliamentary compensation is deposited in full to the Party for the organization of the popular struggle and the fight for people's rights."

https://inter.kke.gr/en/articles/Respon ... hypocrisy/
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Re: Socialist Demands for the COVID-19 Crisis

Post by blindpig » Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:56 pm

Qingdao sets world record in testing 10.8 million swab samples for COVID-19
By Xie Chuanjiao in Qingdao | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-10-18 21:21

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Qingdao municipal government holds the ninth press conference after COVID-19 re-emerges, on Oct 18, 2020. [Photo by Xie Chuanjiao/chinadaily.com.cn]

Qingdao in East China's Shandong province set a world record by finishing testing on 10.8 million swab samples in 120 hours in the recent fight against the re-emergence of COVID-19, the city's officials said on Sunday.

After new positive patients were reported on Oct 11, the city's authority immediately launched five days of citywide testing, aiming to cover all city residents.

The virus' resurgence, which happened at the city's pulmonary hospital, included 13 confirmed cases in total up to Thursday.

The results of mass testing by 6 pm on Friday showed no additional positive results beyond those already under quarantine. That also meant "the city only took five days to make it clear that the community has not been exposed," said Luan Xin, the city's deputy mayor, at a press conference held on Sunday.

"Moreover, the city was also able to have confirmed patient zero within five days," Luan added.

The outbreak has been traced back to two dock workers and it was spread through poor disinfection of a CT scanning room shared by patients with the novel coronavirus and other conditions at the hospital, according to previous information released at press conferences.

All 13 COVID-19 patients remaining in the hospital were showing good progress, with the application of Western-style medicine and traditional Chinese medicine combined, officials said.

"One of the patients who previously was in serious condition is also getting better," said Sun Yunbo, director of a medical experts team organized to treat the city's recent novel coronavirus outbreak.

Luan also told the press conference that the city is building a special hospital for infectious disease, which is expected to offer 1,000 beds. It will cover an area of 12 hectares, with its floor space reaching 169,000 square meters.

"The hospital will provide general medical service on a daily basis and can meet an urgent need immediately when an emergent public health accident takes place in Qingdao and its surrounding areas," Luan said.

With an investment of 1.58 billion yuan ($235 million), the hospital is expected to be completed at the end of 2022 and put into operation in 2023, Luan added.

https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202010/ ... 7f600.html

"Too difficult". "Too expensive." "Too authoritarian."
Anything but communism...
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Post by blindpig » Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:38 pm

China's Covid success compared to Europe shows lockdowns are the first step, not a solution

Analysis by James Griffiths, CNN

Hong Kong (CNN)As much of Europe stares down the barrel of renewed coronavirus lockdowns, and a potentially miserable -- and deadly -- winter to come, China is going from strength to strength.

On Monday, the country posted positive economic growth for the second quarter in a row, underlining how speedily the world's second-largest economy has recovered. That comes in the wake of an apparently successful experiment with allowing mass domestic travel, as millions of people criss-crossed China for the Golden Week national holiday.
For many in Europe, China's approach to the coronavirus is characterized by the initial draconian, 76-day lockdown seen in Wuhan, the central Chinese city where cases of the virus were first detected late last year.
But other parts of the country never saw such stringent restrictions, even during the early stages of the pandemic when similar lockdowns were introduced in cities throughout China.

China's success in controlling the coronavirus is not so much a product of those early control measures -- though these have been utilized effectively to halt regional flare-ups -- but how the country handles things after people are allowed to move around again.
In particular, China's ability to track and trace cases across the country whenever there is the suggestion of a new cluster of infections has enabled the government to respond quickly and bring local epidemics under control.
This has included a sophisticated color-sorted "health code" system to track people's movements. A clear (green) bill of health and corresponding QR code is required to enter many businesses, ensuring that almost everyone has adopted the measure, making tracing in the instance of an outbreak easier.
These measures have allowed regional governments to lock down a specific area or conduct mass testing where necessary. This was most recently seen in the city of Qingdao in northeastern China, where more than 10 million people were tested in around a week, after 12 locally-transmitted cases were reported.

Between provinces and regions, borders that were previously frictionless and mostly invisible are now increasingly monitored, so public transport can be restricted or halted completely in the instance of an outbreak. Entry into China from overseas has also been heavily restricted, with strict quarantine measures enforced on arrival.
Containment has also been assisted by widespread mask wearing and sticking to public hygiene regulations, which have often been strictly policed by Chinese authorities, and promoted by mass propaganda campaigns. Sometimes this has been used to further empower China's giant security state, and compliance is rarely optional, but the methods being used have been shown to be effective in other Asian countries without the threat of punishment.
In part, this more productive response to the virus in China -- and in other places throughout Asia, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan -- is due to the differing reaction from the general population in this region compared to Europe.
East Asia suffered through the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic in 2003 and the memory of that held strong, making mask use and other precautions easy to encourage. In parts of Europe and other Western countries, particularly the US, wearing masks remains a controversial issue even now, months after they have been shown to be effective.
This also helped shape official responses to the virus -- unlike in other countries, Asian governments had epidemic plans in place to deal with potential outbreaks, and didn't have to scramble to come up with a plan. And while China was criticized for its initial handling of the epidemic in Wuhan -- censoring news and downplaying its seriousness -- once it had been acknowledged as a national threat, the response was quick and decisive, unlike the dithering seen in Europe and the US even as the potential for a global pandemic was understood.

China has also remained on high alert even as it returned to normal, able to respond quickly to new clusters, and track and trace anyone potentially affected through QR codes, apps, and the country's sprawling (and often highly-intrusive) surveillance state. Similar efforts have been utilized in South Korea, Hong Kong and other parts of Asia.
By comparison, tracing in much of Europe remains a shambles, and the ability to conduct mass testing is lacking in many countries. Where testing is conducted, the utility of the results is often squandered because the infrastructure for tracing and quarantining regional clusters is still lacking.
Similarly, European borders have remained largely open -- despite the bloc having the right to close its usually open boundaries in the name of public health -- with summer travelers blamed for several recent outbreaks.
The World Health Organization (WHO) noted as far back as February that "much of the global community is not yet ready, in mindset and materially, to implement the measures that have been employed to contain Covid-19 in China."
"Fundamental to these measures is extremely proactive surveillance to immediately detect cases, very rapid diagnosis and immediate case isolation, rigorous tracking and quarantine of close contacts, and an exceptionally high degree of population understanding and acceptance of these measures," the report said.
Unfortunately, in the intervening months, even as China's response has been shown to be effective -- and similar models have shown success in South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and other parts of Asia long exposed to the virus -- Europe continues to lag behind.

https://us.cnn.com/2020/10/20/asia/chin ... index.html

For a US State Dept stenographer, not bad. Other than the obligatory hand wringing about 'authoritarianism' and 'security state'. And that's a joke too: given the data mining engaged in by both the government and even more so by private enterprise the existence of 'privacy' in the 'free' capitalist West is vastly over-estimated. The matter of trust in government is left undisturbed, that the Chinese people comply with necessary measures is something that could not be coerced at such a degree or scale. The people of the USA are distrustful of their government, sometimes for very good reasons, tho not always. A state of affairs encouraged by the ruling class in order to diminish the repute of public services, that they might be profitably monopolized by the private enterprise.
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Post by blindpig » Sun Oct 25, 2020 4:37 pm

NicaNotes: From Headache to COVID Test: My Journey through the Nicaraguan Public Health System
October 22, 2020
By Becca Mohally-Renk

(Becca Mohally-Renk works with the Center for Development in Central America in Ciudad Sandino.)

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The Hospitalito in Ciudad Sandino, taken before the pandemic. Photos from CDCA.
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In early October I got a headache that wouldn’t go away…and it put me right inside the debate over Nicaragua’s response to COVID-19. Despite being the poorest country in the region, since the coronavirus pandemic hit Central America earlier this year, Nicaragua has consistently had fewer cases, fewer deaths and more successful recoveries per capita than any other country in the isthmus. Our organization, the Center for Development in Central America runs a health clinic in Ciudad Sandino, just outside Managua. Since July we’ve been hearing criticisms that the government is hiding a second wave, but that hasn’t come about yet – folks have been cautiously going about their business, gradually returning to normal life, albeit with masks and hygiene protocols. Still, when I got a headache that wouldn’t go away followed by body aches and fatigue, I was cautious.

Because I work with folks over 60 who have compromised immune systems and chronic conditions, I stayed holed up at home. Uncertain what to do when I still wasn’t feeling 100% a few days later, I called the free 24-hour COVID hotline that the Nicaraguan Health Ministry (MINSA) set up in April. The operator answered on the first ring, no waiting, no hold music. I explained that I wanted to know whether or not I should be quarantining. My husband and I had been sending our 8th and 9th grade daughters to their public school where masks are required, but we were unsure whether or not to keep sending them since I wasn’t feeling well. The operator asked for my name, address, ID number, age, and asked if I had any pre-existing conditions. He went through a list of symptoms with me, then he told me a doctor would give me a callback. Less than five minutes later, a second operator called to re-check symptoms with me. Another three minutes went by, then I got a call back from the doctor. She went through my symptoms and medical history with me and advised me that while I probably didn’t have COVID, I should go in to see a doctor about the headaches.

Two days later when my headaches weren’t better, I’d had a blood test showing a virus so I called the hotline again. As soon as the operator picked up and introduced herself she said, “Is this doña Rebecca? You called us a few days ago because you’d been having headaches? How are you feeling now?” They had my number registered and all my information popped right up. The operator went through the symptom checklist with me again and when I told her about the test result she said, “You should really go in to your health center, your assigned center is the Hospitalito in Ciudad Sandino in front of the police station. I always see that it’s empty there, the attention should be fast. It’s best if you go in.” When I got a call back from the doctor, I asked if they would test me for COVID and he told me that would be up to the doctor who examined me; if I wanted to ensure I got the test, I could go to the central MINSA offices in Managua and pay $150 to get tested.

I found myself hesitating to go in. When the first coronavirus cases were reported in Nicaragua, opposition groups flooded social media with stories of hospital systems collapsing, overrun with the virus. On WhatsApp I was forwarded lists of “recommended” medicines to buy in case my family members got sick. Near my office the lines at the pharmacies to buy these medicines went around the corner and my coworkers were charged $6 for an aspirin tablet. Meanwhile the Health Ministry used TV and radio jingles to counteract bad information: as soon as you get sick, go to your local health center to have a doctor examine you and give you medicine appropriate for your medical history and current condition, all free of charge.

Unfortunately, in May and June many people were too afraid to go to the doctor and the opposition’s lies were paid for in lives lost. Recently I talked with a friend whose family story shows the consequences of misinformation: her sister listened to government advice and as soon as she had a persistent headache she went right in to the public clinic. She was given medicine and quarantined at home where she recovered from a mild case. A second, wealthier sister refused to go to a doctor. When she got sicker she paid a small fortune at a private hospital, but kept getting worse. Finally she went to the public hospital where she was hospitalized and eventually recovered from a severe case of coronavirus. The third family member, a cousin, was too scared to seek care in the public system and too poor to go to the private hospital. He waited at home until he could no longer breathe, and by the time he went to the public hospital he died before they could intubate him.

It was with those lessons in mind that I decided to go to the public hospital in Ciudad Sandino, reasoning I’d rather overreact to a headache than be hospitalized later. I went after 5 o’clock, thinking it would be quieter with the normal outpatient services closed. I was shown to a separate building where I sat outside on a bench to wait with one other patient. After a short wait a nurse checked my temperature, blood pressure and blood oxygen levels. I was then ushered into the exam room where the doctor sat behind a desk 12 feet away. She asked questions about my symptoms and looked at my lab results. The doctor then examined me, looking in my throat, listening to my lungs. She told me that based on clinical exam and my lab tests, they couldn’t conclusively say whether I had COVID or not, so she gave me an appointment to get a COVID test the following morning. The doctor explained that because the COVID tests require full PPE and room disinfection, they schedule all the patients at one time to simplify the process. She told me that they do six COVID tests per day at the hospital, and that at 6:30 PM I was only the sixth possible case that day that had warranted a test.

The following day I went back to get my test at 8 AM. Three other patients and I waited two hours for the final two patients scheduled – they never showed up. As I was waiting, I thought about how the best epidemiological plan still has to contend with human nature. For example, the two missing patients had a chance to find out – for free! – if they had coronavirus. Maybe they didn’t want to wait, maybe they were scared, maybe they felt better, but whatever the reason, they didn’t show up. As anyone who works in public health around the world can attest, getting people to change habits is difficult. Providing them with access services, however, is something that the current government has been able to do – and for patients in Ciudad Sandino over the past 14 years, it has changed their lives dramatically.

It’s called the “Little Hospital” because the Hospitalito – which serves a city of 180,000 – was technically a health center until just a few years ago. During 16 years of neoliberal governments, one building was designated for outpatient services and the second building sat empty. Our CDCA health clinic employed doctors who also worked at the Hospitalito, and they told us that they didn’t even have gloves to examine patients. Every time I went down the street outside the Hospitalito I was stopped by people begging for taxi fare to take their family members into a hospital seven miles away in Managua because there was nothing to be done for them at the Hospitalito and there was no ambulance.

Now the Hospitalito has full emergency services and two ambulances. When I walked through the gate at 8 AM there were over 100 patients waiting to be seen by Operation Miracle, where Cuban-trained ophthalmologists perform more than 10,000 cataract removal surgeries for free annually. I watched families coming in with food and packages for mothers who had recently given birth there – before, women had to go all the way into Managua to give birth; I drove one neighbor who had patiently waited until morning to ask me for a ride and then gave birth just 10 minutes after I dropped her off! Now expectant mothers don’t have to travel while in labor – they were there watching the morning bustle from the porch of the maternity waiting home where they wait out the last two weeks of their pregnancy, resting and being closely monitored by doctors. I walked through the full outpatient areas – gynecology, psychology, pediatrics, and general medicine. As I stood waiting, I could see the constantly moving lines at the pharmacy to pick up free meds and at the laboratory to get free exams. I watched one of the two ambulances get loaded up with tables, chairs, vaccines and medical students and head out to a community health fair. A mototaxi with the MINSA logo emblazoned on it came and went constantly, taking personnel and provisions to the six related health centers open daily and even two rural health centers that are staffed once a week.

And in the midst of all that bustle sat four lonely patients with possible COVID. At 10 AM when I was called in, the doctor in full PPE had me sit down and explained the procedure to me. He stuck a probe way up each of my nostrils and explained that I would be called within two days if my test was positive. If my test was negative, I wouldn’t get a call. I asked if they’d only been doing six tests a day throughout the pandemic. He said no, they had been doing more, but now many days they don’t even have six patients to test, so they randomly test staff to fill their quota. He told me that patients who are clinically shown to have COVID with physical exam are treated as COVID cases, given medicine and counted in the official coronavirus numbers reported weekly at a national level. Anyone who cannot be clinically shown to have COVID is scheduled for the test, and those patients who test positive are also reported in the weekly COVID numbers.

As I went home to await results, I realized that while we don’t yet know why Nicaragua’s COVID numbers are so much lower than their neighbors – maybe experts will be able to determine whether policies such as not ordering a lockdown played a part in its lower caseload – it is clear that Nicaragua’s public health policy set the country up to successfully battle a pandemic by creating a healthier country overall. Although my COVID test was negative this time, I found myself relieved to know that if I feel sick again, I can count on quality care from MINSA.

https://afgj.org/nicanotes-from-headach ... lth-system

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Compare & contrast:
"We are not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation areas," Meadows told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."

https://us.cnn.com/2020/10/25/politics/ ... index.html
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