Socialist Demands for the COVID-19 Crisis

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Re: Socialist Demands for the COVID-19 Crisis

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Latest on the novel coronavirus outbreak | Updated: 2020-07-22 09:00
The novel coronavirus has spread across China and beyond.

July 22

Outside China


The latest figures reported by each government's health authority as of July 22, 2020.
- US records over 68,000 new virus cases in 24 hours, Trump said US virus crisis to 'get worse before it gets better' (Read more)

- True number of COVID-19 cases in US may be 6 to 24 times higher than reported: CDC study (Read more)

- China's phase 2 trial finds COVID-19 vaccine safe, inducing immune response - The Lancet (Read more)

- Iran's COVID-19 cases near 280,000, while Iraq's tally comes closer to 100,000

- New study show immunity drops quickly in mild COVID-19 cases (Read more)



Latest data released by National Health Commission by midnight, July 21, 2020.
- Chinese mainland reports 14 new COVID-19 cases, with 9 locally transmitted in Xinjiang and 5 from overseas ... 58d35.html


China: Urumqi City To Test It' Entire Population For Covid 19

Workers disinfecting the streets in Urumqi City, China, July 21, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @globaltimesnews

Published 21 July 2020

In the Xinjiang region, the origin of the community contagion has not yet been found.

Authorities of the Urumqi city, where the last outbreak of COVID-19 was detected in China, will carry out free tests on 3.5 million people to find out the origin of community transmission of the new coronavirus.

Urumqi is the capital of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region (XUAR), in whose northwestern area 55 new COVID-19 cases have been detected since last week. Therefore, besides establishing strict confinement measures, the Urumqi authorities have suspended the transport service.

In many parts of the country, alerts have been activated for citizens who have been in Urumqi since July 1. Authorities require them to disclose their travel history to determine if they should be quarantined.

Since Sunday, cases of contagion originating in Urumqi have also been detected in Kashgar city and Zhejiang province.

Urumqi health authorities stated that COVID-19 tests had already been carried out on members of the medical surveillance teams and the tests on the entire population would be carried out gradually.

For now, the local government suspects that the outbreak is linked to "group activities" but its specific origin has not yet been found.

In Mainland China, the Xinjiang outbreak is the only active episode of the pandemic. In the Hong Kong autonomous region, however, there is a third wave of infections. ... -0004.html


Ministry of Public Health: Cuba reports 3 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 2,449 in the country
At yesterday's close, three new cases were confirmed, with a cumulative of 2,449 in the country. Of the 2,449 patients diagnosed with the disease, 39 (1.5%) remain admitted, 38 of them 97.4% with stable clinical evolution. 87 deaths are reported (none of the day), two evacuated and 2 thousand 321 recovered patients (94.8%) (two discharge of the day). A critically ill patient is reported

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July 21, 2020 09:07:24

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At the close of yesterday, July 20, 136 patients are admitted to hospitals. Another 146 people are monitored in primary health care.

For COVID-19, 2,774 samples were studied, resulting in three positive samples. The country accumulates 232 thousand 103 samples made and 2 thousand 449 positive (1.1%). Therefore, at the close of yesterday, three new cases are confirmed, with a cumulative of 2,449 in the country.

The three diagnosed cases are Cuban. Of these, one (33.3%) was contact of a confirmed case, another (33.3%) with a source of infection abroad, and in the last (33.3%) the source of infection was not specified.

Of the three confirmed cases, two (66.6%) were women and one (33.3%) men. The most affected age groups were: 20 to 39 years old with two cases (66.6%) and one (33.3%) in the group of 40 to 59 years old. 33.3% (1) was an asymptomatic case.

Details of confirmed cases:


Cuban citizen of 53 years of age, belonging to the Bauta municipality, Artemisa province. The source of infection is investigated. Twenty contacts are kept under surveillance.

34-year-old Cuban citizen, belonging to the Arroyo Naranjo municipality, Havana province. Previously confirmed case contact. 17 contacts are kept under surveillance.
24-year-old Cuban citizen, belonging to the Plaza municipality, Havana province. Traveler from Mexico. 2 contacts are kept under surveillance.
Of the 2,449 patients diagnosed with the disease, 39 (1.5%) remain admitted, 38 of them 97.4% with stable clinical evolution. 87 deaths are reported (none of the day), two evacuated and 2 thousand 321 recovered patients (94.8%) (two discharge of the day). A critically ill patient is reported.

Critically ill patient:

64-year-old Cuban citizen. It comes from the Boyeros Municipality. Personal pathological history and obesity. Patient with fever, headache, decline, dry cough, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. Yesterday, clinical, humoral and radiological deterioration was observed, moving to the Intensive Care room. It starts suddenly with frank polypnea, desaturation and respiratory distress with the need to intubate and ventilate. She is afebrile and without diarrhea. Mechanic ventilation. Hemodynamically stable. Chest x-ray Inflammatory lesions in both lung fields. It is reported in a stable critical state.
Until July 20, 185 countries with cases of COVID-19 are reported, amounting to 14 million 476 thousand 729 confirmed cases (+ 209 thousand 636) and 605 thousand 979 deaths (+ 4 thousand 045) for a fatality of 4.19 (-0.02).

In the region of the Americas 7 million 711 thousand 095 confirmed cases are reported (+ 118 thousand 012), 53.27 of the total cases reported in the world, with 311 thousand 868 deaths (+ 2 thousand 236) for a fatality of 4.04 (-0.03). ... 0-09-07-24

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Re: Socialist Demands for the COVID-19 Crisis

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US: Millions Face Eviction Amid Covid-19 Pandemic, Experts

A waitress takes customers orders in California, U.S., May 21, 2020. | Photo: EFE

Published 25 July 2020

The end of the eviction moratorium raises concerns regarding public health.

Millions of U.S. citizens could be forced out of their homes as several states end eviction bans in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several U.S. state governments introduced eviction bans in March when COVID-19 began to impact the U.S. economy, leading to high unemployment rates in the country.

The end of the eviction moratorium raises concerns regarding public health during the crisis. According to Princeton University Eviction Laboratory’s (EL) founder Emily Benter, nearly 28 million people could be evicted in the coming months.

As of this day, eviction bans have been lifted in cities including Houston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and St. Louis, EL revealed.
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It is infuriating to watch as millions of people sit on the brink of eviction, struggle to feed their families, and wonder if they’ll be able to afford a trip to the hospital when there is enough money to solve all of those issues. The money is there. It’s a lie to say it isn’t.
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In an interview for Chinese local outlet Xinhua, National Low Income Housing Coalition President Diane Yentel said that this situation could lead to a virus’ outbreak for displaced families are less able to find shelter.

"In these cases where social distancing is difficult or impossible, the likelihood of them contracting and spreading coronavirus increases exponentially," Yentel said.

The U.S. death toll has already exceeded the lowest White House’s initial estimates. In March, the Trump administration projected up to 240,000 deaths in its "best-case scenario."

As of Saturday, the country had reported 4,312,288 confirmed cases and 149,340 deaths. For over a week now, Florida is the new nation’s virus epicenter, along with Texas and Arizona. ... -0013.html

This is a crisis of capitalism. Exacerbated by the current occupant of the WH, no doubt, but would a Joe Biden have followed the Chinese lead? I doubt it. Capital is absolutely dominant here, whereas in China the Party rules the capitalists, and takes no guff. That's the big difference.
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Re: Socialist Demands for the COVID-19 Crisis

Post by blindpig » Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:48 pm

Defend, expand $600 federal unemployment subsidy
It is past time for a movement in the streets to demand the continuation and in fact the expansion of the $600/week federal unemployment subsidy!

Economy falling off cliff

The US economy in free fall, declining at a 33% annualized rate, yet congress is letting the subsidy expire. Over 30 million people are receiving these benefits, meaning a loss in income of $1.8 billion per week for the unemployed. While the Republicans are leading the way in killing this subsidy, the Democrats are not far behind. Not only is Biden silent on the issue, so are the rest of the Democrats, including their “left” wing.

Meanwhile, the eviction moratoriums that many states have enacted will be expiring, meaning millions will be facing evictions.

Nowhere is it clearer how the struggle against racism is directly tied to the class struggle than in this issue. Due to systemic racism, black and Latino people disproportionately work at those jobs which cannot be done from home – jobs such as janitors, grocery store clerks and slaughterhouse workers. Those who can work from home are more able to keep their jobs.

Added to this is the fact that in many cases social distancing is not enacted by the employers. As a result, Covid 19 has hit these communities especially hard. But what option do these workers have? On the miserly state unemployment benefits they cannot afford to take off from work.

That is why the movement against police racism and police brutality should now take up this issue. Not only should we demand the continuation of these full benefits; we should demand that all workers – including the undocumented immigrants and those who voluntarily leave their jobs out of safety fears – be covered. That would benefit us all as it would also help stop the spread of Covid 19.

Build a nationwide movement in the streets to demand keeping and expanding the $600/week federal unemployment subsidy!
Build a movement inside the unions to demand that the unions lead the fight for this!
Build a nationwide unemployed council, with the support of employed and retired workers, to lead this struggle forward. ... t-subsidy/
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Re: Socialist Demands for the COVID-19 Crisis

Post by blindpig » Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:26 am

The richest countries in the world are buying up a vaccine against coronavirus
The market decides again

The UK, the USA, Japan and the EU countries have agreed to supply more than 1.3 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines. This was reported by the Nakanune.RU news agency with reference to Airfinity analysts.


At the same time, the figure of 1.3 billion is not final. The number of doses may increase by another 1.5 billion due to the increase in unsecured supplies. Thus, the richest countries in the world pose a threat to other countries, as they will not be able to purchase vaccines in the required quantities for a long time, if they have such an opportunity at all.

The market economy once again demonstrates its "charms" to the whole world. As long as wealthy countries buy vaccines, less fortunate countries will have to put up with a raging epidemic without being able to seriously fight it. In this case, vaccines do not even have to be used - they can be resold to others at inflated prices or create an artificial shortage and dictate conditions to those in need. From a global threat, the coronavirus is slowly turning into an instrument of geopolitical pressure, and its use is only a matter of time. ... ut-vaktsi/

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COVID-19 will add 10,000 child deaths every month
Pandemic leads to hunger

The crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that has hit the world will put another seven million children under five years of age at risk of severe malnutrition this year , according to the United Nations Children's Fund ( UNICEF ). According to a UNICEF report, 80% of these children will be from Tropical Africa and South Asia.


According to UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fauré , seven months after the first cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the world, it is becoming more and more obvious that the consequences of the pandemic, not the disease itself, do the most harm to children.

Fauré added that 47 million young children already suffered from malnutrition before the pandemic , and now, due to the crisis that has caused food prices to rise and poverty levels, the number of such children could reach almost 54 million , which has never happened in this millennium. She also stated:

“Household poverty and food insecurity have increased. Disrupted food service businesses and supply chains. Food prices skyrocketed. As a result, the quality of baby food has declined and rates of malnutrition will continue to rise ... We cannot afford to allow children to fall unaccounted for in the COVID-19 pandemic ... We must simultaneously think in both the short and long term to go beyond pandemic and its secondary impact on children, but also to chart a course for a brighter future for children and young people. "


According to the analysis published in the of The the Lancet , 80% of children - potential victims are from the countries of South Asia (more than half) and Africa south of the Sahara. The analysis shows that the prevalence of wasting among children under 5 years of age in low- and middle-income countries could increase by 14.3% this year . This will lead to more than 10,000 additional child deaths each month. The Foundation estimates that at least $ 2.4 billion is required to help this most vulnerable group of minors .

UN agencies warn that the estimated increase in the number of children suffering from malnutrition is just the tip of the iceberg. COVID-19 will also cause an increase in other manifestations of malnutrition in children and women: stunted growth, micronutrient deficiencies, overweight and obesity from poor diet.

The International Food Policy Research Institute estimates that in 2020 another 140 million people will be pushed into extreme poverty by the pandemic and forced to subsist on less than $ 1.90 a day. According to the World Food Program (the food aid body of the United Nations), the number of people facing acute food insecurity in low- and middle-income countries will almost double by the end of 2020 to 265 million . ... emesyachn/

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Re: Socialist Demands for the COVID-19 Crisis

Post by blindpig » Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:46 am

Three scientific facts about the hot Covid-19
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The mechanisms underlying the states of gravity and the nature of protective immunity against Covid-19 remain unclear, however science continues to provide data. Photo: Gorodenkoff / Shutterstock

Much information is available regarding the causes, processes involved and consequences of the global pandemic that has had a decisive impact on the daily lives of many countries and, definitely, until the near future.
The emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in late 2019 and its subsequent global spread has led to millions of infections and significant levels of morbidity and mortality.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), caused by SARS-CoV-2 infection, can range from mild self-limited illness to acute respiratory distress syndrome and death.
The mechanisms underlying the spectrum of their states of gravity and the nature of protective immunity against them currently remain unclear. However, we present three recent scientific data.
Children and young people transmit the disease as much or more than adults
A study in South Korea showed that domestic transmission of SARS-CoV-2 was high if the index patient was between 10 and 19 years old.
After monitoring 59 thousand 73 contacts of 5 thousand 706 index patients (first infected) with Covid-19 for more than a week, it was found that 11.8% of the family contacts of index patients of all ages had Covid- 19.
In households with an index patient between the ages of 10 and 19, 18.6% of their contacts had Covid-19.
Domestic contagion is higher than non-domestic, as reported by reports compiled from China, France and Hong Kong, which estimated that secondary contagion rates for close contacts were 35%.
The difference in the contagion rates of domestic contacts in different parts of the world may reflect the difference in Covid-19 containment and mitigation strategies of households and countries, which, according to experts , will divide the world in two types of countries.

Although their Covid-19 symptoms are less severe than those of adults, youth and children could play an important role in transmission of the disease. Photo: BBmundo

A survey of contacts in Wuhan and Shanghai, China showed that school closings and social distancing significantly reduced the Covid-19 rate among contacts of school-age children, children attending daycare or school also run a high risk of transmitting respiratory viruses to household members.
Although their Covid-19 symptoms are less severe than those of adults, youth and children could play an important role in transmission, another study of 597 Georgia residents, children whose average age was 12 years and attended to a camp with officials and interns aged between 14 and 59 years (17 years on average) found that, initially, 260 (44%) were positive.
The lower the proportion of those infected, the lower the contagion rate increased to 56% for officials with time in the camp, because asymptomatic infection was common and contributed to undetected transmission.
Also, monitoring of SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests was performed on nasopharyngeal swabs collected from various locations in Chicago to symptomatic patients between one month and 65 years of age.
Compared to older children and adults, significantly higher amounts of viral nucleic acid were detected in the upper airways of children younger than 5 years with mild to moderate Covid-19.
After Covid-19 infection cardiac involvement remains
In a study that included 100 recently recovered Covid-19 patients, identified at a virus testing center, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging revealed cardiac involvement in 78 patients (78%) and ongoing myocardial inflammation in 60 patients ( 60%), which was independent of pre-existing conditions, severity and general course of acute disease, and time since original diagnosis.
The Covid-19 disease, which continues to cause considerable morbidity and mortality throughout the world, has neurological and cardiovascular sequelae , as revealed by case reports from hospitalized patients. Its overall impact is still unknown.

Covid-19 causes inflammatory disease in the lungs and cardiovascular system, in many cases, even if the disease is mild, it can have long-term consequences. Photo: EFE

The case in question was studied at the Frankfurt University Hospital between April and June, it consisted of comparisons of cardiac blood markers and cardiovascular magnetic resonance images between control groups of 50 healthy volunteers of similar age and sex and 57 patients with factors of similar risk.
Even though more in-depth studies are required regarding the implications of these findings, it is striking that, even if the symptoms related to the viral infection were presented acutely or not, the effects were similar.
Although its long-term health effects cannot yet be determined, several of the abnormalities described have previously been linked to a poorer outcome in heart disease.
The impact on excluded populations whose imposed eating patterns have increased the presence of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease remains to be seen .
High risk in industrial food processing plants
In another study, aspects such as the chronology of infection events, the spatial relationship between workers, climatic and ventilation conditions, the distribution of housing and transportation, and the complete sequences of the viral genome recovered from the cases of SARS-CoV-2 confirmed by PCR at Germany's largest meat processing plant located in Rheda-Wiedenbrücken.
Transmissions were found to occur in a confined area of ​​the plant where the air is constantly recirculated and cooled to 10 ° C. An index case transmitted the virus to coworkers within a radius of more than 8 meters during work shifts on three consecutive days.
RNA evaluation showed that all cases shared the same set of mutations in samples collected in the same time period.
Similar situations occurred in the Yaracuy and Sucre states of Venezuela. The first involved a chicken processing plant in which up to 38 cases were reported in one day; the second case a fish processing plant that exceeded 100 cases.
Both plants became sources of contagion in the respective states and deaths of at least one person were reported in each.

In confined areas of meat processing plants where the air is constantly recirculated and cooled to 10 ° C the possibility of Covid-19 transmission increases. Photo: Archive

A report released last July by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that in the United States 87% of the over 16,000 cases of Covid-19 in 239 plants in 21 states belonged to racial or ethnic minorities (61% of all workers), and that at least 86 workers had died.
Iowa, the leading pork producer in the country, registered severe outbreaks of coronavirus in various processing plants but declined to participate in the study.
Of causes and lessons
As the pandemic progresses exponentially, so do published studies to learn about its immediate and long-term implications. This will allow political decisions to be made to tackle new realities.
It would be expected that these new contributions go to the structural causes of the appearance of so many epidemics and outbreaks in such a short time and integrate the lessons that their approach leaves us as a civilization. ... 7800a85fc4

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