Coronavirus
Major COVID-19 outbreak in Belmarsh prison, Assange’s family raise alarm

According to Julian Assange’s partner, Stella Moris, at least 56 inmates were found to be infected in the block where he is held. Assange, along with nearly 200 other inmates of his house block, had been under lockdown since November 18

Tunisian parliament votes to approve third government in less than a year

Hichem Mechichi’s government won the majority in the parliament although many members expressed reservations with it and voted for it only to avoid early elections

Hamas announces ceasefire with Israel

Since August 6, Israel had been continuously attacking Gaza. It had bombed the region from the air, shelled it with tanks, and attacked Palestinian fishermen off the Gaza coast

Jordanian Teachers’ Syndicate leaders and members released after one month in jail

The union leaders, along with other protesting teachers, were arrested last month while protesting the government’s decision to go back on its promise to fulfill their demands on salary hikes and better working conditions

South Africa didn’t use COVID-19 lockdown for mass awareness, testing

Lydia Cairncross of the People’s Health Movement talks about the failure of the South African government to effectively tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Palestinian Authority imposes fresh restrictions to curb COVID-19 spread

The measures include a complete ban on movement of people between all the 9 governorates of the West Bank for two weeks, as well as restrictions on businesses and social activity

New study shows how SARS-CoV-2 made its journey from bats to humans

In a new report, scientists have found that the SARS-CoV-2 could jump to humans from animals by doing crucial rearrangement in its genome.

Lack of PPE, equipment may affect Ghana’s response to COVID-19

With over 2,700 cases of COVID-19, Ghana is the worst affected country in west Africa and the second-most affected in the sub-Saharan region after South Africa

Nurses in South Africa protest demanding PPE, income tax breaks and Danger Allowance

The protests were organized by the Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union. Other demands included the immediate and periodic testing of all healthcare workers and compulsory, conducive, decent and habitable accommodation for essential staff

The exodus of finance from the third world

This unwillingness of finance to stay in, or move to, the Third World, is impairing the ability of several countries to pay for their imports and to service their external debt

Protests in Lebanon continue, physical distancing style

A large number of protesters gathered and shouted slogans from inside cars in order to maintain physical distancing in light of COVID-19

In Argentina, putting people over profits helps contain COVID-19

Manuel Fonseca, doctor and militant of Frente Patria Grande from Argentina, spoke to Peoples Dispatch about the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

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