Novel coronavirus
We don’t need empty praise: Nurses’ unions demand better protection, rights

On International Nurses Day, nurses’ unions call for PPEs, more say in decision-making processes, safe working conditions, and protection from targeted attack and stigmatization

ILO report COVID ILO: Nearly half of all world’s workers may lose their jobs due to COVID-19 pandemic

In the absence of strong support measures by governments across the world, the estimated loss of mostly informal jobs would result in rising poverty, starvation and inequality, an ILO report says

Why did the World Health Organization wait until March to declare a global pandemic?

The 2005 regulations pushed on the World Health Organization by the United States and the Europeans hampered the WHO’s ability to declare an emergency and a pandemic

How the Chinese authorities and the WHO handled the Coronavirus

The attack on the Chinese government and the World Health Organization’s work on the novel coronavirus by the Trump administration is unfounded

What influences spillover of viruses from birds and animals to humans?

A widely held belief is that the spread of pathogens to humans is more likely from some animals, with particular traits. A new study suggests that there exists a mathematical relation between species diversity and virus spillover to humans

Trump WHO Who’s now not funding WHO?

The US is currently in arrears with its assessed contributions to the World Health Organization. The Trump administration stopped paying its dues to the WHO long before this pandemic reared its ugly head

How discovering the structure of SARS-CoV-2 makes antiviral drug design possible

A group of Chinese researchers have successfully decoded the structure of the viral enzyme key to the novel coronavirus’ survival

Delhi airport workers India Delhi airport workers not paid during lockdown, says union

Cargo workers at New Delhi’s international airport say their salaries have been deducted as they were unable to report to work due to the country-wide lockdown in India. The Airport Employees’ Union has taken up the matter

Communists in Cyprus demand end to US blockade on Cuba

The Progressive Party of Working People condemned the US blockade of supplies of medical equipment, respirators and diagnostic test kits. It also expressed solidarity with the Cuban doctors who are treating COVID-19 patients across the world

US blocks export of crucial N95 masks to Canada and Latin America

At a time when countries like Cuba and China are offering assistance and providing doctors and medical supplies to others, the US move is being criticized as self-centered

Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike against negligence amid Coronavirus threat

Israeli prison authorities have failed to provide Palestinian prisoners adequate access to medical services, testing, protective gear and other essential sanitary items crucial to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in overcrowded Israeli prisons

Political prisoners COVID Morocco Morocco releases over 5,600 incarcerated people amid COVID-19 threat in prisons

Several human rights groups and organizations had appealed to the king for the release of all political prisoners and detainees, a large number of whom were part of the popular Rif protests in Morocco.

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