China&#8217;s manipulation of international organizations
As the coronavirus spread beyond its borders, China’s leaders successfully lobbied the World Health Organization (WHO) not to declare a public health emergency of international concern. Soon after this disastrous January decision, the Chinese Communist Party blocked a WHO team from investigating the pandemic’s source and China’s response.“China has extracted concessions from the health organization that have helped the country delay important research and spared its government a potentially embarrassing review of its early response to the outbreak,” theNew York Times reported November 2.Underm...
Dennis Young: The NFL is finally buckling under the coronavirus
NEW YORK — The Broncos don’t have a quarterback. The 49ers don’t have a place to practice or play. The Ravens are about to pass the Marlins for the worst outbreak in sports. The coronavirus is raging through the NFL just like it’s raging through the rest of the country; it turns out a bunch of half-measures while plowing ahead with your plans won’t stop a pandemic.Broncos backup quarterback Jeff Driskel tested positive for the virus on Thursday; the NFL said the team could practice on Friday, but they chose not to. The team practiced on Saturday, then yanked quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypie...
New York Daily News
10 staffers at Dead Sea hotel infected with coronavirus
The Isrotel Dead Sea hotel will reopen on Monday, after the Health Ministry shut the facility down when 10 employees were discovered to be infected with the virus over the weekend.“We are working in full cooperation with the Health Ministry and the Home Front Command,” the Isrotel chain said in a statement Saturday night.The employees were all asymptomatic and discovered to have the virus as part of the randomized screening required through the country’s “green island” program. The Health Ministry said that epidemiological investigations are underway.All hotel staff were screened on the day of...
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Going from urban planning to social planning amid the coronavirus
In the last decade, urban and commercial planning, offices, transportation and many other areas have revolved around the principle of cooperatives. Shared workspaces, shared scooters and bikes, and shared vehicles have long been a familiar thing. But COVID-19 has refined the principle of cooperatives in the public sphere. Today, every local authority, planning institution, landscape architect and urban planner must add to their toolbox the planning of urban space. Urban space, open spaces, city squares and sidewalks have become an integral part of city life, and from an element of spatial plan...
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Health Minister announces new measures against coronavirus
A full lockdown will be the last measure to be taken, Minister of Health Constantinos Ioannou said on Friday, announcing a series of island-wide measures to run from November 30 to December 13.Speaking at a press conference, Ioannou said commuters will now be able to travel to Limassol and Paphos, and that the measures would relax from December 14 to January 7.He noted that schools would be operating as usual and that classes with physical presence would in Limassol and Paphos.Ioannou acknowledged the fatigue and uncertainty caused by the pandemic and called on all citizens to display understa...
Cyprus News Agency
Egypt rights advocate Hafez Abu Seada dies of coronavirus
Prominent human rights advocate and lawyer Hafez Abu Seada, 55, has died after contracting coronavirus.His wife, also a lawyer and rights advocate, announced his death yesterday:"The love of my life, the father of my children, and the greatest man I've seen and lived with, and my pillar throughout my life, Dr Hafez Abu Seada, the lawyer and human rights advocate, the head of the EOHR, has passed away."One week ago, Seada announced that he had contracted the virus and was admitted to hospital.He was the chairman and cofounder of Egypt's oldest human rights organisation, the Egyptian Organisatio...
The Middle East Monitor
Moscow Reports 300% Spike in Coronavirus Deaths
Moscow reported a 300% month-on-month increase in coronavirus deaths for October, the Russian capital’s health department said late Thursday.In September, the city's health department said Covid-19 was the direct cause of death among 543 Muscovites.As the second wave of the virus escalated in October, Moscow’s health department said coronavirus was the main cause in 2,235 deaths that month. That’s 311%, or four times, more than the number in September.Another 1,338 Muscovites tested positive for Covid-19 but died from other causes in October, the health department said, bringing Moscow’s overa...
The Moscow Times
Pakistan: Bilawal Bhutto tests positive for COVID-19
Islamabad: Pakistan politician Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has tested positive for coronavirus. Bilawal Bhutto said on Thursday that he is self-isolating after testing positive for the coronavirus.Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal shared on Twitter that he was currently experiencing mild symptoms. “I’ll continue working from home and will be addressing PPP foundation day via video link”. He also urged everyone to “wear a mask” saying “see you on the other side.”Bilawal recently returned to Karachi after a month-long election campaign in Gilgit-Baltistan. He got tested after his politica...
WATCH: Biden Addresses Nation For Thanksgiving – ‘We’re At War With The Virus, Not With One Another’
President-elect Joe Biden tried to inspire Americans to keep fighting the pandemic Wednesday night in a Thanksgiving address ahead of the holiday.Biden began the speech by briefly remarking about the history of Thanksgiving and linking it with Americans’ need to continue fighting COVID-19.Speaking from Wilmington, Delaware, Biden said, “The first national day of Thanksgiving, authorized by the Continental Congress, took place on December 18th, 1777. It was celebrated by General George Washington and his troops at Gulph Mills on the way to Valley Forge. It took place under harsh conditions and ...
Sudan's former Prime Minister Sadiq Al-Mahdi dies of coronavirus
Sudan's former prime minister and top opposition figure Sadiq Al-Mahdi died from a coronavirus infection on Thursday, his party said.The 84-year-old was the country's last democratically elected prime minister before he was toppled in 1989 by now-ousted president Omar Al-Bashir in an Islamist-backed military coup.The leader of the moderate Islamist National Umma Party was transferred to the United Arab Emirates for treatment three weeks ago after being hospitalised in Sudan and testing positive for Covid-19."We offer our condolences to the Sudanese people over his death," the party said in a s...