A team from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the South African National Bioinformatics Institute at the University of the Western Cape have successfully sequenced South Africa’s first SARS-COV-2 genome.
South Africa is at the back of the queue as far as procurement of ventilators is concerned, as manufacturers in Europe are unwilling to share their designs or technological know-how, and are producing en masse for their own markets.
In a country in which the 1994 transition to a better society should have been far more decisive, given the activists’ death blow against apartheid, ambitions for socio-economic and especially health justice must be rekindled – we are overdue for a socialist transformation, everywhere on earth. PATRICK BOND COUNTERPUNCH
COVID-19 resources that may be of use to partners, allies and all activists organising in these challenging times. These include basic health info and how-to’s, access to justice and remote campaigning and work tools, and political analysis, research and other readings. WOMIN
Minerals Council SA, some unions and the government have agreed in principle that 60% to 70% of the mine labour force will go back to work on 16/17 April, with protocols in place to contain the spread of Covid-19. That was before the lockdown was extended beyond then, but the mining industry is planning to reboot as quickly as possible.
Bucket toilets have not been emptied for three weeks by the Upington municipality in some of the town’s informal settlements. And the promised water tanks have been slow to arrive, leaving residents wondering how they will fight the spread of the Coronavirus.
Many Capetonians say they have been denied the right to health as their water supply has been cut off by the municipality. More than 50 families on the Cape Flats are without water, including the elderly and children.
At first glance, it would seem that the Covid-19 crisis has won some major concessions for ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule and his Radical Economic Transformers — policy changes that just a month ago would have taken place over the Establishment’s mass grave. And yet, there has been no crowing. It appears that neither the RET crew nor Team Ramaphosa have grasped the implications: the status quo is finished, and ‘radical’ will soon become another of the ANC’s meaningless dust-covered anachronisms.
The Committees underlines that “COVID-19 has highlighted the critical role of adequate investments in public health systems, comprehensive social protection programmes, decent work, housing, food, water and sanitations systems, and institutions to advance gender equality. UNCESCR
New York Gov. Cuomo is acting out of desperation now in response to the US’ longstanding lack of preparation for a pandemic and failure to take appropriate steps early on to contain the virus. POPULAR RESISTANCE | AP
As the depth of the crises resulting from the coronavirus pandemic sink in, millions of the most vulnerable U.S. citizens will be facing eviction, hunger and the ravages of illness. ROB URIE COUNTERPUNCH
Although COVID-19 tends to be most severe in the elderly and people with underlying health conditions, farm laborers face working conditions that may elevate the risk for severe disease. MICHAEL HAEDICKE THE CONVERSATION
Essential workers at Instacart, Whole Foods, Amazon and General Electric are staging protests and walking off the job in droves across the U.S., demanding increased protections and pay. CANDICE BERND TRUTHOUT
General Electric factory workers protested on Monday in an act of solidarity to demand the company use its factories to produce ventilators for use in the fight against the coronavirus. GRAIG GRAZIOSI INDEPENDENT
Instructing people to stay at home is to confine millions to cramped housing. Then there are the silent bombs, the invisible consequences of fighting one disease to the possible neglect of others. If economies crash, silent killers such as diarrhoea, malnutrition and infant mortality may sweep through populations.
No April fool’s joke, the Trump administration hijacked a COVID-19 press conference to announce the deployment of U.S. Navy vessels and other military assets towards Venezuela. LEONARDO FLORES POPULAR RESISTANCE
The coronavirus has made the mighty kneel and brought the world to a halt like nothing else could. Our minds are still racing back and forth, longing for a return to “normality”, trying to stitch our future to our past and refusing to acknowledge the rupture. ARUNDHATI ROY FINANCIAL TIMES
Almost three in four essential frontline workers – from medical personnel to medical laundry workers – are women. It is one thing to bang pots and pans to celebrate these workers, and another to accept their long-standing push for unionisation, for higher wages and better working conditions, and for leadership in their sectors of work. VIJAY PRASAD TRICONTINENTAL INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH
A series of video interviews with Ilan Pappé, Yanis Varoufakis, Molly Crabapple, Vijay Prasad, Roger Waters and Dr. Samah Jab on the meaning of the coronavirus crisis and its impacts on the world’s politics. FRANK BARAT POPULAR RESISTANCE
The coronavirus crisis, and its accompanying recession, will bring about a new political and economic order – but it remains to be seen whether the Left can rise to the historical moment. LEE JONES TRIBUNE
Looking at the history of what is called international relations, Harry Targ makes no mention of plagues, historical or present, that have shaped human history. His concern in this blog post is international solidarity, particularly with respect to Venezuela. HARRY TARG DIARY OF A HEARTLAND RADICAL
From Facebook posts to Twitter hashtags, Gazans reacted to the irony of being advised by the Palestinian Authority not to travel, whilst living under siege and prohibited from doing so for more than a decade. OMAR SHABANCOUNTERPUNCH
Tel Aviv is able to obtain top dollar for its bloody technology. In 2017, Israel’s arms exports reached a record high of $9 billion following the signing of a $2 billion deal with India.. RAMZY BAROUD GULF NEWS
Zoom Video Communications was accused by a shareholder of hiding flaws in its video-conferencing app, part of a growing backlash against security loopholes that were laid bare after an explosion in worldwide usage. BLOOMBERG
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