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‘OAS misled public’: MIT study finds ‘NO evidence of fraud’ in Bolivia election that saw Evo Morales ousted in military coup - rt

‘OAS misled public’: MIT study finds ‘NO evidence of fraud’ in Bolivia election that saw Evo Morales ousted in military coup

A new MIT study has found no evidence of fraud in Bolivia’s 2019 election, despite allegations of serious irregularities by the Organization of American States (OAS), which led to the ousting of Evo Morales in a military coup.
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Government holds Glasgow summit to combat drug deaths

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Government reveals Brexit negotiation demands

If there’s no progress – we could just walk away. There’s certainly no mood for compromise from Britain – as the government set out its plan for the Brexit trade talks with the EU, starting in Brussels on Monday.
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Global race to prevent coronavirus becoming pandemic

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The human cost of flooding: The struggle to rebuild from devastating UK floods has only just begun

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Coronavirus forced Chinese food delivery to evolve. Will it do the same in the US?

Right now US companies don't have a specific game plan for a pandemic.
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Heathrow expansion ruled unlawful by Court of Appeal - channel 4

Heathrow expansion ruled unlawful by Court of Appeal

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Former Iranian ambassador to Vatican succumbs to coronavirus in first high-profile death of the epidemic

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Chinese scientists have reported that the coronavirus ripping through populations worldwide is much more likely than its close cousin Sars to bind to human cells, as it contains unexpected genes which link it to HIV and Ebola.
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Wisconsin Governor Pleaded for Gun Control Debate Just Hours Before Milwaukee Brewery Shooting

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Dad who ‘killed toddler’ has death sentence scrapped because he was tried by racist juror

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Exhausted and Infected: Thousands of Chinese Doctors Are Risking Their Lives to Fight Coronavirus

Exhausted and Infected: Thousands of Chinese Doctors Are Risking Their Lives to Fight Coronavirus

vice - 1 week ago

Medical workers in Wuhan are facing hellish conditions on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus, hobbled by shortages of vital protective equipment as the virus ravages their ranks.

One infected nurse at Wuhan Central Hospital wrote on the Chinese social messaging app Weibo this week that around 150 of her colleagues had confirmed or suspected cases of the virus, with the afflicted staff housed on an entire floor of the hospital.

She said the constant fear of contaminating her colleagues meant she would hold her breath when they came to check on her.

“I'm afraid the virus inside my body will come out and infect these colleagues who are still standing fast on the frontline,” she wrote.

The heavy toll on medical staff battling the outbreak was acknowledged by the Chinese government Friday, when it revealed that more than 1,700 Chinese medical workers have been infected and six have died.

READ: The coronavirus outbreak just got much, much worse

Speaking at a news conference, Zeng Yixin, deputy director of the National Health Commission, pledged to provide more support to medical staff, amid reports of shortages of vital protective gear for medics battling to contain the outbreak.

“The duties of medical workers at the front are indeed extremely heavy; their working and resting circumstances are limited, the psychological pressures are great, and the risk of infection is high,” said Zeng. He said that nearly 90 percent of the infected medics were in Hubei province, whose capital, Wuhan, is the epicenter of the outbreak.

Zeng promised Friday the government would “tangibly improve the work conditions of frontline medical workers,” amid reports of shortages of critical protective equipment such as face masks, protective suits and goggles in hospitals in Wuhan.

Hospitals in the city have repeatedly appealed for donations of equipment, with some reportedly reduced to making improvised protective suits out of garbage bags.

READ: Here’s how coronavirus spreads from bats to humans

The picture emerging from many hospitals in the city is bleak, with a high proportion of medical staff becoming infected with the virus. One report, citing a Chinese medical director, claimed two-thirds of the ICU staff at one Wuhan hospital had been infected due to a shortage of necessary equipment.

The outbreak has also demanded grueling hours from medical staff, who have worked round the clock to care for rocketing numbers of patients. Chinese state media has published pictures of nurses after finishing long shifts, their faces deeply creased from masks and goggles.

READ: Here’s how China is silencing coronavirus critics in the U.S.

The government’s belated acknowledgement of the hazards facing medical workers is in stark contrast to the official insistence early in the outbreak that no health care workers were infected — and the push to silence those who tried to warn the public about the virus.

Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, expressed his concerns about the potential for human-to-human transmission of the virus in a chat group with fellow medics in late December, but was then summoned to the Public Security Bureau and accused of having “severely disturbed the social order.” He died from the virus earlier this month, sparking outrage among the Chinese public at his treatment by the authorities.

READ: China is erasing tributes to the coronavirus whistleblower

In Hong Kong, whose semi-autonomous status allows for more dissent than on the Mainland, medical staff have been at the forefront of demands for the city’s government to completely seal the border with China. Last week, medical workers held their biggest ever strike in the city, angered by the authorities’ refusal to shut the border with Guangdong, the second hardest-hit province.

The snapshot of the toll on medics came as Chinese officials reported another sharp rise in infections Friday. The National Health Commission said it had recorded 121 new deaths and 5,090 new coronavirus cases on the mainland on Thursday, bringing the total number of infections to 63,851 and the death toll to 1,380.

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