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National News

Very rough sleeping

by New Worker correspondent

WASTE Management company Biffa and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management have produced a report that dramatically highlights an increasing number of homeless people sleeping in bins.

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Down the Tube

by New Worker correspondent

MEANTIME, back on dry land and below, train drivers’ union ASLEF is still demanding that London Underground drivers are provided with masks and gloves to help protect them from contracting COVID-19.

Finn Brennan, ASLEF’s London Underground organiser, said: “Our members are risking their own safety to provide a service for essential workers. But every day brings fresh news of friends, family members and colleagues being struck down by this terrible virus. Unlike politicians and managers, frontline transport staff cannot work from home. Everything possible must be done to protect their safety.

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Retailing troubles

by New Worker correspondent

WAITROSE has been forced to abandon its plans to reverse a policy whereby workers self-isolating because of their family had to make up their missing hours at a later date.

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Don’t do as I do…

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

ON SUNDAY morning it was revealed that Catherine Calderwood, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Scotland, was doing her bit in the COVID-19 crisis. Unfortunately, according to the rules she was supposed to implement and had a hand in writing, she has been spreading rather than containing it.

The CMO was caught out taking two trips to her weekend house in Fife across the River Forth, an hour’s drive from her base in Edinburgh.

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Labour Notes

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

The unfortunate election of right-wing Sir Keir Starmer as Labour Party Leader was matched by the election of right-wing Jackie Baillie as Scottish Labour’s deputy leader the day before. As is often the case for Scottish Labour leadership elections, the contest was caused by the incumbent, Lesley Laird, losing her Westminster seat in December.

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How the SNP Works

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

As the last New Worker was going to press the SNP Government’s emergency Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill contained an unheralded clause to abolish Jury trial, which was hastily withdrawn at the last minute after protests from opposition MSPs and the legal profession. One could just image the outrage from the SNP if the Tories had tried this on.

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Johnson call for opposition support over crisis

BORIS JOHNSON has written to all opposition party leaders calling upon them to “work together” with his government on a response to the coronavirus crisis. The Prime Minister has invited all opposition leaders in Parliament to a briefing this week in Downing Street with himself, the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser.

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Emergency hospital opens in Docklands

by New Worker correspondent

A GIANT emergency hospital was opened by Prince Charles last week in London’s ExCel conference centre Docklands. The prince, himself recovering from a mild case of COVID-19, conducted the ceremony through a video-link from his Birkhall mansion on the Balmoral estate in the Scottish Highlands.

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Russian schools in the UK moving to “antivirus” format

Rossotrudnichestvo

THE UK is on lockdown, which means that schools, universities, shops, theatres, pubs and sports clubs are closed. The nationwide lockdown restricts UK residents from leaving their homes except for essential shopping and one period of exercise each day.

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International News

Iraqi resistance vows to end US occupation

Radio Havana Cuba

THE IRAQI Popular Mobilisation Units (PMU) have blasted US forces based in their country as “occupiers” – pledging to bring the occupation of the Arab country to an end. In a joint statement on Saturday, the PMU militias said from now on the US troops in Iraq will be dealt with as “occupation forces”.

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Lao people hail help of Chinese medical team

by Zhang Jianhua and He Wei

AS LAOS beefs up efforts to battle COVID-19, the help of a Chinese medical team that arrived to the country last week has proved to be a reassuring booster.

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Cuban communists join international call to fight virus

Radio Havana Cuba

THE CUBAN Communist Party joined the international call for co-operation in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken the lives of more than 50,000 people around the world.

The text, signed by 230 political parties from over 100 countries, recognises that COVID-19 has put the world in front of the most pressing and serious challenge to human health and peaceful global development.

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Kerala mobilises against pandemic

by Joshua Hanks THE CORONAVIRUS pandemic has affected almost every region of the world. The speed at which it spreads and the relentlessness of the infection rate make it difficult to contain and dangerous to leave unabated.

Some wealthy Western capitalist countries in Europe and North America have had limited success in containing the virus, their hospital systems becoming rapidly overwhelmed as death tolls mount.

Yet there are places with less developed economies than the Western capitalist countries that have nonetheless been able to mitigate and even contain the virus to a much better degree.

China, Cuba, Vietnam and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) have all managed to bring the virus under control through innovative, swift, highly organised responses. So has India’s Kerala state, situated on the country’s southwestern coast.

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Features

What will the coronavirus do to Germany’s political future?

by Victor Grossman

BERLIN, like many of your home-towns, is a ghost city. Except for those offering groceries, medicines or medical care, everything is shut tight. Luckily, no-one here has to stay inside, we can stroll around outside but, aside from families, we may not ‘assemble’ in groups of more than two – the rules are enforced by the police.

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China’s achievements may not be easy for the Western world to digest

by Zamir Ahmed Awan

CHINA’S great achievements over the coronavirus outbreak are not easy for the world to digest. The pandemic has crippled the entire world, with the number of confirmed cases reaching 823,479 and the death toll at 40,708 as of 1:55am on 1st April. China was the first country to face the outbreak and the first country to-date that has successfully brought it under control.

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Aleppo returns to the fold

by Reem Haddad

AND SO Aleppo, second largest city in Syria, the ancient historic city and renowned industrial capital of the country, has now returned to the fold.

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