Today’s news selection focuses on the difficulties faced by healthcare systems in other countries. Additionally, at the end, there is a bit of offbeat news to help counteract the pervasive doom and gloom. As always, all stories are curated from the front pages available at newseum.org.
More than 10,000 Irish nurses, including many on the frontline of the pandemic, have yet to receive their agreed-upon hazard bonuses. In fact, only a few hospitals have actually managed to pay the allotted disbursements thus far. This comes as the battle against COVID-19 continues to intensify.
Residents of the Langa township in Cape Town reported that they were turned away from COVID-19 testing at a local clinic. Clinic officials and local authorities lamented a miscommunication, noting that testing would be done at specific times on specific days due to a lack of capacity. According to health officials, testing is being limited to 18 larger sites because of fears of viral transmission in the confines of smaller clinics while patients wait for testing.
While ground is being gained in the fight against COVID-19 in care homes, health officials in Montreal are warning of new problems they had not foreseen. Authorities continue to weigh loosening travel restrictions as two Quebec hospitals are now facing an influx of patients and a severe lack of beds. Particularly hard hit is the Montreal North neighborhood, as it has a disproportionately high number of healthcare workers living there.
Hospital administrators have attacked the Tory government’s promise of 100,000 daily tests by today as empty rhetoric designed to distract from mounting failures to adequately prepare the UK for the pandemic. Andy Burnham, former health secretary under the Gordon Brown government and present mayor of Manchester, characterized the campaign to increase testing as “haphazard” and represented a failure to establish communication between local and national health authorities.
The National Library of Israel has put out a call to Jewish communities around the world to send in their coronavirus memes. As their mission is to help record and preserve Jewish life, they’ve made this request to get a more complete snapshot of what it means to be Jewish in the 21st Century. Internal discussion continues as to how best to display the collected memes.
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