Arizona Sheriff Who Refused to Enforce Lockdown Now Has COVID-19

A month ago, Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb said he would not enforce Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s stay-at-home order because he thought the lockdown had gone on long enough. Now, Lamb is revealing that he tested positive for COVID-19 after being tested ahead of a planned visit with President Trump, the Arizona Republic reported. “Unfortunately, as a law enforcement official and elected leader, we do not have the luxury of staying home,” Lamb wrote. “This line of work is inherently dangerous, and that is a risk we take when we sign up for the job. Today, that risk is the COVID-19 virus.” Lamb says he was likely infected during a campaign event over the weekend, and now authorities are trying to track down everyone who had contact with him.

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Why Every Latino Has a Responsibility to the Black Lives Matter Movement – Repeating Islands

The anti-blackness that colonization mercilessly beat into our psyche will be hard to overcome but we have to do it. Hiding behind declarations like “Where were ‘they’ when our kids were being locked up in cages” is garbage and we all know it. There is a long history of Black and Brown brothers and sisters supporting each other. Dating all the way back to the collaboration between Olmec and Egyptian civilizations to Dolores Huerta and Coretta Scott King marching, we have stood beside one another since time immemorial.  Our first Black president borrowed his signature slogan “Yes We Can” from Huerta, who created the rallying cry for the United Farm Workers, for crying out loud! Lots of Black people showed up to protest kids being locked up in cages and there were countless incidents of Black people being allies for Latinos when we needed it most. Why is there so much resistance to support a movement that so clearly deserves all of our attention and energy like Black Lives Matter does?

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How Chinese and Indian media reacted to border clashes | Asia| An in-depth look at news from across the continent | DW | 17.06.2020 – (Leaders want peace and want diversion from how they have dealt with Covid-19)

“If Beijing succeeds in getting India to kowtow to China’s diplomatic positions, this would also be a strong signal to the other neighboring countries about who is to decide what in Asia. Therefore, India should do exactly what China does not want it to do, and react with diplomatic countermeasures.”

On Tuesday, the Jiefang Junbao (Newspaper of the People’s Liberation Army) described Monday’s bloody border incident as follows: “On the evening of June 15, the Indian army in the Galwan River valley along the Chinese-Indian border again carried out illegal activities across the Line of Actual Control, contrary to its obligations. They deliberately provoked an attack. The fights resulted in deaths and injuries.”

The article then calls for “India to maintain strict control of its border forces, immediately cease all border violations and provocative actions and return to the right path of dialogue and talks to resolve differences.”

Source: How Chinese and Indian media reacted to border clashes | Asia| An in-depth look at news from across the continent | DW | 17.06.2020

Soldiers fell to their deaths as India and China’s troops fought with rocks

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India shocked by Himalayan border clash in which unarmed troops fought in the dark

The hand-to-hand combat lasted hours, on steep, jagged terrain, with iron bars, rocks and fists. Neither side carried guns. Most of the soldiers killed in the worst fighting between India and China in 60 years lost their footing or were knocked from the narrow Himalayan ridge, plunging to their deaths.

India has reacted with shock and caution to the loss of at least 20 soldiers on its disputed border with China, with images of the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, burned in Indian cities even as senior leaders including prime minister Narendra Modi had issued no public comment by Wednesday afternoon in Delhi.

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Dexamethasone may be part of the Covid-19 puzzle but it’s no magic bullet | Devi Sridhar

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If this cheap steroid reduces deaths in critically ill patients that’s great news, and one small step towards managing coronavirus

Right now, we could all use some good news, and it came yesterday in the form of dexamethasone. This cheap steroid could significantly reduce deaths in critically ill Covid-19 patients by one-third for those on ventilators and by one-fifth for those on oxygen alone. The drug appears to stop the damage from the severe immune reaction, called a “cytokine storm”, that researchers increasingly believe is responsible for causing some patients to have multiple organ failure and ultimately die. Had we been able to use dexamethasone from the start of the epidemic in the UK, scientists estimate up to 5,000 lives could have been saved.

Off the back of these results, the NHS has announced that treatment protocols for Covid-19 patients will now include this drug, which is widely and easily available. This will also have a major impact in low- and middle-income countries as, unlike an expensive new patent drug that would be beyond their financial reach, dexamethasone costs just £5 per patient in the UK, and even less in other countries.

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Avian Flu Diary: Beijing Cancels Hundreds Of Flights & Reports 31 New COVID-19 Cases

15 prevention and control measures After upgrading to the second-level response, the 15 prevention and control measures that must be strengthened include:  Strictly prevent and control measures for farmers’ markets, vegetable markets, restaurants, units, canteens, etc., comprehensively standardize the implementation of environmental killings, and strengthen monitoring. All cold and wet underground business sites are closed. Employees of the above business sites must wear Masks and gloves. Strict inspection and quarantine of food at ports, improve the quarantine standards for imported food, and strengthen traceability management. Relevant personnel in the middle and high-risk streets and new markets are strictly prohibited from leaving Beijing. Others insist on not leaving Beijing if necessary, and those who do need to leave Beijing must hold a negative nucleic acid test certificate within 7 days. The closed-end management of the community shall be restored, and measures such as temperature measurement, verification, code inspection and registration shall be implemented before entering. Foreigners and vehicles in communities and villages under the jurisdiction of towns and villages

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