Daily Archives: October 26, 2020

2020-10-26: News Headlines

_____ (2020-10-26). Chile: Approval For A New Constitution Wins Massive Mandate. popularresistance.org Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 – Chileans today overwhelmingly approved, at the polls, the doing away of the Constitution drafted and approved under the military regime of Augusto Pinochet and gave the green light to the creation of a Constitutional Assembly. | According to official data by Chile's official electoral body, with 45.24% of the vote counted, 77.85% percent of the voters checked the Approval box, an overwhelming figure in contrast to the 22.15% percent who chose to legitimize the current Constitution, which was supported by a majority of right-wing parties.

Bernard Freudenthal (2020-10-24). [Correspondence] Misuse of SARS-CoV-2 testing in symptomatic health-care staff in the UK. thelancet.com An initiative to screen asymptomatic health-care workers for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was timely and logical,1 and contrasted markedly with the UK Government's testing strategy of National Health Service (NHS) staff during the epidemic. The NHS staff testing policy was only to test symptomatic staff, precisely to reduce absenteeism by encouraging staff with negative results back to work, thus intentionally reducing their time in self-isolation. The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, himself stated that "we want to get [NHS staff absences] down, and the…