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The Corona virus, and what it causes from the Covid 19 epidemic, continues to dominate the coverage of British newspapers, which in their copies issued this morning dealt with many angles of the consequences of the epidemic’s impact on our world.
And it begins with the Eye newspaper and a report on the impact of the Coronavirus and the general lockdown period on mental health. The report says that just as the Coronavirus epidemic has had a very clear impact on our physical health, its impact on mental and psychological health has also been significant.
According to data from the Office for National Statistics, nearly a fifth of adults in Britain felt some form of depression in June, nearly double the normal rate.
A survey by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in May reported that 43 per cent of psychiatrists in Britain had seen an increase in emergency and urgent cases after the general lockdown began.
Dr. Ingrid Daniels, President of the World Mental Health Foundation, told the newspaper: “The world is witnessing an unprecedented impact of the current global health emergency due to Covid that has also affected the mental health of millions of people.”
“We know that the levels of anxiety, fear, isolation, social distancing and restrictions, uncertainty and emotional turmoil that we are witnessing have spread widely as the world struggles to control the virus and find solutions,” she added.
The ‘truth about Trump’
And to the opinion page in the Guardian newspaper, and an article by Jonathan Friedland entitled “Covid 19 reveals the truth about Trump and his policies.”
“If you were about to feel an unfamiliar form of sympathy for Donald Trump after contracting the Coronavirus, this week he provided a useful reminder not only of his morally repugnant character but also of the danger he poses to the United States and the world at large,” the writer says, addressing the reader.
The writer says that one of the evidence for this lies in his attempt to blame the relatives of the dead soldiers for his infection with the virus, referring to Trump’s interview with Fox News, in which he talked about the approach of the families of the honored dead soldiers, “one inch from my face.”
And Trump said, “They want my hugs and they want to kiss me,” and they may have made him sick. The writer says that Trump, who accuses others of transmitting the virus to him, “does not hesitate to transmit the virus to others.” The writer cites Trump’s famous position, in which he removes the muzzle from his face while not suppressing his cough while he is infected with the virus, among the electoral crowds.
The writer believes that the most dangerous is what he described as “Trump’s assaults on democracy,” as the loyal Attorney General William Barr warned that he would find himself in an “unpleasant situation” if he did not accuse Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden of committing “the greatest.” A political crime in the history of our country, “referring to the federal investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign links to Russia.
The writer says that “most Republicans support Trump in his attack on democracy.” He adds that it was particularly striking a tweet from Coronavirus-infected Senator Mike Lee of Utah saying that democracy is less important than freedom, peace and prosperity – and that “democracy can sometimes defeat” these goals.
The writer says that Trump and his style of government is inherent in a toxic perception of masculinity, as he tries to prove “that he is an invincible man by taking off the muzzle,” while a journalist supporting him mocks the Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, saying that he should carry a women’s bag that matches his muzzle. The writer says that Trump and his supporters “in their ignorance and their false perception of manhood have forgotten that wearing a muzzle does not come to protect oneself but to ward off danger from others.”
‘A crime against humanity’
‘A crime against humanity’
We move to The Independent, and a report by Borzo Daragahi, the newspaper’s Middle East correspondent, about a new set of sanctions imposed by Washington on Tehran.
The writer says that Iran denounced a set of strict new restrictions imposed by the United States on a large part of the banking sector in the country, describing it as “state terrorism” and “crimes against humanity.” The writer says that these sanctions are a step aimed at punishing Tehran at a time when it is facing the outbreak of the Corona virus to record levels of death and infection.
The writer says that the new sanctions target all Iranian banks, including banks that have never been accused of transferring money to buy weapons or of being linked to the Revolutionary Guard.
The writer says that the move comes just weeks before the US election, in which Trump is fighting to fend off a challenge from Joe Biden, and before an upcoming debate next week that is expected to focus on foreign policy.
Al-Kaneb says that the sanctions come at a time when Iran is facing what public health officials in the country described as a third wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, as new daily infections have reached record levels, with more than 230 people dying daily due to Covid 19.
The writer says that Iran is the country most affected by the epidemic in the Middle East, and Iranian hospitals are facing a torrent of cases to the point that they prevented all non-emergency visits on Friday.
The writer says that Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, described the new sanctions as a “crime against humanity”, while the country’s envoy to the United Nations, Majid Takht Ravanchi, described them as “state terrorism and economic and medical terrorism, which are executed unilaterally.”