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International Nurses Day: Nurses on COVID-19 frontline ‘need more mental health support’

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International Nurses Day: Nurses need more support to cope with the mental health pressures of being on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been claimed.

Howard Catton, head of the International Council of Nurses (ICN), said they are sometimes the last face a dying patient will see.

Catton, speaking on International Nurses Day, called for a fundamental change to investment in nursing and healthcare.

“We need to fundamentally change the thinking around investment in nursing and health if we are really to nurse the world to health – and improve health globally for everyone,” Catton told Euronews.

“The mental health support that nurses and other health workers need is as important as the physical work that they are doing. Often, they are stepping in providing emotional support to patients because the families cant be there. The nurses may be the last hand the dying patient touches, or the last face that they see.

“They are having to experience many more patients dying than is normal as well. This could be a hidden issue because its not just about the impact now, but months down the line, when there could be post-traumatic issues.

“Nurses need to have support in terms of being able to talk about this, to be able to say Im not OK, to not have to work endless shifts without having breaks and to make sure that they are able to see their families – in a safe way.

ICN says 90,000 healthcare workers have been infected with COVID-19, and more than 260 nurses have died.

“In the 24 hours leading up to this international day, weve been commemorating nurses and other healthcare workers who have died fighting the virus,” Catton said.

“And today we are celebrating the phenomenal efforts of nursing right the way around the world. The theme that weve set for today is Nursing The World To Health and it couldnt be better in terms of what weve seen nurses in all countries doing.

“But were also saying that we need a clarion call for the future of nursing, for more investment, more resources and more support.

“Weve gone into this pandemic 6 million nurses short worldwide. In some countries, weve seen verbal and physical attacks on nurses.”

“With this six million shortage in the number of nurses, if we dont look after nurses physical and mental health, the risk is that we will exhaust them – and that will be a major issue if theres a second spike of this virus.”

International Nurses Day this year falls on what would have been the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale, the pioneering British nurse considered the founder of modern nursing. 2020 is also the first World Health Organization-designated Year Of the Nurse and Midwife.

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Italy reopens to tourists from Europe after economically crippling lockdown

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Italy reopens to travellers from Europe on Wednesday, three months after the country went into coronavirus lockdown, with all hopes pinned on reviving the key tourism industry as the summer season begins.


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Gondolas are ready to punt along Venice's canals, lovers will be able to act out "Romeo and Juliet" on Verona's famed balcony, and gladiator fans can pose for selfies at Rome's Colosseum.

But there were fears many foreign tourists would be put off coming to a country still shaking off a vicious pandemic.

"Come to Calabria. There's only one risk: that you'll get fat," the southern region's governor Jole Santelli said on Sunday as the race began to lure big spenders — or any spenders — back to Italy's sandy shores.

Italy was the first European country to be hit hard by the coronavirus and has officially reported more than 33,000 deaths.

It imposed an economically crippling lockdown in early March and has since seen its contagion numbers drop off dramatically.

With the country facing its deepest recession since World War II, it needs foreigners to return, and quickly.

But it is still reporting dozens of new cases a day, particularly in the northern Lombardy region, and experts warn the government may be being hasty in permitting travel between regions and abroad.

'Like a leper'

International flights were only expected to resume in three main cities: Milan, Rome and Naples.

And there were concerns that those who usually come in by car, train or ferry from neighbouring countries would go elsewhere on their holidays.

Switzerland has warned its citizens that if they go to Italy they will be subject to "health measures" on their return. The country will open its borders with Germany, France and Austria on June 15, but not with Italy.

Austria is lifting restrictions in mid-June with Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary — but again, not Italy, described last week by Vienna's health minister as "still a hotspot".

Other countries, such as Belgium and Britain, are still advising against, or forbidding, all non-essential travel abroad.

In response to perceived anti-Italian sentiment, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio has warned countries not to treat Italy "like a leper".

He said Saturday he would be travelling to Germany, Slovenia and Greece to persuade them Italy is safe for foreign tourists.

Arrivals in Italy from Europe will not be required to self-isolate unless they have recently travelled from another continent.

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Italy's lockdown has had a particularly devastating effect on the tourism sector, which amounts to some 13 percRead More – Source

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Covid-19: France records more than 100 new deaths as country’s lockdown eases

Issued on: 02/06/2020 – 21:15Modified: 02/06/2020 – 21:15

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France's Covid-19 death toll rose by more than 100 for the first time in 13 days on Tuesday, as the country enacts a new easing of lockdown measures.


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The French health ministry said that the number of fatalities had risen by 107, or 0.4 percent, to 28,940, the fifth-highest tally in the world.

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France denounces Ryanair ‘blackmail’ in employee pay-cut-or-redundancy ultimatum

Issued on: 02/06/2020 – 17:52Modified: 02/06/2020 – 17:52

France on Tuesday denounced as “blackmai..

Issued on: 02/06/2020 – 17:52Modified: 02/06/2020 – 17:52

France on Tuesday denounced as "blackmail" an ultimatum from low-cost carrier Ryanair for its French employees to choose between a five-year pay cut or a number of redundancies in an escalating labour dispute.


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The offer from the Dublin-based no-frills carrier, long accused by critics of abrasive labour tactics, comes as the aviation industry grapples with an unprecedented crisis after the collapse in global demand for air travel due to the coronavirus.

"Blackmail is never an option," Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told RTL radio. "Jobs will be protected by imaginative solutions, but definitely not through blackmail," he said.

The aviation industry is facing drastic losses due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has closed borders across the world and paralysed air transport.

Ryanair has already announced plans to axe 3,000 pilot and cabin crew jobs, or 15 percent of staff across its European network.

In France, Ryanair operates from hubs including the Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux airports.

The Irish company has told French unions to accept plans to cut wages by 20 percent for pilots and 10 percent for stewards and air hostesses from July 2020, or face the redundancy of 23 pilots and 27 cabin crew staff.

Under current plans, staffers who are earning minimum wage would see their work time cut by 20 percent. Employees would progressively regain their salary up until 2025.

'They're not playing the game'

Labour Minister Muriel Penicaud said she was "shocked" by Ryanair's proposal and said the company must go back to the drawing board and "really talk (with employees), but not blackmail."

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