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I Don’t Wanna Go Home! Stubborn Golden Retriever Refuses to Walk

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Canines love walking with their human friends above all other things – and hate it when people say it’s time to go home. They start protesting, as they want to walk even more and more – but humans are ruthless and poor doggos have to return home. Well, at least there are toys and tasty treats there.

This golden retriever wants to continue its trek – so it refuses to walk and lies down right on the street. Sounds absurd? Well, for the dog it makes perfect sense: it won’t go home, but will gladly walk in any other direction. Or, maybe, the retriever is just too lazy and wants to have a nap? Who knows.

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Half a million Germans want to walk out, but only 1% allowed to — RT World News

The city of Stuttgart has reluctantly agreed to let a demonstration go ahead on Saturday, ordering that masks be worn on public transport and people stay apart, after dissent over the lockdown swept across Germany last weekend.

Five thousand protesters are set to hit the streets of the southwestern city to protest Covid-19 restrictions. And that’s only one percent of the half a million who applied to take part in the rally against Covid-19 prevention measures.

The local government has permitted only a limited number of protestors, and also requires them to maintain social distancing. Anyone caught traveling on public transport without wearing a face mask faces a €300 fine.

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Fines have been increased since last week’s demonstration, after Deputy Mayor Martin Schairer branded protesters “irresponsible” for not covering their faces while on buses and trains.

“We weighed up [allowing the protest] intensively,” Schairer said, “It was a balance between protection against infection and freedom of assembly.”

He added that the organizers of the demonstration will be held responsible for ensuring that numbers do not swell beyond the limit, and that all measures were observed, SWR reports. Five hundred stewards, all wearing personal protective equipment, will also be on hand to marshal the event.

Protests against the measures brought in by the federal and state governments have flared up across Germany, despite it having more relaxed restrictions than some other nations across Europe.

Last weekend, more than 130 arrests were made across the country. Police in Berlin collared 86 people after bottles were hurled at officers during a demonstration in Alexanderplatz. Another 45 were arrested outside the Reichstag building, following a separate incident.

Munich and Cologne also saw unrest last weekend, with police accusing the protesters of having a “disregard for the lives of others.”

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Journalists covering protests have been attacked by some of the demonstrators, who believe they are spreading “panic”. In the latest incident, a 23-year-old man was arrested in Dortmund, after he attacked a TV crew.

Earlier this month, Chancellor Angela Merkel eased lockdown measures, allowing all shops to reopen, some pupils to return to schools and the return of Bundesliga soccer games if played behind closed doors. The relaxation has seen a rise in infection rates in the country, but protesters nonetheless want all measures repealed.

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Indian Govt asks States to Ensure Migrant Workers Don’t Walk on Roads, Railway Tracks


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New Delhi (Sputnik): The Indian Government ihad announced in late April that it would run special point-to-point ‘Shramik’ trains to ferry the migrant labourers, tourists, students and stranded people due to the lockdown. According to the state governments, there are around 10 million stranded workers across the country.

Expressing concern over the situation of helpless migrant workers heading towards their hometowns along roads and railway tracks, the Government of India has asked its States and Union Territories to provide them food, shelter and ensure they don’t have to walk.

Taking note of migrants workers with “great concern”, in a letter to all states of the country, the central government instructed: “Since their movement by buses and special trains has already been allowed to enable their travel to their native places, all states and union government should ensure that migrant workers do not resort to walking on roads or railway tracks.”

If workers are found walking along the roads or railway tracks, they should be counselled, taken to nearby government shelter homes and provided with food and water “till such time as they are facilitated to board the special trains or buses to their native villages”, the government has conveyed to the state authorities.

The states have also been urged to co-operate with railways to run more trains so that stranded workers are dealt with more quickly.

“The government urges to allow the reception of all special trains without any hindrance and facilitate the faster movement of stranded migrant workers to their native places,” the central government stated in the letter.

Ever since the national lockdown was implemented on 25 March, millions of migrant workers have been left jobless – without work, food, money or even shelter.

With all the transportation shut down, hundreds of thousands of them along with their women and children, have started walking homeward in different states, often hundreds of miles away. Initially, several incidents where migrant workers have been stuck at the state borders has also came to light.

Amid mounting public outrage, all the state governments were directed to provide shelter and food to the migrant labourers while ensuring social distancing, while watching out for possibility of virus transmission.

In a recent tragic case, as many as 17 migrants were crushed to death under a goods train in the middle of the night in Maharashtra state. It was later discovered these people had become exhausted after walking a long distance on the tracks in a bid to reach the station to catch a train to their native village and had stopped to rest.

In another incident, at least five migrant workers died and 13 others were injured after a truck they were travelling in overturned on a highway in Madhya Pradesh state on 9 May.

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NYT: They survived CV19. Now they need to learn to walk again… – Veterans Today


BOSTON — Behind a closed door, an elderly man hopes a test will show that he no longer has an active coronavirus infection so that he can return home to his wife of six decades. Until then, he gazes out the window where he can see the trees. Sometimes his mind wanders to the lurid, delirious nightmares of the intensive care unit. He tries to distract himself with poetry.

Down the hall, a younger man works to get stronger so that he too can get back to his family. He feels better, he tells me, but he is so bored, and the Covid cough still bothers him, along with a burning in his hand — likely a nerve injury from the days spent lying on his chest when he was intubated. His face bears the scars of that lifesaving maneuver, blackened ulcers on his cheeks, nose and forehead. He too looks out the window. Waiting.

This is life for the growing number of patients who have survived severe Covid-19 but have not yet recovered. As a critical-care doctor, I could easily avoid seeing this part of the story; it would be almost preferable to think that the removal of a breathing tube or a long-awaited discharge from the I.C.U. is the victorious end to the narrative. But that is not the case. Even as hospitals continue to care for the surge of critically ill patients, it is time to prepare for what comes after.

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