France agrees to over €8 billion in pay rises for health workers Jul 14, 2020 0 610 12345 AFPParisThe French government and unions signed an agreement on Monday giving over eight billion euros in pay rises for health workers, with the prime minister admitting the move was overdue in view of the coronavirus pandemic.During the peak of the outbreak in France, people applauded every night health workers who in turn said that such gratitude rang hollow if it was not followed by concrete steps.The bulk of the package comprises 7.5 billion euros ($8.5 billion) for pay increases for nurses and careworkers, who will get an average monthly raise of 183 euros ($208).There is also 450 million euros ($510 million) for doctors intended to bolster wages for those who solely work in the public sector, a move aimed at luring them from more lucrative private clinics.“No one can deny that this is a historic moment for our health system,” Prime Minister Jean Castex said after a signing ceremony that followed seven weeks of negotiations between government and unions.“This is first of all recognition of those who have been on the front line in the fight against this epidemic,” he said. RELATED ARTICLES Poland’s populist president wins re-election Jul 14, 2020 0 624 Russia charges ex-scribe Ivan Safronov with treason Jul 14, 2020 0 616 No return to normality for foreseeable future in pandemic, says WHO Jul 14, 2020 0 61 Latin America now second-worst region for virus deaths PARIS: Latin America surged past the United States and Canada to become the second-worst affected region in the world for coronavirus deaths, according to an AFP tally on Monday. With 144,758 deaths officially declared .. Mexico’s COVID-19 deaths top 35,000, surpassing Italy MEXICO CITY: Mexico’s official death toll from the novel coronavirus has risen to 35,006, the health ministry announced on Sunday. The new figures saw Mexico surpass the number of deaths in Italy, which was initially one .. Pandemic caused postponement of 50,000 cancer operations in Germany DPA Berlin Around 50,000 operations to treat cancer were not carried out in Germany during the coronavirus pandemic up to mid-June, the head of the German Cancer Aid organisation said on Monday. This represented around a .. World hunger worsening as coronavirus weighs and obesity rises: UN AFP Rome Nearly one in nine people in the world are going hungry, with the coronavirus pandemic exacerbating already worsening trends this year, according to a United Nations report published on Monday. Economic .. US judge orders delay of first federal executions in 17 years DPA Washington A US judge on Monday ordered a delay in federal executions, hours before one was to be carried out for the first time in 17 years, hampering the Trump administration’s plan to revive capital punishment by the .. 21 injured as major fire breaks out on US Navy ship in California LOS ANGELES: An explosion on a United States Navy ship moored at a base in California set off a major fire on Sunday injuring 21 people, officials and local media said. The USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault .. Trump steps up Twitter attacks on medical experts, including Fauci WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to attack medical experts combatting the coronavirus, accusing them of playing politics and hindering an economic rebound. The president retweeted several ..