The coronavirus pandemic
How Royal Bournemouth Hospital management put patient and staff safety in jeopardy: A frontline nurse explains
6 February 2021
Hospital management pretended that they could look after Covid and non-Covid patients along with other elective patients, without adequate staff and resources. This has failed miserably, with severe consequences.
By Evelyn Rios, 19 January 2021
The struggle of Hawaii nurses has reached a critical juncture. They should reject the attempts to sabotage their actions and begin organizing independently of the trade unions.
By Andre Damon, 19 January 2021
While Biden has claimed that he would “listen to the science” in the COVID-19 pandemic, he has in reality pledged to continue the Trump administration’s drive to prematurely open schools and businesses.
By Harvey Thompson, 19 January 2021
Prior to Prime Minister Boris Johnsons’ January 4 lockdown announcement, the government had even threatened legal action against those schools intending to close due to high infection rates.
By Paul Bond, 19 January 2021
Stephen Parker, medical director of the island’s National Health Service Trust, warned, “If the NHS is going to be overwhelmed, it is going to be in the next two to four weeks.”
By Jason Melanovski, 19 January 2021
While still providing military backing to the Kiev government in its ongoing civil war with Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, US and European imperialism have refused to provide even minimal vaccine assistance to the poorest country in Europe.
Morgues overflow, air quality restrictions on crematoriums suspended as Los Angeles County surpasses 1 million COVID-19 cases
By Angelo Perera, 19 January 2021
Some hospitals report operating at over 300 percent capacity as southern California counties procure dozens of refrigerator trucks to hold the dead.
By Matthew MacEgan, 19 January 2021
Jones, who faces persecution in response to her efforts to expose the spread of the pandemic in Florida and in K-12 schools across the US, was released on bond after turning herself in to Florida police.
By Benjamin Mateus, 19 January 2021
The global vaccination distribution has been characterized as a “catastrophic moral failure” by the WHO’s director-general. Despite the US predominance in access to these life-saving vaccines, its national vaccine initiative has been a dismal disaster.
By Peter Symonds, 18 January 2021
While the spread of COVID-19 was the stated reason, the anti-democratic powers invoked are above all directed against the working class.
By Jack Temple, 18 January 2021
The proposed law seeks to remove legal rights from workers if they get sick or die from contracting COVID-19 at work.
By Robert Campion, 18 January 2021
The authorities have ruled out introducing more stringent lockdown measures and travel bans, with government officials declaring that they “want to balance health with the economy.”
By Alice Summers, 18 January 2021
As COVID-19 infections reach new highs, medical professionals in Spain warn that hospitals will soon be overwhelmed by admissions to intensive care units.
By Bryan Dyne, 18 January 2021
Jones is being prosecuted by the state of Florida for exposing its effort to cover up cases of COVID-19 and opposing the state’s policy of prematurely reopening schools.
By Tadakatsu Čapek, 18 January 2021
Two years after betraying the strike by 33,000 teachers, the United Teachers Los Angeles is collaborating with state and local Democrats to reopen schools in the epicenter of the world pandemic.
By Mike Head, 18 January 2021
“Profits before lives” is literally the theme under which the global season-opening event is taking place.
By John Braddock, 18 January 2021
The arrival of the more contagious UK and South African strains underscores the global nature of the virus, which cannot be contained within national borders.
By Benjamin Mateus, 18 January 2021
Life expectancy in the US has declined dramatically, by more than one year, due to deaths associated with COVID-19 infections. Adding to the catastrophe of the pandemic, a new variant of the coronavirus has been detected across more than 12 states, threatening to further exacerbate the crisis.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 18 January 2021
The German employment agency published the official unemployment figures for December 2020, reporting an increase to 2.7 million unemployed, 480,000 more than in the same month last year.
By Omar Ali, 18 January 2021
Whatever the specific timetables of the various provincial governments, they are all determined to force educators, students, and support staff back into unsafe school buildings as the COVID-19 pandemic surges.
By Andy Niklaus, 18 January 2021
Every day, the 15,000 employees of the Berlin transport association BVG and tens of thousands of passengers risk infection with the coronavirus.
Ontario teacher denounces unions’ “feckless response” to government’s ruinous handling of the pandemic
By A letter from an Ontario teacher, 18 January 2021
“What is emerging among educators not just in Ontario or Canada, but throughout the world is the realization that educators must rely on our biggest asset and resource—that is ourselves!”
By Alejandro López, 18 January 2021
The Socialist Party (PSOE)-Podemos government immediately accepted Vox leader Santiago Abascal’s demand that no shelter-at-home be adopted against COVID-19.
Three million in Los Angeles County have been infected with COVID-19 as workplace outbreaks reach all-time high
By Kevin Martinez, 16 January 2021
The virus is so widespread, according to the Los Angeles Times, that the infection rate has likely been slowed down by the large numbers of people who have already contracted it and developed a temporary immunity.
By Rory Woods, 16 January 2021
Nearly 50,000 health care workers have contracted the virus and thousands more are isolating or shielding.
By Zac Corrigan, 16 January 2021
At least three Lakepointe residents have died from COVID-19 since Christmas, and workers say that residents who catch COVID are no longer able to be removed from the home, which has resulted in a growing outbreak that they can’t contain.
By Jacob Crosse, 16 January 2021
The package, which falls woefully short in meeting the current crisis for millions of workers and their families, will be further watered down as the Democrats seek “bipartisan” support from Republicans.
By Alex Lantier, 16 January 2021
The official policy of imposing a 6 p.m. curfew while keeping schools and nonessential production open ensures that hundreds of thousands will keep dying across Europe.
By James Langley, 16 January 2021
The indifference of UFCW Local 431 to the plight of workers in the plant is so unconcealed that it was even acknowledged by the local press.
Network Meeting of the Action Committees for Safe Education: Pupils, workers and students discuss perspectives for a European-wide general strike
By Our reporters, 16 January 2021
In introducing the meeting, Gregor Link of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality referred to the now almost 400,000 confirmed COVID deaths in the European Union.
By Tomas Castanheira, 16 January 2021
An entire wing of University Hospital patients died on Thursday night due to a lack of oxygen.
By Marianne Arens, 15 January 2021
While the federal and state governments claim that a tougher lockdown came into force on January 11, all of industry, offices, most schools, childcare facilities and public transport are operating as usual.
By Andre Damon, 15 January 2021
To implement its homicidal policy of herd immunity, the ruling class is resorting to ever more violent and dictatorial forms of rule.
By Alexander Fangmann, 15 January 2021
A potential cluster of infections has emerged at McCutcheon Elementary on the city’s North Side, leaving just one educator in the building, while the CTU works to isolate teachers and prevent them from taking any independent initiative.
By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2021
As was the case with the federal government in Berlin and every other state government in the pandemic, profits took precedence over human lives for the Left Party’s only state premier, Bodo Ramelow in Thuringia.
By Robert Stevens, 15 January 2021
The staggering loss of life was underscored, Wednesday with the Office for National Statistics confirming that 2020 saw the largest increase in excess deaths since the Second World War
By Bryan Dyne, 15 January 2021
Such efforts will only spur the pandemic to ever greater heights of death in a country where there are already more than 3,400 newly reported deaths each day.
By Oscar Grenfell, 14 January 2021
For months, governments have rejected warnings from medical experts that private hotels in the middle of city centres are not equipped to be placed on the frontlines of the pandemic.
By Robert Stevens, 14 January 2021
Many expressed disgust and denounced the profiteering from poverty during the school closures necessitated by the pandemic
By Will Morrow, 14 January 2021
Scientists are warning that the pandemic is entering into an even more catastrophic stage than anything that has preceded it.
By Dermot Quinn, 14 January 2021
Ireland's health services are being rapidly overwhelmed by escalating rates of coronavirus infection.
By James Vega, Debra Watson and Eboni Davis, 14 January 2021
Since mid-October more than 13,500 people in the U.P. contracted the virus, a three-fold increase since the pandemic began in March.
California health care worker explains how COVID-19 catastrophe has been fueled by the drive for profit
14 January 2021
The WSWS encourages health care workers to speak out on the disastrous conditions which are now overwhelming hospitals due the reopening and “herd immunity” policies pursued by the ruling class in countries around the world.
By Thomas Scripps, 13 January 2021
The Office for National Statistics estimates that one in 30 people are infected with the virus in London, up to one in 20 in the worst-hit areas.
By Alexander Fangmann, 13 January 2021
As district officials continue to peddle lies about the safety of reopening schools, CTU is negotiating over a reopening plan that would split the working class and undermine the struggle to close non-essential workplaces until mass vaccination is carried out.
By Peter Ross, 13 January 2021
More than one in ten of the total number of COVID-19 deaths in California since the beginning of the pandemic took place in just the last week, at a rate of almost 500 per day.
By Wimal Perera, 13 January 2021
Prime Minister Hasina boasts about helping the poor as hunger deepens across the country.
By Andy Niklaus, 13 January 2021
The Berlin Transport Company’s pandemic policy, which endangers the lives and health of workers, is supported by the Berlin Senate consisting of the SPD, the Greens and the Left Party.
By Benjamin Mateus, 13 January 2021
It has been one year since the first person died from complications caused by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19.
By Barış Demir, 13 January 2021
The Turkish government’s murderous ruling class “herd immunity” policy continues with a chaotic and incompetent roll-out of the vaccine.
By Markus Salzmann, 13 January 2021
As new infections reach record levels in Germany, the number of people requiring hospitalization for COVID-19 is growing.
By Katy Kinner, 12 January 2021
Arizona COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise to national highs as testing and vaccine administration continue to be inadequate.
By Jerry Zhang, 12 January 2021
Despite large-scale testing and contact tracing, the highly-contagious virus has still spread, especially among workers in the most exposed industries.
By Markus Salzmann, 12 January 2021
Despite widespread opposition and clear scientific evidence that schools are a major driver of the pandemic, the Berlin state legislature of the Social Democrats, Greens and Left Party is sticking to the herd immunity policy in the interests of big business.
Ford “Finish Strong” ad campaign invokes nationalist mythology as cover for company’s “herd immunity” policies
By Tim Rivers and Tom Hall, 12 January 2021
Ford’s advertising blitz is aimed at covering up its own crimes, and those of the capitalist ruling class as a whole, with patriotic, militaristic bluster, portraying the virus as a common external enemy for the country to unite against.
By Robert Stevens, 12 January 2021
Deaths from COVID-19 as measured by the government have passed the grim milestone of 80,000, but the true number of deaths in Britain from the disease is almost 100,000.
By Kayla Costa, 11 January 2021
In California, there are 511 active workplace outbreaks connected to the infections of 10,000 employees in service, logistics, food processing and other industries.
By Naomi Spencer, 11 January 2021
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has ordered elementary and middle schools to reopen for daily in-person instruction beginning January 19, even as infections and deaths surge.
By Jean Shaoul, 11 January 2021
Israel’s COVID-19 vaccination program does not include the five million Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza, which Israel has illegally occupied since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
By Patrick O’Connor, 11 January 2021
Nearly twelve months into the global pandemic, the failure of state and federal governments to enact the most basic of precautions continues to be exposed.
By Ben McGrath, 11 January 2021
The Suga government is using the state of emergency to cover up its own incompetence and refusal to take any real measures to address the pandemic.
By Jessica Goldstein and Tom Hall, 11 January 2021
Perhaps more than anyone else, Musk personifies the parasitic character of the corporate-financial oligarchy which dominates society.
By Gregor Link, 11 January 2021
Despite schools being the central driver of the pandemic, the education ministers in Germany’s federal states have decided on a “resumption of face-to-face teaching” as soon as possible.
By Bryan Dyne, 11 January 2021
At the current rate, more than a quarter million people will die across the globe before the end of January, including more than 60,000 in the US alone.
By Frédéric Charlebois, 11 January 2021
“We’ve lost control of the epidemic,” exclaimed Dr. Antoine Delage, a pulmonologist at a hospital south of Montreal.
By Alice Summers, 11 January 2021
After a lull in new daily infections and deaths, the holidays saw a renewed surge of COVID-19 in Spain, with cases returning to levels last seen in late October.
By Robert Campion, 9 January 2021
Contact tracing has been minimal and disorderly, while lockdowns have been resisted throughout, placing the full burden of the virus on the working class.
As UK death toll mounts, Corbyn and teaching unions suppress opposition to Johnson government’s murderous policies
By Julie Hyland, 9 January 2021
National Education Union joint leader Courtney pleaded that his union had done everything to keep schools open. “My union supported the opening of schools in September”, he said.
By Harvey Simpkins, 9 January 2021
In response to a recent survey conducted by the Tennessee Educators Association over 84 percent of educators reported a negative “emotional impact” from working in public education during the pandemic.
By Benjamin Mateus, 9 January 2021
The United States saw more than 4,000 deaths yesterday from COVID-19 infections. The vaccine rollout continues to be a fiasco, while new coronavirus variants are demonstrating more aggressive behaviors.
By Peter Schwarz, 9 January 2021
Germany currently has the highest number of daily coronavirus deaths in Europe.
By William Quartermaine, 8 January 2021
Arnold Herrera had just recently been certified as a brakes and electrics specialist before succumbing suddenly to the coronavirus last weekend.
By Kevin Martinez, 8 January 2021
The situation in southern California remains especially dire, with Los Angeles County emerging as a global epicenter of the virus.
By Saman Gunadasa, 8 January 2021
Workers and the poor continue to be the primary victims of the pandemic, while India’s media focuses on vaccinations.
By Tomas Castanheira, 8 January 2021
The most critical situation in the country is in the Amazonian capital of Manaus.
By Robert Stevens, 8 January 2021
Scientists advising the government warned this week that the death toll will reach 100,000 before the end of the month.
By Will Morrow, 8 January 2021
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread out of control throughout the European continent, the program of vaccination organized by the European Union is already widely recognized to be a debacle.
By Jean Shaoul, 8 January 2021
The manager of Hamool Hospital in Kafr Al-Sheikh, in the Nile Delta, made an appeal on Facebook for oxygen cylinders, only to be referred for investigation by the authorities.
By Shannon Jones, 8 January 2021
Weekly unemployment claims remained steady at just under 790,000 for the week ending January 2, as economic data pointed to a net loss of jobs in December after months of gains.
By Martin Nowak, 7 January 2021
The beginning of the year in Germany was characterised by overcrowded crematoria, hospitals on the brink of collapse and mass death.
By Nick Beams, 7 January 2021
Even on the World Bank’s most optimistic scenario, the level of global gross domestic product in 2021 is expected to be 5.3 percent below pre-pandemic projection, equivalent to a loss of output of $4.7 trillion.
By Alex Findijs, 7 January 2021
Governor Ricketts said during a press conference that undocumented immigrants in the meat processing industry will not receive the COVID-19 vaccine and his spokesman said its distribution will be prioritized by citizenship status.
By Martin Nowak and Christoph Vandreier, 7 January 2021
In enforcing their inhumane pandemic policies, the federal and state governments, consisting of a broad range of political coalitions, can rely on the close cooperation of Germany’s trade unions.
By Erik Schreiber, 7 January 2021
The results of Democratic Governor Phil Murphy’s refusal to enact necessary restrictions are high numbers of new coronavirus cases, outbreaks in schools and a tripling of coronavirus-related deaths at nursing homes in December.
By Carl Bronski, 7 January 2021
Canada’s health and senior’s care systems are buckling under a second wave of the pandemic for which the entire political establishment is responsible.
By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 7 January 2021
These preparations of Rajapakse are aimed at cementing his autocratic rule and taking on the working class.
By Benjamin Mateus, 7 January 2021
With the death toll from COVID-19 projected to accelerate over the next several weeks, some governments are attempting to compensate for problems in the production and distribution of vaccines by delaying the second dose, despite a lack of data proving the efficacy of a prolonged dose regimen.
By Barry Mason, 7 January 2021
A third lockdown is now underway and the Conservative government has committed no more funding to deal with the homeless crisis and consigned its Everyone In scheme to the scrapheap.
By Dan Conway, 7 January 2021
As COVID-19 cases and deaths break records, California’s Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state will provide cash-strapped districts with extra funding if they resume unsafe in-person learning.
By Tomas Castanheira, 6 January 2021
At least 127 workers have been infected in a COVID-19 outbreak at a plant owned by Seara in Rio Grande do Sul.
By Diana Green and Evan Winters, 6 January 2021
Gebbers Farms persistently and openly violated basic COVID-19 safety precautions even after regular government inspections and three worker deaths in July.
By Shannon Jones, 6 January 2021
Musicians of the Metropolitan Opera Theatre Orchestra, who have not been paid since March, were replaced by outsourced non-Met musicians at the opera’s New Year’s Eve gala.
By Robert Stevens, 6 January 2021
At a Downing Street press conference, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced to acknowledge that more than 1.1 million people now had the virus in England.
By Marianne Arens, 6 January 2021
Government officials are ignoring the recommendations of scientists and risking an intensification of the pandemic.
By Bryan Dyne, 6 January 2021
The unfolding nightmare in the city of 4 million people is the direct result of the ongoing drive to reopen schools and non-essential businesses.
By Oscar Grenfell, 5 January 2021
The cuts form part of a broader austerity offensive being enforced by Labor and Liberal governments at the state and federal levels, the trade unions and the largest corporations.
By Gabriel Lemos, 5 January 2021
Brazil’s ruling elite is declaring education an essential service in order to reopen schools, even as the pandemic spirals out of control.
By Robert Stevens, 5 January 2021
The lockdown is not as stringent as that imposed last March, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisting that people should go to work if they cannot work at home to keep profits rolling in for the major corporations.
By Renae Cassimeda, 5 January 2021
At least 750 Phoenix-area teachers are expected to participate in sickouts Tuesday in opposition to schools reopening to in-person instruction this week amid record surges in COVID-19 cases throughout Arizona.
By Alexander Fangmann, 5 January 2021
Even though only 23 percent of families opted to return their students to in-person schooling, the district has maintained its aggressive push to bring educators and children back into classrooms.