The coronavirus pandemic
As Congress rejects renewal of unemployment benefits
By Jacob Crosse, 12 September 2020
With no congressional relief in sight, millions of workers are seeing meager unemployment benefits expire while layoffs continue to mount.
“I don’t want to be a typhoid Mary!”
By Nancy Hanover and Matthew MacEgan, 12 September 2020
A teacher in Jacksonville, Florida, reached out to the WSWS to speak about the spread of the coronavirus across the state just two weeks into the new school year.
By Josh Varlin, 12 September 2020
Inequality, including in-hospital care, determined whether thousands of people in New York City would die of COVID-19.
By Norissa Santa Cruz and Carlos Reed, 12 September 2020
The Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has done nothing to prevent the virus from claiming the lives of tens of thousands, most of them poor workers.
By John Braddock, 12 September 2020
The surge in cases across the Pacific is causing a deepening health and social crisis, underscoring the global reach of the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Marianne Arens, 12 September 2020
With schools re-opening without social distancing and the wearing of masks, new infections are increasing. Throughout Germany, hundreds of facilities have been affected.
Infected students denounce administration guidelines, amidst rising COVID-19 cases at Southern California universities
By Melody Isley and Emiri Ochiai, 12 September 2020
Infected students report callous treatment from school administration, being thrown into isolation rooms without bed sheets, food or sanitizing equipment.
By Alex Findijs, 12 September 2020
Refusing to take any responsibility for this catastrophe, the SUNY system is punishing groups of students for gathering and laying the ground for further police repression on campuses.
By Thomas Scripps, 12 September 2020
Under the cover of a non-existent mass testing programme, the government plans to encourage as much intermingling as possible.
By Andrea Peters, 12 September 2020
Balloting in 83 regions ends Sunday, and Kremlin-backed candidates are facing challengers in a number of areas.
By Niles Niemuth, 12 September 2020
According to Forbes’ list of the 400 wealthiest Americans, the super-rich now possess $3.2 trillion, enough to pay for an entire year of public education, health care, nutrition and disaster relief for millions of people.
By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 12 September 2020
Opposition to the resumption of classes at the University of Michigan is part of a broader struggle of workers against the homicidal policy of the ruling class related to the pandemic.
By Henry Hakamaki, 12 September 2020
Smoking and e-cigarettes are directly associated with increased risk of infection by the novel coronavirus.
By Renae Cassimeda, 11 September 2020
All of these deaths were absolutely unnecessary and are the direct result of criminal policies carried out by Democratic and Republican politicians at every level in the interest of protecting the profits of the financial oligarchy.
By Matthew MacEgan, 11 September 2020
Cases of COVID-19 among school-aged children in Florida have increased by 34 percent since schools started to reopen on August 10.
“Practically all children, one way or another, will be infected”
By Alice Summers, 11 September 2020
The PSOE-Podemos government is deliberately implementing a reckless and criminal policy that will lead to an explosion of cases and many unnecessary deaths.
By Alex Findijs, 11 September 2020
Refusing to take any responsibility for this catastrophe, the SUNY system is on a crusade to punish groups of students for gathering and lay the ground for further police repression on campuses.
By Joseph Kishore - Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 11 September 2020
Opposition to the resumption of classes at the University of Michigan is part of a broader struggle of workers against the homicidal policy of the ruling class related to the pandemic.
US universities emerge as battlegrounds as students and faculty fight back against reckless reopening plans
By Genevieve Leigh, 11 September 2020
Students and university workers are being thrust into a fight as outbreaks of COVID-19 spread across US campuses.
By Sheila Brehm, 11 September 2020
On Wednesday, graduate students rejected an offer from the university that met none of their demands and voted to continue their strike in the face of threats of retaliation.
By Brian Brown and Andy Thompson, 11 September 2020
University of Iowa faculty and students continue to protest against the administration’s reluctance to transition to 100 percent online learning, despite an additional 220 students who tested positive for COVID-19 in one day.
University of California, San Diego students, staff and faculty issue open letter opposing reckless reopening plan
By Peter Ross, 11 September 2020
The appeal calls on the university to cancel in-person classes, limit campus housing to those with no other viable options and cancel layoffs and furloughs.
By Barış Demir, 11 September 2020
Under deadly conditions, the government plans to reopen schools across Turkey on September 21, backed by official opposition parties and allied trade unions.
By Jean Shaoul, 11 September 2020
Iraq had initially contained the pandemic with lockdown measures, but cases and deaths have more than doubled since early July, when the government began the gradual lifting of restrictions.
By Andre Damon, 11 September 2020
While Trump is the first US official to admit to having deliberately lied to the American population about the dangers posed by the pandemic, he did not act alone.
“We have lit a match that could unite a global wave”
University of Michigan grad students reject administration offer, continue strike against unsafe conditions
By Jerry White, 10 September 2020
Striking graduate student instructors voted by more than 700 to 400 to reject the blackmail proposal from the administration and continue their strike to demand the shutdown of in-person learning amidst the pandemic.
By the New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 10 September 2020
In launching this committee, we stand wholly independent of both the Democrats and Republicans, as well as the United Federation of Teachers and its backers, all of whom have conspired to enforce the reopening of schools.
By Markus Salzmann, 10 September 2020
Austria has played a leading role in Europe’s lifting of protective measures against the coronavirus, with infections rising sharply as a result.
By Thomas Scripps, 10 September 2020
The government’s new and tokenistic six-person rule does not apply to workplaces or schools, and groups of six can continue to visit pubs, bars, and restaurants.
By John Mackay, 10 September 2020
The data shows that services remain woefully inadequate to deal with the impact of the pandemic and its aftermath.
The plot against America and the world: How the US government and the media suppressed the truth about the COVID-19 pandemic
By Bryan Dyne and Andre Damon, 10 September 2020
Newly released recorded conversations between Donald Trump and reporter Bob Woodward make clear that the White House, abetted by the media, made a calculated decision to suppress information about the pandemic that has cost nearly 200,000 lives.
By Philip Guelpa, 10 September 2020
Deforestation and other human incursions into wild areas decrease biodiversity and promote the growth of species that are reservoirs of potential zoonotic diseases.
The University of Michigan graduate student strike: A significant step forward for workers and students
By Matthew Brennan and Luke Galvin, 9 September 2020
On Tuesday morning, approximately 1,000 graduate student workers went on strike in opposition to the dangerous health and working conditions they face in the pandemic.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 9 September 2020
With 90,802 new infections on Monday, India registered more COVID-19 cases just on one day than China has recorded since the beginning of the pandemic.
As US Senate returns from summer recess
By Barry Grey, 9 September 2020
Both parties have a common interest in using the threat of destitution and homelessness to pressure workers into returning to COVID-19-infected factories and unsafe schools.
By Tony Robson, 9 September 2020
Virtually no part of the UK has been left unscathed, with teachers and pupils testing positive in both primary and secondary schools.
By Benjamin Mateus, 9 September 2020
UIH nurses in Chicago are set to begin a week-long strike over unsafe staffing ratios, which have provoked several stoppages by nurses across the country during the pandemic.
By Tom Carter, 9 September 2020
According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the world’s 500 richest people have accumulated an additional $809 billion so far this year, increasing their total wealth by around 14 percent.
“It’s not safe for my kids but they are forcing me to send them to school”
By our reporter, 9 September 2020
Teachers and parents from Britain and internationally attended the initial meeting of the Educators Rank-and-File Committee.
By Evan Blake, 8 September 2020
Following the Labor Day holiday, the vast majority of schools have now reopened in the US, sending millions of students and educators back into schools and threatening a massive spread of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the country.
By Benjamin Mateus, 8 September 2020
The IHME has provided startling and horrific coronavirus death projections around the globe for the next three to four months.
By the Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 8 September 2020
The following is a statement from the Texas Educators Rank-and-file Safety Committee, which has been established to mobilize opposition to the increasingly unsafe conditions in Texas schools and the draconian demands placed on educators and other school workers.
By Naomi Spencer, 8 September 2020
As West Virginia public schools reopen, all but nine of the state’s 55 counties are beginning in person.
By Alberto Escalera and Sandy English, 8 September 2020
Teachers are returning to work today to prepare for the full reopening of the schools on September 21 brokered by the United Federation of Teachers and the Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Mexican medical workers, facing highest death toll in the world, protest layoffs and lack of protective gear
By Andrea Lobo, 8 September 2020
The most damning indictment of the the López Obrador government’s response to the pandemic, are the deaths of 1,410 health care workers, the highest number in the world.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at NYU, 8 September 2020
Over 10,000 students, faculty and staff have been tested for COVID-19 and are now returning to the buildings and classrooms in the city this week.
By Jacques Valentin, 8 September 2020
Calls for a policy of “herd immunity” underline the indifference of the ruling class to the number of deaths caused by its health policy.
By Matthew Richter, 8 September 2020
The federal Liberal and provincial governments are determined to reopen the schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic so that parents can be forced back on the job to produce profits for big business.
By Renae Cassimeda and Jake Dean, 7 September 2020
The move to reopen schools will place thousands of students, educators and their families at risk of infection, and exacerbate the spread of COVID-19 throughout the region.
“Schools should not be opened if it puts people at risk”
By our correspondents, 7 September 2020
Australian school teachers denounce re-opening of American schools and support the formation of rank-and-file safety committees.
By Robert Stevens, 7 September 2020
Andrea Ammon, director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, warned that the virus was starting to infect as many people as in March.
By Laura Tiernan, 7 September 2020
Neither Metroline nor Unite has issued any statement to alert more than 500 drivers at Cricklewood about the reappearance of COVID-19.
By Isaac Finn, 7 September 2020
The rapid spread of the virus in this case points to the danger of school reopenings for teachers, students and communities throughout the US.
Virginia’s Democratic governor calls for drastic budget cuts amid growing social crisis caused by COVID-19
By Dominic Gustavo and Nick Barrickman, 7 September 2020
The cuts would effectively gut the few gains that were given to workers in the previously planned budget.
By Mike Head, 7 September 2020
This reckless agenda is driven solely by the rapacious demands of big business for the lifting of all restrictions on profit-making.
By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US President, 7 September 2020
The policy that has been adopted by the Trump administration and the ruling class is “herd immunity”—that is, the abandonment of any organized measures aimed at safeguarding public health.
By Benjamin Mateus, 5 September 2020
The IHME prediction would see COVID-19 deaths comparable to the 1918 influenza pandemic, which took 675,000 lives in the US.
By Robert Stevens and Paul Bond, 5 September 2020
The response to the pandemic has been driven from day one by a “herd immunity” policy and indifference to the deaths of tens of thousands.
By Marianne Arens, 5 September 2020
The lockdown in the spring saved millions of lives throughout Europe, but now schools and day care centres are being reopened, despite the rising spread of infections.
By Matthew Taylor, 5 September 2020
The forced reopening of schools across Florida is producing a catastrophe, with already over 1,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at dozens of schools.
SUNY Oneonta orders thousands of students to return home after more than 500 test positive for COVID-19
By Alex Findijs, 5 September 2020
As of Thursday night, a staggering 507 people had tested positive for COVID-19 on the campus, nearly 17 percent of the on-campus student body.
By Isaac Finn, 5 September 2020
The latest revelation by health officials comes as schools in the county, prepare to open for in-person learning on September 9th.
By Jacques Valentin, 5 September 2020
Investigations paint a chilling picture of residents in Belgian retirement homes being blatantly denied health treatment.
By Jacob Crosse, 4 September 2020
Millions of families’ daily existence has been reduced to the struggle for bare necessities as hunger continues to grow.
With tens of millions facing eviction in US
By Gabriel Black, 4 September 2020
The emergency order will not reduce rent payments nor prevent the accrual of late fees.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 4 September 2020
With India now recording more than 75,000 new cases on average each day, it will soon overtake Brazil as the country with the world’s second-highest number of COVID-19 infections.
By Stephen Fuller and Helen Halyard, 4 September 2020
The city declared Monday Detroit Memorial Day and transformed the state park into a large-scale memorial for the 1,500 residents who have died from COVID-19 so far this year.
By Benjamin Mateus, 4 September 2020
Rural communities in Midwest states are seeing a surge of new infections that are a byproduct of the murderous back-to-school policy being implemented by every state.
Drive to play college football continues as evidence mounts that games could be “superspreader” events
By Andy Thompson, 4 September 2020
Dozens of schools are still moving forward with plans to play games in front of tens of thousands of fans, and 77 of the 130 major college football programs will play their seasons in some form this fall.
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 September 2020
Abbott, who was never known for his subtlety, merely gave unvarnished expression to the homicidal response to the pandemic by governments internationally.
“We have a right to withdraw our labour, especially when being exposed to disease and death”
By our correspondent, 4 September 2020
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with a worker about the situation at the distribution centre of major supermarket chain Morrisons in Bridgwater, Somerset, which had an outbreak of COVID-19 in March.
By Louis Girard, 4 September 2020
Across the province, workers, parents and medical experts have expressed deep concern about the government’s school reopening plans.
By Lisa Lachlan, 4 September 2020
Since June, angry and indignant posts have been mounting on social media accusing the government of ignorance and inaction, disregarding the needs of roughly a million students in need of assistance.
By the Political Committee of the Parti de l’égalité socialiste (France), 4 September 2020
The Parti de l’égalité socialiste calls on teachers, youth and workers in France and internationally to oppose the reopening of schools.
“One student or teacher funeral is too many”
By Renae Cassimeda, 3 September 2020
Protests and job actions by educators opposed to the unsafe opening of schools have spread across the country as the drive to reopen public schools and universities has sparked a massive resurgence of COVID-19.
In face of overwhelming popular opposition, Brazilian governments push criminal reopening of schools
By Tomas Castanheira, 3 September 2020
Brazilin states, including those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, have set dates to reopen schools between September and October,
New York deploys COVID-19 “SWAT Team” to SUNY Oneonta after six percent of students test positive for virus
By Alex Findijs, 3 September 2020
Governor Andrew Cuomo dispatched a team of contact tracers to Oneonta after 105 students tested positive just one week into classes. The outbreak is clear indication that the drive to reopen schools across the US will be a deadly disaster.
By Janet Browning, 3 September 2020
The trade unions are playing a critical role in demobilizing working class opposition to the Kenney government’s drive to reopen the economy.
By Ben McGrath, 3 September 2020
The sharp growth in new infections is a result of the government’s indifference and its demand that workers stay on the job.
Youth and students: Oppose the deadly reopening of schools! Take a stand on the side of the teachers and the working class!
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 3 September 2020
The IYSSE calls on students and young people in middle school, high school and college to organize opposition to the deadly campaign to reopen schools!
By Chase Lawrence, 2 September 2020
Despite major outbreaks, many of these schools are still resisting pressure from students, parents, and workers to switch to online learning.
By E. Cohen and Andy Thompson, 2 September 2020
The number of new daily cases at the school—home to more than 30,000 students—has remained in triple digits but the university continues to hold 25 percent of classes face to face.
By Owen Howell, 2 September 2020
As has been the case internationally, schools and workplaces in the crowded archipelago have emerged as centres of infection.
By Nick Beams, 2 September 2020
This August, amid mass death, hunger and poverty, Wall Street recorded its biggest increase for the month since 1986.
By Benjamin Mateus, 2 September 2020
The ruling elites and their legion of state and local officials are furiously pushing to open schools and universities. However, recent published studies have provided ample evidence that school openings will drive the pandemic toward a second, potentially larger, wave.
By Bryan Dyne, 1 September 2020
The Trump administration continues to reduce testing in favor of its de facto “herd immunity” policy, as coronavirus reinfection cases begin to emerge.
By Alexandra Greene, 1 September 2020
The BC NDP government is receiving critical support for its reckless back-to-school drive from the B.C. Teachers Federation, which, while mouthing oppositional sounding phrases, is helping organize the return to class.
By Thomas Scripps, 1 September 2020
Investors’ pursuit of short-term profits has seen vast resources looted from the care sector and providers laden with unsustainable debts.
By Tom Peters, 1 September 2020
The decision to reopen schools and workplaces, despite new cases of COVID-19 being reported every day, was opposed by some of the government’s own health advisors.
By Oscar Grenfell, 1 September 2020
The Victorian Labor government has signalled it will implement the same pro-business policies that have led to thousands of infections and hundreds of deaths over the past two months.
By Jessica Goldstein, 1 September 2020
Facing no opposition from the UAW, General Motors is bringing salaried workers onto the production assembly lines of its Wentzville Assembly Center in Missouri, putting more lives in danger for the sake of profits.
By the Autoworker Rank-and-File Safety Committee Network, 1 September 2020
The claims by auto companies that they are following extensive safety protocols and testing workers exposed to COVID-19 are lies that do not withstand scrutiny.
By Jerry White, 31 August 2020
Over the last three weeks, there have been at least 12,000 infections at public schools, universities and colleges in the US.
New York City teachers union holds strike authorization vote amidst mass opposition to school reopening
By Tim Avery, 31 August 2020
The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) aims to block rank-and-file educators from taking independent initiative against the policy or reopening schools.
By Luke Galvin, 31 August 2020
Shorty after the opening of the fall semester CMU has seen 117 new COVID-19 cases as a result of the reckless decision to move ahead with in-person classes.
By Peter Ross, 31 August 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rapidly spread through California, with over 6,000 new infections per day, including 1,500 in Los Angeles County alone.
By Patrick Smith, 31 August 2020
Leslie Nelson reportedly suffered an epileptic seizure as her belongings were thrown into her yard under the close watch of the police.
Amid cross-Canada protests against back-to-school drive, Trudeau announces $2 billion to fund school reopenings
By Roger Jordan, 31 August 2020
The prime minister stressed that reopening schools is “critical to restarting the economy.”
By Henry Hakamaki, 31 August 2020
Several recent studies suggest that survivors of the coronavirus can come down with a second case after recovering from a first infection.
By Renae Cassimeda, 29 August 2020
The past week has seen a deepening of the disastrous crisis surrounding the reopening of schools, with significant outbreaks occurring in schools across the country.