The coronavirus pandemic

“They should shut everything down again until they get the virus under control”

Mississippi bus drivers walk out as schools push ahead with unsafe reopenings

By Emma Arceneaux, 29 August 2020

Deplorable working conditions and an immediate reduction of hours and pay impelled 45 percent of school bus drivers in Columbus, Mississippi to walk out on Monday.

German federal and state governments protect profits instead of lives

By Christoph Vandreier, 29 August 2020

Chancellor Merkel and the German state premiers to continue their dangerous policies, despite increasing COVID-19 infection rates.

Government agency minutes reveal at least 40 active COVID-19 outbreaks at UK food processing plants

By Robert Stevens, 29 August 2020

The information is not available in the news section of the Food Standards Agency’s website or its social media accounts.

Tate UK strikers: “COVID-19 is being used to inflict a jobs massacre”

By Paul Mitchell, 29 August 2020

Strikers warn that the pandemic is being used to enforce unprecedented job cuts and further privatise the arts and culture sector.

Classes resume at University of Iowa amid COVID-19 outbreak

By Brian Brown, 29 August 2020

Over 600 students tested positive for COVID-19 within the first week of in person classes as cases surge in Iowa.

Scottish National Party oversaw COVID-19 disaster

By Steve James, 28 August 2020

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s government has overseen a murderous COVID-19 policy, particularly against elderly care home residents.

UK government planning troops on the streets for combined pandemic “second wave” and hard Brexit crisis

By Richard Tyler, 28 August 2020

The Cabinet study follows on from previous government plans for the possible imposition of martial law in the context of the deepening crisis over Britain’s exiting the European Union.

German students establish action committee against school reopenings

By Philipp Frisch, 28 August 2020

Students at a vocational school center in Dortmund have formed an action committee to oppose the reopening of schools during the coronavirus pandemic, the dangerous results of which they confront every day.

Ontario’s teachers unions facilitate right-wing Ford government’s reckless back-to-school drive

By Matthew Richter, 28 August 2020

Teachers, students, and their families are being forced to risk their lives in unsafe and under-resourced school buildings amid a raging pandemic.

Trump administration sabotages COVID-19 testing

By Marcus Day, 28 August 2020

The change in CDC testing guidelines pushed through by the White House will fuel the further spread of the pandemic throughout workplaces, homes and communities, killing untold numbers.

Full transparency on COVID-19! Hands off Florida educators! Close schools now!

By Duval County Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 28 August 2020

The Florida Department of Health issued a mandate Tuesday censoring COVID-19 data within Duval public schools while state officials threatened the jobs of educators who oppose the deadly school openings.

Under pressure from the White House, CDC issues guidelines for less COVID-19 testing

By Benjamin Mateus, 27 August 2020

The change in guidelines has been met with a barrage of anger and dismay among various health experts and physician groups who have repeatedly stated that the key to suppressing the infection is broad, mass testing of the population.

“We refuse to lay down our lives for profit or participate in a poorly designed, underfunded, deadly experiment”

Florida educators launch rank-and-file committee to oppose unsafe school openings

By Duval County Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 27 August 2020

Teachers and their supporters have set up a rank-and-file safety committee in Duval County, Florida, which includes Jacksonville, the sixth largest school district in Florida, the state with the highest per capita infection rate in the US.

New York City’s school reopening plan: Anatomy of a crime

By Alberto Escalera, 27 August 2020

Mayor de Blasio, a self-proclaimed “progressive,” has proven just as willing to carry out the homicidal policy of school reopening amidst the pandemic as his most reactionary Republican counterparts.

Markets focus on Fed chair’s Jackson Hole speech

By Nick Beams, 27 August 2020

The key question concerning financial elites around the world is how the Fed and other central banks intend to continue the stimulus to markets.

Workers anger grows as Turkish government downplays COVID-19 crisis

By Barış Demir and Çetin Akın, 27 August 2020

Growing opposition, sit-ins and strikes among workers against the Turkish government’s and companies’ handling of the COVID-19 pandemic are emerging.

Australia: Official negligence led to mass health worker infections in Victoria

By Oscar Grenfell, 27 August 2020

Government claims that health staff had primarily contracted COVID-19 at home and in the community, as opposed to their places of employment, have been exposed as lies.

India emerges as a global epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 26 August 2020

India is the third country to surpass 3 million registered coronavirus cases, and its official death toll, widely considered to be an underestimation, is approaching 60,000.

Rising COVID-19 death toll underscores decades-long crisis in Australian aged care

By Clare Bruderlin, 26 August 2020

The tragic fatalities are the outcome of the corporatisation of the sector by successive Labor and Liberal-National federal governments.

New COVID-19 cases skyrocket at University of Alabama and University of North Carolina

By Matthew MacEgan, 26 August 2020

Since reopening in-person instruction, the University of Alabama has reported 566 new cases of COVID-19 and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 646 new cases.

Colorado teacher fired for raising concerns about school reopenings speaks to the WSWS

By Renae Cassimeda, 26 August 2020

A teacher from Fort Collins was recently fired for raising safety concerns as school openings in Colorado unfold in dangerous and piecemeal fashion, while the state now has 55,700 COVID-19 cases and 1,926 deaths.

German schools reopening without safety measures as coronavirus cases increase

By Marianne Arens and Gregor Link, 26 August 2020

The federal and state governments in Germany are setting the stage for a further explosion in the number of cases by reopening schools.

Teachers across the US join call-in meeting hosted by Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee

By Jerry White, 26 August 2020

More than 150 teachers, school employees and other workers from around the US and internationally participated in a call-in meeting to organize opposition to the unsafe opening of schools.

Court rules against Florida governor but schools to remain open

By Alex Johnson, 25 August 2020

The court decision, however, does not guarantee that schools will remain closed and in-person classroom learning will be halted until daily case rates for COVID-19 reach below 5 percent.

First week back on campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic: A US college student’s first-hand account

By an Albion College student, 25 August 2020

Albion College in south-central Michigan promised a safe return, but one student’s experience reveals a different picture, one of unsanitary rooms, a lack of sanitization supplies, failing protocols, and a testing regime full of holes.

Victims of herd immunity: further evidence that UK care home residents were denied medical treatment

By Margot Miller, 25 August 2020

National Health Service managers instructed care homes that residents who became sick were to be covered with DNAR (do not attempt to resuscitate) orders.

Coronavirus reproduction rate rises above 1 in UK, as infection cases surge

By Robert Stevens, 25 August 2020

The damning R value data issued by SAGE was totally ignored by the government. This is despite Johnson and his key scientific and medical advisors repeatedly claiming for months that its actions would be determined by the R rate.

Despite COVID-19, French billionaires have tripled their wealth since 2010

By Kumaran Ira, 25 August 2020

The accumulation of obscene levels of wealth by a small financial aristocracy is the product of decades of austerity imposed by governments of various political colors.

US health care workers infected with COVID-19 pressured to return to work

By Alex Johnson, 25 August 2020

The failure of health care facilities and employers to provide adequate paid leave has left health care staff with the cruel “choice” of risking hunger and homelessness by forfeiting their paychecks or becoming transmitters of the coronavirus in their workplaces.

Signs of emerging crisis in economy and financial system

By Nick Beams, 25 August 2020

US bankruptcies are running at levels higher than those following the 2008 financial crash.

Democrats leave 20 million unemployed in the lurch

By Patrick Martin, 24 August 2020

The House of Representatives convened for a Saturday session to vote on funding the Postal Service, but Democratic leaders declined to take any action on federal supplemental unemployment benefits, which expired July 31.

States and counties across US conceal COVID-19 outbreaks at schools

By Evan Blake, 24 August 2020

The policy of concealing cases has become the modus operandi across industries and serves as a mechanism for implementing the homicidal return-to-work campaign of the ruling class.

Florida court set to rule on lawsuit challenging in-person schooling

By Alex Johnson and Matthew MacEgan, 24 August 2020

The court is set to decide on a challenge by the Florida Education Association to Governor Ron DeSantis’s edict for face-to-face instruction.

Private schools in Massachusetts to get rapid COVID-19 testing

By Will McCalliss, 24 August 2020

The project is being initiated by the Broad Institute in Cambridge, which is associated with the Broad Foundation, best known for its school privatization efforts around the country.

Canada’s Liberal government slashes COVID-19 emergency aid

By Roger Jordan, 24 August 2020

By reducing by 20 percent the aid given to workers rendered jobless by the pandemic, the Liberal government is trying to goad them into returning to work under unsafe conditions.

Corbyn was “lectured” by Johnson government on “herd immunity” and said nothing

By Chris Marsden, 24 August 2020

Corbyn was involved in talks with the Tories who told him explicitly that theirs was a murderous policy of allowing the coronavirus to develop unchecked.

The origins and evolution of the SARS-CoV-2 virus

By Frank Gaglioti, 24 August 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is a once in a century event, a trigger event, that has exposed the deep contradictions and terminal decay in the capitalist organization of world resources.

“They are killing people to save money”

Fiat Chrysler, UAW conspire to keep workers on the job after exposure to coronavirus

By Shannon Jones, 22 August 2020

In order to cut costs and boost profits, management and the UAW are seeking to eliminate the limited and inadequate safety protocols put in place in May.

Coronavirus testing remains at reduced levels in the US

By Bryan Dyne, 22 August 2020

To fully map spread of the pandemic, and contain the disease, the US should be doing 6–10 million tests per day. It currently does about 700,000.

European countries force children back to school amid resurgence of COVID-19

By Alejandro López, 22 August 2020

The drive to reopen schools after the summer break continues unabated throughout Europe as the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates across the continent.

Johnson government extends ban on evictions as UK faces “avalanche” of homelessness

By Laura Tiernan, 22 August 2020

The delay follows an outpouring of public opposition to eviction proceedings due to begin Monday, with 290,000 renters at immediate risk of homelessness.

Nearly 300 workers infected in COVID-19 outbreak at Northampton sandwich factory

By Paul Bond, 22 August 2020

Northampton, already on a coronavirus watchlist, has the highest rate of new cases in England and could be subjected to a local lockdown.

Cornell residential advisors hold one-day strike over coronavirus safety as school reopens

By James Mullan, 22 August 2020

The strike action was spontaneously organized in response to the university’s reckless reopening plans that left RAs with larger workloads than in pre-pandemic semesters.

Australian national cabinet exploits pandemic for economic restructuring

By Mike Head, 22 August 2020

Despite paying lip service to the aged care catastrophe, the federal, state and territory government leaders adopted “economic recovery” as their top priority.

Trump administration brands educators “critical infrastructure workers” to force schools to open

By Evan Blake, 21 August 2020

The move comes in response to the growing opposition of educators, parents and students to the catastrophic reopening of schools, which has already infected over 2,500 students and staff across the country.

Architect of Sweden’s coronavirus policy advocated keeping schools open to reach “herd immunity” more quickly

By Jordan Shilton, 21 August 2020

Chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell’s callous disregard for human life is not an individual phenomenon, rather his chilling email correspondence reflects the thinking of the ruling elites in every country.

Federal judge orders second investigation into Virginia immigrant detention center hit by mass outbreak of COVID-19

By Joe Williams, 21 August 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found prison staff were refusing to use safety equipment or provide inmates with protection from COVID-19.

German authorities cover up COVID-19 infections in Hamburg schools

By Gregor Link, 21 August 2020

Events in Hamburg show how recklessly the ruling class is putting the lives of teachers, pupils and parents at risk and covering up the true extent of the pandemic.

Australia: Sharp increase in COVID-19 among Victorian healthcare workers

By Margaret Rees, 21 August 2020

The Victorian Labor government is attempting to downplay the growing number of infected healthcare workers in Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city.

Australian inquiry says serious errors led to Ruby Princess COVID-19 debacle

By Martin Scott, 21 August 2020

Thousands of possibly coronavirus-infected passengers were allowed to leave the cruise ship without being tested, leading to the spread of the virus and fatalities across the country.

COVID-19 cases surge on college campuses as Yale administrator warns students to prepare for deaths

By Matthew MacEgan and Genevieve Leigh, 20 August 2020

Despite overwhelming scientific evidence and the most recent experiences of school like UNC-Chapel Hill and Notre Dame, many schools are still pushing forward with reopening plans.

New excess death counts reveal more complete toll of coronavirus pandemic

By Bryan Dyne, 20 August 2020

As of mid-July, there were 178,500 excess deaths in just fifteen urban areas internationally, including New York City, Mexico City, Lima, Jakarta, Istanbul and Madrid.

EU demands integration of opposition parties into Belarusian regime

By Alex Lantier, 20 August 2020

The opposition parties represent only a dissident faction of the post-Soviet kleptocracy that rules Belarus and are hostile to the emerging movement in the working class.

Maryland’s Republican governor overrules county order for private schools to remain closed

By Ray Coleman, 20 August 2020

The effort to force schools to open in Montgomery County will have the effect of spreading COVID-19 among the school-aged population

MAS, trade unions and coup regime strike deal to quell revolt by Bolivian workers

By Tomas Castanheira, 20 August 2020

This most recent betrayal of the MAS and COB proves once again they represent the interests of the Bolivian ruling class.

Johnson government scraps Public Health England, accelerating break-up of National Health Service

By Robert Stevens, 20 August 2020

The main “crime” of PHE for the ruling elite was that it was part of a “bloated” NHS still not sufficiently responsive to the expertise and “flexibility” of the private sector.

Tensions rise as Zimbabwe’s economy implodes

By Stephan McCoy, 20 August 2020

There is widespread speculation about a possible coup to depose President Mnangagwa.

Disastrous US school openings lead to 2,500 infections across 44 states

By Evan Blake, 19 August 2020

Barring the independent mobilization of educators, parents and the broader working class to halt the reopening of schools, the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic will accelerate.

COVID-19 overtakes accidents as third leading cause of death in the US as testing continues to decline

By Benjamin Mateus, 19 August 2020

Despite the deadly nature of the virus, which has already killed more than 175,000 in the US, testing capacity is declining as states move to resume in-school learning.

Greece sees resurgence of coronavirus since end of lockdown

By John Vassilopoulos, 19 August 2020

The government’s response has been a series of token measures targeting areas with a high number of cases, including Attica and Thessaloniki. Set to run until August 24, the measures subordinate public health to commercial interests.

UNC Chapel Hill, Notre Dame and Michigan State University forced to revert to online learning after COVID-19 outbreaks

By Matthew MacEgan, 19 August 2020

UNC Chapel Hill reported 130 new student cases of COVID-19 during its first week, far more than the ten it reported on campus during the week prior to reopening.

Family suing Verizon over death of worker sent into high-risk locations without protective equipment

By Samuel Davidson, 19 August 2020

The family of a Philadelphia-area Verizon employee is suing the company for negligence, saying he was forced to work without proper protective gear in locations such as nursing homes.

Australia: Sydney bus drivers threaten strike over COVID-19 dangers

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 August 2020

Sydney drivers and other transport staff have been forced to work in dangerous conditions as part of the ruling elite’s “reopening of the economy.”

As Bath shipyard workers poised to vote, machinists union, management and White House praise sellout deal

By Shannon Jones, 18 August 2020

After more than nine weeks on strike against Bath Iron Works, the International Association of Machinists is recommending a sellout deal that will retain scab subcontractors hired during the walkout while abandoning victimized workers.

New York and Los Angeles plan deadly reopening of schools

By Renae Cassimeda, 18 August 2020

Democrats in the two largest school districts are pushing to reopen schools in a matter of weeks, endangering the lives of millions of residents in New York and Los Angeles.

Canadian authorities to reopen schools, facilitating COVID-19 spread

By Laurent Lafrance, 18 August 2020

The Canadian ruling elite has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by adopting ever more explicitly the homicidal principle of “herd immunity.”

Amid mass strikes in Belarus, Lukashenko regime teeters on brink

By Andrea Peters, 18 August 2020

The critical question facing workers in Belarus is to struggle independently of and against all the factions of the post-Soviet capitalist kleptocracy.

Who is Scott Atlas, Trump’s new adviser on the COVID-19 pandemic?

By Benjamin Mateus, 18 August 2020

Dr. Scott Atlas, a former neuroradiologist and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution was selected as the new presidential adviser on the pandemic to “counter” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading US epidemiologist.

Peru tops half a million coronavirus cases as political crisis deepens

By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 18 August 2020

With over 535,000 COVID-19 cases and 26,000 deaths, and amid growing class tensions, President Vizcarra is leaning heavily on the military.

Australia’s rising COVID-19 death toll: A ruling class crime

By Oscar Grenfell, 18 August 2020

Fatalities in Victoria, which have increased from 20 to 351 in around six weeks, are the direct consequence of the pro-business “reopening” of the economy.

London bus drivers deliver massive strike vote over “COVID pay,” health and safety

By Miles Driver, 18 August 2020

The ballots show the willingness of drivers to fight but Unite’s “consultative” ballot campaign is a fraud.

“A poor man’s virus:” COVID-19 reveals the class chasm in America

By Andre Damon, 18 August 2020

America’s extreme social inequality underpins all aspects of the US government’s response to the pandemic, which has been characterized by total disregard for the health, safety and well-being of the vast majority of the population.

Teacher sickout closes Arizona school district as support grows for national strike

By Jerry White, 17 August 2020

Phoenix area teachers forced the closure of the first day of school today as protests against the unsafe opening of schools spread across the country.

Texas A&M faculty decry plans to reopen campuses in midst of pandemic

By Chase Lawrence, 17 August 2020

Faculty, professors and students at multiple Texas A&M University campuses recently penned an open letter that has garnered roughly 900 signatures.

Scotland’s schools reopen as COVID-19 infects students

By Steve James, 17 August 2020

The Scottish National Party’s school reopening exposes it as the accomplice of the Johnson government’s herd immunity strategy.

Indiana Rank-and-File Safety Committee demands reinstatement of whistleblower at Faurecia Gladstone plant

By Tim Rivers, 17 August 2020

The newly-formed Faurecia Gladstone Rank and File Safety Committee is also demanding an immediate halt on the part of the company and the local union to all forms of intimidation and harassment.

US child care in existential crisis as schools and businesses reopen

By Nick Barrickman, 17 August 2020

As plummeting enrollment at day cares during the spring forced many to close, the beginning of grade school classes in the fall will compound the crisis.

Fauci warns against herd immunity: “the death toll would be enormous”

By Bryan Dyne, 15 August 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of world’s leading experts on infectious disease, warned against the relaxation of efforts to combat COVID-19, declaring, “The death toll would be enormous and totally unacceptable.”

Hawaii schools to reopen August 17 as opposition grows

By Renae Cassimeda, 15 August 2020

In a fight for their lives and those of thousands of students, educators and parents oppose the new reopening plan that has students and teachers reporting to school sites for in-person instruction for one week prior to full distance learning.

Brazilian teachers report 36 COVID-infected schools after one week of classes in Manaus

By Tomas Castanheira, 15 August 2020

Virtually all Brazilian states and capitals have ongoing plans to reproduce the homicidal model of school reopenings in Manaus.

Amid mounting political crisis, Colombia faces world’s highest COVID-19 death rate

By Julian James, 15 August 2020

Over the past weeks, the country has registered the highest per capita COVID-19 death rate in the world, 43.1 deaths per million people, compared to 32.9 per million for Brazil and 24.4 for the US.

Workers denounce cover-up and intimidation around COVID-19 infections at Fiat Chrysler Belvidere plant

By Kristina Betinis, 15 August 2020

Belvidere workers continue to speak out against management and UAW concealing information and shaming workers for stating concerns as Boone and Winnebago counties launch investigation into the spread of disease at the plant.

UAW announces COVID outbreak at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville with 32 new cases

By Steve Filips, 15 August 2020

There were 32 new COVID-19 cases reported last week at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville.

Prepare a nationwide general strike to stop the deadly reopening of schools!

Form independent rank-and-file safety committees of educators, parents and students!

By the Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 15 August 2020

We are launching the Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee to unite all those opposed to the unsafe reopening of schools and provide the necessary leadership to prepare for a nationwide general strike to halt the reopening of schools.

For a general strike against the reopening of German schools!

By Statement of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 15 August 2020

By demanding a return to face-to-face teaching amid rising coronavirus infection rates, German state governments of all stripes are putting the health and lives of countless teachers, students and parents at risk.

Mounting opposition against school openings in Germany

By Carola Kleinert and Gregor Link, 14 August 2020

While many teachers, parents and students are opposed to opening schools under unsafe conditions, administrators and politicians are arrogantly ignoring their concerns.

Australia: Residents left to die as COVID-19 sweeps through Victorian aged care facilities

By Clare Bruderlin, 14 August 2020

Aged care workers are being denied admission to hospitals, in a policy that amounts to social murder.

US health insurance companies reap billions as COVID-19 pandemic inflicts death and destitution

By Alex Johnson, 14 August 2020

The largest healthcare chains, including Anthem, Humana, and UnitedHealth Group, have reported second-quarter earnings at double the rate from the same period last year.

Wisconsin immigrant meat packing workers fired in retaliation for protesting over unsafe working conditions

By Rafael Azul, 14 August 2020

After employing the workers for years, management suddenly informed the targeted workers that they were not authorized to work in the US.

How the American oligarchy profited on death

By Andre Damon, 14 August 2020

The United States set two milestones on Wednesday: 1,503 people died from COVID-19 and the S&P 500 stock index reached a new high.

Growing wave of protests across the US against school openings

By Evan Blake, 13 August 2020

Across the US, thousands of teachers, education workers, parents and students are mobilizing to oppose the unsafe reopening of schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wall Street continues to feed on death and economic devastation

By Nick Beams, 13 August 2020

Since the crisis of mid-March when the market plunged and the financial system froze, Wall Street’s S&P 500 index has risen by 50 percent on the back of government corporate bailouts and the pumping out of trillions of dollars by the Fed.

Diversions, posturing as school board votes to reopen school in small-town Massachusetts

By Joseph Mario, 13 August 2020

Scituate, a small coastal town south of Boston, is one example of broader situation in the state, where Governor Baker has pushed for schools to fully reopen in the fall.

“This is a modern-day sweatshop”

Amazon workers speak out against inadequate safety measures

By our reporters, 13 August 2020

As the company makes money hand over fist from the pandemic's boost to online retail sales, hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers labor for long hours in unsafe conditions at Amazon's fulfillment centers.

Washington, DC transit system faces massive budget shortfall as it resumes near pre-pandemic service levels

By Harvey Simpkins, 13 August 2020

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is currently losing $2.5 million in revenue each weekday because of a 90 percent drop in ridership on its bus and rail lines.

New outbreak of COVID-19 in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 13 August 2020

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government failed to undertake mass testing and left the country unprepared for a second outbreak of COVID-19.

The coronavirus pandemic and capitalism

Russia’s vaccine intensifies global struggle for profits and geopolitical advantage

By Barry Grey, 13 August 2020

Vladimir Putin’s announcement Tuesday that Russia has officially approved a COVID-19 vaccine has intensified the global conflict between national powers and pharmaceutical giants to be the first to mass produce and market a vaccine for the deadly virus.

After White House, Congress cut aid to unemployed, evictions and food lines spread across the US

By Jacob Crosse, 12 August 2020

As eviction filings increase to pre-pandemic levels, workers and their families are left to fend for themselves.

Analysis shows 54,000 “excess deaths” in US, pointing to coronavirus death toll of 200,700

By Kate Randall, 12 August 2020

A new analysis shows that the number of deaths from the coronavirus has likely been undercounted by 37 percent.

Reject Johnson’s lies that UK schools are safe! For a general strike to block the reopening of schools

By Tania Kent, 12 August 2020

Johnson made clear that the reopening of schools was “integral to kick starting the economy.”