The coronavirus pandemic
“They should shut everything down again until they get the virus under control”
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.
By Christoph Vandreier, 29 August 2020
Chancellor Merkel and the German state premiers to continue their dangerous policies, despite increasing COVID-19 infection rates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Nick Beams, 25 August 2020
US bankruptcies are running at levels higher than those following the 2008 financial crash.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
By Stephan McCoy, 20 August 2020
There is widespread speculation about a possible coup to depose President Mnangagwa.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Miles Driver, 18 August 2020
The ballots show the willingness of drivers to fight but Unite’s “consultative” ballot campaign is a fraud.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
By Clare Bruderlin, 14 August 2020
Aged care workers are being denied admission to hospitals, in a policy that amounts to social murder.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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
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.
By Jacob Crosse, 12 August 2020
As eviction filings increase to pre-pandemic levels, workers and their families are left to fend for themselves.
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.”