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.
After government intervention to keep it open, hundreds of infections went unreported at Illinois meatpacking plant
By Cordell Gascoigne, 27 January 2021
At least 137 COVID-19 cases at the Rochelle Foods meatpacking plant went unreported after state and federal government officials intervened to countermand a local lockdown order, according to an investigative report published last week in USA Today .
By Jesse Thomas, 27 January 2021
Five of six cases of the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, identified in Washtenaw County, Michigan, have been associated with the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (UMich) campus.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson admits to mass murder as UK official COVID-19 death toll passes 100,000
By Robert Stevens, 27 January 2021
More people have now died in the UK from COVID-19 than its civilian death toll in World War II.
An interview with Dr. Arthur Caplan, professor of bioethics at New York University, on the COVID-19 pandemic
By Benjamin Mateus, 27 January 2021
Dr. Arthur Caplan is the Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor of Bioethics at NYU’s Langone Medical Center and the founding director of the Division of Medical Ethics.
By Alexander Fangmann, 27 January 2021
Overwhelming opposition to reopening schools among educators and other workers leads Chicago mayor to back off from threats of retaliation.
Despite horrific numbers, California governor ends stay-at-home order, mirroring President Biden’s pandemic policies
By Rafael Azul, 27 January 2021
In line with the reopening policies being pursued by the Biden administration and financial elites, on Monday Governor Gavin Newsom announced the lifting of stay-at-home orders for the entire state.
By Samuel Tissot, 27 January 2021
Despite over new 1,000 admissions to ICU beds in the last 48 hours, the French education minister doubled down on lies to justify keeping schools open.
By Mike Head, 27 January 2021
Plans to dump Albanese are intensifying as the worldwide COVID-19 catastrophe worsens, fuelling working class unrest internationally, and the incoming Biden administration steps up the US confrontation with China.
By Gustav Kemper and Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 27 January 2021
Five hundred workers at the Airbus plant in Hamburg-Finkenwerder are quarantining after 21 of their colleagues were infected with COVID-19. The IG Metall trade union and its works council representatives refuse to take any responsibility for the health of the work f orce.
By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 26 January 2021
The reopening of schools amid a raging pandemic is a criminal act that will only add to the already horrific toll of death from the coronavirus.
By Hong Jian and Dan Conway, 26 January 2021
The policy of herd immunity is being deliberately cultivated in Nevada as casinos, logistics and other industries have continued to operate as normal with little to no protections in place to stop the spread of the virus.
By Evan Blake, 26 January 2021
Biden is aggressively pursuing school reopenings in coordination with Democratic politicians and the teachers unions, as opposition among rank-and-file educators mounts to this homicidal policy.
By Angelo Perera, 26 January 2021
Despite lower infection rates than the US mainland, COVID-19 infection rates in Hawaii have been on the rise, with total infections increasing by 29 percent since the beginning of December.
UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee discusses school reopenings and lessons of Trump’s attempted coup
By our reporter, 26 January 2021
UK Educators Rank-and-File Committee passes resolution in support of US Covid whistleblower Rebekah Jones
By Thomas Scripps, 26 January 2021
The 535 infections at the DVLA, the largest known number linked to a single employer and workplace, have contributed to the appalling toll of infections and deaths in the Swansea Bay area.
Inequality expected to rise in every country “simultaneously”
By Jacob Crosse, 26 January 2021
The annual report on inequality exposes the effect the pandemic and the response of governments around the world has had in exacerbating social inequality.
Millions of Brazilian students refuse to take exam amid rising opposition to back to school campaign
By Eduardo Parati, 26 January 2021
The unprecedented mass absence from one of Brazil’s most important national yearly exams is a statement of opposition to the government’s herd immunity policy and the reopening of schools.
By Chase Lawrence, 25 January 2021
It is an absolute indictment of the for-profit healthcare system and the financial oligarchs that benefit from it that hospitals should be shut down in the middle of a pandemic, let alone when 83 million already lack sufficient access to primary healthcare, in the richest country in the world.
By Marianne Arens, 25 January 2021
A year of the coronavirus pandemic, in Germany and globally, has shown that curbing the virus cannot be left to the capitalist governments.
Australia: Inquiry reveals chronic under funding and lengthy wait times for South-West Sydney health services
By Clare Bruderlin, 25 January 2021
The healthcare crisis is a direct result of the decimation of public health services by consecutive state and federal government, Labor and Liberal-National alike, with union support.
By Marko Leone, 25 January 2021
1,800 workers at the Los Angeles port are not reporting to work as deaths have increased by 82 percent in the region.
By Alejandro López, 25 January 2021
Anger is mounting in the working class after generals, royalty and politicians got the COVID-19 vaccination even as vaccines are running out for frontline health care workers.
By Jean Shaoul, 25 January 2021
Death rates in 20 countries are higher than the global average of 2.2 percent, rising by more than 30 percent in the past month in Nigeria, Egypt and South Africa. Officials in Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo said hospital capacity and oxygen supplies were running out.
By Benjamin Mateus, 25 January 2021
President Biden says there is nothing to be done to change the pandemic’s trajectory. However, material published in the New York Times repudiates this assertion.
By Robert Stevens, 25 January 2021
The Johnson government has been able to oversee such death and destruction only because they are governing in a de facto coalition with the Labour Party and the trade unions.
By Katerina Selin, 25 January 2021
Despite the dangerous spread of the new UK variant of COVID-19 and the deadly impact the pandemic throughout Europe, Greece is easing its lockdown measures.
By Andrea Peters, 23 January 2021
Having witnessed a small drop-off in infections and hospitalizations, Moscow and Saint Petersburg are now ending the very restrictions that fueled these improvements.
By George Gallanis, 23 January 2021
The Lightfoot administration has indicated it will treat teachers following through with a union resolution to continue teaching remotely as engaging in an illegal strike, even as she and Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker push to open restaurants and businesses.
By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 23 January 2021
The ruling class orders workers and youth back to work and school, knowing thousands will get sick and die, knowing they can illegally obtain the vaccine for themselves.
By Melody Isley, 23 January 2021
In the past two weeks, COVID-19 deaths have increased by 82 percent throughout California as the virus continues to spread unabated. Despite the surge, multiple Southern California school districts plan to reopen in the coming weeks.
By Benjamin Mateus, 23 January 2021
The Biden administration’s pandemic response proposal has as its central aim opening up the entire country to economic activity.
By Shelley Connor, 23 January 2021
The staggering impact of these educators’ deaths upon staff and students is incalculable, and there have been numerous heartfelt tributes made by community members in Montgomery.
By Tania Kent, 23 January 2021
The statistics are a devastating indictment of the Conservative government’s policy of forcing schools to stay open, supported by the Labour Party and the trade unions.
By Frédéric Charlebois, 23 January 2021
So as to ensure Canada’s ruling elite continues to accumulate obscene wealth, the federal Liberal and provincial governments have sabotaged implementation of the measures urgently needed to halt the spread of COVID-19.
By Barry Mason, 23 January 2021
Data published by Public Health England covering January 4-10 showed a near 70 percent increase in reports of COVID-19 infections related to workplaces, with 175 clusters. These workplaces were other than schools, hospitals or care homes.
By Peter Schwarz, 23 January 2021
The large support for the #ZeroCovid petition is an expression of the growing opposition to official government policy that puts the profits of big business above saving human lives. A consistent struggle against the pandemic, however, requires a socialist programme and the building of independent action committees.
By Tomas Castanheira, 23 January 2021
“We the military are the last obstacle to socialism. Who decides whether a people will live in democracy or dictatorship is their Armed Forces,” declared fascistic President Bolsonaro.
By Benjamin Mateus, 22 January 2021
The second report from the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response is a thorough indictment of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Harvey Simpkins, 22 January 2021
The move has the support of the city’s Democratic Mayor Brandon Scott, making Baltimore the latest Democratic-led city or state to aggressively reopen schools as the pandemic rages out of control.
By Ali Elhassan, 22 January 2021
Governor Cuomo has committed himself to keeping businesses open despite the loss of life.
By Robert Stevens, 22 January 2021
Boris Johnson’s government is having to adapt to a public mood strongly opposed to ending lockdown, with many demanding it is made more restrictive.
The science of the pandemic supports teachers’ concerns over the dangers of school reopening, Part two
By Benjamin Mateus, 21 January 2021
Science validates teachers’ concerns that in-person education during the pandemic is a dangerous proposition. This article reviews some of the more recent scientific findings.
By Jerry Zhang, 21 January 2021
As well as being placed on the front line of the pandemic, workers are facing an offensive against their working conditions.
By Julian James, 21 January 2021
The agreement was reached a day before the BTU took part in last week’s phony “Day of Resistance” protest aimed at appealing to Biden and the Democratic Party.
Close schools and nonessential production until the pandemic is contained! Full income protection to all!
By Chicago Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 21 January 2021
We call on all educators and support staff, and workers from all industries, to join and help build our committee in your school or workplace, independently of both big-business parties and their backers in the CTU and other unions.
By Tennessee Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 21 January 2021
In opposition to Governor Bill Lee’s scheme to pressure schools to reopen, we call for the immediate closure of all schools and for the provision of ample resources to provide high quality remote learning to all students.
By Dominic Gustavo, 21 January 2021
The Oregon Cares Fund revived criteria similar to the racist “one drop” rule to determine eligibility to receive financial aid.
By Marianne Arens, 21 January 2021
“Profits before lives” is the unspoken motto of the establishment parties at every level.
By Saman Gunadasa, 21 January 2021
South Asian governments have responded to the pandemic by pumping money into big businesses and imposing the burden on the working masses.
By Alex Lantier and Parwini Zora, 20 January 2021
Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s government resigned as governments in Estonia and Italy fell in the wake of Trump’s fascist coup attempt in Washington on January 6.
Alabama Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 20 January 2021
We call on all educators and support staff, and workers from all industries, to join and help build our committee in your school or workplace, independently of both big-business parties and their backers in the unions.
By Robert Stevens, 20 January 2021
This is being justified by citing a vaccination programme with only four million people having received the first dose of a required two doses. The population of the UK is over 66 million.
By Erik Schreiber, 20 January 2021
For the second time in a matter of months, officials at Fort Dix have reported more coronavirus cases than at any other federal prison.
The science of the pandemic supports teachers’ concerns over the dangers of school reopening—Part one
By Benjamin Mateus, 20 January 2021
Science validates teachers’ concerns that in-person education during the pandemic is a dangerous proposition. This article reviews some of the more recent scientific findings.
By Alex Johnson, 20 January 2021
Two public school workers from Florida died earlier this month after contracting COVID-19 under conditions of an unmitigated spread of the virus in school districts statewide.
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 Johnson’s 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.