The coronavirus pandemic
By Alexander Fangmann, 24 November 2020
Nearly 700 certified nursing assistants and other workers walked out Monday morning for higher pay, more staffing and protections against COVID-19.
By Thomas Scripps, 24 November 2020
From Wednesday next week, all non-essential shops, gyms, hairdressers and other personal care businesses in England will be allowed to reopen, along with places of worship.
By George Kirby, 24 November 2020
Stevie Brown, a temporary part-time worker at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant, is the latest victim of the murderous policy of keeping the factories open even as they have become a major vector in the spread of the deadly disease.
By Niles Niemuth, 24 November 2020
Even as travel this week is expected to decline from last year, with many citing concerns over COVID-19 as a reason to stay home, the movement of tens of millions across the country threatens to massively accelerate the spread of COVID-19.
By Josh Varlin, 24 November 2020
Hundreds of people, mostly victims of the pandemic, have been stored in freezer trucks in Brooklyn for months as city authorities struggle to identify their next of kin and make funeral arrangements.
By Gregor Link and Philipp Frisch, 24 November 2020
Faced with mass infections at schools and a cover-up by the federal and state governments, students throughout Germany are beginning to take the protection of their health and that of their families into their own hands.
By Shelley Connor, 24 November 2020
An educator at one of Alabama’s juvenile detention facilities described the dangerous conditions she and her students are forced to confront daily.
By Henry Lee, 23 November 2020
Such are the horrendous conditions, with the Conservative government set to end its national lockdown on December 2, that many international students will contract this deadly disease.
By Katy Kinner, 23 November 2020
Over 800 St. Mary’s nurses in Pennsylvania returned to work on Sunday with no evidence of a contract deal, just one example of various unions strangling strikes as health care workers face death on a massive scale.
By Marianne Arens, 23 November 2020
Triage—treating some but not others—is now a major topic of discussion in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. The elderly and those with pre-existing conditions are being called on to make a living will and forgo treatment.
As demands for work stoppage grow, UAW officials tell Sterling Heights Assembly workers: “Don’t read the WSWS”
By Shannon Jones, 23 November 2020
In the face of growing demands by Fiat Chrysler workers to halt production at the Sterling Height Assembly Plant to stop the spread of COVID-19, local United Auto Workers officials are lashing out at the World Socialist Web Site and rank-and-file workers who have turned to the WSWS to expose the deadly conditions at the suburban Detroit auto factory.
By Jonathan Burleigh, 23 November 2020
Most Stanford faculty voted to oppose the high-level Trump adviser’s actions that “promote a view of COVID-19 that contradicts medical science.”
By Kate Randall, 23 November 2020
As the rise of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths continues unabated, working-class families across the US are facing hunger and poverty on a scale not seen since the Great Depression.
Iowa hospitals overwhelmed, Wisconsin health care system on brink of collapse amid exponential rise in COVID-19 cases
By Jessica Goldstein, 23 November 2020
Nearly every intensive care unit bed and every medical-surgical bed is full in the majority of hospitals throughout the state, and over a third of all hospitals in Wisconsin are operating at peak capacity and are unable to admit new patients.
By Clare Bruderlin, 23 November 2020
Nurses and midwives walked out because of the deaths of five babies at the hospital in under two years, ongoing staffing shortages and concerns about patient safety.
By Alice Summers, 23 November 2020
Despite the dangerously high infection figures, the Podemos-Socialist Party government has refused to take the action required to curb the pandemic, imposing only limited and ineffectual curfew measures, with some areas of the country beginning to scale back restrictions.
With COVID-19 spreading through auto plants, workers report death at FCA Warren Truck Assembly Plant
By George Kirby, 23 November 2020
The death, if confirmed, is the outcome of a massive outbreak in the plant, reported by several workers to the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter. According to one worker, eight teams with six to eight workers each have been sent home due to the virus since September 28.
By Simon Whelan, 23 November 2020
Research conducted by the Guardian among both UK-born and migrant rough sleepers found that many had been made homeless in recent months after losing their jobs in the service sector—especially restaurants, clubs and event security.
By Alberto Escalera, 21 November 2020
The withholding of resources necessary for remote learning is a calculated policy meant to pressure working class parents to acquiesce to the growing calls for a return to in-person classes.
By Benjamin Mateus, 21 November 2020
To date, there have been 12.2 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the US and more than 260,000 deaths.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 21 November 2020
Musical performances, theatre, film and teledrama production, book exhibitions and similar activities have almost entirely come to a halt. Kapila Kumara Kalinga and Malaka Devapriya spoke to the WSWS about the situation.
21 November 2020
The following letter was sent to the WSWS from a frontline nurse at the UK’s Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
As Canada’s ruling class lets pandemic run rampant, workers must fight to shut down nonessential production and schools
By Laurent Lafrance and Roger Jordan, 21 November 2020
Canada’s Public Health Agency warns that new COVID-19 infections will rise to 20,000 per day by the end of December—the equivalent of 200,000 per day in the United States—if social contacts remain at current levels.
By The CFPE (Australia), 21 November 2020
The Committee for Public Education (CFPE) invites educators, students and working people in Australia and internationally to participate in an online meeting on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on schools, college, universities and other educational institutions.
Binghamton University closes after coronavirus outbreak, University at Buffalo defies guidelines to remain open
By Alex Findijs, 21 November 2020
Binghamton University has switched to remote learning for the second time after recording 100 cases in two weeks. The University at Buffalo, however, has decided to remain open despite reaching the threshold for closure.
By David Fitzgerald, 21 November 2020
The city has resorted to urgently asking the general public for help in locating structures that can shelter the homeless from the cold while protecting them from COVID-19.
By John Mackay, 21 November 2020
A recent report found that the mental health of three out of four people has been negatively affected by COVID-19, while calls to crisis and suicide lines have soared.
By Patrick Martin, 20 November 2020
There is bipartisan agreement that workers must be forced to work and produce profits for big business, regardless of the danger from COVID-19.
As Europe’s governments preside over mass death, workers must fight for the shutdown of nonessential production and schools
By Jordan Shilton, 20 November 2020
Growing numbers of workers and young people support the demand for the shutdown of nonessential production and ending of in-person teaching in schools to contain the pandemic.
“They want to silence me for telling the truth.”
By Emma Arceneaux, 20 November 2020
The WSWS spoke to three Montgomery teachers about the conditions they face, the spread of the virus in the schools, and the role of the unions in enforcing school openings.
By Andre Damon, 20 November 2020
In a series of news articles, editorials, and op-eds, the Times has waged a campaign to oppose the closure of schools to stop the spread of the pandemic.
The gruesome outcome of “herd immunity”
By Tom Hall, 20 November 2020
Nationwide, at least 50,000 meatpacking workers have been infected since the start of the pandemic and at least 253 have died, according to the Food & Environment Reporting Network.
Oppose Sri Lankan government’s repressive essential services order against port workers fighting COVID-19
By The Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 20 November 2020
The Rajapakse government’s assault on the democratic rights of port workers is a warning to the entire working class.
By Dennis Moore, 20 November 2020
The wider use of food banks by what would have only recently been considered a more affluent layer is a growing trend and an indicator of how the pandemic has created a far-reaching cost of living crisis.
By Harvey Thompson, 20 November 2020
In Hull, 57 of the city’s 97 schools have been affected, while in the wider East Riding area, cases have been reported in 103 of 150 schools.
By Will Morrow, 19 November 2020
On Tuesday, another 731 people died in Italy, and 753 on Wednesday, the highest tolls since the previous peak in March.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 November 2020
Since the pandemic began, leading medical experts have repeatedly warned that the WikiLeaks founder would be at significant risk of succumbing to the coronavirus if he contracts the disease.
By Cole Michaels and Kristina Betinis, 19 November 2020
As the St. Louis area sees record hospitalizations, local mitigation measures have been partial and limited, and Republican leaders are scheming to prevent workers from suing their employers for COVID-19 exposure.
By Zac Corrigan, 19 November 2020
New restrictions on public gatherings exclude K-8 in-person education as well as all factories and workplaces, all major vectors for the spread of COVID-19 in communities.
By Jacob Crosse, 19 November 2020
Seeking to blackmail workers back into dangerous workplaces, Congress continues to ignore the plight of millions of unemployed people left without aid.
By Marianne Arens, 19 November 2020
Governments at the national and state levels are keeping schools and day care centres open, ensuring that the pandemic will continue to explode, pushing up death rates.
New York City educators and parents must take control over online learning! Schools must stay closed until the pandemic is contained!
By New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 19 November 2020
Our committee warns that the closure of schools is a temporary maneuver and we call on educators, parents and students to demand no resumption of in-person learning until a proven vaccine has been verified and distributed free of charge.
By Samuel Davidson, 19 November 2020
The strike by nurses at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania is the latest to demand safe staffing levels during the pandemic.
By Nick Beams, 19 November 2020
The most significant feature of the crisis was that it struck at the very foundations of the global financial system—the $20 trillion US government bond market—as Treasuries were sold off.
By Ulaş Ateşçi, 19 November 2020
The Turkish government is committing to a “herd immunity” policy in the interests of the ruling class, regardless of how many lives are lost.
By Jerry White, 19 November 2020
Anger among workers is boiling over as corporations keep operating even though COVID-19 infections are spreading uncontrollably throughout factories and other workplaces.
Faurecia auto parts workers join calls for national shutdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives
By Tim Rivers, 18 November 2020
Workers at the Faurecia plant in Saline, Michigan, southwest of Detroit, contacted the World Socialist Web Site over the weekend to expose the way in which their company suppresses information about the spread of disease.
By Shannon Jones, 18 November 2020
Workers are daily reporting the spread of COVID-19 cases in auto plants, with an apparent major outbreak now reported at the Ford Avon Lake, Ohio facility.
By Oscar Grenfell, 18 November 2020
The infections in Adelaide underscore the risk of a rapid spread of the virus as governments seek to lift all remaining safety restrictions.
By Jacob Crosse, 18 November 2020
As COVID-19 cases skyrocket, food lines snake for miles, and eviction filings increase across the country, Congress refuses to pass emergency jobless aid.
By Josh Varlin, 18 November 2020
Amid the worst-hit regions in the world during the spring, COVID-19 is resurging in New York and New Jersey.
By Jerry White, 18 November 2020
Biden held an online discussion Monday with top executives from GM, Microsoft and other corporations, along with the leaders of the AFL-CIO, the United Auto Workers and other unions.
By Wimal Perera, 18 November 2020
Students, like other poor sections of the society, have been ignored by the Awami League government.
By Andrea Lobo, 18 November 2020
Mexico has reached 1 million cases and is expected to reach 100,000 deaths this week, while the country reports the highest COVID-19 positivity rate in the world.
By Thomas Scripps, 18 November 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic and the British ruling class’ criminal “herd immunity” response has created a humanitarian disaster.
End the coverup of the outbreak at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant! Stop nonessential production with full pay for workers to contain the pandemic!
By The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 18 November 2020
All non-essential production must stop to contain the current outbreak, which is on pace to be even worse than in the spring.
By Markus Salzmann, 18 November 2020
Only when the infection figures reached five times the peak of the spring — as more and more experts sounded the alarm and outrage in the population became unmistakable—has the government enacted some disjointed and half-hearted measures.
By John Braddock, 18 November 2020
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern again repudiates her promise to eliminate child poverty and the housing affordability crisis.
By Shannon Jones, 17 November 2020
US auto plants have become major vectors for the spread of COVID-19, yet auto executives, the UAW union and government officials at every level are determined to continue full production no matter what the cost to life.
By Steve Filips, 17 November 2020
Boeing intends to make these cuts despite receiving $17 billion in federal bailout money earlier in the year.
By Stefan Steinberg, 17 November 2020
German artists and cultural institutions fear bankruptcy and destitution as the coronavirus crisis deepens and the government refuses to allocate adequate funding.
By Alex Findijs, 17 November 2020
The economic disaster triggered by the pandemic has placed an ever increasing burden on food banks and charities to meet the growing demand for food aid.
By Will Morrow, 17 November 2020
Hundreds of people are continuing to die every day in France as tens of thousands of new coronavirus infections are being reported.
By Renae Cassimeda, 17 November 2020
An understanding of what a Biden administration would have in store for educators requires a sober appraisal of the record of the Obama-Biden administration, the president-elect’s program and the class interests that Biden and the Democratic Party serve.
By Patrick Martin, 17 November 2020
The top White House coronavirus adviser, Dr. Scott Atlas, called for the people of Michigan to “rise up” against the new public health measures announced by Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
By Kayla Costa and David Fitzgerald, 17 November 2020
Teachers in Utah conducted a sickout strike opposed by the union to demand an end to in-person instruction as the pandemic spreads uncontrolled.
By Jerry Zhang, 16 November 2020
Repeated flare-ups of coronavirus in different regions of China highlight the fact that the pandemic is a global issue that cannot be resolved on a national basis by locking down borders.
By Kevin Reed, 16 November 2020
On Sunday evening, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced temporary and limited restrictions in response to the exponential rise in coronavirus cases over the past week across the state.
By Tom Peters, 16 November 2020
The Labour Party government’s draconian border restrictions have left thousands of people stranded outside New Zealand despite being legally entitled to live in the country.
By Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 16 November 2020
As the coronavirus pandemic tears across Texas, teachers, education workers and parents call for a broad struggle to protect their lives and those of students.
By Patrick Martin, 16 November 2020
The United States is entering the winter season with coronavirus numbers hitting records in 45 states.
“If Whitmer were really concerned about COVID-19, she would never have allowed manufacturing to re-open”
By Tom Hall, 16 November 2020
Michigan’s governor announced new lockdowns exempting manufacturing, while new signs emerged of major outbreaks at Fiat Chrysler’s Sterling Heights assembly and stamping plants and other Detroit-area factories.
By Louis Girard, 16 November 2020
In the twisted pro-capitalist logic of the pseudo-left Quebec Solidaire, dozens of COVID-19 cases in a slaughterhouse and outbreaks at hundreds of schools are arguments for a further easing of minimal lockdown measures.
By Benjamin Mateus, 16 November 2020
The winter surge in the US is well underway, with fatalities climbing as hospital systems from one region to the next reach capacity.
By Gregor Link, 16 November 2020
The federal and state governments are responsible for a situation in which the virus is running out of control nationwide.
15 November 2020
An online meeting with historians James Oakes, Richard Carwardine and Tom Mackaman. Moderated by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North.
“We’ve got to take matters into our own hands”
By Evan Blake, 15 November 2020
Michael Hull, the founder of the Facebook group “Teachers Against Dying,” recently spoke with the WSWS about the conditions facing educators and the growing opposition to in-person learning amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
By Alberto Escalera, 14 November 2020
With the rise in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths throughout the region, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned Friday of a likely suspension of in-person learning at public schools as early as next week.
By Benjamin Mateus, 14 November 2020
The mounting surge in new infections is placing immense strain on health care workers and the health systems as they scramble to manage a rapidly growing number of new admissions to hospitals across the nation.
By Marianne Arens, 14 November 2020
Even the prospect of a breakthrough regarding a COVID-19 vaccine does not impel capitalist politicians to pursue a sensible, safe pandemic policy.
Corporate damage control: Detroit News parrots management, UAW lies about COVID safety conditions at US auto plants
By Shannon Jones, 14 November 2020
The piece is a shameless attempt at damage control as the real situation, which is being documented by the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, is spiraling out of control.
By Andre Damon, 14 November 2020
All sections of the ruling class are opposed to taking measures necessary to contain the pandemic. That is why workers must take emergency action.
By Henry Lee, 14 November 2020
Rising rents, as well as the fact that many students were made to pay in the previous academic year for accommodation they were leaving empty, have triggered a number of protests across the UK since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Workers’ lives are worth more than corporate profits!
By The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 14 November 2020
At least one worker, Mark Bianchi, is already dead, a relative confirmed recently on Facebook, and the United Auto Workers union has pulled virtually all of its shop stewards from the floor, pointing to an outbreak potentially without precedent in the US industry.
By Barış Demir, 14 November 2020
The Turkish government and economy are drifting towards a deepening crisis amid a raging COVID-19 pandemic.
By Kate Randall, 13 November 2020
Many months into the pandemic, with a surge in COVID-19 cases affecting virtually every US state, a new study shows that there is a veritable tsunami of depression flooding over the nation’s young adult population.
“Why do I, an EMT, have to sob, plead with you to take a patient?!”
By Andrea Peters, 13 November 2020
Desperate health care workers and family members of those infected with the coronavirus are finding that there are no more beds in the country’s medical facilities, even as the government insists that the situation is “under control.”
“COVID-19 is out of control at the Tipton plant”
By Jerry White, 13 November 2020
Workers are reporting an outbreak of COVID-19 which is being covered up by FCA management and the United Auto Workers union.
By Clare Bruderlin, 13 November 2020
The commission, while pointing to the dire conditions confronting aged care residents, recommended largely cosmetic “solutions,” which will not resolve the crisis and are not enforceable.
By Evan Blake, 13 November 2020
Whatever their tactical maneuvers, the Democratic Party is equally beholden to Wall Street and will reopen schools as soon as they deem it politically viable.
By Melody Isley, 13 November 2020
While San Diego has entered into California’s supposedly more restrictive ‘purple tier,’ officials are appealing the designation, business owners are pledging to defy orders and schools remain open.
By Jason Melanovski, 13 November 2020
Facing a rapidly worsening medical situation and a failing economy, the Ukrainian ruling class is doing little to stem the pandemic and assist the country’s working class.
By Alex Findijs, 13 November 2020
Despite clear signs that SUNY’s policies were not working, the new plan for the spring is hardly an improvement. Most of the core points in the plan have already been in effect or add little to the existing precautions.
By Benjamin Mateus, 13 November 2020
Nurses in North Dakota infected with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic will be “allowed” to continue working rather than quarantine, regardless of the hazards posed for both patients and nurses.
By Marianne Arens, 13 November 2020
Particularly in southern and western Switzerland, infections have skyrocketed over recent days. Intensive care units in the hospitals are full, and doctors and nurses on the verge of collapse.
By Eduardo Parati, 13 November 2020
The reopening being carried out by state governors and the precarious conditions faced by the majority are creating the perfect conditions for an even deadlier coronavirus surge.
By Will Morrow, 13 November 2020
The thousands of deaths now occurring every day were not inevitable; they are the product of a deliberate policy by the European ruling class.
By W.A. Sunil, 12 November 2020
From the beginning of October, the grossly understated official number of cases has increased dramatically by more than 10,000, while the death toll has risen by 33, or more than tripled.
Maryland governor re-imposes restrictions as COVID-19 cases reach record levels in the Washington, DC region
By Nick Barrickman, 12 November 2020
Daily COVID-19 cases have more than doubled in the past month throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan region.
By Sheila Brehm, 12 November 2020
Santa Staples, an operating room nurse at McLaren Hospital who died Saturday, was much loved and respected by co-workers.