The coronavirus pandemic
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 29 October 2021
A government appointed committee has warned of a potential second wave of infections in winter leading to a sharp rise in the percentage of the population hit by the coronavirus.
By International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 31 October 2020
If non-essential businesses, schools, and day-care centres are not immediately closed, the overloading of health care systems and the premature death of millions of people is inevitable.
By Bryan Dyne, 31 October 2020
There were more than 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States over the past seven days, measured both by the daily new case counts and the seven-day running average.
By Mike Head, 31 October 2020
The similar ending of safety measures caused the COVID-19 catastrophes, now engulfing hospitals throughout Europe, the US and many other parts of the world.
By Shannon Jones, 31 October 2020
Walt Disney, Raytheon and Boeing were among the major corporations announcing huge job cuts this week as the total projected budget shortfall facing state governments has reached $434 billion.
By Gary Alvernia, 30 October 2020
By demanding $1 billion in “savings” by Queensland Health, the Labor Party has pointed to a pandemic-accelerated assault on social spending.
By Shannon Jones, 30 October 2020
North American automakers built 4.1 million vehicles in the third quarter, the same number as last year.
By Tania Kent and Tom Pearce, 30 October 2020
The insincere posturing of the education unions, including their polite letter to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson and their call for part-time rotas in areas under Tier 2 and Tier 3 lockdowns, are aimed at stemming widespread anger among teachers to their rotten capitulations to the Johnson government.
By San Diego Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 30 October 2020
The public must be granted access to proper data and information so that individuals can make informed decisions on their health, and to ensure the proper protection of themselves and their families.
By Benjamin Mateus, 30 October 2020
There were more than 500,000 cases of COVID-19 reported globally, with the number of deaths keeping apace.
By Aaron Murch, 29 October 2020
According to a recent clarification issued by the CDC, landlords can proceed with the legal procedures required for an eviction as long as tenants are not forced out before the end of the year.
By Benjamin Mateus, 29 October 2020
The number of US COVID-19 cases surpassed nine million yesterday, with 500,000 of these cases added to the ledger just in the last week.
By Andrea Peters, 29 October 2020
With coronavirus cases far outpacing their May peak, outbreaks are hitting medical facilities and cultural institutions across the country.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 29 October 2020
If the resurgence of COVID-19 across Europe is not halted, it is a matter of only a few weeks before hospitals are overrun and masses of people cut off from treatment.
By Zac Thorton, 28 October 2020
Workers at the landmark office building, who have been confronted with the inhuman choice between their lives and their livelihoods, speak out following the death of another coworker.
UK teacher describes disastrous lack of safety at reopened schools: “Teachers are at high risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19”
By Our reporter, 28 October 2020
Lucia tried to share a petition calling for PPE for teachers, with 200,000 signatures, with national media organisations but was ignored, including by the pseudo-left Socialist Workers Party.
By Penny Smith and Roger Jordan, 28 October 2020
While BC NDP Premier John Horgan demagogically claims to “put people first,” his government has imposed austerity and recklessly reopened schools and businesses amid a resurgent pandemic so as to boost corporate profits.
By Nick Barrickman and Dominic Gustavo, 28 October 2020
Local charities reported a nearly 300 percent increase in demand in the months following the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Mike Ingram, 28 October 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the world, Facebook and its contractors are forcing content moderators to return to offices and risk their lives.
By Cesar Uco, 28 October 2020
The political conflict reflects the crisis of the entire Peruvian ruling class as it confronts the country’s worst recession in decades along with the rising death toll from COVID-19.
By Clara Weiss, 28 October 2020
Walk-outs and demonstrations seem to have been centered among college and high school students.
By Alex Lantier, 28 October 2020
Europe is recording over 200,000 new cases each day, with France among the continent’s worst-hit countries, regularly reporting 30,000 to 50,000 new cases daily.
By Dominic Gustavo, 28 October 2020
A new startup is recruiting temporary “gig” workers to evict people from their homes during the most severe housing crisis since the Great Depression.
By Genevieve Leigh, 28 October 2020
Lang, a healthy first-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences at the university in western Ohio, died Thursday after weeks of battling the virus.
By Gregor Link, 28 October 2020
On Saturday night, the Robert Koch Institute was the target of an arson attack. According to the police, unknown assailants attacked an institute building in Tempelhof-Schöneberg with several flammable objects.
By Samuel Tissot, 27 October 2020
The reopening of in-person education has been a central element of the murderous, anti-scientific policy of “herd immunity” overseen by the French government.
By Cordell Gascoigne, 27 October 2020
The drive for automation no doubt has the potential to free workers from laborious and life-threatening tasks, particularly during a pandemic, but the result of automation under capitalism is to increase the exploitation of workers through layoffs, speedup and wage cuts.
By Zac Corrigan, 27 October 2020
Altogether, there are now 99 total ongoing outbreaks that have led to 482 reported cases of COVID-19 among students, teachers and staff throughout Michigan.
By Ben Trent, 27 October 2020
As the pandemic hit the UK, tens of thousands of operations were cancelled. The pressure to clear through this backlog, while simultaneously handling the resurgence of the virus, will have dire effects on an already beleaguered NHS.
By Markus Salzmann, 27 October 2020
Poland’s leading epidemiologist pointed to parallels between current conditions in Poland and those in Italy earlier this year, when the health care system collapsed due to the number of infections.
By Anthony Torres, 27 October 2020
With more than 50,000 new cases recorded in France on Sunday, there is a clear danger that hospitals and emergency rooms will once again be overwhelmed.
By Daniel de Vries, 26 October 2020
The findings were dismissed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in an effort cover up the risk of a full-scale reopening of the city.
By Benjamin Mateus, 26 October 2020
In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” talk show, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows made clear that the Trump administration has abandoned any effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Benjamin Mateus, 26 October 2020
Deaths from dementia have been catastrophic as the isolation and lockdowns of nursing homes have led to cessation of vital support and treatment for this vulnerable layer of the population.
By Patrick Kelly, 26 October 2020
The infection clusters underscore the dangers of reopening schools amid continued community transmission of COVID-19.
Ontario’s reckless reopening of workplaces and schools producing disastrous conditions in child care facilities
By Omar Ali, 26 October 2020
At big business’ behest, governments across Canada and of every political stripe have starved child care of public funds for decades.
COVID-19 “long-hauler” phenomenon presents in children and teens as schools reopen against expert advice
By Katy Kinner, 26 October 2020
New data is surfacing that suggests children can be saddled with chronic and debilitating post-viral illness after even mild cases of COVID-19.
By Benjamin Mateus, 24 October 2020
With daily COVID-19 cases reaching nearly one-half million, the WHO warns if measures are not immediately taken to stem the exponential growth of the pandemic the health crisis will become catastrophic.
By Robert Stevens, 24 October 2020
It was the premature ending of the national lockdown from June onwards, and the opening of schools, colleges and workplaces to facilitate the profitmaking of big business, that produced this disastrous situation.
By Steve Filips, 24 October 2020
Tens of thousands of airline workers remain furloughed as relief remains stalled in by US Congress.
As COVID-19 hospitalizations spike by over 80 percent statewide
“Entire healthcare system at risk of another capacity crisis,” warn leading Michigan doctors in open letter
By Zac Corrigan, 24 October 2020
The letter was signed by 28 Chief Medical Officers and Chief Clinical Officers across Michigan, representing 110 of the state’s 137 hospitals.
By Gregor Link, 24 October 2020
Since January, over 380,000 people in Germany have been infected with COVID-19, more than one in ten within the last seven days.
“The forming of rank-and-file committees in schools is so important as the voices of teachers, students, carers, administration and many others are being ignored”
By Our reporter, 24 October 2020
Colin spoke to the WSWS after participating in a recent meeting of the Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee in the UK.
By Michael Walters, 24 October 2020
The plan to shift from online learning to a daily in-person schedule was announced as Illinois’ seven-day average COVID-19 testing positivity rate surpassed five percent for the first time since early June.
By Jacob Crosse, 23 October 2020
Over 65 million claims have been filed since mid-March as state and federal assistance expires for millions.
“The plant is a powder keg”
By Shannon Jones, 23 October 2020
According to a leaked report, there have been about 60 COVID infections at the FCA Jefferson North plant and at least two workers have died since May.
By Our reporter, 23 October 2020
“Achieving herd immunity properly means protecting people through vaccination. It has never been shown that herd immunity can be achieved by allowing people to catch a virus and die.”
By John Braddock, 23 October 2020
Labour and the Greens both used the election to reassure the corporate elite they would continue to meet their demands.
By Johannes Stern, 23 October 2020
“I am preparing myself for the fact that we must learn to live with coronavirus,” Left Party State Premier Bodo Ramelow said last week.
By Chase Lawrence and Evan Blake, 23 October 2020
The drive by Texas Democrats to reopen Houston schools coincides with the platform of the Biden-Harris campaign, which fraudulently claim that this can be done “safely” while the pandemic spirals out of control.
By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) statement, 22 October 2020
The true situation was hidden from the outset because the government refused to implement rigorous anti-COVID-19 measures when the virus first impacted on the country in late January.
By The Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 22 October 2020
The event will discuss the policies necessary for workers, the rural poor and youth to combat the coronavirus disaster and the Rajapakse administration’s austerity and anti-democratic measures.
By Katy Kinner, 22 October 2020
As the CDC eviction moratorium order reaches its expiration date on January 1, the eviction and homelessness crisis in the US is heading toward an explosion of unprecedented proportions.
By Andrea Lobo, 22 October 2020
After 26 years working for GM, Sergio Contreras was fired after he quarantined, challenging the efforts of the corporation to cover up COVID-19 outbreaks and continue production.
By Oscar Grenfell, 22 October 2020
A hysterical campaign is underway, insisting that any public health measures are an unacceptable impost on the wealth and profits of the financial aristocracy.
By Anthony Torres, 22 October 2020
With 700,000 new cases and 8,000 deaths from the virus last week, health officials are warning mortality this winter could reach four to five times that in the spring of 2020.
By Emma Arceneaux, 22 October 2020
The push to reopen the largest district in the state, and seventh-largest in the country, takes place as the coronavirus pandemic is raging in Texas, which has over 881,000 confirmed cases and 17,646 deaths, the second highest numbers in the country.
As coronavirus infections spike across Midwest
By Benjamin Mateus, 22 October 2020
The estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is nearly 50 percent higher than the official coronavirus death toll of 220,000 in the United States.
By Chase Lawrence, 22 October 2020
The case was just confirmed this weekend, meaning that the whole cabin, medical crews and many people in the airport were, unbeknownst to themselves, potentially exposed to the deadly pathogen.
Washtenaw County issues stay-at-home order at University of Michigan campus in the wake of campus COVID outbreak
By Jesse Thomas, 21 October 2020
The rise in cases at the University of Michigan follows the shutdown of the graduate student strike last month, which was waged in opposition to the university’s unsafe reopening policy.
By Cole Michaels, 21 October 2020
As in the Midwest more generally, Missouri hit another record level number of COVID-19 infections over the last week, driven by the White House’s “herd immunity” policy.
By Harvey Simpkins, 21 October 2020
The push to reopen Democrat-controlled districts throughout the region is part of a nationwide trend that has been spearheaded in New York City, the largest district in the US.
By Ulaş Ateşçi, 21 October 2020
This homicidal policy is provoking growing anger and opposition within the working class to the ruling class’ response to the pandemic.
By Kevin Reed, 21 October 2020
Employees at Four Seasons Rehabilitation and Nursing in Westland, Michigan walked out Monday morning to demand better wages, increased staffing and safe working conditions.
By Nick Beams, 21 October 2020
The IMF’s forecast for a global recovery in 2021 is looking increasingly shaky in the face of a second wave of COVID-19 infections.
Northern Virginia Community College faculty and staff speak out about loss of work due to budget crisis
By Dominic Gustavo and Nick Barrickman, 21 October 2020
Professors and student workers in the Virginia Community College System spoke to the IYSSE about their loss of work related to the pandemic
By Barry Grey, 21 October 2020
Fauci has already become a target of far-right Trump supporters. He and his wife have received death threats by email, phone and text message.
Further signs of the “devastating impact” of the pandemic on arts and artists: What are the implications?
By David Walsh, 21 October 2020
The ongoing destruction of the jobs, incomes and aspirations of tens of thousands of artists of every kind in the US and elsewhere has a significance that goes beyond the immediate cultural sphere.
By Jacob Crosse, 21 October 2020
The number reveals that despite claims of a falling unemployment rate, millions remain out of work as Congress refuses to pass coronavirus relief.
By Thomas Scripps, 21 October 2020
What is animating Burnham’s opposition to the government are tactical differences and conflicting interests between different groups of capitalists, rather than any consideration of principle
By Alex Findijs, 20 October 2020
Cortland has already been in a two-week pause after recording more than 100 cases of COVID-19 in a two-week period. School plans to reopen were foiled after a major outbreak days before the end of the temporary pause
By Julie Hyland, 20 October 2020
The decision to invest in this secretive body, rather than the National Health Service, is part of the policy of herd immunity, while using the pandemic to restructure economic and social relations and strengthen the state apparatus.
Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee demands two-week shutdown to stop coronavirus spread
By Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 20 October 2020
In response to the emergence of a new cluster of coronavirus cases at the factory last week, the Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, founded in August to oppose the spread of the contagion, inhumane working conditions and the systematic victimization of whistleblowers, has issued the following statement.
By Alex Johnson, 20 October 2020
Insurance companies saw their profit margins soar during the first half of this year, while millions of American families are being sent into bankruptcy under the weight of massive medical debts during the coronavirus pandemic.
By Alice Summers, 20 October 2020
Despite the devastation caused by COVID-19, the Socialist Party-Podemos government is refusing to take any serious measures to contain the pandemic.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 20 October 2020
The billions in state funds being called for are aimed not at saving jobs, but preserving the fortunes of the big shareholders.
British Columbia Teachers’ Federation facilitates reckless reopening of schools that puts teachers and students’ lives at risk
By Matthew Richter, 19 October 2020
While the teachers union has connived with the NDP provincial government to reopen schools, popular opposition is mounting. As of tomorrow, more than 800 parents across British Columbia plan to keep their kids at home to protest the unsafe conditions in the classrooms.
By Shannon Jones, 19 October 2020
Management advises workers to protect their pets from COVID-19 as it junks safety measures.
By Our reporters, 19 October 2020
Fifty-three-year old Susan Keener, an educational assistant at Walter Hill Elementary School in Rutherford County, Tennessee, died after being placed on a ventilator due to the contraction of COVID-19 in August.
By Kate Randall, 19 October 2020
The massive spike in COVID-19 cases is an indication that the US ruling elite’s policy of reopening businesses and schools is already resulting in the surge predicted by public health experts for the fall and winter.
By Barış Demir and Ulaş Ateşçi, 19 October 2020
The government is allowing the virus to spread, citing false data to refuse any demands for lock-downs and suppress growing anger and concern within the working class.
“The pandemic is not over yet”
By Tomas Castanheira, 19 October 2020
The workers of the Castanhal Regional Hospital carried out a protest last Thursday demanding their jobs back and the payment of overdue salaries.
By Gregor Link, 19 October 2020
More and more workers and young people in Germany and Europe as a whole oppose the policy of herd immunity decreed by ruling circles, a policy that will result in the death of hundreds of thousands of people.
By Valery Tsekov, 17 October 2020
Several Republican state senators in the Michigan Senate held an online meeting last Saturday, where they discussed steps towards the lifting of mandates to wear masks indoors despite a clear resurgence of the disease.
By Wimal Perera and Kapila Fernando, 17 October 2020
“The lives of workers have been thrown to the wolves in order to protect the profits of the big capitalists,” one worker told the WSWS.
By Alex Lantier, 17 October 2020
As Europe emerges as an epicenter of a global resurgence of COVID-19, the EU is pursuing a policy leading to deaths on an unprecedented scale, far surpassing the 200,000 deaths this spring.
By Marianne Arens, 17 October 2020
The German chancellor and leaders of the federal states are maintaining their policy of herd immunity despite the eruption of a second wave of coronavirus cases.
By Eduardo Parati and Gabriel Lemos, 17 October 2020
After reaching the grim milestone, state governments are following Bolsonaro’s homicidal back-to-school policies with the support of the unions.
By Robert Stevens, 17 October 2020
This dispute been the local Labour authorities and central government confirms that combating the spread of this deadly disease cannot be left in the hands of any faction of the ruling elite, and their political representatives.
By Andre Damon, 16 October 2020
The White House’s embrace of “herd immunity” is a statement of malicious intent to allow hundreds of thousands more people to die amid a global resurgence of the pandemic.
By Benjamin Mateus, 16 October 2020
The policy of “herd immunity,” effectively allowing a killer disease to run rampant, threatens to overwhelm hospitals and lead to a rising tide of deaths and suffering.
Trump administration tipped off wealthy investors about coronavirus while it downplayed threat in public
By Jacob Crosse, 16 October 2020
The revelations reveal the overriding concern of the US government was the protection of the financial aristocracy at the expense of the health and safety of the population.
By Shannon Jones, 16 October 2020
New unemployment claims reached 898,000 last week as researchers report that the cutoff of federal supplemental unemployment benefits has fueled a surge in poverty.
By Simon Whelan, 16 October 2020
What occurred in care homes was mass murder due to the policy of herd immunity.
By Stephan McCoy, 16 October 2020
The protests were sparked by the killing of a young man in Delta State, in southern Nigeria, during a stop-and-search operation on October 3, although the police denied that Special Anti-Robbery Squad officers were involved.
By John Conrad, 16 October 2020
The decision to not immediately halt in-person classes and work at NYU amid a resurgence of the pandemic underscores the recklessness of the university administration.
By Tim Rivers, 16 October 2020
In spite of stonewalling by management, auto parts workers have been able to verify the infections of at least five individuals, including equipment drivers who move throughout the plant.
By Isaac Finn, 16 October 2020
The faculty union at YSU announced a shutdown of a three-day strike after an “understanding” was reached with the administration.
University of Michigan cafeteria workers oppose reopening of dining halls as coronavirus continues to spread on campus
By Jesse Thomas, 16 October 2020
In the weeks following the sellout of the graduate student strike, multiple COVID-19 clusters have been confirmed on campus, demonstrating the complete inadequacy of the university’s testing regime.
By Melody Isley, 16 October 2020
The delay to school reopenings stems directly from the actions of rank-and-file educators and parents, who have organized car caravan protests and have been increasingly outspoken on social media.