The coronavirus pandemic

Alabama doubles down on school reopenings, as healthcare catastrophe hits the state

By Emma Arceneaux, 24 December 2020

As the state death toll in Alabama surpasses 4,500, with ICU beds near capacity, Montgomery Public Schools (MPS) sent teachers a menacing memo threatening that they must be prepared to return to unsafe schools January 4.

Britain descends into chaos as coronavirus crisis mounts

By Robert Stevens, 24 December 2020

On Tuesday, 691 more people were announced dead from the virus. Yesterday this was topped with 744 deaths reported, the highest total since April 29.

Germany: Coronavirus outbreaks turn Berlin elderly care homes into death traps

By Katerina Selin, 24 December 2020

In the German capital, which is governed by the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left Party, care homes are turned into death traps for the elderly and staff.

Deadliest week in Germany since COVID-19 pandemic began

By Gregor Link, 24 December 2020

Last week was by far the worst in the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany, with officially 175,314 infections and over 4,300 deaths (against 3,050 the previous week). Across Europe, the death toll exceeded the catastrophic half-million mark on Tuesday.

Student rent strikers speak out at UK universities

By Ioan Petrescu, 24 December 2020

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with representatives of the rent strikes that began at the University of London and Goldsmiths University earlier this month.

No to forced work amid raging pandemic! All non-essential production must be shutdown with full compensation to workers!

By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 24 December 2020

Factories, tea estates and government institutions are now dangerous hotbeds for COVID-19, a situation caused by the Rajapakse government’s defence of corporate profits.

Canada’s health care system buckling as governments reject measures to contain COVID-19

By Roger Jordan, 24 December 2020

In hospitals in Canada’s six biggest provinces, there are, or will soon be, more COVID-19 patients needing intensive care than available ICU-beds.

Australian COVID-19 outbreak underscores danger of corporate drive to lift safety restrictions

By Mike Head, 24 December 2020

Limited safety restrictions have been relaxed in Sydney, despite warnings from infectious diseases experts.

Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government defends “herd immunity” policy in the Lancet

By Alice Summers, 24 December 2020

Its letter to the Lancet defends a policy that led to around 50,000 COVID-19 deaths in the first five months of 2020 alone.

COVID-19 bill that stiffed workers full of handouts to big business

By Jacob Crosse, 24 December 2020

The bill includes generous tax breaks for the billionaire owners of NASCAR and international liquor distributors.

Coronavirus outbreak forces closure of Amazon warehouse in New Jersey

By Erik Schreiber, 23 December 2020

The closure of the Robbinsville, New Jersey facility will last for one week, but the company has not disclosed how many cases have been detected or whether the warehouse will be cleaned.

Death toll rises to 11 at General Motors plant in Silao, Mexico

By Andrea Lobo, 23 December 2020

José Luis H., who worked in the plant’s car body area, was the last confirmed death, on December 19. The plant’s Human Resources manager, who had overseen the firing of workers for challenging the lack of protections against COVID-19, also died earlier this month.

The new UK variant of coronavirus raises urgent questions about pandemic policy

By Benjamin Mateus, 23 December 2020

The new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the UK highlights the importance of bringing the pandemic under strict control.

Half a million dead in Europe from COVID-19 pandemic

By Will Morrow, 23 December 2020

No European government is proposing a serious policy to urgently address the growing death toll and advance a scientific response.

The UK’s COVID-19 mutation: The deadly result of a “herd immunity” policy

By Robert Stevens, 23 December 2020

As at every other stage in this pandemic, the Johnson government had ample time to take the necessary measures required to save lives and avoid a catastrophic situation. Yet they did nothing.

Brazilian Morenoites join Bolsonaro in promoting hydroxychloroquine against COVID-19

By Gabriel Lemos, 23 December 2020

Esquerda Diário has promoted the use of hydroxychloroquine after countless trials have failed to confirm its efficacy and as Bolsonaro uses it as a pretext to lift the few remaining lockdown measures in Brazil.

Dire warning from CDC on US life expectancy: “A drop of two to three years for 2020 isn’t out of the question”

By Kate Randall, 23 December 2020

The US has not seen a decline in life expectancy of this magnitude since 1943, when World War II pushed the metric down by 2.9 years. The year 2020 is on track to be the deadliest year in US history, with deaths topping three million for the first time.

Australian educators call for the defence of COVID-19 whistleblower Rebekah Jones

By Sue Phillips, 23 December 2020

Teachers and support staff at Footscray High in Melbourne met in the final days of the school year to show their support for Jones.

Cook County public sector workers carry out one-day strike for hazard pay and safer working conditions

By Alexander Fangmann, 23 December 2020

One of the top demands is hazard pay for all essential frontline workers, as well as an additional $5 per hour for workers directly tasked with caring for COVID-19 patients or working in COVID-19 units.

Spain’s Podemos deliberately downplayed COVID-19 danger starting in January

By Alejandro López, 23 December 2020

While Podemos officials downplayed the dangers from COVID-19, the Spanish Ministry of Defence was buying up personal protective equipment in anticipation of a pandemic.

Congress to America’s workers: “Let them eat cake”

By Niles Niemuth, 23 December 2020

While the government spends money like water to prop up big business and the Federal Reserve funnels trillions into the stock market, nothing is being done to spare the working class.

Mobilize the working class to defend HCA nurses!

For a general strike to halt nonessential production and alleviate strain on the health care system

By Evelyn Rios, 23 December 2020

With ICUs at zero percent and 100,000 additional hospitalizations expected in January, immediate action must be taken by the working class to save lives.

Countries impose UK travel restrictions as more infectious COVID-19 strain threatens to spread worldwide

By Chris Marsden, 22 December 2020

Even if the spread of the mutation is limited, it is already active on the continent and is only one of thousands of mutations worldwide—some of which have similar characteristics.

As the oligarchs make trillions, Congress offers a pittance for the jobless

By Patrick Martin, 22 December 2020

The most important fact about the $900 billion coronavirus relief bill, which was moving through the US Congress Monday night, is that it is grossly inadequate to meet the vast social needs exposed by the pandemic.

As pandemic surges, California hospitals move to ration care

By Brian Dixon, 22 December 2020

With health care systems being overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases and intensive care units filled to capacity, hospitals are starting to ration care, withholding it from those deemed unlikely to survive the disease.

Massive new coronavirus outbreaks at Amazon in Germany

By Marianne Arens, 22 December 2020

Several hundred workers of the shipping giant Amazon have been infected in the last few days.

COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates Sri Lanka’s high child poverty rate

By Yasara Sooriyanayaka, 22 December 2020

A UNICEF report reveals that most Sri Lankan families do not have adequate incomes and confront many hardships in raising their children.

Australian arts and entertainment workers devastated by coronavirus pandemic

By Martin Scott, 22 December 2020

With tens of thousands of artists and technical crew out of work, little support is forthcoming from the federal government.

Australian COVID-19 outbreak spreads beyond Sydney, but governments reject calls for lockdowns and masks

By Mike Head, 22 December 2020

Already, the latest coronavirus “cluster” has escaped from Sydney’s northern beaches region across the city and interstate.

Musicians and performers speak with WSWS about COVID-19

By Our reporters, 22 December 2020

“The pandemic has laid bare many things, including government claims that it has no money.”

Democrats press to open schools across the US as pandemic surges

By Jerry White, 22 December 2020

In line with President-elect Joe Biden’s stated aim to reopen America’s schools, Democratic mayors and governors are moving to resume in-person teaching even as infections, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 continue to reach new highs.

Berlin teacher dies following COVID-19 infection

By Markus Salzmann, 22 December 2020

The death of Soydan A., a young teacher who taught at a community school in Berlin-Kreuzberg, is due to the reckless school opening policy amid a pandemic that has been spreading rapidly for months.

Sydney COVID-19 outbreak highlights global threat but Australian governments oppose effective safety restrictions

By Mike Head, 21 December 2020

Once again, the myth of Australia being an exception to the worldwide health emergency has been shattered.

Bipartisan US “relief” bill stiffs workers and unemployed, gives billions more to business

By Jacob Crosse, 21 December 2020

The miserably inadequate social assistance is arousing popular anger. A jobless worker posted a message to Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez declaring: “$600 stimulus. Thanks for not delivering on what you’ve promised for 8 months. Don’t tell us you care, you don’t.”

Germany: Coronavirus pandemic exacerbates social inequality

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 21 December 2020

An Economic and Social Science Institute (WSI) report by the trade union-sponsored Hans Böckler Foundation sheds light on the income losses workers have suffered in recent months.

New Zealand’s border restrictions leave thousands of students stranded

By Tom Peters, 21 December 2020

Around 5,200 international students enrolled in New Zealand have been stuck offshore this year and many are facing significant financial hardship due to the country’s draconian border restrictions.

“It’s like the frontlines of a war!”

Washington educators denounce Democratic Governor Jay Inslee’s plan to reopen schools

By Diana Green, 21 December 2020

Following decisions in New York City and Oregon, Democratic Governor Jay Inslee has updated the school reopening guidelines for Washington state to allow the return of at least some students in every district, regardless of the rate of infection and death.

At least five autoworkers test positive for COVID-19 at Windsor, Ontario Fiat-Chrysler plant

By Carl Bronski, 21 December 2020

While the auto bosses and Unifor union have collaborated to conceal information about the outbreaks from autoworkers, workers began sharing information among themselves about the dangerous situation.

Britain’s dangerous new COVID-19 strain: A warning to take urgent action now!

By Robert Stevens, 21 December 2020

With hospitals already overwhelmed throughout the world, scientists are sounding the alarm about a new, more transmissible variant of COVID-19 that has emerged in Britain and is leading to a major surge in infections.

Fed gives banks green light to resume share buybacks

By Nick Beams, 21 December 2020

The decision is another expression of how the financial system operates as an institutionalised mechanism for siphoning wealth to the upper strata in the midst of the worst economic recession in the past-war period.

Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Teachers Union advance deadly school reopening plans

By Kristina Betinis and Michael Walters, 21 December 2020

Amid record COVID-19 deaths, the Chicago Teachers Union is working with city leaders to begin bringing teachers back to school buildings January 4.

Eight deaths as hundreds of Chicago transit workers infected by COVID-19

By Brian Green, 21 December 2020

A report by the Chicago Sun-Times showing 900 COVID-19 infections and eight deaths among Chicago Transit Authority employees since the start of the pandemic underscores the criminal role played by the unions in imposing unsafe conditions.

The COVID vaccine rollout: A demonstration of capitalist incompetence

By Benjamin Mateus, 21 December 2020

Last week has seen the life-saving Pfizer vaccine rollout accompanied by a massive publicity campaign. However, immediately, issues on allotments and distribution have met with mass confusion.

The global surge in COVID cases and deaths requires an immediate international response

By Benjamin Mateus, 19 December 2020

The present surge across the globe is a byproduct of lifting restrictions on commerce by every major nation whose economy faces stagnation. According to the World Bank, “the pandemic and global recession may cause over 1.4 percent of the world’s population to fall into extreme poverty.”

Third worker dies of COVID-19 at a Bakkavor food plant in the UK

By Robert Stevens, 19 December 2020

No details were made public about the workers who died at the Tilmanstone plant.

Massive cuts loom as New York transit agency stakes its budget on federal bailout

By Daniel de Vries, 19 December 2020

The MTA postponed 9,000 layoffs and 50 percent service cuts, leaving New York’s transit system hanging by a thread.

After lawsuit revealed they took bets on spread of coronavirus in Iowa plant

Whitewash investigation ends with Tyson Foods firing seven managers

By Cordell Gascoigne and Tom Hall, 19 December 2020

As the World Socialist Web Site predicted, the investigation by Holder, who made his bones as a Wall Street attorney before joining the Obama administration, is a complete whitewash, using the demented actions of the local plant supervisors to scapegoat them and shield Tyson’s top leadership from responsibility.

The World Socialist Web Site and the crises of 2020

By David North, 19 December 2020

The Pandemic of 2020 has revealed before the entire world the irreconcilable economic, social and moral chasm that divides the capitalist drive for profit from the most essential needs of the overwhelming majority of mankind.

Canada’s pandemic wage subsidy: A slush fund for wealthy shareholders and corporate executives

By Omar Ali and Roger Jordan, 19 December 2020

The companies cited in the media exposés are not the corner stores, restaurants and other small businesses touted by the government as the beneficiaries of the wage subsidy during its rollout, but large, well-known corporations with huge revenues.

Congress dithers over token relief bill as 4.8 million more Americans face poverty in January

By Jacob Crosse, 19 December 2020

The bipartisan bill being thrashed out in Congress lacks any significant aid to highly indebted state, local and tribal governments, setting the stage for mass layoffs of educators, transit workers, firefighters and other public service workers, as well as school closures and cuts in social programs.

Sydney COVID-19 outbreak follows pro-business lifting of Australian safety restrictions

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 December 2020

The emergence of the cluster follows a frenzied “reopening” campaign, aimed at maximising corporate profit-making, especially over the holiday season.

More than 30,000 daily infections in Germany and war-like conditions in hospitals

By Gregor Link, 19 December 2020

Conditions at German hospitals resemble those in a war. One doctor told the press that several times in the past few days “we had to decide who gets oxygen and who doesn’t.”

Southern California hospital ICUs reach zero percent capacity as COVID-19 rips through state

By Kevin Martinez, 19 December 2020

The needless suffering and death unfolding in the fifth largest economy in the world are the deliberate outcome of the ruling class’s policy of “herd immunity.”

As it keeps them in unsafe plants

UAW lectures workers on “practicing gratitude” and keeping up “healthy habits” this Christmas

By Kathleen Martin and Tom Hall, 19 December 2020

The UAW at FCA had the audacity to post advice for its members on coping with stress during the pandemic.

One in five US prisoners has contracted COVID-19, more than 1,700 have died

By Kate Randall, 19 December 2020

The staggering totals for infections and deaths show that the ruling elite’s policy of “herd immunity” is even more concentrated within prison walls, where prisoners are confined to close quarters and social distancing is nearly impossible.

Texas educators call for united struggle in defense of whistleblower Rebekah Jones

Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 18 December 2020

We call on all Florida educators to come to the defense of Jones and the scientific principles for which she stands, and to build a statewide Florida Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee like ours in Texas.

New York City EMS worker receives massive support against right-wing smear by New York Post

By Clara Weiss, 18 December 2020

The Post piece prompted a big backlash on social media, and the paramedic’s remarkable rebuttal quickly went viral.

Stop the UK’s winter of death! For emergency action to save lives!

Socialist Equality Party (UK), 18 December 2020

It is the responsibility of the working class, organised on its own independent political programme, to put an end to the pandemic.

“This is the catalyst”: Autoworkers support call for nationwide shutdown with full compensation

By Tom Hall, 18 December 2020

The pandemic is continuing its daily, life-threatening spread throughout the auto industry, generating growing outrage among workers and support for decisive measures to save lives.

“What they did to Jones—they’ll do to anyone who threatens their bottom line”

American workers denounce police raid on COVID-19 whistleblower Rebekah Jones

By Evan Blake, 18 December 2020

The WSWS is publishing statements of support for Jones, whose Florida home was raided last week in response to her efforts to expose the spread of the pandemic in Florida and in K-12 schools across the US.

Colombo chief medical officer reveals Sri Lankan government’s “herd immunity” policy

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 18 December 2020

The dangerously low COVID-19 testing rate in factories monitored by the Board of Investment is threatening the lives of tens of thousands of workers and their families.

French President Emmanuel Macron tests positive for coronavirus

By Will Morrow, 18 December 2020

The day before Macron was tested, France officially ended the highly limited national lockdown that had been in place since the end of October.

Brazil and Mexico report spikes in COVID-19 deaths as pandemic ravages Latin America

By Tomas Castanheira, 18 December 2020

The two largest countries in Latin America are reporting an accelerated growth of COVID-19 cases and deaths, and are close to surpassing the peaks from earlier this year.

Unprecedented US job losses continue while Congress dithers over shrinking “relief” bill

By Jacob Crosse, 18 December 2020

Combined state and federal new unemployment claims exceeded 1.3 million last week, the highest since September, even as Congress looked to pass another giveaway to the super-rich.

Over 800,000 workers fall off payrolls, as poverty rockets in Britain

By Julia Callaghan, 18 December 2020

Several recent reports have exposed the shocking scale of poverty in the UK, as years of austerity and attacks on workers’ living standards are being compounded by the coronavirus pandemic.

UPS Worldport facility begins distribution of vaccine

By Nick Barrickman, 18 December 2020

The massive logistics hub began shipping doses of the vaccine throughout the United States on Monday, even as record numbers of its pilots contracted the deadly virus.

“We want them infected:” Emails show White House sought to promote spread of COVID-19

By Andre Damon, 18 December 2020

The massive spread of COVID-19 in the United States is the result of a deliberate policy of sacrificing lives to protect the profit interests of major corporations.

“I feel like I’m living through the apocalypse”

Nurses speak on burnout and PTSD as COVID-19 hospitalizations in US reach new highs

By Katy Kinner, 17 December 2020

The voices of nurses and other health care workers paint a vivid picture of the consequences of the bipartisan policy of “herd immunity” as they experience firsthand the breakdown of the health care system in the current surge.

Xavier Becerra: Biden makes phony “left” gesture with Health and Human Services cabinet pick

By Dan Conway, 17 December 2020

The California Attorney General and former congressman has been selected to lead the federal department that will play an enormous role in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The deadly impact of US college reopenings in the fall, a balance sheet

By Genevieve Leigh, 17 December 2020

The experience over the last four months in the schools, both K-12 and college campuses, has produced incontrovertible evidence that in-person learning leads to an increase in community spread of COVID-19.

Tennessee high school coach’s death underscores dangers of school reopenings and sports

By Warren Duzak, 17 December 2020

David Picklesimer, a 55-year-old high school teacher and coach, is one of hundreds of educators that have died of COVID-19.

Eight million plunged into poverty since US coronavirus aid ended

By Patrick Martin, 17 December 2020

American workers have suffered the largest increase in poverty ever recorded as a result of the termination of supplementary federal unemployment benefits July 31.

Almost 1,000 daily COVID-19 deaths in Germany: The criminal outcome of keeping businesses and schools open

By Christoph Vandreier, 17 December 2020

Despite the horrific number of deaths, all parties in the German parliament continue to put profit before lives and health.

California officials order 5,000 body bags as state’s intensive care units near full capacity

By Peter Ross, 17 December 2020

On Tuesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that state officials had ordered thousands of additional body bags and 63 refrigerated trailers to store the dead, as coronavirus infections explode throughout the state.

UK: Pandemic hits working class hardest due to deep social inequality

By Robert Stevens, 17 December 2020

The “COVID-19 Marmot Review” substantiates a growing body of analysis that the disease impacts most severely on the working class.

Scottish government and unions refuse to extend holiday break despite teachers' demands

By Steve James, 16 December 2020

The Scottish government and the Educational Institute for Scotland are working to ensure schools stay open as long as possible before the Christmas holiday to ensure maximum profits.

As pandemic rages

Johnson government forces London schools to remain open

By Thomas Scripps, 16 December 2020

The dangers posed by keeping schools open worsen daily. London has been leading a renewed national surge of infections since the partial November national lockdown was ended.

Build independent rank-and-file safety committees!

Southern California nurses to strike for health and safety of patients and workers

By Kevin Martinez and Evelyn Rios, 16 December 2020

Citing short staffing levels and unsafe conditions, nurses with SEIU Local 121RN authorized a strike by 92 percent at three Southern California hospitals.

Mississippi hospitals overwhelmed by surge in COVID-19 cases

By Benjamin Mateus, 16 December 2020

Since early November, the pandemic has been surging again throughout the state, as cases began rising in a natural response to school openings that practically threw the door wide open for the virus.

British Columbia’s NDP government presiding over mass COVID-19 infections in schools

By Penny Smith, 16 December 2020

Even as infections surge in schools throughout BC’s lower mainland, the province’s NDP government and its unions allies are determined to keep kids crammed into unsafe classrooms.

For emergency action to save lives! Close schools and shut down nonessential production! Full compensation for workers!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 16 December 2020

Every day that emergency action is not taken to stop the pandemic means thousands of more deaths.

Germany’s “hard lockdown” protects corporations at expense of lives

By Gregor Link, 16 December 2020

Large factories can remain open without exception even if they produce nonessential goods; parents who do not get time off from work will still be able to send their children to school.

US teachers union “lefts” pen love letter to Biden

By Renae Cassimeda and Evan Blake, 16 December 2020

The central purpose of the letter is to congratulate Biden, endorse his plan to reopen schools amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic, and lobby for him to appoint a Secretary of Education committed to racialist policies.

“I’ve lost all faith that any kind of help is coming”

American small business owners speak on the devastating impact of the pandemic

By Gabriel Black, 16 December 2020

Many small business owners are on the brink, laying off employees, taking on massive debts, with no hope for new aid from the government.

France ends coronavirus lockdown, as thousands of cases reported each day

By Will Morrow, 16 December 2020

The government is ending the limited lockdowns announced in late October despite admitting that its own extremely high threshold of less than 5,000 daily cases is not close to being met.

Surge in “excess deaths” points to broader impact of COVID-19 pandemic

By Benjamin Mateus, 15 December 2020

Even as the death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States cases surges over 300,000, it is becoming clear that the actual toll of the pandemic is much greater than the official death count.

New data expose catastrophe of Turkey’s “herd immunity” policy

By Barış Demir, 15 December 2020

One of the world’s biggest cover-ups of the pandemic is taking place in Turkey as part of a global, criminal “herd immunity” policy in the interests of the ruling class.

Bipartisan congressional group reveals threadbare stimulus plan

By Jacob Crosse, 15 December 2020

The Democratic leadership previously endorsed the $908 billion framework released at the beginning of the month; the newest split package proposal leaves out stimulus checks and caps rental assistance, while refilling the Paycheck Protection Program

“United we stand, divided we fall.” Amazon worker speaks out on workplace conditions, calls for global struggle by the working class

By Shuvu Batta and Clare Hurley, 15 December 2020

The World Socialist Web Site International Amazon Workers Voice recently interviewed a warehouse worker in Connecticut who wanted to expose working conditions and organize within his facility.

An appraisal of Indian film singer, S.P. Balasubrahmanyam (1946–2020)

By Shree Haran and Kapila Fernando, 15 December 2020

During his five-decade musical career, Balasubrahmanyam sought to unite musicians and artists across the Indian sub-continent.

Michigan high schooler contracts COVID-19 after being forced to take in-person SAT test

By James Vega and Nancy Hanover, 15 December 2020

The girl had repeatedly requested to be excused from the test rather than take the chance of contracting the disease or potentially infecting her at-risk mother.

Canada’s far north Nunavut Territory faces major COVID-19 outbreak

By Alexandra Greene, 15 December 2020

The threat the virus poses to residents of the sparsely populated territory, large portions of which lie within the Arctic Circle, is compounded by endemic social and health problems produced by decades of Canadian government neglect.

Temporary halt to Detroit water cutoffs extended until 2022 due to COVID-19

By James Brewer, 15 December 2020

The respite in the city’s cruel water cutoff policy is in no way a commitment by the city’s Democratic Party administration to anything of substance. The tiger has not changed its stripes.

Chilean health unions suspend indefinite strike, provoking anger among workers

By Mauricio Saavedra, 15 December 2020

The number of health professionals testing positive for COVID-19 has surpassed 37,500, and 72 workers have died due to the lack of resources and protective attire.

IG Metall responds to planned closure of Daimler plant in Berlin: “The main thing is that we’re sitting at the table”

By Peter Schwarz, 15 December 2020

Production came to a standstill last week when several hundred of the 2,500 employees protested against the threatened plant shutdown.

London becomes epicentre of pandemic in the UK

By Robert Stevens, 15 December 2020

Every one of London’s 32 boroughs is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases

“I stand with Ms. Jones, and I call on others to stand in solidarity with Ms. Jones.”

Statements of support for COVID-19 whistleblower Rebekah Jones from across the US

By Chase Lawrence, 15 December 2020

In response to this clear assault on democratic rights, there has been an outpouring of support by educators, scientists, and other workers in defense of Jones and the rights of whistleblowers.

Open schools and businesses in Germany are leading to record infections and mass death

By Marianne Arens, 14 December 2020

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported the second consecutive daily record of the pandemic on Friday, with almost 30,000 new infections registered in 24 hours and almost 600 COVID-19 patients dying again in one day.

US retail giants shut off pandemic hazard pay to workforce while funneling billions into share buybacks

By Ray Coleman, 14 December 2020

The Brookings Institution found that over a dozen of the US’s most profitable retailers could have quadrupled their hazard pay to workers and still made a handsome profit during the pandemic.

Sweden’s “herd immunity” policy produces disaster

By Bryan Dyne, 14 December 2020

Sweden’s response to the pandemic, which involved allowing schools and businesses to stay open while most of the world enacted lockdowns, was hailed as a model by all sections of the US and European political establishment.