By our correspondents, 10 June 2020
India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh have all recorded dramatic increases in COVID-19 infections and deaths over the past week.
By Roger Jordan, 10 June 2020
The Liberal government is spearheading a homicidal back-to-work drive that prioritizes big business profit over workers’ lives.
By Tania Kent, 10 June 2020
The temporary retreat is a credit to the millions of parents and educators who opposed the government and acted in defiance of the trade unions.
By Bryan Dyne, 9 June 2020
More than 400,000 men, women and children have lost their lives from COVID-19 and the lives of countless millions more remain in danger as the number of cases continues to grow.
“Our system is so broken, it needs to be broken down and rebuilt”
By Clara Weiss, 9 June 2020
The WSWS spoke to health care workers in Illinois and Kentucky who have joined the protests or are working to organize protests themselves.
By Gary Joad, 9 June 2020
Essentia Health of Duluth, Minnesota, is engaging in job destruction to cover the impact of the pandemic on its bottom line and the losses incurred with the nosedive of a building project.
By Robert Stevens, 9 June 2020
Since imposing a lockdown on March 23, Johnson and government ministers have proclaimed keeping the “R” rate below 1 as the precondition for ending the lockdown. But ending the lockdown continues.
By Benjamin Mateus, 6 June 2020
While governments move to open their economies there will be over 7 million cases and over 400,000 deaths by the end of the weekend.
By Katy Kinner, 6 June 2020
WHO experts warn that at least 80 million of the world’s children under the age of one are at risk of diseases such as diphtheria, measles and polio due to a massive decrease in routine immunizations.
By Rory Woods and Chris Marsden, 6 June 2020
Things came to a head last week because it has become impossible for the government to maintain the charade of unity behind “our carers.”
By Clara Weiss, 5 June 2020
Protests by health care workers expanded significantly Thursday, with more demonstrations planned for Friday and Saturday.
By Katy Kinner, 4 June 2020
WSWS reporters spoke to nurses across the US who shared their anger and frustration over governmental and employer neglect throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
By W. A. Sunil, 4 June 2020
While hospital workers across all grades and union affiliations participated in the protests the unions are seeking to head off a confrontation with the government.
By Kevin Reed, 3 June 2020
The announcement rescinds the stay-at-home order, along with a series of other restrictions even though most of the state remains in the “flattening” phase of the pandemic.
An interview with a university mental health professional
By Renae Cassimeda, 3 June 2020
The WSWS spoke with a university psychotherapist on the psychological impact of the pandemic on college students.
By Carl Bronski, 3 June 2020
The reckless back-to-work drive across Canada is already producing new outbreaks of the potentially deadly coronavirus.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 3 June 2020
The Socialist Equality Party opposes the profit-driven “back-to-work” campaign as the global COVID-19 pandemic worsens and fresh outbreaks appear across the country.
By Alex Johnson, 2 June 2020
Nurses protests are erupting under conditions where hospitals across the country are denying access to personal protective equipment in the pandemic and have already laid off thousands of health care workers.
By Omar Ali, 1 June 2020
More than 2,000 nurses in British Columbia have filed complaints about the lack of personal protective equipment.
By Alice Summers, 30 May 2020
The Johnson government is again seeking to cover up criminal inaction that has led to tens of thousands of deaths.
By Ben Oliver, 30 May 2020
If approved by the state, the closure will eliminate 74 beds for adults, the elderly, and children, along with 202 jobs.
By Robert Stevens and Ben Trent, 29 May 2020
The outbreak reveals the enormous dangers to the health and lives of National Health Service workers.
By Tony Robson, 29 May 2020
The government had insisted that only doctors, nurses, and paramedics would be made exempt from the NHS surcharge and that only their families qualified for indefinite leave to remain (permanent residence) in the event of their death.
By Katy Kinner, 28 May 2020
Widespread employer and governmental neglect of basic safety protections are to blame for the massive increase in infection rates and deaths among health care workers.
By Jean Shaoul, 28 May 2020
The UN has warned that if its programmes close, “the world will have to witness what happens in a country without a functioning health system battling COVID-19”.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 28 May 2020
”It’s a war zone,” said a doctor employed at one of the main hospitals in India’s second largest city.
By Bryan Dyne, 27 May 2020
There is increasing evidence that the actual fatalities caused by the pandemic are up to three times the numbers officially reported.
By Jerry White, 27 May 2020
Recent reports on the meatpacking, logistics and other industries document a systematic effort to conceal the number of COVID-19 cases in workplaces.
By Thomas Scripps and Chris Marsden, 27 May 2020
Cummings has emerged as the near universally despised embodiment of a hated and crisis-wracked government.
By Jordan Shilton, 27 May 2020
Sweden’s policy has been praised by reactionary political forces and the corporate media internationally to bolster their criminal back-to-work campaigns.
By Gabriel Lemos, 27 May 2020
Workers Party governments financed JBS’s transformation into a transnational, whose plants have become COVID-19 hotspots in both Brazil and the US.
By Andrea Lobo, 27 May 2020
The protests are part of an international wave of unrest among medical workers demanding personal protective equipment, medicines, respirators, testing and staffing.
By Owen Howell, 27 May 2020
The Indonesian government is blaming the sharp rise in confirmed cases on ordinary workers and peasants for not adhering to social distancing measures.
By Richard Dufour, 27 May 2020
Acknowledging that it is “taking a gamble” with workers’ lives, the Quebec government is intensifying its drive to “reopen” the economy.
By Ben Collyer, 27 May 2020
Figures released this week paint a horrific picture of the suffering and despair caused by the pandemic among the elderly and infirm.
By Tom Casey, 27 May 2020
While repatriation plans have been arranged for ship workers after significant delay, thousands still remain trapped on board.
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 27 May 2020
The Socialist Equality Party (UK) opposes the reckless back-to-work campaign and the reopening of schools and non-essential workplaces as the pandemic continues to spread.
By Rory Woods, 26 May 2020
Boris Johnson and other ministers busy hailing nurses and doctors as “heroes” have again made clear they are bitter enemies of all health care workers.
Maryland Democratic Party officials cite coronavirus crisis to impose sweeping budget cuts on workers
By Ray Coleman, 26 May 2020
Democratic Party officials in Montgomery County seized upon the COVID-19 crisis to impose austerity upon county employees, many of whom are working on the front lines of the pandemic.
By Markus Salzmann, 25 May 2020
According to the public health body Robert Koch Institute, more than 20,000 workers in German hospitals, doctors’ practices, nursing homes and care services are now infected.
By Anthony Bertolt, 25 May 2020
The determined demands by nurses and health care workers for the necessary protections, equipment and staffing levels has thrust them into a political struggle.
Coronavirus pandemic spreads across the US South
By Bryan Dyne, 23 May 2020
The spike in cases in such divergent areas of the country is another indication that, contrary to official policy, the spread of the coronavirus pandemic is not slowing but increasing.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 May 2020
The number of new deaths on the continent is surpassing Europe, and Brazil is rapidly overtaking Russia as the country with the second most infections after the US.
By Benjamin Mateus, 23 May 2020
President Trump claimed this week he had been taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure. His statements demonstrate both ignorance and hostility to science.
By Katy Kinner, 23 May 2020
According to a report from the American Medical Association, over 20 states have reported an increase in opioid-related mortality since the official declaration of the pandemic.
By Tomas Castanheira, 22 May 2020
Over the last 15 days, there have been dozens of protests and strikes by health care workers across Brazil, as more nurses are dying than anywhere else in the world.
By Gary Joad, 22 May 2020
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 43,000 health care workers lost their jobs in March, while 1.4 million more lost their jobs in April.
Saving Wall Street, not lives
By Andre Damon, 22 May 2020
On Wednesday, researchers from Columbia University posted a study showing that the massive US death toll, now approaching 100,000, is a direct consequence of decisions made by the Trump administration.
By Bryan Dyne, 20 May 2020
There is evidence that the Florida government, and possibly others, are censoring the data needed to accurately study the development of the pandemic.
By Chris Marsden and Thomas Scripps, 20 May 2020
The reopening of schools and non-essential workplaces must be opposed until they are made safe.
20 May 2020
Sarah, who works in a primary school in south Yorkshire, wrote to the WSWS about the Johnson government’s plans to reopen UK schools from June 1.
By Benjamin Mateus, 20 May 2020
It took just 36 hours for the media’s frenzied promotion of a “breakthrough” treatment for the coronavirus to collapse under its own weight.
By Benjamin Mateus and Clara Weiss, 19 May 2020
Health care workers throughout the US have been furloughed as health care systems are facing economic devastation caused by the pandemic. A second surge in economically hard-hit areas will confront an equally devasted health care infrastructure.
Millions of Americans, including front-line workers’ families, face loss of employer-sponsored health insurance in pandemic
By Alex Johnson, 19 May 2020
The families of health care workers, first responders and other workers deemed essential who have died from COVID-19 now face the prospect of losing their health coverage due to the cut-off of their loved ones’ employer-sponsored insurance.
By Jessica Goldstein, 18 May 2020
The Service Employees International Union pushed through a deal with poverty wages and no guarantee of health and safety measures as the deadly coronavirus continues its rampage.
“There will be a human cost from this. Everyone knows that.”
By Shannon Jones, 16 May 2020
As the Detroit-based auto companies prepare to restart their North American factories, opposition is growing among workers to a deadly return to work.
By Andre Damon, 16 May 2020
Proponents of “herd immunity” argue that measures to contain COVID-19 should be abandoned, allowing the disease to infect billions of people and kill countless millions.
As Global coronavirus death toll tops 300,000
By Bryan Dyne, 15 May 2020
Dr. Rick Bright warned yesterday that the pandemic “has the potential to eclipse the devastation wrought by the 1918 influenza, which globally claimed over 50 million lives.”
“We are not going back to unsafe conditions”
After FCA Sterling Heights Assembly workers contract COVID-19, anger mounts over premature return to work
By Shannon Jones, 15 May 2020
Anxiety over a premature return to work has been heightened after reports that several workers in the Detroit area have already been sent home with suspected COVID-19 infections.
By Andrea Peters, 15 May 2020
There are now more coronavirus infections in Russia than anywhere else in the world, with the exception of the United States and Spain.
By Marianne Arens, 15 May 2020
With the general relaxation of the coronavirus measures, cases in schools, retirement homes, local transport, industry and the entire working population are inevitably on the rise again.
By Alberto Escalera, 15 May 2020
Businesses have been left to supervise themselves in all matters related to worker safety as the government’s regulatory agencies essentially wash their hands of the matter.
By Zachary Thorton, 15 May 2020
Kroger, Starbucks and other companies plan to end hazard-related bonuses, including pay increases and paid work leave, even as the number of new COVID-19 infections and deaths in the US continues to rise.
The 2003 SARS epidemic: How Canada’s elite squandered the chance to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic
By Omar Ali, 15 May 2020
Canada’s disastrous response to the pandemic is all the more criminal given the impact of SARS and the repeated government vows that the country’s health system would be well-prepared for any future novel virus.
By Gary Joad, 14 May 2020
The International Council of Nurses estimates that over 260 health care workers have died from the virus, while acknowledging that the figures are a severe underestimate due to the refusal of governments worldwide to adequately track this data.
By Richard Tyler, 13 May 2020
The publication of a version of the report in the Guardian makes clear that the Johnson government tried to hide evidence of its criminal lack of preparation.
By Brian Dixon and Kimie Saito, 13 May 2020
“We don’t know how many medical workers have died here because of COVID-19 because neither the hospital nor the union tells us.”
By Stephen Fuller, 12 May 2020
Sal Hadwan, a nurse who participated in a job action along with five other co-workers at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit last month, was fired by the company in retaliation for speaking out against management policies.
By Harry Matthews, 12 May 2020
With overwhelmed hospitals and the immense pressures now exerted on health care workers, the quality of the education of medical and nursing students has been greatly affected.
By Bryan Dyne, 11 May 2020
In all three countries, the new coronavirus cases have come after the partial lifting of lockdown measures.
As US House returns to Washington, Democrats signal readiness to grant companies immunity for worker deaths
By Barry Grey, 11 May 2020
It is already clear that any “Phase IV” stimulus bill that emerges will further enrich the financial aristocracy at the expense of the jobs, the wages and the very lives of the working class.
By Chris Marsden, 11 May 2020
Johnson tried to portray his six-week plan as “cautious” because of the massive opposition in the working class to ending the lockdown.
By John Stryder, 11 May 2020
A carer of an elderly family member wrote to the WSWS about the problems faced by carers during the pandemic.
Governments globally reopen schools, ignoring scientists’ warnings of coronavirus impact on children
By Will Morrow, 11 May 2020
Governments see reopening schools as essential as a false symbol of a return to normal, and so that they can herd parents back into their workplaces.
By Alejandro López, 11 May 2020
The state is placing the lives of millions of workers going back to work in danger, putting corporate profits above workers’ lives.
By Marianne Arens, 11 May 2020
Immigrants from Romania, who are the main workers in the German meatpacking industry, are now being struck down by COVID-19.
Seventy-five years after the end of World War II
By Christoph Vandreier, 11 May 2020
Three-quarters of a century after the end of the most brutal war in world history, the German ruling elite is returning to authoritarian and ultimately fascist policies to enforce militarism and inequality.
By the National Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (France), 11 May 2020
The mass opposition of workers against the return to work in France and internationally, which threatens millions of lives, must be politically mobilized.
By Jacob Crosse, 9 May 2020
At least two children in the US and one in the UK have died from the newly identified Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, which is believed to be related to COVID-19.
By our reporters, 9 May 2020
The UK has registered the highest number of fatalities in Europe from the virus, including at least 200 health and social care workers.
By Alex Johnson, 9 May 2020
Countless testimonials have emerged documenting the psychological harm being inflicted on nurses, doctors and other health workers as a result of the pandemic.
By John Braddock, 9 May 2020
The simmering crisis has erupted as nurses and other health workers are carrying the brunt of the struggle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Alice Summers, 8 May 2020
Inquests into medical worker deaths from coronavirus will not address government failure to provide personal protective equipment, even as many health care workers still lack adequate equipment.
By Kate Randall, 6 May 2020
The wiping out of large numbers of the elderly population is seen by the ruling elite as a convenient and positive byproduct of the coronavirus pandemic.
By Barry Grey, 6 May 2020
Trump made a point of calling the American people “warriors,” implying that they had to be prepared to die. And to die, moreover, for Wall Street.
Playing Russian roulette with hundreds of thousands of lives
By Peter Schwarz, 6 May 2020
Two weeks after the initial lifting of some of the coronavirus lockdown's restrictions in Germany, demands for its total abandonment have reached fever pitch.
By Robert Stevens, 6 May 2020
Deaths reach record levels as thousands of new coronavirus cases continue to be reported daily in Britain—with another 4,406 yesterday and a total of 194,990.
By Chris Marsden, 6 May 2020
The attempt by Labour and the trade unions to feign concern for the working class is laughable, given that they have functioned in a de facto national unity government with the Tories.
By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 6 May 2020
The CGT is refusing to call any strike action as Macron is pushing workers back into their workplaces next Monday.
By Julie Hyland, 6 May 2020
Social care provision in the UK increasingly resembles that of the Victorian period when the lives and wellbeing of millions depended on philanthropy.
By Anthony Bertolt, 6 May 2020
Texas health officials confirmed that they were investigating over 159 cases tied to a JBS meatpacking plant in the state’s northern panhandle.
By Nancy Hanover, 6 May 2020
The AFT’s “Plan to Safely Reopen America’s Schools and Communities,” released on April 29, is entirely in line with the demands of Wall Street.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 6 May 2020
Absent the independent intervention of the working class, workers face a ruinous choice between risking their health and lives by returning to work or being driven into destitution.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 6 May 2020
The push to reopen schools is part of the back-to-work campaign waged by the ultra-right Piñera government in complete disregard of the costs in terms of sickness and death.
By Oscar Grenfell, 6 May 2020
Prime Minister Scott Morrison bluntly admitted that the reversal of lockdown measures would lead to increased infections.
By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 6 May 2020
Amidst the expanding coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration is implementing a socially criminal “open up the economy” policy that will result in hundreds of thousands of deaths.
By Jason Melanovski, 5 May 2020
Opposition grows among Ukrainian medical workers as they are left to combat the disease while lacking both essential equipment and funding.
By Benjamin Mateus, 5 May 2020
Purposefully exposing volunteers to the coronavirus after they have been given an experimental vaccine is fraught with tremendous risks to the patients themselves and the population at large.
By Alice Summers, 4 May 2020
The new Nightingale facilities were meant to provide overflow capacity to overwhelmed hospitals, but patients have been turned away due to a lack of suitable equipment or staff.
By Jean Gibney, 2 May 2020
Reports claim that deaths due to the disruption of cancer services alone are likely to outnumber deaths from the coronavirus itself over the next five years.