By Tomas Castanheira, 1 May 2020
Thirteen Brazilian nurses were fired after striking on Monday, along with hundreds of their colleagues at the 28 de Agosto Hospital, in the Amazonian capital of Manaus.
By Bryan Dyne, 1 May 2020
The media’s adulation of this “breakthrough” takes place in the midst of an increasingly frenzied effort to create the impression that the virus is “under control” and the crisis is all but over.
With over 1 million coronavirus cases and 60,000 fatalities in the US, markets eager to get back to business
By Benjamin Mateus, 29 April 2020
The markets are clamoring for a rapid reopening of businesses, regardless of concerns about the impact of a second wave of the coronavirus.
COVID-19 infection at sporting fixtures underscores criminality of Johnson government’s herd immunity policy
By Barry Mason, 29 April 2020
It was only due to growing opposition that the government was forced to impose a lockdown. But much of the damage had already been done, as evidenced by its allowing three sporting events to take place.
By our correspondents, 29 April 2020
The response of South Asia’s governments to the pandemic underscores the contempt of the national bourgeoisie for the lives of hundreds of millions of working people and rural toilers.
By Subash Somachandran, 29 April 2020
Health workers in northern Sri Lanka insist that the insufficiency of tests and shortcomings of health facilities has made the province vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Christopher Davion and Marcus Day, 29 April 2020
Trump’s executive order is aimed squarely at shielding the profits of Tyson Foods and other corporate firms, not at defending the food supply chain or the safety of workers.
By Alexander Fangmann, 29 April 2020
While Cuba appears to have effectively slowed the spread of COVID-19, the collapse of tourism has left huge numbers of workers unemployed and threatens imports of needed goods.
By Brian Brown, 29 April 2020
The pandemic poses enormous problems for rural areas where public health programs and hospitals have been greatly defunded over the last decade, leaving vulnerable residents in greater danger.
By Richard Dufour, 29 April 2020
Quebec Premier François Legault has announced the reopening of the province’s elementary schools and daycares.
By Margaret Rees, 29 April 2020
Even according to the officially-reported cases, Melbourne’s health system is one of the worst-affected in Australia.
By Mike Head, 28 April 2020
The New South Wales state premier said she expected an increase in virus cases as her government lifted restrictions.
Coronavirus antibody tests lack validity and sufficient accuracy to offer reliable guarantee of immunity
By Benjamin Mateus, 28 April 2020
One of the most well-known attempts to justify sending workers back to offices and factories, based on a supposed antibody count, comes from the discredited Santa Clara study, as it has come to be known.
By Alex Johnson, 27 April 2020
An Economic Policy Institute blog reveals that some 9.2 million Americans lost their health insurance coverage over the previous four weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.
By Isaac Finn, 27 April 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has jeopardized large sections of the nursing home industry, which have become controlled by corporate operators at the expense of residents’ quality of care.
By Clara Weiss, 25 April 2020
Every single one of these deaths and the vast majority of infections were preventable.
By Isaac Finn, 25 April 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the failure of the American health care system, and the inability of the wealthiest country on Earth to take care of its elderly and infirm.
By Kevin Reed, 25 April 2020
Following Beaumont Health, which laid off 2,475 employees and permanently eliminated 450 positions on Tuesday, HFHS told workers they were being put on temporary furlough.
By Warren Duzak, 25 April 2020
While Tennessee’s Republican Governor Bill Lee claims the number of cases were leveling off, physicians have described the virus trajectory as “saw-toothed” with no real sign of flattening or subsiding.
By Alice Summers, 25 April 2020
A fundraising page for the NHS, set up by 99-year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore, received overwhelming public support, raising more than £28 million in two weeks.
By Andrea Peters, 25 April 2020
Hospitals and clinics in several cities have been placed under quarantine, as COVID-19 infects staff and patients alike.
By Martin Scott, 25 April 2020
Unable to visit, families fear their elderly relatives are suffering neglect.
By Ben McGrath, 24 April 2020
As many as 400,000 people could die in Japan without serious preventative measures as many lack access to tests and treatment.
By Matthew MacEgan, 22 April 2020
The actions amount to a death sentence for thousands of working people, and particularly the elderly.
By Trévon Austin, 22 April 2020
Nurses countrywide are opposing the government’s bank-to-work demands and insisting they be provided with proper protective gear on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Kevin Reed, 22 April 2020
Michigan’s largest health care provider, Beaumont Health, announced the layoff of 2,475 employees and the permanent elimination of 450 positions at its Detroit-area facilities.
By Julian James, 22 April 2020
Roughly 1-in-4 COVID-19 fatalities in the entire Veterans Affairs care system have taken place at a single facility in Massachusetts.
By Robert Stevens, 22 April 2020
In what it described as a "conservative estimate", the Financial Times concluded that its analysis of official data reveals "The coronavirus pandemic has already caused as many as 41,000 deaths in the UK".
By our reporter, 22 April 2020
Around 500 viewers took part in the event with participants from Britain joined by others from Australia, Sri Lanka, Germany, France, Canada and the US—underscoring the international interest in the meeting.
By Jessica Goldstein, 22 April 2020
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reportedly received 3,000 complaints related to the pandemic, with state agencies receiving many times more.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 22 April 2020
Modi and big business have cynically sought to justify their push for a premature return to work by pointing to the desperate plight of hundreds of millions of day labourers.
By David Levine, 22 April 2020
Hospital workers demanded that the city’s chief public health officer, who accused medical workers of being responsible for the spread of the virus, be removed from office.
By Oscar Grenfell, 22 April 2020
State governments are moving ahead with an easing of restrictions, including through the reopening of schools, creating the conditions for major coronavirus outbreaks.
Amazon workers in Italy strike over coronavirus cover-up
By Shannon Jones, 18 April 2020
The reckless drive by the Trump administration and governments in Europe to resume production despite health warnings will produce a social explosion.
By Tomas Castanheira, 18 April 2020
This week, after a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in Brazil, protests and work stoppage spread to hospitals and other health care units.
By Benjamin Mateus, 18 April 2020
Trump and the political establishment are seeking to enforce a return to work despite the warnings of medical experts that the US is nowhere near prepared to reopen safely.
By Kevin Reed, 18 April 2020
Corporate health care providers in the Detroit area are attempting to impose financial losses associated with the health crisis onto the working class.
By Andrew Timon, 18 April 2020
Maria Krier’s death is another tragic outcome of the appalling conditions in nursing homes throughout New England and the US.
By Erik Schreiber, 18 April 2020
This ghastly discovery is symptomatic of the disaster unfolding at nursing homes in the state, across the US and internationally.
By Matthew Taylor, 18 April 2020
There has been no push for mass testing, with only 236,000 of the state’s more than 21 million residents tested to date.
By Robert Stevens, 18 April 2020
Boris Johnson’s Conservatives pursued a policy which envisaged the mass infection of tens of millions of people and the deaths of possibly hundreds of thousands.
By Markus Salzmann, 18 April 2020
Economist Boris Augurzky claims that there are too many hospitals, and has called for the crisis to be used to further reduce the number of facilities.
By Jason Melanovski and Clara Weiss, 18 April 2020
The fires expose the fact that the world’s worst nuclear catastrophe remains unresolved and continues to threaten the health of the population.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 18 April 2020
The criminal actions of the Rajapakse government and big business will accelerate the spread of the deadly virus and lead to a further loss of workers’ lives.
By Mike Head, 18 April 2020
Governments and big business are using the COVID-19 crisis to accelerate the decades-long assault on social spending and workers’ jobs, wages and conditions.
By Martin Scott, 18 April 2020
More than 160 Ruby Princess crew members have tested positive for COVID-19, but most of the 1,056 workers are being refused the right to leave the ship.
By John Braddock, 18 April 2020
Sections of NZ’s business elite are demanding an end to the month-long COVID-19 lockdown and for working people to risk their lives to defend the capitalist economy.
By Gary Joad, 17 April 2020
Since 2010, 128 rural hospitals have closed, with 19 closures taking place last year alone.
By Benjamin Mateus and Patrick Martin, 16 April 2020
Despite preparations by the Trump administration and various state government to relax anti-virus measures, the US death toll hit record levels on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
By Matt Rigel, 16 April 2020
To date, 117 hospitals and hospital chains have imposed cuts.
“We have the technology and knowledge, but it won’t work under capitalism”
By Janet Browning, 16 April 2020
“Politicians,” said Dr. Wijesooriya, “talk endlessly about the economy, stock markets and oil price. Meanwhile, the hospitals are understaffed.”
By Janet Browning, 16 April 2020
Canada recorded its thousandth death due to COVID-19 on Wednesday, yet thousands of foreign-trained medical staff are not being mobilized in the fight against the deadly virus.
By Benjamin Mateus, 15 April 2020
Over 2,300 people died from COVID-19 in the United States Tuesday, in the highest recorded daily death toll of any country.
As pandemic deaths continue to rise
By Barry Grey, 15 April 2020
The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday congratulated both Trump and the Democratic governors for moving to lift the restrictions on profit-making.
By Kevin Reed, 15 April 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has exploded in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, exposing the catastrophic circumstances facing large numbers of elderly working class people.
15 April 2020
“I urge employees not to be silenced by ruthless and reckless employers and to stand together and speak out.”
By Alice Summers, 15 April 2020
Another 27,531 Covid-19 cases in Europe were reported Tuesday, bringing the total to nearly one million.
By John Vassilopoulos, 15 April 2020
Greece only had 560 intensive care unit beds as the pandemic began, 6 per 1 million inhabitants compared to 29.2 in Germany.
By Stephan McCoy, 15 April 2020
Uganda’s government has taken a leaf from US President Donald Trump’s playbook in promoting the untested drug as a potential lifesaver.
By Marianne Arens, 15 April 2020
Refuse workers report how they are given no protection and are expected to travel home in their dirty overalls.
By Matthew MacEgan and James Langley, 15 April 2020
As of Tuesday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in North Carolina was 5,024, with 108 deaths recorded.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 15 April 2020
Modi offered no plan to deal either with the health emergency or the socio-economic calamity triggered by the sudden, unplanned lockdown.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 15 April 2020
It is the policy of sustained socio-economic shock therapy initiated under Pinochet that lay the groundwork for incalculable loss of life today
By Jerry White, 15 April 2020
In a joint comment published by USA Today, the leaders of four major unions urge corporate America to use their services to “restore profits and economic growth.”
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 14 April 2020
It will not be long before Johnson’s words of praise for the NHS will be nothing but a bitter memory, cited by angry doctors and nurses as the Tories resume their efforts to destroy it.
UK NHS workers speak to the WSWS: “Is it worth clapping the NHS without ensuring the safety of frontline workers?”
By our reporters, 14 April 2020
Several NHS workers have contacted the WSWS following the attacks by Conservative Health Minister Matt Hancock, who accused NHS staff of wasting personal protective equipment resources.
14 April 2020
The WSWS received the following letter in response to the statement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson following his discharge from hospital.
By Stephen Fuller, 14 April 2020
Evidence is emerging that the pandemic is sweeping through workers at grocery and retail establishments, which have been kept open and identified as part of the critical infrastructure workforce in most states.
By Josh Varlin, 11 April 2020
Victims of the pandemic are being buried en masse on Hart Island off the coast of the Bronx, just 16 miles from Wall Street, the center of world finance.
The COVID-19 crisis in New York City
Interview with Bronx emergency room nurse: “Some critical patients are not getting the medication and IV pumps they need"
By Clara Weiss, 11 April 2020
Hospitals throughout New York City, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, are running out of medication and equipment.
By Markus Salzmann, 11 April 2020
According to the Robert Koch Institute, more than 2,300 doctors and nurses have been infected with coronavirus in Germany.
By Clare Bruderlin, 11 April 2020
A ventilator manufacturing deal this week highlighted the shortage of urgently-needed intensive care medical equipment.
The COVID-19 crisis in New York City
By Clara Weiss, 9 April 2020
With hundreds of COVID patients, the hospital is running low on PPE, medication, ventilators and staff.
Police in Pakistan beat and arrest health care workers protesting over Coronavirus safety concerns, lack of PPE
By Dr. Zayar, 9 April 2020
Police brutally attacked several hundred medical staff after they marched to the house of the Balochistan Chief Minister in Quetta to protest the lack of personal protective equipment or PPE.
By Stephen Alexander, 9 April 2020
Mass deaths and runaway infections have begun to rip through UK residential and nursing home facilities, bringing adult social care services to the brink of collapse.
By Janet Browning, 9 April 2020
More than 800 doctors signed an angry open letter to the hard-right United Conservative Party government protesting cuts to doctors’ fees that will result in reduced services at hundreds of rural clinics across the province.
By Bryan Dyne, 8 April 2020
The warnings come as the number of deaths worldwide approaches 82,000 and the number of officially confirmed cases burst past 1.4 million.
By Tom Hall and Jessica Goldstein, 8 April 2020
Automakers are planning a return to work that would endanger workers and their families.
By Marcus Day, 8 April 2020
Expanding layers of the working class throughout the world are being drawn into the struggle for lifesaving necessities.
By Robert Stevens, 8 April 2020
Whatever Johnson’s personal fate, the herd immunity policy that landed him seriously ill in hospital has already contributed to many infections and thousands of deaths nationwide.
By Josh Varlin, 8 April 2020
The official figures must be considered substantial underestimates, since there has been a reported surge in people dying in their homes, rather than in hospital.
By Nick Barrickman, 8 April 2020
Grocery workers have been increasingly falling ill as the coronavirus spreads through the population.
By Jean Shaoul, 8 April 2020
As the pandemic spreads to Africa, Asia and Latin America, the coronavirus will hit the world’s most vulnerable even harder.
By Stephan McCoy, 8 April 2020
The response of the African ruling elite has been to cocoon itself in luxury, distancing from the impoverished masses it views with hostility and fear.
By Tony Robson, 8 April 2020
The threats to health workers have been particularly directed at any use of social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram.
By Laurent Lafrance, 8 April 2020
Health Minister Hajdu acknowledged that if Canada’s hospitals lack vital equipment it is because the government has been “underfunding” healthcare “for decades.”
By Owen Howell, 8 April 2020
Within a month, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Thailand has leapt from a few dozen to over 2,000.
By Gary Joad, 7 April 2020
Politicians and media pundits have accepted that mass sickness and death are the inevitable product of the COVID-19 outbreak.
By Warren Duzak and Douglas Lyons, 7 April 2020
Funds to purchase necessary health equipment and increase operating capacity to battle the coronavirus will come from raising hospitals’ already extortionist rates for procedures, while cutting vital staff.
By Evan Blake, 6 April 2020
At around midnight Monday morning, seven night shift nurses at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit were sent home after refusing to work in unsafe, understaffed conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the coronavirus tolls soar worldwide
By Bryan Dyne, 4 April 2020
While New York is the most seriously hit, many other regions in the United States are facing a similarly catastrophic situation.
By Ulrich Rippert, 4 April 2020
The German government has implemented a bailout program for major companies and banks, but health care and industrial workers are forced to work under catastrophic conditions.
By Stephen Alexander, 4 April 2020
It is estimated that up to a fifth of all COVID-19 deaths in the UK have occurred in care homes, hospices, and individual households.
By Benjamin Mateus, 4 April 2020
The shortage or entire absence of personal protective equipment (PPE) is driving health care workers to voice their concern over the danger of becoming infected.
By Benjamin Mateus, 3 April 2020
Four doctors who went through the worst of the COVID-19 epidemic in China recently spoke with the WSWS about their experiences and the lessons for the wider world.
By Don Barrett, 2 April 2020
The US ruling class turns to bad statistics to justify its continued inaction and paint a picture that the worst is just ahead.
By Thomas Scripps, 2 April 2020
That the CWU is now appealing for the most basic sanitary protections is an admission of the desperately unsafe conditions it volunteered its membership into when calling off the planned national strike.
Cuomo presses forward with Medicaid cuts as New York City health care system overwhelmed by pandemic
By Josh Varlin, 2 April 2020
Even though New York City’s hospitals and medical workers are overwhelmed by the pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing forward with planned cuts to Medicaid.
Tennessee governor’s delay in issuing stay-at-home order means thousands more will die, physicians warn
By Warren Duzak, 2 April 2020
“This is not a mandated shelter in place order, but it is a strong urging for Tennesseans to stay at home,” Gov. Lee said during his daily media briefing.
By Tom Peters, 2 April 2020
Workers spoke to the WSWS about the lack of personal protective equipment and other safety measures.