By Pradeep Ramanayake, 2 April 2020
The strike by Indian ambulance workers is part of the militant class response by the working class against the capitalist governments that have endangered the lives of workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
By David North, 1 April 2020
The wildcat strikes and protests by Instacart, Amazon and Whole Foods workers are in response to the criminal subordination of workers’ safety to corporate profits.
By Benjamin Mateus and Patrick Martin, 1 April 2020
More than 800 people died Tuesday of COVID-19 in the United States, the highest death toll so far, with nearly 25,000 new cases.
By Robert Stevens, 1 April 2020
The most basic health and safety measures are being flouted by employers throughout the continent.
By Kevin Reed, 1 April 2020
Given that there is no systematic and mass testing of the public for the presence of the virus, the reported numbers of confirmed cases are very deceptive.
By Gabriel Black, 1 April 2020
The massive bipartisan bailout of corporations and banks will not protect the jobs of US workers.
By Jason Melanovski, 1 April 2020
The policies of the Zelensky government threaten the working class with a social and medical disaster of immense proportions.
By Miguel Andrade, 1 April 2020
Shocking images of stadiums transformed into concentration camps for the sick and dying stand in stark contrast to Bolsonaro’s criminal denial of the seriousness of the pandemic.
By Jean Shaoul, 1 April 2020
Hundreds of millions of people across the globe live in homes that were detrimental to their health and safety even before the onset of the coronavirus.
By Tony Robson and Dan Richardson, 1 April 2020
Britain’s new “Satanic Mills” are a byword for low pay, casualisation and sweat shop conditions, which have only worsened as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
By Roger Jordan, 1 April 2020
Placing profits before workers’ lives, Ontario and Quebec have declared businesses “essential” that have nothing to do with providing healthcare, food, power or other life necessities.
By Samuel Davidson, 1 April 2020
The situation in Pittsburgh is being repeated throughout the US as more than 3.5 million workers filed for unemployment last week and millions more are expected to do so this week.
By Dmitri Church, 1 April 2020
The shutdown of nonessential travel affects over 15 million residents, with the Maryland Governor warning residents not to leave the state unless “absolutely necessary.”
By Wimal Perera, 1 April 2020
The anger of Bangladeshi factory workers is mounting because they are unable to practice “social distancing” in their plants or during transit.
1 April 2020
The event will be live-streamed through the SEP’s official Facebook page.
An ominous warning ignored by governments
By Toby Reese, 1 April 2020
As the US became an epicenter of the current pandemic last week, the series jumped into the top ten most-viewed on Netflix.
By Thomas Scripps, 31 March 2020
The crisis is taking a particularly heavy toll on health care workers fighting on the front lines of the pandemic.
“We cannot abandon the nurses”
By Allison Smith, 31 March 2020
Last week, 34-year-old nurse Daniella Trezzi, who worked in the COVID-19 intensive care ward of San Gerardo hospital at Monza, near Milan, committed suicide.
Trump administration and Mexican government collaborate to deny life-saving care to refugees with HIV
By Joe Williams, 30 March 2020
HIV-positive immigrants seeking asylum in the United States, who face a growing shortage of key medication in Mexico to maintain their compromised immune systems, must now also contend with a growing coronavirus epidemic.
By Bryan Dyne, 28 March 2020
Hospital systems in the most affected regions, including New York City, Chicago, Detroit and others, face imminent collapse.
By Thomas Scripps and Alice Summers, 28 March 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is preying on Europe’s 500 million-plus population whose health care services have been decimated by years of government austerity and private sector looting.
By Gregor Link, 28 March 2020
The criminal inactivity of European governments has led to a murderous and vicious circle of overwork, infection and work absences in hospitals throughout the continent.
By Steve James, 28 March 2020
Exercise Cygnus has been buried for years for fear it would give rise to demands for an end to health care cuts.
UK health care assistant: “There’s a fear that if we are tested for COVID-19, most of us will come back positive and the NHS will collapse”
By our reporter, 28 March 2020
A senior health care assistant spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about his experiences at work during the coronavirus pandemic.
By Mike Head, 28 March 2020
The “national cabinet” is determined to keep as many workers as possible on the job in order to shore up corporate profits.
By our correspondents, 28 March 2020
Health workers are increasingly being forced to source their own supplies to ensure they and their colleagues have masks, goggles, gowns and gloves.
By Sakuna Jayawardena, 28 March 2020
Hospital workers are making a huge effort to treat the rising number of patients, but they lack the protective gear they need.
By Isaac Finn, 28 March 2020
Over the last two weeks Ohio, Texas and Mississippi have effectively banned abortion, claiming that personal protective equipment is needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Albany, Georgia walloped by coronavirus outbreak as governor refuses to implement state-wide stay at home order
By Aaron Murch, 28 March 2020
As of Friday the Albany area ranked second only to the New York City metro region, the epicenter of the outbreak in the US, in the number of infections per capita.
By Andre Damon, 26 March 2020
Amid growing evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic is spreading through American workplaces, powerful representatives of finance capital are demanding that the country be “open for business.”
By Patrick Martin, 26 March 2020
The $2 trillion bill allocates the bulk of its funds to loans and grants to corporations and businesses, with some emergency aid to workers.
By Benjamin Mateus, 26 March 2020
The governor is asking for more ventilators and beds, as New York faces a near collapse of its healthcare infrastructure.
Johnson’s “herd immunity” strategy and the London Conference on Intelligence whitewash: Britain’s ruling class and eugenics
By Thomas Scripps, 26 March 2020
Innumerable posts on social media have drawn the connection between the reactionary ideology of eugenics and the British government’s criminally delayed and negligent response to the pandemic.
By Peter Schwarz, 26 March 2020
It will only be a matter of days before Dibelius and his ilk will demand that workers who refuse to risk their health by going back to work should be forced to do so.
By Roger Jordan, 26 March 2020
An internal Saskatchewan Health Authority report has warned that the rapid spread of the coronavirus would overwhelm the province’s health care system and result in 9,000 to 15,000 people dying due to COVID-19.
By Oscar Grenfell, 26 March 2020
Even before a dramatic spike in hospitalisations, there are shortages of protective masks and other essential equipment.
By Benjamin Mateus, 25 March 2020
Swiss diagnostics company Roche says that broad testing capacity for COVID-19 infection in the US remains limited due to the rapid spread and growth of the contagion.
By Tony Robson, 25 March 2020
In London, three junior doctors have been taken into critical care and are on ventilators. In the West Midlands, a staff nurse is in intensive care and on a ventilator.
By Mike Head, 25 March 2020
Prime Minister Morrison channeled Donald Trump and insisted on keeping “the economy” going, regardless of the mounting danger to the health and lives of millions of people.
By Tony Robson, 24 March 2020
NHS doctors and nurses have been battling against the government’s refusal to provide testing and adequate Personal Protective Equipment.
By Benjamin Mateus, 24 March 2020
The total number infected in the United States is approaching 50,000, with nearly 600 dead.
By Benjamin Mateus, 24 March 2020
The WSWS spoke to three physicians as the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate in the United States.
By Hector Cordon, 24 March 2020
Two weeks after the first emergence of a coronavirus infection in its Everett, Washington, plant, Boeing has shut down production in the region.
By Nick Barrickman, 24 March 2020
After strikes by US and European Amazon workers over the danger to their health, the company’s billionaire CEO feigned concern while insisting that workers keep pumping out profits.
By Luke Galvin, 24 March 2020
The half-measure concessions, which went into effect Sunday, also included keeping stores in the rest of the United States operating with “delivery-to-door” service.
Florida residents on COVID-19 pandemic: “There is no way we can go longer than a month at this rate.”
By Matthew MacEgan, 24 March 2020
Workers and students spoke with the WSWS about lack of supplies, limited testing, and growing concerns over the economic, social, and health impact on their families and friends.
COVID-19 hits Nevada: Catastrophic job losses coupled with woefully inadequate health care infrastructure
By Jacob Crosse, 24 March 2020
Hundreds of thousands of workers have been laid off and Nevada’s sparse health care infrastructure is buckling as community spread of coronavirus takes hold.
By Phyllis Steele and Jerry White, 24 March 2020
Even as school districts deliver free meals to millions of low-income students, state governments have already begun slashing school spending and reneging on promised pay raises to teachers.
By Tom Peters, 24 March 2020
Medical professionals have warned that the country is unprepared for a significant outbreak of coronavirus and New Zealand “will look like Italy or the US” without extreme measures.
Coronavirus crisis in New York: As doctors warn of “our Chernobyl,” state government plans Medicaid cuts
By Clara Weiss and Ali Elhassan, 23 March 2020
Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has been calling for the deployment of the military, warned on Sunday that between 40 and 80 percent of the population of New York state (roughly 19.5 million people) would be infected.
By Ulrich Rippert, 23 March 2020
The social democratic state premier of Lower Saxony, Boris Pistorius, has called for a clamp-down against those contradicting official government propaganda about the coronavirus epidemic.
By Sam Dalton, 23 March 2020
Thirty-eight people in the New York prison system test positive for COVID-19 as reports emerge that Harvey Weinstein has also been infected by the virus.
By Julie Hyland, 23 March 2020
The students’ petition to university bosses highlights the widespread opposition to the disastrous course of the Johnson government, which has already forced a shift in its reckless policy of allowing the spread of COVID-19.
By Steve James, 23 March 2020
World productive capacity of medical ventilators is far below peak requirements during the coronavirus outbreak.
By Patrick Kelly, 23 March 2020
The chaotic situation reflects the wider disarray and criminal neglect in the ruling elite’s response to the coronavirus crisis.
By Mike Head, 23 March 2020
Yesterday the soaring rate of infections triggered an open rift in the self-styled “national cabinet” and forced governments into partial economic shutdowns.
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 23 March 2020
The ruling class is seeking to exploit this crisis to engineer another multitrillion-dollar redistribution of wealth, on a scale even greater than the 2008 bank bailout.
By Penny Smith, 23 March 2020
The entertainment industry across the US and Canada has effectively shut down, leaving hundreds of thousands of already precariously employed workers suddenly without an income.
By Benjamin Mateus, 20 March 2020
The CDC recommends that when facemasks are no longer available, health care workers may have to improvise, using scarves or bandanas to protect themselves when treating patients suspected of or confirmed with COVID-19.
By Patrick Martin, 20 March 2020
The number of Americans with coronavirus is nearing 15,000, and more than 200 have died.
Retired UK welfare advice worker Terry Craven: “If they are going to build a herd immunity, they already know it’s going to kill thousands of people”
By our reporters, 20 March 2020
Retired welfare advice worker Terry Craven contacted the WSWS to express his concerns about the lack of provision for people in the UK on social security benefits showing symptoms of Covid-19.
By Josh Varlin, 20 March 2020
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is considering a “shelter in place” order in response to the skyrocketing COVID-19 case numbers.
Drivers shut down Detroit bus system with sick-out over health and safety concerns during coronavirus outbreak
By Kevin Reed, 20 March 2020
Bus drivers took matters into their own hands in Detroit on Tuesday morning and shut down the city’s public transportation system to demand sanitary conditions.
By Mike Head, 20 March 2020
The federal and state governments are handing billions of dollars to the banks and corporate elite as they unleash massive job losses.
By Tom Hall, 20 March 2020
Within hours after wildcat strikes in Fiat Chrysler plants in Michigan and Ohio forced a temporary shutdown of much of the North American auto industry during the coronavirus pandemic, the corporate media entered into full cover-up mode.
By Johannes Stern, 20 March 2020
The central message delivered by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in her address to the nation Wednesday evening was that the federal government will do nothing to avert a catastrophe for the population.
By Benjamin Mateus, 19 March 2020
There are mounting fears among health care workers that they are running unacceptable risks because of the lack of equipment.
Life for immigrants in the US during COVID-19 pandemic
ICE raids continue, asylum seekers turned away, and detention facilities remain potential hotbeds for coronavirus
By Genevieve Leigh, 19 March 2020
“We do not have access to hand sanitizer or masks, or anything else that could protect as we are all stuck together in close quarters.”
By Mike Head, 19 March 2020
Letters, signed by thousands of doctors, warn that a catastrophe “worse” than Italy’s can only be averted by a lockdown and the urgent pouring of resources into hospitals.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 March 2020
Doctors4Assange has restated its demand that the Australian government immediately fulfil its obligations to Assange, under conditions in which his life is imperilled by the coronavirus pandemic.
Temporary work stoppage at Fiat Chrysler’s Warren Truck plant as wildcat strikes spread in global auto industry
By Jerry White, 17 March 2020
Actions against continued production during the coronavirus pandemic have spread from Italy to Spain, Canada and now the United States.
By Thomas Scripps, 17 March 2020
The UK, along with much of the rest of the world, faces a prolonged social emergency which will affect the lives of millions.
By our reporters, 17 March 2020
Reporters for the World Socialist Web Site spoke to two medical doctors on how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting Britain’s National Health Service and their concerns for the future.
By Patrick Martin, 17 March 2020
The exchanges between the candidates had been rendered largely irrelevant by consolidation of the Democratic Party behind Biden, making him the presumptive nominee.
By Mike Head, 17 March 2020
Many of these people will die as a direct result of the failure of the governments, both federal and state, to take the urgently needed action and allocate the necessary medical resources.
By Mike Head, 17 March 2020
These laws contain powers only previously used in wartime, such as arbitrarily detaining, imprisoning or imposing massive fines on people, to be imposed now in the name of protecting public health.
By Naomi Spencer, 17 March 2020
The state has, by many metrics, the unhealthiest and poorest adult population in the US, putting a majority in higher risk categories for COVID-19.
By Josh Varlin, 13 March 2020
New York City and New York state have announced new measures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, of which there are now 328 cases statewide.
“It’s like the workers are second rate citizens”
By Jerry White, 13 March 2020
The decision by Fiat Chrysler, which has been backed by the United Auto Workers union, is imperiling the lives of workers.
Massachusetts health care professionals warn of Covid-19 testing shortage and lack of worker protections
By Kate Randall, 13 March 2020
Doctors and nurses are frustrated over the lack of testing kits for the coronavirus as well the lack of protective equipment for health care workers in hospitals.
By Hector Cordon, 13 March 2020
The virus continues to infect residents and employees of a nursing home at the center of the outbreak in Washington state and in the US.
By Mike Head, 13 March 2020
Within hours, Morrison’s “stimulus” package was swamped by the deteriorating economic news from around the world and share prices plunged.
After weeks of delay
By Alan Gilman, 13 March 2020
The shutdown has extended to college and university athletics, including the NCAA national basketball tournament.
By Thomas Scripps, 13 March 2020
As of Thursday morning, just 29,764 people had been tested nationally in the UK for coronavirus.
By Terry Cook, 13 March 2020
The attempt by Qantas and its low-cost subsidiary Jetstar to slash the conditions of pilots and ground crews is part of a global onslaught against airline workers.
Ontario’s “Roadmap to Wellness” continues austerity for youth mental health services even as demand spikes
By Penny Smith, 13 March 2020
The Ford government is refusing to provide tens of thousands of children and adolescents with ready access to mental health care services that they urgently need.
By our reporters, 12 March 2020
“There is a perception that the government does not care about the interests and safety of healthcare workers, and trust in authorities is low.”
By Margot Miller, 12 March 2020
Life expectancy decreased in the most deprived 10 percent of neighbourhoods—the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber and the East of England.
By Benjamin Mateus, 11 March 2020
Italy’s health care system is being overwhelmed by the growing number of serious respiratory illnesses that are filling the emergency rooms and hospitals throughout the Lombardy region.
By Nick Beams, 11 March 2020
The main factor behind the Wall Street rise appears to have been the announcement of a “major” US economic relief package, prompting the belief there are profits to be made out of such measures.
By Katy Kinner, 11 March 2020
A nationwide survey shows that a vast majority of hospitals are underprepared for COVID-19 outbreak as WSWS interviews with nurses across the country confirm.
By James Cogan, 11 March 2020
The great risk is that the virus is spreading, largely unknown and unchecked, via transmission within Australia—as took place in Italy and elsewhere.
By Oscar Grenfell, 11 March 2020
In comments to the WSWS, Dr Stephen Frost warned that “the UK government is effectively playing Russian roulette with Julian Assange’s life” and demanded that he be released from Belmarsh Prison immediately.
By Benjamin Mateus, 10 March 2020
At a press conference yesterday, WHO Director General Tedros raised the concern that governments and authorities are “not taking the deaths of elderly and senior citizens as a serious issue.”
By Mike Head, 10 March 2020
Morrison’s speech shows that his main concern is to protect corporate profits and prop up his discredited government, not protect people from the coronavirus.
By Benjamin Mateus, 9 March 2020
The World Health Organization has emphatically stated that the international community needs to take immediate action to curb the impact of the pandemic.
By Katy Kinner, 9 March 2020
The Franklin County coroner recently released data showing a shocking increase in overdose, suicide and homicide deaths in the first two months of 2020.
By Bryan Dyne, 7 March 2020
If the current trends continue, the total number of cases outside China will surge past the number of cases within China by the end of the month.
By James Cogan, 6 March 2020
Frustration and anger are rising over the lack of pre-emptive action by federal and state governments.
By Mike Ingram, 5 March 2020
An Amazon employee, the first at the company’s Seattle headquarters, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Two of the company’s employees in Italy had contracted the virus and are in quarantine.