The coronavirus pandemic
By Angelo Perera, 27 February 2021
On February 7, the United Educators of San Francisco union reached an agreement to allow “limited instruction.”
By Samuel Tissot, 27 February 2021
The British variant now accounts for nearly half of new COVID-19 infections across France.
By Jacob Crosse, 27 February 2021
Biden seized on a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian as the pretext to abandon an increase in the federal minimum wage.
“Since school has been remote, no teachers have died.”
By Emma Arceneaux, 27 February 2021
The district’s announcement, and the CDC guidelines they cite, blatantly ignore one of the most important factors in determining the safety of a building: ventilation and air quality.
Restrictions placed on student gatherings after massive COVID-19 outbreak at the University of Virginia
By Dan Goranson, 27 February 2021
Cases have skyrocketed in the two weeks following the reopening of the sprawling University of Virginia campus for in-person learning on February 1.
By Zac Corrigan, 27 February 2021
Ten-year-old quadruple amputee Dae’Shun Jamison from Shelby, Michigan is just one of more than 2,000 children in the US to develop Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children after catching COVID-19.
British Columbia school officials order windows screwed shut to stop teachers from ventilating classes amid raging pandemic
By Alexandra Greene, 27 February 2021
The school sent contractors into the building who reputedly found “safety issues” with the windows and proceeded to seal them.
Delays to Big Three auto companies’ vaccination program highlight profit motive driving pandemic response
By Jessica Goldstein, 27 February 2021
The question raised is why has the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines been left up to private corporations who are driven primarily by profit considerations?
Michigan governor pushes for school reopenings as Ann Arbor school board reverses decision to remain virtual
By Sheila Brehm and James McDonald, 27 February 2021
In a press conference Wednesday, Democratic Governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer announced that 85 percent of Michigan school districts are currently open for in-person learning and that she is “pleased that 97 percent of the school districts will be reopened by March 1st.”
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By Harvey Simpkins, 27 February 2021
The return to schools follows separate announcements by the governors of Virginia and Maryland calling on all schools to reopen in March.
By Robert Stevens, 27 February 2021
Teachers, in poll after poll and on social media, have voiced their opposition to returning to work under unsafe conditions, but are up against trade unions who are colluding in the government’s plans.
By Evan Blake, 26 February 2021
The purpose of Kristof’s article is to pollute popular consciousness and pressure local Democrats tasked with enforcing the homicidal policy of reopening schools.
26 February 2021
Canada’s indigenous population faces elevated infection rate, lack of health care as COVID-19 runs rampant
By Alexandra Greene, 26 February 2021
The COVID-19 infection rate among First Nations people living on-reserve is 40 percent higher than that of the Canadian population as a whole.
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By Kevin Martinez, 26 February 2021
Despite opposition from parents and the community, the San Diego Unified School District is planning to reopen schools by April.
By Benjamin Mateus, 25 February 2021
A new variant of the coronavirus was discovered in California, dubbed CAL.20C. The mutation, L452R, appears to make the virus more contagious.
By Robert Stevens, 25 February 2021
With all lockdown measures set to end by June, those who have been shielded to some extent by furlough scheme and other social support will face the class war agenda pursued by the British ruling class as it seeks to complete the post-Brexit “Thatcher Revolution.”
By Josh Varlin, 25 February 2021
The real scandal is not the Cuomo’s alleged “bullying,” but the massive death toll in nursing homes.
By Alex Findijs, 25 February 2021
Facing an impending wave of temporary schools closures due to growing COVID-19 outbreaks, the New York government and the SUNY system have altered university guidelines to keep schools open despite rising case numbers.
By Jack Turner, 25 February 2021
With the help of the unions, university managements are returning to face-to-face teaching and expanding class sizes amid the continuing global pandemic.
By Gregor Link, 25 February 2021
Unless the working class intervenes independently to close factories, offices, schools and day-care centres, hundreds of thousands of deaths loom in Germany alone in an even worse wave of the pandemic.
By Tomas Castanheira, 25 February 2021
After one year of suffering and hardship imposed upon Brazilian workers, the pandemic remains totally out of control.
By Alex Lantier, 24 February 2021
The catastrophic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is not only a tragedy, but a comprehensive political and moral failure of the existing social order.
By Alexander Fangmann, 24 February 2021
While local reporters and the Chicago Teachers Union maintain a wall of silence over the dangers facing educators and students, schools have become the number one potential exposure locations in the state, according to contact tracing.
Philadelphia teachers union endorses bogus claims of school renovations as cover for reopening schools
By Douglas Lyons, 24 February 2021
The PFT, while posing as “concerned” about certain elements of the reopening plans, claims falsely that schools can be made safe through updates to decrepit school buildings, in particular, improved ventilation systems.
By Jean Shaoul, 24 February 2021
Control over vaccine distribution strengthens the major powers’ political and economic influence—their “soft power”—over allies and enemies alike
By Melody Isley, 24 February 2021
Despite the capitalist propaganda, parents have expressed overwhelming support for online learning, which they know prioritizes the health of their families, school workers and educators.
24 February 2021
By Andre Damon, 23 February 2021
The Washington Post’s claims that COVID-19 was released from a Chinese lab have been totally discredited by the findings of the World Health Organization.
By Robert Stevens, 23 February 2021
Finely attuned to the threat from below, Britain’s ruling elite understands the implications of any public discussion of the issue of social murder as it prepares to end the “last lockdown,” with the virus and its dangerous mutations allowed to rip through the population once again to deadly effect.
23 February 2021
By Mike Head, 23 February 2021
The potential electoral landslide underscores the fragility of the federal Liberal-National Coalition government as it moves to fully reopen the economy and push jobless workers into lower-paid and insecure employment.
By Stephen Alexander, 23 February 2021
Researchers at the University of Manchester have found that COVID-19 deaths were “hugely underestimated” in the first wave.
By Frédéric Charlebois and Roger Jordan, 23 February 2021
Flying in the face of warnings from Canada’s chief medical officer and numerous other experts, Canada’s governments are accelerating the “reopening” of the economy even as more contagious variants of the virus take root.
By Ludwig Weller, 23 February 2021
Research by BuzzFeed News and Report Mainz shows that the virus is spreading without hindrance throughout workplaces in Germany.
23 February 2021
By Benjamin Mateus, 23 February 2021
Freezing temperatures and mass power outages resulted in widespread disruption of COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Texas.
23 February 2021
Half a million dead in the US from coronavirus pandemic: Catastrophe, crime and historical turning point
By Joseph Kishore, 23 February 2021
The catastrophic loss of life in the US is the outcome of deliberate decisions made by the ruling class and its political representatives to prioritize profit over lives.
UK Prime Minister Johnson announces end of lockdown that will see “more infections, more hospitalisations… more deaths”
By Thomas Scripps, 22 February 2021
The separation of infection rates and hospital admissions is a de facto declaration that the Tories are pursuing “herd immunity” by letting the virus spread largely unchecked.
Our reporter, 22 February 2021
The UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee held a lively online meeting on Saturday, just days before yesterday’s unsafe reopening of schools across Scotland and Wales, and as the Johnson government moves to reopen all school on March 8.
By Jerry White, 21 February 2021
The Biden administration, the corporate media and the teachers unions have ganged up against educators who are refusing to risk their lives.
How the Revolutionary Internationalist Organisation (RIO) is sabotaging the fight against the pandemic in Germany
By Johannes Stern, 21 February 2021
The German pseudo-left group seeks to subordinate workers to the deadly policies of the trade unions and the bourgeois parties.
By Kayla Costa and David Fitzgerald, 21 February 2021
Following a similar series of events in California cities, Kroger has announced the closure of two QFC grocery stores in Seattle, Washington in retaliation against the City Council imposing a $4 hourly wage increase for the remainder of the pandemic.
By Rory Woods, 21 February 2021
Disabled people have suffered a brutal disregard for life, left with woefully inadequate support throughout the pandemic by a ruling class which considers them a drain on profits.
By Benjamin Mateus, 21 February 2021
It has been one year since the first death from COVID-19 in the US. The scale of death in that one year is unprecedented in US history.
California Republicans claim 1.7 million signatures on petition to recall Democratic Governor Newsom
By Dan Conway, 21 February 2021
The right-wing petition drive against California Governor Gavin Newsom, organized by the state Republican Party, is on track to reach the 1.5 million signature threshold required to force a recall election later this year.
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By Jake Silver, 20 February 2021
The growing opposition among teachers must find independent political expression in a struggle to shut down all in-class learning until the pandemic is brought under control.
Office staff at UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency ballot for strike after 535 COVID-19 infections and death of worker
By Simon Whelan, 20 February 2021
The exposure of DVLA workers to a deadly disease is just one example of the thousands of employers who have put pressure on millions of employees to go into workplaces unnecessarily.
By Kevin Reed, 20 February 2021
The sudden discovery of a large number of cases of the B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant in the Michigan prison system is a warning that the pandemic is moving into a new, more infectious and lethal stage.
By Kevin Martinez, 20 February 2021
The British medical journal describes how frontline workers have had to face higher than average rates of burnout, anxiety, depression and isolation during the global pandemic.
20 February 2021
Chicago Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 20 February 2021
The effort to reopen schools in Chicago was aimed at setting a precedent for reopening districts everywhere and shifting the relationship of class forces in the US as a whole.
By Alice Summers, 19 February 2021
There are growing calls by educators and parents to close schools, and strikes have broken out among students as infection rates in education centres soar.
By Kate Randall, 19 February 2021
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that in the first half of 2020, life expectancy dropped by more than one year as COVID-19 ripped through the population.
By Gregor Link, 19 February 2021
The federal and state governments are systematically creating conditions for a third wave of the pandemic. This can be seen especially in plans to rapidly return to in-person teaching.
By Eduardo Parati and Brunna Machado, 19 February 2021
Faced with enormous opposition from teachers, the Brazilian ruling class fears that the return to classes will provoke a nationwide wave of struggles beyond the control of the unions and pseudo-left parties.
By Tom Peters, 19 February 2021
The source for six new cases of COVID-19 in Auckland has not been identified, but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern nevertheless lifted a partial lockdown of the city after just three days.
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By Hong Jian, 19 February 2021
Despite the fact that over the past week Los Angeles County averaged 2,339 new cases and 123.1 new deaths per day, officials throughout the region are pressing to reopen schools.
By Benjamin Mateus, 19 February 2021
Winter storm Uri has thrown Texas into a temporary dark age. Health systems are grappling with the loss of power, potable water, and burst water mains. People are crowding warming centers and emergency rooms.
Attend online meeting on Saturday to organise fightback!
Thomas Scripps, 19 February 2021
The Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee calls on workers who recognise the grave danger posed by the school reopenings to attend our online meeting on Saturday to discuss the fightback
19 February 2021
By Douglas Lyons, 18 February 2021
The decision to push back reopening is an indication that both the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and the school district recognize they need more time to bring the opposition of teachers under control.
By Jean Shaoul, 18 February 2021
With each of the second and third surges seeing a higher death toll than the previous one, 5,441 Israelis have now died. Last Saturday, there were still 992 patients in hospital—after weeks of hovering around 1,200—of whom 388 were in critical condition
By Kranti Kumara, 18 February 2021
In spite of four teacher deaths and strident opposition, the state of Georgia is denying educators vaccinations and sending them back to unsafe schools.
By Tomas Castanheira, 18 February 2021
A survey by rank-and-file teachers indicates that the strike has spread to hundreds of schools in the city, preventing many of them from reopening.
By Tom Carter, 18 February 2021
Amazon filed a lawsuit in federal district court Friday demanding a ruling that it is not required to comply with New York safety laws and regulations, while New York authorities filed a complaint against Amazon on Tuesday that paints a devastating picture of the callous disregard for workers’ lives by the $1.6 trillion global conglomerate throughout the pandemic.
By Evan Blake, 18 February 2021
At a CNN town hall event Wednesday, Biden made his most direct intervention into the campaign to reopen schools, falsely claiming that children and their families are not endangered by the reopenings.
CDC school opening guidelines ignore the critical role of ventilation and infection control in classrooms
By Benjamin Mateus, 17 February 2021
The CDC has downplayed the role of ventilation in making schools safe for reopening. Efficiently operating HVAC systems are an important part of infection control for airborne pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2.
By Ben Trent, 17 February 2021
The series amounts to an indictment of the government’s policy during the pandemic and the impact of decades of cuts on the NHS—facts that will not be lost on Hospital ’s many viewers.
By Douglas Lyons, 17 February 2021
The PFT is hoping to stymie any opposition from educators and parents who have compelled the district to backpedal in reopening several times already.
By Alex Findijs, 17 February 2021
Just two weeks since in-person instruction began, more than 1,200 students have tested positive for COVID-19. Such rapid transmission is a stark warning of what may come with the spread of more contagious variants of the virus.
By Tom Hall, 17 February 2021
The campaign to reopen schools in the US reached its next phase Monday night, when Los Angeles County officials declared that the second-largest school district in the country has been “cleared” to reopen.
By Bryan Dyne, 17 February 2021
If transmission of the coronavirus can penetrate the National Football League’s extraordinarily well-funded testing and contact tracing program, the vast majority of workers, who do not have access to such resources, stand no chance.
Tennessee Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 17 February 2021
We appeal to educators and workers across Tennessee to mount a determined fight against the reopening of schools in Memphis and Shelby County, which are slated to begin on March 1.
By Andre Damon, 16 February 2021
In the face of universal scientific consensus on the natural origins of COVID-19, the Biden administration and the US media have doubled down on the lie that the disease was released from a Chinese laboratory.
UK: Boris Johnson’s herd immunity government readies “irreversible” measures to end the “last lockdown”
By Robert Stevens, 16 February 2021
What will be outlined next Monday is a timetable for the loss of many thousands more lives to a deadly and constantly mutating disease.
By Markus Salzmann, 16 February 2021
Given the dramatic spread of the coronavirus, the Czech government has extended the state of emergency that has been in effect since October and was originally set to end on Sunday.
By Benjamin Mateus, 16 February 2021
The United States is approaching a horrific milestone in the course of the pandemic: 500,000 deaths. Yet, the ruling class continues to pursue the policy of herd immunity at any cost.
By David Fitzgerald, 16 February 2021
Numerous US states plan to vaccinate teachers in the first phase of vaccinations as a means to reopen schools, regardless of the extent of community spread.
By Josh Varlin, 16 February 2021
The revelation that data on nursing home deaths was withheld from state legislators for months underscores the bipartisan nature of the ruling class response to the pandemic, which prioritizes profit over lives.
By Naveen Dewage, 16 February 2021
Doctors and medical experts have warned that the country could face a health catastrophe due to inadequate health facilities and an acceleration of the pandemic’s spread.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 February 2021
With infections and deaths nearing record levels, Peru’s health and foreign ministers have been forced to resign for getting early shots of the coronavirus vaccine.
By Cole Michaels, 16 February 2021
Such an unprecedented situation is the byproduct of a growing social crisis in which millions have been left without jobs and financial assistance.
By Thomas Scripps, 16 February 2021
The White Paper formalises the process of privatisation and outright cronyism that ran riot during the pandemic.
By Jean Shaoul, 16 February 2021
Ramaphosa’s government faces a mounting public health crisis, widespread criticisms of its handling of the pandemic and the vaccination rollout, allegations of corruption over Covid-19 spending, near-daily electricity blackouts and soaring debt amid shrinking coffers.
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By Benjamin Mateus, 14 February 2021
The weeks-long propaganda campaign falsely claiming that schools are not vectors for the spread of COVID-19 now has the full imprimatur of the CDC.
By Martin Scott, 14 February 2021
As distribution problems mount around the world, Australia is still weeks away from receiving its first doses.
“We are being abandoned by our union and being led to the slaughter by our school system”
By Harvey Simpkins, 14 February 2021
Three teachers from the Eastern Shore of Maryland recently spoke to the World Socialist Web Site Educators Newsletter about the reopening of schools and their reasons for joining the Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee. Their names have been changed to protect them from retaliation by both their school system and union.
By Martin Nowak, 14 February 2021
The Polish government is gradually ending its lockdown, even though the pandemic is still raging and hundreds are dying every day from COVID-19.
By Markus Salzmann, 14 February 2021
Schools and commerce will be fully reopened despite the fact that infection and death rates remain high and very contagious viral variants are rapidly spreading in the country.