The coronavirus pandemic

999 Nearly seven million German adults are heavily indebted

24 November 2020

Boris Johnson announced end of national lockdown, prepares surge of COVID-19

By Thomas Scripps, 24 November 2020

From Wednesday next week, all non-essential shops, gyms, hairdressers and other personal care businesses in England will be allowed to reopen, along with places of worship.

999 UPDATE on Warren Truck death

24 November 2020

999 Warning about the impact of Thanksgiving travel on the pandemic

24 November 2020

999 Remote learning in the US

24 November 2020

650 bodies stored in freezer trucks for months in New York City disaster morgue

By Josh Varlin, 24 November 2020

Hundreds of people, mostly victims of the pandemic, have been stored in freezer trucks in Brooklyn for months as city authorities struggle to identify their next of kin and make funeral arrangements.

Strikes and protests across Germany against regular school operations

By Gregor Link and Philipp Frisch, 24 November 2020

Faced with mass infections at schools and a cover-up by the federal and state governments, students throughout Germany are beginning to take the protection of their health and that of their families into their own hands.

999 Interview with teacher at Alabama juvenile detention center

24 November 2020

UK universities expose thousands of international students to raging pandemic

By Henry Lee, 23 November 2020

Such are the horrendous conditions, with the Conservative government set to end its national lockdown on December 2, that many international students will contract this deadly disease.

Mass opposition among healthcare workers as estimated deaths exceed 20,000

By Katy Kinner, 23 November 2020

Over 800 St. Mary’s nurses in Pennsylvania returned to work on Sunday with no evidence of a contract deal, just one example of various unions strangling strikes as health care workers face death on a massive scale.

All intensive care beds occupied in Switzerland after COVID-19 infections explode

By Marianne Arens, 23 November 2020

Triage—treating some but not others—is now a major topic of discussion in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. The elderly and those with pre-existing conditions are being called on to make a living will and forgo treatment.

As demands for work stoppage grow, UAW officials tell Sterling Heights Assembly workers: “Don’t read the WSWS”

By Shannon Jones, 23 November 2020

In the face of growing demands by Fiat Chrysler workers to halt production at the Sterling Height Assembly Plant to stop the spread of COVID-19, local United Auto Workers officials are lashing out at the World Socialist Web Site and rank-and-file workers who have turned to the WSWS to expose the deadly conditions at the suburban Detroit auto factory.

Stanford academic senate condemns Scott Atlas

By Jonathan Burleigh, 23 November 2020

Most Stanford faculty voted to oppose the high-level Trump adviser’s actions that “promote a view of COVID-19 that contradicts medical science.”

Thanksgiving in America: Massive food lines and evictions as benefits expire

By Kate Randall, 23 November 2020

As the rise of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths continues unabated, working-class families across the US are facing hunger and poverty on a scale not seen since the Great Depression.

Iowa hospitals overwhelmed, Wisconsin health care system on brink of collapse amid exponential rise in COVID-19 cases

By Jessica Goldstein, 23 November 2020

Nearly every intensive care unit bed and every medical-surgical bed is full in the majority of hospitals throughout the state, and over a third of all hospitals in Wisconsin are operating at peak capacity and are unable to admit new patients.

Australia: Union shuts down nurses’ strike at Sydney’s Blacktown Hospital

By Clare Bruderlin, 23 November 2020

Nurses and midwives walked out because of the deaths of five babies at the hospital in under two years, ongoing staffing shortages and concerns about patient safety.

COVID-19 infections spread rapidly in Spain amid government inaction

By Alice Summers, 23 November 2020

Despite the dangerously high infection figures, the Podemos-Socialist Party government has refused to take the action required to curb the pandemic, imposing only limited and ineffectual curfew measures, with some areas of the country beginning to scale back restrictions.

With COVID-19 spreading through auto plants, workers report death at FCA Warren Truck Assembly Plant

By George Kirby, 23 November 2020

The death, if confirmed, is the outcome of a massive outbreak in the plant, reported by several workers to the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter. According to one worker, eight teams with six to eight workers each have been sent home due to the virus since September 28.

Tens of thousands made homeless in UK as winter looms and temperatures plummet

By Simon Whelan, 23 November 2020

Research conducted by the Guardian among both UK-born and migrant rough sleepers found that many had been made homeless in recent months after losing their jobs in the service sector—especially restaurants, clubs and event security.

Chaotic move to online learning designed to facilitate reopening of New York City schools

By Alberto Escalera, 21 November 2020

The withholding of resources necessary for remote learning is a calculated policy meant to pressure working class parents to acquiesce to the growing calls for a return to in-person classes.

US hits record 200,000 new daily COVID-19 cases as hospitals fill to capacity

By Benjamin Mateus, 21 November 2020

To date, there have been 12.2 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the US and more than 260,000 deaths.

Sri Lankan artists discuss COVID-19 and its impact on their creative work, living conditions

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 21 November 2020

Musical performances, theatre, film and teledrama production, book exhibitions and similar activities have almost entirely come to a halt. Kapila Kumara Kalinga and Malaka Devapriya spoke to the WSWS about the situation.

Frontline nurse at UK’s Royal Bournemouth Hospital speaks out as COVID-19 cases surge

21 November 2020

The following letter was sent to the WSWS from a frontline nurse at the UK’s Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

21 November 2020

As Canada’s ruling class lets pandemic run rampant, workers must fight to shut down nonessential production and schools

By Laurent Lafrance and Roger Jordan, 21 November 2020

Canada’s Public Health Agency warns that new COVID-19 infections will rise to 20,000 per day by the end of December—the equivalent of 200,000 per day in the United States—if social contacts remain at current levels.

CFPE online meeting: The global fight for educator and student safety in the COVID-19 pandemic

By The CFPE (Australia), 21 November 2020

The Committee for Public Education (CFPE) invites educators, students and working people in Australia and internationally to participate in an online meeting on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on schools, college, universities and other educational institutions.

Binghamton University closes after coronavirus outbreak, University at Buffalo defies guidelines to remain open

By Alex Findijs, 21 November 2020

Binghamton University has switched to remote learning for the second time after recording 100 cases in two weeks. The University at Buffalo, however, has decided to remain open despite reaching the threshold for closure.

As winter sets in Portland’s homeless face exposure to the cold, lack of beds and COVID-19

By David Fitzgerald, 21 November 2020

The city has resorted to urgently asking the general public for help in locating structures that can shelter the homeless from the cold while protecting them from COVID-19.

Pandemic-related surge of mental health issues continues in Australia

By John Mackay, 21 November 2020

A recent report found that the mental health of three out of four people has been negatively affected by COVID-19, while calls to crisis and suicide lines have soared.

Biden, Pence both reject lockdowns to save lives as coronavirus pandemic explodes

By Patrick Martin, 20 November 2020

There is bipartisan agreement that workers must be forced to work and produce profits for big business, regardless of the danger from COVID-19.

As Europe’s governments preside over mass death, workers must fight for the shutdown of nonessential production and schools

By Jordan Shilton, 20 November 2020

Growing numbers of workers and young people support the demand for the shutdown of nonessential production and ending of in-person teaching in schools to contain the pandemic.

“They want to silence me for telling the truth.”

Montgomery, Alabama teachers report on hostile and unsafe working conditions

By Emma Arceneaux, 20 November 2020

The WSWS spoke to three Montgomery teachers about the conditions they face, the spread of the virus in the schools, and the role of the unions in enforcing school openings.

As COVID-19 surges, the New York Times demands that schools remain open

By Andre Damon, 20 November 2020

In a series of news articles, editorials, and op-eds, the Times has waged a campaign to oppose the closure of schools to stop the spread of the pandemic.

The gruesome outcome of “herd immunity”

Managers at Tyson pork plant took bets on how many workers would contract COVID-19

By Tom Hall, 20 November 2020

Nationwide, at least 50,000 meatpacking workers have been infected since the start of the pandemic and at least 253 have died, according to the Food & Environment Reporting Network.

Oppose Sri Lankan government’s repressive essential services order against port workers fighting COVID-19

By The Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 20 November 2020

The Rajapakse government’s assault on the democratic rights of port workers is a warning to the entire working class.

Increased use of food banks by middle-income families in UK as food poverty surges

By Dennis Moore, 20 November 2020

The wider use of food banks by what would have only recently been considered a more affluent layer is a growing trend and an indicator of how the pandemic has created a far-reaching cost of living crisis.

999 Covid vaccine developments

20 November 2020

UK city of Hull becomes new COVID-19 epicentre fuelled by unsafe schools

By Harvey Thompson, 20 November 2020

In Hull, 57 of the city’s 97 schools have been affected, while in the wider East Riding area, cases have been reported in 103 of 150 schools.

999 Interactive map shows workplace outbreaks in Illinois

20 November 2020

Record daily coronavirus death tolls in Italy and Spain since September

By Will Morrow, 19 November 2020

On Tuesday, another 731 people died in Italy, and 753 on Wednesday, the highest tolls since the previous peak in March.

Assange in lockdown as Belmarsh Prison inmates test positive for COVID-19

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 November 2020

Since the pandemic began, leading medical experts have repeatedly warned that the WikiLeaks founder would be at significant risk of succumbing to the coronavirus if he contracts the disease.

“The wolf is at the door”: Missouri hospital heads plead for state action to stem the pandemic

By Cole Michaels and Kristina Betinis, 19 November 2020

As the St. Louis area sees record hospitalizations, local mitigation measures have been partial and limited, and Republican leaders are scheming to prevent workers from suing their employers for COVID-19 exposure.

999 San Diego educators

19 November 2020

Whitmer keeps Michigan K-8 schools and factories open despite record COVID-19 surge

By Zac Corrigan, 19 November 2020

New restrictions on public gatherings exclude K-8 in-person education as well as all factories and workplaces, all major vectors for the spread of COVID-19 in communities.

Twelve million to lose unemployment benefits in December

By Jacob Crosse, 19 November 2020

Seeking to blackmail workers back into dangerous workplaces, Congress continues to ignore the plight of millions of unemployed people left without aid.

Germany’s schools remain open despite a massive second wave of COVID-19

By Marianne Arens, 19 November 2020

Governments at the national and state levels are keeping schools and day care centres open, ensuring that the pandemic will continue to explode, pushing up death rates.

999 Portland homeless to be turned away from winter shelters due to covid

19 November 2020

New York City educators and parents must take control over online learning! Schools must stay closed until the pandemic is contained!

By New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 19 November 2020

Our committee warns that the closure of schools is a temporary maneuver and we call on educators, parents and students to demand no resumption of in-person learning until a proven vaccine has been verified and distributed free of charge.

Over 800 nurses strike Philadelphia area hospital for improved staffing

By Samuel Davidson, 19 November 2020

The strike by nurses at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania is the latest to demand safe staffing levels during the pandemic.

A revealing report on the mid-March financial crisis

By Nick Beams, 19 November 2020

The most significant feature of the crisis was that it struck at the very foundations of the global financial system—the $20 trillion US government bond market—as Treasuries were sold off.

Turkey adopts inadequate restriction policies as COVID-19 surges

By Ulaş Ateşçi, 19 November 2020

The Turkish government is committing to a “herd immunity” policy in the interests of the ruling class, regardless of how many lives are lost.

Growing support among workers for shutdown of nonessential production as US death toll tops 250,000

By Jerry White, 19 November 2020

Anger among workers is boiling over as corporations keep operating even though COVID-19 infections are spreading uncontrollably throughout factories and other workplaces.

Faurecia auto parts workers join calls for national shutdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives

By Tim Rivers, 18 November 2020

Workers at the Faurecia plant in Saline, Michigan, southwest of Detroit, contacted the World Socialist Web Site over the weekend to expose the way in which their company suppresses information about the spread of disease.

Situation critical as COVID-19 spreads through US auto plants

By Shannon Jones, 18 November 2020

Workers are daily reporting the spread of COVID-19 cases in auto plants, with an apparent major outbreak now reported at the Ford Avon Lake, Ohio facility.

South Australian COVID-19 outbreak highlights dangers of “reopening” campaign

By Oscar Grenfell, 18 November 2020

The infections in Adelaide underscore the risk of a rapid spread of the virus as governments seek to lift all remaining safety restrictions.

Hunger and evictions surge in the US

By Jacob Crosse, 18 November 2020

As COVID-19 cases skyrocket, food lines snake for miles, and eviction filings increase across the country, Congress refuses to pass emergency jobless aid.

Second wave of coronavirus pandemic hits New York and New Jersey

By Josh Varlin, 18 November 2020

Amid the worst-hit regions in the world during the spring, COVID-19 is resurging in New York and New Jersey.

999 Interactive map shows workplace outbreaks in Illinois

18 November 2020

Biden recruits unions to keep workplaces open as pandemic surges

By Jerry White, 18 November 2020

Biden held an online discussion Monday with top executives from GM, Microsoft and other corporations, along with the leaders of the AFL-CIO, the United Auto Workers and other unions.

COVID-19 drastically impacts Bangladesh students and youth

By Wimal Perera, 18 November 2020

Students, like other poor sections of the society, have been ignored by the Awami League government.

As Mexico records 1 million coronavirus cases, 53 percent of tests are coming out positive

By Andrea Lobo, 18 November 2020

Mexico has reached 1 million cases and is expected to reach 100,000 deaths this week, while the country reports the highest COVID-19 positivity rate in the world.

British Medical Journal accuses UK government of the “suppression of science”

By Thomas Scripps, 18 November 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic and the British ruling class’ criminal “herd immunity” response has created a humanitarian disaster.

End the coverup of the outbreak at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant! Stop nonessential production with full pay for workers to contain the pandemic!

By The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 18 November 2020

All non-essential production must stop to contain the current outbreak, which is on pace to be even worse than in the spring.

Austria to tighten lockdown, but factories remain open

By Markus Salzmann, 18 November 2020

Only when the infection figures reached five times the peak of the spring — as more and more experts sounded the alarm and outrage in the population became unmistakable—has the government enacted some disjointed and half-hearted measures.

New Zealand government rejects calls to increase welfare payments

By John Braddock, 18 November 2020

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern again repudiates her promise to eliminate child poverty and the housing affordability crisis.

As COVID-19 spreads in workplaces, US autoworkers call for emergency action to save lives

By Shannon Jones, 17 November 2020

US auto plants have become major vectors for the spread of COVID-19, yet auto executives, the UAW union and government officials at every level are determined to continue full production no matter what the cost to life.

Boeing announces 7,000 additional layoffs

By Steve Filips, 17 November 2020

Boeing intends to make these cuts despite receiving $17 billion in federal bailout money earlier in the year.

German artists, cultural institutions fight for survival in COVID-19 crisis

By Stefan Steinberg, 17 November 2020

German artists and cultural institutions fear bankruptcy and destitution as the coronavirus crisis deepens and the government refuses to allocate adequate funding.

999 Biden's economic plan

17 November 2020

999 Interactive map shows workplace outbreaks in Illinois

17 November 2020

US food banks and homeless shelters struggle to meet record demand ahead of Thanksgiving

By Alex Findijs, 17 November 2020

The economic disaster triggered by the pandemic has placed an ever increasing burden on food banks and charities to meet the growing demand for food aid.

Macron government opposes full lock-down as coronavirus deaths climb

By Will Morrow, 17 November 2020

Hundreds of people are continuing to die every day in France as tens of thousands of new coronavirus infections are being reported.

What would a Biden administration mean for public education?

By Renae Cassimeda, 17 November 2020

An understanding of what a Biden administration would have in store for educators requires a sober appraisal of the record of the Obama-Biden administration, the president-elect’s program and the class interests that Biden and the Democratic Party serve.

Trump adviser calls for people to “rise up” against coronavirus restrictions

By Patrick Martin, 17 November 2020

The top White House coronavirus adviser, Dr. Scott Atlas, called for the people of Michigan to “rise up” against the new public health measures announced by Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Utah teachers stage wildcat sickout to demand COVID-19 testing, online instruction as cases soar

By Kayla Costa and David Fitzgerald, 17 November 2020

Teachers in Utah conducted a sickout strike opposed by the union to demand an end to in-person instruction as the pandemic spreads uncontrolled.

Large COVID-19 outbreak in Xinjiang, China

By Jerry Zhang, 16 November 2020

Repeated flare-ups of coronavirus in different regions of China highlight the fact that the pandemic is a global issue that cannot be resolved on a national basis by locking down borders.

Michigan governor announces emergency measures as COVID-19 surges throughout the state

By Kevin Reed, 16 November 2020

On Sunday evening, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced temporary and limited restrictions in response to the exponential rise in coronavirus cases over the past week across the state.

Migrant workers demand right to return to their homes in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 16 November 2020

The Labour Party government’s draconian border restrictions have left thousands of people stranded outside New Zealand despite being legally entitled to live in the country.

Texas educators demand fully online learning to save lives

By Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 16 November 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic tears across Texas, teachers, education workers and parents call for a broad struggle to protect their lives and those of students.

999 Interactive map shows workplace outbreaks in Illinois

16 November 2020

As US COVID-19 cases top 11 million, Biden aides reject new lockdown to save lives

By Patrick Martin, 16 November 2020

The United States is entering the winter season with coronavirus numbers hitting records in 45 states.

“If Whitmer were really concerned about COVID-19, she would never have allowed manufacturing to re-open”

Sterling Heights Assembly workers demand shutdown as coronavirus spreads in factories throughout US

By Tom Hall, 16 November 2020

Michigan’s governor announced new lockdowns exempting manufacturing, while new signs emerged of major outbreaks at Fiat Chrysler’s Sterling Heights assembly and stamping plants and other Detroit-area factories.

Quebec Solidaire embraces the ruling elite’s criminal “herd immunity” policy

By Louis Girard, 16 November 2020

In the twisted pro-capitalist logic of the pseudo-left Quebec Solidaire, dozens of COVID-19 cases in a slaughterhouse and outbreaks at hundreds of schools are arguments for a further easing of minimal lockdown measures.

Prisoners load bodies into mobile morgues in El Paso, Texas as COVID-19 infections skyrocket

By Benjamin Mateus, 16 November 2020

The winter surge in the US is well underway, with fatalities climbing as hospital systems from one region to the next reach capacity.

Coronavirus spreads throughout Germany’s schools and businesses

By Gregor Link, 16 November 2020

The federal and state governments are responsible for a situation in which the virus is running out of control nationwide.

The Crisis Elections: 1860 & 2020

15 November 2020

An online meeting with historians James Oakes, Richard Carwardine and Tom Mackaman. Moderated by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North.

“We’ve got to take matters into our own hands”

Victimized “Teachers Against Dying” Facebook group founder discusses the struggle facing educators

By Evan Blake, 15 November 2020

Michael Hull, the founder of the Facebook group “Teachers Against Dying,” recently spoke with the WSWS about the conditions facing educators and the growing opposition to in-person learning amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic.

New York City schools likely to close as pandemic surges

By Alberto Escalera, 14 November 2020

With the rise in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths throughout the region, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned Friday of a likely suspension of in-person learning at public schools as early as next week.

999 Interactive map shows workplace outbreaks in Illinois

14 November 2020

Record breaking surge of the pandemic pushing US health care workers to the edge

By Benjamin Mateus, 14 November 2020

The mounting surge in new infections is placing immense strain on health care workers and the health systems as they scramble to manage a rapidly growing number of new admissions to hospitals across the nation.

Herd immunity policy in German schools leads to explosion of coronavirus infections

By Marianne Arens, 14 November 2020

Even the prospect of a breakthrough regarding a COVID-19 vaccine does not impel capitalist politicians to pursue a sensible, safe pandemic policy.

Corporate damage control: Detroit News parrots management, UAW lies about COVID safety conditions at US auto plants

By Shannon Jones, 14 November 2020

The piece is a shameless attempt at damage control as the real situation, which is being documented by the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, is spiraling out of control.

Close all nonessential workplaces! Full compensation for workers and small businesses!

By Andre Damon, 14 November 2020

All sections of the ruling class are opposed to taking measures necessary to contain the pandemic. That is why workers must take emergency action.

Students at Manchester University occupy accommodation block as rent strike continues

By Henry Lee, 14 November 2020

Rising rents, as well as the fact that many students were made to pay in the previous academic year for accommodation they were leaving empty, have triggered a number of protests across the UK since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Workers’ lives are worth more than corporate profits!

Workers must stop production to contain coronavirus outbreak at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant!

By The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 14 November 2020

At least one worker, Mark Bianchi, is already dead, a relative confirmed recently on Facebook, and the United Auto Workers union has pulled virtually all of its shop stewards from the floor, pointing to an outbreak potentially without precedent in the US industry.

Turkish finance minister resigns amid a deepening crisis

By Barış Demir, 14 November 2020

The Turkish government and economy are drifting towards a deepening crisis amid a raging COVID-19 pandemic.

The mental health of young adults is being ravaged by the pandemic—the suffering needs to stop

By Kate Randall, 13 November 2020

Many months into the pandemic, with a surge in COVID-19 cases affecting virtually every US state, a new study shows that there is a veritable tsunami of depression flooding over the nation’s young adult population.

“Why do I, an EMT, have to sob, plead with you to take a patient?!”

Overstretched Russian hospitals turn away COVID cases

By Andrea Peters, 13 November 2020

Desperate health care workers and family members of those infected with the coronavirus are finding that there are no more beds in the country’s medical facilities, even as the government insists that the situation is “under control.”

“COVID-19 is out of control at the Tipton plant”

Workers report dangerous outbreak at Fiat Chrysler transmission factory in Indiana

By Jerry White, 13 November 2020

Workers are reporting an outbreak of COVID-19 which is being covered up by FCA management and the United Auto Workers union.

Australian Royal Commission covers up causes of aged care crisis

By Clare Bruderlin, 13 November 2020

The commission, while pointing to the dire conditions confronting aged care residents, recommended largely cosmetic “solutions,” which will not resolve the crisis and are not enforceable.