The coronavirus pandemic

How Royal Bournemouth Hospital management put patient and staff safety in jeopardy: A frontline nurse explains

6 February 2021

Hospital management pretended that they could look after Covid and non-Covid patients along with other elective patients, without adequate staff and resources. This has failed miserably, with severe consequences.

Chicago teachers lead resistance to Biden’s school reopening plan as pandemic enters deadlier phase

By Jerry White, 28 January 2021

Chicago educators are in the forefront of the resistance of educators across the US to the campaign by the Biden administration and the corporate media to reopen schools.

As pandemic continues in China, lack of resources provokes social media protests

By Jerry Zhang, 28 January 2021

The government’s COVID-19 prevention and control system is facing tremendous pressure and fuelling popular discontent.

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28 January 2021

Opposition mounts to Spanish government’s refusal to implement coronavirus measures

By Alice Summers, 28 January 2021

The blame for the explosion of cases and deaths in Spain lies squarely on the shoulders of the Socialist Party (PSOE)-Podemos government, which has refused point-blank to take any serious measures to control the pandemic.

Network meeting of action committees for safe education discusses Europe-wide school strike

By Our reporters, 28 January 2021

The online meeting in Germany adopted a powerful resolution against the return to workplaces, schools and day-care centres under conditions of a widening pandemic.

999 France covid update/ pseudo left protests

28 January 2021

For a European-wide strike against school openings!

Network of Action Committees for Safe Education, 28 January 2021

This statement was adopted by a meeting of the Network of Action Committees for Safe Education.

Australian governments lift safety restrictions despite COVID-19 dangers and vaccine doubts

By Martin Scott, 28 January 2021

The back-to-workplaces drive is being escalated, even though vaccine roll-outs have not begun.

“We were just the test animals”

Victimized Chicago teacher speaks out against deadly school reopening

By Michael Walters, 28 January 2021

When Chicago Public Schools demanded Chicago teachers return to teach in unsafe pandemic conditions, hundreds refused and the district retaliated by locking more than 150 educators out.

After government intervention to keep it open, hundreds of infections went unreported at Illinois meatpacking plant

By Cordell Gascoigne, 27 January 2021

At least 137 COVID-19 cases at the Rochelle Foods meatpacking plant went unreported after state and federal government officials intervened to countermand a local lockdown order, according to an investigative report published last week in USA Today .

999 Oxygen shortage in poor countries and Covid-19

27 January 2021

New COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 identified at the University of Michigan

By Jesse Thomas, 27 January 2021

Five of six cases of the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, identified in Washtenaw County, Michigan, have been associated with the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (UMich) campus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson admits to mass murder as UK official COVID-19 death toll passes 100,000

By Robert Stevens, 27 January 2021

More people have now died in the UK from COVID-19 than its civilian death toll in World War II.

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27 January 2021

An interview with Dr. Arthur Caplan, professor of bioethics at New York University, on the COVID-19 pandemic

By Benjamin Mateus, 27 January 2021

Dr. Arthur Caplan is the Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor of Bioethics at NYU’s Langone Medical Center and the founding director of the Division of Medical Ethics.

Chicago educators to remain teaching remotely on Wednesday

By Alexander Fangmann, 27 January 2021

Overwhelming opposition to reopening schools among educators and other workers leads Chicago mayor to back off from threats of retaliation.

Despite horrific numbers, California governor ends stay-at-home order, mirroring President Biden’s pandemic policies

By Rafael Azul, 27 January 2021

In line with the reopening policies being pursued by the Biden administration and financial elites, on Monday Governor Gavin Newsom announced the lifting of stay-at-home orders for the entire state.

French government determined to keep schools open as virus spreads

By Samuel Tissot, 27 January 2021

Despite over new 1,000 admissions to ICU beds in the last 48 hours, the French education minister doubled down on lies to justify keeping schools open.

Global and domestic tensions fuel moves to oust Australian Labor Party leader

By Mike Head, 27 January 2021

Plans to dump Albanese are intensifying as the worldwide COVID-19 catastrophe worsens, fuelling working class unrest internationally, and the incoming Biden administration steps up the US confrontation with China.

Massive coronavirus outbreak at Airbus plant in Hamburg, Germany

By Gustav Kemper and Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 27 January 2021

Five hundred workers at the Airbus plant in Hamburg-Finkenwerder are quarantining after 21 of their colleagues were infected with COVID-19. The IG Metall trade union and its works council representatives refuse to take any responsibility for the health of the work f orce.

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27 January 2021

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27 January 2021

Oppose the unsafe reopening of colleges and universities!

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 26 January 2021

The reopening of schools amid a raging pandemic is a criminal act that will only add to the already horrific toll of death from the coronavirus.

Nevada sees record number of COVID-19 deaths

By Hong Jian and Dan Conway, 26 January 2021

The policy of herd immunity is being deliberately cultivated in Nevada as casinos, logistics and other industries have continued to operate as normal with little to no protections in place to stop the spread of the virus.

US educators confront Democrats and the unions in battle to close schools and save lives

By Evan Blake, 26 January 2021

Biden is aggressively pursuing school reopenings in coordination with Democratic politicians and the teachers unions, as opposition among rank-and-file educators mounts to this homicidal policy.

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26 January 2021

Union pushes through contract to avert strike of Hawaii nurses

By Angelo Perera, 26 January 2021

Despite its lower infection rates than the US mainland, COVID-19 infection rates in Hawaii have been on the rise, with total infections increasing by 29 percent since the beginning of December.

UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee discusses school reopenings and lessons of Trump’s attempted coup

By our reporter, 26 January 2021

UK Educators Rank-and-File Committee passes resolution in support of US Covid whistleblower Rebekah Jones

Huge COVID-19 outbreak at Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency exposes fraudulent UK lockdown

By Thomas Scripps, 26 January 2021

The 535 infections at the DVLA, the largest known number linked to a single employer and workplace, have contributed to the appalling toll of infections and deaths in the Swansea Bay area.

Inequality expected to rise in every country “simultaneously”

Oxfam: Global billionaires' wealth up $3.9 trillion during the pandemic

By Jacob Crosse, 26 January 2021

The annual report on inequality exposes the effect the pandemic and the response of governments around the world has had in exacerbating social inequality.

999 Jimmy Dore appeal for unity with neo-Nazis

26 January 2021

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26 January 2021

Millions of Brazilian students refuse to take exam amid rising opposition to back to school campaign

By Eduardo Parati, 26 January 2021

The unprecedented mass absence from one of Brazil’s most important national yearly exams is a statement of opposition to the government’s herd immunity policy and the reopening of schools.

999 Interview with Art Kaplan on the pandemic

26 January 2021

Houston, Texas hospital remains locked over financial dispute, putting hundreds of patients at risk

By Chase Lawrence, 25 January 2021

It is an absolute indictment of the for-profit healthcare system and the financial oligarchs that benefit from it that hospitals should be shut down in the middle of a pandemic, let alone when 83 million already lack sufficient access to primary healthcare, in the richest country in the world.

Coronavirus death toll in Germany reaches 50,000

By Marianne Arens, 25 January 2021

A year of the coronavirus pandemic, in Germany and globally, has shown that curbing the virus cannot be left to the capitalist governments.

999 French oil workers strike against job losses in pandemic

25 January 2021

Australia: Inquiry reveals chronic under funding and lengthy wait times for South-West Sydney health services

By Clare Bruderlin, 25 January 2021

The healthcare crisis is a direct result of the decimation of public health services by consecutive state and federal government, Labor and Liberal-National alike, with union support.

12 dead and over 750 workers infected at Southern California ports

By Marko Leone, 25 January 2021

1,800 workers at the Los Angeles port are not reporting to work as deaths have increased by 82 percent in the region.

Spain’s defence chief resigns amid mounting anger over COVID-19 vaccine theft

By Alejandro López, 25 January 2021

Anger is mounting in the working class after generals, royalty and politicians got the COVID-19 vaccination even as vaccines are running out for frontline health care workers.

999 Oppose unsafe reopening of colleges, IYSSE

25 January 2021

World Bank details economic and social impact of coronavirus in Sub-Saharan Africa

By Jean Shaoul, 25 January 2021

Death rates in 20 countries are higher than the global average of 2.2 percent, rising by more than 30 percent in the past month in Nigeria, Egypt and South Africa. Officials in Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo said hospital capacity and oxygen supplies were running out.

Democratic Party pursues the deadly policy of herd immunity

By Benjamin Mateus, 25 January 2021

President Biden says there is nothing to be done to change the pandemic’s trajectory. However, material published in the New York Times repudiates this assertion.

Johnson government warns UK COVID-19 strain more deadly as hospitals buckle under pressure

By Robert Stevens, 25 January 2021

The Johnson government has been able to oversee such death and destruction only because they are governing in a de facto coalition with the Labour Party and the trade unions.

Greece loosens coronavirus lockdown, massively rearms military

By Katerina Selin, 25 January 2021

Despite the dangerous spread of the new UK variant of COVID-19 and the deadly impact the pandemic throughout Europe, Greece is easing its lockdown measures.

Russia ends COVID-19 restrictions in major cities

By Andrea Peters, 23 January 2021

Having witnessed a small drop-off in infections and hospitalizations, Moscow and Saint Petersburg are now ending the very restrictions that fueled these improvements.

Chicago schools chief threatens to lock out teachers who don’t return to school buildings Monday

By George Gallanis, 23 January 2021

The Lightfoot administration has indicated it will treat teachers following through with a union resolution to continue teaching remotely as engaging in an illegal strike, even as she and Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker push to open restaurants and businesses.

Spain’s rich and powerful secretly monopolised COVID-19 vaccines

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 23 January 2021

The ruling class orders workers and youth back to work and school, knowing thousands will get sick and die, knowing they can illegally obtain the vaccine for themselves.

Southern California school districts plan reopenings despite dire spread of COVID-19

By Melody Isley, 23 January 2021

In the past two weeks, COVID-19 deaths have increased by 82 percent throughout California as the virus continues to spread unabated. Despite the surge, multiple Southern California school districts plan to reopen in the coming weeks.

Biden claims “there is nothing we can do” to halt mass death from coronavirus

By Benjamin Mateus, 23 January 2021

The Biden administration’s pandemic response proposal has as its central aim opening up the entire country to economic activity.

Alabama teachers speak out as four more teachers die of COVID-19 this week

By Shelley Connor, 23 January 2021

The staggering impact of these educators’ deaths upon staff and students is incalculable, and there have been numerous heartfelt tributes made by community members in Montgomery.

Government statistics reveal vast scale of UK school teacher and staff COVID-19 infections

By Tania Kent, 23 January 2021

The statistics are a devastating indictment of the Conservative government’s policy of forcing schools to stay open, supported by the Labour Party and the trade unions.

Who is responsible for Canada’s second, deadlier, wave of COVID-19?

By Frédéric Charlebois, 23 January 2021

So as to ensure Canada’s ruling elite continues to accumulate obscene wealth, the federal Liberal and provincial governments have sabotaged implementation of the measures urgently needed to halt the spread of COVID-19.

Greater numbers dying as COVID-19 infections spread in UK workplaces

By Barry Mason, 23 January 2021

Data published by Public Health England covering January 4-10 showed a near 70 percent increase in reports of COVID-19 infections related to workplaces, with 175 clusters. These workplaces were other than schools, hospitals or care homes.

#ZeroCovid petition: The campaign for a European lockdown requires a socialist perspective

By Peter Schwarz, 23 January 2021

The large support for the #ZeroCovid petition is an expression of the growing opposition to official government policy that puts the profits of big business above saving human lives. A consistent struggle against the pandemic, however, requires a socialist programme and the building of independent action committees.

Threat of fascistic coup grows in Brazil amid COVID vaccination failure

By Tomas Castanheira, 23 January 2021

“We the military are the last obstacle to socialism. Who decides whether a people will live in democracy or dictatorship is their Armed Forces,” declared fascistic President Bolsonaro.

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22 January 2021

Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness exposes stark global inequalities in COVID-19 reponse

By Benjamin Mateus, 22 January 2021

The second report from the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response is a thorough indictment of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Baltimore City Schools announces wide reopening of schools in mid-February

By Harvey Simpkins, 22 January 2021

The move has the support of the city’s Democratic Mayor Brandon Scott, making Baltimore the latest Democratic-led city or state to aggressively reopen schools as the pandemic rages out of control.

Chaotic vaccination rollout leaves New Yorkers vulnerable to COVID-19 surge

By Ali Elhassan, 22 January 2021

Governor Cuomo has committed himself to keeping businesses open despite the loss of life.

UK records over 21,000 deaths and a million new COVID infections in first three weeks of 2021

By Robert Stevens, 22 January 2021

Boris Johnson’s government is having to adapt to a public mood strongly opposed to ending lockdown, with many demanding it is made more restrictive.

The science of the pandemic supports teachers’ concerns over the dangers of school reopening, Part two

By Benjamin Mateus, 21 January 2021

Science validates teachers’ concerns that in-person education during the pandemic is a dangerous proposition. This article reviews some of the more recent scientific findings.

As COVID-19 resurges, Chinese workers hit by pay and job cuts

By Jerry Zhang, 21 January 2021

As well as being placed on the front line of the pandemic, workers are facing an offensive against their working conditions.

Boston Teachers Union agrees to return to in-person classes for thousands of students

By Julian James, 21 January 2021

The agreement was reached a day before the BTU took part in last week’s phony “Day of Resistance” protest aimed at appealing to Biden and the Democratic Party.

Chicago educators form independent rank-and-file committee to fight school reopenings

Close schools and nonessential production until the pandemic is contained! Full income protection to all!

By Chicago Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 21 January 2021

We call on all educators and support staff, and workers from all industries, to join and help build our committee in your school or workplace, independently of both big-business parties and their backers in the CTU and other unions.

Tennessee educators and parents call for fully funded remote learning to contain the pandemic

By Tennessee Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 21 January 2021

In opposition to Governor Bill Lee’s scheme to pressure schools to reopen, we call for the immediate closure of all schools and for the provision of ample resources to provide high quality remote learning to all students.

Oregon faces legal challenges after establishing blacks-only COVID-19 relief fund

By Dominic Gustavo, 21 January 2021

The Oregon Cares Fund revived criteria similar to the racist “one drop” rule to determine eligibility to receive financial aid.

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21 January 2021

999 WHO report on governments' disastrous response to the pandemic

21 January 2021

German federal and state governments reject consistent lockdown measures

By Marianne Arens, 21 January 2021

“Profits before lives” is the unspoken motto of the establishment parties at every level.

World Bank exposes economic and social impact of coronavirus in South Asia

By Saman Gunadasa, 21 January 2021

South Asian governments have responded to the pandemic by pumping money into big businesses and imposing the burden on the working masses.

Dutch government falls as deaths mount in COVID-19 pandemic

By Alex Lantier and Parwini Zora, 20 January 2021

Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s government resigned as governments in Estonia and Italy fell in the wake of Trump’s fascist coup attempt in Washington on January 6.

Alabama educators launch rank-and-file safety committee to close schools and save lives!

Alabama Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 20 January 2021

We call on all educators and support staff, and workers from all industries, to join and help build our committee in your school or workplace, independently of both big-business parties and their backers in the unions.

Record UK COVID-19 deaths as government plots ending “the last” lockdown

By Robert Stevens, 20 January 2021

This is being justified by citing a vaccination programme with only four million people having received the first dose of a required two doses. The population of the UK is over 66 million.

999 Chicago Educators R&F Committee founding statement

20 January 2021

999 Oregon set aside funds for black residents in pandemic relief bill

20 January 2021

Coronavirus cases surge again at Fort Dix federal prison in New Jersey

By Erik Schreiber, 20 January 2021

For the second time in a matter of months, officials at Fort Dix have reported more coronavirus cases than at any other federal prison.

The science of the pandemic supports teachers’ concerns over the dangers of school reopening—Part one

By Benjamin Mateus, 20 January 2021

Science validates teachers’ concerns that in-person education during the pandemic is a dangerous proposition. This article reviews some of the more recent scientific findings.

School worker deaths mount in Florida as virus spreads without restraint

By Alex Johnson, 20 January 2021

Two public school workers from Florida died earlier this month after contracting COVID-19 under conditions of an unmitigated spread of the virus in school districts statewide.

Hawaii nurses demand safe working conditions and PPE

By Evelyn Rios, 19 January 2021

The struggle of Hawaii nurses has reached a critical juncture. They should reject the attempts to sabotage their actions and begin organizing independently of the trade unions.

Biden pledges to continue Trump’s campaign to open schools and businesses

By Andre Damon, 19 January 2021

While Biden has claimed that he would “listen to the science” in the COVID-19 pandemic, he has in reality pledged to continue the Trump administration’s drive to prematurely open schools and businesses.

Local reports of COVID-19 deaths in UK schools confirm concealed impact of pandemic

By Harvey Thompson, 19 January 2021

Prior to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s January 4 lockdown announcement, the government had even threatened legal action against those schools intending to close due to high infection rates.

Surge in COVID-19 on UK’s Isle of Wight overwhelms health care infrastructure

By Paul Bond, 19 January 2021

Stephen Parker, medical director of the island’s National Health Service Trust, warned, “If the NHS is going to be overwhelmed, it is going to be in the next two to four weeks.”

Political and media campaign scapegoats nurses in Germany

By Gregor Link, 19 January 2021

Hardly a day goes by without major newspapers publishing condescending comments questioning the “willingness of nurses to be vaccinated” or leading politicians launching media attacks against them.

Ukraine begs Europe for coronavirus vaccine

By Jason Melanovski, 19 January 2021

While still providing military backing to the Kiev government in its ongoing civil war with Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, US and European imperialism have refused to provide even minimal vaccine assistance to the poorest country in Europe.

Morgues overflow, air quality restrictions on crematoriums suspended as Los Angeles County surpasses 1 million COVID-19 cases

By Angelo Perera, 19 January 2021

Some hospitals report operating at over 300 percent capacity as southern California counties procure dozens of refrigerator trucks to hold the dead.

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19 January 2021

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19 January 2021

Educators and workers across the US denounce arrest of whistleblower Rebekah Jones

By Matthew MacEgan, 19 January 2021

Jones, who faces persecution in response to her efforts to expose the spread of the pandemic in Florida and in K-12 schools across the US, was released on bond after turning herself in to Florida police.

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19 January 2021

The global COVID vaccine distribution debacle is mirrored in the US

By Benjamin Mateus, 19 January 2021

The global vaccination distribution has been characterized as a “catastrophic moral failure” by the WHO’s director-general. Despite the US predominance in access to these life-saving vaccines, its national vaccine initiative has been a dismal disaster.

State of emergency imposed in Malaysia, granting government sweeping powers

By Peter Symonds, 18 January 2021

While the spread of COVID-19 was the stated reason, the anti-democratic powers invoked are above all directed against the working class.

Indiana lawmakers propose new law shielding businesses from COVID-19 liabilities

By Jack Temple, 18 January 2021

The proposed law seeks to remove legal rights from workers if they get sick or die from contracting COVID-19 at work.

Philippines records first case of new COVID-19 strain

By Robert Campion, 18 January 2021

The authorities have ruled out introducing more stringent lockdown measures and travel bans, with government officials declaring that they “want to balance health with the economy.”

Spanish hospitals on brink of collapse as COVID-19 cases explode

By Alice Summers, 18 January 2021

As COVID-19 infections reach new highs, medical professionals in Spain warn that hospitals will soon be overwhelmed by admissions to intensive care units.

Free COVID-19 whistleblower Rebekah Jones!

By Bryan Dyne, 18 January 2021

Jones is being prosecuted by the state of Florida for exposing its effort to cover up cases of COVID-19 and opposing the state’s policy of prematurely reopening schools.

School nurses return to campuses as United Teachers Los Angeles covers for Democrats

By Tadakatsu Čapek, 18 January 2021

Two years after betraying the strike by 33,000 teachers, the United Teachers Los Angeles is collaborating with state and local Democrats to reopen schools in the epicenter of the world pandemic.

Australian Tennis Open proceeds despite growing COVID-19 infections

By Mike Head, 18 January 2021

“Profits before lives” is literally the theme under which the global season-opening event is taking place.

United Kingdom COVID-19 variant reaches New Zealand

By John Braddock, 18 January 2021

The arrival of the more contagious UK and South African strains underscores the global nature of the virus, which cannot be contained within national borders.