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The coronavirus pandemic

New York Governor Cuomo sanctions statewide reopening of schools

By Evan Blake, 8 August 2020

Cuomo’s mandate provides crucial political support for the Trump administration’s drive to reopen schools irrespective of the cost to human life.

No masks, crowded hallways

Georgia highschoolers use social media to expose disastrous conditions as schools reopen

By Genevieve Leigh, 8 August 2020

Two students from Georgia’s North Paulding High School were suspended after photos of hallways packed with crowds of unmasked students went viral on social media.

Texas attorney general orders in-person education as state cases top 500,000

By Tony Jackson, 8 August 2020

The attorney general and governor of Texas are endangering the lives of teachers and students with a patently unscientific back-to-school pandemic plan.

“It’s a recipe for disaster”

Autoworkers denounce bipartisan drive to reopen schools

By Tim Rivers, 8 August 2020

Opposition is growing among autoworkers and other workers to the back-to-school campaign, which is threatening the health of teachers, students and their families.

German schools reopen despite increase in coronavirus infections

By Marianne Arens, 8 August 2020

In order to ensure the capitalists can turn a profit, all established parties, from the Christian Social Union to the Left Party, are pushing for a return to regular in-person teaching.

UK: For a general strike against the reopening of schools

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 8 August 2020

The SEP calls for the development of an interconnected network of rank-and-file committees to prepare for a general strike against the opening of schools and the murderous policy of the ruling class.

As July report shows no let-up in mass joblessness

White House, Congress combine to cut off supplemental unemployment benefits

By Jacob Crosse, 8 August 2020

Driven by social interests irreconcilably opposed to those of the working class, congressional leaders from both parties adjourned Friday without restoring jobless pay.

US coronavirus death toll predicted to reach 295,000 by December

By Bryan Dyne, 8 August 2020

The IHME projection of nearly 300,000 deaths by December exposes the lie that it is safe to reopen the schools.

Columbia University pressures faculty into teaching in-person classes, triggering backlash

By Elliott Murtagh, 8 August 2020

Faculty and graduate instructors have denounced university demands they teach in-person classes during the planned fall campus reopening.

GM Spring Hill workers speak out against unsafe conditions amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Zac Thorton, 8 August 2020

The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter has received comments from a number of workers at the Tennessee plant.

Africa’s one million coronavirus cases “the tip of the iceberg”

By Stephan McCoy, 8 August 2020

Between June and July, the number of cases grew by 500 percent indicating that COVID-19 is more widespread than the official figures suggest.

Over a third of indigenous Canadians struggling to pay for essentials during pandemic

By Alexandra Greene, 8 August 2020

If anything, the figures presented by Statistics Canada understate the horrific social conditions facing most indigenous people.

Australia: Woolworths lifts lockout as union pushes through sell-out deal

By Terry Cook, 8 August 2020

The United Workers Union has brokered a sell-out deal that maintains the exploitative conditions and low-pay regime at Woolworths’ Wyong distribution centre.

The politics of oligarchy: Federal appeals court blocks SEP challenge to anti-democratic ballot access laws in California

By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US President, 8 August 2020

The response of the ruling class and its state to the SEP's legal challenge has been determined by one political motive: Keep socialists off the ballot!

As Senate adjourns for weekend

New US unemployment claims top 1 million for 20th straight week

By Jacob Crosse, 7 August 2020

Indifferent to the plight of millions of jobless workers and their families, senators from both parties adjourned Thursday with no agreement on extending expired unemployment benefits.

“A nationwide strike is what needs to be done”

Angry educators and parents across the US protest the reckless return to classrooms

By Nancy Hanover, 7 August 2020

From Florida to California, teachers and parents are caravanning, protesting and petitioning against a reckless return to school as demanded by Wall Street and the entire political establishment.

Health Commissioner forced out as New York City prepares to reopen schools amid national pandemic surge

By Josh Varlin, 7 August 2020

Dr. Oxiris Barbot’s ouster indicates a more open return to the herd immunity strategy that guided the city’s disastrous early response to the pandemic.

Dangerous conditions in Melbourne quarantine hotels helped cause Australia’s COVID-19 resurgence

By Martin Scott, 7 August 2020

Victoria’s state Labor Party government presided over the hiring of poorly-paid security guards with no infection control training.

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The Line movingly conveys health care workers’ struggles during the pandemic

By Erik Schreiber, 7 August 2020

A powerful play based on interviews shows how New York City’s health care workers battled the pandemic as the health care system collapsed around them.

Mounting opposition by teachers against drive to reopen schools

By Benjamin Mateus, 6 August 2020

Evidence is growing that the reopening of schools will lead to a massive resurgence of the pandemic, with deadly consequences for teachers and students.

Altered CDC guidelines provide unscientific basis for reopening schools

By Mitch Marcus, 6 August 2020

The CDC guidelines were adjusted in mid-July to suit the demands of the Trump administration that schools reopen, as part the broader campaign to reopen the economy.

Two Florida teenagers die from COVID-19 as schools push to reopen

By Alex Johnson, 6 August 2020

These harrowing deaths come a month after a 9-year-old, Kimora Lynum, from Putman County, became the youngest child added to Florida’s COVID-19 death toll.

COVID-19 outbreaks at four workplaces in Swindon, UK

By Tony Robson, 6 August 2020

Local officials in Wales and England have sought to minimise any disruption to the operations of the corporations as outbreaks of the virus have flared up.

As negotiations stall on federal coronavirus relief bill

Florida governor admits state unemployment system purposefully designed to pay out “least number of claims”

By Jacob Crosse, 6 August 2020

Republican governor Ron DeSantis had previously claimed nearly all applicants had been paid and blamed jobless workers for incorrectly filling out forms.

Far-right protest against COVID-19 restrictions in Berlin: A put-up job

By Peter Schwarz, 6 August 2020

The protest in Berlin was a predictable, put-up job, which closely resembled the scenario of the Pegida demonstrations held five years ago.

Resuming college football driven by financial interests

By Andy Thompson, 6 August 2020

In order to protect billions in revenue, US universities are resorting to threats and cover-ups to keep their plans to play football in the fall on track.

Australia: Victorian hospital admissions soar amid warnings COVID-19 surge will continue for weeks

By Oscar Grenfell, 6 August 2020

It is clear that the Victorian government only introduced sharper lockdown measures, after the state was already on the precipice of a healthcare catastrophe.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to hear Socialist Equality Party candidates’ appeal in California voting rights case until after ballots are printed

By Shuvu Batta, 6 August 2020

The decision effectively deprives Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz of the right to have their appeal heard on the merits before the ballots are printed.

US teachers defy threats to cut funding for schools that delay in-person learning

By Phyllis Steele, 5 August 2020

Republican-controlled legislatures in several states are moving to cut funding and outsource the jobs of teachers if schools do not open with full in-person learning.

New York educators oppose city and state school reopening plans

By Sandy English, 5 August 2020

Teachers in New York are determined to prevent the unsafe reopening of schools by the Democratic mayor and governor.

Lancet warns of massive resurgence of coronavirus after UK school reopening

By Thomas Scripps, 5 August 2020

Medical professionals warn that schools cannot be reopened safely when testing and tracing are grossly inadequate and there is already a resurgence of the pandemic.

Brazilian teachers oppose back-to-school drive

By our correspondents, 5 August 2020

Amid intense opposition from teachers and parents, private schools were reopened last month in the state of Amazonas and this week in Rio de Janeiro.

As COVID-19 surges, infected Turkish workers forced back to work

By Barış Demir, 5 August 2020

The coronavirus is again spreading unrestrainedly in Turkey due to the criminal back-to-work policies of the ruling class.

“A lot of people really don’t think we should be working right now”

GM Fairfax worker speaks out on spread of COVID-19

By James Tatsch, 5 August 2020

Last week saw the highest number of new recorded cases for the Kansas City metro area since the start of the pandemic.

Amazon violates its own health and safety rules in COVID-19 coverup

By Nick Barrickman and Patrick Smith, 5 August 2020

Amazon continues to withhold the number of reported coronavirus infections from its own workers and the public, placing countless lives in danger.

Australian meatworks emerge as centres of COVID-19

By Steve Strietberg, 5 August 2020

Amid growing infections throughout the industry, cold storage workers at the JBS plant in Melbourne refused to begin work last week, demanding safe working conditions.

From Medicare-for-All to “Masks-for-All”: Bernie Sanders and the incredible shrinking “political revolution”

By Genevieve Leigh, 5 August 2020

Under conditions of the greatest political, economic, social, and health catastrophe in US history, Sanders’ proposal amounts to less than a Band-Aid for a bullet wound.

Victoria’s COVID-19 catastrophe: An indictment of Australian governments and capitalism

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 5 August 2020

The surge in coronavirus deaths and infections is the outcome of the pro-business reopening of the economy enforced by governments, the corporations and the trade unions.

Anger grows across the US as closed-door talks continue on expired unemployment relief

By Jacob Crosse, 4 August 2020

Millions of American workers don’t know how they’ll pay rent or where their next meal will come from.

“Most people here think the plant should be shut down”

Workers describe unsafe conditions at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant

By Tim Rivers and George Kirby, 4 August 2020

Members of the new Ford Rouge Rank-and-File Safety Committee spoke to the WSWS to describe the lack of safety protections at Ford’s flagship F-150 factory, while management backed by the union is attempting to restore full production.

Who decides the fate of the US Postal Service?

By Kayla Costa and Shuvu Batta, 4 August 2020

The assortment of former Wall Street executives, private CEOs, union financial advisors and major Republican and Democratic Party donors who sit on the USPS Board of Governors is the clearest sign of the ruling class’s plans to privatize the USPS.

Stricter lockdown reimposed in Philippines as cases top 100,000

By Joseph Santolan, 4 August 2020

The Duterte administration has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with authoritarianism and anti-scientific nonsense.

Britain’s jobs massacre continues

By Margot Miller, 4 August 2020

Many have no jobs to go back to, with young people especially hard hit in hospitality and retail.

Mass unemployment to worsen in Australia following Victorian lockdown

By Mike Head, 4 August 2020

Workers, especially those in casual and insecure employment, will bear the burden of the sweeping “state of disaster” COVID-19 restrictions announced by Victoria’s Labor government.

Amid COVID-19 “disaster,” Australian state government announces limited workplace closures

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 August 2020

The measures were only announced after the Victorian surge of infections had spiralled out of control, sparking fears of a collapse of the healthcare system.

New COVID-19 infections take hold in first week of attempted cruise industry restart

By Tom Casey, 4 August 2020

Among the first ship operators to resume sailings, Norwegian-owned Hurtigruten suspended operation of two ships this weekend after 36 passenger and five crew tested positive for coronavirus.

COVID-19 takes hold in Papua New Guinea

By John Braddock, 4 August 2020

A surge of new COVID-19 cases has been recorded in the past 14 days, threatening to overwhelm the impoverished country’s ill-equipped healthcare system.

One month of the coronavirus pandemic: 7.2 million infected, 165,000 dead

By Bryan Dyne, 4 August 2020

July was the worst month yet in terms of new cases of COVID-19, as the pandemic continued to tear through the global population.

Drive to reopen US schools continues despite mounting evidence of deadly consequences

By Evan Blake, 3 August 2020

More scientific research shows the immense dangers to the health and lives of teachers, students and parents by reopening schools while the pandemic continues out of control.

Scottish government prepares to reopen schools as new COVID-19 spikes emerge

By Steve James, 3 August 2020

The government intends to re-open all primary and secondary schools by August 18, despite COVID-19 outbreaks in call centres, distribution centres, pubs and care homes.

The July days of the COVID-19 pandemic wreak havoc on the US

By Benjamin Mateus, 3 August 2020

The month of July saw over 2 million cases of COVID-19 and rising fatality rates in the Sun Belt states, and the pandemic is shifting to the Midwest.

Vietnam struggles to contain rapid resurgence of COVID-19

By Owen Howell, 3 August 2020

After three months of no confirmed cases, Vietnam is witnessing a nationwide spread of the virus due to a new outbreak in the city of Da Nang.

105 Philippines COVID-19 update

3 August 2020

COVID-19 “state of disaster” imposed across Australian state of Victoria

By Patrick O’Connor, 3 August 2020

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton characterised the sweeping measures as “shock and awe.”

Major League Baseball season on brink of collapse as COVID-19 continues to spread

By Alan Gilman, 3 August 2020

New positive cases have continued to emerge since the first outbreak in the Miami Marlins, causing postponement of 20 percent of last weekend’s games.

Baltimore’s Mercy Medical Center intensive care unit head physician dies of COVID-19

By Dominic Gustavo, 3 August 2020

Health care workers have been placed on the front lines of the pandemic as safety precautions such as social distancing have been lifted.

140 Interview with parts worker

3 August 2020

As stock indexes continue their climb

US unemployment supplement expires, setting the stage for mass hunger and homelessness

By Barry Grey, 1 August 2020

The congressional stalemate over an extension of the unemployment pay supplement, which is certain to result in the total elimination or a major cut in the benefit, is a declaration of war against the entire working population.

Six months since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global public health emergency

By Benjamin Mateus, 1 August 2020

Nearly 700,000 people have succumbed to the pandemic over the past six months.

Ford Dearborn Truck Plant workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to save lives amid COVID-19 pandemic

By the Ford Dearborn Truck Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 1 August 2020

The committee has appealed to its 5,000 co-workers, who build F-150 pickup trucks, to prepare joint action to fight the coronavirus and save lives.

UK government forced to enact new restrictions after pandemic let loose

By Thomas Scripps, 1 August 2020

Around 4,200 people are catching COVID-19 each day in England, up 68 percent on the estimated 2,500 daily infections two weeks ago.

As COVID-19 ravages Brazil, governments promote homicidal reopening of schools

By Tomas Castanheira, 1 August 2020

The attempt by big business politicians to reopen schools in the country faces massive opposition from educators and working-class families.

Reopening of schools in Germany puts the lives of children and educators at stake

By Andrea Reissner, 1 August 2020

The situation is highly dangerous. Since the easing of the coronavirus restrictions, the number of cases in Europe, and in Germany, is once again on the rise.

The coronavirus pandemic and the growing mental health crisis

By Ben Oliver, 1 August 2020

Dealing with the insidious uncertainty of COVID-19's spread is more like living with a domestic abuser or being deployed to a war zone.

Doctors at Michigan’s Beaumont Health submit no-confidence petition on eve of merger

By Stephen Fuller, 1 August 2020

A group of doctors at Michigan’s Beaumont Health system are submitting a no-confidence petition on the eve of a possible merger with Chicago-Milwaukee-based Advocate Aurora Health system.

Lawsuit exposes massive COVID-19 outbreak at privately-run immigrant detention center in Virginia

By Joe Williams, 1 August 2020

The Farmville Detention Center has the largest COVID-19 outbreak of all immigrant detainment facilities in the United States.

COVID-19 infections rapidly spread across Bangladesh

By Rohantha De Silva, 1 August 2020

The worsening coronavirus crisis in Bangladesh is a direct result of inadequate public health spending by successive governments.

SEP (US) Congress resolution

The global pandemic, the class struggle, and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

1 August 2020

This resolution was adopted unanimously by the Sixth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in the US, held July 19–24, 2020.

Universities prepare to blame students for COVID-19 outbreaks

By Trévon Austin, 1 August 2020

Universities are hoping the personal responsibility of students will be sufficient enough to contain outbreaks on campuses.

US COVID-19 death toll soars past 155,000, with one death every minute

By Kate Randall, 31 July 2020

Deaths have risen in the US for three weeks in a row, with the biggest hotspots in Florida, Arizona, California and Texas.

Hundreds of thousands mobilize on social media to oppose US school reopenings

By Evan Blake, 31 July 2020

An explosion of opposition to the unsafe reopening of schools has developed on social media, primarily through dozens of Facebook groups with a combined global membership of over 300,000.

“Capitalism is being exposed for what it is”

The school transportation crisis in the age of coronavirus

By Nancy Hanover, 31 July 2020

School bus drivers in Pennsylvania and New York spoke with the WSWS about the conditions they face amid the escalating campaign to reopen schools.

“Workers must stand up and say, ‘Enough is enough’”

Toledo Jeep Rank-and-File Safety Committee calls for emergency measures as COVID-19 surges in the plant

By Shannon Jones, 31 July 2020

As reports of COVID-19 cases at the Toledo Assembly Complex escalate, workers are demanding the closure of the facility for deep cleaning and disinfection.

Brook Park, Ohio autoworker describes conditions leading to rising COVID-19 infections at Ford Engine plant

By Katy Kinner, 31 July 2020

While Ford has told employees that they are following cleaning and safety protocols, rank-and-file workers have exposed the real dangers.

Report backing Johnson’s ending UK lockdown concludes: More “deaths and misery” are inevitable

By Robert Stevens, 31 July 2020

England endured the longest continuous period of excess deaths out of 29 European countries.

At least 735 COVID-19 deaths confirmed in US prison system

By Sam Dalton, 31 July 2020

Now exceeding April and May peaks, increases in prison deaths and infections are most acute in states that pursued reckless reopenings.

Louisiana restaurant worker dies of COVID-19 after collapsing on the job

By Aaron Murch, 31 July 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic worsens millions workers are faced with an impossible situation, go to work and possibly die on the job, or stay home and face eviction.

Australian COVID-19 surge continues as epidemiologists urge stricter lockdown

By Patrick O’Connor, 31 July 2020

In refusing to implement the measures demanded by medical experts, the ruling elite has chosen to protect profits over lives.

Corporate profits before lives: Europe’s reopening policies endanger millions of lives

By Johannes Stern, 31 July 2020

Six months after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus to be a global health emergency, the situation in Europe is out of control for a second time.

As opposition mounts to reopening of schools, US teacher union opposes national strike

By David Brown, 30 July 2020

The American Federation of Teachers resolved to limit safety strikes to locals “on a case-by-case basis as a last resort.”

COVID-19 deaths mount at GM plant and maquiladoras across Mexico

By Andrea Lobo, 30 July 2020

The state-owned oil company reported that 234 family members of workers have also died from coronavirus, highlighting the horrific human cost of the rush to reopen the economy.

Auto parts worker dies at Michigan Faurecia plant of unexplained causes

By Tim Rivers, 30 July 2020

Management at the Saline, Michigan plant has not released the cause of death, but coronavirus is widely suspected.

Fed chair Powell says backstop to markets to remain for a “very long time”

By Nick Beams, 30 July 2020

The massive intervention by the Fed and other central banks into financial markets beginning last March has raised fears, reflected in the soaring price for gold, that currencies are being debased.

India set to surpass two million COVID-19 cases within days

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 30 July 2020

While the government claims that it is mounting a “successful battle,” the virus is rampaging across the India, with half a million new infections in the past 12 days.

Indonesia passes 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

By Owen Howell, 30 July 2020

While case numbers and fatalities surge, the Widodo administration is nevertheless pushing on with an increasingly aggressive economic reopening.

UK coronavirus infections and death rates increase as Johnson blames Europe

By Robert Stevens, 30 July 2020

The Tories’ aim is to divert attention from the resurgence of coronavirus infections in the UK due to their own criminal policies.

Israeli bus drivers’ strike over COVID-19 safety concerns

By Jean Shaoul, 30 July 2020

More than a thousand bus drivers have been infected with the disease and hundreds are in quarantine, as the number of cases among Israel’s 9 million population has soared.

Report warns theft of international student wages in Australia set to worsen amid COVID-19

By Eric Ludlow, 30 July 2020

Many international students lost their casual jobs as a result of limited social distancing measures introduced in response to the spread of the coronavirus.

As other mid-Michigan corporations carry out layoffs

Dow Chemical announces plan to cut six percent of its global workforce

By Luke Galvin, 30 July 2020

The latest round of layoffs at Dow further exposes the long-going exploitative and controlling nature of the company’s relationship with the Midland, Michigan region.

Record Australian COVID-19 deaths and infections

By Oscar Grenfell, 30 July 2020

Today’s toll of 723 infections and 13 deaths in Victoria demonstrates that the authorities have completely lost control of the state’s coronavirus surge.

Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine racket

By Bryan Dyne, 30 July 2020

Moderna’s exorbitant price point for its taxpayer subsidized vaccine exemplifies the corporate-financial elite’s exploitation of the coronavirus catastrophe for its selfish private gain.

Australia: Committee for Public Education holds online forum on COVID-19 threat

By our reporters, 30 July 2020

“We are either going to have to roll over and accept what is going on, that workers are going to be sacrificed for capitalism, or we are going to have to rebel and have an uprising of some kind.”

Congress prepares to scrap $600 weekly unemployment payment

By Kevin Reed, 29 July 2020

The expiration of the enhanced federal unemployment benefit this week will drive millions of working class people across the US into desperate financial circumstances.

Trump uses quack science to promote back-to school, back-to-work drive

By Kate Randall, 29 July 2020

The US president continues to promote hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 based on disproven scientific claims.

Johnson government scientific adviser claims UK schools should never have closed

By Tania Kent, 29 July 2020

The hostility among teachers and parents to the unsafe reopening of schools is being met with propaganda to confuse, disorient and dissipate opposition.

Major League Baseball confronted with major COVID-19 outbreak

By Alan Gilman, 29 July 2020

Seventeen members of the Miami Marlins have tested positive for COVID-19 since the weekend, exposing a complete disregard for basic safety precautions.

GM keeps third shift at Missouri plant as anger mounts over unsafe conditions

By Kristina Betinis, 29 July 2020

Driven by investor demands, GM is bringing in laid-off and temporary workers to keep production moving while refusing to disclose the number of sick workers in the plant.

999 Ultra wealthy party in the Hamptons as pandemic rages

29 July 2020

Trump, Republicans demand $400-a-week cut for the unemployed

By Patrick Martin, 28 July 2020

The savage class war proposal is the start of “negotiations” with the Democrats in which the outcome is already assured: a severe reduction in working class living standards in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Texas revises its coronavirus death tally upward by 12 percent

By Bryan Dyne, 28 July 2020

If a similar revision were made to the fatality rate across the US, more than 18,000 new deaths would have to be added to the national toll.