The coronavirus pandemic

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.

Johnson demands two-week UK quarantine for 600,000 Britons holidaying in Spain

By Robert Stevens, 28 July 2020

Spain was taken off the government’s “safe-travel” list with a few hours’ notice, after being put on it just weeks earlier

Concerns mount over financial stability as US dollar falls and gold price soars

By Nick Beams, 28 July 2020

A report published in the New York Times last week on the March crisis—the trigger for the latest round of Fed intervention—noted that speculative activity of hedge funds had pushed “critical parts of the US financial markets” towards a collapse.

DENSO workers describe conditions that led to COVID-19 outbreak at Michigan auto parts plant

By Brent Dylan, 28 July 2020

After an initial report on an outbreak, workers describe the unsafe conditions and corporate double speak.

Working-class opposition emerging amid Australia’s COVID-19 surge

By Oscar Grenfell, 28 July 2020

Meat workers in Melbourne walked off the job this morning over safety concerns, while teachers and principals are demanding school closures after dozens of classroom infections.

Toronto tenants protest against looming evictions amid COVID-19 crisis

By Carl Bronski, 28 July 2020

The demonstrators demanded that Toronto’s mayor use his municipal emergency health and safety powers to block evictions, and denounce the Ontario government’s recently passed pro-landlord Bill 184.

Spain’s Podemos hails €750 billion EU bank bailout for COVID-19 crisis

By Alejandro López, 28 July 2020

The EU bailout Iglesias calls a “breath of fresh air” is the roll-out across Europe of the model of Greek bailouts after the 2008 crash, to repay trillions of euros given to the rich.

WISAG ground services slashes hundreds of jobs at Berlin Tegel Airport

By Gustav Kemper and Wolfgang Weber, 28 July 2020

This attack has long been planned by the company, the Berlin state executive and the Verdi trade union. Now the coronavirus pandemic and impending closure of Tegel are being used as the excuse to implement it.

Teachers face battle as Trump pushes school reopenings

By Evan Blake, 28 July 2020

After waging years of strikes and protests against cuts to school funding and wages, educators in the US now face a direct confrontation with the Trump administration over its drive to reopen schools.

$600-per-week jobless benefit expires for 20 million US workers

By Patrick Martin, 27 July 2020

The Trump administration and Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress are condemning millions of workers to destitution, hunger and homelessness.

White House brands teachers “essential workers” to force reopening of schools

By Evan Blake, 27 July 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic raging out of control, the Trump administration is escalating its homicidal campaign to reopen schools across the US.

Over 7,500 children in Tennessee have been diagnosed with COVID-19

By Zac Thorton, 27 July 2020

As the state’s schools move toward reopening, new data has provided a glimpse of the spread of COVID-19 among the state’s school-age children.

With over 16 million COVID-19 cases, the pandemic is devastating developing nations

By Benjamin Mateus, 27 July 2020

Millions of people in emerging countries are facing the onslaught of the deadly virus.

South Africa has the world’s fifth highest COVID-19 cases

By Stephan McCoy, 27 July 2020

The rate at which detected cases are doubling in the country, about every two weeks, implies that confirmed infections will be one million early August.

With over 200,000 dead from coronavirus

WHO warns that COVID-19 pandemic is resurgent across Europe

By Alex Lantier, 27 July 2020

Even before the pandemic has been brought under control in Eastern Europe, the premature ending of lockdowns in Western Europe is leading to a surge in new cases.

Mounting COVID-19 deaths expose deep crisis in Australian aged care homes

By Margaret Rees, 27 July 2020

“They’ve casualised the workforce so much that this is bound to happen.”

Facing manpower shortages over COVID-19, UAW president tells workers ‘don’t retire’

By Shannon Jones, 27 July 2020

As auto plants face staffing crises over COVID-19, the UAW chief tells workers considering early retirement, “Don’t do it.”

Canadian medical experts provide ideological justification for homicidal back-to-work drive

By Laurent Lafrance, 25 July 2020

Exploiting their professional qualifications to give their arguments credibility, the experts have fully endorsed the corporate elite’s reactionary dictum: “The cure cannot be worse than the disease.”

As the spread of COVID accelerates, Ford workers in Michigan and Kentucky denounce flouting of safety measures

By Tim Rivers, 25 July 2020

Ford workers in Michigan and Louisville, Kentucky describe the disregard of basic COVID-19 safety protections by management while the UAW works to suppress any opposition.

Iowa Department of Health underreported confirmed cases at meatpacking plant by more than half

By Cordell Gascoigne, 25 July 2020

The Iowa Department of Health cover-up occurred at the height of the “back to work campaign” and ongoing meat industry production.

London bus drivers launch crowdfund appeal for family of murdered French bus driver: “Help the family of Philippe Monguillot!”

By Laura Tiernan, 25 July 2020

London drivers launched the crowdfund for Monguillot’s family two weeks ago and are appealing for support.

Australia’s COVID-19 death toll rising rapidly

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 July 2020

Through the “national cabinet,” Labor and Liberal-National governments yesterday “recommitted” to the pro-business policies that have resulted in record deaths and infections.

150,000 dead in the US and no end in sight

By Andre Damon, 25 July 2020

The resurgence of COVID-19 is a result of the campaign by the Trump administration—with the assistance of the Democrats and the media—to force workers back on the job as the pandemic continues to rage.

SEP files appeal to Federal Sixth Circuit Court in Michigan ballot access case

By Kevin Reed, 25 July 2020

The Socialist Equality Party candidates Joseph Kishore for US President and Norissa Santa Cruz for US Vice President have appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit for review of the July 8 ruling of Judge Sean Cox rejecting their lawsuit against Michigan ballot access requirements during the pandemic.

US coronavirus hospitalizations surge back to April highs

By Bryan Dyne, 24 July 2020

The spike in hospitalizations is the result of infections surging nationally, including more than 69,000 new cases today, along with 1,150 deaths, bringing the total known case count and death toll to 4.17 million and 147,000, respectively.

Growing wave of educators’ protests forces Trump to throw a financial sop to schools

By Nancy Hanover, 24 July 2020

Trump’s apparent climbdown from his insistence that schools must “fully” open “ASAP” indicates the deep crisis of the administration and growing fears of the political mobilization of educators, parents and students.

Parents oppose dangerous UK nursery and pre-school reopening

By Charlotte Salthill and Joyce Smith, 24 July 2020

A report by the Sutton Trust highlights the devastating impact of decades of austerity by Tory and Labour governments, with the pandemic triggering an existential crisis for early years education.

German chicken processing plant remains open despite coronavirus outbreak

By Marianne Arens, 24 July 2020

As with the outbreaks at other German slaughterhouses, the politicians’ main concern is keeping production running so profits continue to pile up.

COVID-19 spreading widely in auto plants as Detroit automakers push for more production

By Shannon Jones, 23 July 2020

Reports continue of spreading COVID-19 infections at US auto plants as Detroit automakers are making clear that they will not permit even temporary shutdowns for cleaning and quarantining.

New coronavirus cases globally rocket past a quarter million

By Bryan Dyne, 23 July 2020

Multiple countries yesterday set new records in their daily death tolls, case counts or both.

California: 700 health care workers at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital on five-day strike

By Brian Dixon, 23 July 2020

Workers are protesting understaffing at the hospital, inadequate access to personal protective equipment, and management’s proposal to slash their benefits.

Widespread opposition as union sells out Joliet, Illinois nurses strike

By Alex Johnson, 23 July 2020

The Illinois Nurses Association isolated the courageous two-week strike and then pushed through a deal that does nothing to address dangerously high patient-to-nurse ratios.

“They have put the needs of the 1 percent over the importance of human life”

NASSCO shipyard worker dies from COVID-19 in San Diego

By Linda Rios, 23 July 2020

Concerns about the lack of safety measures at the shipyard began to surface in late March, when a worker tested positive for COVID-19.

Record daily coronavirus infections in Australia

By Patrick O’Connor, 23 July 2020

The pandemic has been exacerbated by the casualisation of the workforce that was engineered over the last four decades by successive Labor and Liberal governments.

Ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases across Pacific Island states

By John Braddock, 23 July 2020

The global health and economic crisis is having a catastrophic impact on the fragile and impoverished former colonies across the Pacific.

COVID-19 cases reach 15 million worldwide with 4 million in the US alone

By Benjamin Mateus, 22 July 2020

The United States is in the unique position of being the only developed nation to face such a disastrous and expanding outbreak.

US indicts Chinese nationals on trumped-up hacking charges

By Jacob Crosse, 22 July 2020

Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi are accused by the US government of hacking private computer networks with assistance from the Chinese government in order to steal intellectual property, including COVID-19 research.

EU Summit agrees to €750 billion fund for the banks and corporations

By Will Morrow, 22 July 2020

The agreement will provide a new revenue stream for European states to give handouts to corporations, and a new mechanism for austerity across the continent.

Doctors warn National Health Service will be “overwhelmed” as Johnson scraps UK lockdown measures

By Laura Tiernan, 22 July 2020

The R-rate, which the government previously said must stay below 1.0 to prevent exponential growth, has risen to 1.0 in almost every area.

Letter from a student in China on the COVID-19 pandemic

By a correspondent, 22 July 2020

“People are worried that on top of the hardship they have already gone through, they would face more unknown, long-term, and negative consequences from the pandemic.”

COVID-19 cases surging again in Japan

By Ben McGrath, 22 July 2020

As during the earlier stages of the pandemic, the government is refusing to make the necessary resources available to properly protect people and their livelihoods.

Australian government slashes pandemic payments to workers after suspending parliament

By Mike Head, 22 July 2020

The blatant purpose of the cuts is to give workers no choice but to go back into unsafe workplaces regardless of the rising danger of COVID-19 infection.

Report exposes crisis in American university health care systems as coronavirus cases skyrocket

By Joe Williams, 22 July 2020

The response of university administrators over the poor state of health care on college campuses is to seek immunity from any legal accountability.

ASOS: Fast fashion makes a killing in the UK during the pandemic

By Joe Mount, 22 July 2020

ASOS engaged in profiteering during the health emergency, continuing its operations in defiance of restrictions that only “essential” workplaces should remain open.

As opposition mounts to reopening of the schools

Missouri governor says children infected with COVID-19 will “get over it”

By Evan Blake, 21 July 2020

The campaign to reopen schools across the US, spearheaded by the Trump administration and supported by the entire political establishment, is provoking widespread opposition among educators.

Growing signs of deep and prolonged global recession

By Nick Beams, 21 July 2020

Many large US companies are reported to have determined that earlier measures are not going to be sufficient and that increased COVID-19 cases and related shutdowns have dashed hopes for a quick recovery.

Health and safety of medical workers jeopardized by world leaders’ negligent response to the pandemic

By Benjamin Mateus, 21 July 2020

Health care workers have faced the brunt of the pandemic, with tens of thousands who have contracted the coronavirus and thousands who have died caring for those infected with COVID-19.

Ireland heading for second COVID-19 wave

By Steve James, 21 July 2020

Ireland’s National Public Health Emergency Team has warned of a second wave of COVID-19 infection as the Central Bank warns of a “severe negative shock”.

Australian coronavirus surge hits Sydney

By Patrick O’Connor, 21 July 2020

The basic reproduction rate (R0) is 1.4 in Sydney and New South Wales, even higher than neighbouring Victoria, which continues to have the largest number of active infections.

040 Meatpackers update

21 July 2020

Coronavirus cases rise sharply in Austria

By Markus Salzmann, 21 July 2020

The Ministry of Health in Vienna reported 157 positive COVID-19 tests on Thursday, the highest number since April 10.

050 Bankrupt CEOs get big bonuses

21 July 2020

Mauritian seafarers, workers and youth oppose Jugnauth government corruption and austerity

By Tom Casey, 21 July 2020

Tens of thousands of workers and youth marched in a demonstration on Cathedral Square in the central district of Port Louis, Mauritius, on July 11.

Trump administration expands assault on coronavirus testing

By Bryan Dyne, 20 July 2020

There are 14.6 million confirmed cases and 608,000 deaths worldwide, including just under 3.9 million cases and more than 143,000 deaths in the United States alone.

Eighty-five infants infected with COVID-19 in Corpus Christi, Texas

By Chase Lawrence, 20 July 2020

Nueces County, Texas saw the number of new COVID-19 cases skyrocket in July, infecting dozens of babies, and killing a baby less than six months old.

Israeli police deploy tear gas and water cannon against anti-Netanyahu demonstrators

By Jean Shaoul, 20 July 2020

Around 2,000 people protested outside Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem in one of a series of demonstrations demanding his resignation.

Barcelona residents told to stay at home as COVID-19 resurges across Europe

By Alejandro López, 20 July 2020

Regional authorities have asked over 4 million people not to leave their homes, as the back-to-work campaigns accelerates the contagion of COVID-19 across Europe.

Toledo Jeep workers demand immediate shutdown as COVID-19 continues to spread in auto industry

By Jessica Goldstein, 20 July 2020

Toledo Jeep workers report that there are more than 60 cases at the assembly complex, but FCA and the UAW refuse to halt production

University of Akron announces plan to eliminate 178 professors, staff and contract professionals

By Isaac Finn, 20 July 2020

Last week, the University of Akron’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted in favor of eliminating positions from the university.

Workers disproportionately affected by coronavirus pandemic in Germany

By Marianne Arens, 20 July 2020

The disease particularly affects workers who do not have the opportunity to remain at home and maintain social distancing.

Australian coronavirus surge hits workplaces, factories

By Paul Bartizan, 20 July 2020

Some 80 percent of all COVID-19 transmissions in the state of Victoria over the last two months have occurred in workplaces.

Tönnies meat-processing plant in Germany restarted despite ongoing danger from COVID-19

By Marianne Arens, 20 July 2020

At the Tönnies plant in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, and the district of Gütersloh where it is located, 244 people are still registered as sick due to the coronavirus.

COVID-19 outbreak hits central Michigan flood recovery migrant workers

By Luke Galvin, 20 July 2020

The workers were housed in cramped hotel rooms, with upwards of five workers per room.

Trudeau government failed to enforce COVID-19 protections for migrant farm workers

By Janet Browning, 20 July 2020

While claiming that temporary migrant farm workers would be safeguarded from COVID-19, the Liberal government stopped all in-person worksite inspections.

999 JBS Greeley meatpackers update

20 July 2020

Brazil surpasses two million coronavirus cases as reopening drive continues

By Tomas Castanheira, 18 July 2020

“We cannot continue suffocating the economy,” President Jair Bolsonaro said, as Brazil suffered the highest single day death toll in the world.

US hits record 74,987 new daily COVID-19 cases

By Benjamin Mateus, 18 July 2020

The number of daily new cases in the United States has tripled from a month ago amid a massive resurgence of the pandemic.

Australian medical experts call for workplace and school shutdowns as Victoria’s COVID-19 surge escalates

By Oscar Grenfell, 18 July 2020

Despite the highest spike in Australian coronavirus infections since the pandemic began, the Victorian Labor government has implemented a “lockdown” that leaves schools and most workplaces open.

Australia: Hundreds of health workers in Victoria contract COVID-19

By Clare Bruderlin, 18 July 2020

A national survey of 500 healthcare workers found that half were experiencing PPE shortages and some were having to source their own supplies.

Hawaii officials push unsafe reopening of schools despite outcry by educators and parents

By Renae Cassimeda and Liz Laliberte, 18 July 2020

The reopening of the schools, along with the the lifting of travel restrictions in Hawaii, will greatly exacerbate the spread of the virus throughout the islands.

COVID-19 spread accelerates across Europe as EU summit opens

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 18 July 2020

The back-to-work policy implemented by governments and trade unions across Europe since lock-downs ended in May is leading to a collapse of social distancing.

Nearly 650,000 jobs lost in UK during pandemic, with much worse to come

By Robert Stevens, 18 July 2020

The collapse in the number of workers in employment takes place along with a drastic fall in hours for those remaining in a job, and a fall in wages.

Johnson’s return-to-work speech: UK ruling class opts for mass murder

By Laura Tiernan, 18 July 2020

Johnson’s homicidal plans to end home working and lift public transportation restrictions reveal a financial oligarchy hell-bent on driving millions back to work no matter what the cost in human life.

New delivery workers demonstration in Brazil exposes unions and their allies

By Miguel Andrade, 18 July 2020

After a massive continent-wide strike on July 1, delivery workers in Brazil are being told to place their fate in the hands of the unions and Congress.

American Airlines announces 25,000 job cuts

By Steve Filips, 18 July 2020

The unions have not taken any action to fight for safety or defend jobs. Their only response has been to plead for another government bailout for the airlines.

US pushes fabricated claims of Russian hacking of virus research

By Barry Grey, 18 July 2020

The United States is most nakedly pursuing a nationalistic course, aimed at enriching American oligarchs and deploying the vaccine not as a means to save lives, but as a weapon against countries in the crosshairs of US imperialism.

As COVID-19 spreads at Toledo Jeep and other plants

Build rank-and-file safety committees at every workplace to save lives!

By the FCA Jefferson North, Sterling Heights and Toledo Jeep Rank-and-File Safety Committees, 18 July 2020

The number of COVID-19 infections is rising all across the US, and emergency action has to be taken.

“Four workers share each bunk bed”

More than two hundred Mexican oil workers at PEMEX have died from COVID-19

By Andrea Lobo, 17 July 2020

The state-owned oil company reported that 234 family members of workers have also died from coronavirus.

As India approaches 1 million COVID-19 cases, Modi government continues to deny community transmission

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 17 July 2020

The absurd claim that India is not experiencing significant community transmission is part of the government’s reckless back-to-work drive and its criminal “herd immunity” policy.

Health care workers take action to preserve lives as COVID-19 spreads throughout Africa

By Stephan McCoy, 17 July 2020

From the onset of the pandemic, health care workers across the continent sounded the alarm over the lack of staff as well as ventilators and ICU beds.

US posts a one-day high in COVID-19 cases with health systems on the verge of collapse

By Benjamin Mateus, 17 July 2020

Florida, Texas, Arizona and California are the worst hit, as well as other states in the deep South like Alabama.

US automakers continue cover-up of COVID-19 outbreaks as workers call for action

By Shannon Jones, 17 July 2020

Fiat Chrysler, with the aid of the United Auto Workers and the corporate media, continues to downplay the uncontrolled spread of the virus at the Toledo North Assembly Complex.

Outbreak of COVID-19 at Pretty Little Thing distribution centre in Sheffield, UK

By Tony Robson, 17 July 2020

The outbreak among the 1,000 plus workforce demonstrates that the highly exploitative and unsafe practices of the Boohoo Group extend across the supply and distribution network.

White House declares that “science should not stand in the way” of reopening schools

By Evan Blake, 17 July 2020

The principles of public health and science, which are in alignment with the social interests of the working class, stand diametrically opposed to the insatiable drive for profit.

Rank-and-file safety committee demands immediate shut down

COVID-19 out of control at Toledo Jeep plant

By Jerry White, 16 July 2020

With at least 40 confirmed cases in the plant, rank-and-file workers are demanding an immediate halt to production and universal testing.

White House in disarray as coronavirus numbers explode

By Patrick Martin, 16 July 2020

The one-day total of infections has set a new record of 71,670 and deaths are once again climbing.

Real economy plunges but financial profits surge

By Nick Beams, 16 July 2020

Major US banks are raking in billions of dollars through speculative operations financed by the massive intervention of the Fed into all corners of the financial markets.

Charter schools cash in on “small business” Paycheck Protection Program

By Mitch Marcus, 16 July 2020

PPP has been a boondoggle of monumental proportions, funneling essentially free cash to major corporations.

Quarter of a million threatened with homelessness by UK government’s lifting of evictions ban

By Dennis Moore, 16 July 2020

Almost 230,000 tenants across England have fallen behind with rent payments since the start of the pandemic.

Nearly 70,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in US prisons

By Sam Dalton, 16 July 2020

As the virus’s spread in prisons continues unabated, a new study shows the COVID-19 death rate for US inmates is triple the population at large.

Harley-Davidson slashes 700 jobs worldwide as stock price continues to rise

By Jessica Goldstein, 16 July 2020

Harley-Davidson’s restructuring plan will lead to a further casualization of its global workforce and the lowering of their wages.

Australian governments reject lockdowns, as Victoria hits highest daily infection toll

By Oscar Grenfell, 16 July 2020

Infections are spiralling out of control, because governments are refusing to implement measures that would impinge on the profits of the corporate elite.

Markets soar as the corpses pile up

By Andre Damon, 16 July 2020

The massive run-up in stock prices has only one explanation: The capitalist state has put at the disposal of its masters in the financial oligarchy unlimited amounts of money.

Record single-day COVID-19 deaths in Florida, Alabama and Utah

By Benjamin Mateus, 15 July 2020

Hospitalizations are up 43 percent in California. Texas and Arizona are readying refrigerated trucks to store the overflow of bodies from inundated morgues.

UNICEF report: COVID-19 exacerbating hunger and other maladies facing South Asia’s children

By Naveen Dewage, 15 July 2020

According to the UNICEF report, close to 1 million more South Asian children could die in the coming year due to lack of access to food, vaccines, and timely medical care.

French nurses denounce sellout as thousands protest on Bastille Day

By Will Morrow, 15 July 2020

The deal has been hailed by the Macron government and international media as an “historic” sign that health staff are receiving just recognition for their sacrifices.

Academy of Medical Sciences warns 251,000 more people could die of COVID-19 in Britain

By Robert Stevens, 15 July 2020

The modelling is based on deaths in hospitals alone and not in care homes and other settings.

Large coronavirus outbreak at Rook Row Farm in Britain

By Thomas Scripps, 15 July 2020

This is the latest, and one of the largest, workplace outbreaks in the UK since the ending of the national lockdown by the Johnson government.