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010 COVID-19 US update

4 April 2020

020 Europe coronavirus round-up

4 April 2020

030 Failure of UN resolution

4 April 2020

040 US jobs report

4 April 2020

Mounting opposition among German health care, industrial workers

By Ulrich Rippert, 4 April 2020

The German government has implemented a bailout program for major companies and banks, but health care and industrial workers are being forced to work under catastrophic conditions.

Coronavirus crisis: Hunger and malnutrition spread in Germany

By Carola Kleinert and Andy Niklaus, 4 April 2020

Research indicates some 13 million people in Germany are living in poverty or confront hunger, malnutrition and social misery due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This total includes three million children condemned to poverty by the policies of Germany’s ruling CDU-SPD (Christian Democratic Union-Social Democratic Party) grand coalition.

UK corporations scramble for coronavirus bailout funds

By Paul Bond, 4 April 2020

The £350 billion bailout, equivalent to 15 percent of the UK’s annual GDP, is an unprecedented financial handout to UK corporations, conducted without even the rubber stamp of a parliamentary vote.

Working class Londoners risk their lives fighting COVID-19 as the city’s billionaires decamp

By Michael Barnes, 4 April 2020

While the super-rich complain of being bored in their gated mansions, masses of workers in London have lost their jobs or are forced to work in unsafe conditions with next to no protection from the virus.

UK: Elderly will be left to die as coronavirus plunges care sector into crisis

By Stephen Alexander, 4 April 2020

It is estimated that up to a fifth of all COVID-19 deaths in the UK have occurred in care homes, hospices, and individual households.

Ireland woefully unprepared for COVID-19 onslaught

By Dermot Byrne, 4 April 2020

The European Centre for Disease Control warns that the intensive care system in Irish hospitals will not be able to cope with rising numbers of coronavirus patients in critical condition.

110 Amid calamitous lockdown, Modi seeks to censor coronavirus reports

4 April 2020

120 Amazon walkouts

4 April 2020

Caterpillar interview

4 April 2020

Africa’s confirmed cases rise to 7,600, as 314 die from the coronavirus

By Stephan McCoy, 4 April 2020

The response of African governments has been to ramp up the powers of the state and impose brutal lockdowns with virtually no mass testing, contact tracing or isolation taking place.

Ecuadorians protest bodies of COVID-19 victims left in the streets

By Andrea Lobo, 4 April 2020

Desperate families and neighbors have flooded social media with videos and reports of corpses rotting in their living rooms, sidewalks and parks for days.

Nearly three years after the Grenfell Tower inferno, flammable cladding still widely used in UK

By Alice Summers, 4 April 2020

High Pressure Laminate cladding, thought to be used on thousands of buildings across the country, has been shown in tests to be as highly flammable as the cladding used on Grenfell Tower.

150 Doctors being threatened with firings for speaking out on conditions

4 April 2020

160 Georgia Governor criminal coronavirus response

4 April 2020

180 Tennessee health care company furloughs

4 April 2020

190 Mass. vets home COVID-19 outbreak/cover-up

4 April 2020

191 Mass transition to e-learning

4 April 2020

192 Russia coronavirus update

4 April 2020

Canadian government’s coronavirus bailout increases big banks’ control over economy and state

By Roger Jordan, 4 April 2020

Canada’s Liberal government is funnelling hundreds of billions of dollars to the country’s banks and major corporations so as to guarantee the wealth of the country’s capitalist elite, while offering working people ration-style temporary relief.

Australian airline exploits pandemic in an attempt to sink rivals

By Terry Cook, 4 April 2020

Qantas CEO: “This will be a survival of the fittest and Qantas is one of the fittest and most dynamic airlines in the world.”

195 Australia: Labor Party and the unions’ response to COVID-19

4 April 2020

196 Nepal coronavirus update

4 April 2020

200 Social inequality and coronavirus - the class questions

4 April 2020

Attend the Committee for Public Education online meeting

The COVID-19 pandemic: The political issues confronting educators

By the Committee for Public Education (Australia), 4 April 2020

We invite World Socialist Web Site readers in Australia and internationally—especially teachers, school staff, academics, kindergarten and childcare workers, parents and students—to attend the online meeting.

230 Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

4 April 2020

Black & Privileged: Poor African Americans “intrude” on an affluent Chicago neighborhood

By Nick Barrickman, 4 April 2020

Mark Harris’s television film tells the story of a middle-class black community “disrupted” when low-income people are forced to move in.

999 Wisconsin famers forced to dump milk

4 April 2020

One million infected with coronavirus worldwide, more than 50,000 dead

By Patrick Martin, 3 April 2020

None of the governments of the major capitalist powers has carried out any effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Europe: Over 520,000 coronavirus cases and almost 38,000 deaths

By Robert Stevens, 3 April 2020

With 4,199 new deaths yesterday, 37,864 have already perished in Europe from COVID-19.

An interview with four Chinese physicians at the epicenter of the pandemic in Wuhan

By Benjamin Mateus, 3 April 2020

Four doctors who went through the worst of the COVID-19 epidemic in China recently spoke with the WSWS about their experiences and the lessons for the wider world.

Michigan’s confirmed COVID-19 cases surge past 10,000 as Democratic officials attempt to deflect responsibility

By Shannon Jones, 3 April 2020

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan have offered demagogic appeals for unity as the state has solidified its position as one of the epicenters of the pandemic.

Navy fires captain who warned of COVID-19 spread on aircraft carrier

By Jessica Goldstein, 3 April 2020

The move is a clear statement that saving lives in the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be allowed to interfere with the war aims of US imperialism.

Banks set to make billions from stimulus measures

By Nick Beams, 3 April 2020

Banks, lobby groups, major legal firms and hedge funds are all striving to get their slice of the largest corporate and financial bailout in history.

Royal Mail rejects all demands for basic coronavirus safety measures, but CWU continues to block strike

By Thomas Scripps, 3 April 2020

Sitting on a huge mandate for strike action delivered less than a month ago, the CWU’s only response is to turn to Boris Johnson with an appeal for more talks!

Germany marked an increase in violent attacks on refugees in 2019

By Isabel Roy, 3 April 2020

The Left Party has been instrumental, along with the country’s other political parties, in creating a hostile climate and the corresponding explosion of violence against refugees and immigrants.

Polish government insists on holding presidential elections in May despite coronavirus lockdown

By Clara Weiss, 3 April 2020

In polls taken last week, 73 percent opposed holding the elections as planned.

General Motors imposes wage cuts and layoffs on Brazilian workers with aid of unions

By Tomas Castanheira, 3 April 2020

GM announced mass layoffs along with a wage cut of up to 25 percent in wages at all its Brazilian plants.

Honduran doctor warns of “collapsed health care system” as coronavirus toll grows

By our reporter, 3 April 2020

“Now we face this COVID-19 pandemic which demonstrates tragically that the armored tanks of the police and warships of the Navy are incapable of saving lives.”

El-Sisi uses coronavirus pandemic to tighten grip on Egypt

By Jean Shaoul, 3 April 2020

Egypt did nothing to prepare for the onset of the virus, despite being identified in early February, along with Algeria and South Africa, as one of the African countries most at risk.

South Australian teacher speaks out against governments keeping schools open

By Sue Phillips, 3 April 2020

Amidst the mounting coronavirus danger, teachers are demanding the closure of schools.

Mounting protests in Canada’s construction industry over lack of safety measures to counter COVID-19

By Penny Smith, 3 April 2020

A petition launched by a construction worker in Ontario calling for the shutdown of the entire industry quickly secured over 50,000 signatures.

Thousands face coronavirus disaster on cruise ships as governments close their ports

By Tom Casey, 3 April 2020

In addition to the approximately ten thousand cruise ship customers still stranded worldwide, there are many more ships with just their crews on board being denied entry into ports of call due to coronavirus outbreaks.

Coronavirus hits Seattle, Washington homeless shelters

By Julio Patron, 3 April 2020

As the pandemic rips across the United States, COVID-19 cases are beginning to be reported among the homeless population in Seattle.

As schools close down amid COVID-19 pandemic

Marist and SUNY Geneseo students face homelessness

By Alex Findijs, 3 April 2020

The crisis that has emerged at schools and colleges around the country in the face of the pandemic has laid bare the harsh realities of life for millions of youth and students.

Louisiana ranks fourth in the US for coronavirus deaths

By Aaron Murch, 3 April 2020

Governor John Bel Edwards used his daily press conference Thursday to announce an extension of stay-at-home orders through the end of April.

Why is the World Socialist Web Site banned from the subreddit r/coronavirus?

By Kevin Reed, 3 April 2020

The subreddit r/coronavirus has banned content from the World Socialist Web Site from being shared among its 1.8 million reader-members. We are demanding that the moderators explain why this decision has been made and immediately reverse this act of political censorship.

India: Maoist-led union alliance betrays Sanmina workers

By Yuan Darwin, 3 April 2020

The Sanmina workers walked out on strike on March 3 to demand a pay rise and reinstatement of victimised militant workers.

US Conference of Mayors survey shows severe lack of equipment to combat coronavirus pandemic

By Bryan Dyne, 2 April 2020

As the US death toll nears 5,000, a report to the federal government from mayors of 213 cities showing a desperate shortage of lifesaving equipment has fallen on deaf ears.

Statistical lies used to justify continued inaction, paint the US epidemic as nearly over

By Don Barrett, 2 April 2020

The US ruling class turns to bad statistics to justify its continued inaction and paint a picture that the worst is just ahead.

Nightingale field hospital completed in London to cope with mass coronavirus deaths

By Richard Tyler, 2 April 2020

While clearly the new hospital is a much-needed facility, given the criminal starving of resources in Britain’s health care system, for many who are taken there it will be little more than a waiting room for the dying.

UK: Communication Workers Union seeks unity with Royal Mail against postal workers

By Thomas Scripps, 2 April 2020

That the CWU is now appealing for the most basic sanitary protections is an admission of the desperately unsafe conditions it volunteered its membership into when calling off the planned national strike.

Hospital closures continue in Germany despite COVID-19 pandemic

By Sybille Fuchs, 2 April 2020

Although every hospital bed in Germany is needed because of the coronavirus pandemic, many hospitals are facing closure, especially in more rural areas.

Stock market sell-off resumes

By Nick Beams, 2 April 2020

The renewed market downturn followed statements by President Trump that US deaths from the coronavirus could be 240,000 while hinting that the toll could be even higher.

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Africa exceeds 6,000 with more than 200 deaths

By Stephan McCoy, 2 April 2020

The UN recently warned that half of all jobs could be lost on the African continent due to the disruption caused by the pandemic.

Indonesian government declares “national emergency” after downplaying coronavirus threat

By Owen Howell, 2 April 2020

A University of Indonesia report has warned that 240,000 people may die in the pandemic this month without a substantial government intervention.

Sri Lankan medical experts demand mass coronavirus testing

By Naveen Dewage, 2 April 2020

The dangerous conditions facing millions of Sri Lankan workers, farmers and the poor are the result of decades of government cuts to the health system and other vital services.

COVID-19 infections hit Australian health workers

By Oscar Grenfell, 2 April 2020

Medical professionals across the country have made ongoing complaints that they lack sufficient quantities of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks.

Modi government represses desperate migrant workers amid calamitous coronavirus lockdown

By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 2 April 2020

People across India and around the world have been shocked and outraged by the pictures of poor migrant workers caught up in the Indian government's ill-conceived and socially reckless 21-day nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

Coronavirus freezes Democratic presidential campaign as states postpone primaries

By Trévon Austin and Patrick Martin, 2 April 2020

Fourteen states have either delayed presidential primaries or extended deadlines for voting by mail.

US Navy aircraft carrier commander seeks evacuation of entire crew to stem outbreak of coronavirus

By Patrick Martin, 2 April 2020

The crisis on the USS Theodore Roosevelt is only the most acute indication of the serious impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the operations of the American military machine.

Ten New York City transit workers die of COVID-19

By Sam Dalton, 2 April 2020

More New York City transit workers are sick and dying as work continues without protective equipment.

Cuomo presses forward with Medicaid cuts as New York City health care system overwhelmed by pandemic

By Josh Varlin, 2 April 2020

Even though New York City’s hospitals and medical workers are overwhelmed by the pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing forward with planned cuts to Medicaid.

Without work and regular paycheck millions of Americans at risk of eviction as rent comes due

By Jacob Crosse, 2 April 2020

In New York City, the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, up to 40 percent of tenants are expected forgo rent payments this month.

Tennessee governor’s delay in issuing stay-at-home order means thousands more will die, physicians warn

By Warren Duzak, 2 April 2020

“This is not a mandated shelter in place order, but it is a strong urging for Tennesseans to stay at home,” Gov. Lee said during his daily media briefing.

Alberta’s right-wing UCP government exploits coronavirus pandemic to lay off at least 20,000 education workers

By Janet Browning, 2 April 2020

Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party government slashed all non-teacher salary funding to Alberta school boards Saturday, which will force the layoff of at least 20,000 teaching assistants, cleaners, and other support staff.

New Zealand workers speak out on unsafe conditions, wage cuts

By Tom Peters, 2 April 2020

Workers spoke to the WSWS about the lack of personal protective equipment and other safety measures.

Amid growing anger over criminal response to COVID-19 crisis, Washington threatens war

By Bill Van Auken, 2 April 2020

Trump issued threats against Iran and Venezuela yesterday, both weaponizing the pandemic and desperately seeking to divert mounting social tensions in the US itself.

As COVID-19 pandemic exposes failure of capitalism, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shifts to the right

By Genevieve Leigh, 2 April 2020

Ocasio-Cortez is increasingly lining up behind the Democratic Party establishment at the very point that the coronavirus catastrophe is demonstrating the failure of the capitalist system and discrediting all of its political parties and representatives.

One hundred years since Germany’s Kapp Putsch

How the Social Democratic Party supported the far-right

By Peter Schwarz, 2 April 2020

The Kapp Putsch is of burning contemporary relevance at a time when Germany’s bourgeoisie is once again turning to militarism, a right-wing extremist party is represented in the federal parliament and all state parliaments, and far-right terrorist networks operate unhindered within the state apparatus and the army.

19,000 ambulance workers strike in Northern India to demand protective gear

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 2 April 2020

The strike by Indian ambulance workers is part of the militant class response by the working class against the capitalist governments that have endangered the lives of workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ukraine passes IMF-backed land reform bill, social cuts as coronavirus spreads

By Jason Melanovski, 1 April 2020

The policies of the Zelensky government threaten the working class with a social and medical disaster of immense proportions.

As Wall Street finishes worst quarter since 2008

Financial turbulence continues to grow

By Nick Beams, 1 April 2020

While COVID-19 was the trigger it was not the underlying cause, as the financial system was set to crash due to the dizzy rise of the markets divorced from the real economy.

Peruvian president authorizes military to use lethal force to enforce the national quarantine

By Cesar Uco and Don Knowland, 1 April 2020

A new law shows that Peru’s ruling oligarchy, in anticipation of widespread unrest, is preparing the army to carry out repression with absolute impunity.

Covid-19 pandemic poses gravest threat to world’s poorest countries

By Jean Shaoul, 1 April 2020

Hundreds of millions of people across the globe live in homes that were detrimental to their health and safety even before the onset of the coronavirus.

Canada’s governments exempt sections of industry from lockdowns, imperilling workers’ lives

By Roger Jordan, 1 April 2020

Placing profits before workers’ lives, Ontario and Quebec have declared businesses “essential” that have nothing to do with providing healthcare, food, power or other life necessities.

Quebec tries to extort concessions from health care and other public sector workers

By Laurent Lafrance, 1 April 2020

By offering their “full cooperation” to the CAQ government during the coronavirus pandemic, the unions have opened the door for an intensified state attack on public sector workers.

Unprecedented police and military powers implemented in Australian pandemic response

By Mike Head, 1 April 2020

Lockdown measures that have become necessary to try to contain the coronavirus are being enforced in the most heavy-handed manner.

COVID-19 pandemic leads to mass sackings in Australia

By Martin Scott, 1 April 2020

Unemployment is likely to rise above 15 percent as hundreds of thousands of workers lose their jobs.

Bangladesh: Garment workers strike over safety amid COVID-19 crisis

By Wimal Perera, 1 April 2020

The anger of Bangladeshi factory workers is mounting because they are unable to practice “social distancing” in their plants or during transit.

The significance of Hungarian Prime Minister Orban’s enabling act

By Peter Schwarz, 1 April 2020

Hungary’s parliament passed an emergency law on Monday that grants Orban unrestricted dictatorial powers.

Daily Telegraph rails against socialist revival due to coronavirus crisis

By Chris Marsden, 1 April 2020

The fears of the ruling class internationally that the coronavirus crisis is leading to opposition to capitalism on a mass scale are expressed in the commentary in Britain’s Telegraph.

Trump boasts holding US pandemic deaths to 200,000 would be “a good job”

By Patrick Martin, 31 March 2020

In a press briefing held Monday in the White House Rose Garden, President Donald Trump declared that a death toll of 100,000 to 200,000 in the United States as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic would represent “a good job” by his administration.

Millions of Europe’s health care workers endangered by government neglect

By Thomas Scripps, 31 March 2020

The crisis is taking a particularly heavy toll on health care workers fighting on the front lines of the pandemic.

Top US health adviser predicts millions will contract COVID-19 and 100,000–200,000 will die

By Bryan Dyne and Barry Grey, 30 March 2020

As Trump’s top health advisers warn of a rapid escalation of infections and deaths across the country, the White House, visibly in crisis, shifts from one stop-gap policy to another.

020 Profit motive undermining efforts to respond to pandemic

30 March 2020

Spanish police assault steelworkers striking against COVID-19 “back-to-work” order

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 30 March 2020

The police assault on the Sidenor steel factory in the Basque Country was carried out under the authority of the pseudo-left Podemos party and the Spanish social-democrats.

EU divisions erupt as anger mounts among workers over COVID-19 response

By Alex Lantier, 30 March 2020

Open conflicts are emerging between the EU powers after the collapse of Thursday’s COVID-19 summit in Brussels, as top officials warn of a disintegration of the EU.

China: COVID-19 hospital construction worker’s protest blog goes viral before being deleted

By a correspondent in China, 30 March 2020

The worker described the wage theft and repressive conditions suffered by thousands of construction employees who build hospitals in Wuhan at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

UN warns that COVID-19 pandemic could trigger global food shortage

By Jean Shaoul, 30 March 2020

The hardest hit will be the world’s most vulnerable people, including 300 million children who rely on school meals as their one reliable meal of the day.

New York City nurses protest over PPE, staff shortages as number of cases, deaths continue to climb

By Ali Elhassan and Clara Weiss, 30 March 2020

As the crisis intensifies in New York, front line health care workers are regularly being forced to work with inadequate personal protective equipment, causing them to become ill themselves in ever increasing numbers.

Leading epidemiologist says Detroit is facing a coronavirus “tsunami”

By Kevin Reed, 30 March 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is exploding in Detroit and surrounding communities as Michigan overtook Washington as the state with the fourth most confirmed cases of the infection.

Four deaths over the weekend raise COVID-19 death toll among US autoworkers to nine

By Jessica Goldstein, 30 March 2020

The primary and immediate responsibility for these deaths lies with the Detroit automakers and their lackeys in the United Auto Workers, which conspired to keep workers on the line as long as possible during the pandemic, without even minimal sanitation and safety measures

Instacart workers in US begin nationwide walkout as Whole Foods workers plan sickout Tuesday

By Erik Schreiber, 30 March 2020

Instacart workers vowed not to return to work until the company provides basic protections and improves compensation during the coronavirus pandemic, while Whole Foods workers plan a sickout tomorrow.

Chicago’s largest convention center to become 3,050-bed field hospital

By Kristina Betinis and Jessica Goldstein, 30 March 2020

After critical weeks of inaction, Illinois state and federal agencies are working to create isolation and treatment facilities in anticipation of hospitals reaching capacity.

Trump administration and Mexican government collaborate to deny life-saving care to refugees with HIV

By Joe Williams, 30 March 2020

HIV-positive immigrants seeking asylum in the United States, who face a growing shortage of key medication in Mexico to maintain their compromised immune systems, must now also contend with a growing coronavirus epidemic.

Canada’s doctors issue dire warnings over lack of preparedness for surge of COVID-19 patients

By Omar Ali, 30 March 2020

Were 30 percent of Ontario’s 14 million residents to become infected with the coronavirus, with 5 percent of these requiring intensive care treatment, each of the province’s intensive care doctors would have the impossible task of treating 500 patients per day.