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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

The global COVID vaccination 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.

US deaths from COVID-19 lead to a more than one-year decline in life expectancy

By Benjamin Mateus, 18 January 2021

Life expectancy in the US has declined dramatically, by more than one year, due to deaths associated with COVID-19 infections. Adding to the catastrophe of the pandemic, a new variant of the coronavirus has been detected across more than 12 states, threatening to further exacerbate the crisis.

Massive rise in unemployment in Germany during the pandemic

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 18 January 2021

The German employment agency published the official unemployment figures for December 2020, reporting an increase to 2.7 million unemployed, 480,000 more than in the same month last year.

Canadian educators must mount a political struggle to oppose school reopenings and save lives

By Omar Ali, 18 January 2021

Whatever the specific timetables of the various provincial governments, they are all determined to force educators, students, and support staff back into unsafe school buildings as the COVID-19 pandemic surges.

After COVID-19 kills tram driver in Berlin, transit workers in Germany demand more security

By Andy Niklaus, 18 January 2021

Every day, the 15,000 employees of the Berlin transport association BVG and tens of thousands of passengers risk infection with the coronavirus.

Ontario teacher denounces unions’ “feckless response” to government’s ruinous handling of the pandemic

By A letter from an Ontario teacher, 18 January 2021

“What is emerging among educators not just in Ontario or Canada, but throughout the world is the realization that educators must rely on our biggest asset and resource—that is ourselves!”

Podemos obeys Spanish fascist Vox party’s demand for no shelter-at-home

By Alejandro López, 18 January 2021

The Socialist Party (PSOE)-Podemos government immediately accepted Vox leader Santiago Abascal’s demand that no shelter-at-home be adopted against COVID-19.

Three million in Los Angeles County have been infected with COVID-19 as workplace outbreaks reach all-time high

By Kevin Martinez, 16 January 2021

The virus is so widespread, according to the Los Angeles Times, that the infection rate has likely been slowed down by the large numbers of people who have already contracted it and developed a temporary immunity.

Tens of thousands of UK National Health Service workers fall ill with COVID-19

By Rory Woods, 16 January 2021

Nearly 50,000 health care workers have contracted the virus and thousands more are isolating or shielding.

Inside the COVID-19 outbreak at Lakepointe nursing home in Clinton Township, Michigan

By Zac Corrigan, 16 January 2021

At least three Lakepointe residents have died from COVID-19 since Christmas, and workers say that residents who catch COVID are no longer able to be removed from the home, which has resulted in a growing outbreak that they can’t contain.

Biden “recovery” plan will fail to relieve social misery or stop pandemic death

By Jacob Crosse, 16 January 2021

The package, which falls woefully short in meeting the current crisis for millions of workers and their families, will be further watered down as the Democrats seek “bipartisan” support from Republicans.

French government rejects lockdown as COVID-19 deaths sweep Europe

By Alex Lantier, 16 January 2021

The official policy of imposing a 6 p.m. curfew while keeping schools and nonessential production open ensures that hundreds of thousands will keep dying across Europe.

UFCW complicity exposed in outbreak at Tyson pork plant where managers bet on infections

By James Langley, 16 January 2021

The indifference of UFCW Local 431 to the plight of workers in the plant is so unconcealed that it was even acknowledged by the local press.

Network Meeting of the Action Committees for Safe Education: Pupils, workers and students discuss perspectives for a European-wide general strike

By Our reporters, 16 January 2021

In introducing the meeting, Gregor Link of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality referred to the now almost 400,000 confirmed COVID deaths in the European Union.

Patients die of asphyxiation as hospitals in Manaus run out of oxygen

By Tomas Castanheira, 16 January 2021

An entire wing of University Hospital patients died on Thursday night due to a lack of oxygen.

Germany records highest daily coronavirus death toll as fatalities double in just one month

By Marianne Arens, 15 January 2021

While the federal and state governments claim that a tougher lockdown came into force on January 11, all of industry, offices, most schools, childcare facilities and public transport are operating as usual.

The pandemic and Trump’s coup attempt

By Andre Damon, 15 January 2021

To implement its homicidal policy of herd immunity, the ruling class is resorting to ever more violent and dictatorial forms of rule.

Chicago Teachers Union accepts further reopenings as virus outbreaks erupt in schools

By Alexander Fangmann, 15 January 2021

A potential cluster of infections has emerged at McCutcheon Elementary on the city’s North Side, leaving just one educator in the building, while the CTU works to isolate teachers and prevent them from taking any independent initiative.

How Germany’s Left Party promotes herd immunity

By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2021

As was the case with the federal government in Berlin and every other state government in the pandemic, profits took precedence over human lives for the Left Party’s only state premier, Bodo Ramelow in Thuringia.

UK passes 100,000 COVID-19 deaths

By Robert Stevens, 15 January 2021

The staggering loss of life was underscored, Wednesday with the Office for National Statistics confirming that 2020 saw the largest increase in excess deaths since the Second World War

Biden’s top economic advisor demands that “schools open” so parents “can get back to work”

By Bryan Dyne, 15 January 2021

Such efforts will only spur the pandemic to ever greater heights of death in a country where there are already more than 3,400 newly reported deaths each day.

Australia: Highly infectious strain of COVID spreads in Queensland hotel quarantine

By Oscar Grenfell, 14 January 2021

For months, governments have rejected warnings from medical experts that private hotels in the middle of city centres are not equipped to be placed on the frontlines of the pandemic.

Poorest UK schoolchildren sent meagre pandemic food parcels, as contractors reap massive profits

By Robert Stevens, 14 January 2021

Many expressed disgust and denounced the profiteering from poverty during the school closures necessitated by the pandemic

Over 600,000 dead from coronavirus in Europe

By Will Morrow, 14 January 2021

Scientists are warning that the pandemic is entering into an even more catastrophic stage than anything that has preceded it.

Irish health system on brink of collapse as COVID-19 figures surge

By Dermot Quinn, 14 January 2021

Ireland's health services are being rapidly overwhelmed by escalating rates of coronavirus infection.

New data shows that nearly 1400 kids in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula have caught COVID-19

By James Vega, Debra Watson and Eboni Davis, 14 January 2021

Since mid-October more than 13,500 people in the U.P. contracted the virus, a three-fold increase since the pandemic began in March.

California health care worker explains how COVID-19 catastrophe has been fueled by the drive for profit

14 January 2021

The WSWS encourages health care workers to speak out on the disastrous conditions which are now overwhelming hospitals due the reopening and “herd immunity” policies pursued by the ruling class in countries around the world.

London Mayor declares “major incident” as UK capital devastated by COVID-19

By Thomas Scripps, 13 January 2021

The Office for National Statistics estimates that one in 30 people are infected with the virus in London, up to one in 20 in the worst-hit areas.

Chicago teachers docked pay and locked out of virtual classrooms for not teaching in-person

By Alexander Fangmann, 13 January 2021

As district officials continue to peddle lies about the safety of reopening schools, CTU is negotiating over a reopening plan that would split the working class and undermine the struggle to close non-essential workplaces until mass vaccination is carried out.

California hospitals ration oxygen as COVID-19 death toll surpasses 30,000

By Peter Ross, 13 January 2021

More than one in ten of the total number of COVID-19 deaths in California since the beginning of the pandemic took place in just the last week, at a rate of almost 500 per day.

Bangladesh pandemic cases surpass half a million, with over 7,810 deaths

By Wimal Perera, 13 January 2021

Prime Minister Hasina boasts about helping the poor as hunger deepens across the country.

Berlin, Germany transport worker dies of COVID-19

By Andy Niklaus, 13 January 2021

The Berlin Transport Company’s pandemic policy, which endangers the lives and health of workers, is supported by the Berlin Senate consisting of the SPD, the Greens and the Left Party.

Global COVID-19 death toll nears 2 million

By Benjamin Mateus, 13 January 2021

It has been one year since the first person died from complications caused by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19.

Before it begins, COVID-19 vaccination in Turkey already a fiasco

By Barış Demir, 13 January 2021

The Turkish government’s murderous ruling class “herd immunity” policy continues with a chaotic and incompetent roll-out of the vaccine.

German hospital group terminates nurse after criticism of situation in ICUs

By Markus Salzmann, 13 January 2021

As new infections reach record levels in Germany, the number of people requiring hospitalization for COVID-19 is growing.

Nurses speak on conditions in Arizona hospitals where COVID-cases reach national highs

By Katy Kinner, 12 January 2021

Arizona COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise to national highs as testing and vaccine administration continue to be inadequate.

COVID-19 cases increasing rapidly in China

By Jerry Zhang, 12 January 2021

Despite large-scale testing and contact tracing, the highly-contagious virus has still spread, especially among workers in the most exposed industries.

Massive protest in Berlin against plans to reopen schools

By Markus Salzmann, 12 January 2021

Despite widespread opposition and clear scientific evidence that schools are a major driver of the pandemic, the Berlin state legislature of the Social Democrats, Greens and Left Party is sticking to the herd immunity policy in the interests of big business.

Ford “Finish Strong” ad campaign invokes nationalist mythology as cover for company’s “herd immunity” policies

By Tim Rivers and Tom Hall, 12 January 2021

Ford’s advertising blitz is aimed at covering up its own crimes, and those of the capitalist ruling class as a whole, with patriotic, militaristic bluster, portraying the virus as a common external enemy for the country to unite against.

New COVID-19 variant fuels surge in UK and Ireland

By Robert Stevens, 12 January 2021

Deaths from COVID-19 as measured by the government have passed the grim milestone of 80,000, but the true number of deaths in Britain from the disease is almost 100,000.

Hundreds of workplace outbreaks of COVID-19 along US West Coast

By Kayla Costa, 11 January 2021

In California, there are 511 active workplace outbreaks connected to the infections of 10,000 employees in service, logistics, food processing and other industries.

West Virginia schools slated to return to in-person instruction next week

By Naomi Spencer, 11 January 2021

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has ordered elementary and middle schools to reopen for daily in-person instruction beginning January 19, even as infections and deaths surge.

Netanyahu government denies vaccine to Palestinians as it lauds mass rollout to Israelis

By Jean Shaoul, 11 January 2021

Israel’s COVID-19 vaccination program does not include the five million Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza, which Israel has illegally occupied since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

Australia hit by more infectious coronavirus strains, B117

By Patrick O’Connor, 11 January 2021

Nearly twelve months into the global pandemic, the failure of state and federal governments to enact the most basic of precautions continues to be exposed.

Japanese prime minister declares state of emergency amid rapid spread of COVID-19

By Ben McGrath, 11 January 2021

The Suga government is using the state of emergency to cover up its own incompetence and refusal to take any real measures to address the pandemic.

Elon Musk becomes world’s richest person as pandemic death toll breaks records

By Jessica Goldstein and Tom Hall, 11 January 2021

Perhaps more than anyone else, Musk personifies the parasitic character of the corporate-financial oligarchy which dominates society.

German schools and day-care centres to reopen despite record death rates and new infections

By Gregor Link, 11 January 2021

Despite schools being the central driver of the pandemic, the education ministers in Germany’s federal states have decided on a “resumption of face-to-face teaching” as soon as possible.

Nearly 30,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 in the past 10 days

By Bryan Dyne, 11 January 2021

At the current rate, more than a quarter million people will die across the globe before the end of January, including more than 60,000 in the US alone.

Canada’s health care system overwhelmed by COVID-19 surge

By Frédéric Charlebois, 11 January 2021

“We’ve lost control of the epidemic,” exclaimed Dr. Antoine Delage, a pulmonologist at a hospital south of Montreal.

Spain passes two million coronavirus cases as infection rates surge

By Alice Summers, 11 January 2021

After a lull in new daily infections and deaths, the holidays saw a renewed surge of COVID-19 in Spain, with cases returning to levels last seen in late October.

Indonesia: Soaring COVID-19 cases as government scrambles to roll out vaccine

By Robert Campion, 9 January 2021

Contact tracing has been minimal and disorderly, while lockdowns have been resisted throughout, placing the full burden of the virus on the working class.

As UK death toll mounts, Corbyn and teaching unions suppress opposition to Johnson government’s murderous policies

By Julie Hyland, 9 January 2021

National Education Union joint leader Courtney pleaded that his union had done everything to keep schools open. “My union supported the opening of schools in September”, he said.

Tennessee Education Association estimates more than 16,000 Tennessee educators have had COVID-19

By Harvey Simpkins, 9 January 2021

In response to a recent survey conducted by the Tennessee Educators Association over 84 percent of educators reported a negative “emotional impact” from working in public education during the pandemic.

The United States sees more than 4,000 deaths in a single day from COVID-19

By Benjamin Mateus, 9 January 2021

The United States saw more than 4,000 deaths yesterday from COVID-19 infections. The vaccine rollout continues to be a fiasco, while new coronavirus variants are demonstrating more aggressive behaviors.

Germany leads Europe in daily coronavirus deaths

By Peter Schwarz, 9 January 2021

Germany currently has the highest number of daily coronavirus deaths in Europe.