The coronavirus pandemic
By Bryan Dyne, 28 March 2020
Hospital systems in the most affected regions, including New York City, Chicago, Detroit and others, face imminent collapse.
Detroit mayor confirms denial of treatment to “extremely sick” patients: “What they put out is honest”
By Kevin Reed, 28 March 2020
One ICU nurse at a local hospital posted a video to social media from her car in tears as she described the COVID unit in her hospital, saying that “it felt like I was working in a war zone.”
House passes Senate “rescue” bill
By Barry Grey, 28 March 2020
The bill amounts to virtually unlimited funding for the corporate and financial aristocracy, with no real strings attached.
By Thomas Scripps and Alice Summers, 28 March 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is preying on Europe’s 500 million-plus population whose health care services have been decimated by years of government austerity and private sector looting.
By Gregor Link, 28 March 2020
The criminal inactivity of European governments has led to a murderous and vicious circle of overwork, infection and work absences in hospitals throughout the continent.
By Steve James, 28 March 2020
Exercise Cygnus has been buried for years for fear it would give rise to demands for an end to health care cuts.
UK health care assistant: “There’s a fear that if we are tested for COVID-19, most of us will come back positive and the NHS will collapse”
By our reporter, 28 March 2020
A senior health care assistant spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about his experiences at work during the coronavirus pandemic.
By Peter Schwarz, 28 March 2020
The 27 European Union heads of government met via video conference on Thursday evening to discuss the coronavirus crisis.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 March 2020
Far from declaring a humanitarian truce as COVID-19 threatens the lives of millions, Washington has sought to weaponize the death and disruption spread by the disease.
By Daniel de Vries, 28 March 2020
The two deaths Thursday are the direct result of the criminally negligent response by the MTA in collaboration with the union.
By Warren Duzak, 28 March 2020
About 400 Kroger warehouse workers in Memphis walked off their jobs yesterday to protest mind-numbing work shifts of up to 96 hours a week and unsafe working conditions as COVID-19 spreads through the state of Tennessee.
By Mike Head, 28 March 2020
The “national cabinet” is determined to keep as many workers as possible on the job in order to shore up corporate profits.
By our correspondents, 28 March 2020
Health workers are increasingly being forced to source their own supplies to ensure they and their colleagues have masks, goggles, gowns and gloves.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 28 March 2020
The Rajapakse government is exploiting the pandemic to prepare a presidential dictatorship and impose even deeper attacks on the working class and the poor.
By Sakuna Jayawardena, 28 March 2020
Hospital workers are making a huge effort to treat the rising number of patients, but they lack the protective gear they need.
By Ben McGrath, 28 March 2020
The trade unions are aiding the government and corporations use the health crisis to implement deeper attacks on the working class.
By Tom Peters, 28 March 2020
A state of emergency has been imposed, parliament suspended and the military placed on standby, but many workers remain at risk of contagion.
By Don Knowland, 28 March 2020
Mexican President López Obrador has belittled the threat and done nothing in terms of health spending or financial support to workers.
By Isaac Finn, 28 March 2020
Over the last two weeks Ohio, Texas and Mississippi have effectively banned abortion, claiming that personal protective equipment is needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fears grow that coronavirus is taking hold among immigrants in US custody as three children test positive
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 28 March 2020
Adult and child detainees living in cramped quarters, herded into cafeterias and denied basic sanitation are facing the very real possibility of an escalated rate of contagion.
By Elliott Murtagh and Sandy English, 28 March 2020
Andrew Cuomo suspended all “non-essential” construction projects as opposition to unsafe working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic began to mount.
”Obviously there has to be a revolt”
By our reporters, 28 March 2020
Teachers across the country spoke on the impact the epidemic is having on education and the way forward.
By Keith Jones, 28 March 2020
While billions are being handed to big business, Canada’s health system, ravaged by decades of austerity, has no "surge capacity."
By Jean Shaoul, 28 March 2020
The move signifies an agreement among Israel’s politicians to impose a dictatorial regime on both the Israeli and Palestinian working class.
By Andre Damon, 28 March 2020
The capitalist system has proven entirely unable to provide the most basic necessities to fight the COVID-19 pandemic—including ventilators and protective equipment—threatening hundreds of thousands of lives.
Democratic Socialists of America, Haymarket Books hold online event to boost Democratic Party amid coronavirus crisis
By Eric London, 28 March 2020
The event was called to paper over the role of the Democratic Party in creating conditions for the coronavirus to wreak havoc on the population of the US.
By David Walsh, 28 March 2020
The bipartisan corporate “rescue” package passed by the US Congress this week provides only $232.5 million for cultural organizations, one-sixteenth of the $4 billion for which the American Alliance of Museums had lobbied.
By Oscar Grenfell, 28 March 2020
The refusal of governments to take the necessary measures to address the pandemic, Beams stated, was inextricably tied to the systematic social attacks on the working class.
As US cases of COVID-19 surpass all other countries
By Joseph Kishore, 27 March 2020
Amidst an expanding pandemic, which is still in its early stages, the Trump administration is intensifying its efforts to force a return to work, which would endanger the lives of millions of workers.
By Shannon Jones, 27 March 2020
The number of new weekly claims for state unemployment benefits reached the staggering total of 3.28 million, an increase of 1,000 percent over the previous week, and the largest such total in history.
Following deaths of three autoworkers due to COVID-19
By Tom Hall, 27 March 2020
The rush to re-open the plants collides with elementary public health considerations and will expose tens of thousands of autoworkers to the risk of infection and death.
By Nick Beams, 27 March 2020
The extreme volatility of the markets is such that the Dow, having entered a bear market—defined as a fall of 20 percent—has now returned to bull market status, all in the space of just six weeks.
By Don Barrett, 27 March 2020
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the US has risen tenfold in a week, to 85,594.
“There’s such a cruelty about the situation”: New York City hospitals overwhelmed by coronavirus surge
By Clara Weiss, 27 March 2020
New York hospitals confront skyrocketing numbers of patients, a rising death toll, medical staff falling ill and critical shortages of Personal Protective Equipment and ventilators.
By Bryan Dyne, 27 March 2020
The top executives who oversaw the cost-cutting, layoffs and cover-ups that resulted in two crashes and the deaths of 346 people are being rewarded with billions in taxpayer money.
Profits before lives: German parliament passes emergency package for large corporations and the rich
By Johannes Stern, 27 March 2020
All parties in parliament, from the Left Party to the extreme right AfD, are working together to defend capitalism and to shift the burden of the COVID-19 crisis onto the working class.
By Robert Stevens, 27 March 2020
Years of slashing health and social care budgets, together with government inaction, have taken a grim toll, with health workers forced to make decisions as to who lives and dies.
By Anthony Torres and Jacques Valentin, 27 March 2020
Lawyers representing hundreds of health-care professionals are filing a suit charging Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and other top officials with criminal negligence.
By Miguel Andrade, 27 March 2020
Leading Brazilian businessmen have terrorized workers with threats of “40 million unemployed” unless state quarantines are lifted.
By Kevin Reed, 27 March 2020
As COVID-19 cases throughout the metro Detroit area soared, the Henry Ford Health system has warned patients that “because of shortages,” patients who are “extremely sick” may be “ineligible for ICU or ventilator care.”
By Nick Barrickman, 27 March 2020
The coronavirus has exposed the fragility of the social infrastructure throughout the region surrounding the United States’ capitol city.
By Penny Smith, 27 March 2020
The Canadian ruling elite’s policy of malign neglect in the face of the lethal coronavirus pandemic is exemplified by the failure of all levels of government to do anything to protect homeless people.
By Patrick Kelly, 27 March 2020
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s insistence that schools remain open as usual reflected economic, not health, considerations.
By Max Newman, 27 March 2020
Detainees have protested at being held “in a potential death trap in which we have no option or means to protect ourselves.”
By Terry Cook, 27 March 2020
The unions are determined to utilise the coronavirus crisis to prove themselves indispensible to big business.
By Patrick O’Connor, 27 March 2020
A Dili worker told the WSWS: “With the inadequate condition of public hospitals, I fear that the spreading of the virus… could be like a wildfire.”
By David Walsh, 27 March 2020
A Rubicon has been crossed. The existing order, in the eyes of tens of millions, will be seen from now on as illegitimate and an immediate threat to their continued existence.
By a WSWS reporter, 26 March 2020
Several hundred sanitation workers in Pittsburgh walked off the job Wednesday to demand protective gear, part of a growing wave of workers who are striking in opposition to demands that they work in unsafe conditions.
By Andre Damon, 26 March 2020
Amid growing evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic is spreading through American workplaces, powerful representatives of finance capital are demanding that the country be “open for business.”
“They don’t care about our health”
By Jerry White, 26 March 2020
Even as Trump rushes to resume full production, tens of thousands of workers in the US and around the world are refusing to die for the sake of corporate profits.
By Patrick Martin, 26 March 2020
The $2 trillion bill allocates the bulk of its funds to loans and grants to corporations and businesses, with some emergency aid to workers.
By Allison Smith and Alex Lantier, 26 March 2020
There is growing mistrust and social anger among workers against governments, trade unions and financial markets trying to force them back to work amid the pandemic.
By Benjamin Mateus, 26 March 2020
The governor is asking for more ventilators and beds, as New York faces a near collapse of its healthcare infrastructure.
Norwegian parties grant government emergency powers as coronavirus leads to record rise in unemployment
By Jordan Shilton, 26 March 2020
The agreement, which suspends parliament for up to six months, means the right-wing coalition can make changes to laws without consulting deputies.
By our reporters, 26 March 2020
Workers have rebelled against unsafe conditions in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, challenging transnational corporations like AlmaViva.
Nashville, Tennessee mayor issues business-friendly “safer at home” order in face of coronavirus pandemic
By Warren Duzak, 26 March 2020
The state’s Governor Bill Lee also suggested that workers and their families seek solace in prayer during the growing public health disaster.
By Erik Schreiber, 26 March 2020
This development highlights the criminal lack of basic sanitation that the Trump administration maintains in immigrant detention centers, as well as the ruling class’ callous disregard for public health.
Johnson’s “herd immunity” strategy and the London Conference on Intelligence whitewash: Britain’s ruling class and eugenics
By Thomas Scripps, 26 March 2020
Innumerable posts on social media have drawn the connection between the reactionary ideology of eugenics and the British government’s criminally delayed and negligent response to the pandemic.
By Peter Schwarz, 26 March 2020
It will only be a matter of days before Dibelius and his ilk will demand that workers who refuse to risk their health by going back to work should be forced to do so.
By Stephan McCoy, 26 March 2020
An international and coordinated struggle against the spread of coronavirus on the African continent is an urgent necessity.
By Emiri Ochiai, 26 March 2020
Facing a growing public outcry over his indifference to public health, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that the Olympics had been moved to the summer of 2021.
By Roger Jordan, 26 March 2020
An internal Saskatchewan Health Authority report has warned that the rapid spread of the coronavirus would overwhelm the province’s health care system and result in 9,000 to 15,000 people dying due to COVID-19.
By Owen Howell and Oscar Grenfell, 26 March 2020
There are fears that the archipelago may become “the Italy of south-east Asia,” with experts warning that 135 million may be infected by mid-May.
By Oscar Grenfell, 26 March 2020
Even before a dramatic spike in hospitalisations, there are shortages of protective masks and other essential equipment.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 26 March 2020
Modi has not outlined any comprehensive program to deal with enormous difficulties that millions of workers and rural poor will face.
Pop star Britney Spears social media posts go viral after telling public to “re-distribute wealth” and “strike”
By Nick Barrickman, 26 March 2020
The Instagram post has been shared millions of times in a widespread reaction to the coronavirus pandemic and efforts by the ruling elite to dump the crisis on the back of the working class.
By Cesar Uco and Don Knowland, 26 March 2020
The quarantine and curfew imposed by President Vizcarra are aimed at protecting the interests of the wealthy and preparing the repression of a likely social explosion.
As big business parties near deal on $2 trillion corporate bailout
By Barry Grey, 25 March 2020
With the US death toll from COVID-19 nearing 700 and infections surging, President Trump on Tuesday pledged to “open up” the country and force workers back to work by Easter.
By Marcus Day and Shannon Jones, 25 March 2020
The deaths, at FCA Sterling Heights Assembly in the Detroit area and at Kokomo Transmission in Indiana, are the predictable outcome of the combined effort by the auto companies and the UAW to keep the plants running up until last week.
By Tom Carter, 25 March 2020
At least three Amazon workers in Shepherdsville, Kentucky tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday, following the discovery of COVID-19 cases in New York, Florida and Michigan warehouses.
By Benjamin Mateus, 25 March 2020
Swiss diagnostics company Roche says that broad testing capacity for COVID-19 infection in the US remains limited due to the rapid spread and growth of the contagion.
By Nick Beams, 25 March 2020
Markets were also boosted by Trump’s push to have major lockdowns lifted regardless of the health consequences for the mass of the population.
By Kevin Reed, 25 March 2020
The escalating number of COVID-19 cases in Michigan are concentrated in the tri-county area around and especially within the city of Detroit.
By Thomas Scripps, 25 March 2020
WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom insisted it was still possible to “change the trajectory,” but warned that governments were failing to devote the necessary resources to the crisis.
By Peter Schwarz, 25 March 2020
It is a continuation of the policy of enriching the wealthy at the expense of the poor that the grand coalition has been pursuing for years.
Boris Johnson’s coronavirus measures: Political criminality that will cost tens of thousands of lives
By Chris Marsden, 25 March 2020
For those millions seeking guidance from the government, Johnson’s message—in announcing a national lockdown Monday evening—was one of calculated contempt.
By Tony Robson, 25 March 2020
In London, three junior doctors have been taken into critical care and are on ventilators. In the West Midlands, a staff nurse is in intensive care and on a ventilator.
By Markus Salzmann, 25 March 2020
The number of victims affected by the COVID-19 virus is rising rapidly in the countries of Southeast Europe.
By Steve Filips, 25 March 2020
Holding the jobs of 750,000 airline workers for ransom, the group, representing ten major US airlines, threatened that they will be “forced to take draconian measures” unless the funds are disbursed “immediately.”
By Sam Dalton and Clara Weiss, 25 March 2020
The homeless are at heightened risk of infection and death from the coronavirus.
By J. L’Heureau, 25 March 2020
The number of confirmed cases has grown by 73.9 percent per day since the first case was identified, even faster than New York City which is one of the main epicenters of the pandemic.
Canada’s trade unions back Liberal “coronavirus plan” to bail out big business, place workers on rations
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 25 March 2020
The government has responded to the pandemic with policies predicated on the subordination of society to corporate profit that will have a devastating impact on working people, including multiplying many times over the pandemic's cost in human lives.
Federated Cooperatives uses virus to demand concessions from locked-out Saskatchewan refinery workers
By Carl Bronski, 25 March 2020
FCL has rejected the procompany recommendations of a government-appointed mediator and is now demanding even bigger concessions on pensions, work rules, benefits and staffing levels.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 25 March 2020
Far from fighting the coronavirus, the measure is aimed at militarizing Chile in the face of the mass demonstrations and strikes that have rocked the country.
By Mike Head, 25 March 2020
Prime Minister Morrison channeled Donald Trump and insisted on keeping “the economy” going, regardless of the mounting danger to the health and lives of millions of people.
By Rohantha De Silva, 25 March 2020
The coronavirus pandemic will have dire consequences in Nepal, one of the poorest countries in Asia.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 March 2020
As billionaires gorged themselves on the prospect of trillions more being poured into the financial markets, the pandemic was wreaking havoc in America’s largest city.
By Genevieve Leigh, 25 March 2020
The event was an attempt to cover over the conventional Democratic Party politics of Socialist Alternative and the DSA with anti-capitalist rhetoric and empty slogans. This was combined with the foul injection of racial politics, a hallmark of the Democratic Party.
By Andre Damon, 24 March 2020
As the death toll from the coronavirus soars and hospitals fill up, the White House and the US media are insisting that the profits of the corporate-financial elite must take precedence over the lives of millions.
By Robert Stevens, 24 March 2020
The coronavirus crisis has exposed how Europe’s health and social care services face collapse after decades of being underfunded, privatised and de-staffed.
By Tony Robson, 24 March 2020
NHS doctors and nurses have been battling against the government’s refusal to provide testing and adequate Personal Protective Equipment.
By Markus Salzmann, 24 March 2020
It is still virtually impossible to be tested for the life-threatening virus and there is a lack of protective marks and other urgently needed equipment for health care workers.
By Benjamin Mateus, 24 March 2020
The total number infected in the United States is approaching 50,000, with nearly 600 dead.
By Tom Peters, 24 March 2020
One nurse told the WSWS: “All the health workers are just going to get infected themselves, and then there’s going to be nobody to look after anybody.”
By Benjamin Mateus, 24 March 2020
The WSWS spoke to three physicians as the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate in the United States.
By Nick Beams, 24 March 2020
The central bank’s program of quantitative easing, involving the purchases of government bonds, is now virtually unlimited.
By Patrick Martin, 24 March 2020
The wrangling between Democrats and Republicans in Washington is political theater to disguise the highway robbery being carried out by corporate America.
Attorney general requests suspension of habeas corpus
By Eric London, 24 March 2020
The Justice Department has asked Congress to suspend habeas corpus and due process, even as the military develops plans to deploy troops on US soil to suppress “riots” and “civil disobedience.”
By Jean Shaoul, 24 March 2020
This foreseeable and foreseen disaster comes after Israel’s 13-year-long siege that has rendered Gaza almost uninhabitable.
By Tom Hall, 24 March 2020
The order exempts “critical manufacturing” as defined by the federal Department of Homeland Security, setting the stage for a return to work in the plants weeks before the lockdown order expires.