This 23 March 2020 video says about itself:
Amazon workers in Italy fear coronavirus
Amazon workers in Italy and around the world are calling for safe jobs 😷 in the wake of the #COVID19 outbreak.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ message to warehouse workers: Keep working despite coronavirus threat. By Nick Barrickman, 24 March 2020. Following a wave of workers’ protests against the shipping and e-commerce giant Amazon, the corporation is doubling down on its demand that workers remain on the job without protection during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The quiet before the surge: US physicians speak on the COVID-19 pandemic: here.
By Benjamin Mateus in the USA:
US soon to pass Italy and China in coronavirus cases
24 March 2020
Nearly 10,000 Americans were identified as positive for coronavirus Sunday, the biggest one-day increase in the global epidemic, and more than 100 people died, the worst day of mass casualties in the United States since the 9/11 attacks.
The US figures are alarming, with a record 9,418 new cases in one day. Of the 42,964 cases, the state of New York has 20,875 cases, registering 5,085 new cases yesterday. As of Monday, the US toll trailed behind only Italy, with 63,027 (and more than 6,000 deaths) and China, with 81,271 cases and more than 3,000 deaths, but few new cases since the spread of the epidemic was halted last month.
In a revealing statement made on Twitter, Tom Bossert, former homeland security adviser to President Trump, wrote, “Sadly, the numbers now suggest the US is poised to take the lead in the number of coronavirus cases. It’s reasonable to plan for the US to top the list of countries with the most cases in approximately one week.”
Bossert criticized the government’s inept response to the pandemic on ABC’s “This Week,” stating that the US needed greater testing capacity mobilized earlier to prevent the whole country from shutting down. He warned that the health system in New York City would soon be overwhelmed.
Michigan issues statewide lockdown, exempting auto industry as “critical infrastructure”. 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: here.
Boeing closes Seattle-area plants after worker’s coronavirus death. By Hector Cordon, 24 March 2020. Airplane manufacturer and defense giant Boeing announced Monday a two-week suspension of operations at its Puget Sound, Washington-area plants. The announcement was made the day after the death from COVID-19 of a worker at its Everett facility. There are about 70,000 Boeing employees in the area, with the Everett plant employing over 30,000 of those.
Under pressure from growing online worker protests, GameStop, the well-known video game retailer, was forced to close all of its stores in California, one of number of states currently under stay-at-home orders in a belated effort to slow the spread of COVID-19: here.
More than 200 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Florida Monday as the state’s death toll increased to 18. The total number of coronavirus cases in Florida now stands at 1,227, according to figures released by the Florida Department of Health. The numbers include 1,147 Florida residents and 80 non-residents: here.
COVID-19 hits Nevada: Catastrophic job losses coupled with woefully inadequate health care infrastructure: here.
In yet another manifestation of its criminal response, the Trump administration is continuing to spend billions of dollars on border wall construction even as the coronavirus pandemic is overwhelming the United States’ health care system: here.
Attorney general requests suspension of habeas corpus. Military, Trump administration ready plans for domestic crackdown as virus spreads across US. 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.”
US officials use economic fallout from pandemic to slash school funding: here.
Exploiting Coronavirus pandemic, Canada’s Trudeau closes border to asylum seekers: here.
UK: NHS frontline staff and patients at risk through government negligence over pandemic: here.
Europe’s coronavirus death toll passes 10,000. 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.
Germany: Appalling lack of protective equipment in COVID-19 outbreak. By Markus Salzmann, 24 March 2020. The German government and the European Central Bank are pumping hundreds of billions of euros into the accounts of corporations and banks to protect them from the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. But when it comes to protecting the health of the population, government action is marked by criminal irresponsibility: here.
Health authorities confirmed the first two cases of the coronavirus in Gaza this weekend—citizens who had returned from Pakistan and entered Gaza via Egypt. The arrival of the coronavirus in one of the most densely populated places on earth heralds a humanitarian catastrophe not just for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, but people all over the world who face similar atrocious living conditions and a lack of healthcare: here.
Twenty-three die in Colombia prison revolt over coronavirus conditions: here.
New Zealand: On Monday a petition signed by over 3,000 doctors and health workers calling for an immediate lockdown was handed to the government. It was supported by two online petitions with a total of over 150,000 signatures. Petition organiser Dr Kelvin Ward, from Wellington hospital, told the media on Sunday: “It’s not hyperbolic to say we have only hours to prevent the inevitable horrors we see in countries that waited too long. At the rate we are going, we will look like Italy and the US—running out of medical supplies, turning patients away, Kiwis dying needlessly, because we are over capacity”: here.