This 27 March 2020 video from the USA says about itself:
Heart-Transplant Patient Laid Off Because He Refused to Come in For Work Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Status Coup’s Jordan Chariton speaks with Sebastian, an Italian-American who had a heart transplant over a decade ago.
Kroger warehouse workers walk out in Memphis over coronavirus concerns. 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: here.
Corporate forces are prioritising the shoring up of capitalism – even as workers perish from Covid-19. The drive to preserve a failing economy that works for the few rather than to transform it radically for the many exists on an international level, writes KEVIN OVENDEN.
As General Motors demands profits, ventilator shortage in US threatens tens of thousands of lives. 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: here.
The number of officially confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States is now greater than 102,000, while the number of deaths caused by COVID-19 has surpassed 1,600. This includes more than 16,500 new cases yesterday, the most anywhere in the world, along with nearly 300 new deaths. The country alone now accounts for more than one-sixth of all coronavirus cases internationally: here.
Two New York City transit workers died Thursday of COVID-19, the first fatalities among the transit agency’s 70,000 employees. The deceased were identified as Peter Petrassi, a 49-year-old train conductor working out of an operations office in Queens, and Oliver Cyrus, a 61-year-old bus operator who worked out of the Manhattanville Depot in Manhattan: here.
The Democratic governor of New York state, Andrew Cuomo, finally banned “non-essential” construction projects on Friday, amid growing anger from the state’s construction workers and concerns from public health experts. Some sites, including those building affordable housing, hospitals or critical infrastructure, will remain open. Until yesterday, construction workers across New York City and state were still required to show up to work on almost any project, victims of Cuomo’s categorization of construction—including luxury apartment high-rises—as “essential businesses”: here.
”Obviously there has to be a revolt”. US teachers speak out on the coronavirus epidemic. By our reporters, 28 March 2020. Teachers across the country spoke on the impact the epidemic is having on education and the way forward.
Albany, Georgia walloped by coronavirus outbreak as governor refuses to implement state-wide stay at home order. By Aaron Murch, 28 March 2020. As of Friday the Albany area ranked second only to the New York City metro region, the epicenter of the outbreak in the US, in the number of infections per capita.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the city of Detroit and surrounding suburbs continued to escalate dramatically on Friday as the health-care system strained to the breaking point. Amidst the dramatic escalation of cases, Detroit’s Democratic Party Mayor Mike Duggan endorsed, on national television, the recently released policy of Henry Ford Health System that limited essential medical resources, such as ventilators, which would be given to patients most likely to survive the virus, leaving the most vulnerable patients to die: here.
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: here.