African, indigenous Americans die from coronavirus


This 10 April 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Black, Indigenous Americans Hit Hard by COVID-19

Civil rights leader Ben Chavis joins us to talk about why this is happening, how we have to address this epidemic, and what it means for our future.

Why African-Americans may be especially vulnerable to COVID-19. African-Americans are more likely to die from COVID-19 than white Americans, data show. Experts blame long-standing health disparities. By Sujata Gupta, April 10, 2020.

Coronavirus crisis update, worldwide


This 10 April 2020 video from the USA is called Nearly Third Of Country Didn’t Pay Rent.

By Ceren Sagir in Britain, 10 April 2020:

Hundreds of students join rent strike against private accommodation providers

HUNDREDS of students joined a rent strike today in protest against private landlords who have refused to cancel fees for the summer term.

Many students have had to vacate their halls of residence and return to their family homes for their safety as universities closed down amid the coronavirus outbreak.

While some providers like the University of Portsmouth agreed to waive summer-term fees, others such as Sanctuary Students have refused to release students from their contracts.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 10 April 2020:

Editorial: Covid-19 has exposed the nature of class-divided Britain

THE coronavirus casualty rate is becoming a more accurate measure of the realities of life and work in Britain than any other metric.

We have become accustomed to the novel sight of Tory ministers, who a few months ago derided the British working class as work-shy, today extolling virtues to which hitherto they appeared blind.

The scale of the crisis has revealed more clearly the contours of Britain’s working class and made it crystal clear that every human being is best measured by the social value of the work they do or have done in a lifetime of labour.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain, 10 April 2020:

Private-hire drivers launch crowdfund for judicial review of ‘corporate negligence’ over Covid-19

A FUNDRAISING campaign was launched by private-hire drivers today who are seeking to bring companies and authorities’ lack of safeguards against the Covid-19 pandemic to a judicial review.

Representative body United Private Hire Drivers (UPHD) has set up the Crowdjustice campaign, to last until next Friday, for £10,000 to pay for the High Court legal challenge.

UPHD accused private-hire companies and authorities — including Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport — of “corporate negligence.”

By Steve Sweeney:

Turkish unions urged to strike against government Covid-19 package

TURKISH trade unions have been urged to “organise the struggle” and co-ordinate strike action for the right to life in response to government plans to continue production throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Former Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Figen Yuksekdag’s Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) warned that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) had been calculating to save big business “since day one”.

“Production will continue at the cost of workers lives”, a statement from the party’s executive said yesterday.

Japanese communists warn of US hindering fight against Covid-19 by hiding infection figures: here.

Australian governments prepare to push workers back into unsafe workplaces. By Mike Head, 10 April 2020. Discussions about “herd immunity” are taking place in ruling circles.

Australian government bails out private childcare industry. By Erika Zimmer and Amanda Johnstone, 10 April 2020. As with every other measure taken by the government, the sole concern is to get workers back on the job, regardless of the COVID-19 danger.

COVID-19 and tropical cyclone hit South Pacific Islands. By John Braddock, 10 April 2020. As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates across the Pacific, the powerful cyclone has devastated nations in the region and caused 28 deaths.

Wood-rail and woodpecker at Panama feeder


This video says about itself:

Wood-Rail And Woodpecker Share The Panama Fruit Feeder – April 10, 2020

A Gray-cowled Wood-Rail tolerates a female Red-crowned Woodpecker on the feeding platform, well, for a time that is. We know this is a female Red-crowned Woodpecker as the red does not extend up to the crown as it does in males of this species. Both males and females drum and give hard rattling calls.

‘Doctors will strike if no coronavirus PPE’


This 7 April 2020 video from New York City in the USA says about itself:

Reporter Gives Desperate Nurse His Protective Mask

CBS reporter David Begnaud was at an intensive care unit in Brooklyn reporting on the coronavirus outbreak, and he was geared up with personal protective equipment. When he interviewed a nurse who was wearing a garbage bag, she pleaded for his mask and gown and he gave it to her, after it was sanitized. The death toll from the virus is expected to spike in the coming week, and while the President keeps promoting the use of hydroxychloroquine, Dr. Anthony Fauci says there is little evidence it works.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Call to doctors: stop working if there is no personal protective equipment

Dutch doctors’ association KNMG does not want doctors and other care providers to do their work without the right protective equipment. There is currently, eg, a scarcity of mouth masks. As a result, the risks of infection with the coronavirus are now too big, the federation says.

“An infection can also pose significant risks to healthy people. Rescuers who are infected with covid-19 themselves are also potentially at risk of death or damage if the disease were to develop severely,” said a statement by the KNMG. “In addition, they run the risk of becoming unavailable for a long time due to illness, and they increase the chance that other patients in the healthcare sector will become infected.” The latter endangers the continuity of care, say the doctors.

“This means that care providers may only be asked for direct care of patients with (presumably) covid-19 if they are provided with adequate personal protective equipment. What is considered ‘adequate’ is determined by the guidelines of the health authority RIVM.”

The organization suspects that in situations of extreme emergency, doctors will decide to provide care, even if they do not have enough protective equipment. But with that they have to be “very reserved”, says the KNMG.

Demonstration for PPE

This 10 April 2020 photo shows Dutch healthcare workers demonstrating in Rotterdam for PPE.

African snakes on video


This 10 April 2020 video says about itself:

Boomslang (Dispholidus typus) is a very adaptable venomous snake living in sub-Saharan Africa. It lives in semi-desert areas, savannas, and rainforests. Males have a different color than females. Boomslangs have deadly venom, but bites are rare. This video shows amazing footage of this snake and also the Large-eyed Green Tree Snake (Rhamnophis aethipissa), which is a relative of Boomslang, but almost nothing is known about it. This species is maybe also dangerously venomous.

Coronavirus disaster update, USA


This 10 April 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

‘They literally leaving us in here to die’ — This inmate used a smuggled phone to film conditions inside a prison infected with COVID-19.

In US news and current events today, this video footage shows the conditions of prisons that are infected with COVID-19, amid the novel coronavirus that has set off a global pandemic. Aaron DeShawn Campbell posted this video to Facebook Live because he feels inmates will die if nothing changes. Watch this heartbreaking footage of what life in prisons with coronavirus.

Three Illinois prisoners die of COVID-19 as Chicago jail identified as a “hotspot”. By Brian Brown and Kristina Betinis, 10 April 2020. Protests have taken place against inhumane treatment, crowded conditions, inadequate sanitation and official inaction on the growing demands for inmate release.

World coronavirus cases surge past 1.6 million. By Bryan Dyne, 10 April 2020. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published new guidelines that provide the justification to force tens of millions of workers back to work, even as the global death toll from COVID-19 approaches 100,000.

As Trump attacks health experts, World Health Organization warns against early return to work. By Benjamin Mateus, 10 April 2020. President Trump threatens cutting funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) for their criticism of his policy of scaling back the response to the pandemic.

“We are expendable”: Delta flight attendant speaks on corporate recklessness at US airlines. By Tim Rivers, 10 April 2020. While the airlines, which were recently handed $58 billion in bailout money, have not released accurate data, recent reports indicate that hundreds of US airline workers have already been infected with COVID-19.

UPS Worldport employee in Louisville, Kentucky dies from COVID-19. By Steve Filips, 10 April 2020. Relatives said the 55-year-old worker, Roml Ellis, had been infected with COVID-19, although UPS management has refused to confirm the cause of death citing “privacy”.

Auto companies plot out plan to restart production in North America despite coronavirus pandemic. By Jessica Goldstein, 10 April 2020. Both the auto corporations and their lackeys in the auto unions are demanding that workers risk their lives to go back to work in the factories in order to satisfy capitalist profit interests.

From UltraViolet in the USA today:

Instacart delivery workers in Cambridge, Massachusetts and three other locations were told that they may have been exposed to the coronavirus because of outbreaks at grocery stores, and Instacart is still refusing to provide hazard pay or increased sick leave.

This is exactly what Instacart workers feared when they announced a strike and demanded basic protections from the coronavirus.

We know that Instacart is active on Twitter and regularly replies to tweets. Will you help ramp up the pressure on Instacart and show support for workers by sending Instacart and its CEO a message on Twitter?

Just click on one of the pre-written tweets below:

Thanks for speaking up,

–The UltraViolet team

The COVID-19 crisis in New York City: Why Elmhurst has become a center of the crisis. By Ali Elhassan and Clara Weiss, 10 April 2020. Elmhurst is the most heavily immigrant working-class district in New York City.

Coronavirus update, Europe


This 7 April 2020 video says about itself:

Sky’s Adam Parsons looks at how the coronavirus is affecting the French village of Cornimont.

From the World Socialist Web Site, 10 April 2020:

Greek health workers protest

Health workers in Greece protested outside 28 hospitals across the country Tuesday against the right-wing New Democracy government’s failure to provide adequate protection against the coronavirus pandemic. Worker demands include increased funding for hospitals, personal protective equipment (PPE), access to free medical treatment and tests, no redundancies and special sick leave for health workers.

At the beginning of the month, staff at the Sotiria public hospital in Athens issued an open letter to the government complaining they had been supplied with defective masks for use against coronavirus.

The government is continuing the attacks on public health care … inflicted by brutal EU austerity measures for four years from 2015.

Refuse collectors in Wirral, northwest England, walk out over coronavirus concerns

UK refuse collectors employed by waste management company Biffa in the Wirral, Merseyside, walked out on Tuesday. The Unite trade union members were protesting the refusal of management to provide adequate safe-distancing measures during the coronavirus pandemic. They opposed the employer’s demand that three workers share the small confined space of the refuse collection lorry cab.

The workers collect domestic waste on behalf of Wirral council. They have been demanding Biffa take action over the last two weeks and finally walked out when their appeals were ignored.

Refuse collection workers at UK councils force concessions over COVID-19 sick pay

Refuse collection workers employed by outsourcing company Amery at various local authorities across the UK forced concessions over sick pay. The GMB and Unite union members will be able to claim full sick pay for 7 or 14 days if self-isolating over coronavirus. Workers with underlying health conditions will be able to claim full sick pay for 12 weeks.

Initially, Amery claimed COVID-19 was not a severe illness and workers would only be entitled to statutory sick pay. The resulting outrage voiced by the workers led Amery to revise its stance.

Waste disposal workers in southeast England given protective equipment after strike threat

Refuse collection and street cleaning staff working for subcontractor Norse Medway threatened strike action if they were not given protective equipment against the coronavirus. The company, which provides services to Medway council in Kent, provided the equipment following threats of industrial action by the Unite union members.

Walkout over coronavirus fears at distribution warehouse in Swindon, UK

Around 80 staff, GMB members at retail Marks and Spencer’s Swindon warehouse distribution centre, walked out on April 2 over safety concerns relating to the coronavirus. They had walked out on two previous occasions in March.

The warehouse is run by logistics company DHL. Management has refused to listen to workers concerns over protective equipment and safe-distancing measures.

Strike by Belgian supermarket workers over COVID-19 fears

Supermarket workers at six branches of the Carrefour supermarket chain in Belgium held a strike during the morning of April 3. Carrefour is a French-owned multinational retail outlet.

The CSC union members are demanding more protection during the COVID-19 pandemic and a pay rise. All supermarkets are seeing a rise in revenues as a result of bulk buying in the lead-up to the imposition of lockdowns in most European countries.

UK government ignored scientific advice and treated COVID-19 as a public order issue. By Robert Stevens, 10 April 2020. Behavioural scientists played an extraordinary and unwarranted part in determining government policy, compared with the input of medical professionals.

Lack of ventilators in UK means patients left to die. By Margot Miller, 10 April 2020. “Doctors have to explain to patients over 70, with no underlying health issues, that the doctor has to make a decision to sign a do-not-resuscitate order, because there are no ventilators”—NHS doctor.

COVID-19 has claimed almost 2,000 lives in the capital and 8,000 across the UK, with bus drivers demanding urgent safety measures to prevent more deaths: here.

London bus drivers speak out: “They are doing absolutely nothing to protect us!” By Laura Tiernan and Michael Barnes, 10 April 2020. London bus drivers told the World Socialist Web Site that the lack of basic safety being enforced by the private bus operators, Transport for London is putting lives at risk.

By Ben Chacko in Britain, 10 April 2029:

Making sense of the crisis: Trade unionists raise front-line workers’ struggles in People’s Assembly webinar

PEOPLE’S Assembly national secretary Laura Pidcock joined trade unionists representing front-line workers last night to discuss the impact of the coronavirus emergency on their members.

Ms Pidcock said unions were at the forefront of the fight to get workers proper protection and would need to be at the heart of shaping what “our new society should look like” when we emerge from the pandemic.

GMB regional organiser Helen O’Connor, intensive care nurse and Unison executive member Jac Berry (in a personal capacity) and Communications Workers Union general secretary Dave Ward all raised horror stories reported by their own members having to work without adequate personal protective equipment and being denied the mass testing that experts agree is needed to prevent the spread of the virus, which official statistics said claimed another 881 lives Wednesday-Thursday.

Some of the participants in the People's Assembly webinar

NURSES at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow, north-west London, were forced to wear bin bags because of a lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and as a direct result all three have tested POSITIVE for coronavirus: here.

Nurses at Northwick Park Hospital in bin bags because of lack of PPE

Deaths from COVID-19 mount in German elderly care homes. By Markus Salzmann, 10 April 2020. The large number of deaths stems from the failure to implement timely countermeasures or follow them, a shortage of staff, overworked personnel and the absence of personal protective equipment (PPE).

HUNGARY’S FAR-RIGHT LEADER CONTINUES PANDEMIC POWER GRAB Hungary’s far-right Prime Minister Viktor Orban gained sweeping powers when the country’s parliament passed emergency coronavirus measures that allow him to effectively rule by decree, suspend by-elections and grant authorities the ability to jail people for spreading disinformation. There is no time limit on when these new powers end. And now, Orban has begun using these new powers to assert control. [HuffPost]

Industrial and manufacturing enterprises are reopening in Russia, even as thousands of new infections are reported daily: here.