Coronavirus update, worldwide

This 28 April 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

San Francisco Paid the Price for Lifting Spanish Flu Lockdown Early | NowThis

During the 1918 flu, San Francisco lifted its lockdown early — and paid a dire price.

In US news and current events today, the coronavirus pandemic, the COVID-19 outbreak has had people around the world in lockdown. People in the United States and the world at large have had to quarantine and practice social distancing and self-isolation when necessary.

Some states, like Georgia, are beginning to reopen businesses, but history has shown us that lifting a lockdown too early can have dire consequences. Here’s how San Francisco’s early lifting of regulations during the 1918 flu, a strain of H1N1 virus also referred to as the Spanish flu, nearly doubled the death toll of the city.

Six weeks after confinement measures began across southern Europe amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Union (EU) and governments across the continent are stepping up pressure on workers to return to work even as the pandemic continues. Fully 23,680 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed yesterday across Europe, for a total of 1.27 million cases and 121,800 deaths. The decision to lift confinement measures, vastly accelerating the pandemic’s spread, is politically criminal and will cost countless thousands of lives: here.

Ireland: Workers at Dublin Bus rebel at lack of personal protective equipment. By Dermot Byrne, 27 April 2020.

Canadian autoworkers have deluged social media sites with messages opposing a precipitous reopening of the plants: here.

Germany: Production is starting up again at Volkswagen’ s main plant, the largest car factory in Europe with 63,000 employees , as the company plays roulette with the health and lives of its workforce: here.

German parliament president calls for sacrificing lives for corporate profits. By Johannes Stern, 28 April 2020. The ruling class’s back-to-work offensive, which threatens a major resurgence of COVID-19, has long been accompanied by a media-driven campaign with fascistic characteristics.

Romanian harvest worker in Germany dies of COVID-19. By Anna Rombach and Marianne Arens, 27 April 2020. The death of the 57-year-old Nicolae Bahan has cast a grim light on the terrible conditions confronting harvest workers coming from Eastern Europe to toil in Germany ’ s fields.

Growing resistance in Germany to the opening up of schools. By Andy Niklaus and Carola Kleinert, 28 April 2020. ”From the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, I have only seen economic interests at work,” said one high school student.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 26 April 2020:

Amazon to stay shut in France as court rejects appeal

AMAZON’S French warehouses will remain closed after the retail giant lost an appeal to overturn a court decision that bosses were not doing enough to protect workers from coronavirus.

The company was forced to temporarily shut all its French distribution centres last week after a court ordered it to stop selling non-essential goods while it works out new safety measures with staff.

Amazon appealed against the decision, arguing that it was too complicated to separate out activities.

From private testing for the rich to unrest in banlieues, coronavirus is highlighting France’s stark divide.

Despite anticipating more deaths, Australian governments demand return to work. By Mike Head, 28 April 2020. The New South Wales state premier said she expected an increase in virus cases as her government lifted restrictions.

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