COVID-19 disaster in Donald Trump’s USA

This 5 May 2020 video from the USA says adout itself:

Navajo Nation Suffers Third-Highest COVID-19 Infection Rate in U.S. with Limited Healthcare & Water

As COVID-19 continues to ravage the Navajo Nation. Gallup, New Mexico locked down to control spread of coronavirus. By Evan Cohen, 5 May 2020. The crisis in Gallup is a preview of the situation that small towns across America will face as states continue to ease social distancing restrictions and open their economies.

The American oligarchy decides for death. 5 May 2020. The Trump administration has embraced an approach to the pandemic that will—and that it knows will—result in the deaths of tens of thousands of people in the coming weeks and months: here.

The Trump administration and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are demanding that a new pandemic relief bill provide businesses with legal immunity for causing disease or death to employees by failing to provide a safe work environment: here.

From the World Socialist Web Site, 5 May 2020:

Minnesota poultry workers protest company’s refusal to provide information on COVID-19 cases

On April 27 over 20 workers accompanied by supporters walked out of Pilgrim’s Pride poultry processing plant in Cold Spring, Minnesota, angry over management’s failure to properly handle COVID-19 cases. Workers described cases where employees with COVID-19 symptoms were still working or returning to work after a brief period off the job.

Mohamed Goni, with the Greater Minnesota Worker Center, told the Star-Tribune, “The company is not sharing any information with workers.” Workers who were sent home after temperature checks were soon back on the processing line. “The maximum they stayed at home was three days,” said Goni.

Initial public awareness about positive cases of coronavirus were the result of phone calls from employees themselves and were not the result of any management alerts. The Minnesota Department of Health, which visited the plant last week, has not provided exact numbers on COVID-19 cases at the plant. Pilgrim’s Pride said that it would not release information, claiming respect for families.

Last month a protest took place over lack of information at a Pilgrim’s Pride plant in Timberville, Virginia. Pilgrim’s Pride is the largest chicken producer in the US and second largest in Mexico. It is owned by the Brazilian company JBS, which was forced to close its Worthington, Minnesota plant due to COVID-19 cases.

Waste management workers protest Republic Services’ failure to provide protective equipment

Teamster union members in four states picketed outside the waste management facilities of Republic Services on May 1 to protest the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE). According to Chuck Stiles, president of the Teamsters waste division, “Republic Services workers have reported inadequate and infrequent PPE at worksites across the country, specifically, a lack of puncture-proof gloves, face masks, protective eyewear and face shields.”

In March, the union’s waste management union sent out letters to all the major companies, including Waste Management, Republic Services, Waste Connections and Recology. Republic Services was the only company that did not respond with a mitigation plan.

Republic Services, whose revenue was $10.299 billion in 2019, is the second largest waste management company in the US, operating in 40 states and Puerto Rico and employing 35,000 people. About 7,000 are members of the Teamsters.

From daily News Line in Britain today:

Trump seeks to blame China as he orders US workers back to work

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump is seeking a scapegoat for the inevitable deaths of millions of people following a forced return to work while the coronavirus pandemic still rages.

In an increasingly desperate attempt to place the blame for the pandemic, which has claimed the lives of more than 245,000 people worldwide so far, the US secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Sunday claimed that there is ‘enormous evidence’ that the coronavirus outbreak came from a Chinese laboratory.

Trump’s Big Lie, accusing China of spreading COVID-19, a prelude to US war against China. By Peter Symonds, 5 May 2020. US efforts to scapegoat China, backed by allies such as Australia, are a crude attempt to deflect attention from its own criminal negligence, amid mounting opposition in the working class.

Under US pressure, Mexican government vows to impose return to work and “herd immunity” policy. By Andrea Lobo, 5 May 2020. Hundreds of non-essential maquiladora plants across Mexico have remained open during the pandemic and those that were closed after a wave of wildcat strikes are reopening.

COVID exposed America as a failed state. How can I honor the military oath I swore? By Josh Knobel, May 4, 2020.

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