Coronavirus pandemic, worldwide news

This 10 May 2020 video says about itself:

South Korea braces for second coronavirus wave with new cluster in Seoul | DW News

China, South Korea and Germany report new COVID-19 outbreaks. By Bryan Dyne, 11 May 2020. In all three countries, the new coronavirus cases have come after the partial lifting of lockdown measures.

Hundreds of COVID-19 infections in German meatpacking plants. By Marianne Arens, 11 May 2020. Immigrants from Romania, who are the main workers in the German meatpacking industry, are now being struck down by COVID-19.

Seventy-five years after the end of World War II. Right-wing ideologues in Germany demand sacrifice of human lives in coronavirus pandemic. By Christoph Vandreier, 11 May 2020. Three-quarters of a century after the end of the most brutal war in world history, the German ruling elite is returning to authoritarian and ultimately fascist policies to enforce militarism and inequality.

Appeal demands the defense of “non-negotiable human rights”. General Motors workers in Mexico call for an international struggle to keep plants closed during pandemic. By Andrea Lobo, 11 May 2020. Asked about how workers should respond across North America, a worker said: “Through a strike protest to demand no reopening until it’s safe and the virus has been eradicated.”

Mexican workers, COVID-19 and the fight against the back-to-work campaign. By Andrea Lobo, 11 May 2020. Thousands of workers at manufacturing plants across Mexico, called maquiladoras, have struck to force the closing of nonessential plants and to demand protective equipment at essential plants.

Governments globally reopen schools, ignoring scientists’ warnings of coronavirus impact on children. By Will Morrow, 11 May 2020. Governments see reopening schools as essential as a false symbol of a return to normal, and so that they can herd parents back into their workplaces.

Spanish army expects new COVID-19 outbreak. By Alejandro López, 11 May 2020. The state is placing the lives of millions of workers going back to work in danger, putting corporate profits above workers’ lives.

From the World Socialist Web Site, 9 May 2020:

India: Punjab bus workers demand COVID-19 insurance

Contract workers from the state-owned commuter bus company Punbus/Punjab Roadways demonstrated at several locations in Jalandhar district on May 5 over several demands, including insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The protesters burnt effigies of the Punjab’s chief minister.

Workers alleged that they had been forced to working during the coronavirus lockdown without any health insurance or benefits. Drivers and conductors who had been quarantined claim that they did not receive proper medical treatment at the quarantine wards.

Workers want 5 million rupees ($US66,500) insurance cover, like other front-line workers, as well as gloves, masks and PPE kits for all workers deployed on COVID-19 duties and to be given full-time jobs. The workers are members organised by the Punbus/Punjab Roadways Contractual Workers Union. …

Tamil Nadu sanitation workers demand promised COVID-19 bonus

Around 1,800 sanitation workers from the Tiruppur [municipal] Corporation wore black badges to work last week to demand a special one month’s salary payment as promised by the state government. The limited protest was part of a state-wide action by members of Tiruppur District Conservancy Workers Association, which is affiliated to the All India Trade Union Congress.

Workers said that the Tamil Nadu chief minister had already announced a one-month special payment for doctors, nurses, medical staff and sanitary workers to honour their contribution in the fight against COVID-19 but nothing had been done to fulfil his pledge.

New Delhi hospital nurses strike over unsafe conditions

Nurses at the Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital in New Delhi walked out on strike on May 4 in protest against unsafe conditions at the facility where a large number of doctors, nurses and other health workers have been infected with COVID-19. …

Jammu cleaners demand protection against COVID-19

A group of cleaners in Jammu, Northern India, staged a sit-down protest on May 5 to demand better working conditions. The workers displayed placards, calling for personal protective equipment and safe working conditions to combat COVID-19. The cleaners said that they were working in unsafe conditions due to lack of masks, gloves and sanitisers.

According to Bangladesh Garment Workers Solidarity, a garment workers’ organisation, at least 97 garment workers have been infected with COVID-19 and 10 have died.

Australian intelligence sources alarmed by US “Wuhan lab” claim. By Mike Head, 11 May 2020. The primary fear in these ruling circles is that the assertions are so unreliable that they discredit the US confrontation with China, in which Australia is on the frontline.

Australia: Local authorities in mining regions have warned that the continued operations of the sector threaten outbreaks of COVID-19: here.

New Zealand sees increase in racist anti-Chinese attacks. By Tom Peters, 11 May 2020.

Ten Canadian airport taxi drivers die from COVID-19. By Jake Silver, 11 May 2020. The high death toll at Toronto airport underscores the grave threat all workers face from the reckless, premature back-to-work drive.

By Keith Jones, 11 May 2020. Canada was entirely unprepared for the pandemic, with the “health” of the financial markets regarded as far more important than that of the health care system.

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