Coronavirus disaster worldwide, continued

This 20 July 2020 video says about itself:

Chile’s economic illusion: Coronavirus exposes inequalities

For years, Chile has been hailed as Latin America’s most successful free-market economy and the country with the highest per-capita income in Latin America.

But the pandemic is exposing the country’s inequalities, pushing much of the fragile middle class into poverty as millions lose their employment.

Chileans had already been unhappy with the political, economic and social situation in the country last October, and the current crisis seems to only be adding to the discontent.

Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman reports from Santiago, Chile.

Trump administration expands assault on coronavirus testing. By Bryan Dyne, 20 July 2020. There are 14.6 million confirmed cases and 608,000 deaths worldwide, including just under 3.9 million cases and more than 143,000 deaths in the United States alone.

Deaths in ICE custody rise as pandemic rages across the United States. By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 20 July 2020. ICE reported the deaths of two men in custody over the last week, at least one of whom had tested positive for COVID-19 in early July.

Toledo Jeep workers demand immediate shutdown as COVID-19 continues to spread in auto industry. By Jessica Goldstein, 20 July 2020. Toledo Jeep workers report that there are more than 60 cases at the assembly complex, but FCA and the UAW refuse to halt production

Eighty-five infants infected with COVID-19 in Corpus Christi, Texas: here.

COVID-19 outbreak hits central Michigan flood recovery migrant workers: here.

More than 3,300 Arkansas meatpacking workers infected with coronavirus. By Cordell Gascoigne, 20 July 2020. At poultry giant Tyson, whose headquarters are located in Springdale, Arkansas, 13 percent of the workforce has contracted the virus.

Tönnies meat-processing plant in Germany restarted despite ongoing danger from COVID-19. By Marianne Arens, 20 July 2020. At the Tönnies plant in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, and the district of Gütersloh where it is located, 244 people are still registered as sick due to the coronavirus.

Workers disproportionately affected by coronavirus pandemic in Germany. By Marianne Arens, 20 July 2020. The disease particularly affects workers who do not have the opportunity to remain at home and maintain social distancing.

Barcelona residents told to stay at home as COVID-19 resurges across Europe. By Alejandro López, 20 July 2020. Regional authorities have asked over 4 million people not to leave their homes, as the back-to-work campaigns accelerates the contagion of COVID-19 across Europe.

Trudeau government failed to enforce COVID-19 protections for migrant farm workers. By Janet Browning, 20 July 2020. While claiming that temporary migrant farmworkers would be safeguarded from COVID-19, the Liberal government stopped all in-person worksite inspections.

Australian coronavirus surge hits workplaces, factories. By Paul Bartizan. 20 July 2020. Some 80 percent of all COVID-19 transmissions in the state of Victoria over the last two months have occurred in workplaces.

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