Lockdown
Why third world workers were worst hit by the pandemic

Advanced countries have been more open-handed in fiscal support for their economies, in particular for workers, while Third World countries have been extremely niggardly, not necessarily out of choice (except in the case of India)

Governments need to boost economies with large fiscal stimulus

This is not the time for fiscal conservatism. To get out of economic crisis, governments must undertake fiscal boosts which increase purchasing power of the poor

Numbers and Estimates: How Do We Understand COVID-19 Cases?

Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha talks about the role of modelling in understanding the disease, and the features and limitations of the various kind of approaches that have been used.

Spike in gender-based violence during quarantine in Latin America and the Caribbean

Feminists and women’s rights activists across the region say that women are at greater risk and urge the governments to step up measures to address all forms of gender-based violence

Egypt COVID update Egypt struggles with COVID-19 after highest daily rise in cases

The government has decided to extend the 10-hour night curfew and partial lockdown imposed in the country, amid complaints of inadequate relief measures. Egypt recorded 168 new infections on Thursday

Covid-19 in Sweden Swedish communists condemn bid to shift burden of COVID-19 on to workers

The mitigation strategy of the Swedish state to fight COVID-19 without going for a lockdown has received widespread criticism. The government has also announced sops for corporates

Interview - Young Communists -Italy “Our 10-year battle against austerity and neoliberalism was right”

Vincenzo Colaprice from Giovani Comunisti talks about the response of the Italian government to the COVID-19 crisis and the challenges in the coming period

Delhi airport workers India Delhi airport workers not paid during lockdown, says union

Cargo workers at New Delhi’s international airport say their salaries have been deducted as they were unable to report to work due to the country-wide lockdown in India. The Airport Employees’ Union has taken up the matter

Bangladesh workers die COVID Two workers die after being chased by police in Bangladesh

While trying to disperse protesting workers demanding wages and allowances in Bhaluka Upazila district, the police fired tear gas canisters causing two fleeing workers to be hit by a fast-moving truck

China lifts lockdown in Wuhan city after more than two months

Wuhan successfully fought against the COVID-19 emergency, with around 95% patients recovered and discharged. The city was in lockdown since January 23

The Unexpected Reckoning: COVID-19 and Capitalism

The coronavirus pandemic exposes the consequences of taking the neoliberal road decades ago, explains Prof Radhika Desai.

Myanmar workers COVID Myanmar unions call on garment sector employers to provide minimum wage during lockdown

The unions are demanding that garment workers be paid the minimum wage after employers proposed that workers take unpaid leaves for the entire shutdown period in Myanmar

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