Friday’s news links – April 17, 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus

South Dakota Meat Factory Becomes Worst Coronavirus Cluster in U.S. Daily Beast

Trump turns against WHO to mask his own stark failings on Covid-19 crisis Guardian

More than 1,600 employees at VA medical facilities have coronavirus Federal News

A New Statistic Reveals Why America’s COVID-19 Numbers Are Flat The Atlantic

The high positivity rate also suggests that new cases in the U.S. have plateaued only because the country has hit a ceiling in its testing capacity.

Smaller Hospitals In Chicago Can Have 2-Week Waits For COVID-19 Test Results CBS Chicago

U.S. Virus Deaths Hit Horrifying One-Day Record: 4,591 WSJ (in one day more than in all China Covid-19 deaths since Jan. 1 – 4,632 – including new total in Wuhan)

Rent strike

NYC Gears Up For Coronavirus Crisis Rent Strike Patch

Class war

NJ Hospital Retaliates Against Workers

Manhattan Building Workers Strike Over Safety Fears MSN

Nurse union activists in Ann Arbor, Michigan, joined with nurse unions in four other states to organize actions at hospitals across the country yesterday, in a national day of action to draw attention to how the U.S.’s profit-driven health care system is failing workers and patients alike. Photo: Jim West/

Nurses Across the U.S. Protest Dangerous Conditions and For-Profit Health Care LaborNotes

10 nurses were suspended from a California hospital for refusing to treat coronavirus patients without N95 masks BusinessInsider

Calls For A May 1st General Strike Grow Rising Up With Sonali, Pacifica

Amazon Face-Off in France Serves as Worker-Rights Test Case Bloomberg

Activists push for eviction moratorium in Sioux Falls KELO

Conservative group linked to DeVos family organizes protest of coronavirus restrictions in Michigan Salon

Capitalist crisis

Week Four of the U.S. Labor Market Collapse Wolf Street

More U.S. jobs have been lost in the last month than were gained since the Great Recession Axios

Controversial Louisiana pastor wants people to donate stimulus checks Daily Mail

Trump’s call with Wall Street didn’t go as planned Politico

Profit Health Care

‘Thriving During a Pandemic’: UnitedHealth Group Posts Surge in Profits as Millions Lose Insurance and Thousands Die Common Dreams

“Capitalist governments treat the health of people as a cost and not as a fundamental right” Peoples Dispatch

U.S.-Mexico border

Coronavirus: Protests break out at US-Mexico border over deaths at manufacturing plants Independent


The Covid-19 pandemic evidences the need to cooperate despite political differences Statement from Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Germans have right to protest during coronavirus pandemic: court Reuters

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