Tag Archives: COVID-19

The Delta threat: Premature opening of hospitality as Covid cases spike

By Cathal Curran  The more contagious Delta variant of Covid is driving record infection numbers across Europe. The Netherlands, for example, recorded over 10,000 new cases in one day. Delta is now the dominant strain here. This forms the backdrop of the newest push from the hospitality sector lobby and their backers in government and opposition parties to reopen indoor ...

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Don’t risk a fourth wave: No reopening which puts profit over health

By Conor Payne  From 4 May on, the government plans further measures to reopen the economy and lift Covid restrictions. These include the reopening of non-essential retail starting with Click and Collect on 10 May,  hairdressers and other personal services on 10 May and the complete reopening of construction on 4 May. Outdoor hospitality and gyms are potentially to open ...

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Big pharma’s patents: Profiting from the pandemic

By Jonathan Diebold  The rapid development of the Covid-19 vaccine has given us a glimpse of what humanity can achieve given enough drive and resources. However, it has also demonstrated the shortcomings of capitalism, and of patent laws and the reliance of a small number of massive, highly profitable companies in the production of our medicinal needs. Global inequalities  While ...

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Covid crisis: Suppress the virus – health before profit

By Finghín Kelly Last week while being interviewed about Ryanair’s near €1billion loss Michael O’Leary arrogantly attacked the Covid-19 measures, calling for a complete re-opening of society (and crucially for him the airlines!) once over 50s have been vaccinated.  Should his demands be satisfied it would guarantee a new wave of infections, thousands more deaths and potentially a major impetus ...

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Criminal government actions fuel alarming third wave of Covid-19

Yesterday evening, a new daily record of 7,836 recorded Covid cases was announced as the alarming third wave continues. As well as cases, hospital admissions, including those in ICU, and deaths are rising quickly. Despite the enormous sacrifices made by working-class people over the last ten months, we are now in a worse situation than the previous height of the ...

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Review: The Return of Nature

The Return of Nature By John Bellamy Foster  Monthly Review Press, 2020 Reviewed by Keishia Taylor John Bellamy Foster’s ground-breaking Marx’s Ecology in 2000 demonstrated that Marxism, from the beginning, dealt with ecological questions. Its long-awaited sequel, The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology, developed these ideas from the deaths of Marx and Darwin to the 1960s, tracing a continuous ...

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A tale of two Covid crises – billionaire bailouts & bupkis

By Mike Murphy We’re all in this together apparently. But, like a ship that’s taking on water after a frontal collision, only one end of the vessel is going under; the other end is ascending. The Covid-19 pandemic is very much upon us, and we are all well aware of the strong economic implications. The World Bank predicted in June ...

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Irish government fails to protect healthcare workers

By Valerie O’Leary The proportion of healthcare workers contracting Covid-19 in Ireland is amongst the highest in the world. 31.8% of total cases of Covid-19 are associated with healthcare workers, while 1 in 10 of cases are directly associated with nurses or midwives.  In comparison, the prevalence of healthcare workers amongst those who contracted the disease worldwide is between 5% ...

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