COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak

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Since late 2019, an outbreak of the viral disease COVID-19 (commonly referred to as Coronavirus) - first identified in Wuhan, China - has spread across the globe, impacting hundreds of thousands of people. On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak had reached the level of a global pandemic.

Besides the health implications of the disease, which has a mortality rate in excess of 3% according to the World Health Organization, the outbreak has also been accompanied by waves of misinformation, fears regarding increased government surveillance, factory shutdowns as disruption ripples back up supply chains and fears for the protection of gig economy workers. The International Labour Organization initially estimated that up to 25 million jobs could be lost worldwide due to the pandemic, pushing millions of people into unemployment, underemployment and working poverty. It has since revised its estimate to 195 million job losses globally.

This In Depth Area will be updated with the latest news on the implications of the outbreak for business and human rights. Based on emerging themes of the crisis, we will also update the below sub-sections of this In Depth Area as the situation continues to unfold.

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Auteur: China Labour Bulletin (Hong Kong)

“Worker protests on the rise in June as wage arrears proliferate”, 15 July 2020...

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Auteur: Modern Democracy

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20 July 2020
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Auteur: IndustriAll

"Aerospace companies must assume responsibility in Morocco and Tunisia", 15th of July 2020...

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20 July 2020
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Auteur: E-Consulta (México)

"Minera Autlán, cuna de 84 casos activos de Covid en Teziutlán", 15 de julio de 2020...

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20 July 2020
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Auteur: Maxim Edwards, Global Voices (Netherlands)

Fruit picking in a pandemic: Europe's precarious migrant workers, 14 July 2020...

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20 July 2020
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Auteur: The Moscow Times (Russia)

Central Asian Migrants Worst Hit by Coronavirus Job Losses in Russia, 8 July 2020...

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19 July 2020
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Auteur: Daša Šašić Šilović, Social Europe (UK)

One virus, diverse impacts: the pandemic and women in central and eastern Europe, 16 July 2020...

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19 July 2020
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Auteur: Moushumi Das Gupta, The Print

"Illegal to increase factory work hours from 8 to 12 — parliamentary panel to labour ministry", 20 July 2020...

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19 July 2020
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Auteur: Ben Doherty, The Guardian

"'Job-killer of the century': economies of Pacific islands face collapse over Covid-19", 10 July 2020...

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