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‘A lack of PPE will lead to more deaths of frontline workers’ – son of doctor who died from coronavirus after pleading for more protective equipment for NHS staff - channel 4

‘A lack of PPE will lead to more deaths of frontline workers’ – son of doctor who died from coronavirus after pleading for more protective equipment for NHS staff

Throughout this crisis, we've been talking to frontline workers in the NHS about their concerns, hopes and worries as they tackle the Covid-19 outbreak. 
channel 4 - 17 minutes ago
‘We are playing for time to get a vaccine’ – Global Health Professor - channel 4

‘We are playing for time to get a vaccine’ – Global Health Professor

Dr Anthony Costello, Professor of Global Health at University College London and a former director at the World Health Organization, said he thought the lockdown would work but said the UK was behind the curve. 
channel 4 - 18 minutes ago
UK public urged to stay home as daily reported coronavirus deaths reach 980 - channel 4

UK public urged to stay home as daily reported coronavirus deaths reach 980

The blazing Easter sun while we are confined indoors is one of the minor cruelties of this crisis.
channel 4 - 19 minutes ago
Religious leaders adapt to coronavirus social distancing – but some refuse - channel 4

Religious leaders adapt to coronavirus social distancing – but some refuse

The Archbishop of Canterbury will deliver his Easter sermon by video from his flat, as mainstream churches ask the faithful to log-on or tune in to hear the word.
channel 4 - 19 minutes ago
Bodies left in streets of Guayaquil as Ecuador struggles with coronavirus - channel 4

Bodies left in streets of Guayaquil as Ecuador struggles with coronavirus

In the UK, we are understandably obsessed with quantifying this unfathomable crisis: counting the ventilators, the tests, the infected and of course the dead.
channel 4 - 23 minutes ago
US to cut oil production to ‘pick up slack’ for Mexico – Trump - rt

US to cut oil production to ‘pick up slack’ for Mexico – Trump

The US will slash oil output by another 250,000 barrels a day to make up the difference for Mexico and help OPEC+ boost the price, in exchange for being compensated later, President Donald Trump has announced.
rt - 28 minutes ago
Police in Scotland hand out 500 coronavirus fines - channel 4

Police in Scotland hand out 500 coronavirus fines

Police in Scotland have imposed more than 500 fines on those flouting lockdown rules.
channel 4 - 36 minutes ago
Mass graves dug in New York as coronavirus death toll rises - channel 4

Mass graves dug in New York as coronavirus death toll rises

Just a few weeks ago President Trump still promised that America would reopen for business by Easter.
channel 4 - 36 minutes ago
Netherlands reports spike of 2,000 deaths above average, suggesting Dutch coronavirus toll may be far HIGHER than expected - rt

Netherlands reports spike of 2,000 deaths above average, suggesting Dutch coronavirus toll may be far HIGHER than expected

The Netherlands suffered 2,000 more deaths than usual during the first week of April, the country’s statistics office has said. The spike suggests the Covid-19 toll might be significantly higher than officially registered.
rt - 40 minutes ago
Family transforms home into factory to make visors for NHS - channel 4

Family transforms home into factory to make visors for NHS

The lack of personal protective equipment for frontline medical staff continues to be a heartbreaking and critical issue.
channel 4 - 47 minutes ago
The French doctors who wanted to test vaccines on Africans and Western medicine’s dark history - quartz

The French doctors who wanted to test vaccines on Africans and Western medicine’s dark history

The history of the violation of the lives of Africans for the scientific benefit of white Westerners is long and horrifying.
quartz - 1 hour ago
Still climbing: Covid-19 death toll reaches 100,000 worldwide – AFP - rt

Still climbing: Covid-19 death toll reaches 100,000 worldwide – AFP

The number of deaths from the novel coronavirus has reached 100,000 globally, according to figures compiled by the AFP news agency, while the number of confirmed cases is rising toward the two million mark.
rt - 1 hour ago
Cuomo Won

Cuomo Won't Open New York Until Millions of People Are Tested for Coronavirus

“Testing on a scale that we have not done before.”
vice - 2 hours ago
‘Much-loved’ science teacher, 35, dies after catching coronavirus - metro

‘Much-loved’ science teacher, 35, dies after catching coronavirus

Emma Clarke, 35, was said to be 'very popular with her pupils' in Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy in Runcorn.
metro - 2 hours ago
Family given 80-year-old woman’s body instead of 21-year-old man - metro

Family given 80-year-old woman’s body instead of 21-year-old man

A hospital in China has apologised after its morgue mixed up two bodies belonging to different families.
metro - 2 hours ago
Coronavirus fraudsters have already made £2,000,000 out of crisis - metro

Coronavirus fraudsters have already made £2,000,000 out of crisis

Action Fraud said it had received reports of various scams related to the pandemic across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
metro - 2 hours ago
Sick and dying need you to stay home over Easter, Matt Hancock says - metro

Sick and dying need you to stay home over Easter, Matt Hancock says

Don't be tempted to go to the park or beach this weekend.
metro - 3 hours ago
Face masks for a coronavirus-hit US prison became 70% pricier overnight - quartz

Face masks for a coronavirus-hit US prison became 70% pricier overnight

Prices skyrocketed for a correctional facility dealing with a Covid-19 outbreak.
quartz - 3 hours ago
EU’s pandemic ‘rescue’ deal will just make bloc’s debt problem worse – Max Keiser - rt

EU’s pandemic ‘rescue’ deal will just make bloc’s debt problem worse – Max Keiser

The European Union's coronavirus “rescue” deal is really just a €500 billion increase in debt which could ultimately “make the problem worse,” former Wall Street stockbroker Max Keiser told RT.
rt - 4 hours ago
Coronavirus Is Crashing America

Coronavirus Is Crashing America's Joke of an Unemployment System

In the last week of March, Florida answered just 1 percent of the phone calls it received from newly-unemployed people desperate to file claims.
vice - 4 hours ago
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Coronavirus is the last thing the global smartphone industry needs

Coronavirus is the last thing the global smartphone industry needs

quartz - 1 month ago

Coronavirus may be another reason why you dont upgrade your smartphone this year.

Industry forecasts anticipate that global smartphone production will be hit hard as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19 that began in December. China, the smartphone manufacturing hub of the world, is now choked off from suppliers, workers, and logistics networks. Analysis firm TrendForce predicted this week that production of smartphones will have decreased by 12% in the first three months of 2020, compared to the same period last year.

Apple announced earlier this week that it doesnt expect to meet its second-quarter financial guidance due to stalled production in China as a result of the outbreak. Most of Apples retail stores in China remain closed after shutting down last month.

Samsung, which moved much of its production to Vietnam in recent years, is also likely to face production delays. Vietnams Ministry of Industry of Trade told Reuters that supply chain problems as a result of the coronavirus will likely delay production of Samsungs latest models. Vietnam relies much on China for materials and equipment, which makes the country become vulnerable when such outbreak happens, it said. Samsung’s S20 Galaxy lineup, announced this month, will begin shipping in March; Samsung has not confirmed if the outbreak will delay when those phones hit stores.

Delays in production arent the only threat to the smartphone industry. China is also the worlds largest smartphone market. Domestic smartphone manufacturers like Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo will be hit with a double-whammy: less demand for their products and delayed production as consumers and workers stay home.

A drop in demand in China will be a major factor in a decline in smartphone sales, according to Anna Ahrens, an analyst with IHS Markit. “There needs to be time for people to get back to normal life, and demand will not recover fast.”

But the smartphone industry’s struggles predate the coronavirus outbreak. Global smartphone sales have already been on the decline, partly because people are holding on to their handsets for longer. Advances in technology have extended battery life and upgraded camera tech to the point that many users dont see the point of giving up perfectly good devices that are two or even three upgrade cycles out-of-date.

Most smartphone manufacturers saw fewer shipments in 2019 than 2018, according to analysis from IHS Markit.

In this environment, one might expect the price of smartphones to increase. But it’s unlikely consumers will see higher-priced phones this year as a result of the coronavirus. Far more likely are temporary shortages, delays in fulfilling orders, or stores not having certain models in stock.

“In the short run, I don’t think prices will rise, because most brands don’t want to be seen as taking advantage or profit from a bad situation,” said Frank Gillett, an analyst with Forrester, in an interview with Quartz.

And even in the long run, price increases may be unlikely. Why? Because most smartphone users may decide to just wait out the storm, and companies will lose out on new sales. “Most people can keep using the phones they have and delay an upgrade,” said Gillett.

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