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‘We will WHIP YOU’: Police employ no-nonsense measures to force Covid-19 lawbreakers to self-isolate in Zambia - rt

‘We will WHIP YOU’: Police employ no-nonsense measures to force Covid-19 lawbreakers to self-isolate in Zambia

Some people just don’t get it when it comes to bans on partying and loitering amid the Covid-19 pandemic — you’ve certainly heard of this type in your country. Zambia’s police just found a “creative” way to force them to comply.
rt - 49 minutes ago
The Corvid-19 quiz: Test your knowledge of the birds, not Covid-19 - quartz

The Corvid-19 quiz: Test your knowledge of the birds, not Covid-19

No, Google, I want Corvid-19—not Covid-19.
quartz - 1 hour ago
Waitrose workers ‘told they must pay back time taken off sick if they self-isolate’ - metro

Waitrose workers ‘told they must pay back time taken off sick if they self-isolate’

The whistleblower warned that staff who could not afford to stay at home might come in and spread the virus to members of the public.
metro - 3 hours ago
New York Might Be Very Near or at Coronavirus Peak, Governor Says - vice

New York Might Be Very Near or at Coronavirus Peak, Governor Says

Deaths and new infections decreased slightly for the first time since the crisis began. That doesn't mean you should outside.
vice - 3 hours ago
Why Covid-19 has resulted in New Jersey desperately needing COBOL programmers - quartz

Why Covid-19 has resulted in New Jersey desperately needing COBOL programmers

Of course, they're likely to be well over 60 years old.
quartz - 3 hours ago
Some good news! Number of people who’ve RECOVERED from Covid-19 passes quarter of a million - rt

Some good news! Number of people who’ve RECOVERED from Covid-19 passes quarter of a million

Perhaps the most under-reported statistic in the entire coronavirus pandemic passed an important milestone on Sunday as 250,000 were marked as having recovered from the illness.
rt - 4 hours ago
Covid-19 hotspot Italy rolls out plan for ‘living with the virus’ once peak has passed - rt

Covid-19 hotspot Italy rolls out plan for ‘living with the virus’ once peak has passed

Rome is set to cautiously relax some of its lockdown restrictions when the pandemic slows down or stops its spread, while at the same time boosting health services to keep coronavirus at bay.
rt - 5 hours ago
Woman arrested for ‘punching nurse in stomach and spitting at security guards’ - metro

Woman arrested for ‘punching nurse in stomach and spitting at security guards’

The 58-year-old has been charged with three assaults on emergency service workers.
metro - 6 hours ago
Warning against DIY treatments after head lice drug ‘stops coronavirus growing’ - metro

Warning against DIY treatments after head lice drug ‘stops coronavirus growing’

A study found the drug Ivermectin - which is usually used to treat head lice - stops coronavirus growing in cell culture.
metro - 7 hours ago
Mars Perseverance rover kitted out with new wheels & brakes as mission looms (PHOTOS) - rt

Mars Perseverance rover kitted out with new wheels & brakes as mission looms (PHOTOS)

With its scheduled launch date now looming large, NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover has been kitted out with slick new wheels and brakes to help it cope with the Red Planet’s rough terrain.
rt - 7 hours ago
What is Palm Sunday and is it linked to Easter? - metro

What is Palm Sunday and is it linked to Easter?

It is comes towards the end of the Lenten period.
metro - 8 hours ago
Man, 20, arrested for wiping his spit on goods at Lidl - metro

Man, 20, arrested for wiping his spit on goods at Lidl

The man wore a face mask and gloves but removed them to lick his fingers and 'purposefully' touch items, police said.
metro - 8 hours ago
Spanish PM says EU survival is at stake in war against coronavirus as Spain becomes Europe’s most infected nation - rt

Spanish PM says EU survival is at stake in war against coronavirus as Spain becomes Europe’s most infected nation

As Spain becomes Europe’s most infected country, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has sent a forceful message to Brussels, warning that the European Union will fail if it gets its handling of the Covid-19 crisis wrong.
rt - 9 hours ago
Spain registers fewer than 700 new coronavirus-related deaths as daily fatalities show signs of slowing - rt

Spain registers fewer than 700 new coronavirus-related deaths as daily fatalities show signs of slowing

Spain's death toll from Covid-19 has risen by 674 in the last 24-hours, the country’s health ministry reported, marking few deaths than previous days. The amount of newly-confirmed cases has also fallen by around 1,000.
rt - 9 hours ago
‘Low-risk’ businesses in Iran will start operating within a week, Rouhani says - rt

‘Low-risk’ businesses in Iran will start operating within a week, Rouhani says

Some commerce and industries in Iran will likely be able to resume activities in a week’s time, President Hassan Rouhani has announced, signaling that the Islamic Republic has survived the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
rt - 12 hours ago
‘Profound lack of human decency’: Oliver Stone tears into US govt over Iran & Venezuela sanctions amid Covid-19 crisis - rt

‘Profound lack of human decency’: Oliver Stone tears into US govt over Iran & Venezuela sanctions amid Covid-19 crisis

The United States government has revealed its contempt for human compassion and global solidarity by refusing to lift draconian sanctions on Iran and Venezuela during the Covid-19 crisis, director Oliver Stone has argued.
rt - 12 hours ago
‘I may take it’: Trump urges India to lift ban on export of anti-malaria drug questionably touted as Covid-19 cure - rt

‘I may take it’: Trump urges India to lift ban on export of anti-malaria drug questionably touted as Covid-19 cure

Touting the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a potential cure for Covid-19 and saying he would take it himself despite the risks, US President Donald Trump has urged PM Narendra Modi to lift a ban on its exports from India.
rt - 15 hours ago
Internet shutdowns have disrupted millions of lives in Ethiopia - quartz

Internet shutdowns have disrupted millions of lives in Ethiopia

A two-week internet blackout in 2019 under prime minister Abiy is estimated to have cost the country $66.9 million.
quartz - 17 hours ago
Deadly knife attack in south of France investigated by anti-terrorism prosecutor - rt

Deadly knife attack in south of France investigated by anti-terrorism prosecutor

The man who killed two people and injured five in the southeastern French town of Romans-sur-Isère had the aim of “seriously disturbing public order by intimidation or terror,” the anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office said.
rt - 21 hours ago
Restaurant and bars account for more than half of the US jobs lost in March - quartz

Restaurant and bars account for more than half of the US jobs lost in March

They are the hardest hit of the hard-hit "leisure and hospitality" category.
quartz - 21 hours ago
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Coronavirus is drying up the supply chains of Southeast Asia’s factories

Coronavirus is drying up the supply chains of Southeast Asia’s factories

quartz - 1 month ago
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Even as China pushes factories to reopen, the ripple effects of Covid-19 have already proved inescapable for manufacturers outside the country. Particularly hard hit is Southeast Asia, where industries that depend on China for raw materials are being hobbled as their supplies dry up.

In Cambodia, the government today warned about 200 factories making mostly clothing will probably have to slow or cease production entirely due to a lack of raw materials. Chinathe world’s biggest textile exporterprovides more than 60% of the materials feeding Cambodia’s garment and textile factories, according to the country’s association of garment manufacturers. Prime Minister Hun Sen has publicly urged the Chinese ambassador to send more materials by ship and plane so the industry won’t have to shut down.

Vietnam is facing similar situations in its garment industry and beyond, with China being a major supplier of steel and components for electronics. “Car, electronics and phone manufacturers are experiencing difficulty in acquiring supplies and materials due to disruptions from the virus,” an agency representing Vietnam’s manufacturing sector told Reuters. Phone maker Samsung, which manufactures in Vietnam, is among the companies facing a serious production slowdown. Even the furniture industry, which gets component parts from China, is under duress.

In Myanmar, factories are reducing hours or pausing operations because of the reduced materials coming from China. “Besides garment factories, factories making shoes and bags rely on raw materials from China,” U Aye Thaung, chair of a committee representing an industrial zone in Yangon told the Myanmar Times today. “Those that still have raw materials are operating so far, but factories that have run out have ceased operating.”

The stakes are greater than production delays. The livelihoods of factory workers in these countries may be at risk if the factories employing them aren’t able to resume normal business soon. In Cambodia, for example, the garment industry is the country’s biggest employer and provides the majority of its factory jobs. The labor ministry said if the shortage of raw materials from China drags on, as many as 90,000 workers could see their jobs suspended by the end of March, according to the Khmer Times. Workers in such situations may not have the savings to tide them and their families over until work resumes. Sen announced a plan for garment workers whose factories closed to receive 60% of the minimum wage, with 40% being the responsibility of the factory owners and 20% provided by the government.

How quickly firms in these industries recover may depend on their size, if they recover at all. “If youre the big guys then no problem,” Liang Kuo-yuan, president of Yuanta-Polaris Research Institute, told Voice of America. “Yet if youre the small and medium sized firms, you cant hold out and then you face the issue of bankruptcy.” Vietnam’s central bank has ordered its commercial banks to reduce, delay, or even eliminate interest payments to help companies dealing with losses from the coronavirus outbreak.

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