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New Jersey emerges as another coronavirus hotspot in US - channel 4

New Jersey emerges as another coronavirus hotspot in US

In the United States - President Trump has predicted a surging number of deaths - as his surgeon general warned this would be "the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans' lives", calling it a 'Pearl Harbour moment'.
channel 4 - 9 minutes ago
Health Secretary says social distancing “mission critical” amid people flouting rules over good weather - channel 4

Health Secretary says social distancing “mission critical” amid people flouting rules over good weather

Following social distancing rules is "mission critical", the Health secretary Matt Hancock has said - warning those flouting the rules were risking their own lives, and the lives of others.
channel 4 - 14 minutes ago
“I want to work constructively with the government”, says new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer - channel 4

“I want to work constructively with the government”, says new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer

The new Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer has pledged to work with Boris Johnson "in the national interest" through the coronavirus crisis, saying he would support the Government if they decided to ban outdoor exercise.
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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.
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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 - 2 hours 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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‘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.
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‘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 - 13 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.
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Coronavirus forced Chinese food delivery to evolve. Will it do the same in the US?

Coronavirus forced Chinese food delivery to evolve. Will it do the same in the US?

quartz - 1 month ago

Matt Maloney says he wipes down his airplane seat with disinfectant every time he flies these days.

Maloney, the CEO of food delivery company GrubHub, is exercising the same brand of caution as he watches Covid-19, the disease caused by a novel coronavirus, spread across the globe. And he has every reason to be alertwhat we know about the virus makes it an acute challenge for any company in the food delivery business.

Covid-19 is believed to have originated in a food market, and it appears adept at traveling on surfaces with lots of human contact. If China’s experience can serve as an example, the disease will continue to create opportunities and pitfalls for food delivery companies.

During the spread of a virus, there is an argument to be made that setting up a careful food delivery system is better than having infected people going into public places, or non-infected people unnecessarily exposing themselves to possible infection. And that’s where’s app-based food delivery can make a big difference.

Meituan, one of the biggest food delivery companies in China, told Business Insider it is receiving four times the number of orders it got during the same period last year. And while food delivery in China is generally used by people who eat alone, the company noted a big increase in orders meant for more than one person.

Business has increased so much for Meituan that it said it experienced a shortage of food couriers, a problem that was partially solved by using unmanned delivery vehicles that delivered to central locations. This, of course, does not prevent someone from being potentially exposed to the virus, as it can live on surfaces, and presumably other consumers will go to the central location, as well.

Meituan and other delivery companies have had to learn on their feet. As orders for meals decreased, they have adapted to delivering more groceries instead. And customers were seeking as little contact with couriers as possible, driving up the demand for contactless delivery. To avoid the risk of interacting with a person face-to-face, Meituan for the first time ever has loaded driverless vehicles with parcels to deliver to stations for pick-up. Customer concerns over contact also drove the development of safety policies, including wearing gloves and masks, disinfecting delivery bikes, and keeping distance from other deliverers while on the road.

US companies have watched from afar as the situation has unfolded in China, taking note of how businesses have responded. Now, as the US confirms its first community-spread case in Northern California, they face the challenge of translating that information into a plan for their own operations.

“It is very hard to draw analogies from China to the US because it is a completely different market,” Maloney said this week on CNBC. “The density [in China] is outrageous whereas in the [US] it’s a different system of delivery and restaurants.”

In general, in big Chinese cities the population is so dense that courier can deliver many orders to a single location. Compare that to New York, where the sprawl of the city means couriers may often deliver just one package to a single apartment building and then move along to the next.

“I would be very cautious to draw parallels,” Maloney said.

So while he’s watching and waiting, Maloney says it’s still business as usual for GrubHub. When something happens, his company “will be all over it.” Uber Eats says it’s waiting, too. A spokeswoman for the company, Meghan Casserly, pointed to the Uber Eats safety section on its website, which advises deliverers to follow regulatory guidance and not expose food to the elements.

“Uber is not a healthcare expert and follows the guidance of local public health organizations,” Casserly said. “We are monitoring the situation and take action based on their recommendations.”

Another competitor, DoorDash, did not respond to a request for comment, even as it chose this moment to announce it wants to go public.

If the US companies have developed a game plan after watching what happened in China, their public statements indicate they’ll be taking a reactionary approach to the spread of the virus.

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