The Santa Monica ordinance "worked great -- everyone got their job back after 9/11 and the Santa Monica tourism industry didn't miss a beat," said Kurt Petersen, a co-president of UNITE HERE Local 11. "These ordinances are smart for industry," he said, adding that "the smart companies" are "continuing to pay people, keeping them on payroll. Why? Because they're hoping this is going to turn around and they want to have their workers ready to go." … [Read more...] about ‘I’m very, very worried’: Laid-off workers struggle with no social safety net
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New York City is currently under a full stay-at-home lockdown, but key workers such as healthcare workers still have to travel in order to fulfill their vital roles in the battle with coronavirus, while poorer workers unable to leave their jobs still take the risk. … [Read more...] about Shocking moment 400 bikers take part in funeral procession in Queens despite social distancing rules as NYPD officers attempt to direct traffic
Coronavirus: Timeline of the global spread of COVID-19 Bad ending to a cruise Also on February 3, the cruise ship Diamond Princess is quarantined off Yokohama in Japan after cases of the new coronavirus were found on board. As of February 17, the number of people infected has grown to more than 450, the largest cluster of cases outside of China. Several of the 3,700 passengers and crew onboard the ship are being or have been flown back to their home countries. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus latest: US health chief warns of ‘9/11 moment’
It said residents living in the two cities will receive food and logistical support from the province to ease difficulties during the pandemic. All people returning from the two cities will be kept at quarantine sites for 14 days as per a decision released by the province last week. … [Read more...] about Only one new case of COVID-19 reported in Vietnam today
On Friday morning, shortly after Prime Minister Narendra Modi exhorted his countrymen to light candles and lamps as a gesture of a united fight against Covid-19, polarised reactions poured out on social media. Why is the PM focusing on a seemingly pointless ritual while he needs to be telling the nation the details of how we are fighting the pandemic, asked the sceptics. It’s extremely important to keep the morale of a nation high during trying times and this will inspire people and give them hope, countered others. Such debates — about the merits of the decisions India has made in tackling Covid-19 — are now legion. Everything, from India’s early handling of foreign travellers and airport protocols to testing strategies, ill-equipped healthcare workers, poor handling of migrant workers and meagre support for the industry, is being debated threadbare in locked-down drawing rooms and overheated social media. It’s understandable when the nation is at war … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Faced with an unprecedented challenge, how is India faring?