Day: March 27, 2020

Gambling on lockdown to save millions

Gambling on lockdown to save millions

The brutal lockdown will extract a huge economic cost
The brutal lockdown will extract a huge economic cost

India is on pause. The streets are empty, the skies vacant, railways silent. Nearly everything is shut. People have been asked to stay at home. Time stands still.

But the eerie stillness of a 21-day lockdown of the world’s second most populous country to prevent the spread of coronavirus is a deceptive exterior to the chaos brewing within.

As India ended the second day of this unprecedented hiatus from life and work, reports and videos turned up showing how potentially disruptive this move could be in a chaotic, under-resourced democracy.

It’s early days yet, and things may improve. But how India copes with the economic and social fallout of its biggest ever disruption, possibly since the bloody partition at the end of British rule in 1947, will be watched keenly. It will also be the biggest test for any government since

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The best new films to rent and stream on demand now

The best new films to rent and stream on demand now

For movie lovers, that we took cinemas for granted while they were open has provided one of our greatest pains. Especially given that films have provided some of our greatest escapes amid the coronavirus pandemic.

New movies are still being released, however, albeit on smaller screens, and often made with far smaller budgets than many of the films postponed by the mass closure of cinemas.

Covid-19 has rewritten many of the rules we had become used to. While blockbusters including Black Widow, A Quiet Place Part II, No Time to Die and Wonder Woman 1984 have all been moved to dates later in the 2020 calendar, a drip feed of new filmmaking is arriving on a variety of platforms every week.

In the past few days, this has included recent hits such as The Invisible Man and Emma, both of which have been released for rental months

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China and America’s Blame Game Over COVID-19 Hurts Everyone

China and America’s Blame Game Over COVID-19 Hurts Everyone

The U.S. and Chinese governments now appear more interested in taunting each other than cooperating to contain the damage wreaked by COVID-19. That’s bad news for the whole world, because if they worked together to limit further human and economic damage from this crisis and to prevent future viral emergencies from going global, there is much they could do.

U.S.-China relations have now reached their lowest point since the immediate aftermath of the Tiananmen Square massacre in June 1989. Both countries have suffered large-scale loss of life and a sharp economic slowdown, but political officials in both countries are working to protect their own domestic standing by blaming the other’s government. President Trump has taken to calling COVID-19 the “Chinese virus,” while senior Chinese officials and state media have pushed a ludicrous theory that the U.S. created the virus and planted it in China last fall.

This animosity didn’t begin,

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India faces spike in coronavirus cases, says study, in test for health system

Spain extends state of emergency until April 12 as coronavirus crisis worsens

By Jessica Jones

MADRID, March 26 (Reuters) – Spain awoke to the prospect of more lockdown on Thursday after parliament approved an extension to its state of emergency in the early hours of the morning following a mammoth session of debate.

Parliament eventually voted to extend emergency measures – including the state of lockdown that has seen people confined to their homes except for essential trips for food, medicine and work – for a further 15 days until April 12.

A majority of 321 lawmakers voted in favor of the extension, while 28 abstained. The largest opposition party, the People’s Party, supported the measure.

“It is not easy to extend the state of emergency,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in Parliament. “I am convinced the only efficient option against the virus is social isolation.”

Spain is struggling to cope with the mounting coronavirus crisis as its death toll exceeded China’s

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Boris Johnson facing mounting demands to suspend all post-Brexit trade talks during coronavirus

Boris Johnson facing mounting demands to suspend all post-Brexit trade talks during coronavirus

Boris Johnson faces escalating pressure to suspend all post-Brexit trade negotiations and concentrate government’s resources on fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter coordinated by the Trade Justice Movement and signed by several charities – including Friends of the Earth and the RSPCA – the prime minister has been urged to pause talks until parliament returns and the crisis is under under control.

Addressed to both Mr Johnson and Liz Truss, the international trade secretary, the groups claim it would be “deeply inappropriate” for trade talks between the UK and the US to commence at a time when both countries have imposed widespread lockdowns.

“The UK government’s attention should be focused on dealing with the public health and economic crises which face our nation,” they added.

Citing several “high-risk issues”, including food standards, climate action, medicine prices and the NHS, the letter added: “This debate cannot happen amidst national lockdown

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Prince Charles did not jump the queue for a coronavirus test, UK says

Prince Charles did not jump the queue for a coronavirus test, UK says

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain on Thursday said heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, who has coronavirus, did not jump the queue for a test because his symptoms and condition met the criteria.

Charles, 71, tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week but is in good health and is now self-isolating at his residence in Scotland with mild symptoms along with his wife Camilla, who tested negative, his office said.

The prince, who is in good spirits, was working at his desk as usual on Thursday, a royal source said. He has received hundreds of get well messages, the source added.

When asked why the heir had had a test while millions of frontline health workers have not, Britain’s junior health minister, Edward Argar, said: “My understanding is that his symptoms, his condition, met that criteria.”

“The Prince of Wales didn’t jump the queue,” Argar told Sky news.

According to advice on the Scotland’s

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The Real-Life Diet of the L.A. Chargers' Austin Ekeler, Who’s Streaming His Workouts Like a Gamer

The Real-Life Diet of the L.A. Chargers’ Austin Ekeler, Who’s Streaming His Workouts Like a Gamer

Austin Ekeler has nearly 25 million reasons to stay in peak shape for his fourth year in the NFL. Coming off a breakout season in which he recorded 92 receptions (second behind only Carolina Panthers star Christian McCaffrey among running backs), he signed a four-year, $24.5 million deal to return to the San Diego Los Angeles Chargers. With former top backfield option Melvin Gordon off to the Denver Broncos, and longtime quarterback Phillip Rivers headed to the Indianapolis Colts, Ekeler is about to become a focal point—if not the focal point—of a revamped offense.

Ekeler was already planning on a weight room-heavy offseason, and he’s had to adjust to the coronavirus pandemic. Here, he explains his unorthodox workout regimen, streaming his workouts like a gamer, and how he’s training for an NFL season in a moment of social distancing.

GQ: There are obviously far more pressing matters with this outbreak,

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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Leganes

Spain extends coronavirus lockdown, in ‘war’ to buy medical supplies

By Nathan Allen and Inti Landauro

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain extended its coronavirus lockdown on Thursday and said it was fighting a “real war” over medical supplies to contain the world’s second-highest virus death toll, turning to China for many critical products, where officials reported fraud and massive price increases.

A further 655 people died overnight, pushing Spain’s toll from the respiratory disease to 4,089, second only to Italy and further beyond China where the outbreak began.

Elderly nursing home residents have been particularly hard hit. In Madrid, the region worst affected by the virus, authorities pledged to assess each residence and take urgent action as infections and deaths among their vulnerable population mounted.

“Old people have been abandoned in an astonishing way,” said

Carmen Flores, head of patients’ rights group Defensor del Paciente.

In Madrid, Spain’s capital and biggest city, located in the country’s worst-affected region, an ice rink

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Coronavirus Heroes Are Getting Tossed From Their Homes by Scared Landlords

Coronavirus Heroes Are Getting Tossed From Their Homes by Scared Landlords

Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos Getty
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos Getty

Anna Jones* had just finished her shift at St. Rose Hospital in Las Vegas, where she works as an emergency-room nurse, when she received an email from her landlord labeled “Quick Action Needed.” Her landlord—a quiet, older woman who lived downstairs from Jones and her husband—informed her that she would need to vacate the premises within 24 hours. The reason, she said, was COVID-19.  

“I don’t want interaction or debate over this decision,” the landlord wrote in emails reviewed by The Daily Beast. “I’m sorry for the abrupt notice, but given the situation, it’s the choice I’m making to protect myself.”

“Honestly, it’s devastating,” Jones told The Daily Beast this week. “I was just really heartbroken and just felt like, ‘How could somebody treat me like this, all because I’m a nurse?’”

Kadey Carter, a travel nurse in Missouri, told

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TV chef Floyd Cardoz dies aged 59 of coronavirus complications

TV chef Floyd Cardoz dies aged 59 of coronavirus complications

Chef Floyd Cardoz, who competed on Top Chef, has died of complications from coronavirus, his company has said.

The 59-year-old had travelled from Mumbai to New York through Frankfurt, Germany, on March 8.

He was admitted a week ago to Mountainside Medical Centre in Montclair, New Jersey, with a fever and subsequently tested positive for Covid-19, the statement said.

The committed advocate of making the food industry more sustainable began his hospitality training in his native Bombay.

He later moved to Switzerland, where he honed his skills in French, Italian and Indian cuisine before moving on to the kitchens of New York City.

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