“I reuse them”: Daegu residents call for sufficient supply of face masks
UNTV News • March 4, 2020 • 442
Residents of Daegu, the centre of South Korea’s coronavirus outbreak, formed a snaking queue in front of a post office in the city to buy face masks on Wednesday (March 4).
Some residents expressed dissatisfaction regarding the short supply of face masks. “We dry and reuse them (face masks),” said 57-year-old Daegu resident, Kim Do-eun, adding she has been waiting in a long queue from the early hours of the morning.
South Korea has limited the export of face masks to a maximum of 10 percent of total production, and distributed masks to public retailers including post offices and chemists, according to the government.
South Korea reported 516 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, a day after a record spike in cases prompted the country’s president to declare a “war” on the fast spreading pathogen.
The new cases bring South Korea’s total to 5,328, with at least 32 deaths, mostly in and around Daegu where the flu-like virus has spread rapidly through members of a fringe Christian group. (Reuters Connect)
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REUTERS – Apple Inc said on Wednesday (July 1) that it would re-close more than two dozen stores in seven states, including its home state of California, bringing the total closures to 77 as coronavirus cases continue to rise.
Starting Thursday (July 2), stores will close in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, and Oklahoma.
As of Wednesday, additional stores had already closed in Florida, Mississippi, Texas, and Utah.
Apple has taken an city-by-city approach to opening and closing stores, evaluating data for each community.
In cities where stores remain open, Apple requires face coverings for employees and customers while also performing temperature checks and frequent cleaning, the company said.
Apple has said its retail employees will continue to be paid through the closures. (Production: Angela Moore)
California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday (June 25) declared a budget emergency in the most populous U.S. state, blaming expenses and the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Declaring a budget emergency allows the state to tap into its rainy day fund. California anticipates a $54.3-billion budget deficit due to costs and a drop in revenue linked to the pandemic.
The state’s budget crunch lies in the shadow of coronavirus cases that continue to mount.
Nearly 5,350 people tested positive for the coronavirus in California the past 24 hours, Newsom said. The increase was smaller than Wednesday’s (June 24) record of 7,149 new cases. But the number of Californians becoming very ill continued to rise, using about 34% of the available intensive care beds in the state, up from 29% on Wednesday.
A total of 4,240 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Thursday in the state, using about 9% of total available beds, Newsom said.
The surging cases have prompted the state to put 11 counties, representing about half of California’s population, on a watch list of places that might be required to roll back recent efforts to reopen their economies. (Reuters)
Orly Airport has ramped up security measures as it prepares to resume commercial flights after a nearly three-month hiatus.
With lockdown restrictions easing and Europe starting to open up its borders, scheduled flights will start on Friday (June 26), with a 6:00 a.m. Paris-Porto flight kicking off departures.
Passengers can no longer enter the terminals with non-flying companions, and wearing masks is required, Orly Airport’s passengers control officer Nathalie Chailly said.
Alcohol gel dispensers are available across the terminals, and floor markings urge social distancing. Thermal cameras are in place at the arrival area, where passengers with a temperature of 38 degrees or above can benefit from a medical consultation, but will not be forced to go under quarantine.
Tech firm LabScience has a developed a prototype of an ultraviolet-rays decontaminating tunnel, being tested at Orly Airport. The tunnel uses a high concentration of ultraviolet light over 4 to 5 seconds to kill micro-organisms on a piece of luggage or a coat, before the objects are scanned by x-ray.
Orly, the second biggest airport serving the capital, was shut to passengers on March 31.
Around 74 departures and arrivals in total are scheduled for Friday, compared to a usual load of 600 flights a day, according to Orly Airport.
Only domestic flights and flights to and from Schengen countries and France’s overseas departments will be flying out of Orly, through companies including Air France, Air Caraibe, Transavia and Wizz Air. The airport is expecting around 8,500 passengers on Friday, sharply down from the daily average of 90,000 passengers before the pandemic.
Duty-free shops will also re-open on Friday. (Reuters)
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