“Now you have coronavirus,” Florida man tells child after spitting on him

A man from Pinellas County Florida (United States), was arrested and faces two charges for allegedly spitting in the face of a child in a commercial establishment by asking the minor to withdraw his mask and he didn’t obey, so the man snapped at him: “Now you have coronavirus“.

Jason Copenhaver, 47, was arrested on charges of simple battery and disorderly conduct after the incident, which occurred last Sunday at Ricky T’s restaurant, Treasure Island police said. treasure).

According to the report distributed in the last hours by the authorities, Copenhagen also asked the boy, whose age has not transpired, if he could shake his hand.

As he refused, Copenhagen grabbed his arm and leaned close enough to his face that his saliva leapt onto the boy’s face. Then, he said: “Now you have coronavirus.”

“The victim stated that (Copenhagen) was so close that he spat particles from his mouth that fell on his face,” according to the officers’ report.

Next, Copenhagen, who resides in Redington Shores, walked into the bar area and was asked to take a seat by a worker.

According to the arrest affidavit, Copenhagen was described as “intoxicated” and wearing no shoes.

The authorities indicated that the man approached the worker in a “threatening manner and tried to hit him twice.”

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The same employee took “physical control” of Copenhagen, escorted him out of the restaurant and kept him on the ground until officers arrived, police said.

Copenhagen told authorities that he did not know if he is infected with SARS-CoV-2 and that he has never been tested.

The suspect was taken to the Pinellas County Jail and later released after posting a $ 650 bond, according to police records.

Florida surpassed 7,500 new cases in a day of Covid-19 this Thursday and reached the total number of 510,389 infections since the account began on April 1, and 7,747 deaths from the disease, according to the Department State Health.



Transat will enhance its offer this winter

As of November 1, Transat will enhance its offer of flights and packages for travelers. The company, which began to resume its activities on July 23 after 112 days of shutdown, plans to offer 40 destinations during the winter of 2020-21.

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Several Caribbean sun destinations will be served from Montreal. This is the case for Cuba, Mexico and the Dominican Republic, the carrier said on Tuesday. Trips to Jamaica, Martinique and Saint-Martin will also be offered, as well as to Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama and El Salvador.

As for the United States, Florida, Puerto Rico and New Orleans, Louisiana will be offered from Montreal.

Flights to Europe are also planned, including Malaga (in Spain), Paris (in France) and Lisbon (in Portugal), non-stop from Montreal.

Travelers to Quebec City, for their part, will be entitled to direct flights to a dozen destinations, including Cuba and Florida. Connections from Toronto and other Canadian cities are also on the program.

“Although the entire tourism industry has been turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic, the desire for elsewhere, for a change of scenery and for discovery is still very present among travelers”, believes Annick Guérard, Chief Operating Officer by Transat.

For now, the federal government continues to advise Canadians against taking non-essential overseas travel, regardless of destination, and the Canada-U.S. Borders are closed until at least August 21, 2020. .

Government warnings have an impact on travel insurance: most of them do not cover travelers while a notice is pending.

As the situation is constantly changing, Transat has implemented a flexible reimbursement and modification policy for its flights and packages.

It currently serves 23 destinations.

To find out more: www.transat.com and www.airtransat.com/fr-CA/info-voyage/coronavirus


Three young men who had AK-47 rifles arrested in front of Donald Trump’s club in Florida

Miami.- Three 15-year-olds carrying loaded AK-47 rifles jumped a wall of the president’s Mar-a-Lago club Donald Trump in Palm Beach, in southeastern Florida, and were immediately arrested with the help of agents, a helicopter and trained dogs, local media reported Thursday.

The Palm Beach Police explained that the incident occurred last Friday when the teenagers were fleeing from the authorities.

He specified that the detainees, who were not identified, were unaware that it was the president’s club.

Neither the president nor his family were in Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, a city about 100 kilometers north of Miami, the day the youth jumped over the wall.

The authorities indicated that if that had been the case, the Secret Service would have shot at them.

All three are in a juvenile detention center and face charges of trespassing on private property with firearms, theft of firearms and resisting arrest without violence.

The Prosecutor’s Office is evaluating whether the young people, who said they had found the weapons, will be tried as adults.

The president’s vacation home has been the subject of unauthorized entry on numerous occasions. Last February, 56-year-old Jing Lu, who broke into the Mar-a-Lago club without permission, was sentenced to six months in jail for resisting when she was arrested.

In 2019, another Chinese national who illegally entered the president’s residence in southeastern Florida was arrested.

In March of that year, Yujing Zhang was arrested after trying to enter restricted access areas in Mar-a-Lago. The woman had five cell phones, several memory cards, a laptop, a portable hard drive and a device capable of detecting hidden cameras.

Last November, she was sentenced to eight months in prison for violation of private property and making false statements to Secret Service agents.

More recently, at the end of January, Hanna Roemhild, 30, an opera singer and Connecticut resident, was arrested for running two security checks with her vehicle near the entrance to Mar-a-Lago and escaping from the police at full speed. .

According to her lawyers, Roemhild has a history of mental problems and two experts consulted consider that she is not suitable for trial and should be admitted to a psychiatric hospital.


Florida is on track to be the next epicenter of the epidemic of coronavirus in the U.S.

(CNN) — Ten states in the united States experienced a record number of new cases of covid-19 this week, and one of them could be the next epicentre of the pandemic.

Florida has “all the ballots to become the next great epicenter of transmission of coronavirus“, and runs the risk of being the “worst so far”, according to the projections given on Wednesday by a model developed by a team of scientists at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania.

The state joins nine others (Alabama, Arizona, California, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, and Texas) that are recording record averages of new cases of coronavirus newspapers in the past seven days, according to an analysis of CNN data from the Johns Hopkins University.

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Twenty-one states are seeing an upward trend in new cases of coronavirus and health experts continue to stress the importance of taking precautions to mitigate the spread of the virus. Despite the growing number of cases, the White House minimized the risks and president Donald Trump said in an interview with Gray TV on Wednesday that the virus is “disappearing”.

At the same time that the narrative of the White House collides with the data, the health experts, including Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci, has been absent from many public updates. Dr. Jonathan Reiner, professor of medicine at the George Washington University, told Erin Burnett of CNN that is because “tell the truth”.

“And the truth is that the pandemic is still very, very active in the united States and that we are not returning to normal and that there are difficult things that the public has to make,” said Reiner.

How to evolve the states

According to the data of the Johns Hopkins University:

• 21 states are seeing upward trends in the cases recently reported from one week to the following: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii , Kansas, Oregon, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming.

• Eight states are seeing a steady number of cases recently reported: Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Mississippi, Ohio, South Dakota, Utah, and Washington.

• 21 states are seeing a downward trend: Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, new Mexico, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

• One state, Vermont, has seen a decline of at least 50%.

Across the country, more than 2 million people have been infected and 117.717 people have been killed by the virus.

Officials to minimize the cases

On Wednesday, the virus claimed 755 lives in the united States, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University.

State officials are navigating the outbreak and managing the growing number of infections for your account.

The county of Los Angeles, which represents almost half of the cases of California, reported on Wednesday a maximum of a single day of new cases. But the authorities attributed the increase to the county a delay in the test reports.

Other politicians have also attributed a greater number of cases of increased testing, but Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, said that the waves exceed the testing.

“When you see a 50% increase or 150% in the number of cases that you’re seeing, which is what we are seeing in all the South, it is not because of the evidence. These are new cases. That is to spread community,” he said.

Texas also reported a record number of hospitalizations per day for covid-19 on Monday, with 2.326.

Florida recorded nearly 2,800 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, its highest number of new cases and confirmed in a single day, according to the Florida Department of Health.

But the governor, Ron DeSantis said the state will not close.

The governor attributed the increase in cases to the increase in the testing and outbreaks in prisons, the farming communities and the facilities long-term care.

Masks in Alabama and Arizona

Some local officials hope to manage the spread by ordering the use of a mask.

A day after the city council not adopt an ordinance, the mayor of Montgomery, Alabama, Steven Reed, implemented an executive order Wednesday that requires that the inhabitants of the city wear masks and facial covers, according to a publication of the official Twitter account of the city.

The doctors in Arizona have called the governor Doug Ducey to implement a similar decree in the state. Although the governor announced Wednesday that he would be called 300 soldiers of the National Guard to help with the tracking of contacts, said he would leave decisions about requirements for the use of masks to the mayors.

It is unlikely that some local leaders to continue what he called a “decree” counterproductive”, he said.

At the beginning of this week, nine mayors of Texas, including Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio, urged the governor Greg Abbott to give them the authority to require use of surgical masks in public “where you can’t practice distancing-physical”.

Mayors and doctors have reasons to believe that the requirement could be effective. A study reported on Tuesday found that between 230,000 and 450,000 cases of the virus were prevented in states that required the use of respirators between April 8 and may 15.

Big events lead to more positive tests

Relieve precautions and restrictions means that more people are gathering in larger groups, which in some cases has resulted quickly in more positive cases of coronavirus.

The sheriff Mark Lamb, County of Pinal, Arizona, announced Wednesday that he tested positive for covid-19 and will be in quarantine for at least 14 days. He said that it is “likely” that has been in contact with an infected person at a campaign event held Saturday.

The Department of county Public Health is working to track all of the people with whom he came in contact, he said on Facebook.

Earlier this week, a group of 16 friends in Florida said that all were infected with the coronavirus after a night in a bar recently reopened.

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Even so, Oklahoma, one of the states that reported a record number of new cases, you are scheduled to receive this week a campaign event at the Trump.

When asked, Trump said he wasn’t worried that the wizards did not get sick. “In reality, Oklahoma has had a relatively low rate in relative terms. It is a small increase, a small increase for a specific reason,” he said. “We will go there, all will be safe.”

The republican senator James Lankford, of Oklahoma, acknowledged Wednesday an increase in rates with Erin Burnett of CNN, but said the event should not be postponed, and that they are “pushing people to be attentive to this.”

Nikki Carvajal, Shelby Lin Erdman, Joe Sutton, Dave Alsup, Pierre Meilhan, Jamiel Lynch and Holly Yan contributed to this report.


it affects not only the lungs, but the whole body

The first 10 days after the onset of symptoms of the disease, the 38-year-old American was feeling quite well. He was not at risk; he had no chronic diseases.

– The man was examined, the disease was mild. The patient had a slight cough. Therefore, he was sent home for treatment, ”says the head of the Department of Vascular Surgery at Westchester Medical Center Sean Wengerter.

And then the incredible happened.

One morning, a man woke up with icy and numb legs. The body was constrained by terrible weakness; there was not even the strength to get out of bed.

The examination showed that the patient had aortic occlusion – a large blood clot formed in the main artery at the place where the artery diverged in two directions – to the right and left leg. Because of this clot, blood enriched with oxygen did not enter the iliac arteries.

“This is extremely dangerous.” From this can die from 20% to 50% of patients, – notes Vangerter. – But such things are not typical for 38-year-olds.

An emergency operation to remove a blood clot could save the patient’s life. But doctors working with patients with COVID-19 are everywhere faced with rather strange and frightening phenomena in infected patients. For example, the formation of blood clots (actually blood clots) of various sizes throughout the body, renal failure, inflammation of the heart muscle and malfunctions of the immune system.

“Coronavirus occurs in each patient in its own way,” notes Scott Brackenridge, associate professor of emergency surgery at the College of Medicine at the University of Florida. – In some cases, the patient has a problem with breathing, in others, the internal organs begin to fail. In children, the immune system as a whole begins to rebel.

Coronavirus is not just a respiratory diseasePhoto: Ivan MAKEEV


A new type of coronavirus is considered to be a respiratory virus, although it is already becoming obvious – the infection affects the entire human body. The most common symptoms are fever, pneumonia, and acute respiratory distress syndrome.

In this case, the virus attacks some organs directly. First of all, the mucous membrane of blood vessels, which entails unnatural coagulation of blood.

– COVID-19 provokes a local inflammatory reaction that leads to the formation of blood clots, – explains Wengerter. – This is due to the direct effect of the virus on the arteries.

A number of doctors recorded strokes in young patients with coronavirus, as well as the formation of blood clots in the lungs. Blood clots were found even in the smallest vessels.

“Since each organ feeds on blood vessels, and the virus attacks them first and foremost, we end up with damage to internal organs,” adds Dr. Scott Brackenridge.

Another serious symptom that is observed in some patients who become ill with the new coronavirus is the “co-fingers.” The infected toes swell, becoming red or purple. It is possible that the reason for this is blockage of blood vessels. But doctors say that usually this does not have serious consequences.

Kawasaki Syndrome

One of the most alarming reactions to COVID-19 is observed in children. It has already been named as a children’s multisystem inflammatory syndrome. In newYork Doctors have identified more than 100 cases.

This syndrome is characterized by a rather long fever, inflammatory process, malfunction of one or more internal organs, as well as the general condition, which is usually observed with shock. Pediatricians also compare these symptoms with the syndrome. Kawasaki.

Kawasaki syndrome is a rare disease that affects children aged 3 to 10 years. It is characterized by damage to the medium and small arteries, thrombosis, the formation of aneurysms and rupture of the vascular wall. Cases of infection are rare. However, recently, doctors have noted an increase in the number of patients with this syndrome.

Both childhood multisystem inflammatory syndrome and Kawasaki syndrome lead to an overly aggressive immune system response to coronavirus. This may be accompanied by inflammation of the blood vessels and heart muscle.


However, scientists note that coronavirus is not able to cause a strong immune response, but, on the contrary, suppress the entire immune system. And this can allow the infection to freely attack the internal organs.

Partly this theory was confirmed by Chinese experts, led by Dr. Zhang Zhang. Scientists analyzed samples of immune cells taken from the lungs of 9 patients infected with coronavirus. The results of the study showed an abnormally high level of leukocytes – macrophages and neutrophils responsible for the destruction of harmful pathogen – in severe patients. At the same time, these patients had a rather low level of CD8 T cells, which are called killer cells. They are responsible for killing virus-infected cells.

But doctors are reassuring, noting that they have drugs that can thin the blood, and also help the work of white blood cells that resist infection.


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Minimum wage rises in more than 20 states and cities in the US – Telemundo San Antonio (60)

MIAMI – The minimum wage rose between Tuesday and the first day of the year in 21 states and 26 cities and counties in the United States, according to figures compiled by the National Employment Law Project (NELP).

The first employees to benefit from this increase were those who work in New York City, who as of Tuesday must receive a payment of at least $ 15 dollars per hour, while in the rest of the state it is $ 11.80 per hour.

New York is one of 17 jurisdictions where the minimum wage has risen to as high as $ 15 an hour that unions and organizations like NELP have been asking for for years.

But the increase is not limited to this start of the year, as throughout 2020 another 4 states and 23 cities and counties will reach the desired figure of $ 15 an hour.

In total, 24 states and 48 cities and counties will increase their minimum wages sometime in 2020.

In Illinois and Saint Paul, in the state of Minneapolis, they will increase the minimum wage twice this year, on January 1 and in July, the NELP noted.

In addition to Illinois, states that already have new minimum wages include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey and Washington.

The increase in the minimum wage will benefit about 6.8 million employees, according to figures from the Institute for Economic Policy.

Those who will see no change in their pay are employees under the federal minimum wage, which has stood at $ 7.25 an hour since it last rose to that figure more than a decade ago.

On July 24, 2009, the US federal minimum wage had its last hike and despite various attempts to increase this figure, workers will have to wait until they see the results of next November’s elections to try to achieve an increase.

One of those efforts was the House of Representatives’ approval in 2019 of the “Raise the Wage Act” project, which would have allowed the current federal minimum wage to rise to $ 15 an hour in stages, in addition to other protections.

But the hopes of workers in about fifteen states currently living on the federal minimum wage were dashed in the words of Senate leader Republican Mitch McConnell, saying the upper house was not going to vote on the bill.

Added to this was the White House notice that he would veto the measure if he reached his desk.


Southern Florida judge stops sale of COVID-19 false “miracle” cure

Miami.- A judge ordered this Friday to stop the sale of an alleged “miraculous” treatment for the cure of the COVID-19 as part of a lawsuit against the manufacturers of this mineral solution that is used as a bleach and makes those who consume it ill.

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, said it is a “fraud” with products that have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and potentially dangerous to health.

“Not only are these products potentially harmful, but their distribution and use can prevent sick people from receiving the legitimate medical care they need.”, the prosecutor pointed out.

The federal authorities urged to immediately stop consuming these mineral solutions or other sodium chlorite products under the names Miracle or Master Mineral Solution, Miracle Mineral Supplement, MMS, Chlorine Dioxide (CD) Protocol and Water Purification Solution (WPS).

They noted that when mixed according to package directions it becomes a “strong chemical” that is used as a bleach.

The FDA noted that it has received many reports of these products, sold online as “treatments” that promise the cure for COVID-19, autism, Alzheimer’s, cancer, HIV / AIDS, and multiple sclerosis, among other diseases.

Although the FDA has warned since 2010 that these products can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and symptoms of severe dehydration, they are still sold online through social media and many independent distributors.

The Office of the Prosecutor detailed that the lawsuit was filed against the so-called Genesis II Church of Health and Healing and its directors, Mark Grenon, Joseph Grenon, Jordan Grenon and Jonathan Grenon, in charge of selling and distributing Miracle Mineral Solution, also known as MMS.

Genesis sells MMS through its websites, claiming that it will “cure, mitigate, treat or prevent the coronavirus, which includes COVID-19, as well as other diseases,” according to the Prosecutor’s Office.


Pro wrestling ‘essential’ under Florida governor’s order

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Body slams and pile drives can go on in the Sunshine State.

With Florida under a lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, there’s one business deemed essential by Florida’s governor that is raising some eyebrows: pro wrestling.

Florida’s top emergency official last week amended Gov. Ron DeSantis’ stay-at-home order which was issued at the start of the month. Pro sports were added to a list of essential businesses allowed to stay open in an April 9 memorandum to include “employees at a professional sports and media production with a national audience … only if the location is closed to the general public.”

The amendment allows World Wrestling Entertainment, run by CEO Vince McMahon in metro Orlando, to continue putting on shows — without fans.

DeSantis said at a news conference Tuesday that people are “champing at the bit” for new entertainment to boost morale while house-bound. He also would like to see other sporting events, maybe NASCAR races without an audience or a redo of the Tiger Woods vs Phil Mickelson golf match.

“If you think about it, we’ve never had a period like this in modern American history where you’ve had such little new content, particularly in the sporting realm,” the governor said.

A WWE employee tested positive for the coronavirus in the days after the company recorded shows at the WWE Performance Center, and the unnamed employee’s roommate also was showing symptoms, but the company deems the matter “low risk” to wrestlers and staff, the statement said.

The statement also said the employee and roommate were exposed to two people who work in acute health care on March 26.

“The employee had no contact with anyone from WWE since being exposed to those two individuals, is doing well, and made a complete recovery,” according to the statement from the company.

At a news conference on Monday, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said the WWE Performance Center initially wasn’t deemed an essential business that could stay open during a lockdown, before the list was amended. But that changed after a conversation with the governor’s office.

“With some conversation with the governor’s office, regarding the governor’s order, they were deemed an essential business. Therefore, they were allowed to remain open,” Demings said in Orlando.

The amended list of essential businesses also added mental health and drug addiction counseling, as well theme park workers needed to take care of animals and maintain the property.

DeSantis said Tuesday that the state had been approached by businesses including Disney and WWE seeking the essential business exemptions, and that he would consider additional requests as long as the activities can abide by safety guidelines.

“We haven’t had a huge amount of requests,” the governor said.

In an email, the Florida State Emergency Operations Center said the sports activities and theme park additions to the list were added “because they are critical to Florida’s economy.”

Horse racing has continued operations, with Tampa Bay Downs and Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach remaining open without fans but still taking bets online; the state gets a small percentage of each bet placed. But the agency didn’t answer a question about what other pro sports would be allowed under the order, though any sporting event — such as an NBA or NHL game — involving more than 10 people would run afoul of state and federal guidelines.

It seems that point may be moot, since the NBA suspended its season on March 11 and the NHL quickly followed suit. Teams have said it would take several weeks to get players ready to compete again, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has said it will not be possible to make any decisions about the possible resumption of this season until at least May.

The WWE Performance Center is a finishing school of sorts for wrestlers. The training facility teaches wrestlers how to develop their brand, manage money, deal with the media and have a life after wrestling.

McMahon, and his wife, Linda, have deep connections to President Donald Trump, whose support last year launched DeSantis into the Florida Governor’s Mansion. Trump hotels have hosted Wrestlemania events. Trump himself has wrestled in matches, and he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Linda McMahon was Trump’s first head of the Small Business Administration.

WWE said it is “producing content” on a closed set with only essential workers at the facility. It is “taking additional precautions to ensure the health and wellness of our performers and staff,” the company said in a statement.

But Demings, the Orange County mayor, expressed concern.

“If one of the family members in my house tested positive, that would be concerning to me. We would have to make some provisions in my house to make sure the rest of us did not get it,” Demings said. “I would assume from a business perspective that the WWE is doing that kind of analysis on its family.”


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The Pinellas beaches could be reopened soon for exercise purposes – Noticias Ya

(NEWS NOW) .- The Pinellas County Board of Commissioners You might consider reopening the beaches for exercise.

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The leaders discussed the proposal to reopen private beaches and pools during an emergency meeting on Monday afternoon, News Channel 8 reported.

And they could vote to ease beach restrictions this Thursday.

Now the commissioners they agreed to discuss the matter with the county sheriff, Bob Gualtieri, before making a decision; who says that It could be a premature move.

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One possibility is to allow people use the shoreline to exercise, but keep banning crowds on the beach, they said.

Commissioner Kathleen Peters said that is in favor of opening the beaches for exercise and recreation purposes: “There is a police presence on the beaches all the time, and I think the citizens of Pinellas County are being responsible and understand the dangers and they are taking responsible steps to keep their distance and be safe, “he said.

County administrator Barry Burton also says county leaders they know that most citizens will follow the rules and social distance.

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“How do we do this? Respecting the rights of those responsible, at the same time that we make sure to guarantee the public safety of all our residents, ”said Burton.

Commission Vice President Dave Eggers suggested leave the boardwalk available, but restrict people from gathering around the beach. In addition to opening beaches, commissioners will also consider the reopening of private pools, such as condominiums, The news outlet detailed.

A decision for next Thursday.

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Coronavirus in the US: Some 43,000 Disney World employees are suspended without pay in Orlando

Miami, United States.

Orlando Disney World (Florida, USA) will stop paying some 43,000 union workers beginning April 19 due to the coronavirus crisis, although it will keep its health and other benefits for a year, according to an agreement reached with the union that represents them.

Similar agreements had been announced in recent days with other groups of Disney world, which before closing its parks, entertainment venues and hotels in mid-March due to the health crisis, employed 77,000 people.

So far they are receiving their wages, but they will stop receiving them on the 19th, since the company does not know when it will be able to resume its activities.

According to the newspaper Orlando Sentinel, the 43,000 represented by STCU are the largest group of workers placed on temporary suspension in the entire center of Florida.

STCU (Service Trades Council Union) reported this Saturday by Facebook the agreement reached with the company to continue providing free health benefits for one year to those suspended from pay and paying for a program called Disney Aspire, which provides them with free education.

Just a few 200 STCU member workers who fulfill functions considered essential will keep their jobs, as reported by STCU, a coalition of six union organizations.

Temporary suspension

According to the newspaper, Disney He has announced that he is going to apply the temporary suspension to executives, employees and non-union hourly employees whose positions are not essential.

Also Universal and SeaWorld similar measures have been announced.

On March 12, the company Disney announced that it was going to completely close its theme parks in California, Florida and France during the month of March due to growing concern about the coronavirus pandemic.

“With great caution and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of our theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Paris Resort,” the company said in a statement.