Two positives are guests of the migrant center: carpet screening at the hub begins
“There are 107 total cases of positivity recorded at Bartolini: 79 are the employees found positive at Covid-19, 28 are family members or acquaintances. At this point we can say that we have done all the checks, on the last 109 swabs performed between administrative staff and drivers, we have 12 positive ones “. Paolo Pandolfi, director of the Public Health Department of the Local Health Authority of Bologna, told ANSA at a point on the outbreak discovered in the Bologna logistics company.
ALSO POSITIVE TWO DRIVERS – Not only warehouse workers and family members, but also two drivers from the Bartolini logistics center in Bologna tested positive for Coronavirus. The Bologna Local Health Authority reports. Of the 107 positives, in fact, 79 are workers (77 warehouse workers and two drivers). 28 other positive people were identified, including relatives and contacts. An employee and a family member / acquaintance are hospitalized, while the others are home trustee isolation.
CARPET SCREENING IN MIGRANT HUBS – From tomorrow the screening with 200 swabs for the coronavirus will take place in the hub for migrants in via Mattei in Bologna after the verification of two positive cases among guests of the structure, warehouse workers for Bartolini. Paolo Pandolfi, director of the Public Health Department of the AUSL of Bologna, says it to ANSA, but he specifies: be careful to attribute origin to Bartolini. “We are already on a war footing – Pandolfi underlines – I am organizing buffers for all those who are in that structure, almost 200 people for tomorrow. We do a mega thing in a short time. There are two positive cases at Covid-19: these are the cases of the subjects who worked at Bartolini “, as anticipated today by the Bolognese edition of Repubblica. “If any case should come out, at that point, it will be necessary to be very careful to say that it originates, perhaps, from Bartolini. At the reception center the context is completely different from the others: it is a family context, it is not a working context. It is a particular community context that possibly influences the evolution of the infection. It has a different history from the Bartolini outbreak “. “We are in contact with the Prefecture and the cooperative that manages the structure – concluded Pandolfi referring to the possible closure of the hub – We will do everything tomorrow afternoon”.
BARTOLINI FIREPLACE IN CONTAINMENT WAY – The one at the Bartolini logistics center in Bologna “is a hotbed that is about to be contained”. Raffaele Donini, health councilor of Emilia-Romagna says so. “Our regional health system knows how to fight the virus when it occurs – he added – but nobody should think that Covid-19 is a phenomenon that is now behind us”. Bartolini made 328 swabs, highlighting 107 positives, of which 95 asymptomatic and 12 symptomatic, only two of which were hospitalized. In fact, a contact tracing survey with swabs was put in place to act on at least three concentric circles of case contacts, starting from the people who had developed symptoms, and continuing to also test family members and contacts of positive and asymptomatic people. “With the arrival of the last 190 tampons of today – continues Donini – referring to the company’s staff, we can affirm that in this region we have the ability to identify and circumscribe any outbreaks. The ongoing investigation makes us optimistic as regards the existing outbreaks “.
Two positives are the guests of the centre for migrants: the way the screening belt in the hub
“Are 107 the total cases of positivity recorded at the Bartolini: 79 employees found to be positive at Covid-19, 28 were family members or acquaintances. At this point we can say we have done all the checks, on the last 109 swabs performed between administrative staff and drivers, we have 12 positive”. He said to ANSA, the director of the department of Public Health at the Usl of Bologna Paolo Pandolfi at a point in the outbreak discovered in the company of logistics of bologna.
POSITIVE ALSO TWO DRIVERS – Not only, warehousemen and family, but also the two drivers of the logistics centre of the Bartolini of Bologna tested positive for the Coronavirus. He does know the Usl of Bologna. Of the 107 positive, in fact, 79 of them are workers (77, warehousemen and drivers). Were then identified 28 other positive people, among relatives and contacts. At the hospital, are hospitalized, an employee and a family member/acquaintance, while the others are insulation the trustee in the home.
SCREENING CARPET IN THE HUB OF MIGRANT – Tomorrow, take in the screening with 200 buffers for the coronavirus in the hub for migrants, via Mattei in Bologna, following the verification of the two positive cases between the guests, warehousemen, Bartolini. He says to the ANSA Paolo Pandolfi, director of the department of public Health of the Ausl of Bologna, which, however precise: attention to give rise to Bartolini. “We are already on a war footing – stresses Pandolfi – I’m planning for tomorrow swabs for all those who are in that structure, nearly 200 people. Let’s do something mega in a short time. There are two cases positive to the Covid-19: are the cases of the persons who worked Bartolini”, as announced today by the bolognese edition of the Republic. “If you had to come out of any case, at that point, you will need to be very careful to say that it originates, perhaps, from Bartolini. At the centre of hospitality, the context is completely different from the others: it is a family environment, not a business context. It is a community context in particular, that affects, possibly, the evolution of the infection. Has a different story from the outbreak of the Bartolini”. “We are in contact with the Prefecture and the cooperative that manages the property, he concluded, “Pandolfi, referring to the possible closure of the hub – Tomorrow afternoon we will do everything”.
OUTBREAK BARTOLINI, VIA CONTAINMENT – That the logistics hub Bartolini of Bologna “is an outbreak that you start to be content”. Says Raffaele Donini, the department of health of the Emilia-Romagna region. “Our regional health care system knows how to fight the virus when it manifests, he added,” but no one should think that Covid-19 is a phenomenon that is now behind us.” The Bartolini have been made 328 swabs, highlighting 107 positive, of which 95 asymptomatic and 12 symptomatic, only two of which are hospitalized. It is, in fact, been put into the field a survey of contact tracing with the pads to act on at least three concentric circles of contacts of cases, from people who had developed symptoms, and continue to test even in the family and contacts of people positive and asymptomatic. “With the arrival of the last of 190 swabs today – continues Donini – reported to the staff of the company we can say that in this region, we have the ability to identify and contain any outbreaks. The survey makes us optimistic for what concerns the outbreaks of existing”.
It is raining masks on the African continent. Six million donated by the Jack Ma foundation, the boss-billionaire of the Alibaba e-commerce platform, a million by the Huajian group, a global shoe manufacturing giant, another million from Huawei, the telecommunications mega-group… All of them are Chinese companies. Upon arrival on African soil, in Addis Ababa, Algiers or Accra, pallets of masks, protective suits, respirators or screening kits are often received by the Ambassador of the People’s Republic in person. Beijing intends to prove that in times of global crisis, it is a powerful, united and responsible actor on which Africa can count. Unlike the West, entangled in its own health bankruptcy, Chinese diplomats implicitly mean.
In reality, “This aid does not change anything, the volumes are ridiculous”, specifies Antoine Bondaz, of the Foundation for Strategic Research: “But I
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A government-sponsored truce. Transporters, industrialists and distributors have been opposing each other for ten days to find out which of them would bear the additional cost deplored by transport companies since the beginning of the epidemic. At the heart of the debates: taking into account the cost of empty returns from carriers. Indeed, in normal times, a truck makes a first journey with food products and returns to its point of origin with another load, of auto parts or materials for the construction industry for example. But since the shutdown of a large number of activities, carriers are returning empty and seeking to share this additional cost with manufacturers.
This is what STEF, a freight forwarder, for example, tried to do unilaterally, causing outrage among the shippers. “The rate increases that some carriers wanted to impose reached 8%, despite the drop in the cost of diesel“, Specifies an industrialist.
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San Francisco It’s a small round in that AmazonChief Jeff Bezos is currently summoning his top key managers daily to discuss the effects of the corona crisis. Neither Smalls nor Bezos would have ever dreamed that it would be about warehouse worker Chris Smalls.
But now the management of the global online retailer knows the name of the ex-employee. Smalls organized a strike last week against what was believed to be many defective corona arrangements in its Amazon warehouse in New York and many others in the United States.
Amazon then threw him out, allegedly because his protest violated a 14-day quarantine requirement after a corona infection in his circle of colleagues. According to Amazon, three employees in the warehouse are infected with the corona virus, the protesting employees claim that there are at least ten.
“Getting active cost me my job,” Smalls said later in an interview. Since then, a battle of words has raged between Amazon and Smalls. A struggle that Amazon top management would like to wage: “It is not intelligent or eloquent,” said Amazon’s chief lawyer David Zapolsky, according to a transcript from Bezos, quoted in the “Vice News”. “If the press wants to focus on a conflict between us and him, we are in a much stronger position than when we explain how we protect our workers for the umpteenth time.”
Zapolsky then argues that Amazon should explain to the public in detail why Smalls acted “immorally” and “possibly illegally”. “Make him the most interesting part of history and, if possible, make him the face of the whole union movement.” According to the report, “general consent” of the other participants is noted in the minutes.
Zapolsky confirmed “Vice News” the authenticity of the quotes, but in his answer aims again at smalls. His comments were “personal and emotional”. He was frustrated that an employee was putting his colleagues’ health at risk.
The affair over the fired protest leader could hit Amazon’s reputation hard. It’s a story of how Americans love it. The underdog against the mega-group Amazon. A proverbial little man against one of the largest companies in the world. The fact that the man’s name is Smalls is all the more beautiful.
Masks and forehead thermometers
The fact is that the online merchant’s struggle with organizing workers goes back a long way before the corona crisis. A strike in his department stores is coming at a particularly bad time for Amazon. In contrast to many other companies, the online retailer is very busy. What can no longer be bought in stores is now ordered online. In many places, Amazon has become as essential as Swiss Post. The company plans to employ 100,000 new people for its warehouses and delivery services.
But as the number of orders explodes, the company struggles to fill all shifts in its warehouses. An employee in a warehouse in Charlotte told the Wall Street Journal that at times only half of the necessary staff was present. There is also a lack of masks or disinfectants to keep the risk of infection low.
As of next week, Amazon plans to distribute masks and measure fever to all employees in European and American warehouses. Anyone with the contactless forehead thermometer showing 38 degrees or more will be sent home. Smart cameras would check whether warehouse workers keep enough distance from each other.
The spread of the corona virus and that of worker dissatisfaction are related to Amazon: Walkouts have also taken place in warehouses in Chicago and the state of Michigan. An employee from Romulus, near Detroit, told tech portal The Verge that it was rumored that Amazon was not telling people about infection. “I understand that we cannot do without us. But we can’t do without our lives either. ”
Amazon is struggling to get out of the corona crisis with a better reputation than before. On the one hand, customers around the world are learning to fully appreciate their range and delivery service during the corona pandemic. Even US President Donald Trump, who enjoys living out his rivalry with Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, is now praising Amazon.
But the workers ‘protests give the company completely new political problems: Letitia James, the busy Attorney General of the State of New York, called Smalls’ dismissal “immoral and inhuman” and wants to examine measures against Amazon. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also wants the city’s Human Rights Commission to review the case.
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Since this week, important everyday goods in Germany have been prioritized not only in the incoming goods department at the Amazon logistics centers, but also when shipping to customers.
HallAmazon needs several hundred additional employees in Germany in the corona virus crisis. In order to meet the demand of people, 350 additional full-time and part-time jobs in logistics are planned, an Amazon spokesman confirmed on Thursday. The 350 new jobs would be created nationwide and the number could not be broken down into individual locations. The “Mitteldeutsche Zeitung” had previously reported on the job creation.
In the United States, Amazon announced the creation of 100,000 full-time and part-time jobs in logistics centers and the delivery network ten days ago. In addition, hourly wages were raised by two US dollars in the USA and two euros in euro countries by the end of April. In Germany it is at least EUR 11.10 gross. At that time, Amazon estimated $ 350 million worldwide for this wage increase.
Since this week, important everyday goods in Germany have been prioritized not only in the incoming goods department at the Amazon logistics centers, but also when shipping to customers, as a spokesman for the “Mitteldeutsche Zeitung” said. In France and Italy, meanwhile, Amazon no longer accepts orders for some items that are not important for everyday life. This also has to do with the fact that the employees in the distribution centers keep more distance from each other in order to reduce the risk of infection, it said at the weekend.
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Dhe grocer Rewe wants to reward employees in his supermarkets and Penny’s discounters for their help in the Corona crisis. For the employees in the markets and logistics there is a total bonus of more than 20 million euros, the company said on Tuesday. “These are quick and unbureaucratic first immediate measures to give our employees a clear message: We not only say thank you for their tireless efforts in this difficult exceptional situation, but we also honor their commitment in a financially noticeable manner,” said a reewe Speaker.
The Rewe Group had already started informing its employees about special services two weeks ago in different countries. The first country was Italy, also in Austria in the markets of Billa, Merkur, Penny and Bipa the 40,000 employees in branches, warehouses and logistics get a bonus on the employee card.
In Germany, the money should land on the cards before Easter regardless of the salary payment. The credit is thus practically a net payment, the amount depends, among other things, on the function and whether the employees work full-time or part-time.
Frequent flyers quickly became frequent hand washing machines. And despite everything, some are still cleaning their tray tables and still flying.
International travel bans are in effect and warnings against non-essential travel are in place. Companies have issued edicts to scrape travel and cancellations of almost all events and meetings have left few trips in progress. Airlines are grounding 75% of long-haul international flights; some US carriers are withdrawing 20%, even 50% of their domestic flights.
There is no doubt that if you have been infected with the new coronavirus or if you have symptoms of the COVID-19 disease, you should not leave your home unless otherwise indicated. But if you have no symptoms or reasons to believe you have been exposed, you don’t have to shut yourself up at home.
In the United States and around the world, health authorities advise people to practice “social distancing” to contain the spread of the virus by staying about a meter away from each other, skipping large social gatherings and working from home (if possible). Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the ban on gatherings of over 500 people in New York state on Thursday.
These policies can help slow the spread of the virus by reducing person-to-person contact, but isolation for prolonged periods could trigger high levels of depression and anxiety.
While people are looking for ways to safely get out of their homes, here are some things to do and not to venture out in public, and precautions you can take to limit the risk of contracting COVID-19.
(Before proceeding, you may want to read some of the myths and facts of COVID-19. Also, if you need to self-isolate or self-quarantine, here are some helpful tips.)
Should you go to the gym or yoga class?
The gym is an escape from stress and anxiety for millions of people every day. But an emerging source of anxiety is setting foot in that same place.
Sweat alone cannot transmit COVID-19, Dr told the New York Times. David Thomas, professor of medicine and director of the infectious diseases division of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
What it can, however, are certain surfaces.
According to some estimates, coronavirus can live on metal, glass and plastic surfaces for up to nine days. And this could include free weights, treadmills and other sports equipment.
Fitness centers nationwide are stepping up cleaning efforts by disinfecting mats and equipment more frequently.
305 Fitness, a Zumba chain that presents a DJ during classes in New York, Washington, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco, sent an email on March 3 encouraging customers to call their studies early if they don’t hear well, promising to be “extremely flexible in returning class credits and waiving late cancellation / no-show fees.”
The gym chain stopped using any equipment such as weights and mats during cardio classes, said Sam Karshenboym, chief operating officer at 305 Fitness. Cleaning staff are disinfecting changing rooms, door handles and other contact points more frequently.
“We also ask customers to exchange punch pumps and five highs with instructors before class for a kick in Charleston or a bump on the butt,” said the gym’s message to the customers.
305 Fitness has also halved the size of its classes. In New York City it has classes limited to around 15 people, said Karshenboym. “We have also introduced home cardio classes, so customers can still get a piece of 305 [even] if they can’t get to the studio. ”
That said, it might be a good idea to bring your gear to the classes that require it. It’s also worth calling ahead and asking which products your fitness center uses to disinfect surfaces. The Environmental Protection Agency has a list of over 300 cleaning products that it deems effective as coronavirus fighters.
It may also be safer to avoid tight classes or attend the gym during off-peak hours, as the virus spreads more easily among people who are within about 6 feet of each other, according to the U.S. Centers for disease control and prevention.
On Saturday, 305 Fitness informed customers via email that it would temporarily close all locations for two weeks. “The 305 leadership is giving up on salaries so we can better support our team of instructors, DJs and managers in this difficult time,” said an email. “Social distancing is an act of solidarity right now. If we take preventative measures in advance, we can get back on our feet faster. “
Should you go to the cinema?
In China, where the virus originated, the government ordered the closure of 70,000 cinemas in the nation. In Italy, where there were over 21,000 cases of coronavirus on Saturday afternoon, practically all companies have closed. The same happened in France, where there were over 3,600 cases on Saturday afternoon. Before cinemas closed in France, only 50% of capacity was allowed, according to CNBC.
Cinemas in the United States may temporarily close in the coming days, a source described as familiar with the issue reportedly reported in the Wall Street Journal.
Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the World Health Organization who studied COVID-19 for two weeks in China, found that the virus spread more easily to people living with someone who had COVID- 19 than through common dissemination. However, when common diffusion occurs, cinemas and public transportation are the primary places of transmission of viruses, he told STAT News.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, a cinema chain where viewers can eat and drink during the show with 37 locations in the United States, told customers via email that it was “sanitizing seat armrests, cup holders and tables during cleaning of the theater before each show “. Staff are required to wear latex gloves when serving customers and cleaning facilities.
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In California, public meetings are limited to 250 people. The Alamo theater in New Mission, California is the only location in the state that can hold more than 250 people. Alamo “has disabled seat sections” in that theater, Alamo’s CEO and founder, Tim League, said in a note to customers posted online.
“In addition, we are demanding that all parties leave an empty seat between their group and the other parties,” said League. “If you don’t have an empty seat, you can see a manager who can move you to one of the empty sections.”
The chain declined to comment further on additional precautions taken in handling food.
Should you take the subway?
People who travel by public transport are more at risk of contracting an acute respiratory infection than people who cycle, walk or drive their cars. This is according to a 2011 study published in the BMC Infectious Diseases, a peer-reviewed medical journal on infectious diseases.
The study found a significant connection between acquiring an acute respiratory infection and traveling by bus or train five days before the onset of symptoms.
Having said that, not all workers are able to work from home and many who will not be able to use public transport to go to work. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which serves 8 million customers a day in the greater New York City area, said employees disinfect trains, subways and buses twice a day.
“Good hygiene remains the best defense against COVID-19,” said Patrick Warren, MTA’s security officer. “The MTA has continued its disinfection efforts, ensuring that those common contact points in stations, trains and buses are disinfected. We also ask our customers to double their hygiene efforts, to stay at home in case of illness and to follow the messages we have in our stations. “
Mayor Bill de Blasio advised New Yorkers to plan “to have extra travel time on your daily journey”, adding that “if the train that stops is too full, move to another car or wait to catch the next one. If you can, go by bike or walk to go to work. “
Should you have a hairstyle or a face?
Hair and nail salons and barbers are all linked to high risks of various types of infections, according to research from the American College of Gastroenterology.
Even before COVID-19 started to spread, studies show an increased likelihood of contracting a fungal or skin infection from tools such as nail clippers, scissors and brushes that are not discarded after use.
he informed customers that he would stop all in-store beauty services, including skin care and makeup applications. Ulta Beauty Inc. ULTA, + 4.29%
he has not suspended these services in all stores, but said he encourages customers to reschedule appointments, especially if they are not feeling well.
Both companies have declined to comment on any additional precautions they are taking right now.
A New York City-based barber shop, Otis & Finn, sent an email to customers informing them that they could cancel any appointment at any time. “According to our policy, barbers always wash their hands after each customer and we encourage our customers to feel free to also use the sinks and soaps in the common area of the shop to wash their hands (in addition to the soaps made available in the bathroom), “says the email.
Shawn Dixon, owner of all three Otis & Finn locations, said: “We were really prepared for this [coronavirus] because we attach great value to the cleanliness of our shop at all times. “He added that” even to be a barber you need to pass health and safety tests on hygiene, which is useful because they already know how to clean properly “.
Dixon added that he has always encouraged barbers to avoid working when they are not feeling well.
“Some barber shops think that a dirty place is part of the culture, but it has never been this way for us,” said Dixon. He said he can recall receiving only two calls this week from customers asking for the cleaning measures that barbers are taking. Most customers “mainly ask if we are open”.
Is it safe to eat out in a restaurant?
Coronavirus is not a food-borne disease, said food safety expert Benjamin Chapman, a professor at North Carolina State University. This means that someone cannot transmit the coronavirus by touching the pizza crust.
“The risk is food settings,” said Chapman. “If someone was sick, walked into a store and coughed on the handles of self-service buffet utensils and then touched your face, you could get coronavirus.” Because of this risk, it is increasingly important to be aware of what is touched in these settings and be sure to wash your hands before eating.
Chapman said he’ll go to all the same restaurants he went to before the coronavirus novel that causes COVID-19 to start spreading in the United States, he is more careful about touching salt shakers and menus.
Amid the epidemic, some people are avoiding going to restaurants and restaurants that they normally visit and instead stock up on non-perishable foods such as oat milk and rely more on the Amazon AMZN, + 6.46%
and other delivery services.
This hurts small businesses like Sushirrito, a sushi burrito chain with six locations in San Francisco. Although Peter Yen, founder and CEO of Sushirrito, started offering a 20% discount on delivery orders last week, he said business was so slow that it may have to temporarily close its stores.
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For the time being, all six Sushirrito stores remain open. His staff was offered a refresher course on maintaining sanitary conditions and added more hand sanitizer that customers can use.
“First, we had great success when all the big tech companies started asking employees to work from home, [and] then all the conferences were canceled, which reduced tourism, therefore eliminated a large source of sales, “Yen told MarketWatch.” My company relies on pedestrian traffic and catering for large offices, and since everything what has died we have decided to concentrate only on the deliveries “.
“Hungry and stuck in the house?” read the subject of a recent email sent by Sushirrito to customers. “We know that many of you work from home or curl up in the office, so we want to continue being there for you with our food delivery service. For the month of March, get a 20% discount on deliveries to make sure you are well fed! “
“Part of me feels like it’s a bit of an overreaction,” Yen said of the response to the outbreak. He would like, he said, that people would make a greater effort to support their local businesses.
LONDON – Governments and airlines have rushed to react to the announcement of an almost total ban on travel to the United States for most Europeans, while global stock markets have collapsed again sharply.
The European Union criticized the decision, stating that it had been banned from the ban. President Trump announced the restrictions in the middle of the European night Wednesday, as part of a U.S. effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.