Panic buying in London where coronavirus infections are soaring. Previous NextBritish supermarkets had their busiest month in history as demand soared from people preparing to stay at home to avoid the new coronavirus. As Britain prepared for a lockdown, images of supermarket shelves stripped of essentials like pasta and toilet paper circulated on social media, prompting British supermarkets to take out newspaper ads urging people not to panic buy. Grocery sales totaled £10.8 billion (US$13.3 billion) over the past four weeks, surpassing the level seen during the busy Christmas season, Kantar said. The average household bought the equivalent of five extra days of groceries, it found.-Photos: Standard.co.uk
March 31, 2020 10:41 UTC
Shoppers load up on essentials in Ringsted in Denmark. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said Denmark could start lifting some restrictions next month if the coronavirus curve continues to flatten out. Frederiksen said late Monday that if Danes continue to stand together — at a distance — the government will consider gradually opening up in two weeks’ time. The measures set by the Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s government were originally set to expire April 13 but the restrictions, now extended to May 13, were aimed at slowing “down the spread of coronavirus infections and to protect those at risk.”-AP. Photo: The Local.dk/Scanpix
March 31, 2020 10:30 UTC
Women with Disabilities Day passes with women, PWDs still facing hurdles in access and mobilityMANILA, Philippines — A day removed from Women with Disabilities Day, the Commission on Human Rights called on the government to ensure that all measures set in place to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus also take into account the special needs of persons with disabilities (PWDs). As the country ushered in a commemoration for women PWDs, the same sector continued to struggle indoors, largely ignored and overlooked. 744 s. 2004, the last Monday of March of every year is designated as Women with Disabilities Day. However, as elsewhere, the needs and experiences of women with disabilities are rarely considered in government policies or development activities." Concurrently, empowerment of WWDs should be emphasized and promoted;Today is National Women with Disabilities Day!
March 31, 2020 10:18 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Following the “physical closure” of courts nationwide amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court allowed the online conduct of filing of cases and posting of bail. This step will “[reduce] the necessity of the judge and court staff to physically travel to their stations,” the order read. Peralta said that criminal complaints and Information or charge sheets may be filed through email to the first or second level court. Requirements for the posting of bail may also be electronically transmitted to the court. “The electronically transmitted approval of bail and release order by the Executive Judge shall be sufficient to cause the release of the accused,” Peralta added.
March 31, 2020 10:18 UTC
At a regular news briefing, Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection said the group had visited the Tsim Sha Tsui branch of Red MR last Tuesday. But, she said she believed the possibility of them having spread the virus further at the venue was not high, since they all stayed in one room. But since they hold a catering licence, they were told to follow rules for restaurants and bars on separating customers. Since March 29, there has also been a four-person limit on gatherings in most public places, indoors or outdoors. Officials reported a total of 32 new virus cases today.
March 31, 2020 10:07 UTC
Your Name:Maanshan Iron and Steel profit plunges by 81pc to 1.1b yuanState-owned Maanshan Iron and Steel (0323) said net profit plunged by 81 percent on-year to 1.13 billion yuan (HK$1.24 billion) last year. This was attributed to higher prices for fuels and raw materials and lower steel prices and gross margin of steel products. Earnings per share were 14.7 fen and the company declared a final dividend of 8 fen. Revenue fell by 4.5 percent from a year ago to 78.3 billion yuan in 2019. Iron and steel revenue was 71.76 billion, falling 5.82 percent year-on-year.
March 31, 2020 09:33 UTC
An intensive care ward for coronavirus patients at the MontLegia CHC hospital in Liege, Belgium. Belgian authorities say a 12-year-old girl has died of the coronavirus, by far the youngest person among the more than 700 victims in the country. It is an event that is very rare, but one which upsets us greatly,” Andre said. No details about the girl were provided. Andre said that Belgian authorities expect the spread of the disease to reach its peak in coming days, and that “we will arrive at a point where we’re close to saturation point at our hospitals.”-AP
March 31, 2020 09:33 UTC
The value of total retail sales in February was provisionally estimated at HK$22.7 billion, the Census and Statistics Department, reported today. In the first two months, retail sales are down by 31.8 percent compared with the same period in 2019. A government spokesman said that the year-on-year fall in retail sales volume widened sharply in February and was the steepest for a single month on record. Excluding the effect of price changes over the same period, the volume of retail sales in February plunged by 46.7 percent. In the first two months, the volume of retail sales plunged by 33.9 percent from a year earlier.
March 31, 2020 09:11 UTC
Yuan deposits in Hong Kong increased by 4.3 percent to 638.7 billion at the end of February, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority reported. The total remittance of yuan for cross-border trade settlement amounted to 481 billion in February, compared with 404.7 billion in January. Hong Kong dollar deposits declined by 0.5 percent, while overall foreign-currency deposits increased by 0.3 per cent, the HKMA reported.
March 31, 2020 09:11 UTC
PH COVID-19 cases exceed 2,000 – DOH 0 SHARES Share it! Among the COVID-19 mortalities are:PH935, an 83-year-old man from Parañaque City who passed away on March 29 due to acute respiratory syndrome secondary to COVID-19 infection. He had no travel history but had underlying conditions including chronic kidney disease, hypertension, and diabetes milletus. He had no travel history and was found to have hypertension, diabetes milletus, and cardiac disease. PH1680, a 51-year-old woman from Rizal who passed away on March 24 due to acute respiratory distress syndrome secondary to pneumonia and severe acute respiratory infection.
March 31, 2020 09:00 UTC
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says a New Jersey Army National Guardsman is the first U.S. service member to pass away because of the new coronavirus that first emerged in China's Wuhan city in Hubei province. The guardsman died on Saturday, according to the Pentagon. The person had tested positive for the coronavirus and had been hospitalized since March 21. “This is a stinging loss for our military community,” Esper says in a release, “and our condolences go out to his family, friends, civilian co-workers and the entire National Guard community. The news of this loss strengthens our resolve to work ever more closely with our interagency partners to stop the spread of COVID-19.”
March 31, 2020 08:37 UTC
A forest fire has been put out in southwestern Yunnan province, the local government said, Xinhua reports. The flames were all put out as of 11:34 p.m. on Monday, according to the county government of Nanjian under Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture. The fire broke out on Sunday afternoon, spreading over 90 hectares. More than 1,800 people were sent to fight the fire. Twelve fire engines and three helicopters were also mobilized.
March 31, 2020 08:26 UTC
The chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, Chris Yeung, has reiterated his call for the SAR government to clarify whether it has any say on visas for foreign reporters, after the Chief Executive said today that she "can't predict" which individuals will be allowed to work here, RTHK reports. Lam's comment came in response to a question on whether the authorities will prohibit journalists from three US outlets from working in Hong Kong, after Beijing expelled the reporters from the mainland and announced they were also banned from Hong Kong and Macau. She added that when somebody files an application to enter Hong Kong, he or she will know whether or not it is approved. That [foreign ministry] decision runs directly against the power of the immigration authorities and the Hong Kong government in handling work visa applications," Yeung said. "She really needs to reaffirm clearly and affirmatively that this power belongs to the Hong Kong government, but she has failed to do so."
March 31, 2020 07:52 UTC
As coronavirus infections increase in the city at high douoble digit rates, starting tomorrow the police are suspending the rifle escort and the Hong Kong Police Band performance for the flag-raising ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square, held on the first day of every month. The flag-raising ceremony will be handled by five uniformed police officers and the National Anthem will be played through the personal address system instead.
March 31, 2020 07:51 UTC
“The DOF will provide technical assistance to the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) in forming a consolidated database that will host COVID-19 social amelioration programs,” report read. “The database will be derived from existing beneficiary lists submitted by government agencies and LGUs (local government units), and will be used to determine the subsidy amounts for household beneficiaries,” he added. The report stated that the task force has already approved a joint memorandum circular for the implementation guidelines of the Emergency Subsidy Program (ESP). The operational guidelines for the implementation of the said program would be released on Wednesday (April 1), the report noted. Under the program, low-income household beneficiaries will receive cash or non-cash subsidy amounting to P5,000 to 8,000 each month for two months.
Source:Philippine Daily Inquirer
March 31, 2020 07:41 UTC