Tens of thousands of high-risk workers to be tested even if they have no symptoms

More than 11.8 million cases of Covid 19 have been reported to the World Health Organisation, Dr Tedros said, and the pandemic is still accelerating with the total number of cases having doubled in the last six weeks. "Everyone is fighting hard against the virus, but so many lives have been lost. But the health effects of the pandemic go far beyond the suffering caused by the virus itself. It...

NYC grocers struggle to hire while workers fleece on unemployment

New York City supermarkets are getting inundated with unemployment claims — while most of them are looking to hire workers during the coronavirus lockdown, not fire them. Morton Williams, which operates 16 stores in the New York metro area, was slammed with 400 claims at the height of the pandemic in March and April — up tenfold from a year earlier, co-owner Steven Sloan told The Post....

Coronavirus: More than 300 police and NHS workers assaulted in one month of lockdown

Coronavirus: More than 300 police and NHS workers assaulted in one month of lockdown | The Independent More than 300 NHS workers and police officers were attacked in just one month of the coronavirus lockdown, the head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has revealed. Max Hill QC, the director of public prosecutions, said 313 assaults on emergency workers had been charged during April. Giving...

NHS workers who sacrificed their lives in fight against coronavirus

Just some of the NHS heroes whose lives were cut short by coronavirus (Credits: PA)Doctors, nurses and healthcare workers across the country are putting their lives on the line every day during this crisis. Many NHS workers have already lost their lives to coronavirus, and that number is likely to keep climbing in the days and weeks to come. The Government says it had now identified 27 NHS staff...

‘A lack of PPE will lead to more deaths of frontline workers’ – son of doctor who died from coronavirus after pleading for more protective equipment for NHS staff

10 Apr 2020 Throughout this crisis, we’ve been talking to frontline workers in the NHS about their concerns, hopes and worries as they tackle the Covid-19 outbreak.  Throughout this crisis, we’ve been talking to frontline workers in the NHS about their concerns, hopes and worries as they tackle the Covid-19 outbreak. Well, at least twenty frontline NHS staff have now died in the fight...

Coronavirus: WestJet to rehire nearly 6,400 workers through federal wage subsidy

WestJet plans to put nearly 6,400 employees who were laid off due to the novel coronavirus pandemic back on the payroll, the airline’s president and CEO announced Wednesday.In a video message posted to social media, Ed Sims credited the federal government’s emergency wage subsidy program, which he said WestJet will apply for after the airline had “substantial” conversations with Ottawa....

900,000 Public Health Workers Going Door To Door Without Masks Or Hand Sanitizer

Dibyangshu Sarkar / Getty Images Local residents make homemade facemasks in Kolkata, March 20. The journalists at BuzzFeed News are proud to bring you trustworthy and relevant reporting about the coronavirus. To help keep this news free, become a member and sign up for our newsletter, Outbreak Today. NEW DELHI — Every morning for the past week N.K., a 35-year-old community health activist, has...

Walmart to Hire 150K Workers, Offer $550 Million in Bonuses

Walmart will hire 150,000 workers to meet rising demand during the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, the company said Thursday. “As part of responding to the current environment, Walmart is also hiring 150,000 new associates through the end of May to work in stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers,” the press release read. At first, the positions will be temporary but many...

Court rules Apple must pay California workers during bag checks

Los Angeles (AFP) - The California Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Apple must pay employees for time spent waiting for their bags and personal electronic devices to be searched when they leave work.The decision means that the tech giant will have to pay millions of dollars to more than 12,000 hourly workers at California retail stores who fall under the mandatory bag-search policy.According...

Hong Kong medical workers vote to strike as outbreak worsens

Thousands of Hong Kong medical professionals voted to begin a five-day strike Monday after the government refused their demand to shut all entry points from China amid a deadly virus outbreak on the mainland.The Hospital Authority Employees Alliance said there were about 99 per cent of “Yes” votes cast by its members on Saturday. More than 9,000 members have pledged to take part, first in...