Tag: Communicable Diseases

Armed with disinfectant and admonishments, South Korean robot fights coronavirus spread

SEOUL (Reuters) – A self-driving robot equipped with cameras and an LED screen greets visitors at the lobby in the headquarters of South Korea’s largest...

Softbank-backed Coupang under scrutiny after S.Korea warehouse virus outbreak

SEOUL (Reuters) – Deluged with online orders as the coronavirus epidemic swept South Korea, e-commerce giant Coupang opened a new groceries warehouse and logistics centre...

Lufthansa, German government agree on $9.8 billion rescue package: sources

FRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government and the management of flagship carrier Lufthansa (LHAG.DE), which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, have reached...

Gap rushes in more robots to warehouses to solve virus disruption

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – U.S. apparel chain Gap Inc (GPS.N) is speeding up its rollout of warehouse robots for assembling online orders so it can...

Tesla’s Musk says ready for arrest as he reopens California plant against local order

(Reuters) – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) Chief Executive Elon Musk on Monday said production was resuming at the automaker’s sole U.S. vehicle factory, in California, defying...

Oil prices drop amid supply glut, fears of 2nd coronavirus wave

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Oil prices slid nearly $1 a barrel on Monday as concern over a persistent glut and economic gloom caused by the coronavirus...

Indian court seeks government reply over challenge to mandatory coronavirus app

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A court asked the Indian government on Friday to respond to a challenge against its order for compulsory use of a...

India orders coronavirus tracing app for all workers

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has ordered all public and private sector employees use a government-backed contact tracing app and maintain social distancing in offices...

India makes government tracing app mandatory for all workers

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has mandated that all public and private sector employees use a government-backed Bluetooth tracing app and maintain social distancing in...

Exclusive: Amazon turns to Chinese firm on U.S. blacklist to meet thermal camera needs

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) has bought cameras to take temperatures of workers during the coronavirus pandemic from a firm the United...

Samsung’s phone fortunes wane as COVID-19 hits 5G phones in Europe and U.S.

SEOUL (Reuters) – When the coronavirus outbreak in China disrupted global smartphone production in February, Samsung looked set to weather the crisis better than most...

Samsung Elec expects second-quarter profit fall as virus hits sales of smartphones, TVs

SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Wednesday it expected profit to decline in the current quarter due to a coronavirus-related slump in...

Australia launches controversial COVID-19 tracking app as some states start easing rules

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Australian government launched a controversial coronavirus tracing app on Sunday and promised to legislate privacy protections around it as authorities try...

Exclusive: Amazon deploys thermal cameras at warehouses to scan for fevers faster

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc has started to use thermal cameras at its warehouses to speed up screening for feverish workers who could be infected with...

Explainer: What is contact tracing and how can it help fight the new coronavirus?

(Reuters) – Contact tracing has been used for decades to control the spread of infectious diseases. The basic idea is simple: track down infected people,...

Airbnb in advanced talks about new $1 billion loan: sources

FILE PHOTO: Small toy figures are seen in front of diplayed Airbnb logo in this illustration taken March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo NEW YORK/BOSTON/SAN...

Warehouse workers risk COVID-19 to ship Gucci shades, face cream, sofas

(Reuters) – As U.S. authorities ordered shutdowns of non-essential businesses to fight coronavirus, retailer Nordstrom Inc closed hundreds of stores and gave in-store workers three...

Honda back to work in China’s Wuhan with temperature checks and masks

WUHAN, China (Reuters) – Temperature checkpoints and posters telling workers to keep more than a metre apart at Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co’s reopened plant...

Pulp friction: Border jams delay supply of toilet paper’s only ingredient

LONDON/BENGALURU (Reuters) – As several European borders limit travel to stop the spread of COVID-19, two of the world’s biggest pulp makers say transportation logjams...

Early Asia tech results signal slow recovery after virus battering

SHANGHAI/SEOUL (Reuters) – Smartphone sales in China are rising again as COVID-19 cases there decline and global demand for chips used in work-from-home networks is...

Uber connects out-of-work U.S. ride-hail drivers to delivery, production jobs

(Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc (UBER.N) said on Monday its app will list job openings in the delivery, food production and grocery industry that its...

American joins United, others in suspending more NYC flights on coronavirus spike

(Reuters) – American Airlines Group Inc (AAL.O) said late Sunday it would suspend more flights in and out of New York City’s three main airports...

United slashes New York-area flights due to coronavirus

(Reuters) – United Airlines (UAL.O) said late Saturday it will drastically reduce flights to two New York City airports amid the coronavirus outbreak. FILE PHOTO:...

U.S. dairy farmers dump milk as pandemic upends food markets

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Dairy farmer Jason Leedle felt his stomach churn when he got the call on Tuesday evening. FILE PHOTO: The milking parlor at...

Factbox: Google location data shows slump in trips to malls, offices

(Reuters) – Google on Thursday published reports for 131 countries showing whether visits to shops, parks and workplaces dropped in March, when many governments issued...