FDA Investigates Multistate Outbreak of Cyclospora Infections

The FDA, along with the CDC, state, and local partners, are investigating a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections potentially linked to Aldi, Hy-Vee, Walmart, and Jewel-Osco grocery store brand salads containing iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and carrots. Aldi’s Little Salad Bar Brand Garden Salads, Hy-Vee’s Garden Salad, Jewel-Osco’s Signature Farms Garden Salad, and Walmart’s Marketside Classic Iceberg Salad have been recalled. All of the recalled salads were sold in mid-western states. Fresh Express is the manufacturer of each of these recalled salads. In a statement, the FDA said that it…

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New safety protocols as Costa Rica recovers from Covid-19 outbreak | News

The Costa Rica Tourism Board has unveiled a list of 16 health protocols to be implemented ahead of the reopening of some of the most popular hospitality areas in the country. Working alongside representatives of the private sector, the measures relate to tourism companies in the following industries: accommodation; restaurants; aerial and aquatic recreational activities; travel agencies; tour operators; car rentals; meetings and conventions; tourism transport; adventure tourism; and spa and wellness tourism. The easy-to-implement protocols establish guidelines on the use of face masks in public and private transport; the…

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Beijing Covid-19 outbreak slows aviation recovery | News

A renewed spike in coronavirus cases in Beijing is slowing the recovery of passenger jet operations in China. That is according to the latest flight tracking data from Cirium. The travel data and analytics company recorded a 0.5 per cent decline in tracked scheduled passenger jet flights by Chinese operators for June 16th compared with June 9th. Of the country’s largest carriers, Beijing-based Air China appears to be affected most. It operated approximately 730 flights on June 16th, versus nearly 900 on the same day a week earlier. Meanwhile, schedule…

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Level Europe files for insolvency in wake of Covid-19 outbreak | News

The short-haul division of International Airlines Group budget carrier Level is filing for insolvency. Branded as Level Europe, the division was operated by Anisec Luftfahrt. The Austrian-based carrier has seen all flights grounded since the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe during March. The business has ceased trading with “immediate effect,” IAG said. Level originated as a long-haul operator out of Spain, but the group subsequently opted to extend the brand to short-haul services from Vienna. The company also chose to establish another Level Europe short-haul base in Amsterdam…

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Alibaba Extends Its Reach in China as Coronavirus Outbreak Opens Doors | News & Analysis

SHANGHAI, China — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is emerging as one of China’s biggest corporate winners of the coronavirus crisis, gaining the opportunity to expand its businesses and solidify its status as a critical part of the country’s socio-economic engine. While many companies are hurting from disruption caused by the virus, Alibaba has seen traffic at its online marketplaces shoot higher and demand grow for services like food delivery. Local authorities have even turned to its cloud business to build health-tracking apps. The company, which emerged as China’s leading e-commerce…

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LATAM files for bankruptcy in wake of Covid-19 outbreak | News

LATAM Airlines Group has sought chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States as the company seeks to reorganise in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. Affiliates in Chile, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador are all involved in the move. Colombian carrier Avianca took a similar step earlier this month. “LATAM entered the Covid-19 pandemic as a healthy and profitable airline group, yet exceptional circumstances have led to a collapse in global demand and has not only brought aviation to a virtual standstill, but it has also changed the industry for…

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Uber announces further job losses in wake of Covid-19 outbreak | News

Uber has announced plans to further reduce its operating expenses in response to the economic challenges resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. The ride hailing firm has been hard hit by the slowdown in travel caused by the outbreak. As part of a restructuring, the company expects to reduce its workforce by approximately 3,000 full-time employee roles. In connection with these actions, Uber said it estimates that it will incur approximately $175-$220 million in charges. The latest layoffs bring the total reductions in recent weeks to a quarter of the workforce,…

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Atlantis, the Palm partially reopens in wake of Covid-19 outbreak | News

Atlantis, the Palm has partially reopened for daily dinner services at select restaurants, with a number of retail outlets in the Avenues also now welcome guests. Guests will be able to enjoy lunch and dinner at Bread Street Kitchen & Bar (12:00-21:00), dinner at Hakkasan and Nobu (18:00-21:00) and Seafire Steakhouse & Bar (17:00-21:00). Visitors are advised to book their dining experience before arriving to the resort, and they will be able to access the restaurants and retail outlets through the Avenues entrance only. Abiding with Dubai government rules related…

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IHIF 2020 cancelled in wake of Covid-19 outbreak | News

Questex has announced the cancellation of IHIF 2020 due to the continuing impact of the Covid-19 outbreak. Organisers had initially hoped to stage the Berlin-based event in May, but this is now seen as untenable given the global health crisis. “After many weeks of monitoring the evolving situation, including guidance from health authorities and the German government (including the announcement by chancellor Merkel that the prohibition on large-scale gatherings such as festivals, conferences, and concerts will continue through the end of August), we are forced to cancel the event this…

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Boohoo Sales Growth Declines Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak | News & Analysis

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom — British online fashion retailer Boohoo said on Wednesday it saw a marked decrease in year-on-year sales growth in the middle of March, impacted by lockdowns due to the coronavirus crisis, though its performance has recovered in recent weeks. Boohoo, which in line with government guidance has carried on trading through the lockdown, said on Wednesday it had seen improved year-on-year growth in group sales during April. However, it said that given the uncertainty generated by the pandemic, it could not provide guidance for its new financial…

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