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By: PTI | Published: April 6, 2020 4:27:51 PM

Bacardi will be producing 70,000 liters of hand sanitizers, which will be distributed primarily to district government hospitals in these states.


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The company facilities will be making use of alcohol in stock, and has also set aside designated quantities of alcohol, for production, it added.
Liquor maker Bacardi on Monday said it would produce 70,000 liters of hand sanitizers, which will be distributed primarily to district government hospitals, to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus pandemic. The company has started production of hand sanitizers at its co-packing facility in Telangana, Bacardi Ltd said in a statement adding that the company plans to?roll out in additional states where it has co-packing manufacturing facilities.
Bacardi will be producing 70,000 liters of hand sanitizers, which will be distributed primarily to district government hospitals in these states. The company is working closely with local district authorities to ensure a steady supply to the hospitals,” the statement said.

This is part of Bacardi’s global announcement of its commitment to help produce more than 267,000 gallons (1.1 million liters)?of hand sanitizers, worldwide to help fight the pandemic. Bacardi-owned manufacturing sites across the United States, Mexico, France, England, Italy, Scotland and Puerto Rico are already part of this effort,?it added.
The company facilities will be making use of alcohol in stock, and has also set aside designated quantities of alcohol, for production, it added.
“We, at Bacardi, have always endeavored to support local communities, especially during difficult times like these. By boosting the supply of hand sanitizers, a critical need of the hour, we hope to strengthen the fight against COVID-19,” Bacardi India Operations Director V Muthukumar said.

Several liquor manufacturers have started manufacturing hand sanitizers to meet surge in demand. According to All India Distillers’ Association (AIDA) over 150 distilleries are producing hand sanitizers in the country.
Recently, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs had directed the state governments to grant licenses to distilleries and sugar companies to manufacture hand sanitisers to meet the demand. According to the Union Health Ministry, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country has topped 4,000.

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Coronavirus outbreak: How to quarantine yourself

If you are among the thousands of Americans now self-quarantined because of possible infection with the coronavirus, these are a few of the new house rules, courtesy of your local health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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If you are infected or have been exposed to the coronavirus, you must seclude yourself from your partner, your housemates, your children, your elderly aunt.

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Stay home unless you must see a doctor. No work, school or shopping. If you must come out of your room, wear a mask. And don’t share towels.

If you are among the thousands of Americans now self-quarantined because of possible infection with the coronavirus, these are a few of the new house rules, courtesy of your local health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Among people told to self-quarantine, isolate themselves or stay home are people returning from parts of China and Iran, those who developed symptoms after spending time in other countries with sustained community transmission, and those with no known exposure who are sick.

But many individuals who don’t fit neatly into any of these categories and weren’t asked to stay home are choosing to seclude themselves anyway because they don’t want to put others at risk. California has more than 5,500 people in self-quarantine. More than 2,700 are in seclusion in New York City alone.

It may sound like a vacation from reality, an ideal time to binge on Netflix and catch up on sleep. In fact, it’s not easy to lock yourself away from family and friends. There are practical and logistical challenges and yawning gaps in the official advice that make it even harder.

The terms of home isolation can be onerous and may last for two weeks, which is the presumed incubation period for the virus. It is especially challenging if you have young children or elderly relatives to care for, or live in cramped quarters with a lot of roommates.

THE BASICS

Isolation

If you are infected or have been exposed to the coronavirus, you must seclude yourself from your partner, your housemates, your children, your elderly aunt. You shouldn’t even pet your dog. And definitely no snuggling with your pet (no licking).

If you don’t have your own room, one should be designated for your exclusive use. You should use a separate bathroom, if you have one.

No visitors and no staff, unless it’s absolutely essential. Don’t take the bus or subway, not even a taxi.

Masks
If you must be around other people — in your home, or in a car because you’re on your way to see a doctor, and only after you called first — you should wear a mask, and everyone else should, too.

But first, you or one of your friends or family members have to find masks, which are sold out almost everywhere.

Hygiene
If you cough or sneeze, you should cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and discard the used tissue in a lined trash can. Then you must immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

You can use sanitizer, if you can find it, but soap and water are preferred.

Even if you haven’t coughed or sneezed, you should wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth if you haven’t just washed them.

Disinfect
Don’t share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding with anyone (including your pets). Wash these items after you use them.

Countertops, tabletops, doorknobs, bathrooms fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables are considered “high-touch surfaces”; wipe them often with a household cleanser.

Frequently wipe down surfaces that may be contaminated by bodily fluids, including blood and stool.

Monitoring
Keep an eye on your health and call a doctor if your symptoms are getting worse. Make sure to tell the medical staff you are being monitored for the coronavirus.

Household Members
Family members and other occupants should monitor the patient’s symptoms and call a health provider if they see a turn for the worse.

Housemates can go to work or school, but it’s going to be their job to stock up on groceries, pick up prescriptions, take care of the quarantined and keep the place clean. They’ll be wiping down doorknobs and countertops, doing loads of laundry and washing their hands — a lot.

When around the patient, household members must wear a face mask, and both mask and gloves if they have contact with the patient’s bodily fluids. These should be thrown away immediately, never reused.

Elderly members of the household and those with chronic medical conditions are at particular risk if they are infected. Contact with the secluded individual should be minimized.

Other occupants of the home should wash their hands frequently and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. They should stay in a room separate from that of the exposed or sick individual. If feasible, other members of the household should not share a bathroom with the secluded person.

They should monitor their own health, too, and call a doctor if they develop a cough, fever or shortness of breath.

Unanswered Questions
No one pays you for self-quarantine. There is no reimbursement for products you may need, no government-paid nurse to stop by the home and help out. Self-quarantine is a hardship for both those who have families and those who live alone.

Not everyone can work remotely. A two-week absence from work can take an enormous financial toll on hourly wage workers who have to clock in and show up to get paid or who are part of the gig economy with no single employer.

Many Americans, maybe most, live paycheck to paycheck.

“We have to have social interventions to incentivize and support isolation, or we are doomed,” said Arthur Caplan, professor of bioethics at the New York University Langone Medical Center.

People with no health insurance, inadequate insurance or no regular doctor will be reluctant to seek care if they have symptoms, fearing steep medical bills, he noted. Individuals living in the country illegally, fearful of being discovered and deported, may avoid diagnosis and care.

“I don’t see the state or federal government preparing for this in any way,” Caplan added.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., have introduced legislation that would require all employers to let workers accrue seven days of sick leave, while providing another 14 days for immediate use during a public health emergency.

Washington state’s website says the health department can help with groceries for those unable to leave their homes and even intervene with employers on their behalf if necessary.

Providing for people who make sacrifices for the greater good is crucial, said Lawrence Gostin, a law professor at Georgetown University and director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law.

“We ought to have a social compact: If you’re sick, whether you’ve got COVID-19 or not, you should separate yourself from society,” Gostin said. “That’s your part of the bargain; you’re doing it for your neighbors, your family and your community.

“In exchange,” he said, “we as a nation owe you the right to a humane period of separation, where we meet your essential needs like medicine, health care, food and sick pay.”

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Only 20% survive once they enter ICU. Not sure if he is typical case or some fashion.

Boris Johnson in intensive care with coronavirus symptoms
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The idea of being in ICU is so challenging as you're not aware whether it is Day or Night. It takes huge Mental toll on patients and I have seen my cousin brother who had a fall and miraculously survived. He was in ICU for nearly 3 weeks, I have seen how his condition during recovery after discharge from the Hospital.
The AC and artificially Lighting will make you sick further.
We think we're giving best treatment to patients by admitting in ICU but we forget to look at the Psychological aspect of the patient. ICU are turning to be infectious.

We hope the Britain PM recovers from his illness quickly.
 

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Will coronavirus lockdown cause food shortages in India?


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Image copyright, GETTY IMAGES, Image caption : India is one of the world's biggest producer of food grains

On 31 March, Asia's biggest onion market fell silent.
The market in Lasangaon in the western Indian state of Maharashtra usually thrums with farmers and traders. But the mostly migrant men and women who unload, load and grade onions - an essential part of the diet of millions of Indians - are missing.
The market, which accounts for a third of India's onion produce, managed to stumble along for nearly a week after India imposed a harsh 21-day lockdown, and suspended bus, train and air travel to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
But the lockdown also led to an unprecedented exodus of workers from their places of work, to their homes in far-flung villages all over the country. Farmers were still able to go to their fields and pluck onions after the government made it clear that agriculture was an essential service. And a few workers had stayed back to keep the Lasangaon market running.
But then came a news report that one person had tested positive for Covid-19 in the neighbourhood, and panic set in. The day the market stalled, some 450 tonnes of onions were waiting to be transported all over India as well as to the port in Mumbai for export.
"First the trucks stopped coming. Then some labourers fled. Then came the news about the virus patient. The rest of the workers fled," Manoj Jain, an onion trader told me. "Maintaining social distance in a crowded auction market was becoming very difficult too."
More than 1,700km (1,056 miles) away in eastern Bihar state, a farmer found himself in a similar quandary.
Food truck in Bengal after lockdown


Image copyright, GETTY IMAGES, Image caption : Transporting food is a big challenge after the shutdown


Manuwant Chowdhary, who grows rice, vegetables and fruits and rears livestock on his 30-acre farm in Samastipur district, told me that the workers he employed were locals who lived across the road. But they were refusing to come to work.
"They are scared to even cross the road and come to the farm because they believe they won't be allowed to return," Mr Chowdhary told me.
"There's so much stigma and misinformation here about the virus that villagers have stopped going out completely. When I told one of my workers that she should be washing her hands regularly, she asked me whether she could drink cow urine as a remedy instead. So, we can't even farm while maintaining social distance in the field."

More than half of India's workforce engages in farming, while agriculture contributes some 16% to the country's GDP. India is one of the world's largest producers of crops like rice, wheat, sugarcane, cotton, vegetables and milk. Now there are concerns that stopping farm activity will not only end up hurting farmers and labourers but also affect food security.
The lockdown couldn't have come at a worse time.
India's peak farm activity happens between April and June. This is when the winter crop - wheat, rice and pulses - is harvested and sold. It is also peak season for fruits. And it is also when farmers begin sowing the summer rain-fed crop, comprising paddy, pulses, cotton and sugarcane. "The lockdown has hit both these seasons," says Mekhala Krishnamurthy, an associate professor of sociology and anthropology at Ashoka University.

Food wholesale market in India


Image copyright AFP, Image caption : India has more than 7,000 wholesale crop markets

Also, even before the outbreak, Indian farmers were struggling. Low crop prices had led to a massive slowdown of rural consumption. "Even in normal times," said Mr Chowdhary, "farming has become unviable." Some 200,000 farmers have committed suicide in India since 1997. Most of the suicides have been linked to poverty, debt, a sharp rise in costs and crop failures due to pest attacks
The government has announced a $23bn (£18m) relief package for providing food security and cash transfers to the poor. But it has been criticised for being inadequate.
State governments are trying to mop up funds to procure crops. Tamil Nadu in the south is planning to loan tractors to farmers, but it's unclear whether they will be able to operate them. It is also not clear how supply chains can be eased without opening up some public transport.
And there are other pressing challenges.

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Image caption : Cotton farmer Ganesh Nanote is going to his farm during the lockdown
How will migrant workers be persuaded to return to the farms? How quickly will nervous buyers of the crops begin to procure at pre-lockdown levels? If they buy less, there will be a rise in food prices in the market, and a further fall in income for farmers.
But it's not all bad news. For instance, there are attempts to move things on the ground.
India has some 7,500 big wholesale farm markets and another 25,000 small weekly markets. "Some of them have begun reopening and they are trying to figure out how to operate and transport produce and maintain social distancing," says Dr Krishnamurthy.
Also, the winter crop has been bountiful. India has a robust food stockpile - some 60 million tonnes of food grains - and the world's largest state-run food distribution programme. Food shortages are unlikely. But the challenges are in supporting farmers, sharecroppers and labourers until things return to normal; getting food to the poor and securing the harvest for the next season.
Despite the formidable odds, Indian farmers appear to be largely resilient.
"Our problem is the market is closed and there's no transport, so we are unable to sell. But I am in my farm now, working alone," Ganesh Nanote, a cotton farmer from Akola, Maharashtra, told me on the phone.
Then he sent me a selfie from the farm to prove that he was "not losing hope".


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Over 136 million jobs are at risk due to Corona lockdown — Here are the worst-hit sectors
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APR 2, 2020, 10:00 IST



  • The outbreak of Coronavirus has disrupted the job market as the nation goes into a complete lockdown for 21 days.
  • As many as 20 million jobs might be lost if the tourism industry doesn’t rebound by October, says the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
  • From food products to electronics to cement and ceramics, nearly nine million jobs may be affected within the manufacturing space.
The outbreak of Coronavirus has disrupted the job market as the nation goes into a complete lockdown for 21 days. This has triggered fears of large scale unemployment across the country.

According to the estimates by the National Sample Survey (NSS) and Periodic Labour Force Surveys (PLFS), nearly 136 million jobs are on the line. Going by the unemployment rate before Coronavirus hit the economy, India needs to add nearly 10 million jobs to keep the working age population employed.


“The implications of this crisis will be dire. We will inevitably have less fiscal space to make much-needed investments in, for example, education, skills, preventative healthcare, and infrastructure. This will not just prevent us from moving forward but will set us back. Our large and growing youth population will be further disenfranchised, potentially spurring social discord, crime, and instability," Sabina Dewan, the president and executive director of the think-tank JustJobs Network told Mint.

This will majorly impact the gig economy, contract workers, small businesses — and also those employed without a legal contract such as casual labourers — who do not have a fixed take home salary. Over five million Indians have contract jobs which are less than a year in tenure.

A recent survey by the job search platform Indeed also said that half of the Indian businesses already trimmed the contractual workforce and freelancers to cut operational costs. In fact, a third of the companies say they will temporarily halt hiring activities.

‘20 million jobs might be lost if the industry doesn’t rebound by October’



Tourism and hospitality are one of the worst hit sectors, after the Covid-19 induced downturn. Most of the countries asked employees to pause travel plans related and closed borders. Even hotel rooms remained empty all this while.

As many as 20 million jobs might be lost if the industry doesn’t rebound by October, says the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). That accounts for over half of the tourism and hospitality workforce.

In fact, restaurants already reported a 35% drop, because of fewer footfalls as people stay at home, practising social distancing. This has impacted flexi workers such as guides, restaurant sanitation workers, waiters, suppliers of vegetables and other raw material to the hotels.

Over 9 million jobs impacted in the manufacturing cluster



From food products to electronics to cement and ceramics, nearly nine million jobs may be affected within the manufacturing space, owing to the plant shutdowns, according to the temporary staffing firm Adecco Group. The lockdown has brought manufacturing and production projects to a standstill.

For instance, the handset manufacturing industry is deep in losses at ₹15,000 crore because of production delays. “At present, we have a turnover of ₹500 crore to ₹700 crore per day. So, a shutdown for about three weeks essentially means a loss ranging between ₹10,000 crore and ₹15,000 crore,” Pankaj Mohindroo, chairman of the Indian Cellular & Electronic Association of India (ICEA) told ET. ICEA represents smartphone manufacturers including Apple, Oppo, Lava and more.

As per a report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple seems to be going slow on its production of iPhone 11 in India.

Automobile sector can lose up to a million jobs



A worker wearing a face mask is seen on a production line at the plant of Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co in Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, in Hubei province, China March 16, 2020. Picture taken March 16, 2020.

ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. CHINA OUT.

Meanwhile, the automobile industry, which has already been through massive production costs and falling sales for the last year, will also suffer more, thanks to the lockdown. This will cost the country a million jobs across dealerships, frontline workers among others.

The auto industry is staring at losses of over ₹13,000 crore due to forced shutdowns. That will also impact the economy as a whole since the industry also contributes around 7.5% to India's overall GDP.

600,000 contractual jobs at risk in the aviation sector



A pilot wearing a mask arrives, amid growing global numbers of coronavirus cases, at the international lounge at Pearson Airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Chris Helgren


Airlines is probably the worst affected sector as both domestic and international travel has come to a standstill. As per recent estimates, nearly 600,000 contractual workers are at risk of losing their jobs, especially those in on-ground and support roles.
“Indigo, India’s largest airline, has reported a 15-20% decline in daily bookings over the past few days, compared with the week-ago period, and expects its quarterly earnings to be materially impacted,” Kapil Kaul, chief executive for aviation consultancy CAPA India told ET.

IndiGo, GoAir and Spicejet have already cut the employee salaries across roles for the month of March — including the chairman.

Over half of the revenue of the Indian apparel industry comes from exports — which has come to a halt



The pandemic has hit the global supply chain and trade has come to a grinding halt. Over half of the revenue of the Indian apparel industry comes from exports. More than a third of the apparel industry export orders are placed from Europe. According to the Ministry of Commerce, India exported garments worth ₹1 trillion in 2018-19.

Added to that is the shutting down of malls and retail stores due to lockdown. “With the region being declared the new epicentre for the disease by the World Health Organization, new orders are bound to be affected. But it is hard to assess the outcome now. We’ll know in the next couple of weeks,” says Raja Shanmugam, who is a manufacturer and heads the Tirupur Exporters’ Association.

However, the Confederation of Indian Textile Industry ( CITI) has asked the government for a relief package for the workers in the industry.

"Include cotton yarn and fabrics under Rebate of State and Central Taxes and Levies (RoSCTL), Interest Equalisation Scheme (IES) and Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS) benefits with immediate effect to prevent job losses for lakhs of people in the handloom, powerloom and spinning sectors," said T Rajkumar, chairman, CITI.

Meanwhile...



On the other hand, telecom, healthcare are the sectors least affected by the global pandemic.

The telecom sector seems to be rebounding as most of India is working from home during the lockdown, thereby availing more data services. With more people practising social distancing, the data usage is expected to surge by up to 15% in India, Quint reported citing Rajiv Sharma, head of equity research and telecom analyst at SBICAP Securities.
While healthcare is at the forefront of battling the Coronavirus infections. The public health emergency has led to the country prioritising in-house manufacturing of pharmaceutical ingredients after Coronavirus disrupted the global supply chains — leading to shortage of medical drugs, face masks, ventilators and more. India said it will spend $1.3 billion for pharmaceuticals.


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53% Indian CEOs Agree On Job Cuts; 13 Crore Jobs At Risk Post-Corona In These Sectors


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Last updated Apr 7, 2020

53% Indian CEOs Agree On Job Cuts; 13 Crore Jobs At Risk Post-Corona In These Sectors


53% Indian CEOs Agree On Job Cuts; 13 Crore Jobs At Risk Post-Corona In These Sectors

As per a recent survey, 52% of Indian CEOs have agreed that job cuts is now inevitable due to the coronavirus outbreak in India, and globally.
Meanwhile 13 crore non-agriculture jobs are at risk, once coronavirus outbreak ends, and normalcy restores.



CII Snap Poll: 52% CEOs Say Job Cuts Will Happen

CII or Confederation of Indian Industry recently conducted a ‘CEOs Snap Poll on Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown on Industry’, and as per the findings of this survey, more than 50% of Indian CEOs agree on job cuts.
While 47% of the CEOs surveyed predicted that 15% or less job cuts will happen across sectors, 32% of the CEOs said that the job cuts can be in the range of 15-30% in India.
While 10% reduction in revenues is expected, 5% loss in profits have been predicted by the survey.
Chandrajit Banerjee, director general, CII, said4, “The government could announce a fiscal stimulus package for the industry and implement it on a fast-track mode, given that the sudden imposition of the lockdown has significantly impacted industry operations and the uncertainty of a recovery threatens substantial loss of livelihoods going forward.”



What Are The Major Challenges For CEOs?

Among other results, the survey threw some light on the challenges faced by the companies in India.
When it comes to the movement of goods, then 65% of the CEOs admitted that challenges exist right now, while only 35% of the CEOs termed access to manpower as a challenge.

While whopping 80% of the CEOs said that their inventory is lying idle due to the lockdown.
The survey was conducted by asking questions related to job loss and business challenges to 200 CEOs in India.



13 Crore Jobs At Risk

Meanwhile as per samples and predictions by National Sample Survey (NSS) and Periodic Labour Force Surveys (PLFS), it was revealed last month that 13.6 crore jobs are at risk, during the post-corona period.
These jobs are mainly in the non-agriculture sector, wherein there are no written contracts, and job assurity.
Travel industry is one of the key sectors, where millions of jobs are at risk. We have already reported that upto 5 crore jobs in travel sector can be culled, due to the outbreak.
As per Adecco Group India, 8-9 crore jobs can be lost in sectors such as manutacturing of textiles, capital goods, cement, food products, metals, plastics, rubber and electronics.
Auto sector was already reeling under slowdown, and now, the prospects of its revival looks bleak.
We will keep you updated, as more details come in.



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11 innovative ways companies are helping people affected by the coronavirus
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Burger King is giving away free kids' meals.


  • Companies are helping people affected by the coronavirus by providing free services and aiding healthcare workers.
  • U-Haul is offering 30 days of free storage to college students who had to move out of their dorms.
  • Burger King is giving away two free kids' meals with any purchase.
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The coronavirus pandemic is forcing many businesses to close in order to slow the spread of the disease. Larger companies are stepping up to help fill the gaps. They're providing first responders and healthcare workers with vital equipment in short supply, and helping everyday people who have been affected by the disease with free meals, storage, and other services.
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U-Haul is offering 30 days of free storage to college students who are displaced due to the coronavirus outbreak.

U-Haul is offering 30 days of free storage to college students who are displaced due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Colleges across the US have switched to remote learning and sent students home from the dorms as the coronavirus spreads. For those who don't have a home nearby to store their possessions, U-Haul is providing 30 days of free storage to any college student in need.

U-Haul spokesperson Jeff Lockridge told Insider's Kelly McLaughlin that the offer is available at all U-Haul-owned and -operated storage facilities across the nation, subject to availability, for students who have been displaced because of coronavirus safety measures.

"There is no purchase of any kind necessary for the current offer to college students," Lockridge said. "It is merely a gesture of goodwill given the extraordinary circumstances taking place and our ability to help."
Stop & Shop stores are opening earlier for senior citizens and immunocompromised people so they can shop without being exposed to larger crowds.

Stop & Shop stores are opening earlier for senior citizens and immunocompromised people so they can shop without being exposed to larger crowds.

From 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., Stop & Shop stores will be open exclusively to those who are more vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic. This includes people over 60 years old and those with weakened immune systems.

"We're making the decision to offer this every day of the week to allow for community members in this age category to shop in a less crowded environment, which better enables social distancing. They'll also be shopping prior to any other customers entering," Stop & Shop said in a press release.
Louis Vuitton's parent company will use its cosmetics and perfume manufacturing facilities to make free alcohol-based sanitizer amid the global shortage.

Louis Vuitton's parent company will use its cosmetics and perfume manufacturing facilities to make free alcohol-based sanitizer amid the global shortage.

LVMH Moët Hennessy, the French company behind major brands like Louis Vuitton, Fenty Beauty, and Benefit Cosmetics, announced that its factories that normally manufacture perfume will shift to manufacturing hand sanitizer gel, Insider's Connor Perrett reported.

"LVMH will use the production lines of its perfume and cosmetic brands ... to produce large quantities of hydroalcoholic gels from Monday," the company said in a statement, according to Reuters.

The company also said it would be delivering the products to French healthcare authorities for free.
L'Oréal will also start producing hand sanitizer in its facilities.

L'Oréal will also start producing hand sanitizer in its facilities.


WWD reported that L'Oréal will produce hand sanitizer and hydroalcoholic gel instead of makeup and cosmetic creams and donate 1 million euros to provide hygiene kits for volunteers.




Burger King is giving away two free kids' meals with any purchase made via the Burger King app.

Burger King is giving away two free kids' meals with any purchase made via the Burger King app.


The fast-food chain is giving away two kids' meals with any purchase made via the Burger King app starting this week, Restaurant Brands International CEO Jose Cil told Business Insider's Kate Taylor.



"We have the ability to help feed America," Cil said.
Uber Eats is donating 300,000 meals to first responders and healthcare workers.

Uber Eats is donating 300,000 meals to first responders and healthcare workers.


Uber Eats is also waiving delivery fees for over 100,000 independent restaurants to encourage people to support local businesses.
 

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I went to a grocery store and saw a few people wearing masks. I have carried a bandanna just in case if people are into this mask thing seriously. I saw a few people wearing it so I decided to put it on myself. Holy shit, I scared everyone out in the store, No one yelled or ran or anything like that, but most were scared as if I will pull a gun and start shooting. Well, I thought maybe that is just in my mind until I read this.

Bandanas, particularly in certain colors, are often associated with gang affiliation and violence, said Cyntoria Johnson, an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Georgia State University.
The Bloods and Crips street gangs of California have used colorful bandanas or rags as a system of identification, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPD also describes the "uniform of Hispanic gangs" as including "a bandana tied around the forehead similar to a sweatband."


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