Geneva [Switzerland], March 19 (ANI / Sputnik): Switzerland has decided to extend coronavirus restrictions due to increased incidents, Alain Berset, head of the Federal Interior Department, said on Friday.
Speaking at a press conference earlier in the day, the official stated that the authorities made their calls after considering the current situation as well as the speed of the country’s vaccination campaign. The decision was made because of the possibility of a third wave of the pandemic as well as information that a new strain of coronavirus is more dangerous than previously reported. “This morning, the Federal Council was forced to make a difficult decision … The Federal Council stated that the current situation remains very unstable so we will wait a little while before lifting restrictions,” Berset said. Berset noted that the current lockdown measures will last at least another four weeks. (ANI / Sputnik)
One year after being locked in due to the Covid-19 outbreak, most of the areas in Northern Italy reapply restrictions to curb the rise of the virus, close nonessential shops and reduce the movement of people.
Since Monday, 10 densely populated areas and the Autonomous Province of Trento have been labeled a high-risk “red zone”. The detention measures will last until Easter in early April, Xinhua reported.
In the Veneto region of northern Italy, 1901 new case confirmed on Tuesday alone, with the number of patients hospitalized or in the intensive care unit also increasing.
Regional President Luca Zaia is concerned about worsening conditions situation, and said in regular press conferences that “the alarming growth of cases is confirmed by swab tests and hospitalizations.”
“In this scenario, we need to reactivate Covid hospitals, and we expect a difficult situation for at least two weeks,” he said.
On the pedestrian shopping street in the area, fashion shops are closed, while police patrolling persuade passers-by to return home. Like last year, pedestrians must explain why they are outside and where they are going – any violation of anti-virus rules is punishable by a fine of at least 400 euros ($ 476).
Compared to the first lockdown in March 2020, people have different feelings about the Covid-19 restrictions this time around.
“Last year everyone was shocked, scared. You don’t understand what is going on, the perception of the intensity of the virus,” said Andrea Bedorin, a communications consultant in Italy.
“Now you more or less know what’s going on. We are equipped with a mask, with a device, with a gel supply; the hospitals know the procedures they have to do, “he added.
However, Bedorin said he felt fatigue among Italians in the fight against Covid-19, which was increasingly frustrated that the ongoing vaccination campaign in Italy was lagging behind in Britain.
“You can feel exhausted, because you don’t see the end of this nightmare, I can tell, because there seems to be no end at all. Also mentally you haven’t reached a level where you can plan for the months ahead, “he said.
Taxi driver Moreno Cabbia said he did not understand why the country had returned to such a critical situation despite a year of battling the pandemic. “I see many countries in good condition locked up for a longer time than we did in Italy. In that case, I still don’t know what the best solution is.”
As an important worker freed from restrictive measures, Cabbia said it was important to keep morale high and optimistic. “It’s good we’re not infected. We have to think positively, otherwise we’ll all end up in a psychologist.”
Meanwhile, anthropologist Laura Longo believes people are more afraid today than they were last year.
“They are more desperate and after a year the problem is still there,” he said, adding that the authorities should have implemented the lockdown in early October to stop the rapid spread of the virus and the growth of new strains.
“We are not leading the game. We are behind the game and this game is not in our hands,” he said.
Regarding the fact that some people continue to violate the detention rules, Longo said he believes there is some form of “provocation” among the younger generation, who in the previous days frequented bars and went shopping.
“I see that there are people who do not understand the problem. There are people who are aware of the gravity of the situation and some are not,” he said.
Speaking about public health strategies in Asian countries such as China, Longo said, “according to the news and data coming from Asia, their approach in fighting the virus is more effective, so the real problem is applying that model here.”
GHENT, WV (WVNS) – High school baskets prepare to return to Mountain State next week. The first match is scheduled to be played on Friday, 5 March 2021.
With attendance limited during football season, Fayette County Superintendent Gary Hough and Raleigh County Superintendent David Price say they do everything they can during basketball season to keep everyone safe.
“They won’t be able to come to the game and stay and watch any other game besides their child’s play. “They will be asked to leave at the end of the game, I know it is difficult,” said Hough.
“We want to make sure that parents and families have the opportunity to attend games and we will limit that at first,” said Price.
Both Hough and Price said if parents have questions about attending basketball games, contact the respective high schools for further guidance.
Summers County will follow the guidelines set by WVSSAC, and will begin with close relatives who are allowed to attend matches.
McDowell County will follow the County Alert System. If they are green, yellow or gold, parents, nearby household members, and grandparents will be allowed to play the game. If the color is orange, only parents are allowed to attend. If it’s red, athletics stops altogether. McDowell County Board of Education has yet to decide on the number of participants allowed per player.
Mercer County Schools announced their plans for crowd size. They will determine how many people are allowed in the match depending on the color of the area on Friday. The home team on the green will receive six tickers per athlete, yellow will receive four tickets, gold will receive two tickets, no tickets will be awarded if the county is orange or red. For the visitors, four tickets will be awarded if they are green, two tickets if it is yellow or gold, zero tickets if it is orange, and no practice or games if it is red.
Only people with tickets are allowed to attend. No admission tickets will be issued. Tickets will be distributed based on the scheduled events and games. Each ticket is for one game.
Mercer County Schools announced that the principal will calculate the maximum capacity of the gym to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between people, family groups can sit closer than six feet. If the maximum capacity cannot be maintained between games or events, the gym will be vacated in preparation for a new match. Wearing a mask is mandatory. Anyone who refuses to wear a mask will be asked to leave.
The 2020 Christmas holiday season presents UK retailers with a unique challenge as they navigate stringent COVID-19 containment measures and prepare for Britain’s departure from the European Union.
That great Britain is struggling to load a new, fast spreading variant corona virus, meanwhile agreed to a new UK trade relationship with the European Union after leaving the bloc.
As the new national lockdown has begun and the coronavirus vaccine is launched, here is how some UK retailers fared, with the latest news first:
MARKS & SPENCER
M&S reported another big drop sales clothes and household appliances in the three months leading up to Christmas, as restrictions to curb the spread of demand for coronavirus hits and close shops.
PETS AT HOME
The pet supplies retailer raised its pretax profit forecast for the second time in five months after a strong Christmas sale, lifting its shares higher.
That pub Operators said they expected pubs to close at least until March as part of a nationwide lockdown that was imposed earlier this week, with some restrictions remaining even after businesses were allowed to reopen.
The supermarket group raised its annual profit forecast because it reported strong trade in the Christmas quarter when COVID-19 restrictions saw people eat and drink at home.
The discount retailer reported a 22.5% jump in holiday quarter sales and declared special dividends, benefiting from low prices and stores that remained open during the lockdown.
The fashion retailer reported a 58% drop in store sales over the seven weeks that included the holiday season and warned it would hit up to 18 million pounds ($ 24.5 million) if new COVID-19 restrictions continued.
MITCHELLS & BUTLER
The company said it was exploring raising equity capital as a new national lock closed the pub operator’s site, adding no decisions had yet been made on timing, size or requirements.
That Baker and fast food retailers have slowed the decline in sales caused by the pandemic but do not expect profits to return to pre-pandemic levels through 2022 at the earliest.
The tile retailer said the UK’s new lockdown, which has closed the company’s stores for browsing, was expected to hit sales and margins.
Strong sales of champagne and whole salmon helped the supermarket group overtake bigger rivals over Christmas as Brits made up for pandemic-related restrictions on pubs and restaurants by treating themselves at home.
The British fashion retailer beat its forecast for Christmas sales despite COVID-19 restrictions that closed stores in November and the last shopping days of December, resulting in another increase to its underlying profit guide.
The UK branch of the German discount supermarket group said sales were up 10.6% year on year in the four weeks to December 24, with a surge in demand for premium products helping deliver a record Christmas performance.
ENGLISH RELATED FOOD
Primark owners said that the tougher lockdown measures in the UK and Ireland would result in an estimated sales loss of 650 million pounds this financial year, up from a previous estimate of 430 million pounds.