Chocolate makers and chefs in Belgium have continued to produce sweets to celebrate Easter, despite restrictions imposed on fighting the emerging Corona virus.
The stores specialized in selling chocolate did not close their doors, but also allowed home delivery, and the shop owners raised the slogan “Stay home and enjoy eating chocolate.”
Chef Michael Louis-Anderson, a Belgian cake maker and chef for bakery and sweets, made a complete scene inspired by the story of the turtle and the hare to remind people of the need to stay indoors.
You shouldn’t be running outside because you have to protect yourself at that difficult time while the turtle is taking a shield from the house,
The French-born chocolate maker Jerome initially closed his store in Brussels when the authorities imposed restrictions on March 18, but he returned to open the doors of the store and also provided home delivery for his Easter product range.
Belgium has so far witnessed 2523 deaths and nearly 25,000 cases of corona.
Universal Studios said it will extend the closure of its theme parks in Florida and California until at least May 31, due to the Corona pandemic.
The company said in a statement, “We extend this closure at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood until at least May 31.
This includes our theme parks and Universal City Walk in both locations.
The company said that Orlando resort hotels had been temporarily suspended.
Universal closed its parks in the United States for the first time in mid-March, when the Coruna virus began to circulate in the United States, which led to the issuance of orders to close and social separation.
Statistics of the World Health Organization showed that the number of deaths associated with the emerging coronavirus has reached 100,000 worldwide so far, while the number of infected people has exceeded 1.6 million people in different continents of the world.
The first death of the virus was recorded in Wuhan, central China, on the ninth of January, and it took 83 days for the number of deaths to reach 50 thousand cases and then another eight days only to double the number to 100 thousand
The number of deaths accelerated at a daily rate of between six percent and ten percent during the past seven days, and about 7,300 deaths globally were recorded with the virus.
Corona virus deaths in the United States have exceeded 17,000, despite indications that Americans staying at home has contributed to a reduction in new HIV infections.
US officials have warned their citizens that they should expect disturbing numbers of deaths from coronary disease, although there is evidence that fewer new infections are occurring in New York State, the epicenter of the epidemic in the United States.
With many Americans ready to celebrate the Easter holiday on Sunday, Anthony Fuchi, the chief infectious disease expert in the United States, warned that it is too early to ease restrictions on Americans and said now is not the time to stop.
According to statistics, the death toll in the United States is the second highest in the world.
In the United States, more than 472,000 cases occurred on Friday and increased by 30,000 to 35,000 cases per day, after examinations became more available. Worldwide confirmed cases of the virus reached 1.5 million people, while deaths are close to the 100,000 mark.
Italy ranks first in the world in terms of deaths, after recording 18,279 deaths as of Thursday, despite its small population compared to the United States. After registering noticeable decline from the peak reached by the number of injuries earlier, the number of injuries increased during the past two days, which frustrated hopes of a clear decline in the disease.
US President Donald Trump has said he believes that the number of deaths in the United States due to Covid-19 disease caused by the Coronavirus will be less than the previous forecast of 100,000.
Trump hinted that the United States was approaching a peak infection rate and said that the number of new HIV infections across the country began to stabilize as conditions stabilized in New Orleans, Louisiana, Detroit and Michigan.
A small zoo in central Colombia has asked its followers on social media to suggest names for animals born this season so surprised that most of the suggestions are related to the Corona pandemic.
The words “coved” and “quarantina”, which means quarantine in Spanish, were among the most popular suggestions for naming twins from Tamarine, a small native animal in the Colombian coast region bordering the Caribbean Sea.
The twins were born a week ago at the Santacruz Zoo in San Antonio del Tekendama.
The names were also among the proposals to name a white-tailed deer born two weeks ago.
“We asked social media followers to suggest names for them,” Camilo Mendoza, the zoo’s animal health coordinator, told Reuters.
The organizers of the zoo considered the birth of new animals good news in light of the Corona crisis.
“It is a message of hope for all of us to change our way of thinking and understanding the importance of nature and the animals that we value,” Mendoza said.
The zoo is also organizing a donation campaign to purchase its food needs for the animals.
The park suffers from a lack of resources because its main source of income was the five-dollar visit tickets per person, which was suspended after the government imposed general isolation measures that will last until April 27.
With dining restaurants closed and a nation of hungry mouths feeding them, grocery stores, convenience stores, and dedicated workers have played a crucial role in fighting the new coronavirus known as COVID-19.
The stores have risen to the challenge and presented a set of initiatives aimed at protecting both employees and customers.
As an organization that represents thousands of food retailers across the state, we are extremely proud of the work of our members, industry partners and all food retailers.
In many grocery stores, early morning shopping hours are available for those 60 and older who have weak immune systems, thus protecting populations most vulnerable to complications from the virus.
Sneeze guards, or glass shields, have been created in many customer-facing areas including registration, customer service, pharmacy, and food service, creating a protective barrier between shoppers and employees. Store management equipped workers with face masks and hand sanitizer.
Social distance measures, such as signs and floor markers, have been developed to increase customer protection.
Shopping carts are cleared. Shops offer cleaning wipes when you enter. Management increased cleaning during the day and night.
In some cases, stores measure the temperatures of customers and employees.
Here are some specific actions that have been put into our member stores
Brown’s Super Stores, Inc. added (ShopRite) Glass shields for all withdrawals, pharmacy, customer service and food service records to reduce the risk of coughing and sneezing to protect colleagues and customers. GIANT, Weis Markets, and others have done the same.
Charley Family Shop ‘N Save has installed protective sheets on its menu, adding 12 hours a day of cleaning to the highest touch areas of its stores.
Gerrity, GIANT, Karns, McCaffrey’s Food Markets and others added early shopping hours for seniors and other people at risk of complications of COVID-19.
Meijer measures the temperatures of its employees before they start their shifts and scans questions to determine if they have been exposed to COVID-19.
Rutters installed additional disinfectant stations throughout its stores for the use of employees and customers.
Wawa requires customers and associates to keep a distance of six feet from each other within the store, which is supported by useful banners, ads and videos inside the store. The stores also added visual floor markers to support keeping a healthy distance and clear plastic shields in the exit counters.
The dedication and courage of our grocery and supermarket heroes did not pass unnoticed, as he won the praise that many local, state and federal leaders deserve. As an industry, we are extremely grateful for their hard work – restocking racks, grocery rendering, sterilizing touch screens, and much more.
In recognition of their hard work, many stores have raised wages and added rewards to their employees. Almost all groceries and convenience stores scream “help needed” from rooftops as they try to keep up with the massive increase in demand while this terrible epidemic continues.
And companies give back to their communities. Altona-based Schitz offers free children’s meals in some locations. Stop & Shop, a subsidiary of Ahold, will offer 5,000 free fresh meals a day to health care workers and first responders in some of the worst affected areas of the epidemic. Giant Eagle added pickup hours for a private ramp for health care professionals. Small product delivery company goPuff has committed $ 1 million in orders to front-line healthcare workers.
We are all in this together. Grocery stores and stores continue to do their best to reduce exposure. However, some workers unfortunately contracted COVID-19 and our hearts are addressed to all those affected within and outside the industry.
The industry will continue to develop and implement ideas to mitigate the spread of the virus while continuing to serve the most basic needs of the public: sustainable, safe and healthy food.
Alex Baluga is President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Food Retailers Association, which represents groceries, department stores, wholesalers, toy companies and consumer goods companies packaged throughout the state
Food Lion has made changes to its rewards program, giving customers the option to redeem MVP “Shop & Earn” rewards for feeding those in need. Donations go to the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation, with the goal of alleviating hunger in the towns and cities the grocer serves.
Food lion says tackling food insecurity issues is more important because of the high unemployment rate caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shoppers must upload custom monthly offers related to their MVP card to www.foodlion.com by accessing the Shop & Earn tab in Savings Hub, or activating via the Food Lion Mobile app.
Then they earn rewards when they scan their MVP cards with every purchase and they can redeem rewards to be donated in $ 1 increments.
We are very excited to offer our customers an opportunity to help feed their needy neighbors only by purchasing the items they love most,” said Deborah Sabo, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Food Lion.
Feeding our neighbors in the towns and cities we serve and preparing them for success in life is very important for us at Food lion.
We know our customers are incredibly interested, so we wanted to give them an opportunity to donate Shop & Earn Rewards rewards to those customers who may need a little To help feed their families, especially during this unprecedented time.
Food Lyon has already donated $ 3.1 million to those who were greatly affected by the coronavirus.
Headquartered in Salisbury, North Carolina, Food Lion has more than 1,000 stores in 10 southeastern and central Atlantic states, and employs more than 63,000 partners. Parent company Ahold Delhaize USA, the US division of Zaandam, the Netherlands-based Royal Ahold Delhaize Group, is number 4 on the Super 50’s list of Progressives of 2019 for the most important grocers in the United States.
Shoprite Group customers can now pay for groceries with their mobile phones, as the retailer has said that it continues to find new ways to keep its stores, customers and employees safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The food retailer said that QR payments will be available in all Shoprite, Usave, Checkers and Checkers Hyper stores within the next two months.
Customers can simply scan the QR code at the point even with their phone and pay with Masterpass, SnapScan, Zapper, FNB Pay or Nedbank Pay at any of the group’s stores.
The group said that the outstanding amount will automatically appear on the customer’s phone, allowing customers to shop without cash or having to touch the pin board.
“As retailers, we must face the challenge of a new shopping environment to deliver research on premium products and purchasing experiences,” said Jean Olivier, GM Financial Services Group, that introducing this payment method enhances our customers ’shopping experience with more options and more convenience.
The QR code is built on the EMVCo standard with the help of Mastercard and one of the group’s technology partners, Electrum.
It is currently available in 29 Checkers stores and will be rolled out to all stores across South Africa within the next two months. She added that the rest of the continent will follow it as soon as possible.
Aldi released an update about the new Easter business hours during the Corona virus pandemic.
The popular budget supermarket is working hard to ensure the safety of its employees and customers during the crisis of COVID-19, with special shopping slots intended for specific groups during the banking weekend.
Aldi has reduced weekly work times to ensure that employees have enough time to re-store shelves at the end of the day, as well as apply priority periods for those who need them.
Now, before Easter holidays, the supermarket has updated the clients in trading hours and its openings for its weak and elderly clients, as well as emergency workers.
The full statement from Aldi said: “Are you planning to shop on Easter? We are here for you. Please note that store opening hours may vary depending on the location.
Good Friday, April 10: 8 AM – 8 PM
Saturday, April 11: 8 AM – 8 PM
Easter Sunday, April 12, England and Wales: closed
Easter Sunday, April 12, Scotland: from 9 am to 6 pm
Easter Monday, April 13: 8 AM – 8 PM
The budget supermarket also added: “Please note that we will open half an hour early for vulnerable and elderly customers, from Monday to Saturday.
stores will also open half an hour early on Sunday for emergency workers where applicable.
Officials said one of the crew members who was hospitalized for several days after two sick cruise ships with coronary disease were eventually allowed to leave in Florida.
Broward County Medical Examiner Craig Malak confirmed the death of Uweit Widarto, 50, from Indonesia.
Widarto’s test was positive for COVID-19, raising the death toll associated with the Zaandam ship to four.
The man died, six days after the Zaandam wharf and a sister ship at Fort Lauderdale after spending two weeks at sea, which were rejected by South American ports,
Spokesman for the Netherlands-America Line said.
He was taken to a hospital in Florida on the same day the ship was docked.
Four elderly passengers had already died before the cruise ships arrived, and the medical examiner said earlier this week that three of these men had been diagnosed with COVID-19.
The death of the fourth man is due to a viral infection.
Malak said his test results were negative for the new virus, but he died for 12 days before being tested
About 1,200 passengers got off the Zaandam ship and its sister Rotterdam, which was sent for first refurbishment with supplies and crew members who became ill.
Cruise, federal and Florida officials negotiated for several days before disembarking.
The cruise line says that 29 passengers on board because of their mild illness were to finally travel to their country on chartered flights, a week after their arrival in Florida.
Zaandam left from Buenos Aires, Argentina one day before the State Department advised to avoid traveling on a cruise and a week before most cruise lines stopped their flights
Meanwhile about 12 international guests will remain quarantined aboard Coral Princess which docked last weekend in Miami with cases of covid-19, according to a statement by Princess Cruzes.
The company said that many of the former Princess passengers left South Florida on five charter flights.
It was one domestic flight while the others were heading to South America and Europe.
Despite ongoing efforts through diplomatic channels, the company said that current travel restrictions by countries of origin prevent travel to home for 13 international guests, and local authorities will not allow the use of local hotels. Guests will stay with Coral Princess’ crew for 14 days.
The port of Miami was scheduled to leave Thursday evening.
Two riders died before the Coral Princess moored in Miami and a third later died in hospital. It is not clear whether the deaths were caused by COVID-19.
The ship originally left Chile and Passengers were supposed to disembark in Argentina
On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the extension of the non-sailing order to all cruise ships. Officials did not say when they expected the matter to end.
We are working with the cruise line industry to address the health and safety of crew members at sea as well as the communities surrounding the entry points of American cruise ships
Robert Redfield director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement.
The measures we take today to stop the spread of COVID-19 are necessary to protect Americans, and we will continue to provide industry-critical public health guidelines to reduce the effects of COVID-19 on its workforce for the remainder of the epidemic.