Day: May 1, 2020

India extends world’s largest lockdown for second time

NEW DELHI — India’s lockdown of over 1 billion people was extended Friday by two weeks to fight the spread of the coronavirus that has led to more than 1,150 deaths across the country.

This is the second extension of the shutdown initially imposed for three weeks on March 25 and then extended until Sunday. Friday’s extension will run until May 17.

While announcing the extension, the Ministry of Home Affairs also issued new guidelines to regulate activities during this period, with certain districts of the country given colors — red, green and orange — based on contagion risk. Red

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Japan faces short supply of coronavirus drug remdesivir

TOKYO — Japan will not be able to receive a stable supply of promising coronavirus therapy remdesivir from its U.S. developer to treat all patients in need, Nikkei learned Friday.

Remdesivir’s developer, Gilead Sciences, plans to distribute enough doses to cover 140,000 patients worldwide, but Japan will receive only a small portion of the supply. 

Japanese regulators are prepared to fast-track approval of the antiviral drug once the treatment is approved overseas. But the national insurance program will not cover the therapy because there will not be a sufficient supply to cover all patients that require the treatment.

Once the

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Top brands may lose $400B in value during pandemic

Dive Brief:

  • The most valuable brands in the U.S. this year may lose a combined $393 billion in value as the COVID-19 pandemic damages the economy, per an annual ranking by consulting firm Brand Finance. While apparel, airline, bank and hotel brands may lose 20% of their value, e-commerce, media and telecom brands have a chance to make gains as consumers rely on their services while stuck at home.
  • Airline brands are suffering the worst damage amid the significant disruptions to air travel, with Delta’s brand value down 9% to $9.2 billion, American Airlines’ down 7% to $8.9 billion and
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What are the best face masks to buy and how much should I pay for one?

In Germany and France people have been told they must wear face masks in certain situations, including when using public transport and in shops, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

Whether the British government will follow suit is not clear, although many people are already choosing to don protective gear when out and about. Choosing what mask to buy and who to buy from, however, is a minefield.

There have been reports of people receiving shoddily made masks that do not fulfill safety requirements or being charged extortionate amounts. Follow our guide on how not to get ripped

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