Day: September 8, 2020

Britain to ban social gatherings of more than 6

LONDON — Social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from Monday, as the government tries to curb a significant rise in coronavirus cases.

The legal limit on all social gatherings will be reduced from the current 30 people to six, and the new law will apply to parties both indoors and outdoors – including private homes, restaurants and parks. Failure to comply could result in a 100-pound ($130) fine.

Downing Street said urgent action was needed after 2,988 laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases were recorded in the U.K. on Sunday – the largest daily figure since May.

Weddings, school, funerals and organized team sports are exempt, and larger gatherings will also be allowed if the household or “support bubble” is larger than six.



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Abercrombie (ANF) Falls Back on Online Sales Amid Pandemic

With social distancing becoming the new norm due to the coronavirus pandemic, consumers have taken to digital shopping, which in turn is boosting online sales. Catching up with the current trend, majority of retailers are improving their websites and mobile apps, and omni-channel capabilities to serve customers better. One such retailer is Abercrombie & Fitch Co. ANF, which has witnessed robust digital growth overthe past few months.

Despite a sluggish top line in second-quarter fiscal 2020 owing to pandemic-induced store closures and consumers’ altered shopping habits, a solid online show provided Abercrombie with the much-needed shield. Even as stores reopened after almost seven long weeks following local health guidelines, the company continued to witness solid online performance. Digital net sales surged 56% year over year to $386 million in second-quarter fiscal 2020, representing nearly 55% of the top line. The upside can be mainly attributed to improved traffic, higher

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These Side Jobs Will Be the Most Popular in the US

Few times in American history has the “side gig” been as important as it is today. With many Americans suddenly discovering that their main gig wasn’t something they could continue to do safely in the midst of the pandemic, finding additional forms of employment is about more than a little extra spending money right now.

But what sort of potential side gigs stand to be the most rewarding — and the least risky — in the coming months? Using those side gigs that Americans rated as being the most popular in past surveys, GOBankingRates has produced this study that could indicate which of these jobs are likely to get a surge of interest based on the average wages and a very general assessment of its potential risks for contracting the coronavirus — though one should be careful to keep in mind that those risks can vary greatly depending on the … Read More

Study links 260K cases to Sturgis motorcycle rally; Senate GOP to introduce relief bill

After U.S. health officials warned Americans to continue social distancing and wearing masks on Labor Day weekend, the United States may report its 190,000th death from the new coronavirus on Tuesday or Wednesday.

In sports news, the American men are out at the U.S. Open after Frances Tiafoe, who had tested positive for COVID-19 in July, lost Monday to No. 4 Daniil Medvedev of Russia. The next Grand Slam event, the French Open, which begins later this month, will allow spectators, organizers announced Monday.

Meanwhile, we don’t know when a COVID-19 vaccine will arrive, but we’re starting to know how it will be distributed.

The swift — and so far positive — effort to create vaccines to fight COVID-19 has been remarkable, but it’s only half of the work, said Tinglong Dai, a professor of operations management who studies health care analytics at the Johns Hopkins University. Dai expects the

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7 Ways the Pandemic Has Changed How We Shop for Food

Jennifer Flanigan loads up a cart at a Kroger store in West Chester, Ohio on Sept. 7, 2020. (Andrew Spear/The New York Times)
Jennifer Flanigan loads up a cart at a Kroger store in West Chester, Ohio on Sept. 7, 2020. (Andrew Spear/The New York Times)

When the coronavirus hit, even the most enthusiastic cooks had to adjust to a new, more complicated relationship with their kitchens.

For the first time in a generation, Americans began spending more money at the supermarket than at places where someone else made the food. Grocers saw eight years of projected sales growth packed into one month. Shopping trends that were in their infancy were turbocharged.

The six-month shift has been a behavioral scientist’s dream. Shoppers began by building bomb-shelter pantries. Then came a nostalgia phase, with bowls of Lucky Charms and boxes of Little Debbies offering throwback comfort. Soon, days were defined by elaborate culinary stunts, sourdough starter and kombucha clubs.

Although kitchen fatigue is setting in for many, a new set of kitchen habits have

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Here’s What Would Happen If Schools Didn’t Reopen For a Full Year

The pandemic is making this the strangest start to a school year of a lifetime. Nothing’s for certain with America’s school openings. It’s up to states — and in many cases different school districts — to decide to open their doors. And with so much we don’t know about COVID-19, it’s a toss-up whether schools that open will stay open.

Unfortunately, this ambiguity about schools and safety isn’t temporary. In New Jersey and New York State, for instance, where COVID hit early and hard, infection rates and hospitalizations have eased enough to make it seem like the worst may be over. But COVID-19 is spiking in Europe, sparking fears of a second wave. Questions linger about children and the transmission of the virus. If something big, new, and bad happens, schools won’t stay open long.

It’s not a fun mental exercise, but we wondered: What would happen if schools

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Online Sales Strengthen Results, But Can It Last?

As the dust settles from recent quarterly earnings reports for major retailers and brands, one thing is clear, according to analysts: a boom in online shopping amid the COVID-19 outbreak has significantly boosted year-over-year online revenue for many companies while helping to clear inventory levels and sell products at higher gross margin rates.

Stellar results were not evenly spread across the retail sector. But in the most recent quarter, Target, Walmart, Gap, Kohl’s, The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. (brand sites), Abercrombie & Fitch, Ulta, Foot Locker, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Big Lots all had robust gains in online sales, with many of these companies seeing higher margins as well as reduced inventory levels (in some cases reductions of more than 10 percent).

The looming question is whether these retailers can maintain the momentum of online shopping, which analysts see garnering about 30 percent of all retail sales this

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Ontario premier defends province’s top doctor, ‘You cannot hold big parties,’ Dr. Tam warns

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety.

Currently, there are more than 6,00 active cases of COVID-19 in Canada (with more than 131,000 diagnoses so far) and 9,100 deaths. Nearly 90 per cent of the country’s reported COVID-19 cases have recovered.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

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How to Plan a Relaxing, Rejuvenating Staycation

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Staycations are on the rise. Part of it is due to stay-at-home orders and the necessity of social distancing, but staycations have always had some popularity. “One of the greatest benefits of a staycation is the savings,” says Seri Kertzner, Chief Party Officer at Little Miss Party Planner. “You’re not spending on a hotel or travel so you can splurge on hiring a masseuse, fitness instructor, or chef.” The economical appeal of staycations doesn’t mean that you have to be limited in their level of relaxation or rejuvenation, either.

Since every person has their own idea of what it means to relax, that gives you a lot of creative control in recreating your ideal vacation at home. Kertzner suggests finding ways to make it special—like adding scented candles and fresh flowers to your living space for a day of aromatherapy or splurging on brand new

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Oklahoma female prisoner treated for virus dies

OKLAHOMA CITY — A female Oklahoma state prison inmate treated for coronavirus has died, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections said.

The inmate at the Eddie Warrior Correctional Center in Taft died Saturday at a hospital, the department said Monday. The woman, whose name wasn’t released, also had undisclosed health issues.

The state medical examiner will determine whether coronavirus was a factor in her death, the DOC said.

The state health department announced increases of 833 cases in the state and one additional death since Monday. It’s reported 65,053 total coronavirus cases and 854 confirmed deaths in Oklahoma.



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