LONDON – British shopping center owner Intu is making efforts to avoid bankruptcy as he has not closed a deal with his creditors as he has been hampered by lower rent payments from private customers in the COVID-19 pandemic.
The group, which owns the Trafford Center, has attempted to “stall” loans and must close a deal on Friday at midnight. The company struggled with a debt of £ 4.5 billion ($ 5.6 billion) this year.
The company said in a statement that the board is “considering Intu’s position to protect the interests of its stakeholders. This will likely involve the appointment of administrators. ”
The company employs 3,000 people. Another 102,000 work for the stores within the shopping centers.
HERE YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:
– Virus is gaining traction in the US, other populated countries
– Governors who quickly reopened their back pedal when the virus rippled
– After waves of deaths from COVID, nursing homes are faced with legal settlement
– Although India’s leaders have promised to test and care for everyone’s coronavirus regardless of income, treatment options are as layered and uneven as the country itself.
– US officials estimate that 20 million Americans have been infected with the coronavirus since it first arrived in the United States, millions of which never knew they had it. Thursday’s estimate is about 10 times the 2.3 million cases confirmed in the US
– A government whistleblower evicted from a top scientific position alleges that the Trump administration is intensifying its campaign to punish him for revealing deficiencies in the U.S. coronavirus response.
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THERE’S WHAT ELSE HAPPENS:
TOKYO – Tokyo has confirmed 54 new cases of the coronavirus, the highest of which since early May.
Japan lifted a seven-week pandemic in late May, and since then social and business activity has largely resumed.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said that while new daily cases remain high, capital is not facing a second wave of infections. She said the number of infections did not increase rapidly like at the end of March, and that Tokyo hospitals and health systems can cope.
Koike said experts are now working on putting together a new “caution scale” that better suits social and economic activities in the ongoing phase of living with the virus.
Most of the latter cases are people in their twenties and thirties. Koike said that many recent cases are related to workplaces and night clubs and are passed on to family members.
Tokyo has had 5,997 cases and 325 deaths, about a third of the national total.
BERLIN – A German meat company says it plans to conduct 5,000 workers involved in the production process on a daily basis, coronavirus testing, concerned by a series of outbreaks in slaughterhouses in the country.
Westfleisch, one of the largest meat-processing companies in Germany, said on Friday that it already conducts weekly tests on workers, but wants to test daily starting next week.
Westfleisch suffered a COVID-19 outbreak in May that involved hundreds of workers at his factory in the western city of Coesfeld, but that has since passed.
Rival firm Toennies Group is at the center of an outbreak in the nearby Guetersloh region that has led to a partial shutdown as authorities attempt to prevent the spread of the virus to the wider community.
Westfleisch director Steen Soennichsen said the tests would be examined by outside laboratories and results would be available within hours, allowing the company to respond quickly if new cases arise.
ROCHESTER, Minn. – Mayo Clinic puts an end to pay cuts imposed by the Minnesota-based health system to deal with a relapse of patients caused by the new coronavirus.
The Star Tribune reports that Mayo plans to restore wages this summer and return workers made redundant.
In April, Mayo announced plans to cut wages to more than 20,000 workers and seek leave when elective surgeries were halted pending a wave of COVID-19 patients.
The clinic predicted a potential loss of $ 3 billion in 2020. But Mayo says patient volume reached 80% to 90% of normal levels in mid-June, which was a faster-than-expected recovery.
PHOENIX – An Arizona nightclub has been charged with crimes of alleged failure to enforce its own social distance policies as the number of COVID-19 cases continued to rise.
Scottsdale police announced the case against the Riot House nightclub, saying that agents saw customers and employees alike “who were not physically distancing, wearing face masks, and were not fulfilling their plan.”
It appears to be the first such case against an Arizona company during the pandemic over alleged non-compliance with its own social distance rules.
The Department of Health reported 3,056 additional COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the fourth day in a week in which the state had more than 3,000 daily.
Republican Governor Doug Ducey, who lifted restrictions on home stays in May, warned that numbers are expected to get worse in the coming weeks.
SALT LAKE CITY – Utah reported the second highest daily number of new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, as the state faces a disturbing wave that started after state leaders allowed companies to reopen.
The 590 new cases are only behind the 643 on Saturday, according to figures from the health service. The state has had an average of 503 confirmed cases per day in the past week, more than double the 200-a-day rate that the state epidemiologist would have recommended before July 1 to avoid a total shutdown of the economy should be considered.
Republican Governor Gary Herbert has said he will not shut down the economy, but has agreed to wait at least two weeks before lifting the restrictions.
LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer allowed the return of professional sports in Michigan on Thursday, as long as no fans were present.
The move followed Major League Baseball’s decision this week to establish a 60-game schedule to start July 23 or July 24 in empty baseball fields. The governor said pro teams can resume operations, despite capacity limits and restrictions on gatherings and events to curb the corona virus.
Games should be played without a live audience for the time being. Only facility personnel and media can attend.
Whitmer’s order does not cover college sports.
There were 33.7 newly confirmed cases of the new coronavirus per 100,000 people in Michigan in the past two weeks. That’s the eighth lowest figure in the U.S. More than 6,100 deaths have been recorded and nearly 69,000 people have been infected.
NEW ORLEANS – Students will wear face masks and wash their hands several times a day when Louisiana schools reopen for the coming school year to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Those are some of the requirements that have been and will be maintained by the Louisiana Department of Health. State Inspector Cade Brumley said there are 14 more suggestions on the precautionary list.
State officials say school systems should have plans for classroom, distance, and hybrid education. If possible, they should have a laptop or tablet for each student and ensure that all students can connect to the internet.
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