Ford bans business travel after two employees test positive for COVID-19

Ford is banning all business trips after two of its employees based in China tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that’s sickened over 90,000 people around the world and over 100 in the US. The employees have been quarantined after being diagnosed with the disease and are now recovering, according to Bloomberg. Ford is prohibiting all travel, international and domestic, until March 27th, and will revisit the ban on a weekly basis, Bloomberg says. The automaker is the latest major corporation to ban or strongly discourage air travel as COVID-19…

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China bans North Korean iron, seafood imports following UN sanctions

China will halt iron, iron ore and seafood imports from North Korea starting Monday, following through on new UN sanctions after US pressure for Beijing to strong arm Pyongyang over its ally’s nuclear programme. The decision was announced on Monday after days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un’s regime, which has raised international alarm about where the crisis is headed. Beijing had pledged to fully enforce the latest sanctions after the United States accused China of not doing enough to rein in its neighbour,…

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Zimbabwe Bans Street Food Over Typhoid, Cholera Fears

Zimbabwe has banned street food vendors in the capital Harare after a typhoid outbreak blamed on poor sanitation and erratic water supplies. Portia Managazira, director for epidemiology and disease control in the health ministry, told AFP there had been more than 2,300 suspected cases of typhoid nationally in the last year, and 12 deaths. “The cases were mostly from Harare… We are still in emergency response mode and we are doing everything possible to get the situation under control,” she said. Harare has been reeling under an acute shortage of…

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