A car stolen from a Florida vaccination site had vials of the coronavirus inside a national warning looking for the vehicle. Police in Plant City, Florida, said the suspect drove away in the 2018 Hyundai Accent on Wednesday.
Northern Ireland gives students one one time cash payment of £ 500 as compensation for the disruption they suffered during the pandemic, as the coronavirus restrictions are forcing most universities in the UK to keep teaching remotely.
New, more contagious Covid-19 variants – including those first identified in the UK and South Africa – are on the rise 14 percent of infections in France of 3.3 percent on January 8, French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Thursday.
Pakistani cleric Maulana Tahir Ashrafi, who serves as an adviser to Prime Minister Imran Khan, has taken the unusual step to issue a fatwa, or a religious decree urging Pakistanis to ignore calls to reject Covid-19 shots. “I just want people to know that there is nothing wrong with taking coronavirus vaccines,” he said.
Ralph Lauren reported one greater than expected sales decline as the US retailer was hit by coronavirus-caused restrictions in Europe and Japan. According to a study by Refinitiv, revenues in the third quarter fell 18 percent from a year ago to $ 1.43 billion, just below Wall Street expectations of $ 1.46 billion.
New unemployment claims in the US have fallen to their lowest level since November. First applications for unemployment benefits came in at a seasonally adjusted 779,000 last week, the Labor Department said Thursday, compared to economists’ forecast of 830,000.
Tapestry, the luxury conglomerate behind Coach and Kate Spade, has limited discounts and strong demand for high-quality handbags online and from China. The New York-based group generated net profit of $ 311 million in the three months to December 26, up 4 percent year-over-year.
Quest Diagnostics, the largest laboratory company in the US, is planning return more money to shareholders after reporting record profits thanks to rising demand for Covid-19 test processing. The New Jersey-based company increased its quarterly dividend 10.7 percent and increased its share buyback authorization by $ 1 billion after increased demand for virus testing boosted its fourth-quarter revenue to $ 3 billion.
The Bank of England announced on Thursday that it was making active preparations to start negative interest rates within six months, but stressed that this was not a signal that the Monetary Policy Committee considered such a move was necessary.
Clorox increased its full year profit and sales advice as demand for its bleach and disinfectant wipes remained high amid a pandemic-induced cleaning boom. The U.S. company’s net sales increased 27 percent to $ 1.87 billion year over year in the three months to the end of December, its fiscal second quarter.
Anxiety levels among the UK population hit a record high during the first national lockdown last year, official figures showed on Thursday. Overall well-being has fallen sharply and although it improved later in the summer when social activities resumed, it remained well below pre-pandemic levels in all measures.
UK consumer spending remained low while lockdown measures dragged on in January. Spending on credit and debit cards for the week to 28 January was 32 percent below the average level of last February, and had increased only slightly since the start of the third lockdown in England, according to the Bank of England figures.