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Britain charters planes, enlists airlines to bring stranded citizens home

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will spend 75 million pounds ($93 million) to get stranded citizens home on charter flights, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Monday, adding that airlines would be flexible in offering commercial routes where possible. Countries have closed airspace and restricted travel to contain the spread of coronavirus, and easyJet earlier on…

Spanish designer dresses last brides as coronavirus halts weddings

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Wearing a surgical mask and latex gloves, Spanish wedding dress designer Inma Garcia cuts lengths of ivory satin and frothy net in her Barcelona workshop to make a bridal gown for a Mexican client. A pharmacy employee walks on an empty street of Ronda, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, southern Spain,…

The U.S. weighs the grim math of death vs. the economy

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hollstadt Consulting CEO Molly Jungbauer has had to let go 30 of the 150 employees at her St. Paul, Minnesota firm to weather the drop in revenue from travel industry clients because of the coronavirus. FILE PHOTO: People gather at the entrance for the New York State Department of Labor offices,…

On Oklahoma plains, an island of near normality in a pandemic

GUYMON, Okla., March 28 (Reuters) – On red cobbled Main Street in Guymon, the biggest town in Oklahoma’s panhandle, Jesus Ruiz gives “high and tight” hair cuts as a red, white and blue barber’s pole turns lazily outside. About half the customers in the barber shop work at the busy pork processing plant in Guymon,…

U.S. spies find coronavirus spread in China, North Korea, Russia hard to chart

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As U.S. spy agencies seek to assemble a precise picture of the world’s coronavirus outbreaks, they are finding serious gaps in their ability to assess the situation in China, Russia and North Korea, according to five U.S. government sources familiar with the intelligence reporting. Colorized scanning electron micrograph of an apoptotic cell…

Russians seek refuge from coronavirus in dacha country homes

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russians have long relied on dachas – out-of-town cottages with plots of land – as a source of refuge and food during times of political and economic turmoil. Now that the number of coronavirus cases is creeping up in the cities, the second homes have taken on a new role: self-isolation hideouts.…

Coronavirus fails to dampen South Korea’s fever for exam success

SEOUL (Reuters) – Choi Young-eun is so concerned about her teenagers’ education as South Korea’s schools stay shut that she has been sending them to a private tuition center to make sure they don’t miss out. Choi, a stay-at-home mum of two high schoolers, is one of the millions of parents keeping South Korea’s cut-throat…