News Headlines - 03 April 2020

East Africa locust swarms gather as coronavirus curbs delay pesticides - Reuters

Coronavirus-linked flight restrictions are hampering efforts to wipe out locust swarms on the verge of devastating crops in eastern Africa, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said.
The curbs have delayed deliveries of pesticides and, at the current rate of spraying, stocks in Kenya will run out within four days, Cyril Ferrand, FAO’s head of resilience for Eastern Africa, told Reuters on Thursday.

Trump bans export of protective gear after slamming 3M

President Donald Trump on Friday invoked the Defense Production Act to ban “unscrupulous actors and profiteers” from exporting critical medical gear used to protect wearers from the coronavirus.
The president unveiled the new order amid a dispute with U.S. manufacturing giant 3M, which had warned the Trump administration that halting its exports of respirator masks could make them even less available in the United States.

Corona beer stops production - CNN

Production of Corona beer is being temporarily suspended in Mexico because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Grupo Modelo, the company that makes the beer, posted the announcement on Twitter, stating that it's halting production and marketing of its beer because the Mexican government has shuttered non-essential businesses. The Anheuser-Busch Inbev-owned company also makes Modelo and Pacifico beers... Corona's coincidental name with the virus hasn't dented sales. Constellation said sales of its beer brands grew 8.9% for the first three months of this year, with Modelo and Corona being its top sellers. Sales accelerated in the first three weeks of March, the company said, with its beers growing 24% compared to a year ago.

Coronavirus symptoms force Boris Johnson to stay in self-isolation | The Guardian

Boris Johnson is continuing his self-isolation inside Downing Street after the initial seven-day period because he is still showing symptoms of coronavirus.
The UK prime minister has a temperature, and in a video clip released on his Twitter account said he would continue to stay inside his flat at No 11 until it disappears.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Elton John pay tribute to NHS staff | The Independent

Posted on Twitter by NHS England, the short video begins with Chief Nursing Officer Ruth May thanking medical staff working on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak.
“There are a few other people that would like to share their thanks with you,” says May.
The camera then jumps to Sir Elton John holding a placard that reads #ThankYouNHS and #OurNHSPeople.







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