2020.05.13

News Headlines - 13 May 2020

Neiman Marcus Files for Bankruptcy - The New York Times

On Thursday, all of that came to an abrupt halt when Neiman Marcus became the first major department store group to file for bankruptcy protection during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a stunning fall that follows the collapse of Barneys New York late last year and comes as shadows gather over chains like Lord & Taylor and J.C. Penney.

Fauci Warns Early Reopening Could ‘Set You Back,’ Cause Deaths - Bloomberg

Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease official, warned against reopening the economy too soon, telling a Senate panel Thursday that communities doing so risk new coronavirus outbreaks.
Fauci told the Senate Health Committee Tuesday that he’s concerned about cities and states reopening without reaching “checkpoints” outlined by the administration in guidelines to help them decide when it’s safe.

Student deaths reported in China from wearing mask | NHK WORLD

Chinese media report that three students have died around the country while wearing face masks during gym classes.
The media said the deaths of three teenagers occurred in the eastern province of Zhejiang and the inland provinces of Henan and Hunan between mid and late April.
The reports said the students collapsed and died suddenly while taking part in long-distance races and other gym activities with face masks on. At least one of the students reportedly wore an N95 medical mask.

'My Number' card password applications flood system as people seek Japan gov't handout - The Mainichi

A flood of applications in Japan for passwords for "My Number" individual identification cards, which residents need if they want to apply online for a 100,000 yen coronavirus compensation payment from the government, is making it difficult to access the system.
When using a My Number card to file an application online through a computer, smartphone or other device, the user must input a card password between 6 and 16 characters long. But in cases where the person has forgotten their password for the card or when it has expired, they need to go to a local government counter to have a new one issued.
According to the Japan Agency for Local Authority Information Systems, which operates the individual number card system, access from people seeking passwords has been concentrated since May 7, following the end of the "Golden Week" series of public holidays, and it has been difficult for local bodies across the country to get into the system. The trouble is apparently particularly notable in the morning.

Coronavirus: Japanese sumo wrestler dies at 28 - BBC News

A 28-year-old Japanese sumo wrestler infected with the virus has died, the Japan Sumo Association (JSA) has announced, the first in the sport to fall victim to the virus.
Shobushi, whose real name is Kiyotaka Suetake, died from multiple organ failure caused by the virus.
He had been the first sumo wrestler to test positive for the virus on 10 April... His condition quickly worsened and he entered intensive care nine days later.

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