The coronavirus pandemic is forcing senior doctors in Britain's National Health Service to contemplate the unthinkable: how to ration access to critical care beds and ventilators should resources fall short.
福利网站Inditex, the owner of fashion chain Zara, may temporarily lay off all 25,000 of its store staff in Spain if the country's state of emergency extends beyond April 15, in what would be one of the largest such moves in Europe due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The number of journeys on London's underground train network has fallen by around 70% and on buses by roughly 40% as the authorities advised against all but essential travel due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Britain said on Friday that engineering companies had come up with an emergency ventilator prototype to treat coronavirus patients that could be approved next week, though one industry source told Reuters full production was several weeks away.
Tens of thousands of German firms announced this week they would switch employees to shorter work hours due to coronavirus, the Labour Office said on Friday, highlighting the severe impact of the outbreak on the European Union's biggest economy.
Truckmaker AB Volvo said on Friday it would put all its 20,000 staff in Sweden on a short-term, temporary lay off-scheme starting next week as it plans to close all production in the country due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The first version of a new ventilator British industry is rushing to produce to help fight the coronavirus outbreak will be ready next week, according to a source familiar with the situation, with manufacturing due to start in four weeks.
福利网站Swedish carmaker Volvo is suspending production at its factories in Sweden, the United States and Belgium, to curb the spread of the coronavirus, it said on Friday, even as it resumes manufacturing in China where the infection rate has slowed.
Tesla Inc said on Thursday it will suspend production at its San Francisco Bay Area vehicle factory on March 24, ending a standoff with California authorities concerned about the spread of the coronavirus.
Engineer Anthony Levandowski, known for advancing self-driving car technology in the last decade, agreed to plead guilty on Thursday to taking sensitive documents from his former employer Google before joining rival Uber Technologies Inc.
福利网站Ford Motor Co on Thursday moved to hoard cash on its balance sheet, drawing down $15.4 billion from two credit lines and suspending its dividend, in a move to bolster reserves to ride out damage to its business from the coronavirus pandemic.