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Meat Packing Plant Owners Defend Operations During Pandemic

As part of an investigation into the spread of coronavirus at U.S. meat plants, Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker released responses from major producers that defended their operations during the pandemic. The four biggest meatpackers — Tyson Foods …

Robots Gain as Pandemic Lockdowns, Safety Issues Cause Factories to Automate

While a resurgence in coronavirus cases in Texas has brought many businesses to a screeching halt, eight robots have kept All Axis Machining’s metal fabrication facility in Dallas humming. The small, nimble robots perform multiple jobs, such as machine-tending, sanding, …

Lloyd’s Insurers Get Ready to Re-Open in September After Coronavirus Lockdown

Clear screens on underwriting boxes, temperature-check thermal cameras and a click and collect take-away catering service are among changes Lloyd’s of London insurance workers will see when they return to the office in September. Having shut its London “underwriting room” …

Federal Reserve Warns of ‘Long Road’ Ahead to Economic Recovery

The Federal Reserve expects household finances and business balance sheets to suffer “persistent fragilities” as a result of the shock to economic activity arising from the coronavirus pandemic, the central bank said in a report to Congress on Friday. In …

Coronavirus Lockdowns Substantially Slowed the Pandemic, Research Says

New research shows that the restrictive measures taken around the world to slow the spread of the coronavirus have delivered considerable health benefits. Public health measures including social distancing and lockdowns have prevented more than 500 million additional coronavirus infections …

Why We Can’t Wait Until It’s Safe to Lift Lockdowns: Opinion

Officials in the U.S. have undermined hopes of a successful economic reopening because they’ve garbled public messaging, never clearly explaining why strict lockdowns were imposed in the first place. They’ve failed to communicate what the lockdowns are achieving for us, …

Lessons on Trade-Offs From the 1918 Influenza Pandemic: Viewpoint

LONDON — Lockdowns have brought most of the world’s advanced economies to a near standstill as policymakers fight the coronavirus pandemic by banning all but essential movement outside the home. Tens of millions of employees across retail, entertainment, food services, …

Western Supply Chains Begin to Buckle on Expanding Coronavirus Lockdowns

Freight carriers are struggling to deliver goods by land, sea or air as the coronavirus pandemic forces Western governments to impose lockdowns, threatening supplies of vital products including medicines into the most affected areas, such as Italy. While China’s draconian …

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Says Coronavirus Lockdown to Last Until June

The lockdown affecting large segments of the American public to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus is likely to last 10 to 12 weeks, or until early June, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday. Americans are …