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Decision to Shut Virus Testing Site for a Day to Film Movie Rankles Some

In a city accustomed to doubling as a movie set and the inconveniences that go with that, the decision to temporarily shut down a coronavirus testing site at Union Station in Los Angeles while a movie is filmed there has rankled some city residents during the latest surge of infections.

The movie, “He’s All That,” which features the TikTok star Addison Rae and is a reboot of the 1999 romantic comedy “She’s All That,” received approval to film inside and outside the station on Tuesday, the city and county’s film office said. About 170 cast and crew members are expected to take part in the movie scenes, the film office said.

A homeless outreach and advocacy group called Ktown for All criticized the decision and shared a copy of an email that it said a resident received on Monday afternoon from the company that operates the testing site. It said

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H.K. to Suspend All In-Person Classes As Virus Cases Mount

(Bloomberg) — Hong Kong will suspend all face-to-face classes at kindergartens, primary and secondary schools in the city amid a rise in locally-transmitted cases of Covid-19.



a dining room table: Desks and chairs stand in a classroom at the CMA Secondary School ahead of its scheduled reopening in Hong Kong, China, on Friday, May 15, 2020. While Hong Kong's school shutdown has been among the longest in the world, nearly 160 countries have closed schools during the pandemic, affecting more than 1.2 billion students, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.


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Desks and chairs stand in a classroom at the CMA Secondary School ahead of its scheduled reopening in Hong Kong, China, on Friday, May 15, 2020. While Hong Kong’s school shutdown has been among the longest in the world, nearly 160 countries have closed schools during the pandemic, affecting more than 1.2 billion students, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The suspension will start on Wednesday, the government said on Sunday. Schools will remain shut through the Christmas holidays begin, suggesting students won’t return until 2021.

The city reported 115 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, six of which were imported.

Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Dr Law Chi-kwong, said staff of residential care homes will be required to

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Emily Hoe on How the Singapore Film Festival Planned its Way Through a Virus Hit Year

Emily J. Hoe took over as executive director of the Singapore International Film Festival just as the world was waking up to the coronavirus as a full-on pandemic. A calm head helped prevail and deliver a slimmed down, but still familiar, event that is presented in physical form and partially online.

Variety: You have a background in arts management. What did you bring to the festival.

Emily Hoe: I’ve worked in the arts in Singapore since 2007. I actually started as a marketing manager for a small, independent multidisciplinary organization called The Substation. And at that time we had a really strong film program. Then I went to the Esplanade, with the National Performing Arts.

I came to the Singapore International Film Festival and started the day before the circuit breaker (Singapore’s stay-at-home reaction to the coronavirus) began.

I’ve had three careers. My first was actually in retail management,

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Newspaper front pages show struggles to control the virus

All you have to do is look at the front pages of local newspapers to know COVID-19 is spiraling out of control across the United States.

News organizations are telling stories of hospitals overwhelmed by an influx of infected patients, new mask mandates and scaled back Thanksgiving gatherings to curb transmission. These front pages show the struggles communities are facing to control the virus.

Case in point: The words “Scary as hell” are emblazoned across the Nov. 24 front page of the Leader-Telegram published in Wisconsin. In the headline story, a nurse “reveals the stress and fear associated with caring for flo0d of COVID-19 patients.”

San Francisco-based journalist Scott Austin spotted this trend and shared a smattering of front pages on Twitter and wrote, “Sense a pattern in the headlines?”

Austin shared an image of the Nov. 22 front page of the Kansas City Star with a headline reading: “‘They

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Holiday could undo virus progress

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials warned Wednesday that the state’s recent progress in slowing the COVID-19 infection rate could be undone by holiday gatherings.

The state added 28 more deaths from the illness caused by the coronavirus, pushing the November total to 424, which is one fewer than the 425 the state had in every other month of the pandemic combined.

Despite the sharp increase in deaths, the average number of new daily cases has declined over the past two weeks. But health officials warned that Thanksgiving gatherings could lead to a resurgence.


Although cases have recently had a modest drop, South Dakota still has the nation’s second-highest number of new cases per capita over the last two weeks, according to Johns Hopkins researchers. Roughly one out of every 50 people has tested positive in the last two weeks, according to Johns Hopkins researchers.

“We are

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China stepping up virus testing on imported food packaging

China is stepping up virus inspections on imported food packaging as cooler weather brings new waves of coronavirus infections in several overseas countries, Chinese officials said Wednesday.

Packaging is “not exempt” from carrying the virus, deputy director of the National Food Safety Risk Assessment Center Li Ning told reporters.

While the coronavirus positivity rate for tests on packages was just 0.48 per 10,000, that proportion is increasing along with the number of tests being conducted, Li said.

She said the virus could “to some extent” be passed to humans from packaging, although neither Li or any other official at Wednesday’s news conference mentioned any such confirmed cases.


Chinese testing of packaging has stirred some controversy, with exporters of frozen food items questioning the science behind it and whether it amounts to an unfair trade barrier. China has defended the practice as an additional measure to prevent the virus’s spread.

Through

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Top Glove warns on deliveries after virus outbreak shuts plants

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s Top Glove Corp expects deliveries to be delayed and sales to fall below its forecasts after thousands of positive COVID-19 tests among its workers forced the world’s biggest rubber glove maker to shutter some factory operations.

The firm said some deliveries could be delayed by four weeks and new orders could take longer to process, while sales could fall 3% short of its projections for the 2021 financial year. Its shares were down by as much as 7.5% on Tuesday.

“To minimise the impact on our customers, we are allocating sales orders to unaffected factories and rescheduling deliveries where possible,” it said in a statement.

Top Glove’s shares, which have soared this year as global demand for protective gear has surged in the pandemic, slipped after the government said it would close 28 of the firm’s factory buildings in phases to screen and quarantine workers

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China FM in Japan to discuss virus, regional concerns

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is in Japan to meet with his Japanese counterpart and discuss ways to revive their pandemic-hit economies as well as regional concerns over China’s growing influence

During his two-day visit, Wang and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi are to discuss resuming business trips between the world’s No. 2 and No. 3 economies through a “business track” program that would allow visitors to engage in limited business activity during 14-day quarantine periods. Japan recently launched such arrangements with a few less-infected Asian countries.

Wang’s visit comes as Japan is grappling with resurgence of coronavirus infections and the

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Hong Kong to Close Bars, Clubs, Local Media Say: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — Hong Kong plans further measures to tighten social distancing rules, while Japan is moving toward actions to contain the virus from spreading rapidly.

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AstraZeneca Plc’s vaccine showed potential in halting severe cases of Covid-19, according to the leader of the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed program. The British drugmaker and its partner said the shot prevented the majority of people from getting the disease.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed England’s national lockdown will end next week, to be replaced by a three-tier system of regional restrictions.

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Asian stocks rise ahead of US economic data amid virus fears

Asian stocks have risen as investors look ahead to quarterly U.S. economic data and updates on anti-coronavirus curbs on business amid wrangling over the American presidential election

Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Seoul and Sydney rose while Hong Kong retreated. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday.

Investors looked ahead to U.S. economic growth data due out Wednesday after Wall Street’s benchmark S&P 500 index ended last week down as rising infection numbers collided with hopes for a possible vaccine. Also Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Reserve is due to report on its latest meeting, though no surprises are

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