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How the coronavirus crisis is affecting food supply By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A view shows ears of wheat in a field near Krasnoyarsk

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted global food supplies and is causing labour shortages in agriculture worldwide.

ARE WE FACING FOOD SHORTAGES?

Panic buying by shoppers cleared supermarket shelves of staples such as pasta and flour as populations worldwide prepared for lockdowns.

Meat and dairy producers as well as fruit and vegetable farmers struggled to shift supplies from restaurants to grocery stores, creating the perception of shortages for consumers.

Retailers and authorities say there are no underlying shortages and supplies of most products have been or will be replenished. Bakery and pasta firms in Europe and North America have increased production.

Food firms say panic purchasing is subsiding as households have stocked up and are adjusting to lockdown routines.

The logistics to get food from the field to the plate, however, are being

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Israel’s health minister diagnosed with coronavirus By Reuters

© Reuters. Israel’s Netanyahu holds meeting on coronavirus in Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israel’s health minister and his wife were diagnosed with coronavirus and are in isolation following guidelines, the health ministry said on Thursday.

Yaakov Litzman, 71, an ally of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has appeared regularly alongside the premier to provide updates on the spread of the pandemic and new measures to combat it.

But Litzman has scaled back public appearances in recent weeks and the ministry’s director-general has held daily briefings instead.

Litzman and his wife feel well, the ministry said in a statement.

“(An) epidemiological investigation will be carried out, and isolation requests will be sent to those who have come into contact with (him) and his wife in the past two weeks.”

Netanyahu tested negative for the virus on Monday after a parliamentary aide was confirmed to have it. The right-wing premier,

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Cuba suspends arrival of international flights to stop coronavirus By Reuters


HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba said on Tuesday it was suspending the arrival of international passenger flights and asking all foreign boats to withdraw from the Caribbean island’s waters to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

Cuba, which has confirmed 186 cases of the fast-spreading disease, partially closed its borders last week, banning the arrival of foreign tourists and the departure of Cubans.

But Cubans and foreigners with Cuban residency continued to return on a dwindling number of flights, although they were required to spend two weeks in quarantine at state isolation centres. The new measures appear to close that door.

“We need to eliminate the arrival of passengers who continue to pose a risk to people’s health,” state television showed Prime Minister Manuel Marrero saying during a high-level crisis response meeting.

Marrero clarified that Cuba would remain open for commerce and donations.

Cuba first reported cases of the new

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Elton John’s coronavirus ‘living room’ show raises $8 million for U.S. charities By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Elton John AIDS Foundation 28th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A weekend benefit broadcast featuring recording stars performing live music online from home raised nearly $8 million for two charities serving first responders and Americans facing economic hardship amid the coronavirus crisis, sponsors said on Monday.

The Sunday night show, hosted by Elton John from his kitchen, featured Billie Eilish, the Backstreet Boys, Lizzo, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga and Tim McGraw – all appearing by way of smartphones, home cameras or online platforms.

The Fox broadcast network carried the hour-long show, dubbed the “iHeart Living Room Concert for America,” live without commercial interruption, drawing 8.7 million television viewers, Fox said.

The songs were interspersed with short personal stories from nurses, doctors, truckers, grocery staff, and other essential workers as millions of Americans entered a second full week subjected to stay-at-home

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Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies from coronavirus: NHK By Reuters

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, who had been hospitalized after being infected with the new coronavirus, has died, public broadcaster NHK reported on Monday. He was 70.

Shimura, one of the country’s best-known comedians with a career dating back to the early 1970s, had been hospitalized in Tokyo and died on Sunday evening, NHK said.

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World’s largest glove maker sees shortage as coronavirus fight spikes By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: An epidemiologist holds gloves while arranging the supplies of Harborview Medical Center’s home assessment team, during preparations to visit the home of a person potentially exposed to novel coronavirus at Harborview Medical Center in Se

By Liz Lee

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s Top Glove Corporation Bhd (KL:), which makes one in every five gloves globally, expects a product shortage as demand from Europe and the United States spikes because of the widening coronavirus outbreak is exceeding its capacity.

The company has extended shipping times to cope with the demand surge, Executive Chairman Lim Wee Chai told Reuters by phone on Friday.

Lim said orders received in the past few weeks, mainly from Europe and the United States, were almost double the company’s production capacity. Top Glove can produce 200 million natural and synthetic rubber gloves a day.

There are now more than 600,000 coronavirus cases

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