Coronavirus: Sacked Amazon employee warns staff are at risk


Designer Emily Cunningham was fired from Amazon in April after speaking out

One of the sacked Amazon whistleblowers has said staff are at continued risk of COVID-19 because it is impossible for them to socially distance in warehouses. 

Tech worker Emily Cunningham was fired last month for ‘repeatedly violating internal policies’ after she spoke out about the company’s pandemic working conditions. 

Speaking to the DailyMail.com she slammed the ‘culture of silencing’ that comes from the very top of the retail giant and argued even CEO Jeff Bezos failed to socially distance on his recent visit to a warehouse in Dallas.

Cunningham was one of a number of employees fired after criticizing Amazon. Maren Costa, Bashir Mohamed and Christian Smalls were all also let go after raising health and safety concerns. 

Amazon say Mohamed was fired because he refused to speak to a supervisor. They said Smalls came to its Staten Island warehouse for a demonstration in violation of his paid quarantine. 

Speaking Tuesday Cunningham said the delivery of non essential items – like rubber chickens and ping pong balls – are being prioritized over the safety of workers. 

DailyMail.com has contacted Amazon for comment. 

Speaking to the DailyMail.com she slammed the 'culture of silencing' that comes from the very top of the retail giant and argued even CEO Jeff Bezos failed to socially distance on his recent visit to a warehouse in Dallas, pictured

'The warehouse workers came to us telling us they feel very scared and unsafe', Cunningham says

Speaking to the DailyMail.com she slammed the ‘culture of silencing’ that comes from the very top of the retail giant and argued even CEO Jeff Bezos failed to socially distance on his recent visit to a warehouse in Dallas, pictured 

‘The warehouse workers came to us telling us they feel very scared and unsafe’, Cunningham says.

A group of 13 U.S. attorneys general asked Amazon on Tuesday to provide data on coronavirus-linked infections and deaths among its workforce, along with evidence of the company’s compliance with paid sick leave laws. 

Cunningham said that workers have told her socially distancing is not being enforced correctly; some say it is being weaponized as a reason fire certain workers. 

The designer, who began working for the online retailer in 2013, told DailyMail.com: ‘I cant go to funeral, go to a wedding and yet there are thousands of workers fulfilling non essential orders?  

‘Putting their lives on the line for ping pong balls and rubber chickens?

‘I’ve heard from workers who say social distancing is enforced on their breaks with sticks being held out to measure it out, but when the products come down the belt social distancing goes out the window.’

Emily Cunningham, center, had worked as a user experience designer at Amazon since 2013

Emily Cunningham, center, had worked as a user experience designer at Amazon since 2013

Maren Costa was also fired from Amazon

Former Amazon employee, Christian Smalls

Cunningham was one of a number of employees fired after criticizing Amazon. Maren Costa, left, and Christian Smalls, right, were all also let go after raising health and safety concerns

U.S. attorneys general ask Amazon for data on COVID-19-linked worker deaths

A group of 13 U.S. attorneys general asked Amazon.com on Tuesday to provide data on coronavirus-linked infections and deaths among its workforce, along with evidence of the company’s compliance with paid sick leave laws.

In a letter on Tuesday, the officials asked for a state-by-state breakdown of the number of Amazon workers, including those at Whole Foods, who have been infected with and died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

The letter was led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and joined by states including Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

The same group of attorneys general had written to the company in March asking it to improve its paid-leave policy.

On Tuesday, they asked for assurance that Amazon would not retaliate against workers for raising concerns about health and safety issues with management, the media, co-workers or relevant government agencies.

In recent weeks, Amazon has fired at least four workers for raising concerns about workplace safety. The company has previously said the workers were let go for violating internal company protocol.

She added: ‘Bezos visiting the warehouse was not six feet away – he is walking towards to people. If he is not able to keep social distancing then is is obviously a very real danger.

‘All those fired were fired were ethnic min and or women. Systemic racism is in operation at Amazon. It is appalling and needs to be condemned full stop.’ 

Video released by Amazon on April 10 shows Bezos visiting a  fufilment center and a nearby Whole Foods. The billionaire appears to come within six feet of workers at several points. 

Cunningham, who lives in Seattle, home of Amazon headquarters, says ‘products are being being put before people’. 

She added: ‘This is all part of their attempts to silence us. But they cant own conversations of life and death. 

Cunningham believes both she and Costa were fired after becoming one of the most visible the faces of the global climate strike. 

She said: ‘We were pressuring the company on climate change. 

‘But Amazon didn’t go after us immediately after the climate strike, they waited until October. Both Maren and I were spoken to by HR who said we had violated a newly updated communication policy.

‘Maren was sent an email in November saying she faced termination if she continued to speak out.’ 

‘I would do this a million over, I do not regret it all’, she adds, ‘this pandemic is disproportionately harming the most vulnerable among us.

‘How Amazon chose to respond this pandemic would be a blue print for how it would respond, who it would protect, who it would value going forward.’ 

Cunningham adds: ‘I think that the public will remember their companies who did not treat their workers well during this time and I think it is very clear that profits are driving their response to the pandemic.’   

Amazon workers protest during the coronavirus pandemic on May 1 in Hawthorne, California

Amazon workers protest during the coronavirus pandemic on May 1 in Hawthorne, California

A message painted by activists is seen on the street outside of one Jeff Bezos' home during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Washington on April 29

A message painted by activists is seen on the street outside of one Jeff Bezos’ home during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Washington on April 29

Jeff Bezos called by Congress as Amazon faces perjury questions


The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Friday called on Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos to testify to the panel about allegations that the online retailer uses data from its own third-party sellers to create competing products.

In a letter to Bezos signed by Democratic and Republican members of the panel, the lawmakers referred to an April 23 Wall Street Journal story about Amazon, saying, ‘If the reporting in the Wall Street Journal article is accurate, then statements Amazon made to the committee about the company’s business practices appear to be misleading, and possibly criminally false or perjurious.’

A spokesman for Amazon said the company had no immediate comment.

Summons: Lawmakers from both parties have told Jeff Bezos to appear in front of Congress

Thousands of Amazon warehouse staff strike over coronavirus conditions 

Amazon.com Inc has told staff whose job can be done from home that they can do so until at least October 2 while thousands who must continue reporting to work at warehouses stage a sick-out to protest unsanitary conditions.

‘Employees who work in a role that can effectively be done from home are welcome to do so until at least October 2,’ an Amazon spokesman said in an emailed statement on Friday, adding it was applicable to such roles globally.

The statement did not specify how much of the company’s overall workforce that covered and which roles.

Amazon employees at a fulfillment center in Staten Island, New York, are seen above during a protest on March 30. Thousands of warehouse staff are expected to take part in a work stoppage on Friday to protest conditions that they say put them in danger of getting sick

Amazon employees at a fulfillment center in Staten Island, New York, are seen above during a protest on March 30. Thousands of warehouse staff are expected to take part in a work stoppage on Friday to protest conditions that they say put them in danger of getting sick

It said the company is investing funds in safety measures for employees who wish to come to the office ‘through physical distancing, deep cleaning, temperature checks, and the availability of face coverings and hand sanitizer.’

Essential workers will strike nationwide on May Day, which falls on Friday, to demand safer conditions during the coronavirus outbreak, while other groups plan rallies against tight stay-at-home orders they say are crippling the US economy.

Organizers say employees of Amazon, Whole Foods, Target, Fedex and other companies have become the unexpected frontline workers of the pandemic.

At least two Whole Foods employees have died of COVID-19 and some 263 workers have tested positive for coronavirus. 

Whole Foods is owned by Amazon. 

A social media page posted by workers at Target claims that employees from 100 of the company’s locations nationwide will participate in Friday’s work stoppage.

Employees will walk off the job or call out sick Friday on International Workers’ Day in cities across the United States to demand unpaid time off work, hazard pay, sick leave, protective gear and cleaning supplies.

They say flawed policies by employers caused some of their co-workers to contract COVID-19.

‘This is a matter of life or death,’ Christian Smalls, a former Amazon employee who was fired from his job at a Staten Island warehouse in March after he helped organize a demonstration, told The Washington Post.

‘The virus is killing some of our employees.’

Smalls, who is now helping to organize Friday’s walk-out, told the Post that he expects the work stoppage to spread to about 25 warehouses.

He told the Post he thinks thousands will participate. 

Amazon employees will be joined by workers from other companies, including Instacart. 

‘For these reasons, we are engaging in a mass sickout and exercising our right to refuse unsafe work conditions,’ according to a statement by Whole Foods workers.

Demonstrations are planned in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and other cities.

Protesters are asking consumers not to cross picket lines or use those companies’ services for the day in solidarity.

At issue are statements by Amazon’s associate general counsel, Nate Sutton, who denied under oath last July and in written testimony that Amazon used sensitive business information from independent sellers on its platform to develop products for Amazon to sell.

The Wall Street Journal reported last month that Amazon did indeed use the data. It cited 20 former employees of Amazon’s private label business.

The letter was signed by Representatives Jerrold Nadler, chair of the Judiciary Committee; David Cicilline, chair of the antitrust subcommittee, Joe Neguse and Pramila Jayapal, all of whom are Democrats.

It was also signed by Republican Representatives James Sensenbrenner, Ken Buck and Matt Gaetz.

In the letter, the lawmakers raised the possibility of a subpoena.

‘We expect you, as Chief Executive Officer of Amazon, to testify before the Committee,’ it said. ‘Although we expect that you will testify on a voluntary basis, we reserve the right to resort to compulsory process if necessary.’

The European Commission has also opened a probe into the practice of Amazon using data from its merchants to compete.

The committee also said in the letter that Amazon had balked at providing information about independent merchants.

Russell Dye, a spokesman for the top Republican on the committee, Representative Jim Jordan, took issue with the letter.

‘We wonder what Judiciary Democrats’ true motivations are. Earlier this year, they said companies like Amazon should not exist and should be broken up simply because they are large successful businesses,’ he said.  

The web giant is already facing calls for a Justice Department probe from Missouri Republican senator Josh Hawley, who has accused the online retailer of building a monopoly using ‘predatory data practices’ on vendors using its platform.

Hawley, who has been critical of big tech platforms like Alphabet’s Google, expressed concern about a report in the Wall Street Journal that Amazon collects data about products sold by third parties on its site in order to create Amazon branded copies, saying it went far beyond what brick and mortar stores are able to do.

‘I write to ask you to open a criminal antitrust investigation of Amazon. Recent reports suggest that Amazon has engaged in predatory and exclusionary data practices to build and maintain a monopoly,’ Hawley wrote in a letter to Attorney General William Barr last month.

The big four tech platforms – Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook – are under investigation by the House Judiciary Committee and Justice Department while the Federal Trade Commission is probing Facebook and Amazon. 

Meanwhile, groups of state attorneys general are looking at Facebook and Google.

Hawley noted that the practice was ‘especially concerning’ given that many small retailers have been forced to temporarily shutter their stores and have become more reliant on online sales because of public health measures ordered to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

Amazon said in a statement that it ‘strictly prohibit(s) employees from using non-public, seller-specific data to determine which private label products to launch’.

‘While we don’t believe these claims made by the Wall Street Journal are accurate, we take these allegations very seriously and have launched an internal investigation,’ an Amazon spokesperson said in an email statement.

A Justice Department spokesman said that it had received the letter and was reviewing it.

The Wall Street Journal report published last week was based on claims from former employees and internal documents.  

The unauthorized practice of using third-party seller information to design and sell competing items goes against Amazon’s policies and even conflicts with what the company has told Congress.

 ‘We don’t use individual seller data directly to compete’ with businesses on the company’s platform, Nate Sutton, an Amazon associate general counsel told lawmakers in July. 

An Amazon spokesperson denied the allegations in the WSJ report in a statement to DailyMail.com last week, saying: ‘We strictly prohibit employees from using non-public, seller-specific data to determine which private label products to launch.’  

The spokesperson said that while the company does not believe the claims are accurate, ‘we take these allegations very seriously and have launched an internal investigation.’ 

They added that it is ‘incorrect to say that Amazon was intentionally misleading in our testimony,’ to Congress. 

Republican Missouri Senator Josh Hawley (pictured) expressed concern over Amazon's alleged improper use of third-party seller data in a letter to the Justice Department on Tuesday

Republican Missouri Senator Josh Hawley (pictured) expressed concern over Amazon’s alleged improper use of third-party seller data in a letter to the Justice Department on Tuesday

The practice of using seller data goes against what the company has told Congress. 'We don't use individual seller data directly to compete' with businesses on the company's platform, Nate Sutton, an Amazon associate general counsel told lawmakers in July

The practice of using seller data goes against what the company has told Congress. ‘We don’t use individual seller data directly to compete’ with businesses on the company’s platform, Nate Sutton, an Amazon associate general counsel told lawmakers in July

Amazon’s private label business includes 45 brands that sell about 243,000 products, from AmazonBasics batteries to Stone & Beam furniture. 

Those products, the company says, account for only 1 percent of its $158billion in annual retail sales.

That total doesn’t include Amazon devices such as the Echo personal assistant speaker, Kindle e-reader and Ring doorbell camera.

More than 20 former employees from Amazon’s private-label business have come forward accusing the retailer of using the third party data, which also was mentioned internal company documents, reports the Journal.

Such information can be used to help decide what features to copy off a rival’s product, or whether it is even worth entering the segment. 

The data also may help in determining a house-brand product’s earning potential, say people who are familiar with the practice, including a current employee and former ones.

In one example, employees allegedly used information gleaned from a top-selling third-party vendor’s car-trunk organizer, including total sales and how much the seller paid Amazon for marketing and shipping costs on each sale.

A similar product was later rolled out under an Amazon private label.

Amazon employees used information gleaned from a top-selling third-party vendor's car-trunk organizer (pictured), including total sales and how much the seller paid Amazon for marketing and shipping costs on each sale

A similar product was later rolled out under an Amazon private label

Amazon employees used information gleaned from a top-selling third-party vendor’s car-trunk organizer (pictured), including total sales and how much the seller paid Amazon for marketing and shipping costs on each sale

‘Like other retailers, we look at sales and store data to provide our customers with the best possible experience,’ the company said in a written statement. 

‘However, we strictly prohibit our employees from using nonpublic, seller-specific data to determine which private label products to launch.’ 

Amazon last year came under investigation by the European Union’s top antitrust enforcer, who said it was looking into the company’s dual role of selling house brand products and operating a third-party marketplace at the same time. 

The investigation was specifically looking into whether Amazon was gaining a competitive advantage.

Congressional members, along with Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission officials, are also conducting antitrust investigations of Amazon and other large technology firms.

Amazon specifically is being looked at whether it is using its size and platform as an advantage over vendors on its site. The company has disputed the claim.

Amazon says it has rules restricting house-brand executives from tapping its independent seller data. But former employees and a current worker told the Journal that such rules aren’t uniformly enforced.

The former employees said there were ways of getting around the rules, and that it was even common to discuss using the data at meetings they attended.

‘We knew we shouldn’t,’ said a former staffer who had access to the data. ‘But at the same time, we are making Amazon branded products, and we want them to sell.’

Some executives reportedly had access to data containing proprietary information that they used to research best-selling items they might want to compete against, including on individual sellers on Amazon’s website. 

If they were denied access, the executives could request a report with the information from the company’s analysts, say the former workers.

Other times, aggregated data from an individual seller could be used, the former employees say. Aggregated data, according to Amazon, is derived from two or more sellers. Because of the scale of Amazon’s marketplace, some products may have multiple vendors.

Amazon said employees can view data collected when a product has only one seller, and the retailer sells returned or damaged versions of the product on clearance. 

Jeff Bezos says Amazon could LOSE money this quarter as he commits to spending $4 billion on coronavirus-related costs and tells shareholders ‘you may want to take a seat’

Amazon on Thursday warned that it could post a loss in the second quarter as it tacked on about $4 billion in costs related to the coronavirus pandemic, sending its shares down 5 percent in after-hours trading.

For the quarter ended in March, Amazon’s revenue rose by 26 percent from last year, to $75.45 billion, as the retail giant recorded a surge in demand for online orders of essential goods during pandemic.

However, profits were down 30 percent from the same period last year amid higher spending, with earnings per share of $5.01 missing Wall Street expectations of $6.25 per share.

The e-commerce giant has been spending heavily to keep up with a surge in online orders. Amazon had earlier said it would hire about 175,000 workers and raise wages by $2 for hourly workers as well as overtime pay, which would increase expenses by nearly $700 million.

Two people wearing masks walk near an Amazon Go store on Thursday in Seattle. For the quarter ended in March, Amazon's revenue rose by 26 percent from last year, to $75.45 billion, as the retail giant recorded a surge in demand for essential goods in the pandemic

Two people wearing masks walk near an Amazon Go store on Thursday in Seattle. For the quarter ended in March, Amazon’s revenue rose by 26 percent from last year, to $75.45 billion, as the retail giant recorded a surge in demand for essential goods in the pandemic

‘If you’re a shareowner in Amazon, you may want to take a seat, because we’re not thinking small,’ CEO Jeff Bezos said in a press release. 

‘Under normal circumstances, in this coming Q2, we’d expect to make some $4 billion or more in operating profit,’ Bezos continued.

‘But these aren’t normal circumstances. Instead, we expect to spend the entirety of that $4 billion, and perhaps a bit more, on COVID-related expenses getting products to customers and keeping employees safe.’

Amazon forecast operating income in the range of a loss of $1.5 billion and profit of $1.5 billion for the second quarter. Analysts were expecting operating income of $3.80 billion, according to research firm FactSet.

The company forecast net sales in the range of $75 billion to $81 billion for the second quarter. Analysts were expecting revenue of $77.99 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Net sales rose to $75.45 billion from $59.70 billion in the first quarter ended March 31, as the retail giant recorded a surge in demand for online orders of essential goods during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Analysts had expected revenue of $73.61 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

If comes after a group of activists vandalized the road outside Bezos’s $23 million home in Washington DC on Wednesday, demanding better coronavirus protections for Amazon workers. 

Protesters scrawled ‘Protect Amazon Workers’ in giant red, yellow and white paint in the middle of a street, with the hashtag ‘#ForUsNotAmazon’ alongside. 

The huge graffiti, which stretched across the width of the road, depicted Amazon employees wearing protective face masks.

It took around an hour to create the mural on Wednesday that called for workers at the online retailer to receive more personal protective equipment (PPE).  

Police were at the scene, but kept their distance from the group of nine demonstrators, said to be from the Shutdown DC climate movement and Virginia immigrant rights group La ColectiVA.

It is not known if Bezos, 56, or his fiancee Lauren Sanchez, 50, were at the residence at the time, but there was ‘no movement’ seen from his home.

A message painted by activists on the street outside of one of the personal residences of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in Washington DC yesterday

A message painted by activists on the street outside of one of the personal residences of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in Washington DC yesterday

Lauren Sanchez,50, and Amazon founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, 56, at the Amazon Prime Video celebration in Mumbai, India, in January

Lauren Sanchez,50, and Amazon founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, 56, at the Amazon Prime Video celebration in Mumbai, India, in January

On Tuesday it emerged workers at Amazon, Instacart, Whole Foods, Walmart, Target and FedEx are seeking better health and safety standards as well as hazard pay for working during the pandemic.

They are planning a joint walkout on May 1, International Workers Day, to protest against companies that they say have disregarded the health and safety of essential workers while earning record profits.

Coronavirus US: LA Amazon delivery man SPITS on package


Ring doorbell camera catches vile Amazon driver deliberately SPITTING on a package and rubbing it in with his hands

  • An Amazon delivery man appears to spit on a package he delivered to a home in Los Angeles amid the coronavirus outbreak
  • Ring doorbell footage caught the incident, which also shows the older, unidentified man smearing spit on the package
  • An Amazon spokesperson says the incident was not ‘representative of drivers who deliver for Amazon,’ and that an investigation was underway
  • The spokesperson confirmed the delivery man worked for a third party contractor and was reported
  • WARNING: POTENTIALLY OFFENSIVE IMAGES BELOW 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Ring doorbell video footage caught an Amazon delivery man appearing to spit on a package as he was making a delivery to a home in Los Angeles.

The unidentified, older man is also seen in the vile footage smearing the spit on the package. 

The footage has gone viral after it was posted online. 

An Amazon spokesperson, when contacted, says the incident was not ‘representative of drivers who deliver for Amazon,’ and that an investigation was underway.

Ring doorbell video footage caught an Amazon delivery man appearing to spit on a package as he was making a delivery to a home in Los Angeles

The unidentified, older man is also seen in the vile footage smearing the spit on the package

The unidentified, older man is also seen in the vile footage smearing the spit on the package

The man is seen in the footage backing up from the package and checking his cell phone

The man is seen in the footage backing up from the package and checking his cell phone 

The man is also seen in the footage appearing to take a confirmation image of the delivery

The man is also seen in the footage appearing to take a confirmation image of the delivery

The spokesperson confirmed the delivery man worked for a third party contractor and said he was reported.

However, it’s possible the man may already be back on the job today.

The US has more than 92,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, which has been blamed for close to 1,400 known deaths across the country. 

California has had 4,100 confirmed cases of the deadly flu-like infection, also known as COVID-19. 

Los Angeles County, which includes LA, has had over 1,200 cases and 21 deaths. 

A snapshot of coronavirus cases across the US. Cities including New Orleans, Miami and Chicago each have more than 1,500 cases - unlike China where no area outside Hubei ever reached that. A total of 12 states have already surpassed 1,500 cases each

A snapshot of coronavirus cases across the US. Cities including New Orleans, Miami and Chicago each have more than 1,500 cases – unlike China where no area outside Hubei ever reached that. A total of 12 states have already surpassed 1,500 cases each

The video wound up online after it was tweeted by a Twitter user who identifies as Gavin M., and who claims to have been the recipient of the package.

‘WARNING – amazon delivery person spread spit willingly on our package today! ‘ the Twitter user, who uses the hashtag @mpium. 

‘Please share!!!!!! I am trying to contact amazon ASAP so please tag amazon if you share this!! I received the box and saw a big wet spot and then checked the camera!’ 

The incident comes after a supermarket in Pennsylvania was forced to throw away $35,000 worth of food because a woman deliberately coughed over it in a twisted coronavirus prank.

Gerrity’s Supermarket in Luzerne County said the woman coughed over the store’s fresh produce, as well as a section of their bakery, meat case and other groceries, meaning employees had no choice but to throw everything out and clean the shelves.

The prank comes at a time where shoppers are concerned about dwindling store supplies as people stock up on groceries amid the COVID-19 health crisis.

Coronavirus US: LA Amazon delivery man SPITS on package


Ring doorbell camera catches vile Amazon driver deliberately SPITTING on a package and rubbing it in with his hands

  • An Amazon delivery man appears to spit on a package he delivered to a home in Los Angeles amid the coronavirus outbreak
  • Ring doorbell footage caught the incident, which also shows the older, unidentified man smearing spit on the package
  • An Amazon spokesperson says the incident was not ‘representative of drivers who deliver for Amazon,’ and that an investigation was underway
  • The spokesperson confirmed the delivery man worked for a third party contractor and was reported
  • WARNING: POTENTIALLY OFFENSIVE IMAGES BELOW 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Ring doorbell video footage caught an Amazon delivery man appearing to spit on a package as he was making a delivery to a home in Los Angeles.

The unidentified, older man is also seen in the vile footage smearing the spit on the package. 

The footage has gone viral after it was posted online. 

An Amazon spokesperson, when contacted, says the incident was not ‘representative of drivers who deliver for Amazon,’ and that an investigation was underway.

Ring doorbell video footage caught an Amazon delivery man appearing to spit on a package as he was making a delivery to a home in Los Angeles

The unidentified, older man is also seen in the vile footage smearing the spit on the package

The unidentified, older man is also seen in the vile footage smearing the spit on the package

The man is seen in the footage backing up from the package and checking his cell phone

The man is seen in the footage backing up from the package and checking his cell phone 

The man is also seen in the footage appearing to take a confirmation image of the delivery

The man is also seen in the footage appearing to take a confirmation image of the delivery

The spokesperson confirmed the delivery man worked for a third party contractor and said he was reported.

However, it’s possible the man may already be back on the job today.

The US has more than 92,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, which has been blamed for close to 1,400 known deaths across the country. 

California has had 4,100 confirmed cases of the deadly flu-like infection, also known as COVID-19. 

Los Angeles County, which includes LA, has had over 1,200 cases and 21 deaths. 

A snapshot of coronavirus cases across the US. Cities including New Orleans, Miami and Chicago each have more than 1,500 cases - unlike China where no area outside Hubei ever reached that. A total of 12 states have already surpassed 1,500 cases each

A snapshot of coronavirus cases across the US. Cities including New Orleans, Miami and Chicago each have more than 1,500 cases – unlike China where no area outside Hubei ever reached that. A total of 12 states have already surpassed 1,500 cases each

The video wound up online after it was tweeted by a Twitter user who identifies as Gavin M., and who claims to have been the recipient of the package.

‘WARNING – amazon delivery person spread spit willingly on our package today! ‘ the Twitter user, who uses the hashtag @mpium. 

‘Please share!!!!!! I am trying to contact amazon ASAP so please tag amazon if you share this!! I received the box and saw a big wet spot and then checked the camera!’ 

The incident comes after a supermarket in Pennsylvania was forced to throw away $35,000 worth of food because a woman deliberately coughed over it in a twisted coronavirus prank.

Gerrity’s Supermarket in Luzerne County said the woman coughed over the store’s fresh produce, as well as a section of their bakery, meat case and other groceries, meaning employees had no choice but to throw everything out and clean the shelves.

The prank comes at a time where shoppers are concerned about dwindling store supplies as people stock up on groceries amid the COVID-19 health crisis.

Coronavirus UK: Amazon staff describe ‘living hell’ conditions


An Amazon worker has revealed the ‘living hell’ conditions he has been working under as the online giant continues to deliver non-essential orders across the nation amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The anonymous employee described his fears over continuing to ship items to customers, who now remain in lockdown inside their homes, as the virus continues to claim more lives in the UK.

While the company has assured customers it will continue to deliver ‘essential items’ amid the crisis, the member of staff revealed that workers were still selling non-essential items, such as garden equipment, and putting staff like him at risk of catching the virus.

Describing how the company had put measures in place to keep staff safe, the employee explained these rules were being flouted and impossible to practice.

The anonymous Amazon worker described his fears over continuing to work in the company’s warehouse amid the coronavirus outbreak. (Stock image)

The member of staff said the company was still selling essential items, such as garden equipment. (Stock image)

The member of staff said the company was still selling essential items, such as garden equipment. (Stock image)

He told Mirror Money: ‘You can be placed on either the role of a ‘Slammer’ or ‘Taper’ which results in you being at the end of a conveyor belt. Each belt has up to eight ‘packers’ sending boxes down.

‘By this point, these items have already come into contact with various workers, greatly increasing their risk of contamination.

‘There has already been a large number of people sick, yet management refuses to close it down. The company has become a living hell to work for.’

The staff member went on to reveal that while the company had set up signs asking employees to clean their work stations, there were very few supplies available for workers to use in order to keep a hygienic environment. 

An Amazon spokesman told MailOnline that they have now implemented a two metre social distancing programme instead of their previous one metre guideline and will be adding an additional £2 per hour pay for staff until the end of April.

The spokesman said: ‘As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Amazon and our network of partners are helping communities around the world in a way that very few can — delivering critical supplies directly to the doorsteps of people who need them.

‘Since the early days of this situation, we have worked closely with local authorities and our people to proactively respond, ensuring we continue to serve customers while taking care of our people. 

The employee said that while working on the conveyer belt,  items came into contact with various workers. (Stock image)

The employee said that while working on the conveyer belt,  items came into contact with various workers. (Stock image) 

Amazon have confirmed they have since changed guidelines and are asking staff to stand two metres apart. (Stock image)

Amazon have confirmed they have since changed guidelines and are asking staff to stand two metres apart. (Stock image)

‘We implemented proactive measures at all of our facilities to protect our people, including increased cleaning, and maintaining social distance, including between drivers and customers when making deliveries.

‘The health of our people is our top priority, and it’s important to us that they remain home if they’re sick or if they or someone in their home has had a fever in the last 24 hours. To support our people during this time we have increased entitlement to paid time off and are enabling people to take leaves of absence as appropriate. 

‘As demand continues to increase, we are working to ensure we can continue to deliver to the most impacted customers while keeping our people safe. Many of these customers have no other way to get priority items and we want to be sure that we have the right resources in place to deliver on their needs. 

‘We are prioritising the intake and dispatch of items most needed by our customers right now. These are items such as food, health and personal care products, books and items needed to work from home.’

The latest worker frustrations amid the virus crisis comes after the high-street giant Next revealed it would be closing down its online stores after workers raised concerns at being asked to come into shops and warehouses to pick goods during the coronavirus lockdown. 

Earlier today the Next revealed that it would be shutting down its online stores after workers raised concerns at being asked to come into work. (Stock image)

Earlier today the Next revealed that it would be shutting down its online stores after workers raised concerns at being asked to come into work. (Stock image)

A statement from the company said it had listened ‘very carefully’ to the concerns of employees and it was apparent that ‘many increasingly feel that they should be at home in the current climate.’ 

The announcement comes after the stores bosses faced sustained pressure from politicians and staff, who felt like workers were being pressured into stores.  

On Wednesday, it was revealed that the company had offered a 20 per cent pay rise to any worker willing to continue picking jumpers, socks and other clothes for customers.

In a statement issued shortly after Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that details of the Government’s support package for employers, Next said it ‘has listened very carefully’.

The company added: ‘It is clear that many increasingly feel they should be at home in the current climate.

‘Next has therefore taken the difficult decision to temporarily close its Online, Warehousing and Distribution Operations from this evening, Thursday 26 March 2020.

‘Next will not be taking any more Online orders after this time until further notice.’ 

Amazon bans UK sellers from stocking and shipping non-essential items


Amazon has suspended retailers from stocking non-essential items in its UK warehouses to make room for urgent supplies needed during the coronavirus crisis.

The e-commerce giant has been snowed under with orders of toilet rolls, wipes, tinned food and other vital goods from Britons bracing for self-isolation.

The spike in packages has threatened to overwhelm their 13 warehouses, prompting the decision to ban third-party sellers from stocking non-essential products. 

Merchants send products to Amazon to store in their warehouses until a shopper buys it. Amazon then packages the item and dispatches it to the customer. 

These outlets can still sell phones, toys, bread makers, and other non-essentials on the website, but they will have to organise delivery themselves.  

Items already in their warehouses – and those en route – will still be delivered, meaning consumers awaiting an order should still receive it providing it is already stocked.

But third-party retailers, which sell 60 per cent of all products on the platform, have warned that a lack of their own personal storage space will likely see a fall in stock over the coming weeks. 

The new measures, which also apply in the United States, came as Amazon employees were asked to work overtime to keep up with panic-buying deliveries. 

In a statement, the Seattle-based website said: ‘We are seeing increased online shopping and as a result some products such as household staples and medical supplies are out of stock.

Amazon will stop stocking and shipping all non-medical and non-essential supplies from its warehouses until April 5 in efforts to prioritise goods needed during the coronavirus pandemic (Tilbury warehouse pictured)

The e-commerce giant announced the new measures to prioritize goods including groceries, medical supplies and baby food on Tuesday

The e-commerce giant announced the new measures to prioritize goods including groceries, medical supplies and baby food on Tuesday

ESSENTIAL ITEMS: 

  • Medical supplies – including protective face masks, gloves, drugs and medicines
  • Baby products – including diapers, baby foods
  • Health and household products – including cleaning products and sanitizers
  • Beauty and personal care – including soaps and shower gels
  • Groceries – including food and drinks 
  • Industrial and scientific – including medical syringes and lab equipment 
  • Pet supplies – including pet food 

NON-ESSENTIAL ITEMS:

  • Arts, Crafts & Sewing 
  • Automotive & Motorcycle  
  • Books 
  • Camera & Photo
  • Cell Phones & Accessories 
  • Computers & Accessories
  • Costumes & Accessories 
  • Electronics 
  • Fashion 
  • Furniture 
  • Home Audio 
  • Home Improvement
  • Kitchen 
  • Luggage Travel Gear 
  • Magazines 
  • Major Appliances 
  • Shoes 
  • Watches 
  • Movies & TV 
  • Musical Instruments 
  • Office Electronics & Supplies 
  • Patio, Lawn & Garden 
  • Power & Hand Tools
  • Software 
  • Sports & Outdoors 
  • Television & Video 
  • Toys & Games 
  • Video Games 
  • EVERYTHING ELSE 

 

‘With this in mind, we are temporarily prioritizing household staples, medical supplies and other high-demand products coming into our fulfillment centers so that we can more quickly receive, restock, and ship these products to customers.’

High-demand products that will now be prioritized include: baby products, health and household items, beauty and personal care products, groceries, industrial items and pet supplies.

Online shopping is ramping up as officials impose curfews and lockdowns on areas most hit by the virus. 

Yesterday, Boris Johnson ramped up the government’s response to the crisis by urging people to avoid social contact.

The over-70s, who are particularly vulnerable to the virus, were also told to stay at home.  

Impending self-isolation has fanned a torrent of panic-buying, with chaotic scenes at stores.

But online retailers such as Amazon have also been bombarded with orders. 

Amazon has already run out of many cleaning supplies and is facing hefty delivery delays amid the mass panic, warning shoppers that orders may take longer than two days to deliver.  

The coronavirus outbreak has already posed a difficult time for sellers, many of which relied on Chinese factories that shut down at the height of the country’s crisis. 

Michael Michelini, a partner at Alpha Rock Capital, which sells around 10 brands on Amazon, told the Wall Street Journal that the latest move ‘makes things nerve-racking’ because the firm won’t know where to stock its shipments of shoe and car accessories coming in this week. 

This comes as Amazon revealed plans on Monday to hire 100,000 more workers in the US to help deal with ‘the surge in demand from people relying on Amazon’s service during this stressful time.’ 

‘We are seeing a significant increase in demand, which means our labor needs are unprecedented for this time of year,’ said Amazon’s warehouse and delivery network manager, Dave Clark. 

The e-commerce firm said the new job openings are for a mix of full-time and part-time positions and include delivery drivers and warehouse workers, who pack and ship orders to shoppers.

Amazon revealed plans Monday to hire an additional 100,000 employees in the US to meet the surge in demand from panicked shoppers

Coronavirus protection: Goods for sale on Amazon to help control the spread. People are turning to online shopping after they have gone into self-isolation and are practicing social distancing to try to limit the spread of the virus

Coronavirus protection: Goods for sale on Amazon to help control the spread. People are turning to online shopping after they have gone into self-isolation and are practicing social distancing to try to limit the spread of the virus 

Protective gloves for sale on Amazon: Amazon has already run out of many cleaning supplies and is facing hefty delivery delays amid the mass panic

Protective gloves for sale on Amazon: Amazon has already run out of many cleaning supplies and is facing hefty delivery delays amid the mass panic

The Seattle-based company also said workers on at least $15, including those in warehouses and delivery centres, will receive a $2 an hour wage rise until the end of April.  

Last week, Amazon also tweaked its time-off policy for hourly workers, telling them they could take as much time off as they wanted in March, although they would only be paid if they had earned time off.  

Additionally, Amazon said it would pay hourly workers for up to two weeks if they contracted the virus or needed to be quarantined.

Kings Supermarket, New Jersey, with almost empty shelves on Sunday: Concerned residents are increasingly turning to online shopping now to stockpile goods from the safety of their homes as the virus sweeps the country and households turn to self-isolation

Kings Supermarket, New Jersey, with almost empty shelves on Sunday: Concerned residents are increasingly turning to online shopping now to stockpile goods from the safety of their homes as the virus sweeps the country and households turn to self-isolation

 

Amazon bans UK sellers from stocking and shipping non-essential items


Amazon has suspended retailers from stocking non-essential items in its UK warehouses to make room for urgent supplies needed during the coronavirus crisis.

The e-commerce giant has been snowed under with orders of toilet rolls, wipes, tinned food and other vital goods from Britons bracing for self-isolation.

The spike in packages has threatened to overwhelm their 13 warehouses, prompting the decision to ban third-party sellers from stocking non-essential products. 

Merchants send products to Amazon to store in their warehouses until a shopper buys it. Amazon then packages the item and dispatches it to the customer. 

These outlets can still sell phones, toys, bread makers, and other non-essentials on the website, but they will have to organise delivery themselves.  

Items already in their warehouses – and those en route – will still be delivered, meaning consumers awaiting an order should still receive it providing it is already stocked.

But third-party retailers, which sell 60 per cent of all products on the platform, have warned that a lack of their own personal storage space will likely see a fall in stock over the coming weeks. 

The new measures, which also apply in the United States, came as Amazon employees were asked to work overtime to keep up with panic-buying deliveries. 

In a statement, the Seattle-based website said: ‘We are seeing increased online shopping and as a result some products such as household staples and medical supplies are out of stock.

Amazon will stop stocking and shipping all non-medical and non-essential supplies from its warehouses until April 5 in efforts to prioritise goods needed during the coronavirus pandemic (Tilbury warehouse pictured)

The e-commerce giant announced the new measures to prioritize goods including groceries, medical supplies and baby food on Tuesday

The e-commerce giant announced the new measures to prioritize goods including groceries, medical supplies and baby food on Tuesday

ESSENTIAL ITEMS: 

  • Medical supplies – including protective face masks, gloves, drugs and medicines
  • Baby products – including diapers, baby foods
  • Health and household products – including cleaning products and sanitizers
  • Beauty and personal care – including soaps and shower gels
  • Groceries – including food and drinks 
  • Industrial and scientific – including medical syringes and lab equipment 
  • Pet supplies – including pet food 

NON-ESSENTIAL ITEMS:

  • Arts, Crafts & Sewing 
  • Automotive & Motorcycle  
  • Books 
  • Camera & Photo
  • Cell Phones & Accessories 
  • Computers & Accessories
  • Costumes & Accessories 
  • Electronics 
  • Fashion 
  • Furniture 
  • Home Audio 
  • Home Improvement
  • Kitchen 
  • Luggage Travel Gear 
  • Magazines 
  • Major Appliances 
  • Shoes 
  • Watches 
  • Movies & TV 
  • Musical Instruments 
  • Office Electronics & Supplies 
  • Patio, Lawn & Garden 
  • Power & Hand Tools
  • Software 
  • Sports & Outdoors 
  • Television & Video 
  • Toys & Games 
  • Video Games 
  • EVERYTHING ELSE 

 

‘With this in mind, we are temporarily prioritizing household staples, medical supplies and other high-demand products coming into our fulfillment centers so that we can more quickly receive, restock, and ship these products to customers.’

High-demand products that will now be prioritized include: baby products, health and household items, beauty and personal care products, groceries, industrial items and pet supplies.

Online shopping is ramping up as officials impose curfews and lockdowns on areas most hit by the virus. 

Yesterday, Boris Johnson ramped up the government’s response to the crisis by urging people to avoid social contact.

The over-70s, who are particularly vulnerable to the virus, were also told to stay at home.  

Impending self-isolation has fanned a torrent of panic-buying, with chaotic scenes at stores.

But online retailers such as Amazon have also been bombarded with orders. 

Amazon has already run out of many cleaning supplies and is facing hefty delivery delays amid the mass panic, warning shoppers that orders may take longer than two days to deliver.  

The coronavirus outbreak has already posed a difficult time for sellers, many of which relied on Chinese factories that shut down at the height of the country’s crisis. 

Michael Michelini, a partner at Alpha Rock Capital, which sells around 10 brands on Amazon, told the Wall Street Journal that the latest move ‘makes things nerve-racking’ because the firm won’t know where to stock its shipments of shoe and car accessories coming in this week. 

This comes as Amazon revealed plans on Monday to hire 100,000 more workers in the US to help deal with ‘the surge in demand from people relying on Amazon’s service during this stressful time.’ 

‘We are seeing a significant increase in demand, which means our labor needs are unprecedented for this time of year,’ said Amazon’s warehouse and delivery network manager, Dave Clark. 

The e-commerce firm said the new job openings are for a mix of full-time and part-time positions and include delivery drivers and warehouse workers, who pack and ship orders to shoppers.

Amazon revealed plans Monday to hire an additional 100,000 employees in the US to meet the surge in demand from panicked shoppers

Coronavirus protection: Goods for sale on Amazon to help control the spread. People are turning to online shopping after they have gone into self-isolation and are practicing social distancing to try to limit the spread of the virus

Coronavirus protection: Goods for sale on Amazon to help control the spread. People are turning to online shopping after they have gone into self-isolation and are practicing social distancing to try to limit the spread of the virus 

Protective gloves for sale on Amazon: Amazon has already run out of many cleaning supplies and is facing hefty delivery delays amid the mass panic

Protective gloves for sale on Amazon: Amazon has already run out of many cleaning supplies and is facing hefty delivery delays amid the mass panic

The Seattle-based company also said workers on at least $15, including those in warehouses and delivery centres, will receive a $2 an hour wage rise until the end of April.  

Last week, Amazon also tweaked its time-off policy for hourly workers, telling them they could take as much time off as they wanted in March, although they would only be paid if they had earned time off.  

Additionally, Amazon said it would pay hourly workers for up to two weeks if they contracted the virus or needed to be quarantined.

Kings Supermarket, New Jersey, with almost empty shelves on Sunday: Concerned residents are increasingly turning to online shopping now to stockpile goods from the safety of their homes as the virus sweeps the country and households turn to self-isolation

Kings Supermarket, New Jersey, with almost empty shelves on Sunday: Concerned residents are increasingly turning to online shopping now to stockpile goods from the safety of their homes as the virus sweeps the country and households turn to self-isolation

 

Coronavirus: Amazon limits warehouses to essential items only



ALABAMA

Jefferson County restaurant are take out only, child care centers are closed and visits to nursing homes have been restricted.

Public gatherings of more than 25 people banned across the state. 

All public schools closed until April 6.

Jefferson County Health Officer Mark Wilson said: ‘I know this has a big impact on our community. It’s quite restrictive.’

The Alabama Department of Public Health on Monday urged people statewide to avoid gatherings of more than 50 people, unless they can maintain a 6-foot distance between others, to limit spread of the new coronavirus. 

ALASKA

Anchorage – a ban on dine-in service from 5pm Monday until March 31.

Theaters, gyms and bingo halls closed through March 31.

The mayor of Anchorage signed the order Monday closing gyms and entertainment venues and barring restaurants, bars and other establishments from offering dine-in service to the public through the rest of March. 

PENNSYLVANIA 

All liquor stores and licensee service centers will close indefinitely at 9pm on Tuesday.

Gov Tom Wolf extended the shutdown to the entire state of Pennsylvania on Monday bar essential services.

LOUISIANA 

All bars, nightclubs, casinos, movie theaters, gyms and health clubs will be closed until April 13. Restaurants may open for take-out options only.

Governor John Bel Edwards said the new restrictions take effect Tuesday and will last until April 13.

Public gatherings of 50 people or more will be banned. No one will be allowed to eat onsite at a restaurant. 

In heavily Catholic New Orleans and in Baton Rouge, church leaders announced cancellation of masses until further notice. 

CONNECTICUT 

Gatherings of more than 50 people banned.

Bars and restaurants shut indefinitely for dine-in customers.

Clubs, bars, cinemas, gyms shut indefinitely.

Hospitals across the state are restricting visitation, and some, including UConn Health in Farmington, have announced the indefinite postponement of elective surgeries. 

MASSACHUETTS

Gatherings of more than 25 people banned.

Bars and restaurants to offer take-out only until April 7.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is shutting down construction sites across the city. Walsh also announced all branches of the Boston Public Library will close.

NEW JERSEY 

Curfew from 8pm – 5am; gatherings of more than 50 people banned; bars and restaurants shut indefinitely for dine-in customers, but can offer take-out.

Clubs, bars, cinemas and gyms shut indefinitely.

The new region-wide closure for gyms, casinos and theaters was ordered by the governors of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. 

NEW YORK   

Gatherings of more than 50 people banned

Bars and restaurants shut indefinitely for dine-in customers, but can offer take-out

Clubs, bars, cinemas and gyms shut indefinitely

Essential businesses such as supermarkets and gas stations will be able to stay open after 8 p.m. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he is ‘strongly encouraging’ nonessential businesses to close in New York after 8 p.m. 

New York City – Eateries could only accept takeout and delivery orders. Mayor Bill de Blasio also ordered nightclubs, movie theaters and other entertainment venues closed

New York City announced its public school district, the nation’s largest, will be closed starting Monday, joining most of the rest of the country

New Rochelle – one mile containment area set up 

ILLINOIS 

Bars and restaurants shut to dine-in customers until March 30

KENTUCKY 

Bars and restaurants shut to dine-in customers until March 30. 

The Democratic governors of Connecticut, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington on Monday all ordered the full or partial closure of certain categories of businesses. 

OHIO 

Bars and restaurants shut to dine-in customers, but can offer take-out.

Ohio marked St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday with no parades and no primary election over fears of the coronavirus. Health Director Dr. Amy Acton issued an order late Monday shutting down polls Tuesday. 

Youngstown State University and Capital University in Columbus were among those announcing the cancellation of May commencement ceremonies, saying they couldn’t comply with restrictions severely limiting the size of gatherings. 

Ohio’s Roman Catholic bishops suspended all publicly celebrated Masses through Easter on April 12, extending an earlier suspension of services through Palm Sunday one week earlier. 

OKLAHOMA 

Public schools closed at least until April 6.

Oklahoma’s governor declared a statewide emergency Sunday evening.   

MICHIGAN 

Bars and restaurants shut to dine-in customers indefinitely, but can offer take-out.

The Detroit Department of Transportation canceled bus service shortly after 8 a.m. due to the shortage of drivers. 

 Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has banned more than 50 people in a gathering at a time.

Whitmer issued a sweeping order Monday banning dine-in customers at restaurants and closing all bars, movie theaters, gyms and other sports facilities to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The measure was to last through March.

Besides those restrictions, all Michigan schools are closed. 

WASHINGTON 

Restaurants and bars ordered to shut temporarily.

Gatherings of more than 50 people banned for at least two weeks.  

MINNESOTA

Dine-in restaurants and bars ordered to shut through March 27 beginning Tuesday evening.

Gov. Tim Walz ordered bars and restaurants across Minnesota to temporarily close to customers who dine in. 

Delivery and curbside takeout services may continue to operate. The temporary closure also applies to other places of public amusement, including theaters, museums, fitness centers and community clubs. 

Affected businesses must close by 5 p.m. Tuesday. While the governor’s order runs through March 27, he said he’ll likely end up extending it. Supermarkets, pharmacies and other retailers are not affected. 

OREGON  

Gatherings of more than 25 people banned. 

Restaurants and bars allowed to offer take-out only.  

Gov. Kate Brown on Monday banned on-site consumption at bars and restaurants around the state for at least four weeks in a bid to slow the spread of the new coronavirus and said gatherings will be limited to 25 people or fewer.

Restaurants can still offer takeout or delivery, she said at a news conference. 

CALIFORNIA 

All bars advised to shut, restaurants cut occupancy by half and over 65s are told to self-quarantine.

San Francisco Residents are ordered to ‘shelter in place’ in five counties. Residents in the city are legally banned from leaving their homes for three weeks for non-essential reasons.

Disneyland closed to the public.   

WASHINGTON D.C.

Restaurants, bars and clubs to shut down by 10pm Monday, with take-out and delivery still available until April 1.

Health clubs, spas, massage parlors and theaters to shut down.

MARYLAND

Bars and restaurants shut indefinitely for dine-in customers, but can offer take-ou.t

Clubs, bars, cinemas and gyms shut indefinitely.

FLORIDA 

In Florida, Walt Disney World and Universal-Orlando closed Sunday night for the rest of the month, joining their already closed California siblings.

Farther south, Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale closed their beaches, where thousands of college spring breakers flocked.

All bar and nightclubs are set to close. 

NEVADA  

Wynn Las Vegas and MGM Resorts to plan closures

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak says all public, private and charter K-12 schools in the state will be closed Monday until at least April 6 in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus

COLORADO

Restaurants closed to dine-in customers for the next 30 days

INDIANA  

Bars, nightclubs and restaurants closed for dine-in with and takeout allowed until the end of March

RHODE ISLAND 

All restaurants, bars, coffee shops shut down for dine in until March 30

Drive-thru and delivery services remain open 

VERMONT 

Bars and restaurants can only serve takeout from Tuesday night

ARIZONA

All schools closed through March 27.  

Restaurants will be limited to offering to-go service, and bars, theaters, fitness centers and indoor recreation facilities will be closed in Flagstaff under a proclamation issued by the city’s mayor over concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus.

The closures go into effect Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the mountainous city.  

ARKANSAS

All schools closed from Tuesday. 

Arkansas casinos are closing temporarily because of concerns about the coronavirus.

Arkansas’ largest city is imposing more restrictions, including a curfew, in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus as the number infections in the state continues to rise.

Mayor Frank Scott said Monday that a curfew from midnight to 5 a.m. will be in effect in Little Rock beginning early Wednesday. 

DELAWARE 

All restaurants closed for dine-in, take out and delivery continues 

Bans on public gatherings of 50 or more people  

GEORGIA 

All public schools and universities closed 

HAWAII  

Ban on gatherings of more than 50 people on city property until April

City’s indoor venues for events and recreation close

Hanauma Bay is closed 

IDAHO 

Boise: State of emergency declared Monday, city buildings closed with the exception of the Boise Airport 

IOWA

Cedar Rapids: City buildings closed

Dozens of Iowa school districts are following the governor’s guidance and suspending classes for four weeks to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

And after legislative leaders made a similar decision to suspend the legislative session, lawmakers began the process Monday of at least temporarily shutting down their work at the Capitol. 

KANSAS 

Kansas State University to teach remotely 

In Kansas, Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday banned public gatherings of 50 or more people for the next two months. 

MAINE 

Maine’s largest city, Portland, declared an emergency and adopted a curfew to prevent the spread of the virus on St. Patrick’s Day.

The curfew applies to establishments where groups gather all day Tuesday and from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. from Wednesday to Saturday.

 L.L. Bean is closing all of its retail stores across the country, including its flagship store in Freeport, Maine, to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

The North Haven Select Board voted Sunday to ban visitors and seasonal residents immediately to prevent the spread of the coronavirus to the Penobscot Bay island, where there have been no cases yet. 

MISSISSIPPI 

Casinos, public universities and school districts closed until further notice 

MISSOURI 

Restaurants, bars and movie theaters ordered shut for 15 days in Kansas City metro from Tuesday 

MONTANA 

Public schools closed for two weeks 

Billings, Missoula, Bozeman, Butte and Helena restrict restaurant openings 

NEBRASKA 

Omaha bars and restaurants limited to 10 and under patrons

NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Restaurants will be restricted to take-out, schools are shut down and large public gatherings are being banned in an effort to contain the coronavirus in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire’s directive, which extends until April 7, also will ban public gatherings of 50 people or more. 

NEW MEXICO 

Restaurants and bars to operate at 50 per cent capacity; tables must not seat more than six people, and must be separated by at least six feet.

 NORTH CAROLINA 

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is ordering all restaurants and bars be closed to dine-in patrons.

Cooper’s office announced he would issue a new executive order directing the closings effective at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The establishments can continue to offer takeout and delivery. 

NORTH DAKOTA 

 No mandated closing of restaurants and bars.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum issued an executive order closing schools across the state for one week beginning Monday. 

 PUERTO RICO 

Two-week closure for the majority of businesses; 9pm overnight curfew through March 30.

Puerto Rico Secretary of State Elmer Román said at a press conference on Monday that no one is allowed to go to the beach. 

On Sunday, Gov. Wanda Vázquez ordered a two-week closure of nonessential government offices and commercial businesses except for gas stations and those in the food, health and finance sectors. Puerto Rico also cancelled major events, including an Ironman race scheduled for this past weekend. 

SOUTH CAROLINA 

Charleston banned gatherings of more than 50 people outside of stores and private offices. 

Columbia restricted businesses to no more than half their legal occupancy and won’t allow more than six people to sit at a restaurant table. 

Schools closed from Monday 

SOUTH DAKOTA 

No current plans to close restaurants or bars.

 The governor signed a state of emergency order last week, requesting public schools to close and ordering non-essential state employees to work from home. 

South Dakota public universities announced on Monday that all classes will move online next week after an extended spring break. 

TENNESSEE 

 All bars closed in Nashville; restuarants ordered to operate at no more than 50 per cent capacity.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday asked schools to close, exhorted people to avoid crowded bars 

TEXAS 

Austin considering closing restaurants and bars 

SXSW canceled  

US VIRGIN ISLANDS 

State of emergency declared 

All public schools closed for at least three weeks from Wednesday  

UTAH 

Salt Lake City shuts restaurants to dine in customers and bars; take out continues  

VIRGINIA 

Gov. Ralph Northam bans public gatherings of more than 100 people 

WEST VIRGINIA 

No reported cases  

WISCONSIN   

Bans on 50 people or more gatherings; bars and restaurants limiting customers 

WYOMING 

Dine in customers banned at restaurants and bars   

Amazon is selling hundreds of bogus ‘cancer cure’ books


Retail giant Amazon has today come under heavy fire for selling scores of books promoting bogus cancer cures.

Cancer experts have today accused the billion-pound company of preying on the vulnerable who are desperate for a remedy.

More than 3,000 titles are listed on the site under ‘cancer cures’, including ones endorsing unproven CBD oil and carrot juice.

One author – a herbalist who claimed to cure Michael Jackson of his addiction to painkillers before his death – wrote how an alkaline diet could help. 

Amazon’s content guidelines say that some of the books it sells may be ‘objectionable’ to some customers and a spokesperson added the company had the right to ‘provide access to a variety of viewpoints’.

The Doctor Who Cures Cancer (right) was one of the highest-listed products. The Revici Method – quackery first floated in the 1930s – revolved around the theory cancer is cured by a chemical imbalance

Another book – Dr Sebi Cancer Cure – promoted a form of an alkaline diet that the author claimed can ‘reverse cancer’ (left). The Doctor Who Cures Cancer (right) was one of the highest-listed products. The Revici Method – quackery first floated in the 1930s – revolved around the theory cancer is cured by a chemical imbalance.

Martin Ledwick, Cancer Research UK’s head information nurse, told MailOnline: ‘If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  

‘When people are in desperate situations, they will often go online and come across stuff that makes claims that perhaps we wouldn’t agree with.

‘And because they’re in a vulnerable situation, they want to believe that.’ He added that it’s a ‘bit unreasonable’ for firms to make money of cures that don’t work.  

Mr Ledwick said: ‘One of the worries sometimes is that someone might be talked out of having a treatment that does work.

‘If anyone is considering any unconventional treatment, they really ought to talk to their doctor about it. Often these things just don’t work. But sometimes they might just do harm. 

‘It’s important to understand what you’re taking, [some things] may possibly interact with conventional treatment you are taking in a bad way. 

‘Just because something is described as natural doesn’t mean it is harmless – there’s lots of substances in nature that are toxic.’ 

MailOnline did not examine all 3,000-plus listings.

Children's book author Ann Cameron was told she had just three years left to live when doctors found the killer disease had spread in November 2012. She adopted a carrot juice diet

Children’s book author Ann Cameron was told she had just three years left to live when doctors found the killer disease had spread in November 2012. She adopted a carrot juice diet

Michael Jackson was being treated for drug and alcohol addictions by a witch doctor called Alfredo Bowman, also known as Dr Sebi (pictured), it was reported in 2004

Michael Jackson was being treated for drug and alcohol addictions by a witch doctor called Alfredo Bowman, also known as Dr Sebi (pictured), it was reported in 2004

The Revici Method – quackery first floated in the 1930s – revolved around the theory cancer is cured by a chemical imbalance (pictured, Emanuel Revici)

The Revici Method – quackery first floated in the 1930s – revolved around the theory cancer is cured by a chemical imbalance (pictured, Emanuel Revici)

Curing Cancer With Carrots details the story of Ann Cameron, a woman who claims she cured her stage four colon cancer with carrot juice

The Definitive Guide On The Management And Cure Of Testicular Cancer Using CBD Oil details how the cannabis-based product 'fights cancer cells'

Curing Cancer With Carrots details the story of Ann Cameron, a woman who claims she cured her stage four colon cancer with carrot juice (left). The Definitive Guide On The Management And Cure Of Testicular Cancer Using CBD Oil details how the cannabis-based product ‘fights cancer cells’ (right)

But 24 of the books sold on the first three pages, which list 16 at a time, contained false information about unproven cures. 

Other results included notebooks with cancer-fighting mottos on the front, or books that had been wrongly listed under ‘cancer cures’. 

The Doctor Who Cures Cancer, 402 pages dedicated to the controversial Emanuel Revici, was one of the highest-listed products. 

Its sales blurb on Amazon read: ‘This is the true story of the greatest medical scientist who has ever lived.

‘Find out what happened to Dr Revici and find out how you can use the principles of his discoveries to reverse even advanced cancers…

‘You’ll meet patients with all kinds of cancers have been healed and cured with the Revici Method.’

The Revici Method – quackery first floated in the 1930s – revolved around the theory cancer is cured by a chemical imbalance. 

However, the theory is wrong. The book’s own blurb admits The American Cancer Society ‘blasted him time and time again’.

WHAT WERE THE 24 ‘CANCER CURE’ BOOKS MAILONLINE FOUND WERE PROMOTING UNPROVEN CURES?
BOOK TITLE AUTHOR UNPROVEN CLAIM
The Cancer Cure That Worked: 50 Years of Suppression Barry Lynes Rife’s method
Cancer Cure: Cure cancer at home naturally Dr Steve Bedi The body has its own healing power
Curing Cancer with Carrots Ann Cameron Carrot juices
The Doctor Who Cures Cancer William Kelley Eidem Revici’s method
A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases and the Cure of Advanced Cancer by Diet Therapy Max Gerson Gerson therapy
Intermittent Fasting and Ketogenic Diet to Cure Illness KB Mac Keto diet
Chris Beat Cancer: A Comprehensive Plan for Healing Naturally  Chris Wark Natural therapies
Rudolf Breuss cancer cure correctly applied: Guide to cancer treatment  Juergen HR Thomar Breuss’ cancer cure
The Breuss Cancer Cure Rudolf Breuss Breuss’ cancer cure
Dr. Sebi Cancer Cure: A Simple Guide on How to Cure Cancer Colby Jones Dr Sebi’s cancer cure
Curing Cancer Using Cannabis King Cajun Cannabis
Cancer: Natural Cures: “They don’t want you to know about!” K A Thomas Rebalancing pH levels
ALKALINE DIET FOR CANCER: Comprehensive Nutrional Guide to Cure and Prevent Cancer Daniels Ross Alkaline diet
PLANT BASED DIET FOR CANCER: Beginners guide to plant based diet and how to use it to cure cancer Emily Green Plant-based diet
Anti Cancer Smoothies: Quick and easy delicious smoothie recipes to a healthy you Olivia Green Smoothies
Cancer – cause and cure  Dr O P Verma Herbs such as aloe vera
ALKALINE DIET FOR CANCER: Expert to using alkaline diet to cure cancer naturally John Leggett Alkaline diet
Insider-cures against cancer Christian Meyer-Esch Germanium
Winning the War on Cancer: The Epic Journey Towards a Natural Cure Sylvie Beljanski Dr Beljanski’s approach
Cancer Cure Is Found: Laetrile is the answer Dr Om Verma Vitamin B17, or laetrile
CANCER – CURE IS EVEN POSSIBLE – BELIEVE: ROYAL AND DEFINITIVE HEALING  Celso Batista Inacio The power of the mind
Multiple Myeloma’s Natural Calcium Cure Nomar Myeloma Calcium
The Definitive Guide On The Management And Cure Of Testicular Cancer Using Cbd Oil Dr Margret Silvia CBD oil
I Cure Cancer: Learn How To Turn Your Body into a Cancer Free Zone Ian Jacklin Alkaline diet

Professor Edzard Ernst, a leading researcher in complementary medicine at Exeter University said: ‘There is no good evidence that it is effective.’ 

Another book – Dr Sebi Cancer Cure – promoted a form of an alkaline diet that the author claimed can ‘reverse cancer’.

Dr Sebi, real name Alfredo Bowman, spoke of curing dozens of patients with his diet, which included a plant that works as a laxative.

WHO IS DR SEBI? AND DID HE TREAT MICHAEL JACKSON? 

Michael Jackson was being treated for drug and alcohol addictions by a witch doctor called Alfredo Bowman, it was reported in 2004.

The controversial healer – known as Dr Sebi – was brought in to help tackle Jackson’s pain so he wouldn’t need painkillers any more, a source said.

The Honduras-based healer, who died in 2016, claimed that he could cure arthritis, asthma, cancer, Aids, and a variety of female and male problems. 

In the 1980s, he took out newspaper advertisements professing his ability but was ordered to stop by the New York state attorney general’s office. 

His previous clients are said to have included Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes, of the hip-hop girl group TLC, who died in a car crash at the age of 30.

The theory is that tumours thrive off acid, and that eating more alkaline foods – such as fruits and vegetables – could change the pH levels of blood.

But no food or drink can cure cancer. And no studies have ever shown the pH level of the blood can be altered through diet.

Experts warn links between the alkaline diet and fighting cancer is likely down to the fact it cuts out red meat and encourages fruit and veg.

Curing Cancer With Carrots details the story of Ann Cameron, a woman who claims she cured her stage four colon cancer with carrot juice.

The children’s book author was told she had just three years left to live when doctors found the killer disease had spread in November 2012.

Rejecting chemotherapy, she opted to try drinking 5lbs (2.26kg) of carrot juice every day after stumbling across claims online it could help.

In August that year Ms Cameron was told she had ‘no evidence of cancer’. Her book details how carrots can restore the body’s natural power to kill tumours. 

The Definitive Guide On The Management And Cure Of Testicular Cancer Using CBD Oil details how the cannabis-based product ‘fights cancer cells’.

But experts ridiculed both claims made, declaring any suggestion CBD oil or carrots could help fight any form of the disease as being totally unproven.

Mr Ledwick told MailOnline ‘there is a lot going on about CBD oil’ at the moment, but added: ‘There is no evidence that it’s going to help you.

‘We know some components of cannabis can be useful in treating cancer but taking cannabis oil that you bought off the internet is not going to do anything.’ 

Professor Ernst said it would be a ‘step in the right direction’ if Amazon donated some of its profits to cancer charities researching cures.

And he argued that most cancer scams trick readers with scientific language, in a deliberate attempt to mislead them. 

An Amazon spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Our content guidelines for books address content that is illegal or that we otherwise prohibit. As a bookseller, we provide our customers with access to a variety of viewpoints.’

It is not the first time Amazon has been accused of behaving irresponsibly for selling dubious products said to improve health. 

In July, MailOnline also revealed customers in the UK and US could buy pills said to contain saliva from a dog infected with rabies.

They were also able to purchase other tablets claimed to be made using the urethral discharge from men infected with gonorrhoea.  

Very’s Nintendo Switch Black Friday deal sold out but here’s the next best offers


The best Nintendo Switch offers: Very’s epic Black Friday deal has sold out but there are still huge savings at Amazon, Argos, Tesco and GAME

Black Friday 2019 is well under way, and although shops in some locations might be shut for the night, there are still many online bargains to be found.

This includes great savings on the Nintendo Switch. Retailers such as Very, Amazon and Argos are offering more Nintendo Switch bundle deals than ever this Black Friday.

Despite Very now being sold out of one of the console’s best deals – a Nintendo Switch Neon Console (Improved Battery) with Pokemon Sword and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for just £299.99 – there are still plenty of great console deals to shop while stocks last. There are also some pretty impressive deals on Xbox One and Playstation 4.

Retailers are offering more Nintendo Switch bundle deals than ever this Black Friday

So if you’ve been waiting to score a great deal on the Nintendo Switch all year, now is the perfect time to buy. 

It’s also important to remember there are currently three variations of the Nintendo Switch available to shop right now. 

This year, Nintendo released an upgraded Switch with better battery life, which is often referred to as the V2. The battery life has improved by about 50 per cent – that’s almost nine hours. 

Be aware, the original Switch is still being sold and the easiest way to check you are getting the v2 is by ensuring that the packaging looks like the picture above. You can also check the serial number.

Nintendo also released the Switch Lite in September, which is its handheld-only Switch device. 

It is compact, lightweight and features a 5.5′ touch screen, with a solid battery life of between three and seven hours (depending on the game you’re playing). It’s compatible with Nintendo Switch games that support Handheld mode.

There are also a bunch of Nintendo Switch accessories such as Joy-Con charging docks to charge your controllers, and Nintendo licensed SandDisk memory cards to load games faster and store additional digital games.

So without further ado, here are the Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals you’ve been waiting for…

This year, Nintendo released an upgraded Switch with better battery life, which is often referred to as the V2

This year, Nintendo released an upgraded Switch with better battery life, which is often referred to as the V2

Best Nintendo Switch Lite Deals

Nintendo Switch Lite (Grey, Yellow or Turquoise) for £179.00

Nintendo Switch Lite Grey Console with Pokemon Sword & Minecraft for £209.99

Amazon Nintendo Switch Black Friday Bundles

Nintendo Switch Grey (Improved Battery) + Nintendo Labo: Variety Kit + The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt Complete Edition, £299.99

Nintendo Switch Grey (Improved Battery)+ Pokémon Shield + Pokémon Sword + Labo Variety Kit,  £339.99

Nintendo Switch (Improved Battery) Grey + Pokémon Sword, £279.99

Very Nintendo Switch Black Friday Bundles

Nintendo Switch Neon Console Improved Battery with Pokemon Sword and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Argos Nintendo Switch Black Friday Bundles 

Nintendo Switch Improved Battery console with a free Nintendo LABO kit, £279.99

Tesco Nintendo Switch Black Friday Bundles 

Nintendo Switch Improved Battery – Neon Red/Neon Blue. £249 (Save £30) 

GAME Nintendo Switch Black Friday Bundles

Nintendo Switch (improved battery) – Grey with LEGO Jurassic World, £289

Nintendo Switch (Improved Battery) Neon with Nintendo Labo: Vehicle Kit, £289.99 

Nintendo Switch (Original), Grey, 279.99

Preowned Nintendo Switch (Original), Grey, 239.99  

Get three months of Amazon Music Unlimited for free with this new deal

Amazon Music Unlimited 3 months FREE (new members only)

Amazon is giving UK music lovers the chance to stream three months of Amazon Music Unlimited for free in celebration of the Brit Awards (that’s a saving of £19.98). 

You don’t need to be a Prime member to take advantage of this amazing deal, but this trial promotion is only for customers who are new to Amazon Music Unlimited.

Offer valid till February 23 2020.

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