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OMS advierte que EEUU tiene el potencial de ser el próximo epicentro de la pandemia

A pesar de estas proyecciones, el presidente Trump dijo que el país ya está viendo “la luz al final del túnel”.

La Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) advirtió que Estados Unidos puede ser el próximo epicentro de la pandemia del coronavirus debido al rápido incremento en el número de casos de contagio en todo el país.

«Ahora estamos viendo una aceleración muy grande en los casos de coronavirus en Estados Unidos, por lo que tiene ese potencial», dijo el martes Margaret Harris, portavoz de la OMS, durante una llamada con periodistas.

«No podemos decir que ese sea el caso todavía, pero tiene ese potencial», agregó.

Esta advertencia de la OMS se da en momentos en que el presidente Donald Trump afirmó que espera que todo regrese a la normalidad en el país antes de Pascua. «Ya estamos viendo la luz al final del túnel», dijo Trump el martes en una rueda de prensa en la Casa Blanca.

Estados Unidos reportaba hasta este miércoles más de 54,000 casos de contagio y 786 fallecimientos.

Según la OMS, el 85% de los casos reportados en las últimas 24 horas provienen de Europa y de Estados Unidos. Italia es ahora el epicentro de la epidemia con más de 6,800 muertos, seguido por España con 3,400 muertos.

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What Companies Are Hiring During the Coronavirus Crisis?

Demand is on the rise for some companies.

An estimated 3 million workers across the country are expected to have filed unemployment claims last week as the coronavirus crisis caused many businesses to shut or alter their service.

The New York State Department of Labor says it received more than 1.7 million calls and more than 2.25 million web hits between March 16 and March 21. The department says it received approximately 75,000 calls on Tuesday; it normally receives about 10,000. It says the department’s website was averaging more than 250,000 logins per day on Wednesday; that’s a 400 percent increase over the normal average.

While the restrictions are shutting down many businesses, there are other businesses across the state, and country, that are ramping up hiring as their demand rises. Here is a partial list:

RETAIL, GROCERY & RESTAURANT

CVS Health announced Monday its “most ambitious hiring drive in the company’s history,” with plans to immediately fill 50,000 full-time, part-time and temporary roles across the country. Roles include store associates, home delivery drivers, distribution center employees and customer service professionals.

The company will use a technology-enabled hiring process that includes virtual job fairs, virtual interviews and virtual job tryouts. Many roles will be filled by existing CVS Health clients who have had to furlough workers, including Hilton and Marriott.

7-Eleven is hiring more than 20,000 new store employees across the country to meet increased demand for its products and services amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

Retailer Dollar General, with nearly two dozen locations across the five boroughs, has a number of full- and part-time positions available in many of their stores.

Grocery store giant Trader Joe’s is also looking to hire seasonal employees, with a special message on their website: To those who have found their hours limited or jobs placed on hold, we invite you to join our Crew until your employer is able to welcome you back.

Grocery store Aldi is hiring a number of seasonal employees.

Stop & Shop locations in New York and on Long Island are hiring cashiers, bakery clerks and deli workers, among other positions.

Domino’s is looking to hire delivery drivers, pizza makers, customer service representatives, managers and assistant managers, as demand grows across the country for the company’s 17,000 locations.

SECURITY

USPA Nationwide Security is looking for security officers specifically to work at drive-through coronavirus testing sites. Rates start at $50 per hour.

OTHER

Amazon is ramping up hiring with plans to bring 100,000 new positions to the table nationwide. Full- and part-time positions are now available in fulfillment centers and with its delivery teams to meet the surge in demand. Long Island and New Jersey warehouse locations are currently accepting applications. Amazon also announced it will up its wages for employees from $15 per hour to $17 per hour through April.

PepsiCo announced it will hire 6,000 new, full-time, full-benefit frontline employees across the U.S. in the coming months. Positions are currently open in New York and New Jersey.

Lineage Logistics, a company with cold storage facilities across the country, provides service for food giants like Walmart, Tyson, and McDonald’s. It plans to hire 2,000 new employees over the next few months, with current positions open in New York and New Jersey.

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Coronavirus Sparks Hiring Spree for Nearly 500,000 Jobs at Biggest Retailers

Walmart, Amazon.com and CVS are among about a dozen large companies looking to hire nearly 500,000 Americans in coming weeks, a spree that would mark a major shift of the U.S. workforce from smaller businesses that have cut staff to survive the coronavirus.

The companies are managing a surge in demand for food and other household products that have taxed their stores and warehouses. At the same time, they are seeking to lure hourly workers to front-line or logistics jobs where they face risks of being near co-workers or consumers who could have been exposed to the deadly respiratory virus.

“There are too many customers for our staffing to handle most of the time,” said Cody Clark, who works at Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy in Tyler, Texas. Ms. Clark, 22 years old, said she has been nervous about going to the store. “Customers come in and get frustrated whenever we don’t have something. They don’t understand we’re putting ourselves out there.”

Many of the big chains have started offering enhanced benefits, such as paid sick time and child-care services, even for temporary or part-time workers. They have also temporarily boosted their hourly wages or promised cash bonuses for the people who run cash registers, unload trucks or work in e-commerce warehouses.

Separately, Instacart Inc., a grocery-delivery company, said Monday it plans to add 300,000 workers over the next three months, more than doubling the size of its current workforce of about 200,000. As part of the effort, the closely held company is looking to bring on 54,000 workers in California and 27,000 in New York. Instacart shoppers, who fill grocery orders for customers, are independent contractors who get paid per delivery.

In recent weeks, Instacart’s number of orders has more than doubled, and the size of its orders from the year prior has increased by 15%. The company also started offering up to 14 days of pay for its shoppers affected by Covid-19 or placed in mandatory quarantine.

The coronavirus has infected more than 32,000 Americans, prompting California, New York, Illinois and other states to order nonessential businesses to close and residents to limit their travel. Unemployment claims have surged in March as many small restaurants and retailers have shut their doors or scaled back.

Thousands of retail stores from Macy’s Inc. to Best Buy Co. have temporarily closed, though they continue to handle online orders and pay workers for two weeks. Marriott International Inc. plans to furlough tens of thousands of workers. But grocers and other essential stores are open and looking to poach those staff and others who have been dislocated.

Big restaurant chains are looking to add to their fleet of delivery drivers as they shut dining rooms and more people order takeout or home delivery. On Monday, Pizza Hut said it was looking to fill 30,000 U.S. jobs and Papa John’s International Inc. said it is looking to add up to 20,000 staff. Domino’s Pizza Inc. said last week it would hire more than 10,000.

Walmart, the biggest U.S. private employer, is trying to make the biggest push. It plans to hire 150,000 additional people and has enhanced its paid sick-time policy for all its store and warehouse workers. It is speeding its hiring process from a typical two-week process to 24 hours.

Walmart, which employs around 1.5 million people in the U.S., also said it would pay special cash bonuses totaling $550 million to its hourly workers and its e-commerce warehouses will receive a $2-an-hour increase through late May.

“It’s not so much about filling a gap, but there is just so much demand,” said Walmart’s executive vice president of public affairs, Dan Bartlett, on a call with reporters last week. Absences are higher than a typical flu season, he said, but not at a level that would cause alarm.

Amazon was the first big employer to move, as online orders surged. Last week, Amazon said it would hire 100,000 workers in the U.S. and raise wages by about $2 an hour for hourly employees in several countries. The company also recently began to offer paid time off to part-time workers in warehouses and its logistics network.Target Corp. also has raised wages for its hourly workers by $2 an hour and added paid leave for up to 30 days for older and pregnant workers.

Grocers too have been trying to keep up with surging demand for food.Kroger Co., the nation’s biggest supermarket chain, said it wants to hire 10,000 new workers at stores, manufacturing plants and distribution centers. Albertsons Cos., the second-biggest supermarket chain, said it plans to hire about 30,000 store and delivery staffers

across the country. Publix Super Markets Inc. said it expects to hire at least 2,000 store and warehouse workers by the end of March.

Some grocers are implementing paid sick leave as the coronavirus spreads and their workers face more risks. Kroger has extended paid time off for workers who are self-isolating or have symptoms, in addition to those diagnosed with Covid-19 and those placed under mandatory quarantine Other big U.S. employers have begun offering paid sick time, though some limit it to those who are diagnosed with Covid-19.

United Parcel Service Inc. agreed last week to provide nearly 300,000 unionized workers up to 10 days of paid leave if they are diagnosed with the virus or are required to be quarantined. The agreement came after more than 15,000 UPS workers signed a petition urging UPS to provide paid sick leave and to more thoroughly sanitize workplaces.

Similarly, FedEx Corp. has enhanced sick pay recently and is offering up to 14 days pay or guaranteed minimum pay for workers who have been diagnosed with the virus or placed under a medically-required quarantine, a spokeswoman said.

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