Europe Global 

Coronavirus ‘will hasten the decline of cash’

  Coronavirus will hasten the decline in the use of cash as people make a long-term switch to digital payments, experts say. The lockdown has led to a 60% fall in the number of withdrawals from cash machines, although people are taking out bigger sums. Payment card use has risen with online shopping, particularly for groceries. Experts say the long-term future of cash could be at risk, before the UK is ready to cope with the change. This could leave behind an estimated 20% of the population who rely on…

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Global North America 

Tech for good during COVID-19: Therapy for nurses, baby food, and an online diary

If you’re one of the 12.3 million people who watched Travis Scott perform on Fortnite this past week, you’ll agree: The sky’s the limit right now when it comes to cheering people up. One kid, per our commenters, said Scott’s performance was better than Star Wars. The popular multiplayer game Fortnite, owned by Epic Games, is just one example of tech finding a creative way to continue business as usual amid this pandemic. And it got extra points for being psychedelic. Let’s get into other tech companies working hard to…

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Australasia Global 

“OMG” New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern refused entry by cafe to follow COVID-19 social distancing norms

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was turned away by a cafe on Saturday because it had reportedly reached its full capacity due to the ongoing social distancing norms amidst the COVID-19 pandemic gripping the world. A Twitter user informed on the microblogging site how Ardern was not allowed entry after she reached there with her partner Clarke Gayford. The Twitter user wrote, “Omg Jacinda Ardern just tried to come into Olive and was rejected cause it’s full. ” Gayford confirmed the news as he replied to the Twitter user,…

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Global North America 

Major UK takeaway chains start to reopen

Three major takeaway chains in the UK have announced limited reopening programmes after closing during the coronavirus lockdown. Burger King, KFC and Pret A Manger have or will open certain restaurants around the country for delivery only. Government guidelines state that while restaurants and pubs have to close, they can prepare food for collection or delivery. The chains had decided to temporarily close as the lockdown took effect. ‘Lifting spirits’ Burger King is to reopen four restaurants: two in Bristol, one in Coventry, and one in Swindon, with a pared-down…

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Global North America 

Starbucks is officially closing all of its cafes across Canada

Starbucks Canada has announced that effective immediately, all cafés will be closed and stores will move to drive-thru and delivery services only. The news was released Friday in a letter from Starbucks Canada President Lori Digulla, who said that some exceptions will be made for those cafés serving in or around hospitals and health care centres. “Today, we are making the decision to close access to our café’s altogether for two weeks and limiting our services to drive-thru and delivery only,” wrote Digulla. Prior to this announcement, the coffee chain had…

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