Primark has closed all of its shops within the UK and the airline Emirates says it can droop flights to most locations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The clothes retailer says it took the choice to close 189 shops throughout the nation with “the health and welfare of our employees and customers” in thoughts.

Some 37,000 employees will probably be affected by the closures however will probably be supplied with full pay for 14 days, the corporate has confirmed.

The retailer’s dad or mum firm Associated British Foods reportedly mentioned it had cancelled all new clothes orders from suppliers such as factories in India and Bangladesh however will proceed to honour orders already shipped or delivered to Primark warehouses or shops.

ABF had earlier shut shops in France, Spain, Italy and Austria – the place governments have already put restrictions on non-essential shops opening to attempt to fight the threat of coronavirus.

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Meanwhile, Dubai-based Emirates has minimize flight locations from 145 areas to simply 13 international locations as demand for worldwide journey falls and governments the world over attempt to cease the unfold of COVID-19.

The airline has described it as a “painful but pragmatic” determination, which goals to guard jobs.

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The firm’s chief government says they “cannot viably operate passenger services until countries re-open their borders, and travel confidence returns”.

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Emirates Group mentioned it can proceed to function cargo flights by way of its fleet of Boeing 777 freighters for the transport of important items, together with medical provides the world over.

It additionally mentioned the corporate would scale back salaries for almost all of its workers for 3 months, however is not going to minimize jobs.

Last week British Airways mentioned its pilots will be taking a 50% pay cut in April and May.

EasyJet and the pilots’ union have signed an settlement to minimise the chance of pilot lay-offs within the UK over the following 18 months, together with a pay freeze and asking all crew to take unpaid go away for 3 months.

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