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2,450 staff face redundancy as Boohoo snaps up Arcadia’s last brands

2,450 staff face redundancy as Boohoo snaps up Arcadia’s last brands

Business
Boohoo is to pay £25.2m for Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton in a deal set to catapult the fashion brands to an online-only future and result in 2,450 job losses.The online fashion specialist, which has already snapped up the Debenhams name amid the COVID-19 bloodbath for physical retailers, said it was to buy all the e-commerce and digital assets of the three brands, as well as their stock. It confirmed that the deal with administrators at Deloitte did not include the brands' retail stores, concessions or franchises.The collapse of Sir Philip Green's Arcadia empire in December placed 13,000 jobs at risk and only a tiny fraction of 2,500 workers were understood to be saved when Boohoo rival ASOS landed the top names, including TopShop and Miss Selfridge, a week ago. ...
As virus spikes, Europe runs low on ICU beds, hospital staff

As virus spikes, Europe runs low on ICU beds, hospital staff

Health
PARIS -- In Italy lines of ambulances park outside hospitals awaiting beds, and in France the government coronavirus tracking app prominently displays the intensive care capacity taken up by COVID-19 patients: 92.5% and rising. In the ICU in Barcelona, there is no end in sight for the doctors and nurses who endured this once already.Intensive care is the last line of defense for severely ill coronavirus patients and Europe is running out — of beds and the doctors and nurses to staff them.In country after country, the intensive care burden of COVID-19 patients is nearing and sometimes surpassing levels seen at last spring's peak. Health officials, many advocating a return to stricter lockdowns, warn that adding beds will do no good because there aren't enough doctors and nurses trained to s...
Third of staff ‘fear catching Covid at work’

Third of staff ‘fear catching Covid at work’

Business
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Untrained staff take on contact-tracing jobs as Test and Trace struggles to cope with rise in cases

Untrained staff take on contact-tracing jobs as Test and Trace struggles to cope with rise in cases

Technology
The sharp rise in coronavirus cases is stretching the capacity of the Test and Trace service in England, forcing untrained staff to take on contact-tracing jobs, according to a leaked internal email seen by Sky News.The measures taken to strengthen the service have raised disquiet inside Test and Trace, as staff from outsourcing firms will now take on jobs previously performed only by medically-trained contact tracers. The email, which was sent to contact tracers last night, says that the jump in cases has created "a surge in demand", producing "an immediate challenge to the capacity of the Test and Trace service." Image: Sitel are one of the companies involved in the system In response, the email says, staff employed by outsourcing f...