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Pennsylvania car dealers get limited opening for sales during coronavirus restrictions

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People who have been shut out the past month from buying a car will be able to now that Gov. Tom Wolf has lifted some restrictions on dealerships.

“We’ve got permission for online sales, but the showroom still will be locked down. We’re not allowed to have people coming in (the showroom) and kicking the tires,” said Jeff Smail, general manager of the family-owned Smail Automotive Group on Route 30, east of Greensburg. Showroom visits are by appointment only, Smail noted.

Wolf signed an order Monday permitting the electronic notarization of documents needed for closing real estate property sales and for buying a vehicle. Dealerships had been closed for sales since mid-March, when the governor

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Coronavirus in Pennsylvania

The Latest Guidance

Pennsylvania counties in the red phase are under a Stay at Home Order through June 4. Beginning at 12:01 a.m., Friday, May 15, 13 counties will move from red to yellow, including: Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland.

24 counties are currently in yellow and include: Bradford,
Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie,
Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour,
Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, and
Warren.

Pennsylvania is utilizing a three-phase matrix to determine when
counties and/or regions are ready to begin easing some restrictions on
work, congregate settings, and social interactions. View Governor’s Wolf’s phased reopening plan for Pennsylvania. View the testing and contact tracing plans.
Stay home as much as possible. Try to get groceries once per week instead of daily. Freedom of travel remains, but please
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Coronavirus

Updated 11:00 a.m. May 12, 2020

In response to COVID-19, PennDOT has implemented a variety of operational changes. Details about those changes can be found below, along with frequently asked questions on each change.

Download a summary of PennDOT’s COVID-19 response (PDF).

For full information on Pennsylvania’s response to COVID-19, visit the
Department of Health’s coronavirus resource page.

Driver and Vehicle Services

Starting May 8, 2020, some Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers in yellow phase counties will reopen, adhering to restrictions on work and social interaction set by Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. We are also offering designated hours for customers 60 and older. See the FAQ’s below for more information on open locations, available services and safety protocols.

As PennDOT reopens Driver License and Photo License Centers, services will be in high demand, and customers should expect longer than normal waits. PennDOT staff

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The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Forcing Cities To Rethink Public Transportation

As parts of Europe and the United States begin to lift coronavirus lockdown restrictions and allow people to go shopping, visit relatives and return to work, public officials are facing a new conundrum: How can people travel safely in crowded cities?

Italy is poised to serve as a major test case. On Sunday, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that many restrictions on daily life will be eased starting next Monday, but he warned that people would still need to avoid large gatherings, maintain social distancing and wear masks in certain circumstances.

“If we do not respect the precautions, the curve will go up, the deaths will increase and we will have irreversible damage to our economy,” Conte said in a televised address to the nation. “If you love Italy, keep your distance.”

People walk to the San Giovanni metro station in Rome on April 24 during a three-hour testing period of new measures designed



People walk to the San Giovanni metro station in Rome on April

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WHO vehicle attacked with coronavirus samples in Myanmar

The WHO confirmed that Pyae Sone Win Maung died of his injuries after the Monday attack in the Minbya township in the north-western state of Rakhine. Reuters reported that the vehicle had come under gunfire.

“The World Health Organization is deeply saddened at the death of its personnel during a security incident in Rakhine district of Myanmar,” the WHO said in a statement Tuesday.

Poonam Khetrapal Singh, the WHO’s Southeast Asia director, condemned “all kinds of physical, verbal or psychological violence against health workforce.”

“This incident once again puts the spotlight on the extreme hardships being faced by our corona warriors — our doctors, nurses, other health workforce — especially while working in security compromised and hard-to-reach areas as they continue to contribute their best to save lives,” she said.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres “strongly condemns the 20 April attack,” his spokesman said in a statement.

“The Secretary-General expresses his

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A WHO driver was killed when his vehicle carrying coronavirus test samples was attacked in Myanmar

A World Health Organisation vehicle carrying coronavirus test samples came under fire in Myanmar, in an attack that killed the driver and seriously injured a government official, the UN said Tuesday.

The attack happened on Monday in Minbya, in the country’s northwestern Rakhine state, where the military has been fighting with the Buddhist insurgent group Arakan Army.

The UN’s Myanmar mission named the driver as Pyae Sone Win Maung, saying it was “deeply saddened” to confirm his death.

Driver killed in attack on WHO vehicle carrying coronavirus samples in Myanmar
Pyae Sone Win Maung was driving a World Health Organisation vehicle carrying coronavirus test samples when it came under fire in Myanmar. (Supplied by Pyae Sone Win Maung’s family.)
“The WHO colleague was driving a marked UN vehicle from Sittwe to Yangon transporting COVID19 surveillance samples in support of the Ministry of Health and Sports. The United Nations is seeking further information on the circumstances of the incident,” the mission said in
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Coronavirus: Morgan Hill bicycle company sources and donates masks to healthcare workers

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (KGO) — Face masks are hard to come by, even for health care workers. So, Morgan Hill-based bike company, Specialized, has been using its worldwide contacts, calling in favors, and spending millions of dollars to get face masks to medical workers.

Specialized CEO Mike Sinyard told me healthcare workers are the heroes of this pandemic.

He knows he is fortunate to have the wherewithal to secure so many masks, but encourages all of us to lend a helping hand to healthcare workers.

“How could you help them?” he asks. “Can you help them by preparing food, can you help them by taking care of their kids, because the kids will be home. Everything helps.”

Mask shipments have begun arriving at the company’s Morgan Hill headquarters, and among the first to get masks are local hospitals, including Watsonville Community Hospital.

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Coronavirus: Shelter in place speeds up several major Bay Area transportation projects

Nearly everyone in the Bay Area is sticking close to home during the coronavirus shelter in place, which has left the region’s roadways unusually empty and sped up typically congested commutes for the relatively few people still on the road.

Caltrans is also taking advantage of the empty lanes, accelerating everything from guardrail installation and pothole plugging to big projects that typically tie up traffic for weeks or months. BART, which is stopping its trains hours early each night, is also taking advantage of the shelter-in-place slowdown by speeding up work to revitalize the region’s rail system.

The goal for these agencies is to get construction work done before the Bay Area reopens and congestion starts to return.

“This is getting a lot of talk in Caltrans and BART and other agencies as well,” said Randy Rentschler, spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. “They want to get as much work

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Coronavirus: Doctor finds bicycle stolen after night shift

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Dan Harvey discovered his bicycle had been stolen after a shift treating coronavirus patients

A hospital consultant treating patients with coronavirus says he has been overwhelmed with offers to replace his stolen bicycle.

Dan Harvey noticed his transport home was missing when he finished a nine-hour night shift on an intensive care unit in Nottingham.

It had been locked in a staff area of the Queen’s Medical Centre.

After sharing details of the theft on social media, Mr Harvey had dozens of offers to replace the bicycle.

Mr Harvey, 44, said he finished his shift at 02:00 GMT on Thursday and soon realised the bicycle he used for commuting had been taken.

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It had been secured with a combination padlock in a bicycle park that required a hospital staff ID to access.

“There were many bikes

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Ford’s first-quarter China vehicle sales down 35% as coronavirus hits demand

FILE PHOTO: The Chinese national flag flies on the roof of a Ford car dealership in Beijing, China October 11, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

BEIJING (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co (F.N) said on Thursday that its China vehicle sales in the first three months this year fell 34.9% from a year earlier to 88,770 units, as the novel coronavirus epidemic hit demand in the world’s biggest auto market.

The Dearborn, Michigan-based company said, however, all its dealers in China had resumed work and its sales in March had returned to 75% of the same period last year.

In China, Ford makes cars through Jiangling Motors Corp Ltd (JMC) (000550.SZ), in which it has a stake, and a joint venture with Chongqing Changan Automobile Co Ltd (000625.SZ).

Ford has been trying to revive sales in China after its business began slumping in late 2017. Sales sank

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