>Hotel's quarantine package
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to surge around the world, the hospitality industry has all but shut down.
Airlines are cutting flights. Governments are telling citizens to stay home. So, to secure reservations in this unprecedented climate, some hoteliers have gotten creative.
Le Bijou, a high-end Swiss hospitality company, is launching the COVID-19 service - a customizable stay with add-ons such as in-room coronavirus testing, doctor visits and 24/7 nurse care.
Coronavirus testing is available for about $860, twice-daily nurse check-in for about $3,090, and the round-the-clock nurse care for about $8,250.
The properties are still providing food delivery and personal chef services, but they've cut daily cleanings and only sanitize rooms before and after guest checkout.
Since the company promoted its new offerings on Facebook, demand has been increasing steadily.
A man wearing a protective face mask, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is seen through a closed cherry blossom viewing spot during the first weekend after Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike (not pictured) urged Tokyo residents to stay indoors in a bid to keep the coronavirus disease from spreading, at Ueno park in Tokyo, Japan March 28, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato
>Hanami wilted by epidemic
The people of Japan and millions of tourists should now be enjoying the start of the cherry blossom viewing, or hanami, season.
But this year the coronavirus pandemic means events have been cancelled and foreign visitors are staying away.
Almost 8.5 million tourists visited the country during the cherry blossom season between March and May last year, bringing in some 650 billion yen.
The pandemic will hit tourism numbers hard this season, with revenue falling by more than a third to less than 400 billion yen, said Katsuhiro Miyamoto from Kansai University.
It's not all gloom and doom though. "Once the coronavirus outbreak is over, I believe that the cherry blossom season in Japan will come to life again," he concluded.
>Divorce filings increase
Registration offices in major cities have been overwhelmed by divorce applications since they resumed services this month following a slowdown in domestic novel coronavirus infections.
The deluge of applications has prompted many to suspect that the self-quarantine rules - which limit the time people spend outside their homes to curb infections - have taken a toll on faltering marriages, although some divorce lawyers suggest that the month that follows the Lunar New Year is traditionally a turbulent period for couples.
In Xi'an, Northwest China’s Shaanxi province, couples seeking divorce have to wait until early April to have their petitions reviewed.
In Shanghai, quarreling duos were dismayed to find they have to wait until early May to file their earliest petitions, and those in Guangzhou, South China’s Guangdong province, were compelled to move fast as slots were running out for April, according to local reservation data.
Empty shelves greet shoppers at a supermarket in Watford, Britain, on Wednesday. [PAUL CHILDS/REUTERS]
>Price trick to stop hoarding
Coronavirus has caused an environment of fear and panic, resulting in the hoarding of essential items like face masks and hand sanitizers.
To tackle the problem of hoarding, a supermarket in Denmark has resorted to a creative solution.
With an aim of ensuring that everyone gets sanitizers at a reasonable price, the Rotunden supermarket is charging 40 DKK for a bottle of sanitizer.
But if someone wants to buy two bottles, they will have to pay 1,000 DKK.
A Twitter user has shared online the information regarding the supermarket's new move.
So far, the tweet has received over 6,800 retweets and 14,000 likes.
Responding to the post, netizens heaped praise on the supermarket for the wonderful idea.
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