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‘Blindsided’ with no backup plan and rents closing in: Laid-off NYC restaurant workers describe how their lives have changed as their industry collapses around them

New York City’s restaurant industry makes about $50 billion in sales each year and employs 167,000 people. On March 17, all of the city’s restaurants were ordered to close for dine-in service because of the coronavirus pandemic. Some restaurants have managed to stay open by doing only takeout and delivery, but many say it’s not […]

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As coronavirus surveillance escalates, personal privacy plummets

By Natasha Singer and Choe Sang-Hun, The New York Times In South Korea, government agencies are harnessing surveillance-camera footage, smartphone location data and credit card purchase records to help trace the recent movements of coronavirus patients and establish virus transmission chains. In Lombardy, Italy, authorities are analyzing location data transmitted by citizens’ mobile phones to […]