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Coronavirus: Offline sex workers forced to start again online

Image copyright Getty Images Most sex workers meet customers in person. For them, the coronavirus spells economic ruin. “The virus is a disaster for client-facing businesses – and sex work is no different,” says Goddess Cleo, a dominatrix from London. “Most of my income is generated from one-on-one sessions and …

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Coronavirus: Exercise bike firm Peloton stops live classes

Image copyright Peloton Image caption Peloton lets members follow live exercises classes from home Exercise bike company Peloton has cancelled its live classes, days after one of its employees tested positive for coronavirus. It sells exercise bikes, the cheapest of which costs nearly £2,000, for use with its online classes. …

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Elderly Israelis beat isolation with tech lessons

Image copyright smartphonelessons.net/YouTube Image caption Five lessons a week are posted to YouTube Senior citizens in Israel stuck in their homes by the Covid-19 epidemic are taking advantage of an online course on how to use smartphones to overcome social isolation. Three technology innovators set up the free lessons, which …

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Airbnb hosts defy lockdown laws with ‘Covid-19 retreats’

Image copyright Getty Images Airbnb hosts advertising properties as coronavirus hideouts are “dangerous and irresponsible”, the government says. Owners have listed homes as being “Covid-19 retreats” and “perfect for isolating with family” in the British countryside. New coronavirus laws say holiday accommodation should be provided only to keyworkers needing to …

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Coronavirus: Defence firm Babcock to make 10,000 ventilators

Image copyright Getty Images Defence firm Babcock has said it will be manufacturing 10,000 ventilators to help deal with the coronavirus crisis. The plan comes nearly two weeks after Dyson said it had received a government order for 10,000 ventilators. Both devices still have to pass stringent medical tests before …

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The iShield: Apple to design and make medical gear

Image copyright Getty Images Best-known for phones and computers, Apple has now turned its hand to making face shields for medical workers. Apple chief executive Tim Cook tweeted on Sunday that it has designed and is now making the protective gear. The tech giant plans to make more than one …

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