Coronavirus: National News – Midlands103

The latest, national updates on Wednesday, 18th March.

18.44 – Pennys:

Penneys is closing all of its stores until further notice, affecting around 6,000 employees.

Mandate trade union says staff will receive 2 weeks pay based on their contracted hours.

A review of the closure will take place in two weeks time.

The chain has shops in Athlone, Mullingar and Portlaoise. 

18.25 – Jobs:

As the government and the business community deal with thousands of job losses, there are calls for a different approach to helping workers in the future.

Danny McCoy, CEO of the employers body IBEC, says lessons need to be learned from this crisis:

18.16 – Health:

We’re being urged to stay as healthy as possible during the emergency.

Tips include eating well, staying active, taking Vitamin D and minding our stress levels.

Professor Luke O’Neill says we also need to limit our alcohol intake:

18.02:

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