Honda back to work in China’s Wuhan with temperature checks and masks

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WUHAN, China (Reuters) – Temperature checkpoints and posters telling workers to keep more than a metre apart at Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co’s reopened plant in the Chinese city of Wuhan show how the coronavirus has created a new normal on the factory floor.

Employees work on a production line inside a Dongfeng Honda factory after lockdown measures in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province and China’s epicentre of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, were further eased, April 8, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

The plant, a Honda joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Group was shut in late January when authorities

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Global stocks turn negative as virus death toll mounts

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LONDON (Reuters) – World stocks turned negative on Wednesday as the coronavirus death toll mounted and euro zone finance minister failed to agree a rescue package to help economies recover from the impact of the outbreak.

FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, April 7, 2020. REUTERS/Staff/File Photo

COVID-19 hospitalisations seemed to be levelling off in New York state, but deaths across the United States jumped by a record of more than 1,800.

Meanwhile, France has officially registered more than 10,000 deaths from coronavirus infections, making it the fourth

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Figure of $6.5 billion in loans for Air France KLM ‘not unrealistic’: minister

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FILE PHOTO: Logo of Air France KLM Group is pictured on the first Air France airliner’s Airbus A350 during a ceremony at the aircraft builder’s headquarters of Airbus in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) – A figure of 6 billion euros ($6.5 billion) in loans to help Air France KLM (AIRF.PA) amid the coronavirus crisis is “not unrealistic”, French junior transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said on Wednesday.

“You are talking about an amount which is not unrealistic, I can confirm that,” Djebbari told LCI TV, adding the possible aid package for

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Oil rises as markets eye OPEC, Russia meeting on output cuts

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SEOUL (Reuters) – Oil rebounded on Wednesday after a two-day fall, lifted by hopes that a meeting between OPEC members and allied producers on Thursday will trigger output cuts to shore up prices that have crumbled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

FILE PHOTO: A maze of crude oil pipes and valves pictured during a tour by the Department of Energy at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in Freeport, Texas, U.S., June 9, 2016. REUTERS/Richard Carson/File Photo

Brent crude LCOc1 was up by 21 cents, or 0.8%, at $32.08 per barrel by 0639 GMT after falling 3.6% on Tuesday. U.S. West Texas Intermediate

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