Take a break. Come and join a jazz festival with flamenco flavor! Jazz Madrid 2020 has been conceived as an act of solidarity with a sector that is being pummeled by the virus with extraordinary force.
Inditex SA, the world’s largest clothing retailer, and Zara’s parent company, has been hit hard by the pandemic, with a sales decline of 44% to €3.3bn/$3.8bn during the first quarter of its financial year. Considering the sharp downturn in sales, one will understandably wonder about Inditex’s relatively small loss. Here is why: online sales rose significantly during the worst period of the pandemic. Today, the giant Spanish retailer looks forward to the challenges of the post-COVID19’s new reality with self-assurance and an unmatched in-store and online retailing savvy.
Donald Trump says he feels better than ever and is ready to resume the campaign trail. If I were Trump, I would have crawled into bed until the election was over, but Trump’s a fighting man and doesn’t want to appear weak in front of his constituents. He took experimental drugs to get over the virus faster and fought his doctors tooth and nail every step of the way.
The CDC Director says he'll go for masks!
“Restrictions”: it is the regional government of Madrid’s euphemism for partial lockdown, or “selective confinement” as the Deputy Counselor of Health and the COVID Plan had blurted out. Demonstrations in various parts of the region are being held, protesting against what they see as drawing a dividing line between the north and south -- rich and poor -- of Madrid. In truth, "selective confinement" is not exclusive to Madrid these days. Similar measures are being applied in some places in Spain.
In view of very disturbing flare-ups, Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced recently that the army will be on hand to help regions track and trace COVID-19 positives. Sanchez admits that the situation is "worrying" but stresses that Spain is nowhere near the height of the pandemic in mid-March.
With Madrid sadly topping the list of Spain’s new positives these days (1535 COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours before 19 August 2020), the city and the region could be trending back to Phase 1 of the de-escalation of the old State of Alarm! Parks will be closed, but at least only for the night, just three months after their much-awaited unrestricted reopening.
Masks reduce the risk of COVID transmission. And the good news is that they need no longer be terribly dull, thanks to the advent of masks made of cloth. If cloth masks have become so popular, it’s because they let creativity take wing. They allow for infinite combinations of colors, patterns and styles you’d actually love to wear them as smart fashion complement if not to make a stand! A blessing for people in countries like Spain where wearing face masks is mandatory in all public places, indoor and outdoor.