Coronavirus Latest News
Instead of blasting you with coronavirus (COVID-19) news every hour, I’m putting together a roundup of news that I come across during the day. Here you can read about Amazon cutting affiliate commissions, when will Vegas reopen, Shake Shack gets $10M Small Businesses Loan, Lone passenger on U.S. flight gets VIP treatment, hotel markets rooms as getaways from spouse during lockdown and latest coronavirus numbers.
Some of the worst-affected categories included “Grocery,” where the commission has been reduced from 5% to 1%, according to the changes posted on its website. For health and personal care items, the affiliates will also only receive 1%, compared to the earlier 4.5%. Commission on Amazon Fresh products has been reduced from 3% to 1%.
It seems like an eternity ago, but it has only been a month since the casinos of the Las Vegas Strip (and all of Nevada) shuttered due to COVID-19. As you might expect these closures have had a catasrophic impact on the Nevada economy and everyone involved wants the casinos to open as quickly as possible. So, when will Las Vegas reopen?
The burger chain received $10 million from the federal loan program on April 10, according to its Securities and Exchange Commission filing. And while Shake Shack reportedly has more than 6,000 employees across the country, it still qualifies for this small business loan because the PPP applies to companies that don’t hire more than 500 people in one location.
A man on a Southwest Airlines flight from Ft. Lauderdale to St. Louis on Thursday night didn’t need a seat in first class to receive VIP treatment. That’s because he was the only passenger on the plane.
Japanese hotel chain Kasoku frames their properties are the perfect antidote to “carona-divorces” stemming from couples fed up with spending time together while sheltering in place. At $40 per night, they’ve so far only filled 28 out of their 500 room inventory.
And here is a screenshot of the latest numbers in the United States and how it compares to other countries around the world.