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InterContinental Hotels Group, owner of the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza brands, warned that the difficulties of the “most difficult year” in its history have stretched to 2021 as new strains of coronavirus force countries to close their borders and limit travel. Keith Barr, chief executive, said the recovery was “totally linked to the vaccines.”
A senior Mexican lawmaker has launched the idea of ​​making the mega-rich pay a one-time contribution from Covid-19 as an “act of social justice and solidarity” that could bring in nearly $ 5 billion. Only those who have fortunes of over $ 1 million should pay, Alfonso Ramírez Cuéllar, a ruling Morena party deputy and former leader, said in a statement.

Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday set a framework for easing coronavirus restrictions that was significantly more cautious than the UK government’s roadmap for England. The plan specifies that it is unlikely that there will be relaxation of restrictions on retail trade before the second week of April.

Rafael Ojeda, Mexican Minister of the Navy, has contracted Covid-19 for a second time, four months after his first infection. He broke the news on Twitter, saying he would isolate himself and continue working. Reinfection has been found to be relatively rare in the world. Mexico has confirmed 2.04 million coronavirus cases and 180,536 related deaths.

Sports Direct shoppers walk down Buchanan Street in Glasgow © Getty Images

Frasers Group warned investors about a potential impairment charge over £ 100million as mainstreet lockdown restrictions drag on. The group behind Sports Direct and Evans Cycles, as well as the eponymous department stores, said there would be a need for a non-cash “material” accounting impact on the value of freehold properties and other assets.

The Home Depot sold an additional $ 22 billion in merchandise last year, as homebound Americans bought patio furniture, lawn mowers and living room decorations in droves. The Atlanta-based company, which has more than 2,200 stores across North America, generated $ 132.1 billion in revenue in 2020, most of its history.

Macau’s game stocks won in the aftermath of the former Portuguese colony lifted all quarantine restrictions for mainland Chinese visitors. Shares of Galaxy Entertainment closed up 8.9% while SJM Holdings climbed 7.9%. Sands China gained 7.5 percent, Melco International rose 6.3 percent, while MGM China and Wynn Macau rose 5 percent.

Low-cost airline easyJet reported a increase in bookings since the UK revealed a ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown that included restarting international travel later this year. Bookings for flights from the UK have more than quadrupled week after week, the carrier said, while its package holiday unit has increased the number of bookings by a factor of seven.


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