Amazon hiring 100,000 workers amid COVID-19 online sales boom
Amazon plans to hire another 100,000 workers in the US and Canada amid a coronavirus-fueled boom in its online sales, the company announced Monday.
The e-commerce titan’s fourth big hiring spree this year will add full- and part-time jobs to its operations network “as we expand our footprint to better serve customers in communities where they live,” Amazon said in a blog post.
Many of the new employees will work at the 100 new operations buildings Amazon expects to open this month, including fulfillment centers, sorting centers, delivery stations and other sites, according to the company.
The jobs will pay starting wages of at least $15 an hour along with health and retirement benefits for full-time workers and a sign-on bonus of up to $1,000 in select cities, Amazon said, adding that hiring has already begun.
Amazon has significantly expanded its workforce this year as the COVID-19 pandemic led the Seattle-based company to record second-quarter profits thanks to locked-down consumers shifting their shopping online.
Amazon brought on 175,000 workers over two rounds of hiring in March and April to handle the surge in demand and later said 125,000 of them could stay on in long-term roles. The company will also hold a virtual job fair in six cities this week to hire more than 30,000 people by early next year.
With Post wires
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Colombia protests: Bogota mayor calls for reconciliation
Why the mayor of Colombia’s capital is calling for reconciliation with protesters.
The mayor of Colombia’s capital is calling for reconciliation after days of violent protests.
Thirteen people have been killed and hundreds injured in demonstrations against police brutality.
The riots followed the killing of 43-year-old lawyer Javier Ordonez, who was repeatedly shocked with a stun gun by officers.
Al Jazeera’s Alessandro Rampietti reports from Bogota.
New York City Mayor de Blasio confirms Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will go on without crowd
- New York City will host this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed on Monday.
- He said the celebration will "not be the same parade we're used to."
New York City will host this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, though the celebration will "not be the same parade we're used to," Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday.
"It will be a different kind of event. They're reinventing the event for this moment in history, and you'll be able to feel the spirit and the joy of that day on television, online. Not a live parade but something that will really give us that warmth and that great feeling we have on Thanksgiving Day," de Blasio said during his daily press briefing.
Macy's, which modified its Fourth of July fireworks show this year to protect New Yorkers from the coronavirus, had previously said it plans to do the same for this year's Thanksgiving celebration.
De Blasio said the company will release more details on the plan later in the day. Macy's declined to provide CNBC further details.
"In this case, it's really important to keep these traditions continuing. To make sure that history is unbroken," he said.
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Democrats investigating Trump officials' alleged meddling with CDC coronavirus reports
Democratic lawmakers launched an investigation Monday into reports that Trump administration appointees tried to interfere with coronavirus reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A House subcommittee on the pandemic is requesting interviews with officials from the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as a slew of documents, citing reports showing aides to President Donald Trump "sought to help him downplay the risks of the coronavirus crisis by attempting to alter, delay, and block critical scientific reports from CDC."
The probe, led by House Minority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., comes after Politico reported HHS communications aides pushing to review or change the CDC's reports on Covid-19.
HHS spokesman Michael Caputo, who is named in the Democrats' letter to Secretary Alex Azar and CDC Director Robert Redfield, did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.
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WHO Reports Biggest Daily Rise In Coronavirus Cases
The World Health Organization reported the biggest daily rise in coronavirus cases across the world on Sunday.
With 307,930 new cases reporting in the last 24 hours, the total number of global COVID infections reached 28637952. Half of these cases are in the Americas.
The latest surge breaks the previous one-day record of 306,857 new infections that WHO reported on September 6.
The biggest increase in infections was reported in India, which is second only to the United States in the number of total cases.
India reported 94,372 new cases on Sunday alone, which is more than twice the number of cases reported in the U.S. in the same period.
With 45,523 new cases, the U.S. national total touched 6,386,832.
As per WHO tally, more than 5,500 COVID-related deaths were recorded world-wide during the last 24 hours, raising the global total to 917,417.
1114 of these deaths were recorded in India, while the diseases claimed the lives of 1022 people in the U.S.
However, there is variation in data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The total number of COVID infections in the world is 29,051,154 as per Johns Hopkins’ latest update Monday, which is higher than the WHO tally. According to it, global COVID death toll reached 924,879.
COVID cases in the United States rose to 65,21,599, and deaths due to the pandemic hit 194107, as per the private research university in Baltimore.