每日新闻播报(April 13)

A view shows the deserted Iena Bridge near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, during a lockdown imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France, April 8, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>Daytime ban on outdoor exercise

Paris has banned all outdoor exercise between 10 am and 7 pm in a tightening of containment measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus.

French authorities issued a statement warning anyone caught jogging or exercising in public from Wednesday during those hours will face fines of between €135 and €375.

"It is through responsibility, self-regulation and collective discipline that Parisians will best help health workers in their fight against the epidemic," the joint statement from the city's Mayor Department and police prefecture said.

France has been on lockdown since March 17, preventing anyone from leaving their home unless they are key workers or going out to buy food or medicine.

Until now, people were also allowed to exercise individually as long as it was for less than an hour and within one kilometer of their home.


Orphaned baby elephants play during their feeding time normally attended by many visitors but now has none due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage near Nairobi, Kenya April 2, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>Thai elephants face starvation

More than 1,000 elephants face starvation in Thailand because the coronavirus crisis has slashed revenue from tourism, conservationists say.

An almost total absence of visitors means that many caretakers are struggling to afford food for Thailand's 4,000 captive elephants.

The animals can eat up to 200kg of food a day.

Lek Chailert, founder of the Save Elephant Foundation, told the BBC: "If there is no support forthcoming to keep them safe, these elephants, some of whom are pregnant, will either starve to death or may be put on to the streets to beg."

Alternatively, some elephants may be sold to zoos or they may be returned to the illicit logging business, which officially banned the use of elephants in 1989.

"It's a very bleak outlook unless some financial help is received immediately," Lek Chailert adds.

It's a challenge to keep the animals fed and healthy at the best of times but now it's the dry season, which makes the situation even more extreme.


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>Surgery to wear high heels

These days, US women will do just about anything to fit into their favorite sky-high heels - even surgery.

87% of women in the US have had foot problems from wearing uncomfortable or ill-fitting shoes, such as high heels, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association.

A growing number of women are paying thousands of dollars to surgically alter their feet just to make wearing heels a comfortable experience.

People who undergo cosmetic foot procedures, such as shortening toes, receiving foot injections and even completely cutting off pinky toes, are on the rise.



>Drive-in theaters thriving again

The coronavirus pandemic has led to the closures of movie theaters across the US and the delay of coveted 2020 blockbusters like Disney and Marvel Studios' "Black Widow" and MGM's James Bond film "No Time To Die."

But that does not mean going to the movies is out of the question.

Drive-in theaters throughout the US have not only remained open, but have seen spikes in revenue as consumers desperately look for ways to escape their houses while abiding by the rules of social distancing.

Andrew Thomas, for example, owner of the Showboat Drive-In Theater in Hockley, Texas, saw a 40% increase in sales revenue two weeks ago, and a 95% increase this past week, just by showing the same two movies: Disney and Pixar's "Onward," and the Universal Pictures horror film "The Invisible Man."

According to Thomas, even with the inevitable return of movie theaters across the nation, consumers will not immediately feel safe returning to auditoriums in such big masses, which makes drive-ins a much more viable option.


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