2 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at West Vancouver care home

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has confirmed two cases of COVID-19 at a West Vancouver care home. A resident at Hollyburn House tested positive for COVID-19  and has been isolated and is receiving treatment. An employee was detected through the active screening process and is now at home in self-isolation. “We have implemented full pandemic protocols across our Canadian […]

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Flatten the curve: How one chart became a rallying cry against coronavirus

A bit of geeky jargon has become a rallying cry in the fight against the novel coronavirus, as people around the world try to “flatten the curve” by doing the little things necessary to stop the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. The term comes from public health experts, but it’s gone viral amid the coronavirus outbreak thanks to […]

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U.S. blacklists second unit of Russia's Rosneft over Venezuela oil

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on another subsidiary of Rosneft, ramping up pressure on the Russian state oil giant that the Trump administration has said provides a financial lifeline to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The U.S. Treasury Department blacklisted TNK Trading International, a Swiss-based unit of Rosneft. Washington last month slapped sanctions on Rosneft Trading […]

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Brazilian official who met Trump at Mar-a-Lago tests positive for coronavirus

A senior Brazilian official who attended weekend events with United States President Donald Trump in Florida has tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the first time that someone known to have the virus was in close proximity to the president. Trump does not plan to be tested or go into self-quarantine, the White House said. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro‘s communications […]

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Wash Your Lyrics: Viral site puts coronavirus handwashing tips to any song

Washing your hands for 20 seconds — the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice — is the best way to prevent contracting the novel coronavirus, experts say. But one teenager wants everyone to have a wider song choice. William Gibson, 17, is the brains behind not-for-profit Wash Your Lyrics, a website that allows individuals to choose a song […]

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Russian lawmakers told to rally behind Putin's move to extend rule

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s parliamentary head told lawmakers on Thursday to rally behind Vladimir Putin against what he said was a foreign campaign to discredit constitutional reforms that could allow the president to stay in power until 2036. Putin, who has been in power as president or prime minister since the turn of the century, would be cleared to run […]

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HealthLink 811 ringing busy amid huge increase in coronavirus calls

The B.C. government is struggling to keep up with high call volumes at HealthLink 811. Many British Columbians have not been able to get through to the dedicated phone line because of increased call volumes. “British Columbia’s HealthLink 811 line has experienced intermittent busy signals as call volume has increased,” a statement from the Ministry of Health reads. “We are […]

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Factbox: Global sports events hit by coronavirus pandemic

(Reuters) – Major sports events around the world which have been hit by the coronavirus outbreak: OLYMPICS ** The Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia was held without spectators. NORTH AMERICA ** The NBA has suspended its season until further notice. ** The NHL has suspended its season ** Seattle Mariners will not play their MLB home […]

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