South Korea seeks to contain smaller outbreaks as new coronavirus cases slow

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea on Thursday reported 114 new cases of the coronavirus and six more deaths, resuming a relative decline in new cases after a spike the day before. The new cases bring the country’s total to 7,869, with 66 deaths, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said (KCDC), as health officials seek to track down […]

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U.S. suspends travel from Europe as coronavirus forces Italy to tighten lockdown

WASHINGTON/GENEVA (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States will suspend all passenger travel from continental Europe on Friday to limit the spread of the coronavirus after the outbreak was formally declared a pandemic, sending global markets into a tailspin. Trump announced the travel ban on live television along with emergency funds to boost the U.S. economy, saying: […]

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Factbox: The economic remedies for the coronavirus

(Reuters) – Policymakers and government leaders have taken a range of approaches to deal with the economic fallout from the coronavirus. Here is a list of how some of the world’s biggest economies and economic blocs have reacted. UNITED STATES President Donald Trump on Wednesday instructed the U.S. Treasury Department to defer tax payments without interest or penalties for certain […]

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Harvey Weinstein hospitalised with ‘chest pains’ after being jailed for 23 years

Harvey Weinstein was sentenced on Wednesday to 23 years in prison for sexual assault and rape yesterday following his conviction last month. Hours later, he was transported to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan for “ongoing heart problems and chest pains,” Juda Engelmayer, a spokesman for Weinstein has said. Disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein is said to have experienced chest pains at Rikers […]

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Most drivers support raising highway speed limits: government survey

The Ontario government says a new survey shows drivers are supportive of increased highway speed limits. Last September, the province launched a two-year pilot project that boosted the speed limit from 100 km/h to 110 km/h on three sections of the 400-series highways, including a stretch of the QEW between Hamilton and St. Catharines. The government says 80 per cent […]

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Trump halts all travel from Europe to U.S. due to coronavirus fears

U.S. President Donald Trump announced Wednesday his administration is halting all travel from Europe to the United States over the spread of the novel coronavirus. Trump made the announcement during a nationally televised address from the Oval Office, blaming new clusters of COVID-19 in the U.S. on travel from countries within the European Union. The travel restrictions will last for […]

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Man charged in connection with hatchet attack at Wainwright convenience store

A 26-year-old man from Cadogan, Alta., has been charged with several offences, including attempted murder, after an assault at a Wainwright, Alta., convenience store involving a hatchet. At about 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Wainwright RCMP officers were dispatched to a store on 10 Street after someone reported an injured man there. “Police arrived and located an adult male victim with […]

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Italy toughens coronavirus lockdown after death toll soars

ROME (Reuters) – Italy added new restrictions on Wednesday to a lockdown imposed to fight the coronavirus, ordering bars, restaurants and beauty parlors to close after the highest daily increase in deaths of any country since the outbreak began. In a televised address to the nation, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said all shops would be shuttered except supermarkets, food stores […]

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