British nationals from virus-stricken Grand Princess ship fly home

LONDON (Reuters) – British passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship, which was stranded off the Californian coast for days due to an outbreak of coronavirus on board, are now on a U.S. flight back to Britain, the British government said on Wednesday. “The flight, carrying 135 British nationals and their dependents, departed Oakland Airport at 2315 local time, and […]

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‘Just stupid’: No, cocaine and bleach won’t kill the novel coronavirus

If you snort cocaine, you’re going to get super high; if you drink bleach, you’re going to get super sick — and if you do either of those things and come in contact with the novel coronavirus, you’re still likely to get COVID-19. Health officials are trying to swat down some truly wild “tips” for avoiding the novel coronavirus on […]

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Qatar and Bahrain record jump in coronavirus cases, Kuwait bans flights

DUBAI (Reuters) – Qatar reported 238 more coronavirus infections among individuals under quarantine in a residential compound on Wednesday, the latest Gulf state to record new cases in a regional outbreak that prompted Kuwait to cancel all commercial passenger flights. Bahrain earlier announced 77 new infections among citizens evacuated by plane from Iran, which has emerged as an epicenter for […]

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Slovak party challenges election after missing out on seats: newspaper

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) – Leftist coalition PS/Spolu is challenging the result of Slovakia’s national election in the Constitutional Court, alleging irregularities caused it to fall below the threshold for winning parliamentary seats, newspaper Dennik N reported on Wednesday. PS/Spolu won 6.96% of the vote in the Feb. 29 ballot, just below the 7% threshold required for coalitions of two political parties […]

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Coronavirus: 1st case of COVID-19 reported in Ottawa

Ottawa has it’s first reported case of the new coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19. The case was confirmed in a daily update posted by Ontario health officials Wednesday morning. Officials said it involves a man in his 40s who recently travelled to Austria. He went to Ottawa Hospital and is now in self-isolation. Meanwhile, the province announced additional COVID-19 cases Wednesday […]

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Saskatchewan officials say province is preparing for potential coronavirus outbreak

Saskatchewan government officials are denying accusations from the provincial NDP that the province is not prepared for a potential outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19. “They’re trying to prepare for every scenario,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said. “Part of the plan is looking at supplies. Not just provincially, but nationally, there are discussions with federal officials making sure all […]

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Prince Harry opened up in fake call from ‘Greta Thunberg,’ pranksters say

Prince Harry reportedly opened up about personal issues from “Megxit” to his battle with ruthless media in a call with Russian hoaxers impersonating Greta Thunberg and her dad. He also touched on Prince Andrew, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Donald Trump during the Dec. 31 and Jan. 22 phone calls with pranksters Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, […]

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‘Magic’ Budget folder changes green on Sky News leaving viewers baffled

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been accused of having "magic powers" by baffled viewers when the folder containing the Budget appeared to change colour on Sky News today. In the clip, Sunak is seen departing Number 10 with the red folder under his arms while deep in conversation with a colleague. Mysteriously, when he walks behind a car and then […]

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Coronavirus: U.S. halts military exercise in Arctic over COVID-19 outbreak

U.S. European Command has announced that the rest of an Arctic military exercise called Exercise Cold Response 20, with about 15,000 service members from 10 countries including the United States, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. The exercises began March 2 and were to continue until March 18. The The command Wednesday said in a statement that the […]

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Britain, Italy announce war chests to soften impact of coronavirus

LONDON/ROME (Reuters) – Britain announced a $39-billion war chest to soften the economic impact of the coronavirus after the Bank of England cut interest rates on Wednesday and Italy, the worst-affected country outside China, said it might further tighten already draconian curbs. U.S. President Donald Trump, who for weeks played down the seriousness of the illness and blamed “fake news” […]

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