COMMENTARY: Coronavirus closes the curtain on the globe

One of the harshest psychological blows of the coronavirus pandemic came Wednesday when President Donald Trump banned travel from continental Europe to the United States. Trump’s unprecedented action immediately provoked a furious response from the European Union. The dispute brought to mind a line from what many historians consider to be Winston Churchill’s greatest speech. Speaking after Stalin imposed Soviet […]

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United to scale back flights to Europe after March 19

CHICAGO (Reuters) – United Airlines Holdings Inc (UAL.O) said on Thursday it will continue to fly its regular schedule from Europe to the United States through March 19 but is scaling back flights after that date. United said it is continuing to monitor travel demand, which has fallen sharply as the coronavirus spreads globally and is expected to decline even […]

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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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Up to 10,000 Brits may already be infected with coronavirus without knowing it

Up to 10,000 people in the UK may already  have coronavirus and just don't know it, the government has warned. The figure emerged as Boris Johnson Britain faced the "worst public health crisis for a generation " and demanded that any Brits who have mild symptoms that could be coronavirus must immediately self-isolate for a week, starting immediately. But health […]

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As Trump's stock market gains shrink, he says it will 'work out fine'

(Reuters) – For three years, U.S. President Donald Trump has touted a stunning run-up in the stock market as evidence of his success in the White House. In the space of three weeks, most of those gains have evaporated. As the coronavirus pandemic spreads fear of a recession, the stock market’s rise under the Republican president since he was first […]

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