Once Political B-Listers, Governors Lead Nation’s Coronavirus Response

Mr. Hogan also said he was pleased that Mr. Trump seemed to be taking the virus more seriously, but suggested that it was overdue and he should have looked to the governors sooner. “His messaging sounds a lot more like the way I’ve been talking and some of my colleagues have been talking about it for weeks,” he said. The […]

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Congress Is Knitting a Coronavirus Safety Net. It Already Has Big Holes.

The House passed a sweeping virus response bill early Saturday, but Democrats and the Trump administration continued to negotiate through Monday over so-called technical corrections to a $100 billion program in the legislation. That program is meant to offer paid leave to workers infected with the virus or otherwise hurt by it. The negotiations narrowed the program, in part over […]

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Teachers’ union urges ‘some’ school closures to fight coronavirus spread

Education leaders have urged school closures "at least for some time and in some areas" in the face of the coronavirus outbreak. The National Education Union (NEU) said the running of schools will be made "all the more complicated" as they advise teachers and staff who are classed as vulnerable to self-isolate. But the Education Secretary insisted on Tuesday that […]

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Brits on coronavirus lockdown and told not to fly abroad for a month

Mother's Day and Easter were shelved today as travel curbs to fight the coronavirus hammered family get-togethers. Britons were told not to travel anywhere in the world unless it is essential as the world continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab imposed the tightest possible restrictions on people’s travel plans, telling citizens not to leave the country, […]

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Turkey confirms first coronavirus death, more than doubles cases to 98

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey confirmed late on Tuesday its first death related to the coronavir1us and the country more than doubled its confirmed cases to 98, from 47 a day earlier. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told a press conference that an 89-year old died after contracting the virus from someone who had contact with China, the epicenter of the global […]

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Armed with lessons from Ebola, Africa braces for coronavirus surge

YAOUNDE/DAKAR (Reuters) – When a passenger arriving from Brussels at Cameroon’s Yaounde Nsimalen airport on Saturday was found to have a temperature, health officials say he was whisked to a hospital and diagnosed inside four hours as the country’s fourth case of coronavirus. The central African country was doing more generalized screening for disease long before China revealed the new […]

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Belgian market regulator bans short selling until April 17

BRUSSELS, March 17 (Reuters) – Belgian financial supervisor FSMA said on Tuesday it had prohibited short selling on all stocks until April 17, to avoid “downward price spirals” that would prejudice market confidence, after Belgium announced a three-week lockdown. “Considering the severe losses observed, the incertitude as regards the spreading of the COVID-19 contagion and the possible consequent further volatility […]

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Saskatchewan working on new system to address spike in calls to HealthLine

The province is taking additional measures to address the “sudden spike” in calls to Saskatchewan’s health line due to COVID-19. In partnership with Saskatchewan Health Authority Digital Health, eHealth and SaskTel, the government is working to transition the HeathLine 811 to a new system. Calls to the health line average about 250 per day. Since last week, call volume has […]

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U.S. Treasury approves revival of Fed primary dealer backstop

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday said he approved the creation of a new primary dealer credit facility to ease credit market disruptions caused by the coronavirus epidemic, resurrecting the second 2008 financial crisis-era backstop in less than a day. The facility, managed by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, will offer loans up to […]

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