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Sad Covid-19 record for Russia: 771 new cases registered across the country

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has grown by 771 in Russia on Thursday, marking the biggest single-day increase in patients since the start of the outbreak. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Sad Covid-19 record for Russia: 771 new cases registered across the country

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has grown by 771 in Russia on Thursday, marking the biggest single-day increase in patients since the start of the outbreak. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘Criminal blockade’: Cuba outraged as delivery of Covid-19 aid from Alibaba chief aborted ‘at the last minute’ due to US sanctions

Cuba has slammed the US’ “criminal blockade” of the country after the embargo stood in the way of the delivery of Covid-19 test kits and ventilators donated by Chinese e-commerce tycoon Jack Ma. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘Criminal blockade’: Cuba outraged as delivery of Covid-19 aid from Alibaba chief aborted ‘at the last minute’ due to US sanctions

Cuba has slammed the US’ “criminal blockade” of the country after the embargo stood in the way of the delivery of Covid-19 test kits and ventilators donated by Chinese e-commerce tycoon Jack Ma. Read Full Article at RT.com

Oil price war: Is it game over for Trump?

As the US government tries to convince Russia and Saudi Arabia to put an end to the oil price war, it might just be too little, too late for the Trump Administration. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Oil price war: Is it game over for Trump?

As the US government tries to convince Russia and Saudi Arabia to put an end to the oil price war, it might just be too little, too late for the Trump Administration. Read Full Article at RT.com

Is THIS Milton Keynes warehouse the key to fixing Britain's testing fiasco?

The National Biosample Centre site in Milton Keynes could be the key to fixing Britain's testing fiasco after the Prime Minister pledged to massively increase swabbing.
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Is THIS Milton Keynes warehouse the key to fixing Britain's testing fiasco?

The National Biosample Centre site in Milton Keynes could be the key to fixing Britain's testing fiasco after the Prime Minister pledged to massively increase swabbing.

Canadians want to know how bad this could get. Is anyone ready to tell us?

In his recent public statements about the pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has taken to using the language of war — appropriate for describing a threat so deadly and so fast-moving. But Canadians need more than metaphors. They need information.
CBC | Canada News

Canadians want to know how bad this could get. Is anyone ready to tell us?

In his recent public statements about the pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has taken to using the language of war — appropriate for describing a threat so deadly and so fast-moving. But Canadians need more than metaphors. They need information.

Why Canada is taking so long to start testing blood for COVID-19

Because of testing delays in Canada, thousands of COVID-19 cases are being missed. There is a rapid blood test that will reveal within 15 minutes who has been infected, but so far none of those tests has been approved for use in Canada.
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Why Canada is taking so long to start testing blood for COVID-19

Because of testing delays in Canada, thousands of COVID-19 cases are being missed. There is a rapid blood test that will reveal within 15 minutes who has been infected, but so far none of those tests has been approved for use in Canada.

Healthcare workers make up 1 in 10 known cases of COVID-19 in Ontario

Healthcare workers make up roughly 1 in every 10 of the known COVID-19 cases in Ontario, totaling 229 lab-confirmed cases to date, CBC News has learned.
CBC | Canada News

Healthcare workers make up 1 in 10 known cases of COVID-19 in Ontario

Healthcare workers make up roughly 1 in every 10 of the known COVID-19 cases in Ontario, totaling 229 lab-confirmed cases to date, CBC News has learned.

Coronavirus lockdown has forced us into an economic trial and error experiment: Don Pittis

From the trite to the sublime, the world is being coerced into a grudging socioeconomic beta test. Not all will make it to the final product release but some changes are here to stay, Don Pittis writes.
CBC | Canada News

Coronavirus lockdown has forced us into an economic trial and error experiment: Don Pittis

From the trite to the sublime, the world is being coerced into a grudging socioeconomic beta test. Not all will make it to the final product release but some changes are here to stay, Don Pittis writes.

Long waits for COVID-19 test results reveal Canada's shortage of lab workers

Long waits for COVID-19 test results are due in part to a shortage of medical laboratory professionals in Canada, according to lab workers' associations and job vacancy data.
CBC | Canada News

Long waits for COVID-19 test results reveal Canada's shortage of lab workers

Long waits for COVID-19 test results are due in part to a shortage of medical laboratory professionals in Canada, according to lab workers' associations and job vacancy data.

Pupil tests positive for Covid-19, Palm View Primary School extends home-based learning

Home-based learning was extended by another day for pupils at Palm View Primary School as a student had tested positive for Covid-19. In a memo to parents on April 1, school principal Ming Kum wrote that a Primary 2 pupil had contracted the virus from a f
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Pupil tests positive for Covid-19, Palm View Primary School extends home-based learning

Home-based learning was extended by another day for pupils at Palm View Primary School as a student had tested positive for Covid-19. In a memo to parents on April 1, school principal Ming Kum wrote that a Primary 2 pupil had contracted the virus from a family member. The child had not travelled during the March school holidays. The pupil was well when last in school on March 30, and «remains in high spirits while receiving treatment,» she wrote. Some teachers and pupils who were in close contact with the child have been placed on a two-week leave of absence from April 1. As a precautionary measure, the school extended home-based learning by a day to conduct a thorough disinfection of its premises. Mrs Kum also urged all staff and pupils to observe good hygiene practices and to see a doctor immediately if they feel unwell. «These measures are in place to ensure that our school remains a safe environment for teaching and learning,» she said.  The school will reopen on April 3.

Harvard student crafts quiz that determines your type according to your Singapore political crush

Boredom at a time of social distancing can prove to be useful. You could take all that time on your hands and put them into something productive — or you could, like Harvard undergrad Yong Han Poh, craft a quiz  that would determine what type of partner yo
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Harvard student crafts quiz that determines your type according to your Singapore political crush

Boredom at a time of social distancing can prove to be useful. You could take all that time on your hands and put them into something productive — or you could, like Harvard undergrad Yong Han Poh, craft a quiz  that would determine what type of partner you prefer according to the Singapore politicians (and one famous contractor) you admire.  In something that’s totally not meant to be taken seriously, Yong posted on Facebook the characteristics or four prominent figures dealing with a nationwide health crisis.  They’re none other than Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Minister for National Development (and coronavirus task force chief) Lawrence Wong, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, and Phua Chu Kang, a contractor who’s known to be the «best in Singapore, JB and some say Batam».  At the risk of ruining the joke by explaining too much, Yong (jokingly) lists down the traits that you value in a partner according to you “quarantine crush”. If you feel inclined towards Minister Wong, hey, you’d like someone calm and steady, especially in times of crisis. If Minister Heng’s more your jam, perhaps you prefer someone sensible and serious. 

Man who spat on floor in hotel and shouted, 'Corona, corona', jailed for 2 months

SINGAPORE - A man smashed a plate and spat onto the floor of Azur restaurant at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport hotel after a waitress told him that the eatery was closed. Hotel staff later saw Jasvinder Singh Mehar Singh at the arrival hall of the airport'
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Man who spat on floor in hotel and shouted, 'Corona, corona', jailed for 2 months

SINGAPORE - A man smashed a plate and spat onto the floor of Azur restaurant at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport hotel after a waitress told him that the eatery was closed. Hotel staff later saw Jasvinder Singh Mehar Singh at the arrival hall of the airport's Terminal 3 and guided him back to the hotel lobby. Still unhappy, Singh spat onto the floor two more times and yelled: «Corona, corona.» The 52-year-old Singaporean was sentenced to two months' jail on Thursday (April 2) after pleading guilty to one count each of committing a rash act and being a public nuisance on March 3. This is the first conviction of its kind related to the current coronavirus outbreak. Singh must also spend an additional 55 days behind bars, as he had breached a remission order after his early release from prison in February. He was sentenced to jail in January to six months and five weeks' jail over offences including harassment. As part of the order, he was not supposed to commit any more offences between Feb 28 and April 26 this year.

Libya marks year of fighting, fears worse to come

While the world is gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, war-shattered Libya marks one year Saturday of its latest bloody conflict that is plunging it ever deeper into chaos. Russia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and others have fuelled the fighting in th
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Libya marks year of fighting, fears worse to come

While the world is gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, war-shattered Libya marks one year Saturday of its latest bloody conflict that is plunging it ever deeper into chaos. Russia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and others have fuelled the fighting in the oil-rich but poverty-stricken North African nation where hundreds have been killed and over 150,000 displaced. Medical experts warn that Libya is at heightened risk of the fast-spreading COVID-19 illness, given the deteriorated public health system in the gateway country for desperate Europe-bound migrants. As much of the world has hunkered down, militias in the south of the capital Tripoli have kept firing bullets, mortars and grenades at each other, the explosions echoing across the city. Libya has been gripped by chaos for almost a decade, since longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi was brought down and killed in a 2011 uprising backed by several Western powers. It is now split between the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli and forces loyal to eastern-based strongman Khalifa Haftar, who launched his offensive to try to capture the capital on April 4 last year. One year on, and several failed ceasefires later, «we are simply witnessing the decimation of a nation», said analyst Jalel Harchaoui of the Clingendael Institute in The Hague. The United Nations' envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, threw in the towel in early March following the repeated failure of efforts to restore order, although he said his resignation was for health reasons. A Berlin summit in late January saw Moscow, Ankara and other foreign players engaged in Libya pledge to respect an arms embargo and support a truce. But barely 10 days later, Salame was denouncing violations and a continuous influx of foreign arms and mercenaries. - 'Existential battle' - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has openly sent military equipment and fighters to the GNA. Russia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have meanwhile supported what Haftar claims is a campaign against jihadist «terrorists» and «criminals». As Haftar's offensive has so far failed to take Tripoli, said Harchaoui, Erdogan's government has been able «to increase its presence and influence in the Libyan capital». In recent months, Erdogan sent hundreds of pro-Turkish Syrian fighters to battle the pro-Haftar forces, who are supported by Russian mercenaries Moscow denies having sent. Armed groups from western Libya are fighting Haftar forces «in an existential battle», said Wolfram Lacher of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. «Haftar's forces are notorious for looting and summary executions, and they include groups that are motivated by a thirst for revenge against entire communities,» he said. «The fear of war crimes, of collective punishment, of marginalisation under dictatorial rule means that the forces fighting against Haftar won't give up easily. » Fighting has intensified in recent days, despite the latest pledges by both sides to accept UN and international calls for a humanitarian truce to help contain the coronavirus. The international community's «distraction linked to COVID-19 has accelerated and exacerbated this escalation which, in any case, was inevitable,» said Harchaoui. Libya has confirmed just a handful of cases so far, but the UN aid agency OCHA has warned it is «at high risk of the spread of COVID-19 given its levels of insecurity, weak health system and high numbers of migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons». - 'Situation unbearable' - A few days ago, the GNA even announced a counter-offensive paradoxically named «peace storm». Fighting is still concentrated south of Tripoli and east of the coastal city of Misrata, after pro-Haftar forces in early January captured Sirte, some 250 kilometres (150 miles) away. Fears of war and disease have piled on misery for the displaced, such as Fatma Khairi, who has taken refuge in a school building in the working class district of Abu Slim, in the south of Tripoli. «I have a lot of trouble with the communal toilets where often there is no water or soap,» she told AFP. «My family and I live in dramatic conditions that I can hardly describe to you. The situation has become unbearable.» The humanitarian situation is likely to deteriorate as the world faces a deep economic crisis and a further slump in the price of oil, Libya's main source of income. Pro-Haftar forces have already shuttered the country's main oil fields and production has come to a virtual standstill. A political resolution to the conflict seems remote, said both Lacher and Harchaoui, who agreed that the international community would have to pressure the outside powers, especially the United Arab Emirates. «If no Western state agrees to contradict the UAE even a little, an even more serious deterioration of the conflict will be inevitable,» said Harchaoui. Lacher judged that for now «Western states are not ready to exert meaningful pressure on Haftar and the UAE. As long as this is the case, the prospects for a political solution are virtually non-existent.» © Agence France-Presse

Seychelles and COVID-19: 8 measures taken by the island nation to protect its people

COVID-19 has swept across the globe, forcing governments to shut down travel and order citizens to stay at home to try to keep the spread from growing larger. Already there are more than 700,000 confirmed cases with more than 33,000 deaths globally from the i
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Seychelles and COVID-19: 8 measures taken by the island nation to protect its people

COVID-19 has swept across the globe, forcing governments to shut down travel and order citizens to stay at home to try to keep the spread from growing larger. Already there are more than 700,000 confirmed cases with more than 33,000 deaths globally from the infectious disease. Seychelles – 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean – recorded its first case on March 12, and to date, there are ten confirmed cases. SNA brings you 8 measures taken by the island nation to try to keep the COVID numbers as low as possible in Seychelles.   Travel ban to China and on Chinese nationals The outbreak of the COVID-19 had its source in the province of Wuhan in China. As the epidemic quickly spread, China started to close its borders. The world responded with travel bans to China. Seychelles took the decision not to allow Seychellois to travel to China to except for returning Chinese residents on January 29. This was after the local authority had released a travel advisory banning Chinese nationals from entering the islands.   (Seychelles Nation) Photo License: CC-BY   Ban and early closure of cruise ship season On March 9, Seychelles announced that it is temporarily closing down the island nation to cruise ships, bringing an early close to the season. Authorities later expanded the measures to include foreign yachts and pleasure crafts which are also not allowed in Seychelles’ waters.     (Rassin Vannier, Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC-BY   Closure of schools As of March 16, public schools on the main island of Mahe - where the first cases of COVID-19 were recorded - closed. The measure was first imposed for 14 days. The island nation’s four private schools, including one on the second-most populated island of Praslin, also closed. The Ministry of Education through the schools made available different resource materials so that students could continue to study at home. These are also available online.   (Joe Laurence, Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC-BY   Ban on all European visitors Ramping up its response to COVID-19, Seychelles imposed a ban on visitors from Europe, and on Mayotte and Reunion -- two French overseas departments in the Indian Ocean on March 18. The decision was a blow for the tourism sector as Europeans mainly from Germany, Italy, France and Switzerland are the top markets for Seychelles.   (Salifa Karapetyan, Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC-BY   Ban on overseas travels for all Seychellois On March 23, the head of state-imposed a one-month travel ban on all Seychellois except for medical emergencies. The new measures came at a time when Seychelles had recorded seven cases of COVID-19. Earlier that month the government had imposed a measure banning all of its employees from travelling abroad for official missions.   ( Seychelles Nation/SCAA) Photo License: CC-BY   Closure of all educational institutions, daycare centres and childminders Effective March 23, all educational institutions on the islands closed until further notice. These included the 25 primary and 11 secondary state schools on all three main islands. Four private schools, all post-secondary institutions and other establishments of higher learning such as the Guy Morel Institute and the University of Seychelles also closed. All daycare centres and childminders had to also abide by the new measure.   (Excel Childminding) Photo License: All Rights Reserved   Ban on public and religious gatherings including funeral services A measure that has impacted the whole nation as all public gatherings including sporting events were called off. In a country where the main religion is Christianity a complete ban on all religious gatherings also took effect in March. The Catholic Church went further by banning all church funeral services. The Anglican is still maintaining funerals but with a shorter 30 minutes service. The two mosques, as well as the Hindu temple, have also seized all worships.     (Joe Laurence, Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC-BY   Obligatory quarantine for all returning residents All returning citizens have no choice but to go into quarantine, one of the stricter measures imposed by the Public Health Authority to contain COVID-19 and prevent community transmissions. There are currently three main quarantine facilities on the main island of Mahe at Perseverance, Beau Vallon and Roche Caiman. Another facility is expected to become operational soon at the defence forces academy. On the second-most populated island of Praslin, Seychelles’ Pension Fund holiday apartments have been earmarked for quarantine.   (Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC-BY

Global virus cases almost hitting a million as US records youngest death

A six-week-old baby died of Covid-19 and global agencies warned of food shortages as coronavirus infections around the world neared one million Wednesday.
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Global virus cases almost hitting a million as US records youngest death

A six-week-old baby died of Covid-19 and global agencies warned of food shortages as coronavirus infections around the world neared one million Wednesday.

Russian plane with supplies for virus fight lands in US

A Russian military plane carrying medical supplies arrived in the United States on Wednesday, the Russian mission to the UN said, as the Kremlin flexes its soft power during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Russian plane with supplies for virus fight lands in US

A Russian military plane carrying medical supplies arrived in the United States on Wednesday, the Russian mission to the UN said, as the Kremlin flexes its soft power during the coronavirus pandemic.

Delivery Hero takes steps to support struggling restaurants

Delivery Hero , one of the world's top online food delivery marketplaces, announced measures on Thursday to support restaurants that are trying to survive coronavirus lockdowns by ramping up deliveries to consumers stuck at home.
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Delivery Hero takes steps to support struggling restaurants

Delivery Hero , one of the world's top online food delivery marketplaces, announced measures on Thursday to support restaurants that are trying to survive coronavirus lockdowns by ramping up deliveries to consumers stuck at home.

Commentary: Why clapping for COVID-19 carers feels so strangely uplifting

The effects of everyone coming together to show their appreciation for these groups of people went beyond feeling grateful, says Catherine Loveday.
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Commentary: Why clapping for COVID-19 carers feels so strangely uplifting

The effects of everyone coming together to show their appreciation for these groups of people went beyond feeling grateful, says Catherine Loveday.

Salybia Constituency MP joins with Kalinago Council to activate COVID-19 task force

As you are aware, COVID-19 has infected several individuals in Dominica with a high probability of affecting many more. In direct response to this anomaly, the Parliamentary Representative for the Salybia Constituency has joined forces with the Kalinago Counc
Dominica News Online

Salybia Constituency MP joins with Kalinago Council to activate COVID-19 task force

As you are aware, COVID-19 has infected several individuals in Dominica with a high probability of affecting many more. In direct response to this anomaly, the Parliamentary Representative for the Salybia Constituency has joined forces with the Kalinago Council and... The post Salybia Constituency MP joins with Kalinago Council to activate COVID-19 task force appeared first on Dominica News Online.

BREAKING NEWS: State of Emergency declared in Dominica

A state of emergency has been declared in Dominica. A curfew is now in effect from 6pm to 6am on weekdays with a total lockdown on weekends until the 20th of April, 2020. The Attorney General, Levi Peter, has just... The post BREAKING NEWS: State of Emergenc
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BREAKING NEWS: State of Emergency declared in Dominica

A state of emergency has been declared in Dominica. A curfew is now in effect from 6pm to 6am on weekdays with a total lockdown on weekends until the 20th of April, 2020. The Attorney General, Levi Peter, has just... The post BREAKING NEWS: State of Emergency declared in Dominica appeared first on Dominica News Online.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Postponement of village council elections for Woodfordhill and Calibishie

The Electoral Office of Dominica informs the public that Village Council Elections for Woodfordhill and Calibishie have been postponed until further notice. The two elections were slated for April 6th and April 13th. This postponement is in accordance with re
Dominica News Online

ANNOUNCEMENT: Postponement of village council elections for Woodfordhill and Calibishie

The Electoral Office of Dominica informs the public that Village Council Elections for Woodfordhill and Calibishie have been postponed until further notice. The two elections were slated for April 6th and April 13th. This postponement is in accordance with recommendations... The post ANNOUNCEMENT: Postponement of village council elections for Woodfordhill and Calibishie appeared first on Dominica News Online.

'Put yourself in my shoes': Khabib 'CANCELS' UFC 249 fight, will not circumvent Covid-19 quarantine measures

Khabib Nurmagomedov has confirmed he will not take extreme measures to circumvent quarantine laws to Tony Ferguson UFC 249, asking fans to «put yourself in my shoes» in a heartfelt Instagram post on Wednesday. Read Full Article at RT.com
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'Put yourself in my shoes': Khabib 'CANCELS' UFC 249 fight, will not circumvent Covid-19 quarantine measures

Khabib Nurmagomedov has confirmed he will not take extreme measures to circumvent quarantine laws to Tony Ferguson UFC 249, asking fans to «put yourself in my shoes» in a heartfelt Instagram post on Wednesday. Read Full Article at RT.com

Volkswagen extends Mexico production halt as coronavirus bites

German automaker Volkswagen said on Wednesday it would extend until April 30 a suspension of activities at two production plants in central Mexico after the government declared a health emergency because of coronavirus.
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Volkswagen extends Mexico production halt as coronavirus bites

German automaker Volkswagen said on Wednesday it would extend until April 30 a suspension of activities at two production plants in central Mexico after the government declared a health emergency because of coronavirus.

COVID-19: Here's how you can help save your favourite local small businesses

From purchasing merchandise and gift vouchers to doing takeaways, Singaporeans can help their go-to restaurants, bookstores and other small businesses stay afloat during these trying times. Here are some suggestions.
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COVID-19: Here's how you can help save your favourite local small businesses

From purchasing merchandise and gift vouchers to doing takeaways, Singaporeans can help their go-to restaurants, bookstores and other small businesses stay afloat during these trying times. Here are some suggestions.

Over 1,000 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Brazil in past day — ministry

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Brazil stands at 6,836, and 240 people died from coronavirus-related illnesses and complications
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Over 1,000 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Brazil in past day — ministry

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Brazil stands at 6,836, and 240 people died from coronavirus-related illnesses and complications

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