Stop calling 911 for COVID-19 testing: Waterloo CAO

A Region of Waterloo official says that people have been calling 911 in an effort to get tested quicker for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. “I want to send an important reminder to citizens about the appropriate use of 911,” Waterloo Region CAO Mike Murray said Wednesday morning. “Please do not dial 911 in an attempt to […]

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‘We’ve ventured into a battle’: Inside New York’s ERs as they fight COVID-19

NEW YORK — A “cacophony of coughing” in packed emergency rooms. Beds squeezed in wherever there is space. Overworked, sleep-deprived doctors and nurses rationed to one face mask a day and wracked by worry about a dwindling number of available ventilators. Such is the reality inside New York City’s hospitals, which have become the war-zone-like epicenter of the nation’s coronavirus […]

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Coronavirus: Waterloo Region, municipalities declare state of emergency

The Region of Waterloo and its seven municipalities have each declared a state of emergency in response to the growing novel coronavirus pandemic. Mayors for area cities (Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo) and townships (North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich) joined Regional Chair Karen Redman in signing declarations on Wednesday morning. In a release, the region and municipalities say this will […]

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Coronavirus: Why current crisis could be just as deadly as Spanish Flu

Since the initial coronavirus cases were reported in Wuhan, China, last November, the deadly outbreak has spread rapidly across the globe. Today, the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 is edging ever closer to half a million and has led to the deaths of more than 19,000 people. Self-isolation measures have been enforced by world leaders in attempts to […]

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Britain's Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Charles, the 71-year-old heir to the British throne, has tested positive for coronavirus but is in good health and is now self isolating in Scotland. Charles, eldest son of Queen Elizabeth, is displaying what Clarence House said were mild symptoms but remains in good health and has been working from his home on the Balmoral Estate […]

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Russia lifts tsunami warning after M7.5 quake off Kuril Islands

(Reuters) – Russian authorities lifted a tsunami warning in the Pacific far east on Wednesday after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the Kuril Islands, the RIA news agency reported, citing a representative of the Sakhalin Tsunami Centre. Residents in the town of Severo-Kurilsk in Russia’s Sakhalin region had earlier been evacuated to a safe zone on […]

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