India struggles with coronavirus shutdown; Pakistan cases top 1,000

NEW DELHI/BENGALURU (Reuters) – India’s 1.3 billion people were under lockdown on Wednesday to prevent an explosion of coronavirus cases as the government struggled to deliver essential goods and calm nerves. Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered everyone indoors for the next three weeks, saying it was the only way to avoid a disaster and effectively shutting down Asia’s third-largest economy. […]

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Spanish medics demand protection as death toll overtakes China's

Medics facing shortages attempt legal action to force authorities into procuring and distributing protective equipment. Madrid, Spain – Spain now has the world’s second-highest tally of coronavirus deaths after Italy, surpassing the number of dead in China, health authorities said on Wednesday. The number of people who have lost their lives because of the infection in Spain has reached 3,434, […]

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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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