Coronavirus: Penticton cracks down on social-distancing rule breakers

The City of Penticton says it’s cracking down on people and businesses who don’t follow social-distancing rules, now that bylaw officers have new powers to enforce public health orders to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic.  From March 25 to Monday morning, bylaw officers responded to four complaints of businesses breaking an order, three complaints related to people at or inside […]

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Coronavirus: Guelph No Frills employee tests positive for COVID-19

An employee at Domenic’s No Frills in Guelph, Ont., has tested positive for COVID-19, according to parent company Loblaws Companies Limited. The store on Harvard Road was closed on Monday for a thorough cleaning and is expected to reopen on Tuesday, a spokesperson confirmed in an email. The employee’s last shift was on March 18 and is currently self-isolating. Loblaws […]

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The Best Matzo? It’s Homemade

This version may not be kosher for Passover, but it’s delicate, airy and quick to make. By Melissa Clark Of all the delights of the Seder table — the tender brisket, the golden chicken soup flecked with dill, the wine-drenched charoset rich with apples — commercial, kosher-for-Passover matzo falls pretty low on the list. Made from only flour and water, […]

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Coronavirus hits rich and poor unequally in Latin America – The Denver Post

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — From Mexico City to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Santiago, Chile, the coronavirus is taking root in the world’s most unequal region, where many of Latin America’s first cases arrived with members of the elite returning from vacations or work trips to Europe and the United States. Many of the wealthy are already recovering, but experts warn that the […]

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Virtual religion: Denver houses of worship go online after coronavirus closures

At Central Presbyterian Church last Sunday, Pastor Louise Westfall stood in a strangely empty sanctuary, lit a candle, and delivered a livestreamed service. “If you’re watching via Facebook, check in regularly during the broadcast. Those little emojis scrolling up the screen provide a way to connect with virtual touch,” the pastor told her distant — and social-distancing — congregation. Elsewhere […]

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Zimbabwe locks down to fight coronavirus amid economic crisis

HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe began a 21-day nationwide lockdown on Monday, following South Africa in implementing some of the world’s toughest anti-coronavirus measures likely to hurt an economy already suffering hyperinflation and food shortages. But unlike neighboring South Africa, where many citizens defied calls to stay indoors, with some clashing with security forces at the weekend, Zimbabweans mostly stayed home. […]

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Hard times shape speedy Saudi and Kuwaiti coronavirus response

RIYADH/KUWAIT (Reuters) – The world’s last major coronavirus outbreak, in 2012, began in Saudi Arabia, where a faltering response allowed the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) to kill several hundred people and spread across the region. This time around, the kingdom was better prepared, public health officials say. Their experience of MERS meant hospitals had already established separate triage units […]

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IMF says ECB, ESM support key to strong EU coronavirus response

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund said on Monday the relaxation of the euro zone’s fiscal rules and support from the European Central Bank and the European Stability Mechanism is critical to a strong regional response to the coronavirus pandemic. “The determination of euro area leaders to do what it takes to stabilize the euro should not be underestimated,” […]

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New Orleans doctors scramble as coronavirus deaths, cases soar

(Reuters) – Emergency room doctor Thomas Krajewski stopped at the hospital room door at 2 a.m. to glance at the chart. He knew instantly the long odds faced by the patient inside: A man in his 70s, with a fever, short of breath. “Do you mind calling my son?” the patient asked him. “My two grandsons tomorrow morning are going […]

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