Coronavirus

‘Nothing is off the table’: B.C. premier on a four-day work week following pandemic

B.C. Premier John Horgan says the idea of a four-day work week in the province is something that could be possible in the years to come. “One of the advantages and opportunities we have coming out of a pandemic is nothing should be off the table,” Horgan said, speaking at his weekly media availability on …

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#COVID-19 fears give rise to new threats facing Europe

The new Franco-German initiative to mobilize €500 billion in funding for EU regions and industries isn’t just “a great step towards a fiscal union and a properly functioning currency union,” as Eurogroup head Mario Centeno put it; it is also one of the most coherent efforts to push back against unprecedented blows to European solidarity …

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Negotiating to ease struggle of keeping COVID-19 out of long-term care

Article content VICTORIA — From the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak, B.C. had to struggle to keep the virus out of long-term care facilities, Health Minister Adrian Dix reflected this week. He recalled how he and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepared for a daily media briefing in early March, knowing the virus had …

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Canadian retail sales in March saw worst drop on record — and that’s just the start

The desperate situation for Canadian retailers came into clearer focus on Friday as Statistics Canada released a report showing record-breaking declines of billions of dollars in sector-wide sales during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. The sales data from March captures the first weeks of the panic, as work-from-home orders swept the country and …

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Report says 70% of COVID-19 cases in Israel likely linked to US, not EU or China

According to a study published on Monday by Tel Aviv University (TAU), more than 70% of those in Israel who contracted the Coronavirus were infected by a strain that originated in the US. “Those who returned from the US created transmission chains,” Dr. Adi Stern of the School of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology at …

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Scheer presses for more House of Commons powers as coronavirus crisis stretches on – National

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted May 19, 2020 11:45 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says more parliamentary powers must be restored to properly scrutinize the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. He says the existing …

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Over 400 civil society groups from across the world unite to demand world leaders act together to fight #COVID-19 and deliver a plan to build back better

In response to the global crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, community volunteers, local civil society groups, and major non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have joined forces to demand a 12-point plan from world leaders. Ahead of the World Health Assembly and as governments consider key steps towards recovery, the group is calling for a joined up …

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Care, expertise and skill of nurses celebrated on International Nurses Day

Nurses stand at St Thomas’s Hospital in central London (Picture: EPA/PA) Nurses across the country have stood together – while socially distanced – to mark International Nurses Day. It is 200 years since nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale was born, and the event is to celebrate the anniversary. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, it has a special …

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Greek PM says EU must decide on health protocols for tourism to restart

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Monday that the EU needs to decide on health protocols to allow the tourism sector to restart soon, as the countries of the south are struggling to salvage their economies from the Coronavirus crisis aftermath. “Best-case scenario is Greece is open for business July 1, and we’re working …

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COVID-19: No registered massage therapists until at least June, says college

Article content continued Registered massage therapist Jeanie Bezdan is concerned with the health of her patients, particularly those who suffer migraines. Bezdan is managing partner at Royal City Health and Manual Therapy in New Westminster, which employs eight RMTs and six physiotherapists. She said that while physiotherapists can provide some online support to clients, massage …

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