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UK's Gove defends PM's adviser Cummings: he's a man of honour and integrity

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s senior adviser Dominic Cummings acted reasonably by travelling to northern England during the coronavirus lockdown and is a man of integrity, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said on Tuesday. Gove, a long-term ally of Cummings, said he did not break the letter of the government’s coronavirus lockdown […]

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Italy reports 92 coronavirus deaths on Monday, just 300 new infections

ROME (Reuters) – Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy climbed by 92 on Monday, against 50 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said, while the daily tally of new cases dropped to just 300 from 531 on Sunday. Sunday’s daily death toll did not include fatalities from the worst-affected Lombardy region, due to […]

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Singaporean cooks up Eid feast for migrant workers in lockdown

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – As Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr to mark the end of the fasting month, thousands of migrant workers in Singapore have had to spend the holiday in quarantine because of outbreaks of the novel coronavirus in their dormitories. To cheer them up, Singaporean business Dushyant Kumar, his wife and a […]

Politics

Coronavirus: PM offers Cummings his ‘full support’ – as Labour calls for inquiry

Dominic Cummings has the “full support” of Boris Johnson after it emerged the prime minister’s top aide travelled 260 miles from London to Durham during the lockdown. The PM has come under pressure to sack him after it was revealed he drove his wife and child to a family property in the North East after […]

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Coronavirus is taking ‘different path’ in Africa due to age differences

Coronavirus appears to be taking a “different pathway” in Africa compared with the rest of the world, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. The number of infections surpassed 100,000 on Friday, with the continent not experiencing the very high numbers devastating many countries despite its fragile health systems. More than 3,100 people have died […]

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Iran to reopen religious, cultural sites: president

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran on Saturday moved to open businesses, religious and cultural sites as it eases restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Museums and historical sites are to reopen on Sunday to coincide with the Eid el-Fitr celebrations that end the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, President Hassan Rouhani said on state […]

Economy

Hertz files for bankruptcy as car rentals disappear amid coronavirus pandemic

Hertz filed for bankruptcy protection Friday, unable to withstand the coronavirus pandemic that has crippled global travel and with it, the heavily indebted 102-year-old car rental company’s business. The Estero, Florida-based company’s lenders were unwilling to grant it another extension on its auto lease debt payments past a Friday deadline, triggering the filing in U.S. Bankruptcy […]

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Cuba credits two drugs with slashing coronavirus death toll

HAVANA (Reuters) – Communist-run Cuba said this week that use of two drugs produced by its biotech industry that reduce hyper-inflammation in seriously ill COVID-19 patients has sharply curbed its coronavirus-related death toll. Health authorities have reported just two virus-related deaths over the past nine days among more than 200 active cases on the Caribbean’s […]

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Safety measures enhanced for seasonal workers at South Okanagan campground

New provincial funding will help enhance pandemic-related safety protocols at a South Okanagan campground that houses seasonal workers. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) says it has received $60,000 from the Ministry of Agriculture to continue coordinating COVID-19 precautions at the Loose Bay Campground near Oliver. The campground is used by domestic seasonal workers for […]

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Class of 2020 at Royal Military College in Kingston celebrates graduation — virtually

It’s graduation season at Royal Military College in Kingston,where four years of hard work is paying off for nearly 250 officer cadets. Unlike past years, however, most of the pomp and ceremony has been shelved due to COVID-19. Instead, the Class of 2020 took part in a virtual convocation ceremony on Thursday. Elodie Bedard is […]