Friday, July 10, 2020

Major failure by federal officials

The federal government insists that all is well, of course. “We have enhanced screening measures in place at all international airports, as well as land/rail/marine ports of entry,” Public Safety Minister Bill Blair tweeted last week. “We are taking the necessary steps to ensure that Canadians are safe in the face of COVID-19.” At a cringe-inducing press scrum Sunday night in Ottawa, Tourism Minister Mélanie Joly and Justice Minister David Lametti flopped around helplessly under sharp questioning by the Globe’s Marieke Walsh. (National Post)

COVID-19: The latest guidance for Canadians on travel, quarantines and what to do if you have symptoms

With a deluge of news about cancelled events together with conflicting information about what to do — or not do — the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic is causing confusion, uncertainty and worry among many Canadians. (CBC)
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A ‘pause’ on the world of sports is the right thing to do

It was inevitable, really, but when the announcement came it still sucked the air out of the room. Our arenas have gone dark. There will be no more games in the foreseeable future. A couple of days ago we were all talking about the Vancouver Canucks’ stretch drive, their second line, their defensive woes — any number of issues connected to the team. Now we wake up to find Brock Boeser’s deployment isn’t terribly relevant anymore. (The Province)

Italy quarantines 16 million people due to coronavirus concerns

Italy has placed up to 16 million people under quarantine as it battles to contain the spread of coronavirus. Anyone living in Lombardy and 14 other central and northern provinces will need special permission to travel. Milan and Venice are both affected. (BBC)

Around 70 trapped in China coronavirus quarantine hotel

SHANGHAI - About 70 people were trapped on Saturday after a five-storey hotel being used for coronavirus quarantine collapsed in the port city of Quanzhou in southeast China, state media said. (Toronto Sun)

22 dead as 6 tornados shred Nashville

At least 22 people have died across central Tennessee as a result of severe storms and at least one tornado that raked Nashville and the region late Monday and early Tuesday, officials said. (CNN)
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2 dead, dozens injured after nearly 200 vehicle crash near Montreal

Two people are dead and at least 40 others are injured after a major crash on Highway 15 in La Prairie outside of Montreal on Wednesday. The crash involved about 200 vehicles, including 15 trucks. (Global News)

Death of doctor who warned of coronavirus triggers backlash over China’s censorship

The death of a Chinese whistleblower doctor who was punished for trying to warn about the coronavirus has triggered a national backlash over freedom of speech and censorship that has overwhelmed official online attempts to contain or remove the expressions of anger. (USA Today)

Coronavirus declared global health emergency by WHO

The new coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread outside China. "The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries," said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.  (BBC)

CDC tells travelers to avoid China in expanded travel warning as coronavirus spreads

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is telling Americans to avoid all non-essential travel to China, expanding its travel warning from the city of Wuhan to the entire country as the coronavirus outbreak worsens, the agency said Tuesday. (CNBC)

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