Coronavirus: Quebec deaths climb to 5, cases rise to 181

Five people have now died in Quebec due to the novel coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19, while the number of confirmed cases in the province has climbed to 181. The Quebec government announced the additional four deaths and 42 new confirmed cases on Saturday. Officials said four of the five…

China sees continued rise in imported coronavirus cases

BEIJING (Reuters) – China on Sunday reported 46 new cases of coronavirus, the fourth straight day with an increase, with all but one of those cases imported from overseas, according to the country’s National Health Commission. While China has drastically reduced the number of reported domestically transmitted cases – the…

First coronavirus cases confirmed in the Palestinian Gaza Strip

GAZA (Reuters) – The first two cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the densely-populated Gaza Strip, Palestinian health officials said on Sunday. Two Palestinians who had traveled from Pakistan and entered Gaza through Egypt had tested positive for the virus late on Saturday and have been in quarantine in…

Swiss coronavirus cases surge, canton orders seniors to stay home

ZURICH (Reuters) – Switzerland on Saturday reported 6,100 coronavirus infections, 25% more than a day earlier, and 56 deaths, the Swiss health ministry said, as the canton of Ticino that borders hard-hit Italy banned seniors over 65 from leaving their homes to shop. “The situation in Ticino is very tense,”…

UPDATE 4-U.S. Senate races to agree on massive coronavirus relief package

(Recasts with efforts to forge deal; adds fresh quotes from McConnell, Schumer and Rubio) By David Morgan WASHINGTON, March 21 (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S. Senate scrambled on Saturday to forge a bipartisan agreement on a $1 trillion-plus bill aimed at stemming the economic fallout from the growing coronavirus outbreak,…

Mexico's president thanks Trump for not closing border

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Twitter on Saturday that he spoke with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump and thanked him for not closing their countries’ shared border. Lopez Obrador said he also proposed accelerating the implementation of a regional trade deal between the…