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…

Germany considering 350 billion euros in new debt to counter crisis -sources

BERLIN, March 21 (Reuters) – The German government is readying stimulus measures requiring about 350 billion euros ($374 billion) in net new debt to counter the coronavirus crisis, several people familiar with the plans told Reuters on Saturday. The package will include a supplementary government budget of about 150 billion…

Soviet-era biological weapons lab aims to have coronavirus vaccine ready by June

The Cold War complex – now one of the world’s leading anti-virus centres – aims to have two viable vaccines for Covid-19 ready by June. Scientists at the war-to-peace institute say they are conducting tests on ferrets and “lower primates” like lemurs, a lorises, and galagos or bush babies. Samples from…

Strathcona County suspending transit fare collection over COVID-19 concerns

As part of its ongoing response to the escalating COVID-19 crisis, Strathcona County is temporarily suspending transit fare collection beginning Saturday “to further ensure the safety of transit operators.” In a news release issued on Friday, county officials also said people getting onto transit buses will need to enter through…