Avoid U.S. visits over coronavirus, mayor of Mexico's Tijuana says

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The mayor of Tijuana, the biggest Mexican city on the U.S. border, on Wednesday urged residents to restrict visits to the United States to reduce the risk of catching the coronavirus, as Mexico’s tally of infections climbed. The mayor, Arturo Gonzalez, said in a statement that…

Don't let coronavirus stall climate action, warns architect of Paris deal

LONDON (REUTERS) – Governments must not let the coronavirus pandemic derail action on climate change, an architect of the landmark Paris climate agreement warned on Wednesday (March 18), saying the vulnerabilities laid bare by the virus could serve to spur a more concerted response. Laurence Tubiana, a former French diplomat…

Dollar surges, stocks fall as ECB fails to stop panic

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The dollar surged, bonds plunged and global markets struggled to find their footing on Thursday as the European Central Bank’s latest promise of stimulus provided only brief solace while the world struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. stock futures EScv1 fell 2%. The Australian dollar was…

Muslim event in Indonesia stopped amid coronavirus fears

JAKARTA (Reuters) – A rally of Muslim pilgrims that is drawing thousands of people to Indonesia has been stopped amid fears that it could help spread the new coronavirus, an official said. For days, authorities had been trying to persuade Ijtima Asia, part of the global Tablighi Jama’at movement of…

Coronavirus: Edmonton daycare hoping to reopen

An Edmonton daycare operator is asking the provincial government to modify rules to allow her and others to reopen amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. On Sunday, the province announced it was cancelling all classes in Alberta and closing all licenced daycare centres. The following day, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw…

Coronavirus: OHL cancels remainder of regular season, no decision yet on playoffs

The Ontario Hockey League has cancelled the remaining 56 games of the 2019-20 season amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. The decision came on Wednesday following a meeting with the OHL’s board of governors and consultation with medical professionals. “In the interest of the safety of our players, officials, staff, fans…

WHO: Testing, tracing must be 'backbone' of coronavirus response

Countries across the world must take a comprehensive approach to fighting the coronavirus pandemic and isolate, test and trace as many cases as possible, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. “To suppress and control the epidemic, countries must isolate, test, treat and trace,” the WHO’s Director General Tedros…