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…

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…

Deserted streets, digital dancing as Argentina goes into lockdown

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina went into full lockdown mode on Friday, with streets in Buenos Aires largely deserted, while workers and school kids in the capital logged on remotely to offices, classrooms and even digital dancing lessons, after a mandatory quarantine was imposed. On Thursday President Alberto Fernandez announced…

Alberta laying groundwork for enforcement during coronavirus health emergency

One day after Calgary Gold’s Gym locations were under fire for disobeying capacity measures put in place during the coronavirus pandemic, new signs on Friday indicated the facilities were closed until further notice. On March 17, Premier Jason Kenney declared a state of public health emergency. Under that order, Albertans…