Hungary to deploy military personnel to 140 state companies during pandemic

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary will deploy special military task forces to monitor the operations of 140 state companies providing critical services during the coronavirus pandemic, Defence Minister Tibor Benko said late on Wednesday. The newly created task forces, consisting of several soldiers, police officers and disaster unit workers, will provide…

End in sight? Huge coronavirus boost as ZERO new cases reported in Wuhan

However, experts have warned there can be no relaxation in stringent measures being imposed worldwide to contain the disease, with one stressing mankind “cannot coexist” with the virus in the same way as influenza. As the pandemic escalates in Europe, where more than 400 additional deaths were recorded in Italy…

Australia bans non-residents from entering country on coronavirus fears

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday all non-citizens and non-residents would be banned from entering the country from 9 pm (1000 GMT) Friday. “The overwhelming proportion of cases in Australia have been imported.,” Morrison told a televised briefing in Canberra. Australia has recorded around 600…

CNRL cuts spending, salaries as more oil producers trim capital plan

Oilsands giant Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. is joining a lengthening list of oilpatch players who are cutting 2020 capital spending due to the COVID-19 pandemic and plunging oil prices. After markets closed Wednesday, it said it will cut its capital budget this year to $2.96 billion, down from its previous…

Northern Manitoba First Nations make plans to prevent spread of COVID-19

The organization representing First Nations in northern Manitoba also implemented new regulations for its communities to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. “COVID-19 will impact First Nations very differently from the rest of Canadian society because of the social determinants that we live in, and the living conditions in the…

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…