Coronavirus: Trump to invoke emergency powers to marshal medical supplies amid pandemic

Confronting twin health and economic crises, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he will invoke emergency powers to marshal critical medical supplies against a coronavirus pandemic threatening to overwhelm hospitals and other treatment centres. The Senate acted on the economic front, approving legislation to guarantee sick leave to workers sickened by…

Coronavirus: Simcoe County, Ont. declares COVID-19 emergency

Simcoe County Warden George Cornell declared an emergency on Wednesday afternoon as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Local officials say an emergency declaration allows the county additional resources to protect the health and safety of residents and businesses. ​​”The County of Simcoe is taking the important step of declaring…

U.S. blacklists Chinese, South African companies over Iran oil trade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday identified seven companies that it has blacklisted for trade in Iranian petrochemicals – three based in mainland China, three in Hong Kong and one in South Africa – the State Department said in a statement. Separately, the department also named five Iranian…

Coronavirus slowdown seen from space

Satellite images of normally busy locations around the world show how the coronavirus is having an impact on travel and tourism. In Vermont, car parks are empty as skiers keep away from the resort at Killington. Gatherings of 50 or more people have been banned in the state, bars have…

Coronavirus: MKO bans non-essential travel from northern Manitoba reserves

First Nations in northern Manitoba are bringing in new rules to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Grand Chief Garrison Settee says First Nations are more at risk because of over-crowded households, less access to medical treatment and because many people have complex health problems. The…

Chile´s Pinera declares 90-day state of catastrophe over coronavirus outbreak

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Wednesday declared a 90-day state of catastrophe as cases of the new coronavirus mounted in the nation, giving the government extraordinary powers to restrict freedom of movement and assure food supply and basic services. A military official will oversee the 90-day measure,…