Coronavirus live updates: Need to prepare for ‘battle’ at the apex, Cuomo says

A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has infected more than 823,000 people around the world. Over 174,000 of those patients have recovered from the the new respiratory virus, which causes an illness known officially as COVID-19. More than 40,000 people across the globe have died, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. With more...

€4.1 billion can still be mobilized in EU Budget to tackle #Coronavirus crisis  

Ahead of the European Parliament’s vote on the first coronavirus measures during the extraordinary plenary session on 26 March, Siegfried Muresan MEP, the European People’s Party (EPP) vice president and EPP Group vice chairman responsible for EU Budget, proposed to mobilize additional €4.1 billion in the EU Budget. “Unprecedented times require unprecedented actions. The EPP fully...

Walmart to Hire 150K Workers, Offer $550 Million in Bonuses

Walmart will hire 150,000 workers to meet rising demand during the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, the company said Thursday. “As part of responding to the current environment, Walmart is also hiring 150,000 new associates through the end of May to work in stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers,” the press release read. At first, the positions will be temporary but many...

GoodLife Fitness closes all locations Canada-wide in response to novel coronavirus spread – National

Well-known gym chain GoodLife Fitness is closing all its locations across Canada effective immediately in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.“As the virus continues to spread in communities across Canada we have made the difficult but important decision to close all GoodLife Fitness Clubs across Canada, effective immediately,” said a statement posted online Sunday...

Coronavirus Proves Trump ‘Incompetent’ on Economy

CHARLESTON, South Carolina — Billionaire left-wing donor Tom Steyer told reporters in the spin room after the Democrat debate Tuesday evening that the coronavirus proved President Donald Trump was “incompetent.” “He’s incompetent … He’s unprepared in terms of the coronavirus to deal with the real world when things go wrong,” Steyer said. “He’s incompetent and bad for the...

Italy reports 1st death from COVID-19 as cases more than quadruple to 19 – National

Italy reported its first death from COVID-19 from China early Saturday and the number of people infected more than quadrupled due to a cluster of cases that prompted officials to order schools, restaurants and businesses to close.State-run RAI television reported a 78-year-old man, one of two people in northern Veneto region to have been infected, died Friday. Italian news agencies ANSA and...

Over half of English people gambled last year, survey finds | Society

Health bosses have raised the alarm about the prevalence of gambling after official figures found more than half of people aged 16 or older in England gambled at some point during 2018. The results are contained in the Health Survey for England 2018, which also showed that millions of people are overweight, drink too much alcohol, eat badly or fail to do enough exercise. The survey showed that...

Quebec promises new tobacco, vaping regulations by next spring

The government is warning Quebecers that vaping — with or without nicotine — can be extremely dangerous. Adnan Abidi / REUTERS Quebec Health Minister Danielle McCann has pledged a new series of regulations governing tobacco use and vaping by April of 2020.Public health director Horacio Arruda has been tasked to oversee a committee to create the new rules, McCann said in a communiqué...

Quebec pharmacies facing acute shortage of flu vaccines this year

The flu vaccine — which this year protects against four strains instead of the usual three — is in short supply, so distribution has been limited to those who need it. SunMedia Pharmacies across Quebec are struggling with an acute shortage of the influenza vaccine even as the flu season is shaping up to be a tougher one.Priority has been given to nursing homes and CLSC clinics that...