Category: COVID19

The latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic

Monkeys Steal Coronavirus Blood Samples From Lab Worker

A mob of monkeys stormed a lab worker in India and snatched several coronavirus-positive blood samples — causing outbreak-fearing neighbours to go ape, according to a report Friday.  In the attack, a laboratory technician was carrying boxes of the blood across the campus of a state-run medical college in Meerut, near Delhi, when the primates pounced.  “Monkeys grabbed Read more

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Ontario To Amend Labour Laws And Hydro Rate Relief Extended – Full COVID19 Update

Ontario is temporarily amending its labour laws to help businesses avoid permanently laying off workers and paying out severance — which could send some into bankruptcy during the pandemic. The government is expected to announce today that it will amend the Employment Standards Act, which requires businesses to terminate employees who’ve been laid off for 13 weeks. The law then … Read more

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Starbucks Canada Will Open Their Doors At Most Locations This Weekend

By this weekend, two-thirds of Starbucks stores across Canada will offer grab-and-go service.… Read more

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Ford Says Inspectors Were Afraid To Enter Long Term Care Homes – Full COVID-19 Update

Premier Ford says some government inspectors were too afraid to go into long term care homes at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ford says he understands the inspectors are not medical professionals but he isn’t going to continue “taking bullets” for OPSEU, which is the union representing the inspectors. He adds the situation contributed to his decision … Read more

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Many More Services Are Now Allowed To Open – Full COVID-19 Update

Dentists, optometrists and other providers in Ontario will soon be able to start taking clients again. They’re included in a list of more than two dozen health-care providers that can gradually reopen after being closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Also on the list: chiropracters, physiotherapists, psychologists, dieticians, denturists, and midwives are also included on the list released as part … Read more

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Military Report Finds Horrific Conditions In Long-Term Care Homes – Full COVID-19 Update

Premier Ford says a Canadian Armed Forces report on five long-term care centres in the province is heartbreaking, horrific and gut-wrenching. Ford requested that the military be deployed to the facilities overwhelmed by outbreaks of COVID-19. The report listed vermin infestations, hygiene problems, failure to isolate infected patients from other residents,  aggressive resident feeding that caused choking and residents crying … Read more

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More Than 25% Of All Americans And 44% Of Republicans Believe Conspiracy Theory That Bill Gates Is Plotting To Use A Covid-19 Vaccine To Implant Microchips In People

A new survey has shown more than 25 percent of Americans and 44 percent of Republicans believe a crazy conspiracy theory that Bill Gates is plotting to use a Covid-19 vaccine to implant microchips in people.  The survey, conducted by Yahoo News and YouGov, asked 1,640 Americans questions about the conspiracy theory between May 20 and 21.  Some 28 percent … Read more

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Burger King Debuts “Social Distancing Whopper”

Burger King wants you to have it your way — and make others stay away.  Burger King Italy has playfully added another layer to social distancing with the debut of a new Whopper, triple-loaded with… Read more

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Universal Orlando To Reopen June 5th

Universal Orlando will reopen June 5th. Yes of course it will look a lot different, but the State of Florida… Read more

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Survey Finds What Canadians Think About Where COVID-19 Really Came From – Full Daily Update

If you feel like the government is not telling you everything about the COVID-19 crisis, you not alone. Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies asked more than 1,500 people from coast to coast about specific theories circulated online regarding the virus. While a few who responded believe Bill Gates is responsible, that there’s a link between the pandemic and … Read more

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The Latest COVID-19 Numbers In Canada

Here are the latest numbers of confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada as of May 25, 2020:

There are 84,699 confirmed and … Read more

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Ford Now Inviting Anyone Who Wants A Test To Get One – Full COVID-19 Update

Premier Ford says testing protocols for COVID-19 have been expanded and anybody who feels they were exposed to the virus can be tested. Ford says even asymptomatic people can get tested, marking a shift in previous testing practices. He made the comments yesterday saying no one will be turned away from an assessment centre and appointments are not necessary. Yesterday … Read more

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The Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson Charity Golf Match-Up Happens Sunday

This Sunday, golf fans will be treated to a golf matchup when Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning face off against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in “The Match: Champions for Charity.”  The origins of this golf exhibition began late in 2018, when Woods and Mickelson competed in The Match at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. Phil pulled away … Read more

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New PETA Billboard Causes Pandemic Controversy

PETA is once again getting some pushback on its billboards.  The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals put up a billboard in cities in California, Iowa and Nebraska, as well as internationally, featuring a block of tofu with the statement “Tofu never caused a pandemic. Try it today!”  The animal rights organization is referencing the COVID-19 crisis, … Read more

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Via Trains Are Ready To Roll And Ford Wants Testing On The General Public – Full COVID-19 Update:

Premier Ford is asking health officials to deliver a plan next week to test as many people as possible for COVID-19. Ford made the call after Ontario’s testing rates dropped after a testing blitz of every long-term care resident and staff member was finished over the weekend. The premier says he’d like expanded testing to include people without symptoms, because … Read more

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Cambridge Woman Self-Isolates, Still Tests Positive For Coronavirus 8 Times

An Ontario woman who contracted the coronavirus in March has tested positive for the illness for an eighth time.  Tracy Schofield from Cambridge, Ontario, came down with COVID-19 symptoms including fever, chills and shortness of breath March 30 and tested positive for the first time March 31.  Since then, she has taken eight more tests, including one that inexplicably came … Read more

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Dr Tam Now Recommending Canadians Wear Masks – Full COVID-19 Update

Yesterday Canadians got the recommendation that probably could have saved hundreds of lives if it had been issued sooner. Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam is now recommending covering your face when maintaining physical distance is not be possible. This advice is slightly stronger than previous recommendations that people should “consider” wearing a face mask in public. Tam … Read more

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Proposed New Measures To Get People Flying Again

The International Air Transport Association is proposing a set of measures including the mandatory use of facemasks, a ban on lining up for onboard washrooms and an end to physical distancing — all aimed at relaunching the global air travel industry. The association’s roadmap to restarting commercial flights — which have dropped off by more than 90 per cent among … Read more

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Ontario’s Emergency Order Extended Again And Schools Are Closed For The Year – Full COVID-19 Update

Yesterday Premier Ford announced schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year but at-home learning will continue. Ford said the safety of children is his top priority. Education Minister Stephen Lecce said parents will know the safety plan to reopen in September before the end of June. The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association said it will work … Read more

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Back To Business In Ontario Today And A Huge Announcement About The School Year Is Coming – Full COVID-19 Update

Today is a big day here in Ontario. First, it’s back-to-work day for thousands as the province enters Stage 1 of the COVID-19 recovery. Retail stores, vehicle dealerships and some sports centres are among those who can open their doors, as long as they comply with physical distancing and other safety measures. Construction can also resume today. Premier Ford says … Read more

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Ontario Is About To Enter Stage 1 – Full COVID-19 Update

Premier Ford says the province is moving into the next stage of its COVID-19 restart plan — allowing retail stores with streetfront entrances to re-open on Tuesday. Some surgeries and diagnostic imaging, all construction and pet grooming can also resume next week while golf courses and marinas will be allowed to open on Saturday — as long as physical distancing … Read more

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Toronto Mother And Daughter Dress Up As Dinosaurs To Hand Out Free PPE

Nina Antonakes and her daughter Demi wanted to cheer up and protect their Toronto neighbourhood. So what better way than dressing up in giant inflatable dinosaur costumes and handing out face masks?  Nina and Demi, who have been sewing masks for shelters during the coronavirus pandemic, decided to take their family-taught sewing skills on the road and hand out face … Read more

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Doctor Tam Says The Restrictions Won’t Be Lifted Anytime Soon – Full COVID-19 Update

Canada’s chief public health officer Doctor Theresa Tam says the impact of the COVID-19 will be felt for a long time. She’s shutting down any hopes for mass gatherings, non-essential travel, or an end to everyone working from home anytime soon. Tam also says Canada needs to carefully watch the COVID-19 situation in the U-S before allowing any cross-border travel. … Read more

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[Video] Bryan Adams Blames ‘F***ing Bat Eating, Wet Market Animal Selling, Virus Making Greedy Ba****ds” On Show Cancellation

Bryan Adams is being called out by fans, Canadians and it’s even trending across the US.… Read more

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Carnival Cruise Bookings Up 200 Per Cent

Despite the fears around COVID-19 travel and public health recommendations to restrict large gatherings, Carnival Cruise Line bookings rose 600 percent after the company said it will resume some of its cruises in August, says a member of the travel industry.  The sharp rise in bookings is 200 percent higher than this same time last year, reports an American Express … Read more

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Almost 60 Per Cent Of Canadians Are Feeling Anxiety About Leaving The House – Full COVID-19 Update

As COVID-19 restrictions continue to linger, a new survey suggests more than half of Canadians say venturing out into public has become a stressful experience. Conducted by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies, the web survey found that 57 per cent of respondents said leaving their home for a public space caused them anxiety. While the figures were relatively … Read more

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Johnson & Johnson Says Goal Is To Deliver 1 Billion Coronavirus Vaccines Next Year

A Johnson & Johnson executive said yesterday that the company’s goal is to deliver 1 billion doses of coronavirus vaccine next year. Paul Stoffels, the company’s chief scientific officer, told ABC’s “This Week” that Johnson & Johnson is increasing its manufacturing and preparing for clinical trials in September. He hopes to have data and start developing the vaccines … Read more

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The Stars Of Shark Tank Have Some Coronavirus Advice For Business Owners

On Friday’s episode of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” the sharks gave some good advice for business owners who are worried about the effects of coronavirus. … Read more

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Most Ontario Stores Can Reopen Starting Today – Full COVID-19 Update

Some of Ontario’s lockdown restrictions will be eased today, with retail stores being allowed to offer curb-side pickups to customers. The government is also beginning to open provincial parks today, with access granted for walkers, hikers, cyclists and bird-watchers. However, certain areas will still be closed in the parks, including beaches and camping grounds. The province re-opened hardware stores and Read more

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Social Media Networks Scrambling To Remove Viral “Plandemic” Conspiracy Video

Social media networks are scrambling to get rid of a viral conspiracy video spreading false claims about the coronavirus.  The roughly 26-minute “Plandemic Movie” has been viewed and shared widely on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo and clips of it also circulated on Twitter this week, CNBC reported.  The clip, apparently an excerpt of a larger documentary to be … Read more

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Deal Reached For Essential Worker Pay Increase – Full COVID-19 Update

Pay Increase For Essential Workers:

Prime Minister Trudeau says low-wage workers who are risking their health to keep the country moving deserve more pay. Trudeau announced yesterday that the federal government, provinces and territories are putting $4-billion-dollars toward boosting wages for essential workers making minimum wage during the COVID-19 pandemic. Details are still to be finalized with some provinces about … Read more

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Ontario Stores Start Reopening This Week – Full COVID-19 Update

Premier Ford says he is moving with cautious optimism to relax more restrictions imposed on businesses to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Ford says garden centres and nurseries will be allowed to fully open on Friday as long as they follow procedures already in place in grocery stores including physical distancing. Hardware and safety supply stores will be allowed to open … Read more

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The Government Has Lowed Drink Prices In Ontario

The Ontario government has announced it’s temporarily lowering minimum spirit prices while expanding access to products made by cideries amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) made the announcement Tuesday evening, billing it as a means to help hospitality businesses and workers impacted by COVID-19. “By making spirits more affordable the government is Read more

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Man Threatened With Fine Over Tribute To Healthcare Workers

Jeff Noorda spent 2½ weeks painstakingly decorating the front of his Saratoga Springs, Utah, house with rows of blinking blue lights to show support for doctors, nurses and first responders fighting on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.  “This is my one little way of saying thank you,” he said.  But neighbors in the Legacy Farms community, … Read more

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Ford Not Happy With Certain Medical Officers Of Health – Full COVID-19 Update

Premier Ford says local medical officers of health in some regions need to start “picking up their socks” and doing more COVID-19 testing. Ford says some of the 34 chief medical officers aren’t ordering enough testing — although he didn’t name names. He says that’s the reason for the province’s inconsistent rate of COVID-19 testing and that needs … Read more

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Company Creating Space-Like Body Suit To Wear To Concerts

Someone has created a spacesuit that would help you to feel safe going to a concert in a post-pandemic world.  It has its own ventilation system, … Read more

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Covidiot Report: A KKK Hood And Someone Cut A Hole In Their Mask To Make It ‘Easier To Breathe’

The so-called ‘Covidiots” have been out in full force. Here are the latest examples:

A Kentucky covidiot was captured in a viral clip shopping with a hole cut in her face mask, claiming that it made it “easier to breathe.”  Footage posted on TikTok showed a gas station clerk stunned to see the woman enter the convenience store … Read more

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Ontario Is Getting Closer To Opening More Businesses – Full COVID-19 Update

Premier Doug Ford says a downward trend in COVID-19 cases means Ontario is “getting close” to opening parks and to opening retail stores for curbside pick-up.  He also mentioned that Cottagers may also get some good news soon too.  Ontario reported only 370 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, pushing the Provincial total up to 17,923 infections. Unfortunately, there were 84 … Read more

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Some Businesses Reopen Today – Full COVID-19 Update

Five provinces will slowly begin their reopening today, after weeks under a COVID-19 lockdown. Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan will be taking their first steps toward the resumption of a normal life. Unlike the other provinces, Quebec’s plan to begin reopening comes as the province has shown little progress in curbing the illness’s spread. But Premier Francois Legault has … Read more

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Ford Tells Businesses To Start Preparing To Reopen – Full COVID19 Update

Premier Ford has announced dozens of guidelines businesses will need to follow when the province starts to ease COVID-19 restrictions. Ford is still not setting any dates to begin allowing non-essential businesses to re-open but says the guidelines will help them be ready when they get the green light. The sector-specific guidelines include ground markings for physical distancing, installing plexiglass … Read more

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