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Gatherings restricted, schools closed: What’s being done to fight COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every province and territory. Medical officers of health and Canada’s chief public health officer are encouraging people to wash their hands, give each other space and wear a mask if they’re sick. Ottawa is pumping billions of dollars into health-care research and the economy. It has also put restrictions on both domestic and international travel and is enforcing...

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Canadian among dead after plane catches fire at Manila airport, killing all 8 on board

MANILA, Philippines — A plane carrying eight people, including a Canadian and an American, burst into flames Sunday while attempting to take off from Manila’s airport on a flight bound for Japan, killing all those on board, officials said. The Westwind 24 plane, which was carrying six Filipino crew members and the Canadian and American,...

Liberals rejig benefits for workers affected by COVID-19
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Liberals rejig benefits for workers affected by COVID-19

The government of Canada will provide 16 weeks of payments to workers whose income drops to zero because of the pandemic. The emergency benefit will include workers who have been furloughed by their employers but technically still have jobs. OTTAWA — The federal government is repackaging two previously promised benefits for Canadians whose working lives are disrupted by...

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Philippine President Duterte granted special powers to address Covid-19 crisis

MANILA — The House of Representatives on Monday night approved on third and final reading a bill declaring a national emergency and granting President Rodrigo Duterte additional powers to address the coronavirus pandemic in the country. The chamber approved House Bill 6616, otherwise known as “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act”, with 284 affirmative votes, 9...