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Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

Kyle Mack | posted Wednesday, Mar 25th, 2020

Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has tested positive for the new coronavirus, his office said Wednesday.

The 71-year-old is showing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and is self-isolating at a royal estate in Scotland, his Clarence House office said.

It says his wife Camilla, 72, has tested negative.

“The Prince of Wales has tested positive for Coronavirus,” Clarence House said. “He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.”

Britain’s Press Association, citing a source, said the prince and the duchess remained in good spirits, and that Charles was not bedridden.

The tests were carried out by the National Health Service in Scotland.

“It is not possible to ascertain from whom the prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks.”

Buckingham Palace said Queen Elizabeth II remains at her home in Windsor.

“Her Majesty the queen remains in good health,” the palace said. “The queen last saw the Prince of Wales briefly after the investiture on the morning of 12th March and is following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare.”

Charles’ last public engagement was March 12. He has had a number of private meetings, and participants at those sessions have been made aware of his condition.

What food delivery services are running?

Kyle Mack | posted Monday, Mar 23rd, 2020

In isolation and need groceries? These digital services can help.

– Uber eats

  • $0 delivery fee for independent and  local restaurants *follow the eat local banner on the app*
  • You can request orders to be left on doorstep

– SkipTheDishes

  • Suspending the cash payment option for all orders

– HelloFresh

  • Working closely with their network of suppliers to ensure they are still delivering fresh meals to customers
  • Spokesperson for HelloFresh says they have not been impacted by COVID-19

– Foodora

  • Issued a series of informed measures, including work-travel restrictions
  • Work-from-home policy for those who’ve travelled recently to areas with outbreaks

– DoorDash

  • Focused on drivers – offering financial assistance to any employee who has been with the company for 60 days if they contracted the virus

– Grocery stores delivering and changing their hours

  • An app called Instacart – you can order groceries through your smartphone
  • Shoppers Drug Mart changing their first hour to be for elderly people
  • LCBO changed their hours from 11am-6pm

 

A list of restaurants now offering takeout or delivery:

  • Adamson Barbecue
  • Aloette
  • Blood Brothers
  • Descendant
  • Elm Dt. Deli
  • Favorites
  • Fourth Man In The Fire
  • Hotel Delilah
  • Imanishi Japanese Kitchen
  • Indie Ale House
  • Maker Pizza
  • Sotto Sotto
  • South Indian Dosa Mahal
  • Roselle Dessert
  • Tinuno

 

Transat AT lays off 3,600 staff, about 70% of its workforce

Kyle Mack | posted Monday, Mar 23rd, 2020

Transat AT Inc. says it has temporarily laid off about 70 per cent of its workforce in Canada, about 3,600 people.

The decision comes as non-essential travel around the world comes to a standstill as governments close borders in an effort to slow the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transat says some of these layoffs are effective immediately, while others will take effect following advance notice of up to one month.

The layoffs include all flight crew personnel.

The company says the final Air Transat flight prior to the full suspension of its operations is scheduled for April 1.

Transat says operations are being stopped gradually in order to enable it to repatriate as many of its customers as possible to their home countries.

Canada refuses to go to Tokyo Olympics unless Games postponed 1 year

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Mar 23rd, 2020

Canada won’t be at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics unless the Games are postponed by a year.

The Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee issued joint statements on Sunday saying that they refuse to send their teams to Tokyo unless their respective Games are pushed back a year.

The Tokyo Olympics are currently scheduled to start July 24 and the Paralympics are slated to follow on Aug. 25.

“While we recognize the inherent complexities around a postponement, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our athletes and the world community,” reads the COC’s statement.

“This is not solely about athlete health – it is about public health. With COVID-19 and the associated risks, it is not safe for our athletes, and the health and safety of their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training towards these Games.”

The COC and CPC’s statements come amid a chorus of criticism aimed at the International Olympic Committee’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

IOC president Thomas Bach said earlier Sunday that they’d set a deadline of four weeks to determine the fate of the Games, and that the global organization is considering options including postponement.

Cancelling the Games entirely, Bach said, is not being considered. It was the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began that the IOC had admitted that it would consider other options.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics would be unavoidable if the games cannot be held in a complete way because of the coronavirus impact.

He was commenting on the International Olympic Committee plan to examine the situation over the next few weeks and make a decision, which could include a postponement.

Abe, speaking at a parliamentary session, ruled out the possibility of a cancellation.

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