COVID-19 triggers shifts in traditions as South Korea celebrates thanksgiving

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Koreans will forego some of their most cherished traditions when they celebrate their thanksgiving holiday of Chuseok this week, as the coronavirus forces many to hold virtual services instead of visiting their ancestral sites.A health worker attaches a notice for suspension of influenza vaccination programs on an entrance of a hospital […]

Canada reports 1,657 new coronavirus cases, 13 new deaths on Tuesday

Speaking at press conference on Tuesday, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said the daily case counts have now reached the peak of daily cases seen in April. What’s more, over the last seven days, Tam said the daily average case count has increased to 1,412. “The fact that cases are now at the […]

Liberals to face first confidence vote in new session with coronavirus benefit bill

The federal Liberals are expected to face their first confidence vote since the House of Commons returned from a controversial prorogation requested by the government amid the WE Charity scandal. The legislation in question proposes creating three new streams of federal benefits for Canadians ineligible for Employment Insurance as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit wraps […]

Canada’s deficit to hit $330B as coronavirus lands ‘permanent’ economic impact

The parliamentary budget office says the federal deficit for the year is on track to hit $328.5 billion as a result of COVID-19 and the “permanent impact” it is having on the economy. That figure released this morning reflects measures announced as of the start of the month, including an estimated $225.9 billion in emergency […]

Researcher Concludes That Pandemic-Induced Digital Shift Is ‘Profound’

After collating two consumer behavior reports, Euromonitor International’s senior head of digital consumer, Michelle Evans, described the shift to online commerce due to the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak as one of the “most profound changes unfolding in commerce.” In an analysis of two global surveys of 60,000 consumers (conducted pre- and post-peak pandemic), Evans […]

Greggs to cut staff hours as coronavirus crisis hits popular high street bakery

Greggs is planning to cut employee hours to ward off mass redundancies when the furlough scheme ends in October. The high street bakery chain fears it will be forced to make cuts unless it takes steps to protect profits after sales plummetted during the coronavirus pandemic. Demand for its famous pasties and sausage rolls have […]

Coronavirus outbreak at Bernard Matthews turkey plant as 18 employees infected

A total of 18 workers at a Bernard Matthews turkey plant have tested positive for coronavirus. The staff members at the famous firm are self-isolating and approximately 100 other workers at the Suffolk site have been tested, with most returning negative results. Additional testing is due to take place next week. Food production has not […]

TUI cruise ship docks in Piraeus, repeat COVID test for 12 crew negative

ATHENS (Reuters) – A cruise ship carrying about 920 passengers docked at Piraeus port near Athens early on Tuesday and a repeat test for 12 of its crew members was negative for the coronavirus, a Greek health ministry official said.Slideshow ( 5 images )The Mein Shiff 6, operated by TUI Cruises, departed from Heraklion in […]

1st electronic vote in House of Commons history plagued by technical glitches

Members of Parliament have completed their first-ever remote vote in the House of Commons, a historic occasion marked by numerous technical glitches, lengthy delays and cameo appearances by some of their kids and even a family dog. The vote was on a Bloc Quebecois sub-amendment to a Conservative amendment to last week’s throne speech, a […]