Conservative motion could hamper domestic PPE production, companies warn

OTTAWA — Canadian companies that answered the government’s call to produce ventilators and other desperately needed equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic say they’re worried that opposition MPs are now demanding disclosure of the contracts they signed with Ottawa. And they’re warning they’ll be less likely to step up in the future if they can’t trust […]

Rapper arrested after bragging about $1.2M ‘scam’ in music video

Mo’ money, mo’ charges. A Tennessee rapper is facing up to 22 years in prison after allegedly defrauding the U.S. government’s coronavirus relief fund for $1.2 million, then bragging about it in a music video. Fontrell Antonio Baines, 31, was arrested in California on Friday on three counts of access device fraud, aggravated identity theft […]

COVID-19: New lockdowns as vaccine trials stumble

As Europe imposed new restrictions to try to stall a surging second wave of the novel coronavirus, hopes for vaccines to rapidly provide relief suffered a blow with the suspension of two clinical trials in the United States. China rushed to test an entire city of nine million within days after a minor coronavirus outbreak […]

Ask Amy: Danger of COVID-19 is not a game of Risk – The Denver Post

Dear Amy: Recently I was alarmed to see on Facebook that a few friends had attended a huge gathering where people were not following COVID safety guidelines. I have been meeting with friends (only outside) this summer, but as the weather cools, I am wondering if it will be safe to have a few people […]

Brazil's virus death toll passes 150,000 people: Official

BRASILIA (AFP) – Brazil on Saturday (Oct 10) passed the bleak marker of 150,000 deaths from Covid-19, the health ministry said, as the rate of coronavirus infections continues to slow in the South American country. The toll comes as Latin America and the Caribbean marked 10 million cases Saturday and more than 360,000 deaths. The […]

Chile scientists study potential coronavirus mutation in remote Patagonia

SANTIAGO (REUTERS) – Scientists in Chile are investigating a possible mutation of the novel coronavirus in southern Patagonia, a far-flung region near the tip of the South American continent that has seen an unusually contagious second wave of infections in recent weeks. Dr Marcelo Navarrete of the University of Magallanes told Reuters in an interview […]

Biden: Trump ‘turned his back’ on Americans by pulling out of COVID-19 relief talks

Joe Biden eagerly seized on President Trump pulling out of negotiations with House Democrats on an emergency pandemic relief bill as more evidence for the Democratic candidate’s closing argument in the final month of the campaign: that Trump doesn’t care about working Americans. “He turned his back on the small businesses that are struggling to […]

Trump halts COVID-19 relief talks until after election – The Denver Post

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday called an abrupt end to negotiations with Democrats over additional COVID-19 relief, delaying action until after the election despite ominous warnings from his own Federal Reserve chairman about the deteriorating conditions in the economy. Trump tweeted that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was “not negotiating in good faith” and […]

Axios-Ipsos poll: Trump's COVID hasn't shaken America's views

Some Americans say they're more likely to wear masks or social distance in the aftermath of President Trump's coronavirus diagnosis, but there's no evidence in any big shift in attitudes toward Trump himself, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index. Between the lines: The early polling numbers, taken right after the news […]

What we know, and don’t know, about Trump’s diagnosis

A White House physician’s comments on Sunday about the health of President Donald Trump amid his coronavirus diagnosis added a new layer of confusion even as the doctor sought to clarify contradictory statements from the day before. And a brief motorcade ride outside the hospital to the cheers of supporters appeared at odds with a […]