5 things to know for Wednesday, March 11, 2020
TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to announce the first set of financial assistance measures the federal government will be taking to support Canadians impacted by COVID-19. Here’s what else you need to know to start your day.
1. COVID-19 tests: Provincial health-care workers are expanding COVID-19 testing, administering nasal swabs in homes and opening special screening clinics in an effort to keep infectious people out of hospitals.
2. Impact on tourism: Air Canada has suspended all of its flights between Canada and Italy as the number of coronavirus cases and deaths continues to grow in the European country.
3. Coronavirus caution: Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan has entered self-isolation after a doctor recommended he get tested for COVID-19 due to a “persistent” head cold.
4. U.S. primaries: Former U.S. vice-president Joe Biden has won Michigan’s Democratic presidential primary, seizing a key battleground state that helped propel Bernie Sanders’ candidacy four years ago.
5. Fraud scheme: A 29-year-old Montreal man has been sentenced to 41 months in prison for his role in a fraud scheme that duped seniors into believing their grandchildren were in danger in foreign countries and immediately required cash.
One more thing…
Rare giraffes: Conservationists say Kenya’s only female white giraffe and her calf have been killed by poachers, in a major blow for the rare animals found nowhere else in the world.