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COVID-19 roundup: Finns not too mentally affected by virus; Svalbard opens up

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a smaller impact on the psychological health of the population than expected, according to findings from the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL). Tourism to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard from Norway will be »

International, Politics

China will have to answer questions about COVID-19, says Trudeau

Countries around the world, including Canada, have questions about the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and about China’s behaviour during the early days of the outbreak that need to be asked “in the coming months,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said »

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COVID-19 roundup: Norway’s reopening continues; census restarts in Alaska

Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg said the population’s cooperation helped contain COVID-19 and has well-positioned the country to continue reopening of the economy. The U.S. Census Bureau says it will begin a phased-in re-start of its field operations in Alaska, »

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COVID-19: Northern Siberia residents flout lockdown; antibody testing in Sweden

“Calculate how many people you’ve had contact with over the past five days. Are you ready to forgive yourself if one of them does not survive a coronavirus infection? Was the reason you left home really worth it?” With COVID-19 »

Environment & Animal Life, Health, International, Politics, Society

COVID-19: Senior’s residences under investigation in Quebec

High death rates prompt investigations The conditions in the mainly French-speaking province of Quebec at long-term health care centres and privately run retirement homes is being called into question over the high death rates from COVID-19. At a press conference »

International, Society

COVID-19 in the Arctic: all Greenland cases recovered but more in Arctic Russia

With the number of COVID-19 cases outside of China increasing rapidly, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global pandemic on March 12, urging governments “to take urgent and aggressive action” to stop its spread. Eye on the Arctic »

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Montreal: More COVID-19 cancellations

Even as the original source of the virus, Wuhan China, emerges from a COVID-19 lockdown, and Austria and Denmark begin to ease their restrictions, in Canada, the opposite still holds. Major events in cities across the country have been cancelled »

Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Pandemics: a brief history

Most people have heard of the widely known 1918 “Spanish” flu identified as H1N1. Particularly violent, it got its name from the fact that unlike elsewhere where countries had controlled media due to the war and deliberately downplayed coverage, Spain’s »

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COVID-19: Calls to close wildlife markets as harbours for spreading infections

Researchers are calling for countries around the world to close wildlife markets, also known as ‘wet’ markets. These markets usually sell a wide variety of typically domesticated animals like pigs and chickens, with any number of wild animals including bats, »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Phone surveillance to comply with COVID-19 restrictions?

The idea for some might feel like edging another notch further to an Orwellian future. The idea that the police and/or security agencies would monitor your smart phone to ensure compliance with certain state requirements such as in this case, »