Canada lost more than 1M jobs last month as COVID-19 struck

Canada's economy lost more than one million jobs in March, Statistics Canada says, pushing the jobless rate up to 7.8 per cent.
Economists had been expecting the figure to come it at around 500,000 jobs lost, which already would have been the worst month for job losses on record.
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U.S. unemployment claims likely to be shockingly high again

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government is set to report another shocking level of unemployment claims Thursday even after nearly 10 million people applied for benefits in the previous two weeks because of business shutdowns from the coronavirus.
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U.K. braces for more virus deaths; Johnson reported stable

LONDON -- Britons braced Thursday for several more weeks in lockdown as Prime Minister Boris Johnson remained in a London hospital after three nights in intensive care for treatment of his coronavirus infection.
The British government said Wednesday evening that the prime minister was making "steady progress" at St.
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Prince William and Kate video call children at school to boost morale

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spread some Easter cheer to pupils and teachers at one primary school in the U.K. when they dialed in for a video call while the country is on lockdown.
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WestJet to hire back 6,400 laid-off workers

TORONTO -- WestJet is following Air Canada's lead and hiring back thousands of laid-off workers now that the government has agreed to pay the majority of their wages.
In a video posted to social media late Wednesday night, WestJet president and CEO said nearly 6,400 employees will be brought back onto the company's payroll – although most of them will not be asked to perform any operational duties.
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Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and the world on Thursday

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Half billion more people face poverty due to virus: Oxfam

LONDON -- Around half a billion people could be pushed into poverty as a result of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic unless richer countries take “urgent action” to help developing nations, a leading aid organization warned Thursday.
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One of Ellen DeGeneres' jokes backfired this week after some people called her out for comparing self-quarantining during the coronavirus pandemic to "being in jail."
The popular host, who like many TV hosts has made her show virtual amid stay-at-home orders, said the comment while broadcasting to viewers from her home on Monday.
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Atomic bomb tests help reveal age of world's biggest fish

Scientists have figured out how to calculate the age of whale sharks — Earth's largest fish — with some guidance from the radioactive fallout spawned by Cold War-era atomic bomb testing.
By measuring levels of carbon-14, a naturally occurring radioactive element that also is a by-product of nuclear explosions, the researchers determined that distinct bands present inside the shark's cartilaginous vertebrae are formed annually, like a tree's growth rings.
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A Mount Sinai study shows the first cases of coronavirus in New York City most likely originated in Europe and other parts of the United States, the health system said.
With more than 80,000 cases and 4,260 coronavirus deaths, according to the city's website, New York is one of the major epicenters for the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.
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New White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany repeatedly downplayed the threat of the coronavirus in comments made in February and March, a CNN KFile review has found.
In radio and television appearances, McEnany, in her role as spokeswoman for U.S.
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StatCan set to release March jobs numbers, and window on COVID-19 crisis

OTTAWA -- Canada's national statistics agency is set this morning to release a snapshot of the labour force from March as the COVID-19 virus plunged the country into economic uncertainty.
The report will provide a picture of employment for the third week in March just as companies began closing shop and laying off staff to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.
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