Coronavirus: 150 people break social distancing rules to attend funeral in Kent

Trump says U.S. farmers to receive $19 bln for coronavirus mitigation

WASHINGTON, April 17 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday announced a $19 billion relief program to help farmers cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic through a package that will include direct payment and mass purchases of produce, meat and other products.

“These are great people, great Americans, never complain, never complain – they just do what they have to do,” Trump said while announcing the farm aid program, which he said will have $16 billion in direct payments.

Coronavirus: Saskatchewanians can now dial 211 for help, guidance from the United Way

Another three-digit number may prove to be very valuable during this time, as people try to navigate through the coronavirus pandemic.

The United Way created 211 and its website for people in Saskatchewan to guide them to the proper services where they can acquire the help they need.

Mexico says can still borrow at favourable rates despite credit ratings downgrades

MEXICO CITY, April 17 (Reuters) – Mexico’s finance ministry on Friday said the government can still access international and domestic financing at favorable conditions despite major credit ratings agencies downgrading Mexico’s sovereign rating.

The finance ministry said the Mexico’s sovereign credit rating is still investment grade. (Reporting by Anthony Esposito; editing by Drazen Jorgic)

Millrise seniors home apologizes for lack of communication after COVID-19 cases confirmed

Two seniors and one staff member are in isolation as Millrise Seniors Village joined a growing list of Calgary continuing care home impacted by COVID-19.

Trump says he favors adding money for hospitals in small business coronavirus aid bill

WASHINGTON, April 17 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he was in favor of adding money for hospitals in the next congressional bill designed to help fund small businesses hurt by the coronavirus outbreak.

The Trump administration and congressional Republicans say the next coronavirus response bill should simply add $250 billion to the small business program to help preserve businesses and jobs. (Reporting by Steve Holland Writing by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Coronavirus: Safety and financial concerns factors for postponed summer festivals

It’s impossible to know exactly what things will be like in the coming months during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizers from the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan and Saskatoon Fringe Festival announced their festivals will be postponed for the summer season this week.

Transportation Safety Board says broken rail may have led to Guernsey, Sask. derailments

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) said track maintenance issues may have been the reason behind two Canadian Pacific (CP) Rail derailments in central Saskatchewan separated by 10 kilometres.

Coronavirus: 150 confirmed cases in Interior Health region

There are now 150 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Interior Health region, provincial authorities announced on Friday.

That’s up slightly from 149 on Thursday and 146 on Wednesday.

Bottleneck of fuel tankers grows at Mexico's ports -data

MEXICO CITY, April 17 (Reuters) – More than 20 vessels loaded with fuel have waited a week or more to discharge gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas at Mexico’s ports, according to Refinitiv Eikon data, as demand craters due to coronavirus-related lockdowns.

Mexico imports most of its fuel and has very limited storage capacity. State oil company Pemex and about a dozen independent importers typically discharge at least two gasoline cargoes per day, mostly coming from the United States.

Coronavirus: Okanagan care aides concerned about possible COVID-19 outbreak at long-term homes

Long-term care homes in Canada have been bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many facilities across the country, including B.C.’s Lower Mainland, have been dealing with outbreaks and the loss of lives.

B.C. Coroners Service confirms death of Osoyoos woman

The B.C. Coroners Service says it is investigating the death of an Osoyoos woman.

Last week, Osoyoos RCMP announced that a woman was in critical condition and that a man was in custody following a serious, late-night assault on April 8.

Man found dead near shore’s edge of South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon

A dead man was pulled out of the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon on Friday.

A witness reported a possible person floating in the water at roughly 12:45 p.m.

Trump says some states have been 'too tough' on stay-at-home orders

WASHINGTON, April 17 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday criticized the handling of some states’ coronavirus mitigation measures, saying he found the stay-at-home orders of governors such as Virginia “too tough.”

Asked if certain states – Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia – should lift their stay-at-home orders, Trump said: “No, but I think elements of what they’ve done are too much.”

Second World War veteran denounces slow COVID-19 reaction at Ste. Anne’s Hospital

There are two confirmed COVID-19 cases at Ste. Anne’s Hospital for veterans in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, and a 97-year-old Second World War veteran is denouncing the hospital for its slow reaction to the coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus: 150 people break social distancing rules to attend funeral in Kent

Two men were arrested and a teenage boy was injured in a motorbike accident after about 150 people broke coronavirus social distancing rules to attend a funeral in Kent.

Kent Police were warned in advance about the gathering in Sittingbourne but allowed it to go ahead because they were given “very little notice”.

The funeral on Thursday was attended by large numbers of motorcyclists and two men, aged 24 and 32, were arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and driving without a licence.