UK supreme court switches to video conferencing

Twitter withdraws first-quarter revenue forecast on virus fears

(Reuters) – Twitter Inc said on Monday it is withdrawing revenue and operating income forecast for the first quarter of 2020, citing the growing impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19: India under lockdown as cases rise

More than half of India is under complete lockdown as government tries to contain spread of COVID-19.

More than half of India is under complete lockdown as the government tries to contain the spread of COVID-19.

There are 468 confirmed cases and nine deaths.

While most people followed the government’s orders, there were desperate scenes at bus stations as migrant workers tried to return home.

Al Jazeera’s Elizabeth Puranam has more from New Delhi.

Coronavirus: Manitoba creates online portal for neighbours to help neighbours

Premier Brian Pallister called a press conference Monday to thank Manitobans for living up to our ‘Friendly Manitoba’ moniker over the past week and announce a new online portal.

He started the press conference by thanking Manitobans for helping people in their time of need.

US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall Street extends sell-off despite historic Fed boost

NEW YORK, March 23 (Reuters) – Wall Street’s slide deepened on Monday as the rapidly spreading coronavirus forced more U.S. states into lockdown, overshadowing unprecedented moves by the U.S. Federal Reserve to shore up credit across the economy.

Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 575.58 points, or 3%, to 18,598.4, the S&P 500 lost 65.55 points, or 2.84%, to 2,239.37 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 16.37 points, or 0.24%, to 6,863.14. (Reporting by Noel Randewich Editing by Chris Reese)

Coronavirus: Shielding the vulnerable and social distancing

On this edition of the Sky News Daily podcast Jonathan Samuels looks at measures to shield the vulnerable and issues around social distancing.

We are joined by Sky’s science correspondent Thomas Moore, GP Dr Sufiyan Ali and Zainab Gulamali from the Muslim Council of Britain.

UN chief calls for global ceasefire to help fight COVID-19

Head of United Nations is calling for global ceasefire to allow the world to focus on the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The head of the United Nations is calling for a global ceasefire to allow the world to focus on the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Al Jazeera’s James Bays has more from UN headquarters in New York.

UK PM Johnson to make a statement to the country at 2030 GMT: BBC

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime minister Boris Johnson will make a statement to the country at 2030 GMT, BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said on Monday.

Coronavirus: rainbow messages of hope posted in windows across N.B.

Families across the country practising social distancing due to the novel coronavirus pandemic have found creative ways to send messages of hope to their neighbours.

In New Brunswick, a Facebook movement called “NB we will be ok” is quickly spreading across the province.

Families across the province are adding a little colour to some very dark days by painting or colouring rainbows of hope and placing them on their front windows, said nine-year-old Talia Michaud of Dieppe, N.B., whose family started the Facebook group.

Coronavirus rule breakers face arrest and large fines as UK is put into lockdown

Boris Johnson says police will be used to enforce an unprecedented nationwide lockdown as coronavirus continues to spread.

Officers will be able to fine anyone who disobeys sweeping new measures including a ban on gatherings of more than two people.

More to follow.

Weddings and christenings banned during coronavirus lockdown

Weddings will be banned in the new coronavirus lockdown, the prime minister has confirmed

In a speech tonight, Boris Johnson said: ‘We’ll stop all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals.’

The lockdown comes into force tonight and is set to be in place for at least three weeks.

This is a breaking story – more to follow.

Santander Brasil says won't fire workers during coronavirus 'critical period'

SAO PAULO, March 23 (Reuters) – Banco Santander Brasil SA , one of Brazil’s top lenders, said on Monday that it would refrain from firing workers “amid the most critical period” of the coronavirus outbreak.

The bank, which has roughly 47,000 employees, did not specify what it meant by the “most critical period” of the pandemic.

Last week, Santander Brasil said it would furlough part of its workforce for 15 days in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro as it closes some branches in both cities due to the coronavirus outbreak.

UK supreme court switches to video conferencing

LONDON, March 23 (Reuters) – Britain’s supreme court will switch to video conferencing to hear cases and deliver judgments, the court said in a statement on Monday.

“As a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the UK Supreme Court and Judicial Committee of the Privy Council will hear all cases and deliver judgments through video conferencing, from tomorrow,” the statement said.

The supreme court building will be temporarily closed, but the public and media will still be able to follow proceedings online. (Reporting by William James, editing by Andy Bruce)