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Canada Imposes Mandatory Self-Isolation For Those Returning

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Canada’s Covid-19 Cases Almost At 77,000 As Death Toll Climbs To 5,782

Canada has imposed mandatory self-isolation under the quarantine act for those returning from overseas trips.

Deputy prime minister Chrystia Freeland initially said the system would begin at midnight Wednesday with 14 days of isolation. But several hours later, government officials said the quarantine order had been in effect for more than 12 hours already.

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Freeland said penalties for violating the order would be announced later.

More than a million Canadians and permanent residents returned to Canada last week.

Truck drivers and health care workers crossing the border are exempted from the quarantine act and Canada and the united states already closed their common borders for all non-essential travel. Canada relies on cross border trade for essential goods like food and medicine.

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Prime minister Justin Trudeau also announced his government will offer workers who lose their income as a result of the pandemic, 2,000 Canadian dollars a month, for the next four months

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Trudeau said Canada is facing a once in a generation challenge.

Canada is has now tested a hundred forty-two thousand persons at 10,000 per day.  The country has more than thirty-three hundred confirmed cases and at least 35 deaths.

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Pakistani Airliner Carrying 99 Crashes In Karachi, Many Feared Dead

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Pakistani Airliner Carrying 99 Crashes In Karachi, Many Feared Dead

At least 54 persons have on Friday been killed, with more feared dead after a Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A320 flying from Lahore crashed in the densely populated Model Colony residential area of Karachi.

Officials say the Airbus A320 passenger airliner carrying 91 passengers and eight crew crashed as it was about to approach the airport in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi.

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A health ministry spokesperson told Al Jazeera news agency that at least two male passengers of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-8303 from the eastern city of Lahore to Karachi survived the crash.

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With many other feared dead, the pilot had reported a loss of engine power and subsequently issued a mayday.

An airline spokesman said the plane lost contact with air traffic control just after 14:30 local time (09:30 GMT).

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According to local media, witnesses said the plane rapidly lost altitude and crashed short of the runway into the Model Colony neighbourhood.

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China Moves To Impose Security Law On Hong Kong

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China Moves To Impose Security Law On Hong Kong

The opening day of China’s national people’s congress focused on a controversial security law for Hong Kong that would likely ban treason, subversion and sedition.

This new security law has already faced significant backlash from the US, Taiwan and pro-democracy figures in Hong Kong.

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Beijing tried to introduce a similar law in 2003 but shelved the initiative because of mass protests.

Experts say this new law is a major blow to the city’s freedoms which they say breaks china’s promise to allow Hong Kong freedoms not seen elsewhere in China.

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Pro-democracy activists have called for mass protests against what they describe as erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy.

The draft law was submitted at the annual National People’s Congress (NPC), which largely rubber-stamps decisions already taken by the communist leadership, but is still the most important political event of the year.

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Brazil Coronavirus Deaths Surpass 20,000 After Record Daily Toll

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Brazil Coronavirus Deaths Surpass 20,000 After Record Daily Toll

Brazil has recorded its highest covid-19 death toll of eleven hundred, eighty-eight in one day, bringing the total fatalities to more than twenty thousand.

The country carries the brunt of the virus with three hundred and ten thousand confirmed cases in the whole of Latin America.

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The nation comes behind united states and Russia in number of infections and deaths, making it the third most affected country in the world.

Sao Paulo, Brazil’s economic and cultural capital, is the most affected with about a quarter of the recorded deaths and infections.

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Almost all of the country’s 27 states are under some sort of lockdown order.

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