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Opposition accuses Trudeau of leading like ‘rule of a king’, PM invests $500M in AI virus research

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As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 99,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and more than 8,200 deaths.

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June 17

12:00 p.m.: Federal economic snapshot to come on July 8

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government

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Most Coronavirus Tests Cost About $100. Why Did One Cost $2,315?

Gibson Diagnostic Labs in Irving, Texas, June 12, 2020, has charged remarkably high prices for testing of the coronavirus.(Dylan Hollingsworth/The New York Times)
Gibson Diagnostic Labs in Irving, Texas, June 12, 2020, has charged remarkably high prices for testing of the coronavirus.(Dylan Hollingsworth/The New York Times)

In a one-story brick building in suburban Dallas, between a dentist office and a family medicine clinic, is a medical laboratory that has run some of the most expensive coronavirus tests in America.

Insurers have paid Gibson Diagnostic Labs as much as $2,315 for individual coronavirus tests. In a couple of cases, the price rose as high as $6,946 when the lab said it mistakenly charged patients three times the base rate.

The company has no special or different technology from, say, major diagnostic labs that charge $100. It is one of a small number of medical labs, hospitals and emergency rooms taking advantage of the way that Congress has designed compensation for coronavirus tests and treatment.

“We’ve seen a small number of laboratories that are charging

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Testing Options Expand in Austin-Travis County

AUSTIN, TX — Health officials have established a nursing hotline to help with testing enrollment for residents wanting to be screened for the coronavirus, it was announced Tuesday.

The hotline was established as an alternative to those without Internet service who are in need of testing enrollment, Austin Public Health officials explained. Moreover, health officials said they are making testing more accessible by rolling out mobile testing in neighborhoods where residents may have difficulty visiting a drive-thru testing location or CommunityCare clinic.

Residents with COVID-19 symptoms or who are COVID-19 positive and do not have a place to safely isolate may utilize a free City of Austin Isolation Facility, officials added.

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By expanding public testing enrollment to its nursing hotline,

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Reggie Yates’s Love Island-inspired parable is imperfect, but important

Tom Brittney stars in Make Me Famous - BBC
Tom Brittney stars in Make Me Famous – BBC

With the pandemic putting an enforced pause on our TV reality franchises, let’s hope broadcasters are using the time to assess the mental health crisis that has engulfed the genre, turning it from trashy guilty pleasure to downright dangerous. 

In the wake of two Love Island contestants, Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, and the show’s host Caroline Flack all dying by suicide within two years, justifiable concerns have been raised about the impact of fast fame and social media bullying – not to mention the levels of psychological screening and after-care provided by producers. 

Make Me Famous (BBC Three) was a timely one-off drama exploring this issue. Written by Reggie Yates – the radio and TV presenter, documentary-maker and actor – it didn’t entirely work but was admirable in its intent and compelling nonetheless. Rather like the reality shows it portrayed,

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Public health workers fighting COVID-19 are threatened, forced out of jobs

Emily Brown was stretched thin.

As the director of the Rio Grande County Public Health Department in rural Colorado, she was working 12- and 14-hour days, struggling to respond to the pandemic with only five full-time employees for more than 11,000 residents. Case counts were rising.

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She was already at odds with county commissioners, who were pushing to loosen public health restrictions in late May, against her advice. She had previously clashed with them over data releases and control and had haggled over a variance regarding reopening businesses.

But she reasoned that standing up for public health principles was worth it, even if she risked losing the job that allowed her to live close to her hometown and help her parents with their farm.

Then came the Facebook post: a photo of her and other health officials with comments about their weight and references

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B.C. warns ‘it only takes one person’ to spread COVID-19, U.S.-Canada border to remain closed

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

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Dr. Bonnie Henry, British Columbia’s provincial health officer, commented on the recent COVID-19 outbreaks in Beijing, connected to a wholesale food market, and New Zealand, linked to people who travelled from the U.K.

“Once this virus is anywhere, it’s a risk everywhere,” Dr. Henry said. “We all need to continue to be aware that this is going to be in our communities for some time.”

Related to Beijing in particular, Dr. Henry said she is watching the situation “very carefully” and although transmission has not been linked to a food product directly, it has been linked to the people who … Read More

High-Volume MD Coronavirus Testing Site Opening

MARYLAND — One week after Gov. Larry Hogan told protesters to get tested for the coronavirus, the state will open up a high-volume testing site at the Baltimore Convention Center. It will start operating Wednesday, and people can now schedule appointments online.

Those who get tested at the convention center will receive their results in two to five days, according to the University of Maryland Medical System, which is overseeing scheduling at the site.

It will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, and Friday, June 19, at 1 West Pratt Street in Baltimore.

“Our health experts are strongly encouraging anyone who attended any of the protests or gatherings in Maryland over the past two weeks to immediately get tested for the coronavirus,” Hogan said at a news conference Wednesday, June 10, as he announced the lifting of restrictions on indoor dining and starting Friday,

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Mortgage Lenders ‘Make Hay’ With Loan Spreads Widest Since 2008

(Bloomberg) — Unemployment is high. Credit is tight. And scientists are warning that a dangerous second wave of the coronavirus is coming. But somehow, U.S. mortgage companies are having one of their best years in history.

Just ask Keith VandenAkker. He’s forgoing weekends to keep up with the work.

In 22 years as a Massachusetts mortgage appraiser, he’s never been this busy. The jump in refinancing was to be expected, with rates near record lows. The surprise, he said, is that the spring property sales season, delayed for a couple months by the health crisis, is demanding most of his time.

“June is kicking my butt,” VandenAkker said, rushing in his silver Subaru, mask in hand, to the next appraisal. “I got 8 or 9 orders yesterday and I’m just a one-man show.”

Lenders are getting bombarded with calls from homeowners looking for cheaper loans. They’re also hearing from potential

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U.S.-Canada border to remain closed, CERB extended for eight more weeks

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Canada and the U.S. have agreed to extend border restriction by an additional 30 day, to July 21.

“This is an important decision that will keep people in both of our countries safe,” Trudeau said.

The prime minister also announced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will be extended by eight weeks, originally expected to go ahead until July, with no changes to the $2,000 a month payment.

“Even as we start to reopen, a lot of people still need the support,” Trudeau said.

The prime minister said the federal government will look at “international … Read More

As L.A. reopens, an underground dance party draws revelers and worries health experts

Masked partygoers pass through a secret gate to attend an underground club Friday. <span class="copyright">(Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)</span>
Masked partygoers pass through a secret gate to attend an underground club Friday. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

At midnight on Friday, a security guard opened a thick steel door into a South L.A. warehouse. Unfamiliar sounds of late poured out from underneath: music, laughing and dancing. “Inside, inside,” the guard commanded, and slammed it shut behind a small line of wary but elated partygoers in paisley-print facemasks. A pink neon light beckoned them to a pair of masked ushers, who checked tickets for what was likely L.A.’s first underground club night since the coronavirus lockdowns began.

Around a dozen techno fans clustered on the small outdoor patio next to an enclosed main dance floor. The crowd wasn’t very big, at that point far fewer than 100 people. But as more guests trickled in to see the dark-techno DJ Axkan perform, some looked around in giddy disbelief that this was actually

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