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Coronavirus latest: California shatters daily record with more than 18,000 new cases

President-elect Joe Biden urged Americans to forgo their traditional Thanksgiving customs during the pandemic, warning of the dangers of coronavirus “fatigue”. “This is the moment where we need to steel our spines, redouble our efforts and recommit ourselves to the fight,” Mr Biden said in a Thanksgiving speech. ExxonMobil said it will sack up to… Continue reading Coronavirus latest: California shatters daily record with more than 18,000 new cases

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Coronavirus latest: Hong Kong shuts bars and clubs for 3rd time in bid to curb surge

Business travellers coming into England for trips of up to three days could be exempt from the quarantine system under plans floated on Tuesday. A government task force said in a report that the exemption could be introduced in early 2021, although the visitors would be banned from socialising while in England. The makers of… Continue reading Coronavirus latest: Hong Kong shuts bars and clubs for 3rd time in bid to curb surge

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Coronavirus latest: Florida Covid-19 deaths jump as sunbelt cases climb

Peter Wells in New York California and Texas reported increases in cases on Monday that pulled back from record jumps in infections over the weekend, while Florida reported its biggest one-day jump in deaths in more than a month. The US states, which rank first, second and third by population — and coronavirus cases since… Continue reading Coronavirus latest: Florida Covid-19 deaths jump as sunbelt cases climb

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Coronavirus latest: Toronto regions to enter lockdown after new cases hit record highs

Despite the pandemic, American consumers are forecast to open their wallets this holiday shopping season — even if they will be doing much of it online. Over the 75-day period leading up to Christmas, retail sales are predicted to increase 2.4 per cent from the same period a year ago, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse. The… Continue reading Coronavirus latest: Toronto regions to enter lockdown after new cases hit record highs

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Coronavirus latest: California and other populous US states report near-record jumps in cases

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging Americans not to travel for the forthcoming Thanksgiving holiday, with officials warning they are “alarmed” about the recent rise in coronavirus cases, hospitalisations and deaths. The public health body released new guidance recommending against all travel for the holiday next week. New York City will… Continue reading Coronavirus latest: California and other populous US states report near-record jumps in cases

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Coronavirus latest: Canada’s Trudeau urges passage of stimulus bill as new cases surge

The Scottish government is to impose its top level of coronavirus restrictions on 11 council areas including Glasgow, saying it hoped the “short and sharp” move to a near lockdown would allow measures to be eased for Christmas. Nicola Sturgeon, first minister, told the Scottish parliament on Tuesday that existing restrictions had slowed Covid-19 infections.… Continue reading Coronavirus latest: Canada’s Trudeau urges passage of stimulus bill as new cases surge

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Shell reveals latest year without paying UK corporation tax

Royal Dutch Shell paid no corporation tax in the UK last year even as it paid out billions of dollars in other jurisdictions. The Anglo-Dutch oil major paid a total of $7.8bn in corporate income tax and $5.9bn in royalties last year on pre-tax profits of $25.5bn, according to an annual report published on Tuesday.… Continue reading Shell reveals latest year without paying UK corporation tax