Police in Canada have charged dozens of people and confiscated millions of assets after discovering that a sprawling mansion north of Toronto was thriving as an underground gambling den while legal casinos closed due to the coronavirus lockdown.
York area police on Wednesday announced 74 charges related to a month-long investigation into illegal gambling operations in Ontario. In addition to 29 arrests, the police also seized assets, firearms, cash and high-quality alcohol valued at over USD 10 million:
Northern Ireland’s cumulative cases per 100,000 doubles per week
Stormont Health Secretary will recommend further coronavirus restrictions be put in place in Northern Ireland, as it has seen the highest number of infections in 24 hours – 424 – since the testing regime was extended in the region, reports PA Media.
The cumulative number of cases in Northern Ireland after 100,000 days per 100,000 population has almost doubled from 58.1 in the last week to 103.6.
Robin Swann said it was “inconceivable” that the powersharing executive would not announce any new measures after the ministers’ meeting on Thursday.
The minister said while a two-week full lockdown – a so-called breaker – would not be put in place Thursday, he was lifting the prospect of such a move during Halloween halftime, or possibly even earlier.
“We are now seeing a serious crisis facing us,” he said. “I can’t put it more blatantly – a crisis for our health and social services and for many victims of Covid-19.”
Mr Swann added, “I am more concerned about what lies ahead of me in the next few months than since I became Minister of Health.”
Households cannot currently meet indoors in Northern Ireland, while outdoor social gatherings are limited to six people from no more than two households. A curfew for pubs and restaurants will close at 11 p.m. on Thursday.
Mr. Swann indicated that additional restrictions could include additional restrictions on the hospitality sector, family and community interactions, and individual travel.
He said the places where wearing face coverings is mandatory could be expanded.
The borough of Derry City and Strabane in Northern Ireland has one of the highest rates of infection in the UK, with more than 300 infections per 100,000 people.
34 million jobs lost in Latin America
The United Nations International Labor Organization announced on Wednesday that at least 34 million jobs have been lost in Latin America due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The ILO urged countries in the region to immediately adopt strategies to address the problem, AP reports.
The number was higher than earlier ILO estimates in early August that 14 million jobs had been lost in the region.
The Organization’s director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Vinícius Pinheiro, called it an unprecedented challenge.
Pinheiro said the third quarter saw a recovery in economic activity and, according to preliminary data, a preliminary recovery in employment.
He said the region is facing structural problems such as low productivity, income inequality and a large percentage of people working on the books.
The ILO figures are based on data from nine countries, which account for 80% of the workforce in the region.
The ILO lists Latin America and the Caribbean as the hardest hit region in the world in terms of lost work time. In the first three quarters of the year it fell by 20.9%, compared to a global average of 11.7%.
Madrid lockdown threatens
Residents of the infection hotspot Madrid are prohibited from leaving the country unless it involves important trips under new rules to combat the resurgence of the coronavirus, the Spanish government said on Wednesday.
However, according to Reuters, regional authorities had no legal basis to make the decision, setting the stage for a political showdown in an area that accounted for more than a third of the 133,604 new cases in Spain in the past two weeks.
“Madrid’s health is Spain’s health. Madrid is special, ”Health Minister Salvador Illa said at a press conference to announce the new regulations, which are due to come into force in a few days.
The capital, with more than 3 million residents and nine surrounding municipalities with at least 100,000 residents each, should see the borders closed to outsiders for non-essential visits, the government said.
People could cross boundaries for work, school, doctor visits or shopping, but not for leisure.
Other measures include the closure of bars and restaurants at 11 p.m. from a curfew at 1 a.m. and the closure of parks and playgrounds.
Social gatherings are limited to six people.
Madrid has 735 cases per 100,000 people, one of the highest of any region in Europe and twice the national rate of Spain.
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Madrid residents are only allowed to leave the city on essential travel under the new coronavirus restrictions announced by the Spanish government.
Here are the most important developments in the last few hours:
- Experts warn the virus is out of control in the UK. British health experts have admitted that Covid-19 is out of control in the country as the number of cases and hospital admissions increases despite numerous new restrictions on social gatherings. “Things are definitely going in the wrong direction,” UK chief advisor Patrick Vallance said at a government news conference when another 7,108 cases and 71 deaths were reported.
- The onset of the pandemic could cost 46 million jobs worldwide. The impact of the coronavirus on travel can cost up to 46 million jobs worldwide, according to forecasts by a group in the aviation industry. The Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) forecast the travel slump and slow recovery will threaten 4.8 million aerospace workers and more than half of the total of 87.7 million jobs directly or indirectly supported by the sector in related leisure industries and supply chains .
- No clear connection between school opening and Covid Surge, Study results. Widespread school reopening after closings and vacations is generally not associated with rising Covid-19 rates, a study from 191 countries found. However, blocking blocks will result in a “pandemic learning debt” of 300 billion missed school days in 2020. Analysis by Geneva-based independent educational foundation Insights for Education found that 84% of those 300 billion days would be lost by children in poorer countries and warned that 711 million students were out of school.
- According to surveys, young people are just as diligent about Covid measures as older people. Young people are just as diligent about coronavirus hygiene routines as their older peers, but also more stressed by the pandemic and willing to give up a higher percentage of their income to do so, according to a global survey that challenges the stereotype of weak youth to stop infection rates increasing.
- The Italian Senate was suspended after two members fell ill with Covid-19. Parliamentary activity was suspended after Marco Croatti and Francesco Mollame tested positive by the ruling Five Star Movement.
- The Czech Republic is due to enter a state of emergency to control an increase in certain cases. Health Minister Roman Prymula had previously announced that the government would call a state of emergency for 30 days and limit gatherings to 20 people outdoors and 10 people indoors for at least the first two weeks. Auditoriums will also be banned from sporting events, while secondary schools will be closed and medical students will be asked to help in hospitals for at least 14 days as part of the measure.