Coronavirus

85% of new infections, deaths coming from Europe and US, UN says

85% of new infections, deaths coming from Europe and US, UN says

Spain registered a record daily increase of 6,584 new infections and a leap of 500 in the death toll

85% of new infections, deaths coming from Europe and US, UN says
Victoria health care worker sends plea to closed business to donate unused masks, gloves

Victoria health care worker sends plea to closed business to donate unused masks, gloves

Downtown street nurse Corey Ranger says salons, pubs, and restaurants can help even if they’re closed

Victoria health care worker sends plea to closed business to donate unused masks, gloves
A man is seen through the Olympic rings in front of the New National Stadium in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed “100%” to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Tokyo Olympics officially postponed until 2021

The IOC said the games will be held ‘not later than summer 2021’

A man is seen through the Olympic rings in front of the New National Stadium in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed “100%” to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
March 24 world COVID-19 update: Olympics postponed, confusion in Britain

March 24 world COVID-19 update: Olympics postponed, confusion in Britain

WHO official predicts disease toll to rise dramatically today

March 24 world COVID-19 update: Olympics postponed, confusion in Britain
Asher, 8, shows off the Bored Board he made with his sisters and hung from a tree in front of their home on Newport Avenue. It boasts jokes, riddles, stories, pictures, podcast suggestions and more for passersby. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Oak Bay siblings keep busy, entertain the public with ‘bored board’

Board features jokes, drawings and even podcast recommendations

Asher, 8, shows off the Bored Board he made with his sisters and hung from a tree in front of their home on Newport Avenue. It boasts jokes, riddles, stories, pictures, podcast suggestions and more for passersby. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Canadian coronavirus evening update: Premiers’ call focuses on Emergencies Act

Canadian coronavirus evening update: Premiers’ call focuses on Emergencies Act

Ottawa health officials consider analyzing cellphone data to see if people are self-isolating

Canadian coronavirus evening update: Premiers’ call focuses on Emergencies Act
Nanaimo’s Dr. David Forrest made a video address this week, stressing that COVID-19 is a serious disease and expressing concern that it could overwhelm the health-care system on Vancouver Island. (Leigh Gibson-Unickow/Facebook image)

Doctor concerned about COVID-19 ‘overpowering’ Island’s health-care system

Dr. David Forrest releases video imploring people to take measures to prevent spreading coronavirus

Nanaimo’s Dr. David Forrest made a video address this week, stressing that COVID-19 is a serious disease and expressing concern that it could overwhelm the health-care system on Vancouver Island. (Leigh Gibson-Unickow/Facebook image)
World COVID-19 news, 8 p.m. update: Italian Patient No. 1 recovers, Wuhan reports just one case

World COVID-19 news, 8 p.m. update: Italian Patient No. 1 recovers, Wuhan reports just one case

“You can get cured of this illness,” Italian Patient No. 1 says

World COVID-19 news, 8 p.m. update: Italian Patient No. 1 recovers, Wuhan reports just one case
This was the scene Sunday evening as firefighting crews from Central Saanich, North Saanich and Sidney battled a house fire on Skyline Crescent in Central Saanich. A GoFundMe campaign is now underway to help the family. (Central Saanich Fire/Twitter)

Central Saanich rallies around family displaced by Sunday fire

COVID-19 outbreak impacts what kind of donations can be accepted

This was the scene Sunday evening as firefighting crews from Central Saanich, North Saanich and Sidney battled a house fire on Skyline Crescent in Central Saanich. A GoFundMe campaign is now underway to help the family. (Central Saanich Fire/Twitter)
Campbell River swimmer Mackenzie Padington had taken the year off school to focus her energies on training for the Olympics. She’s devastated by Team Canada’s decision to not send athletes to the Games this summer, but is in full support of. The Canadian Olympic Committee is lobbying the International Olympics Committee for a postponement. File photo

Vancouver Island Olympic hopeful devastated by Team Canada decision, but in full support

Tokyo 2020 would have been swimmer Mackenzie Padington’s first Olympic Games

Campbell River swimmer Mackenzie Padington had taken the year off school to focus her energies on training for the Olympics. She’s devastated by Team Canada’s decision to not send athletes to the Games this summer, but is in full support of. The Canadian Olympic Committee is lobbying the International Olympics Committee for a postponement. File photo
B.C. cabinet ministers sit far apart in a nearly empty legislature to pass emergency measures to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, March 23, 2020. (Chad Hipolito/The Canadian Press)

B.C. moves to prevent people being fired due to COVID-19 consequences

Employment law changes cover isolation, child care, travel bans

B.C. cabinet ministers sit far apart in a nearly empty legislature to pass emergency measures to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, March 23, 2020. (Chad Hipolito/The Canadian Press)
Healthcare worker Ludnie Emile prepares to test people Thursday for COVID-19 at a drive-thru coronavirus testing station in Palm Springs. (Greg Lovett/palmbeachpost.com)
Healthcare worker Ludnie Emile prepares to test people Thursday for COVID-19 at a drive-thru coronavirus testing station in Palm Springs. (Greg Lovett/palmbeachpost.com)
Beacon Hill Park, Topaz Park and the Royal Athletic Park will become temporary sites for the homeless in efforts to try to limit spread of COVID-19. (Black Press file photo)

Beacon Hill, Topaz, Royal Athletic parks to open as temporary sites for the homeless

Victoria announced formalized camps to help combat spread of COVID-19

Beacon Hill Park, Topaz Park and the Royal Athletic Park will become temporary sites for the homeless in efforts to try to limit spread of COVID-19. (Black Press file photo)
A man sleeps at vacant commercial property in downtown Victoria. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
A man sleeps at vacant commercial property in downtown Victoria. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Cities warned from declaring local states of emergency, Abbotsford mayor says

Cities warned from declaring local states of emergency, Abbotsford mayor says

Mayor Henry Braun says solicitor general discouraged such declarations, warning of ‘chaos’

Cities warned from declaring local states of emergency, Abbotsford mayor says
A sunny spring day saw dozens of golfers lined up at the Belmont Golf Course in Fort Langley on Saturday, March 21. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
A sunny spring day saw dozens of golfers lined up at the Belmont Golf Course in Fort Langley on Saturday, March 21. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Minister of Finance Carole James looks on as Premier John Horgan talks about the next steps of the COVID-19 action plan recently put in place by the provincial government during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, February 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Minister of Finance Carole James looks on as Premier John Horgan talks about the next steps of the COVID-19 action plan recently put in place by the provincial government during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, February 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Add playgrounds to the list of off-limit places in Oak Bay

Add playgrounds to the list of off-limit places in Oak Bay

Follow Oak Bay emergency updates at oakbay.ca/covid-19

Add playgrounds to the list of off-limit places in Oak Bay
Peter Van Mil of Abbotsford posted a Facebook invite to his 35th birthday party and then hosted a virtual celebration with a Facebook Live video on Sunday night (March 22).

B.C. man holds virtual birthday party with 70 guests

Peter Van Mil of Abbotsford turns 35 and celebrates with Facebook Live video

Peter Van Mil of Abbotsford posted a Facebook invite to his 35th birthday party and then hosted a virtual celebration with a Facebook Live video on Sunday night (March 22).
Green Party MLA Adam Olsen says Gulf Islands residents want visitors stopped but goods and services to continue. (Hansard TV)

No plans to shut off isolated B.C. communities from COVID-19, Adrian Dix says

MLA Adam Olsen says Gulf Islands want to follow Tofino, Ucluelet

Green Party MLA Adam Olsen says Gulf Islands residents want visitors stopped but goods and services to continue. (Hansard TV)