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Good morning – here are the coronavirus updates you need to know today:

  1. All schools in Ontario will close for next three weeks; Canadians urged to say home
  2. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau tests positive for COVID-19. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government will be asking Canadians to avoid travel outside the country and is planning enhanced screening measures at airports.
  3. The TSX opened higher on Friday, bouncing back from a record drop a day earlier
  4. The NHL suspends operations; MLB delays its season by two weeks

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The NHL suspended operations Thursday over coronavirus concerns, with MLB following suit shortly after. The Washington Capitals arena was empty on Thursday.

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Coronavirus in Canada

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has tested positive for the new coronavirus and the couple are isolating themselves. Trudeau is not exhibiting any symptoms, the PMO said in a statement.

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Trudeau cancelled several high-level meetings with premiers and Indigenous leaders, in favour of virtual meetings. MPs and Senators discussed suspending the houses of Parliament.

Coronavirus around the world

Have you had to self-quarantine because of the coronavirus? We’d like to hear your story. Email: tips@globeandmail.com


Number of the day

$1.5-trillion (US)

Amount the Fed will pump into the financial system through the purchase of a full range of U.S. government debt.

  • The changes are made to address "highly unusual disruptions in Treasury financing markets associated with the coronavirus outbreak,” the New York Fed said in a statement.

Reader question

Question: My child’s school has closed. Now what do I do?

Answer: School and daycare closures are part of an approach called social distancing, which focuses on limiting social contacts. In school and daycare, young people are in close contact, so at risk of spreading virus. Children and youth are also vectors, they can carry the virus home to their parents and grandparents. When schools are closed, the biggest concern for parents is how to care for their kids.

You don’t have to lock them in the house for three weeks. Kids can play outside.

There can be small group activities. But most sporting leagues and other groups will probably be shut down too. Obviously, it’s hard to work in these circumstances so you have to make alternative work arrangements. (Working remotely is also a social distancing measure.) In some countries, child care has been provided for parents who work in essential services. The good news is that these measures should be temporary.

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The Globe’s health columnist André Picard answered additional reader questions. Need more answers? Email audience@globeandmail.com


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