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Another 2.44 million Americans file initial jobless claims; gold pares loss – Kitco NEWS



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(Kitco News) – Another 2.44 million Americans filed for first-time U.S. jobless claims in the week to Saturday, the Labor Department said Thursday. Spot gold pared its early losses, last trading down $8.60 to $1,739.80 an ounce.

Consensus estimates of economists called for initial jobless claims to be around    2.35 million to 2.4 million. The previous week’s million 2.98 million claims were revised to 2.69 million.

New weekly claims have been above 2 million every week since March 21 after the previous all-time high had been 695,000 back in October 1982, according to Labor Department figures. Traders have been closely monitoring jobless claims as a key gauge of the weakness in the economy due to lockdowns and social-distancing measures across the country to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, with many businesses temporarily closing their doors. States are now gradually reopening their economies.

In the meantime, Americans have now filed a total of 38.64 million initial claims since the week of March 21.

The four-week moving average for new claims – normally viewed as a more reliable measure of the labor market since it smooths out week-to-week volatility – fell by 501,000 to 3.04 million.

Continuing jobless claims, which counts the number of people already receiving benefits and reported with a one-week delay, increased by 2.53 million to a seasonally adjusted 25.07 million during the week ending May 9, the government said.

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Sask. suspends team sports, activities along with other tweaks to existing COVID-19 restrictions – CTV News



The Government of Saskatchewan has tweaked some of its COVID-19 restrictions for the province, including changes for sports, restaurants, places of worship and performance and gaming venues.

All team and group sports, activities, games, competitions, recitals and practices have been suspended, including hockey, curling, racquet sports, cheerleading, dance practices in group setting, etc.

The province is also discouraging gatherings of any size, outside of your immediate household.

These restrictions come into effect on Friday, Nov. 27.


Team and group sport and fitness activities are suspended including activities, games, competitions, recitals and practices.

Persons under 18 may continue to train only in groups of fewer than eight. There must be at least three metres of distance between participants. Coaches and trainers are not counted so long as they are wearing masks.

Group fitness for all ages can continue in groups of eight or fewer, masks must be worn and physical distance of three metres must also be maintained.


Indoor public banquets, conferences, wedding and funeral receptions in public venues are reduced to 30 people maximum. This restriction also applies to places of worship. The limit on private gatherings stays at five. Food and beverage cannot be present of served.

If your immediate household has five people or more, additional guests should not come over.

“Individuals, recurring caregivers, support personnel (i.e. therapists, nursing staff) and tradespersons (i.e. housekeeper, plumber) are permitted, though they should maintain two metre distancing and be masked during service provision,” the province said in a news release. 


Restaurants and licensed establishments are now limited to four people per table. Capacity is also being reduced down to 30 at all casinos, bingo halls, arenas, live theatres, movie theatres, performing arts venues and any other facilities that are currently supporting a capacity of 150 people.

Establishments must keep guest information on all patrons.

The curfew on liquor sale remains.


Masks are now required in all indoor fitness activities with an exception for aquatic acitivites.

All persons in schools and daycares are now required to wear masks at all time, expect for during meals.

All employees and visitors at all businesses and workplaces are required to wear masks in all common areas. All residents employees and visitors of correctional facilities must wear a mask in all common areas.


Large retail spaces must reduce customer access to 50 per cent or four square metres of space per person.

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Coronavirus: Saskatchewan Premier Moe introduces new measures to stop spread of virus | FULL – Global News



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  1. Coronavirus: Saskatchewan Premier Moe introduces new measures to stop spread of virus | FULL  Global News
  2. Sask. suspends team sports, activities along with other tweaks to existing COVID-19 restrictions  CTV News
  3. New COVID-19 restrictions suspend sports, extend mandatory masking to schools
  4. ‘I understand, but I’m disappointed’: Sports on hiatus after Saskatchewan implements latest COVID measures  Saskatoon StarPhoenix
  5. Sask. surpasses 3000 active COVID-19 cases, adding 164 Wednesday  CTV News
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Ontario reports 1,373 new COVID cases today – SooToday



Public Health Ontario has confirmed 1,373 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 35 deaths. 

The deaths reported today include one person between 20 and 39 years old, two people between the ages of 40 and 59 years old, eight people between the ages of 60 and 79 years old, and 26 people over the age of 80. Twenty-two of the people who died were residents at long-term care facilities. 

Since yesterday, 51 people have been hospitalized with the coronavirus and seven people have been admitted to intensive care units with COVId-19. 

Included in the 1,373 new cases reported today are 415 cases from Peel, 445 cases from Toronto, and 136 cases from York Region. 

The province has also reported 162 new school-related cases today, including 138 student cases and 24 staff cases. There have been 1,193 school-related cases reported in the last 14 days and 4,269 school-related cases reported to date. 

There are 688 schools in the province with one or more reported COVID-19 cases and four schools are closed because of cases. 

Today, there are 23 new cases of COVID-19 reported in licensed child care settings. Eleven of the cases are children and 12 are staff/care providers. Five centres and one home are closed because of COVID-19 cases. 

The province reported 1,476 recoveries today, bringing the total number of active cases down.

There are currently 12,779 active, lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, which is down from 12,917 active cases yesterday. There are 523 people hospitalized with the coronavirus, which is down from 523 yesterday. There are 159 COVID patients in intensive care units and 106 COVID patients on ventilators. 

Since yesterday’s report, Ontario’s public health labs have processed 36,076 COVID-19 tests and those results produced a 4.7 per cent positivity rate. There are 44,950 COVID tests awaiting processing. 

To date, the province has confirmed 107,883 cases of COVID-19 and has reported 91,550 recoveries and 3,554 deaths. 

In Northern Ontario, all but two of the health unit regions are currently classified as green under the province’s new regional restrictions. It means the areas are permitted the broadest allowance of Stage 3 activities.

Public Health Sudbury and District and Thunder Bay District Health Unit are in the yellow (protect) restriction level.

Since yesterday, five of the seven Northern Ontario health units reported a total of 31 new cases. There are 128 known active cases.

The breakdown of Public Health Ontario data for the rate of cases for Northern Ontario health units is:

  • Algoma Public Health: 58 cases, rate of 50.7 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 60 cases. There are three known active cases. The last case was reported Nov. 24.
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit: 66 cases, rate of 50.9 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 68 cases. There are nine known active cases. The last cases were reported Nov. 24.
  • Porcupine Health Unit: 106, rate of 127 per 100,000 people. There are three known active cases. The last case was reported Nov. 20.
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts: 222 cases, rate of 111.5 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 224 cases. There are 14 known active cases. The last case was reported Nov. 24.
  • Timiskaming Health Unit: 18 cases, rate of 55.1 per 100,000 people. There is one known active case. The last case was reported Nov. 15.
  • Northwestern Health Unit: 108 cases, rate of 123.2 per 100,000 people. The health unit has also reported two probable cases. There are 23 known active cases. The last case was reported Nov. 24.
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit: 248 cases, rate of 165.4 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 252 cases. There are 75 known active cases. The last cases were reported Nov. 25.

The Ontario rate of infection is 725.8.

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