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New Brunswick reports 9th COVID-19-related death on Thursday – Global News



New Brunswick is reporting its ninth COVID-19-related death on Thursday.

The province says an individual between 40 and 49 years old has died as a result of underlying complications, including COVID-19.

Officials say the individual was located in the Moncton region.

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“On behalf of my family and all New Brunswickers, I extend sincere sympathies to the family and friends of the individual who has died. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” Premier Blaine Higgs said in a press release announcing the news.

“This is a reminder that as we end 2020, it is not the time to let our guards down.”

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In a statement, Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick’s chief medical officer of health, also offered her condolences to the family of the most recent COVID-19-related death in the province.

She also issued a warning for the province’s residents.

“Remember that each case is a real person, a fellow New Brunswicker, and our actions today have an effect upon the future,” Russell said.

“I encourage everyone who is displaying COVID-19 symptoms to get tested.

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“Do not take chances with your health and those of your loved ones and others in the community.”

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Three new cases

The province also reported three new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday.

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All of the cases are located in the Fredericton region and involve individuals between the ages of 40 and 49.

The three individuals are self-isolating and the cases are being investigated by public health officials.

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Exposure notification for three flights

New Brunswick has issued exposure notices for three flights after identifying a positive case of the virus in an individual who may have been infectious while they travelled on Dec. 24.

The three flights are:

  • Air Canada Flight 8620 from Saskatoon to Toronto that departed at 8:35 a.m. CT.
  • Air Canada Flight 414 from Toronto to Montreal that departed at 2:10 p.m. ET.
  • Air Canada Flight 8506 from Montreal to Fredericton that departed at 7:05 p.m. AT.

The province’s public health officials say individuals on those flights should continue to follow the directives given to them during the travel registration process and when they entered New Brunswick.

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As of Thursday, there are 28 active cases in the province.

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There have been 599 cases in New Brunswick since the pandemic began, of which 561 people have recovered.

Only one person is in hospital, with that individual in intensive care.

The province has conducted 152,805 COVID-19 tests.

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Britain in talks with 6 firms about building gigafactories for EV batteries



Britain is in talks with six companies about building gigafactories to produce batteries for electric vehicles (EV), the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people briefed on the discussions.

Car makers Ford Motor Co and Nissan Motor Co Ltd, conglomerates LG Corp and Samsung, and start-ups Britishvolt and InoBat Auto are in talks with the British government or local authorities about locations for potential factories and financial support, the report added .


(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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EBay to sell South Korean unit for about $3.6 billion to Shinsegae, Naver



EBay will sell its South Korean business to retailer Shinsegae Group and e-commerce firm Naver for about 4 trillion won ($3.6 billion), local newspapers reported on Wednesday.

EBay Korea is the country’s third-largest e-commerce firm with market share of about 12.8% in 2020, according to Euromonitor. It operates the platforms Gmarket, Auction and G9.

Shinsegae, Naver and eBay Korea declined to comment.

Lotte Shopping had also been in the running, the Korea Economic Daily and other newspapers said, citing unnamed investment banking sources.

South Korea represents the world’s fourth largest e-commerce market. Driven by the coronavirus pandemic, e-commerce has soared to account for 35.8% of the retail market in 2020 compared with 28.6% in 2019, according to Euromonitor data.

Shinsegae and Naver formed a retail and e-commerce partnership in March by taking stakes worth 250 billion won in each other’s affiliates.

($1 = 1,117.7000 won)


(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

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Canada launches long-awaited auction of 5G spectrum



Canada is set to begin a hotly anticipated auction of the mobile telecommunications bandwidth necessary for 5G rollout, one that was delayed more than a year by the pandemic.

The 3,500 MHz is a spectrum companies need to provide 5G, which requires more bandwidth to expand internet capabilities.The auction, initially scheduled for June 2020, is expected to take several weeks with Canadian government selling off 1,504 licenses in 172 service areas.

Smaller operators are going into the auction complaining that recent regulatory rulings have further tilted the scales in the favour of the country’s three biggest telecoms companies – BCE, Telus and Rogers Communications Inc – which together control around 90% of the market as a share of revenue.

Canadian mobile and internet consumers, meanwhile, have complained for years that their bills are among the world’s steepest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has threatened to take action if the providers did not cut bills by 25%.

The last auction of the 600 MHz spectrum raised C$3.5 billion ($2.87 billion) for the government.

The companies have defended themselves, saying the prices they charge are falling.

Some 23 bidders including regional players such as Cogeco and Quebec’s Videotron are participating in the process. Shaw Communications did not apply to participate due to a $16 billion takeover bid from Rogers. Lawmakers and analysts have warned that market concentration will intensify if that acquisition proceeds.

In May, after Canada‘s telecoms regulator issued a ruling largely in favour of the big three on pricing for smaller companies’ access to broadband networks, internet service provider TekSavvy Inc withdrew from the auction, citing the decision.

Some experts say the government has been trying to level the playing field with its decision to set aside a proportion of spectrum in certain areas for smaller companies.

Gregory Taylor, a spectrum expert and associate professor at the University of Calgary, said he was pleased the government was auctioning off smaller geographic areas of coverage.

In previous auctions where the license covered whole provinces, “small providers could not participate because they could not hope to cover the range that was required in the license,” Taylor said.

Smaller geographic areas mean they have a better chance of fulfilling the requirements for the license, such as providing service to 90% of the population within five years of the issuance date.

The auction has no scheduled end date, although the federal ministry in charge of the spectrum auction has said winners would be announced within five days of bidding completion.

($1 = 1.2181 Canadian dollars)


(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by David Gregorio)

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