OTTAWA, ON, July 15, 2020 /CNW/ - In lieu of an in-person update to the media, Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada's Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement on behalf of Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer. "There have been 108,486 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 8,798 deaths. 67% of people have now recovered. Labs across Canada have tested over 3,302,000 people for COVID-19 to date. Over the past week, an average of 40,000 people were tested daily, with 1% testing positive. COVID-19 spreads quickly in crowded places and closed spaces where there is close-contact between people. Infected individuals can transmit the virus to others, even when they look and feel well. This is why it is so important to change the way people gather this summer. We are concerned about the increasing number of reports of individuals contracting COVID-19 at parties, nightclubs and bars, as well as increasing rates of transmission among young Canadians in some jurisdictions across the country. Although severe illness due to COVID-19 is not common among younger age groups, there have been several reports of severe illness among even young and active adults. We are all in this together and have
SANTIAGO (REUTERS) - A Chilean lawmaker launched hundreds of internet memes on Wednesday (July 15) when she ran through congress wearing a pink cape and waving matching fans to celebrate passage in the lower house of a coronavirus emergency aid measure. Wearing a face mask and a pink shawl streaming behind her, Ms Pamela Jiles sprinted repeatedly past bemused senior ministers in President Sebastian Pinera's administration who sat on the front bench and had opposed the Bill. Other lawmakers whipped out cellphone cameras, stood, clapped and waved their hands. Twitter users celebrated Ms Jiles, who turned in an energetic performance despite a cast on one leg, as a "great grandma", compared her to Japanese cartoon ninja Naruto and called for Chile to be renamed "Jile". The former journalist turned lawmaker, a member of the far-left Broad Front coalition who represents a poor area of Santiago, has been a supporter of the populist plan to allow citizens hit hard by coronavirus lockdown measures to withdraw up to 10 per cent of privately held pension funds. The Bill will be voted on by senators next week. Ms Jiles said on Tuesday on Twitter that she had strenuously lobbied, to the point of "offering my body", for lawmakers to vote in favour of a reform "that will save people from hunger". An opinion poll showed Chileans strongly in favour of the idea, but the centre-right government sought to defeat it. Related Stories:
(RTTNews) - Amazon.com's (AMZN) Amazon Web Services, Inc. Wednesday announced the general availability of Amazon Interactive Video Service, a new fully managed service that makes it easy to set up live, interactive video streams for a web or mobile application in just a few minutes. Amazon IVS uses the same technology that powers Twitch, a live streaming service, giving customers live content with latency that can be less than three seconds. Customers can easily configure and stream live video through their own website or mobile application, with scalable delivery that supports millions of concurrent viewers globally. With the Amazon IVS SDK and APIs, customers can also build interactive features into their live streams like virtual chat spaces, votes and polls, moderated question and answer sessions, and synchronized promotional elements. There are no additional charges or upfront commitments required to use Amazon IVS, and customers pay only for video input to Amazon IVS and video output delivered to viewers. "Customers have been asking to use Twitch's video streaming technology on their own platforms for a range of use cases like education, retail, sports, fitness, and more," said Martin Hess, GM, Amazon IVS. "Now with Amazon IVS, customers can leverage the same
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The official Twitter accounts of Apple, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and others were hijacked on Wednesday (July 15) by scammers trying to dupe people into sending cryptocurrency bitcoin in the hope of doubling their money. Twitter posts, which have been deleted, were fired off from an array of high-profile accounts telling people they had 30 minutes to send US$1,000 (S$1,400) in bitcoin in order to be sent back twice as much. "This is a SCAM, DO NOT participate!" Gemini cryptocurrency exchange co-founder Cameron Winklevoss warned in a tweet from his official account at Twitter. "This is the same attack/takeover that other major crypto twitter accounts are experiencing. Be vigilant!" Comments and posts at Twitter indicated thousands of dollars in bitcoin may have been sent to the scammers' digital account.
Twitter followers of Bill Gates and Elon Musk speculated that their accounts been hacked on Wednesday, as a series of tweets dangled a bitcoin giveaway that looked too good to be true. “Feeling greatful, doubling all payments sent to my BTC address!,” the tweet said in a since-deleted tweet, misspelling the word grateful. “You send $1,000, I send back $2,000! Only doing this for the next 30 minutes.” It was preceded by another quickly deleted tweet from Musk which said he was “feeling generous because of Covid-19.” Gates’ account tweeted a similar message. “Everyone is asking me to give back, and now is the time,” the since-deleted tweet read. “I am doubling all payments sent to my BTC address for the next 30 minutes.” A Twitter spokesperson said the social network was looking into the tweets. A Tesla spokesperson didn’t respond to The Post’s request for comment. Tesla’s stock is up more than 200 percent in recent months, propelling Musk into the upper echelon of the world’s richest people. Musk is now the 8th richest man in the world, according to Forbes, with a net worth of $70.8 billion. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey last year had his account taken over by a group of hackers calling themselves #ChucklingHella. The account immediately went on to tweet out the N-word in all caps before adding: “intel is there’s a bomb at Twitter HQ.”