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Ailing Boots searches for a way back to health

A Boots store
A Boots store

Boots’ move to sack more than 4,000 employees heaps yet more pain on the British high street, pushing the number of declared job losses due to coronavirus and the ensuing lockdown to more than 118,000. 

The pharmacy chain suffered a 48pc slump in sales this quarter due to Covid-19, with a 72pc drop in turnover at its Opticians branches. These will bear the brunt of the nearly 50 store closures.

The venerable chemist, founded in 1849 in Nottingham by John Boot, is not alone in reeling from the virus. Retail giants including John Lewis, Harrods and Topshop owner Arcadia are cutting jobs at a frightening pace.

Some argue that, like Boots, many of these companies were already in trouble. The pharmacy announced plans last year to axe 200 of its 2,465 stores and shed 350 staff at its Nottingham headquarters.

In the fourth quarter of 2019, before

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Social distancing won’t stop until there’s a vaccine, B.C. health officials say

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 106,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and more than 8,700 deaths.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

July 9

7:15 p.m.: COVID-19 polls of the day

7:00 p.m.: B.C.’s top doctor says some public health measures will

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Where to Buy Face Masks Online That Are Stylish

The fashion world is stepping up in a time of need: Countless companies are now making, selling and donating non-medical grade face masks for daily protection from COVID-19.

Demand for cloth face mask options has soared in recent months, in part because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) masks in public settings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. PPE masks are usually made from breathable a fabric like cotton and differ from a surgical mask and N95 respirators that experts say should be reserved for health care workers who are caring for the sick.

In times of crisis, it’s heartwarming to see companies we love giving back using the tools and skills they know best. Nordstrom, the largest employer of tailors in the country, has trained its alterations teams to make face masks to distribute to health care workers, while designer

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B.C. urges country to keep borders closed, Ontario says school will look different

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 106,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and more than 8,700 deaths.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

July 9

5:15 p.m.: Quebec tightens measures for bars

The Quebec government is making changes to rules for bars after

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Tulsa City Health Official Says Trump Rally ‘Likely Contributed’ to Surge of New Coronavirus Cases

Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart says President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa in late June “likely contributed” to the new surge of coronavirus cases in the area.

On Wednesday, Dart told the Associated Press that the large gathering “more than likely” contributed to the spike, as it drew in thousands of participants — and protesters.

“In the past few days, we’ve seen almost 500 new cases, and we had several large events just over two weeks ago, so I guess we just connect the dots,” Dart said.

Tulsa County reported 261 confirmed new cases on Monday, a one-day record high for the area. On Tuesday it reported another 206 cases. In the week leading up the rally, which took place on Saturday, June 20, the county only reported 76 cases on Monday and 96 on Tuesday, per the department’s database. 

As of Thursday afternoon, July 9,

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Try This 60-Second Hack to Make Your Face Mask Fit Better

Photo credit: TikTok
Photo credit: TikTok

From Woman’s Day

Wearing a mask in public is basically the norm these days (or at least, it should be). But let’s be real, surgical masks aren’t perfect. Namely, they can have a loose fit and allow potentially infected particles to get to your nose and mouth.

Well, dentist Olivia Cuid, M.D., has a hack for making surgical masks fit better over your face, and it’s genius. (BTW: This can work for cloth face masks, too.)

Cuid shared the hack in a TikTok that’s already racked up 395,000 views. With a surgical-style mask, “the sides of your face are left very exposed to the outside,” Cuid points out. So, she recommends this trick:

  • Fold your mask in half

  • Tie a knot with the ear loops on each side as close as possible to the mask

  • Open up your mask

  • There will be a little opening on the

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Ontario urges parents to be prepared for every school scenario, mulls Stage 3 reopening

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 106,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and more than 8,700 deaths.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

July 9

1:50 p.m.: Ontario education minister still asking parent to prepare for three different schooling options for September

After

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Universities scramble to protect students from deportation under new ICE policy requiring in-person classes

People stand on the lawn outside Building 10 on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus in Cambridge, Mass. on Monday, April 20, 2020. (Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
People stand on the lawn outside Building 10 on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus in Cambridge, Mass. on Monday, April 20, 2020. (Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The Trump administration has thrown colleges and universities across the country into confusion this week with the unexpected announcement that international students will have to leave the U.S. if their school does not offer in-person classes during the upcoming semester. 

In a press release Monday afternoon, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that, under a forthcoming temporary rule, foreign students currently attending a school that plans to operate entirely online during the fall semester will either have to transfer to a different school offering in-person classes, leave the country voluntarily, or face possible deportation.

In addition, ICE said the State Department “will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor

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Boris needs to reopen gyms and spas for the health of the nation

Spa mask
Spa mask

Last weekend, the light at the end of the lockdown tunnel shone slightly brighter as the Prime Minister allowed more businesses in England to reopen in a Covid-secure way. Saturday, July 4 – dubbed “Super Saturday” – was the Independence Day the country had been waiting for: a taste of liberty after varying degrees of lockdown. A list that included effective ‘air corridors’ had been published, enabling summer holidays abroad, social distancing was reduced to one metre-plus, pubs poured pints and hairdressers fashioned the latest post-corona barnets.

Major sections of the hospitality and leisure industries reopened in what was the biggest return to freedom since the country went into full-scale lockdown on March 23. For many hotels across England this was excellent news, until the PM’s address on June 23 when he said: “‘Close proximity’ venues such as nightclubs, soft-play areas, indoor gyms, swimming pools, water parks, bowling

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Best Ways To Sell Your Car During the Coronavirus Crisis

Thanks to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, life across the globe has turned upside down. Even formerly common activities, such as dining out or shopping for groceries, have become difficult to conduct safely in 2020. Selling a car is no exception, as the process generally involves close contact with a number of people. GOBankingRates came up with a list of safety precautions for you to consider so that you can still sell your car safely during the coronavirus crisis.

Last updated: July 9, 2020

Thoroughly Clean and Disinfect Your Car

No matter when you are selling your car, you should thoroughly clean and sanitize it before you show it to buyers. However, in the COVID-19 era, a thorough disinfection is required.

Not only will disinfecting keep both you and your potential buyers safe, it can also be used in your marketing ad. Certain buyers may be interested to know that you

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