Ottawa police have released a description of two suspects wanted in a stabbing on Murray Street.

Yesterday afternoon, officers responded to the Lowertown neighbourhood where they located a man with life-threatening injuries.

The first suspect is described as white, 5 foot 5, and around 20 to 30 years old. The other suspect is described as white, 5 foot 8. He was wearing a grey coat and sunglasses.

You can see a photo of the two suspects on Ottawa matters dot com.

Anyone with information is being asked to call police.

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As the covid-19 outbreak continues, the city of Ottawa is looking to keep up with the demand for assessments.

Dr. Vera Etches says there’s expected to be one or two centres open sometime in the next week.

These are expected to be slightly different than the one at brewer arena.

The chief medical officer of health says these centres would be staffed with physicians who could provide guidance on whether someone should go to the hospital

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OC Transpo says it’s roping off the area around the operators on the Confederation line O-trains, to protect staff from covid-19.

Tape will block off the doors closest to the train operators, and signage will inform riders.

Transit officials say riders who need accessible seating will still have access to it in the rest of the train.

The area will cordon off the area for cyclists — so they are being told to instead use the next closest door.

OC Transpo says it’s still working out a solution to protect operators on the Trillium line.

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A dramatic reduction in Via service, beginning Monday, because of the covid-19 pandemic.

Two trains per day will run between Ottawa and Toronto, and two trains per day will leave Ottawa’s main train station for Montreal and Quebec City.

Via Rail’s business lounges will be closed, and via will not offer baggage service nor business class on its Québec City-Windsor corridor.

However, the rail service will make seat selection flexible, to better allow passengers to follow social distancing guidelines.

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The province is suspending renewals of driver’s licences, licence plate stickers and health cards due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Premier Doug Ford says that will mean one less thing for Ontarians to worry about during the health emergency.

Ford says all eviction notices are also suspended until further notice.

And he says municipal noise bylaws that ban deliveries during certain times will be lifted to bolster supply lines amid hoarding and panic buying

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Loblaw announcing some changes to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

The company announcing, they are reducing store hours to allow workers more time to rest, and to sanitize stores.

The new hours will be 7 a-m to 8 p-m, with the first hour dedicated to seniors and those with disabilities – Shoppers Drug Mart will also have reduced hours.

The number of customers allowed in their busiest stores will be limited for social distancing.

Loblaw also says they’ll be temporarily waiving the 5-cent plastic bag fee, to discourage the use of reusable bags.

Meantime, at most Sobeys stores – they’ve announced that starting today – they’ll be devoting the first hour of operations to those most vulnerable, including seniors.

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A team of Western University researchers has begun working on a vaccine to protect against the virus that causes COVID-19.

University officials say experts in virology, microbiology, vaccinology, bioinformatics and immunology have united in a bid to develop and test a vaccine for the novel coronavirus.

They also hope to create a “vaccine bank” of several ready-made vaccines that could be used if another strain sparks a new coronavirus outbreak.

The team is building off of work begun by Chil-Yong Kang, a professor emeritus at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry who has been working on a vaccine for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.

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Health officials caution that the slow rise in COVID-19 cases can’t be understood as a failure of current social distancing efforts.

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam points out that the cases being confirmed now represent people who would have contracted the virus anyway and prior to the current containment efforts.

Tam says the number of cases confirmed over the few weeks will be indicative of just how well the current containment measures are working.

However, she cautions any perceived progress won’t necessarily mean the measures can be given up just yet.

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The head of the Air Canada component of the Canadian Union of Public Employees says about 36-hundred of the carrier’s flight attendants will be laid off starting in April, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CUPE’s Wesley Lesosky says Air Canada Rouge’s 15-hundred-49 flight attendants are also facing lay-off — that is the smaller carrier’s full compliment of flight attendants.

Air Canada says the layoffs are temporary and employees will be returned to active duty status when the airline is able to ramp up its network schedule.

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Ottawa is expected to announce additional efforts to secure supplies of needed medical equipment today to stay ahead of the rapidly multiplying cases of COVID-19 across the country.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has hinted at new measures to come, including involving industry and the military in the production of ventilators, masks and other personal protective gear.

Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, says there has been no specific request for ventilators yet but the federal government is trying to pre-empt that by acquiring things that may be needed as the number of cases surge.

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With the Canada-U-S border set to close for non-essential travel sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning, many have begun to ask just how long these tight restrictions will remain in place.

At a Thursday news conference, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government is still working out the finer details of the agreement as both country’s grapple with containing the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also noted that experts are telling his government to expect social-distancing measures to remain in place here for several weeks — or months.

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South of the border, health-care workers are scrambling to prepare for what they see as an inevitable influx of COVID-19 patients.

However, a national shortage of vital supplies like ventilators and face masks are threatening those efforts.

U-S President Donald Trump called on states yesterday to do more to secure their own critically needed masks, ventilators and testing supplies, as the pressure mounted on hospitals struggling to cope with a rising number of coronavirus patients.

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U-S Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, a republican, sold as much as 1.7-million-dollars in stocks just before the market dropped in February amid fears about the coronavirus epidemic.

Senate records show that Burr and his wife sold between roughly 600-thousands and 1.7-million-dollars in more than 30 separate transactions in late January and mid-February.

That was just before the market began to fall and as government health officials began to issue stark warnings about the effects of the virus.

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California’s governor has issued stay-at-home orders for 40 million people in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With half the state already under local stay-home requirements, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order, warning that unless the rise in cases of COVID-19 slows, it might overwhelm the state’s medical system.

Newsom says people will be able to shop for food and seek medical care but should practice social distancing.

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U-S President Donald Trump has been playing an active role in the daily media briefings given by the White House coronavirus task force.

In a shift from earlier public praise for China and its handling of the outbreak in Wuhan, Trump is now taking to a more critical approach — going so far as to call it the “Chinese Virus.”

On Wednesday Trump said that he doesn’t think calling COVID-19 the “Chinese virus” or the “kung-flu,” puts Asian Americans at risk of retaliation, despite growing reports they are facing virus-related discrimination.

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