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Canadian Press NewsAlert: B.C. brings in new restrictions as COVID cases rise

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VICTORIA — British Columbia’s medical health officer is implementing new COVID-19 restrictions as infections rise. 

Dr. Bonnie Henry says gatherings are now limited to those in an immediate household, plus their safe six — although in some homes even six guests may be too many. 

She says enforcement will be stepped up for those who may disregard the latest order. 

B.C. has had 817 cases over three days for a total of 13, 317 cases.

Henry says it is now also the “expectation” that people wear face coverings in public spaces, though it is not an order. 

She is asking businesses to review their COVID safety plans with this new mask expectation in mind.

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Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona dies at 60

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, has died. He was 60.

The office of Argentina’s president will decree three days of national mourning because of Maradona’s death on Wednesday, and the Argentine soccer association expressed its sorrow on Twitter.

Maradona died two weeks after being released from a Buenos Aires hospital following brain surgery.

Famed for the “Hand of God” goal in which he punched the ball into England’s net during the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals, Maradona captivated fans over a two-decade career with a bewitching style of play that was all his own.

Although his reputation was tarnished by his addictions and an ill-fated spell in charge of the national team, he remained idolized in soccer-mad Argentina as the “Pibe de Oro” or “Golden Boy.”

The No. 10 he wore on his jersey became synonymous with him, as it also had with Pele, the Brazilian great with whom Maradona was regularly paired as the best of all time.

Debora Rey, The Associated Press

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CP NewsAlert: Sasakamoose, Indigenous NHLer, dies at 86 after presumed COVID-19 case

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Fred Sasakamoose, one of the first Indigenous players in the NHL, has died after battling a presumed case of COVID-19.

He was 86.

Fred’s son, Neil, announced his death on Tuesday in a video posted on Facebook.

More coming.

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