Morning Headlines: January 29, 2019

Maria Vinca / January 29, 2020

The Coronavirus infection now outnumbers the SARS virus
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Coronavirus infection in China outnumbers SARS

World Health Organization (WHO) authorities have confirmed over 5,974  cases of the Coronavirus in China.  The country had 5,327 cases of the SARS virus during the the 2002-2003 outbreak which killed over 300 people.

The death toll from the Coronavirus has risen to 132. The outbreak began in Wuhan, China and the majority of deaths and confirmed cases occurred in the city.

China has cut off access to Wuhan and 16 other cities in Hubei province to help prevent the virus from spreading more.

Disabled passengers are caught in the middle as the taxi vs. ride hailing war continues

After 9 Metro Vancouver cab companies seek an injunction to both Uber and Lyft companies, the Taxi Association is now threatening to subsidize wheelchair accessible vehicles given the province’s approval of ride hailing. This could leave people with disabilities without transportation.

The dispute continues to escalate following Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum’s plan to crack down on ride hailing as some drivers were fined 500 dollars for not having a proper business license to operate.

Taxi association threatens to subsidize wheelchair access vehicles in response to the dispute with ride hailing
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The body and the vehicle of a middle aged man was found in an embankment. (wikimedia commons)

Body found in Mission B.C after car drove off into an embankment 

The body of a middle aged man was found in Mission after his car went off the road and into an embankment on Dewdney Trunk Road near Stave Falls Dam.

Police said they are unsure why the car went off the road and added that the car was in the embankment for a few days and was found this morning.

RCMP do not know if speed or alcohol were factors of the crash.