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TOKYO - Global shares were mostly higher after China reported strong manufacturing data, extending an overnight rally on Wall Street.

France's CAC 40 added 1.5% in early trading to 4,443.47. Germany's DAX gained 2.5% to 10,063.41, while Britain's FTSE 100 jumped 2.2% to 5,685.74.

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OTTAWA - Most Canadians are doing what they're told to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and would support harsher measures to punish those who aren't, a new poll suggests.

Of the 1,590 adults surveyed between March 27 and 29, the vast majority said they were practising social distancing (97 per cent), keeping at least two metres apart from others (95 per cent), washing their hands more frequently than usual (95 per cent), going out only for necessities (94 per cent) and coughing or sneezing into their elbows (92 per cent).

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OTTAWA - Canadians will get more details today of the massive emergency wage subsidy program launched by the federal government including the price tag.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Small Business Minister Mary Ng are to hold a news conference to provide details of how the program will work and how much of a dent it will put in federal books that have already plunged deep into the red as the government scrambles to cushion the economic and health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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TOKYO - Asian shares surged Tuesday after a rally in U.S. stocks, mostly spurred by health care companies' announcements of developments that could aid in the coronavirus outbreak.

Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.8% in morning trading to 19,243.91. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 2.0% to 5,285.50, while South Korea's Kospi picked up 1.6% to 1,743.84. Hong Kong's Hang Seng stood at 23,517.68, up 1.5% and the Shanghai Composite gained 06% to 2,764.16.

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