TOPIC: COVID-19

WHO says coronavirus remains a global health emergency

The coronavirus remains a global health emergency, the World Health Organization chief said Monday, after a key advisory panel found the pandemic may be nearing an "inflection point" where higher levels of immunity can lower virus-related deaths.

Like vinyl, but for photos: Why film cameras are back in focus

In an ever-increasing digital world where rarely an hour, let alone a day, goes by without gazing at a smartphone or tablet, some people are redeveloping their passion for a technology seemingly headed for extinction: the film camera.

Why don't we talk about acid rain and the ozone hole anymore? Scientists debunk misinformation

If you’re over 30, you likely remember a time when there was a lot of hand-wringing over the ozone hole and skin cancer, as well as the threat of acid rain destroying life in lakes and on land. The reason we don't hear about it anymore is good news, but misinformation on social media claims otherwise.

More than 1,000 New Brunswickers report adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccines

More than 1,000 New Brunswickers have had an adverse reaction after getting a COVID-19 vaccine, and more than a quarter of them were considered "serious," according to the Department of Health.

Signs of hope among high COVID-19 levels in Ottawa

For the second straight week Ottawa Public Health said recent downward respiratory trends are encouraging, but it's still worthwhile to reduce risks while COVID-19 levels remain high.

COVID-19 and flu activity in Manitoba drops again

COVID-19 and influenza activity is on a steady decline in Manitoba, with hospital admissions and new cases dropping significantly for the third straight week.

Flu cases are down, but gastrointestinal illnesses on rise in Waterloo region

The region's medical officer of health says cases of the flu and RSV are down in the community and there remain 'moderate levels of infection' from COVID-19. On the rise, though, are cases of gastrointestinal illnesses, particularly in child care centres and congregate living settings.

Nova Scotia reports total of 12 COVID-19 deaths in latest update

Nova Scotia has reported a total of 12 COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, all of which are from previous reporting periods, meaning they most likely occurred within the last weeks or months.
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COVID-19 misinformation in Canada cost at least 2,800 lives, $300M in hospital expenses

The spread of COVID-19 misinformation in Canada cost at least 2,800 lives and $300 million in hospital expenses over nine months of the pandemic, according to estimates in a new report.
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How WHO will decide if the COVID-19 emergency is over

The World Health Organization will soon decide if COVID-19 should still be categorized as a global public health emergency. WHO COVID-19 technical lead Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove explains to Adrienne Arsenault how that decision is made.
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WHO to discuss ending COVID-19 global emergency declaration

The World Health Organization is preparing to decide whether to end its COVID-19 global emergency declaration later this week. But some doctors and researchers worry about what that could mean for the fight against a virus that still poses a serious threat.
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Alberta premier pressured justice minister's office on COVID charges: sources say

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith pressured the attorney general and his office to intervene in COVID-related court cases and get rid of charges, multiple sources familiar with the interactions told CBC News.

COVID-19 trends stable after early winter spike

Many metrics in Ottawa and beyond are generally stable below where they peaked during a surge at the end of 2022.

N.B. reports 11 more COVID-19 deaths, slight increase in hospital admissions

COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 11 more New Brunswickers, the province reported Tuesday, the number of people admitted to the hospital because of the virus has increased "slightly" in the past week, while the number of confirmed cases has decreased.

Sault Ste. Marie police say officer leave and more violent crime leaving them shortstaffed

Police in Sault Ste. Marie are looking to hire more officers, because the chief says they sometimes don't have enough people to properly protect the city.

U.S. health officials want to make COVID-19 vaccinations more like the annual flu shot

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday proposed a simplified approach for future vaccination efforts, allowing most adults and children to get a once-a-year shot to protect against the mutating virus.

Russian man in Canada who received conscription notice to fight in Ukraine granted refugee status

Trofim Modlyi, 19, who's from Khabarovsk in eastern Russia, was visiting his sister in Alberta when Russia invaded Ukraine last February. He decided to file a refugee claim in Canada because he didn't "want to kill innocent people in Ukraine."

Mark Friesen among those found guilty of violating pandemic gathering limits on 3 separate dates

Although the tickets were issued on three separate dates — Dec. 5, 2020, Dec. 19, 2020, and April 24, 2021 — the decisions are interrelated.

COVID trends generally high and stable going into the weekend

Ottawa's COVID picture didn't change much from the update earlier this week, but local and national health experts continue to encourage residents to take precautions.

Flu and COVID-19 infections continue to fall in Manitoba

Manitoba's influenza and COVID-19 activity continued to decline in 2023, with hospital admissions dropping significantly for both last week, the latest provincial surveillance data says.

Get your booster dose as new Omicron offshoot spreads: Canada's top doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, urged people to get their booster shots Friday as COVID-19 activity continues to fluctuate in the country.

Wondering about the state of COVID-19 in Alberta? Local experts weigh in

Alberta infectious disease experts say even though the province's COVID-19 situation is better than it's been in a while, now is not the time to let down your guard.
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Quebec may stop recommending boosters for everyone, report suggests

According to a new report obtained by Radio-Canada, Quebec may stop recommending COVID-19 booster shots for everyone. The decision has not been officially announced yet, but it is already raising some concerns among health experts.

533 new cases of RSV confirmed in N.B., more than last season's total

More than 500 New Brunswickers have been diagnosed with respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, within three weeks, according to the latest figures posted by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Nova Scotia reports total of 5 COVID-19 deaths in latest update

Nova Scotia has reported a total of five COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, all of which are from previous reporting periods, meaning they most likely occurred within the last weeks or months.

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