U.K. sees 60% drop in COVID-19 cases due to vaccines, lockdown – National

The U.K.’s COVID-19 vaccination program is beginning to break the link between infection and serious illness or death, according to the latest results from an ongoing study of the pandemic in England. Researchers at Imperial College London found that COVID-19 infections dropped about 60 per cent in March as national lockdown measures slowed the […]

U.K. regulator reports 30 blood clot cases linked to AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine – National

Britain’s medicines regulator said it has identified 30 cases of rare blood clot events associated with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine but stressed the benefits “continue to outweigh any risks.” The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency said the risk associated with this type of blood clot is “very small” and that the public should continue […]

Canada sees another Easter weekend with rising COVID-19 cases, tough restrictions – National

Three of the provinces hardest-hit by COVID-19 spent their second pandemic-era Good Friday either adjusting to or bracing for stricter public health measures meant to bring resurgent case counts back in check. Three regions of Quebec, including the provincial capital, are now under a 10-day lockdown that took effect hours before the province reported […]

Meng Wanzhou case’s ‘overwhelming’ link to U.S. is cause for extradition: Crown – National

The extradition case against Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou has an “overwhelming” connection to the United States, a lawyer for Canada’s attorney general has argued. Robert Frater responded in British Columbia Supreme Court on Thursday to arguments made by Meng’s lawyers that the case violates international law and should be tossed. “The flaws in their […]

U.K. finds 30 cases of blood clots after use of AstraZeneca vaccine – National

By Peter Henderson and Julie Steenhuysen Reuters Posted April 1, 2021 9:05 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ British regulators on Thursday said they have identified 30 cases of rare blood clot events after the use […]

COVID-19 cases surge in France, as Macron refuses to put nation on lockdown – National

As France battles a new virus surge that many believe was avoidable, intensive care nurse Stephanie Sannier manages her stress and sorrow by climbing into her car after a 12-hour shift, blasting music and singing as loud as she can. “It allows me to breathe,” she says, “and to cry.” People with COVID-19 occupy […]

With COVID-19 variant cases on the rise, what do experts recommend? – National

Just as vaccination drives are picking up steam across Canada, deadlier and possibly more transmissible COVID-19 variants are spiking up infection rates among Canadians. “It’s very concerning,” Dr. Susy Hota, medical director of infection prevention and control at University Health Network, Toronto told Global News Wednesday. The “impact of transmission” when it comes to […]

Canada adds 4,321 new COVID-19 cases as provinces say many vaccine appointments unfilled – National

As COVID-19 cases continued to climb in Canada’s two biggest provinces on Sunday, officials in Ontario and Quebec said there are vacant vaccination appointments that need to be filled. In Toronto, Mayor John Tory pleaded with those aged 70 and older to get vaccinated. “We have the vaccines, we have the staff in place […]

U.K. eases some COVID-19 restrictions, but nervously eyes surge in European cases – National

Britain is taking another small step out of lockdown as it looks nervously at a new COVID-19 surge inundating its European neighbours. With U.K. coronavirus vaccination rates outstripping those of European Union nations, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is easing the stark “stay at home” message that has curtailed everyday life — and kept the […]

Brazil hits record 100,000 COVID-19 cases in a day – National

Brazil on Thursday registered a record 100,158 new coronavirus cases within 24 hours, the Health Ministry said, underlining the scale of a snowballing outbreak that is becoming a major political crisis for President Jair Bolsonaro. The record caseload, along with 2,777 more COVID-19 deaths, comes a day after Brazil surpassed 300,000 fatalities from the […]