COVID-19 lockdowns or spring break: provinces split on next steps against pandemic – National

Canada’s COVID-19 hotspots showed diverging approaches to handling the crisis on Sunday, as Ontario and Prince Edward Island prepared for new lockdowns while Quebec entered a week of spring break complete with some activities meant to ease the monotony of life during a global pandemic. Prince Edward Island announced it was entering a 72-hour […]

Israel reports 94% drop in symptomatic COVID-19 cases with Pfizer vaccine: study – National

Israel‘s largest healthcare provider on Sunday reported a 94 per cent drop in symptomatic COVID-19 infections among 600,000 people who received two doses of the Pfizer’s vaccine in the country’s biggest study to date. Health maintenance organization (HMO) Clalit, which covers more than half of all Israelis, said the same group was also 92 […]

Japan approves its 1st coronavirus vaccine, set to begin inoculations within days – National

Japan on Sunday formally approved its first COVID-19 vaccine and said it would start nationwide inoculations within days, but months behind the U.S. and many other countries. Japan’s health ministry said it had approved the vaccine co-developed and supplied by Pfizer Inc. The announcement comes after a government panel on Friday confirmed that final […]

Coronavirus may linger for years, but could change into mild annoyance: experts – National

What if COVID-19 never goes away? Experts say it’s likely that some version of the disease will linger for years. But what it will look like in the future is less clear. Will the coronavirus, which has already killed more than 2 million people worldwide, eventually be eliminated by a global vaccination campaign, like […]

Canadians’ wealth is tied to their parents’ more than ever, StatCan finds – National

A new study has found that the likelihood of Canadians staying within the same income and wealth class as their parents has increased significantly. The report, released Wednesday by Statistics Canada, measured the incomes of five different cohorts of children born between the 1960s and 1980s, as well as that of their parents. It […]

Coronavirus: Chinese whistleblower doctor honoured on anniversary of his death – National

The message was tucked into a bouquet of chrysanthemums left by a mourner at the back of Wuhan Central Hospital to honor a Chinese whistleblower doctor who died from the coronavirus a year ago. It was simply the number of a Bible verse: Matthew 5:10. “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, […]

China gave WHO experts full access to probe coronavirus origins in Wuhan: team member – National

A member of the World Health Organization expert team investigating the origins of the coronavirus in Wuhan said the Chinese side granted full access to all sites and personnel they requested — a level of openness that even he hadn’t expected. Peter Daszak told The Associated Press on Friday that team members had submitted […]

Coronavirus: WHO team visits research lab in Wuhan, China – National

World Health Organization investigators on Wednesday visited a research centre in the Chinese city of Wuhan that has been the subject of speculation about the origins of the coronavirus. The WHO team’s visit to the Wuhan Institute of Virology is a highlight of their mission to gather data and search for clues as to […]

Britain’s Captain Tom hospitalized for COVID-19 after raising millions to fight virus – National

Tom Moore, the 100-year-old World War II veteran who captivated the British public in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic with his fundraising efforts, has been hospitalized with COVID-19, his daughter said Sunday. Hannah Ingram-Moore revealed in a statement posted on Twitter that her father, widely known as Captain Tom, has been admitted to Bedford Hospital […]

Mexican president’s coronavirus diagnosis fuels new criticism of pandemic response – National

The Mexican president’s announcement he had COVID-19 just a few hours after taking a commercial flight unleashed renewed criticism of his handling of the pandemic, which has left the country with the fourth-highest death toll worldwide. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has a history of heart problems and high blood pressure, said Sunday […]