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 […]

Amid Covid-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US

February is usually the peak of flu season, with doctors’ offices and hospitals packed with suffering patients. But not this year. Flu has virtually disappeared from the US, with reports coming in at far lower levels than anything seen in decades. Experts say that measures put in place to fend off the coronavirus – mask […]

Thai meth barons look closer to home as pandemic curbs exports

Cheaper than a coffee but powerful enough to keep him riding Bangkok’s streets without sleep, Soonthorn puts a flame to a methamphetamine tablet wrapped in foil and inhales the intoxicating vapours. Thailand has long been a global gateway for exports of the drug, but the coronavirus pandemic’s sudden disruption of international transport has seen a […]

Pandemic pushes Black-only spaces online — here’s what happened next

The coronavirus pandemic has caused communities that once met in person to move online, Black-only spaces included. Allison Hill is the founder of the Toronto-based Black-only space Restore. The wellness program aims to give Black women practical tools to restore hope, joy and community through different wellness practices like group yoga, meditation and counselling […]

‘Order your flowers early’: COVID-19 pandemic brings Valentine’s supply problems for florists – Calgary

The rush is on for Valentine’s Day as people get ready for the big day, but a leading Calgary florist isn’t sure flower shops will be able to meet the demand. The problem is a disruption in the normal supply chain, brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Flowers fly under the bellies of passenger […]

More people choosing to die at home than alone during coronavirus pandemic, experts say – National

Mortuary owner Brian Simmons has been making more trips to homes to pick up bodies to be cremated and embalmed since the pandemic hit. With COVID-19 devastating communities in Missouri, his two-person crews regularly arrive at homes in the Springfield area and remove bodies of people who decided to die at home rather than […]

Calls mount for U.S. to take advantage of rapid coronavirus tests to fight pandemic – National

When a Halloween party sparked a COVID-19 outbreak at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, school officials conducted rapid screening on more than 1,000 students in a week, including many who didn’t have symptoms. Although such asymptomatic screening isn’t approved by regulators and the 15-minute tests aren’t as sensitive as the genetic one […]

Pandemic has upped threat of ISIS, al-Qaida in conflict areas: U.N. report – National

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the threat from the Islamic State and al-Qaida extremist groups in conflict areas including Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, but the threat remains comparatively low in non-conflict areas despite a series of attacks in Europe, U.N. experts said in a new report. The panel of experts said in a report […]

Summer Olympics to move ahead ‘regardless’ of coronavirus pandemic: Tokyo 2020 president – National

Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori said on Tuesday that Japan would hold the Summer Olympics regardless of the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and was working closely with the International Olympic Committee to make them happen. “We will hold the Olympics, regardless of how the coronavirus (situation) looks,” Mori said, adding that the discussion […]

Vaccine hoarding ‘keeps pandemic burning’, WHO chief warns rich countries – National

Rich countries squabbling over COVID-19 vaccine supplies must consider the situation in poorer parts of the world, the World Health Organization said on Friday, warning that hoarding of shots “keeps the pandemic burning.” WHO officials were speaking after the European Commission said it had agreed a plan to control exports of vaccines from the […]