Canada to resume flights from India next week with additional COVID-19 measures

Canada will begin allowing direct flights from India early next week while requiring additional COVID-19 measures for those travellers, the federal government said Tuesday. Transport Canada said the ban on … Read More

‘Heart-wrenching’: Daily COVID-19 deaths in U.S. soar above 1,900

COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have climbed to an average of more than 1,900 a day for the first time since early March, with experts saying the virus is preying largely on … Read More

COVID-19 hospitalizations among Canada’s children remain low despite Delta surge: experts

As children return to classrooms across Canada, there has been a surge in COVID-19 cases, but this is not causing a rise in hospitalizations, Canadian pediatricians say. Just days into … Read More

Over 50,000 have died from COVID-19 in Florida — a quarter of them this summer

Florida surpassed 50,000 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began, health officials reported Thursday, with more than one fourth of those succumbing this summer as the state battled a fierce surge … Read More

Alberta, Saskatchewan COVID-19 spike a lesson for rest of Canada: experts

For 19 months, provinces across Canada have been coming up with ways to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. In and out of waves, each province has handled COVID-19 differently and has … Read More

WHO reports drop in new COVID-19 infections across the world

By Staff The Associated Press Posted September 15, 2021 7:57 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The World Health Organization said … Read More

Alberta’s top doctor says ‘Open for Summer’ plan set stage for 4th wave of COVID-19

As Alberta hospitals struggle to keep up with rising COVID-19 case numbers, the province’s chief medical officer of health has suggested the surge is because most health restrictions were removed … Read More

September a ‘critical time’ for Canada’s COVID-19 fight, experts say

September is a pivotal month for Canada’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, according to public health and infectious disease experts. Students across the country are returning to school, fully vaccinated … Read More

Here are the COVID-19 variants scientists are watching alongside Delta

The continued spread of the COVID-19 virus has spawned a Greek alphabet of variants – a naming system used by the World Health Organization (WHO) to track concerning new mutations … Read More

Florida hit by its deadliest COVID-19 wave yet, driven by Delta variant surge

Funeral director Wayne Bright has seen grief piled upon grief during the latest COVID-19 surge. A woman died of the virus, and as her family was planning the funeral, her … Read More

WHO says it’s watching Mu, a new COVID-19 variant of interest

The World Health Organization (WHO) has enough COVID-19 variants to worry about. Now it’s keeping an eye on Mu, too. The WHO says it’s monitoring a new coronavirus variant that … Read More

Couche-Tard hopes COVID-19 vaccine promotion will mitigate Delta challenges

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted September 1, 2021 1:31 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. hopes that … Read More

U.S. advises citizens to ‘reconsider travel’ to Canada amid rise in COVID-19 cases

The United States has raised caution for Americans travelling to Canada, advising its citizens to reconsider going to the country amid increasing COVID-19 cases. The latest travel advisory issued by … Read More

Canadian students prepare for COVID-19 school year during fourth wave

The discomfort of wearing a mask all day at school, falling short of the minimum age to get vaccinated, uncertainty over whether in-person learning will continue through the semester: These … Read More

Delta variant doubles the risk of COVID-19 hospitalization, study shows

People who get the Delta variant of the coronavirus are twice as likely to be hospitalized as those who were infected by the Alpha variant which was first detected in … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine boosters taming Delta variant in Israel, health officials claim

Less than a month into a COVID-19 vaccine booster drive, Israel is seeing signs of an impact on the country’s high infection and severe illness rates fueled by the fast-spreading … Read More

Israel finds most breakthrough COVID-19 cases among older, sicker vaccinated patients

In Israel’s COVID-19 wards, doctors are learning which vaccinated patients are most vulnerable to severe illness, amid growing concerns about instances in which the shots provide less protection against the … Read More

Delta variant weakens protection from Pfizer, AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines: study

A British public health study has found that protection from either of the two most commonly used COVID-19 vaccines against the now prevalent Delta variant of the coronavirus weakens within … Read More

U.S. will give COVID-19 vaccine boosters to all Americans amid Delta surge

U.S. health officials Wednesday recommended all Americans get COVID-19 booster shots to shore up their protection amid the surging Delta variant and evidence that the vaccines’ effectiveness is falling. The … Read More

Ontario giving 3rd COVID-19 vaccine dose to high-risk people. What about other provinces?

Ontario has become the first Canadian province to approve a third COVID-19 vaccine dose for vulnerable people amid heightened concerns over the spread of the highly-transmissible Delta variant. Starting as … Read More

Travellers double up on COVID-19 vaccine as Delta variant spreads through U.S.

Alison Toni felt lucky to get Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine in Chile earlier this year. A month later, she was in Minnesota getting vaccinated again. Toni, an American living in Chile, … Read More

Long COVID rare among children, but experts call for more research

Jessie-Lynn MacDonald was surprised to hear her doctor suggest a COVID-19 test last September when her 10-year-old developed an unusual rash behind his ears. She didn’t know exactly how Finlay … Read More

Children hospitalized with COVID-19 hits record number in U.S. amid Delta variant surge

The number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States hit a record high of just over 1,900 on Saturday, as hospitals across the South were stretched to capacity … Read More

Australia’s NSW state expands COVID-19 lockdown amid record jump in cases

Australian police hiked fines for people breaking lockdown rules in Sydney and the rest of its home state on Saturday and strict stay-at-home orders were extended statewide amid a record … Read More

3rd COVID-19 vaccine dose increased protection in transplant patients, study shows

Mike Willis was intrigued when he heard about a study aimed at determining the effectiveness of third-dose COVID-19 vaccine boosters for organ transplant recipients. As a heart transplant patient who … Read More

Florida, Texas schools flout COVID-19 order banning mask mandates

School districts in Florida and Texas are bucking their Republican governors’ bans on requiring masks for children and teachers as coronavirus cases soar in conservative areas with low vaccination rates. … Read More

3rd dose of established COVID-19 vaccine best way to fight Delta variant: BioNTech

BioNTech said that repeat shots of its COVID-19 vaccine, of which more than a billion doses have now been supplied worldwide, was a better strategy than tailoring the product it … Read More

100,000 new COVID-19 cases on average per day now being reported in U.S.

The United States is now averaging 100,000 new COVID-19 infections a day, returning to a milestone last seen during the winter surge in yet another bleak reminder of how quickly … Read More

Reality Check: How vulnerable will children be in Canada’s fourth wave of COVID-19?

When Desiree McCue first noticed mysterious marks on her teenage daughter last March, she thought it was some kind of rash. “She was also vomiting and had headaches, so we … Read More

COVID-19 booster shot might be needed by winter, Moderna says as study continues

Moderna Inc. said on Thursday its COVID-19 shot was about 93 per cent effective through six months after the second dose, showing hardly any change from the 94 per cent … Read More

Tokyo COVID-19 case count hits new record as infections surge during Olympics

Tokyo reported 5,042 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, its most since the pandemic began as infections surge in the Japanese capital hosting the Olympics. Tokyo has been under a state … Read More

Yukon says masks not required indoors amid easing of COVID-19 restrictions

WHITEHORSE — The Yukon government has lifted a series of public health restrictions as active COVID-19 infections decline and the vaccination rate rises. Starting Wednesday, the territory says masks are … Read More

Calls are growing for mandatory COVID-19 vaccines in health workers. Here’s what we know

Should the doctor caring for you or a sick loved one be expected to have the COVID-19 vaccine? What about the nurse changing your IV, the midwife delivering your baby, … Read More

More Canadians think COVID-19 will worsen as Delta variant spreads: poll

A new poll suggests more Canadians believe the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic has not passed as concerns rise about a fourth wave of infections driven by the spread of … Read More

‘Get tested’ for COVID-19 even if you’re fully vaccinated, Fauci says as Delta variant rages

As health officials warn of an imminent 4th wave of Delta-driven COVID-19 infections, America’s top infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, is stressing the importance of getting tested for the … Read More

U.S. hits 70% single dose COVID-19 vaccine goal — a month later than expected

The U.S. on Monday finally reached President Joe Biden’s goal of getting at least one COVID-19 shot in the arms of 70% of American adults — a month late and … Read More

Canada’s Delta-driven 4th wave of COVID-19 will be ‘different’ amid vaccinations: experts

As public health officials warn of an incoming Delta variant-driven fourth wave of COVID-19, experts are saying that its spread will likely be “very, very different” than Canada’s previous waves. … Read More

Florida’s COVID-19 hospitalizations surpass 10,200 setting pandemic record

A day after it recorded the most new daily cases since the start of the pandemic, Florida on Sunday broke a previous record for current hospitalizations, as the number of … Read More

U.S. will not return to COVID-19 lockdowns despite Delta variant risks, Fauci predicts

By Sarah N. Lynch Reuters Posted August 1, 2021 10:15 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ President Joe Biden’s chief medical … Read More

COVID-19 resurgence hits Asia as Tokyo, Thailand and Malaysia post record cases

The Olympics host city Tokyo, as well as Thailand and Malaysia, announced record COVID-19 infections on Saturday, mostly driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant of the disease. The surge in … Read More

Delta COVID-19 variant surge overshadows Biden’s infrastructure victory

NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Biden wagered his campaign and now his presidency on the premise that government itself could still work, even at a time of fractious political division. … Read More

U.S. events led to massive COVID-19 outbreak – mostly among fully vaccinated

A new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that three-quarters of individuals who became infected with COVID-19 at public events in a Massachusetts county had been fully vaccinated. The … Read More

Canada doesn’t need vaccine boosters yet, but planning for possibility: Tam

Canada isn’t ready to offer COVID-19 booster shots as there’s “not enough data” to support it quite yet, the country’s top doctor said Friday, despite countries like Israel pushing ahead … Read More

Canada facing the start of a Delta-driven 4th wave, top doctors warn

Canada is likely at the start of a Delta-driven fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, federal public health officials warned on Friday. The news comes on the heels of an … Read More

Delta COVID-19 variant as contagious as chickenpox, internal CDC report says

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has described the Delta variant of the coronavirus as being as transmissible as chickenpox and cautioned it could cause severe disease, … Read More

How anti-vaxxers, Delta variant threaten Biden’s COVID-19 strategy

When President Joe Biden entered office, his administration made clear it intended to fight the COVID-19 pandemic by focusing on getting the country vaccinated. With the Delta variant of the … Read More

CDC now recommends fully vaccinated Americans wear masks indoors in some places

Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should go back to wearing masks in indoor public places in regions where the coronavirus and especially the Delta variant are spreading rapidly, U.S. authorities … Read More

U.S. CDC to revive mask recommendation for fully vaccinated, sources say

By David Shepardson Reuters Posted July 27, 2021 11:26 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The Centers for Disease Control and … Read More

Israel considers COVID-19 booster shots for seniors to fend off Delta variant

Israel is considering giving a third shot of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to its elderly population even before FDA approval in order to help fend off the Delta coronavirus variant, a health … Read More

How the Delta variant is reviving COVID-19 surges worldwide

The Delta variant is the fastest, fittest and most formidable version of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 the world has encountered, and it is upending assumptions about the disease even … Read More