Alberta scaling back on testing for variants of concern so labs can keep up with general COVID-19 testing: AHS

As Alberta continues to be inundated with new COVID-19 cases that are also swamping hospitals, the province’s health authority confirmed Friday that testing for variants of concern is being significantly … Read More

Delta variant to account for 90% of COVID-19 cases in EU by end-August: health agency

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said on Wednesday the more contagious Delta variant of COVID-19, first identified in India, will represent 90 per cent of all SARS-CoV-2 viruses circulating … Read More

COVID-19: Public health agency reports spike in confirmed cases of Delta variant in Canada

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant jumped 66 per cent in Canada this week. Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said … Read More

Two COVID-19 shots effective against U.K., India variants: study

A double dose of COVID-19 vaccines is almost as effective against the fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus first identified in India as it is against Britain’s dominant strain, English health … Read More

COVID-19 variant first detected in India found in Canada. What we know so far

A so-called “double mutant” variant of COVID-19 feared to be driving a record surge in new cases in India has now been found in Canada. On Wednesday, British Columbia confirmed … Read More

‘Hit the hardest’: Why COVID-19 cases are rising among young Canadians

As more seniors get vaccinated for COVID-19, Canada is seeing a shift in the coronavirus spread with an increasing number of cases among the younger population. While infections have declined … Read More

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

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, … Read More

COVID-19: Those with weakened immune systems may reveal the secrets to the variant mystery

In the last few months, discussion of new coronaviruses has cast a shadow over the hope that the new COVID-19 vaccines will help put an end to the pandemic. They … Read More

Rate of COVID-19 variant spread ‘very concerning’ as cases near 3,000

Coronavirus cases and outbreaks of new more transmissible variants are continuing to increase across Canada, raising concerns of a possible third wave of the ongoing pandemic in the country. As … Read More

Coronavirus: How the rise of new variants in Canada could impact schools

After an extended period of virtual learning amid a COVID-19 lockdown, the return to in-person classes in Toronto comes as a relief to parents like David Wood. “I love my … Read More