Ohio governor tests positive for coronavirus ahead of meeting with Trump

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, an early advocate among Republicans of wearing masks and other pandemic precautions, tested positive Thursday for the coronavirus just ahead of a planned … Read More

Coronavirus: Africa now over 3M cases, but millions still untested

JOHANNESBURG — Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed one million, but global health experts say the true toll is likely several times higher, reflecting the gaping lack of testing for … Read More

Walmart Canada making masks mandatory in all stores starting Aug. 12

Walmart Canada has announced it is making masks or face coverings mandatory in all stores starting Aug. 12. In a statement, the company said this will apply in every store, … Read More

Coronavirus: Concerns over global drug shortage prompts London, Ont., sedatives study

As the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19 in the fall raises increased concern over the potential for global drug shortages, a team out of Lawson Health Research Institute … Read More

Approval granted for new Halifax overdose prevention site to open

A new overdose prevention site (OPS) will be opening on Monday, Aug. 17, on Brunswick Street in Halifax. The announcement came on Thursday, less than two months after the closure … Read More

London Public Library branches prepare to open for in-person services

Starting next week, four London Public Library (LPL) branches will open to provide in-person access to limited services for the first time since closing in mid-March in response to the … Read More

2 Keystone XL pipeline workers in Montana get COVID-19, but work continues

Two people working on the Keystone XL oil pipeline have tested positive for the coronavirus in northern Montana, but the company said Thursday that construction work on the disputed project … Read More

Coronavirus: CDC lifts travel warnings for 20 countries, Trump rescinds worldwide advisory

NEW YORK — The Trump administration on Thursday rescinded its warnings to Americans against all international travel because of the coronavirus pandemic, saying conditions no longer warrant a blanket worldwide … Read More

Coronavirus: CDC relaxes travel advice for about 20 countries

By Mike Stobbe The Associated Press Posted August 6, 2020 2:31 pm     Updated August 6, 2020 2:32 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase … Read More

Program to help provinces weather fiscal shocks needs reform amid coronavirus: economist

A new paper suggests a federal program meant to buffer provinces against economic shocks is not up to the task — especially in the COVID-19 era. Read more: Trudeau government … Read More

3 more employees at Brandon Maple Leaf hog plant test positive for COVID-19

Three more employees at the sprawling Maple Leaf hog processing plant in Brandon tested positive for the novel coronavirus and now the workers’ union is calling for the plant to … Read More

Trudeau government should rethink EI as CERB winds down, labour group warns

A workers-rights group is calling on the federal government to rethink the employment insurance program as an emergency benefit for workers is set to run out. The government estimates four … Read More

World economy will recover faster if everyone can get coronavirus vaccine: WHO

The world’s economy will return to normal faster if everyone in the world has access to an eventual coronavirus vaccine, said World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on … Read More

Coronavirus: Quebec reports 133 new infections, no new fatalities linked to virus

Quebec is reporting 133 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus on Thursday. The province has now recorded a total of 60,133 infections and … Read More

Coronavirus: It’s possible U.S. will have vaccine before Nov. 3 election, Trump claims

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday it was possible the United States would have a coronavirus vaccine before the Nov. 3 election, a more optimistic forecast than … Read More

Ontario reports 95 new coronavirus cases, 4th day in a row with fewer than 100 cases

Ontario reported 95 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the provincial total to 39,809. This is the fourth day in a row Ontario has seen case counts lower … Read More

NHL and its labs say COVID-19 testing doesn’t overlap with public’s

The NHL says the laboratories hired to conduct daily COVID-19 tests on players in Edmonton and Toronto keep their supply chains separate from the public’s to ensure never the twain … Read More

COMMENTARY: Kinder, gentler approach to COVID put to the test in B.C.

British Columbia has been one of Canada’s most successful jurisdictions when it comes to bending down the curve of COVID-19 transmission. Much of the credit goes to Dr. Bonnie Henry. … Read More

In person or remote learning? Parents, guardians of TVDSB students must pick by Aug. 18

The Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) says parents and guardians have until Tuesday, Aug. 18, to confirm whether their children will attend school in-person. The Ontario government outlined its … Read More

‘Do our lives count for less?’: Coronavirus shows gaps in Canada’s disability aid, experts say

Karyn Keith says she isn’t asking for much. All she wants is the same support she’d receive if she was out of a job because of the pandemic, rather than … Read More

Scotland reimposes coronavirus lockdown in Aberdeen after ‘cluster’ of new cases

Officials in Scotland ordered bars, cafes and restaurants in the city of Aberdeen to close Wednesday, reimposing anti-virus restrictions after a cluster of 54 COVID-19 cases in the area was … Read More

Canada reports 396 new coronavirus infections, 4 deaths; total cases top 118K

The number of novel coronavirus cases in Canada topped 118,000 on Wednesday, as the country recorded 396 new cases. Provincial and territorial health authorities also confirmed another four people have died … Read More

B.C. reports 47 cases of COVID-19, five days with no new deaths

Health officials on Wednesday reported 47 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and no new deaths. This brought the total in the province to 3,834 confirmed cases. Of those, 3,288 … Read More

Test results ‘inconclusive’ for North Korea’s 1st suspected coronavirus case: WHO

North Korea’s test results for a man suspected of being the country’s first coronavirus case were inconclusive, though authorities have quarantined more than 3,635 primary and secondary contacts, a World … Read More

Florida surpasses 500K coronavirus cases as testing resumes after tropical storm

Florida surpassed 500,000 coronavirus cases Wednesday as testing ramped up following a temporary shutdown of some sites because of Tropical Storm Isaias, state officials said. A long line of cars … Read More

Done properly, night curfews can be helpful in curbing coronavirus outbreaks, experts say

Night curfews have been implemented in various countries around the world to help curb novel coronavirus outbreaks. In Australia’s Victoria, a late night curfew was enforced in August for a … Read More

Coronavirus: Doug Ford stands firm amid growing calls to revise Ontario’s back-to-school plan

Politicians and teachers called on the Ontario government to revisit its back-to-school plan on Wednesday as the premier continued to assert the strategy to reopen classrooms does enough to keep … Read More

Drugmakers will have tens of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses by early 2021: Fauci

By Michael Erman and Jeff Mason Reuters Posted August 5, 2020 4:54 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Drugmakers will likely … Read More

Coronavirus: Feds working on data-sharing deal with airlines for contact tracing

As Ottawa and airlines talk about contact tracing, federal officials are trying to sort out how much information companies should provide, and how the data should flow. Concerns about the … Read More

Coronavirus: Testing in U.S. dropping as case count stays high, deaths rise

U.S. testing for the coronavirus is dropping even as infections remain high and the death toll rises by more than 1,000 a day, a worrisome trend that officials attribute largely … Read More

Estate planning company offers Ontario education workers free wills ahead of September

LegalWills is offering Ontario education workers free wills and Health Care Power of Attorney documents in August as debate continues over how to reopen schools safely in the fall amid … Read More

Health Canada expands growing list of hand sanitizer recalls

Health Canada is recalling more than 50 hand sanitizers that contain ingredients “not acceptable for use” that may pose health risks. The organization says hand sanitizers with “unacceptable types” of … Read More

Coronavirus security restrictions enforced in Kashmir 1 year after autonomy was stripped

Authorities enforced security restrictions in many parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Wednesday, a year after New Delhi revoked the disputed region’s semi-autonomy in a decision that set off anger and … Read More

Coronavirus cases spiked in reopened U.S. schools. Should Canadians be concerned?

On Aug. 1, a school in Indiana sent a letter home, thanking students and staff for a great first two days of school. In that letter, the school also noted … Read More

Feds reserve $3.3B for infrastructure projects to address coronavirus challenges

The federal government is moving ahead with plans to make it easier for provinces and territories to spend billions of dollars on infrastructure projects to address the challenges posed by … Read More

N95 masks unsafe to use after 2nd sterilization: Winnipeg hospital study

A new study out of Winnipeg suggests that after an N95 mask is worn and sterilized more than once, it starts to fail safety tests. Earlier this year. researchers at … Read More

Coronavirus antibodies detected in about 170 Quebec blood donors: study

An antibody study by Quebec’s blood collection agency has concluded that about 2.23 per cent of the province’s adult blood donors had contracted COVID-19. The seroprevalence study by Hema-Quebec and … Read More

Ontario reports 86 new coronavirus cases, 3rd day in a row with fewer than 100 cases

Ontario reported 86 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the provincial total to 39,714. This is the third day in a row Ontario has seen case counts lower … Read More

Quebec hits 60,000 COVID-19 cases, antibodies detected in blood donors

Quebec added 155 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total number of people infected to 60,000. The province also added two deaths, for a total of 5,687 since the beginning of … Read More

Coronavirus: Applications for $469M fish harvesters’ aid program to open Aug. 24

The federal government has announced details of a $469-million program aimed at helping Canada’s fish harvesters deal with the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Fisheries and Oceans Minister Bernadette … Read More

Canada inks deals with Pfizer, Moderna for coronavirus vaccine candidates

The Canadian government has signed new deals with pharmaceutical firms Pfizer and Moderna to secure millions of doses in 2021 of the coronavirus vaccine candidates currently in development by each. … Read More

Pfizer announces deal to supply Canada with coronavirus vaccine candidate

Pfizer says it has signed an agreement with the Canadian government to supply its coronavirus vaccine. The announcement came in the form of a tweet an hour before markets opened … Read More

Canadians could face huge increase in mental illness years after COVID-19: study

A new study suggests Canadians, especially women, will face a potentially explosive increase in mental illness for years after the COVID-19 pandemic is finally over. Over the long term, the … Read More

Canadian company urges human trials after COVID-19 vaccine in mice blocked virus

A Canadian company is telling the government on Wednesday that its trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine on animals completely blocked the virus, but it must conduct human trials to … Read More

U.S. health chief to visit Taiwan amid the coronavirus pandemic, likely angering China

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar will visit Taiwan in coming days, his office said on Tuesday, making the highest-level visit by a U.S. official in four … Read More

Australia’s Queensland closes state border in attempt to stave off 2nd coronavirus wave

Australia’s Queensland state on Wednesday said it would close its border with New South Wales state to hold back a second wave of COVID-19, while the country’s second-largest city Melbourne … Read More

COVID Alert app helpful even if it only works on newer smartphones, Tam says

Answering criticism that the federal “COVID Alert” app only works on newer smartphones, Dr. Theresa Tam says it’s one of many tools in fighting the novel coronavirus. The app released … Read More

Canada sees 343 new coronavirus cases as global infections top 18.4 million

Canada reported 343 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, as the number of cases worldwide topped 18.4 million. The country has now seen more than 117,600 cases of … Read More

Canada to release mask guidelines for children, recommend them for kids aged 10+

The federal government will be releasing mask guidelines for children returning to school amid the novel coronavirus pandemic by the end of the week, chief public health officer Theresa Tam … Read More

CFL would use federal government loan to cover hub, player costs: source

If successful in securing a $30-million, interest-free loan from the federal government, the CFL would use the money to cover such operating costs as player salaries, COVID-19 testing and hub-city … Read More