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  • The Canadian Press

    Nova Scotia reports 22 new COVID-19 cases, identifies cluster at StFX university

    HALIFAX — Nova Scotia reported 22 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday as officials said they were keeping a close eye on a developing cluster of cases at St. Francis Xavier University. The school in Antigonish, N.S., posted on its website Tuesday morning that it had cancelled all remaining classes for the day "out of an abundance of caution," adding that examinations would begin as scheduled on Thursday. Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health, said a cluster of cases was identified Monday nig

  • The Canadian Press

    Omicron variant detected in COVID-19 cluster in southwestern Ontario

    LONDON, Ont. — The Omicron variant has been detected in a large cluster of COVID-19 cases in southwestern Ontario. The Middlesex-London Health Unit says it received the results of a whole genome sequencing sample Tuesday from an individual who is part of a cluster of at least 40 COVID-19 cases in the region. Public health officials say they continue to investigate the cases that have been linked to the arrival of two travellers from Nigeria, who arrived in London in late-November. The health uni

  • CBC

    B.C. woman who tested positive for COVID-19 during pregnancy and nearly died returns home

    A B.C. woman whose husband went public with regrets over his anti-vaccine stance while she lay pregnant in a medically-induced coma is back home in Fort St. John after delivering a premature baby. The child remains in hospital in New Westminster. Krystal Binette says she hopes her story will encourage others to get vaccinated. Binette, 39, was unvaccinated and 25-weeks pregnant when was rushed on Oct. 11 from Fort St. John to the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, more than 800 kilomet

  • The Canadian Press

    African community group says Canada's new COVID-19 travel rules an example of racism

    The president of the African Community Association of Calgary says its members feel hurt and believe it's important for the federal government to address what they say is subtle racism behind Canada's new COVID-19 travel rules. Michael Embaie says he appreciates Canada's effort to fight the pandemic and to limit the spread of the new Omicron variant. But he adds that Ottawa needs to explain why some rules are being enforced with a different measuring stick for African countries. "Yes, we have to

  • The Canadian Press

    Indigenous papal postponed to 2022 amid concerns around Omicron COVID-19 variant

    OTTAWA — Indigenous leaders and residential school survivors will not travel to the Vatican as planned this month to meet with Pope Francis because of the latest threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Final planning for the trip set for Dec.17 to 20 was interrupted by the detection of the Omicron variant in late November, which health experts are watching closely and has prompted countries including Canada to tighten border controls. On Tuesday afternoon, national organizations representing Firs

  • The Canadian Press

    Manitoba doctors group warns COVID-19 pushing health-care system close to 'the brink'

    WINNIPEG — There's a growing backlog of surgeries and more cancellations of key procedures as the COVID-19 pandemic wears on in Manitoba, says the group that represents physicians across the province. "We are very close to being on the brink," Dr. Kristjan Thompson, president of Doctors Manitoba, said Tuesday. "This pandemic has shown just how little flex there is in our health-care system." To deal with the rising number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units, the province has shifted res

  • CBC

    4 eastern P.E.I. schools closed Wednesday to allow for mass COVID-19 testing

    Four schools in eastern P.E.I. — Souris Regional, Morell Regional, Morell Consolidated and Mount Stewart Consolidated — will be closed Wednesday to allow for mass testing after the province identified recent COVID-19 cases. All students in grades K-6 who attend one of those schools are being asked to go to a testing clinic in the next two days. Students in grades 7-12 who participate in group sporting activities should also get tested. All students will need to present a negative test and have n

  • Yahoo Life

    Masks and Omicron variant: Are cloth masks still effective? Should you double mask? Experts weigh in.

    With the rise of Omicron, the continuing circulation of the infectious Delta variant and cases of COVID-19 continuing to rise across the U.S., has masking guidance changed?

  • Yahoo News

    Fauci says effects of Omicron may be less severe

    The effects of contracting the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus do not so far appear to be severe, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top medical adviser to President Biden, said during a briefing of the White House pandemic response team on Tuesday, although he cautioned that little is yet known about the variant.

  • The Canadian Press

    Health officials in New Brunswick report 69 new COVID-19 cases

    FREDERICTON — Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting 69 new cases of COVID-19 today but say the number of hospitalizations is going down. There are 47 people hospitalized, including 18 in intensive care and 11 patients on ventilators. Health Minister Dorothy Shephard is urging people to get their booster shot of vaccine to help keep more people out of hospital. As of this week, anyone 50 years of age or older is eligible for a booster dose of an mRNA vaccine if six months have passed si

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