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Hong Kong divided over China's COVID-19 protests

  • HONG KONG (AP) — The recent wave of protests against China's anti-virus restrictions was a ray of hope for some supporters of Hong Kong's own pro-democracy movement after local authorities stifled it using a national security law enacted in 2020. Thomas So, who joined about a dozen students from the Chinese mainland staging a rare protest this week at the University of Hong Kong, is among them. “If mainland China falls apart, I wouldn’t say it’s none of my business,” said So, who held up an elec

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    Beijing, Shenzhen scrap COVID-19 tests for public transport

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities on Saturday announced a further easing of COVID-19 curbs with major cities such as Shenzhen and Beijing no longer requiring negative tests to take public transport. The slight relaxation of testing requirements comes even as daily virus infections reach near-record highs, and follows weekend protests across the country by residents frustrated by the rigid enforcement of anti-virus restrictions that are now entering their fourth year, even as the rest of the wor

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  • CBC

    COVID-19 hospitalizations in B.C. slowly rise

    Overall COVID-19 hospitalizations and the number of patients in critical care have both increased since the B.C. Centre for Disease Control's last weekly report, with the latest numbers showing 41 more people in hospital with the disease. It represents a 12.5 per cent increase over the last update on Nov. 24, which showed 328 people in hospital. There is one more patient in critical care as of this week, for a total of 38, according to the province's COVID dashboard. The number is the highest IC

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  • CBC

    B.C. releases 'lessons learned' independent report over handling of COVID-19 pandemic

    The province has released an independent report that makes 26 recommendations, such as being better prepared, more transparent and fostering public trust, for how the government could improve its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Overall, despite being unprepared for a provincewide emergency, the Government of British Columbia's response to the COVID-19 pandemic was strong, showing resilience, balance, and nimbleness that should give British Columbians confidence in its ability to respond to f

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  • CBC

    Flu worse than COVID-19 on P.E.I. right now, says Morrison

    The isolation requirement for those who test positive for COVID-19 in Prince Edward Island was lifted on Dec.1, but Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison says other respiratory viruses are still spreading. "We want Islanders to take all respiratory illnesses seriously," she said. "We want to decrease the rate of transmission, not just of COVID." Morrison said while the number of COVID-19 cases on the Island has been decreasing, cases of RSV and influenza are on the rise. In the last w

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    Kate Garraway says husband Derek Draper is back home but that 'fight goes on'

    The star's husband spent more than a year in hospital after getting COVID.

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  • The Canadian Press

    Hong Kong divided over China's COVID-19 protests

    HONG KONG (AP) — The recent wave of protests against China's anti-virus restrictions was a ray of hope for some supporters of Hong Kong's own pro-democracy movement after local authorities stifled it using a national security law enacted in 2020. Thomas So, who joined about a dozen students from the Chinese mainland staging a rare protest this week at the University of Hong Kong, is among them. “If mainland China falls apart, I wouldn’t say it’s none of my business,” said So, who held up an elec

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    Kym Marsh admits she had 'FOMO' when COVID forced her to miss Strictly

    The star will be back on the dancefloor this week.

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  • CBC

    1 new death, 14 deaths from previous reporting periods announced in N.S. COVID-19 weekly update

    Nova Scotia has reported one new COVID-19 death within the latest reporting week from Nov. 22 to Nov. 28. But the province also recorded 14 more deaths from a previous, unspecified time period, according to information released Thursday. Those deaths were listed in a new category added to Nova Scotia's COVID-19 dashboard on Nov. 3. The province said deaths reported in this category could be from any past reporting period, but most likely to be within weeks or months of being reported. Since Marc

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  • The Canadian Press

    Free rapid COVID-19 tests to be available at Ontario stores through to next June

    Ontario is extending a program providing free rapid tests for COVID-19 to the end of June next year. The program provides the rapid antigen tests through venues that include grocery stores and pharmacies. It was previously extended this summer until Dec. 31. Health Minister Sylvia Jones says the program will now be extended to June 30, 2023. The move comes as a combination of RSV, the flu and COVID-19 have been putting immense strain on pediatric hospitals across Ontario. Infectious disease expe

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  • CBC

    Two-thirds of COVID-19 charges result in convictions in N.B., $117K in fines

    About two-thirds of tickets issued for alleged violations of New Brunswick's emergency rules designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 have resulted in convictions so far, and fines totalling more than $117,000. Roughly a quarter were withdrawn and seven per cent are still before the courts — eight months after all remaining mandatory COVID measures were lifted, data from the Department of Justice and Public Safety shows. A total of 676 Emergency Measures Act tickets were filed with provincial co

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