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Walt Disney World reopens in Florida amid Covid-19 surge

Date Published: July 11, 2020

Source: BBC

Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom reopened on Saturday in Florida, almost four months after Disney World was closed due to the outbreak of Covid-19 in the US. Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are expected to open next Wednesday. Visitors will be required to wear masks and follow social distancing rules while at the entertainment complex. […]

Coronavirus: US surpasses three million cases

Date Published: July 9, 2020

Source: BBC

On Tuesday, the United States of America surpassed 3 million cases of COVID-19. Infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, says the country is still in its first coronavirus wave. Despite the increasing number of cases, the White House continues to push for reopening schools and will have the CDC issue guidance on how to proceed. […]

Health experts press Ottawa for a more ‘balanced approach’ to tackling COVID-19 pandemic

Date Published: July 7, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

Eighteen health leaders in Canada have called for a more “balanced approach” to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, stating that the current approach carries “significant risks to overall population health and threatens to increase inequities across the country.” Canada has had success in controlling COVID-19 […]

Masks mandatory as of midnight in Ottawa, region

Date Published: July 6, 2020

Source: CBC

Wearing masks in public indoor spaces are now mandatory in eastern Ontario, including Ottawa, in Stage 2 of Ontario’s reopening plan. Exemptions will be made for children under two years of age and those who are unable to wear masks […]

Coronavirus: world treating symptoms, not cause of pandemics, says UN

Date: July 6, 2020

Source: The Guardian

According to a UN report, diseases are expected to jump from animals to humans in the following years due to the destruction of nature and growing demands for meat. Prior to COVID-19, two million per year died from zoonotic diseases, largely in lower income countries. […]

Ontario records no new COVID-19-related deaths for first time in months

Date: July 6, 2020

Source: CTV News

For the first time since March, Ontario reports no new COVID-19-related deaths in the province today. To date, the province has reported that a total of 2,689 people have died due to the virus. This news comes as health officials also report a slight uptick in the number of new COVID-19 cases, confirming an additional 154 new cases. […]

Lockdown ordered for 200,000 in northeastern Spain due to COVID-19 outbreaks

Date Published: July 4, 2020

Source: CNN

Segrià county in the Lleida region of northeastern Spain has been ordered back into lockdown, marking the first confinement order that Spain has imposed since lifting its national lockdown on June 21. The confinement applies to approximately 200,000 people, and will be monitored by 24 police checkpoints […]

Stage 3 of Ontario’s COVID-19 reopening plan looms nearer

Date Published: July 2nd, 2020

Source: CBC

Large parts of Ontario are hoping to soon move towards Stage 3 of the province’s COVID-19 reopening plan. It has been nearly three weeks since most parts of the province have moved to Stage 2 and data from 24 public health units show that the spread of the virus is largely contained […]

For This Fourth of July, Officials Say Celebrate Freedom by Staying Home

Date Published: July 2, 2020

Source: New York Times

As cases of COVID-19 surge in the United States, up to 50,000+ cases in one day as of yesterday, July 1st, Fourth of July celebrations south of the border are being ground to a halt. Although many places around the United States had implemented stay-at-home orders back in March at the onset of the pandemic, many states opened too early and are now setting single-day reporting records of COVID-19. Texas reported more than 8,000 new cases, North Carolina reported more than 1,750 new cases, and Tennessee reported more than 1,500 new cases. […]

Ontario reports 257 new COVID-19 cases, the majority in Windsor-Essex

Date Published: June 29, 2020

Source: CBC

Ontario reported 257 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, 177 of which were confirmed by the Windsor-Essex public health unit following targeted testing of migrant farm workers over the weekend. Premier Doug Ford says that further testing is likely to find more cases at other farms in the region […]

Global report: Covid-19 cases exceed 10m as anxieties rise over US

Date Published: June 29, 2020

Source: The Guardian

There are more than 10 million COVID-19 cases worldwide. 

In the US, infections in 29 of the 50 states are increasing, and had their largest daily increase in cases, 44,000, this past Friday. The Republican governors of Florida, Texas and Arizona, three of the five states with the largest number of infections, have been criticised for pushing for aggressive reopenings following lockdown […]

Coronavirus cases have hit 10 million worldwide. Where do we go from here?

Date Published: 06/28/20

Source: Global News

As of Sunday, there have been over 10 million lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus globally, six months after the first case was reported in Wuhan, China. Most countries that were hit hard by COVID-19 near the beginning of the year have slowly flattened their curves […]

Coronavirus: US hits record high in daily cases

Date Published: June 26, 2020

Source: BBC

On Thursday, the United states experienced an all-time high of 40,000 cases of coronavirus infections. The increase in new cases and hospitalizations has prompted Texas, Florida, and Arizona to pause their reopening plans. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the surge in cases is being driven by more young people testing positive, especially in southern and western states. […]

Canada almost self-sufficient in PPE as Canadian businesses step up: PM

Date Published: June 26, 2020

Source: CBC

The amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) being produced by Canadian companies currently is almost at the point of making Canada self-sufficient, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Many Canadian companies have taken advantage of the various federal financial support programs to rehire workers and retool equipment to start producing masks, gowns, ventilators, sanitizer, and other PPE..[…]

Quebec Health Ministry to stop publishing daily COVID-19 data

Date Published: June 25, 2020

Source: CBC

The Ministry of Health and Social Services in Quebec announced that it would no longer be releasing daily statistics on new COVID-19 cases and deaths beginning on July 2, 2020. Instead, they will be publishing weekly reports on the ministry’s website along with a press release.[…]

Rising rates of COVID-19 in children, adolescents spark concerns about back to school plans

Date Published: June 23, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

There have been rising rates of COVID-19 in children and teenagers in Canada, which has experts worried about young people possibly spreading the virus to vulnerable groups. Individuals younger than 20 years of age usually experience a mild form of COVID-19, however, 105 people in this age group have been hospitalized for COVID-19 in Canada […]

Coronavirus: German outbreak sparks fresh local lockdowns

Date Published: June 23, 2020

Source: BBC

For the first time since Germany began lifting restrictions in May, a lockdown has been reintroduced where a meatpacking plant experienced an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Over 1,500 workers tested positive […]

Ontario to allow Toronto and Peel Region to enter Stage 2 this week

Date Published:June 22, 2020

Source: CTV News

Premier Doug Ford announced today that Toronto and Peel Region will enter Stage 2 of Ontario’s 3-stage plan to reopen on Wednesday. In Stage 2, outdoor dine-in services, daycares, select personal care services, shopping malls, drive-ins, and drive-through venues are allowed to open. In addition, outdoor recreational facilities, tour and guide services, beach access, and additional camping at Ontario Parks will be opened. Windsor-Essex will remain held in Stage 1 for at least another week due to an outbreak among migrant workers. This will be the only region in the province that will not move on to Stage 2 of the “Framework for Reopening our Province” plan this week. […]

Global report: South Korea has Covid-19 second wave as Israel ponders new lockdown

Date Published:June 22, 2020

Source: The Guardian

Although South Korea had begun easing physical-distancing in early May, they are experiencing a second wave of the coronavirus in and around Seoul. Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director, Jeong Eun-kyeong explains “We originally predicted that the second wave would emerge in fall or winter. Our forecast turned out to be wrong. As long as people have close contact with others, we believe that infections will continue.” The mayor of Seoul has said stronger physical-distancing measures will be introduced if infections are not below an average of 30 in the next three days. […]

Spain welcomes tourists back as emergency ends

Date Published:June 21, 2020

Source: BBC

In response to COVID-19, Spain declared a national state of emergency on March 14 and entered one of the strictest lockdowns in the world. Three months later, Spain has lifted its state of emergency and is now allowing tourists from most European countries to enter. […]

UK’s COVID-19 alert level is lowered from 4 to 3

Date Published: June 19th, 2020

Source: The Guardian

Endorsed by all four chief medical officers, the UK has lowered its nation-wide COVID-19 alert level from 4 to 3. This means that the transmission of the virus is no longer found to be “high or exponentially rising” […]

Mandatory mask laws are spreading in Canada

Date Published: June 17, 2020

Source:CBC

As Canada moves towards reopening large sectors of society, many communities are calling for making wearing a non-medical mask in public settings mandatory, and indeed in some jurisdictions, such as Toronto, masks have been made mandatory on public transit. The latest evidence regarding masking does show that masks reduce the distance that droplets can travel from someone’s mouth with a mask, and there is preliminary evidence that countries with mandatory masking policies have seen reduced cases. However, some worry that the evidence around non-medical masks is not strong enough to make wearing them mandatory across the country, and others worry about how such policies will be enforced equitably. […]

Ontario extends all emergency orders

Date Published: June 17, 2020

Source:CTV News

The Ontario government has extended emergency orders from June 19 until June 30. Premier Doug Ford has said,“extending these emergency orders gives our frontline healthcare providers the necessary flexibility to rapidly respond to urgent needs and protect our most vulnerable.” […]

Covid-19 can damage lungs of victims beyond recognition, expert says

Date Published: June 15, 2020

Source: The Guardian

Mauro Giacca, a professor in cardiovascular science at King’s College London, has reviewed autopsies of patients who died in Italy after 30 to 40 days in intensive care. He explains that in the findings “you see massive thrombosis. There is a complete disruption of the lung architecture. There are large numbers of very big fused cells which are virus positive with as many as 10, 15 nuclei. I am convinced this explains the unique pathology of COVID-19. This is not a disease caused by a virus which kills cells, which had profound implications for therapy.” These findings highlight there is still much to learn about COVID-19. […]

Airline temperature checks to become mandatory for travellers in Canada: Trudeau

Date Published: June 12, 2020

Source: CBC

The Prime Minister has announced today that passengers travelling by plane to, from, or within Canada will soon have to undergo temperature checks as part of the current screening measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This will be rolled out in a phased approach where the first phase will be for those travelling to Canada […]

Ontario introduces ‘social circle’ rules — up to 10 people can be together without physical distancing

Date Published: June 12, 2020

Source: National Post

Effective immediately and province-wide, Ontario now allows for the establishment of social circles of up to 10 people with whom physical distancing is no longer necessary. To navigate this, the province has suggested who to consider as part of this number such as those that the household may already be in contact with, such as a babysitter, and their households […]

Fears of second coronavirus outbreak hit global shares

Date Published: June 12, 2020

Source: BBC

The global stock markets have fallen following warnings from the US Federal Reserve that the American economy faces a long road to recovery. Yesterday, the three main share indexes in the US saw their worst days in weeks, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling almost 7%. In prior weeks […]

As coronavirus cases rise nationwide, public health experts urge caution

Date Published: June 11, 2020

Source: The Washington Post

In the United States, many states issued guidance to allow for re-opening of their economies despite evidence and urging from public health that the first waves of COVID-19 had not yet passed. The effects of those guidelines are now coming to a head. Arizona is one example of this – two weeks after the state opened, which is aligned with the time it takes for the virus to incubate, Arizona saw a precipitous rise in infections and hospitalizations, forcing the state’s hospitals to activate its emergency plans.[…]

South Korea’s coronavirus success story threatened by surge of new infections

Date Published: June 11, 2020

Source: Global News

South Korea rose to global prominence a few months ago after having successfully managed its first wave of COVID-19. However, another surge of cases in Seoul, the capital of South Korea where 51 million people live, is threatening that success story. As South Korean officials race to stem the new increase in infections, which as of last Thursday was tallying around 45 cases daily, mostly in the Seoul metropolitan area, they are trying to balance restoring the economy with implementing stricter public health measures. […]

Pandemic worsens Canada’s deadly opioid overdose epidemic

Date Published: June 10, 2020

Source: CBC

According to harm-reduction workers and physicians, the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have increased the toxic supply of drugs, leading to a rising epidemic of fatal overdoses. There has been a 25% increase in fatal overdoses from March 2019 to May 2020 in Ontario […]

COVID-19 cases are on the rise among young adults, but health experts aren’t sure why

Date Published: June 9, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

According to public health experts, people in their 20s are contributing to the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario, but it remains unclear whether they are getting infected themselves. In Toronto and Hamilton, the number of people in their 20s testing positive has increased in the last few weeks compared to older groups […]

Surging Coronavirus Cases Push Latin America ‘to the Limit’

Date Published: June 9, 2020

Source: The New York Times

As COVID-19 spreads rapidly in Latin America and the Caribbean, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, the director of the Pan American Health Organization, warns that the unfolding crisis had “pushed our region to the limit.” Across Latin America, cases are surging in both countries which had implemented early isolation efforts – like Peru, as well as those who had ignored recommendations, such as Brazil […]

W.H.O. Walks Back Claim That Asymptomatic Transmission is Rare

Date Published: June 9, 2020

Source: The New York Times

Since the early stages of the pandemic there has been wide-spread concerns of asymptomatic transmission of the coronavirus. However, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the technical lead of the COVID-19 response at World Health Organization had hushed these concerns by asserting that transmission of the virus by asymptomatic individuals was very rare. .[…]

Those COVID-19 masks, gloves and wipes we’re all using are polluting land and sea

Date Published: June 9, 2020

Source: CBC

The negative impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are not limited to human health and the economy, with effects on the environment beginning to appear. With the increased usage of personal protective equipment (PPE), disposable masks, gloves and sanitary wipes are creating a global waste problem. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, sewage facilities across Canada are seeing a recent increase in discarded masks, gloves and wet wipes being flushed down toilets, leading to challenges in sewage treatment.[…]

Ontario doubling limit on gatherings, more businesses to reopen in next stage of COVID-19 recovery plan

Date Published: June 9, 2020

Source: CBC

As Ontario has been taking a much more gradual approach to easing lockdown measures, in comparison to other provinces, on Monday afternoon Premier Ford finally announced Phase 2 of the reopening process. Phase 2 will allow social gatherings of up to 10 people, double of what was previously allowable, it will also allow places of worship to reopen to congregations with a 30% capacity limit. […]

Furious Backlash in Brazil After Ministry Withholds Coronavirus Data

Date Published: June 8, 2020

Source: The New York Times

President Jair Bolsonaro has been criticized for disrupting state imposed isolation measures for COVID-19 by encouraging mass rallies among his supporters and not addressing the increasing death toll. Currently, Brazil has the second highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world. In light of this, Brazil’s health ministry has stopped reporting cumulative data. As of Saturday, the website reporting COVID-19 statistics no longer has the number of already confirmed cases or deaths due to the virus. There also has been no explanation of the government’s new method for tracking cases.[…]

First arrivals under UK quarantine rules: ‘They didn’t even check my temperature’

Date Published: June 8, 2020

Source: The Guardian

Beginning Monday, passengers returning to Britain will need to quarantine for 14 days, and will only be allowed to shop for essentials if they are unable to have others do it for them. Upon return, passengers will be required to fill an online form with contact and travel information, as well as the address of where they will be completing their quarantine. Public Health England will complete random checks on passengers in quarantine in England. […]

Pandemic, labour disruptions raise questions about 2020 report cards

Date Published: June 7, 2020

Source: City News

Ontario’s teachers have not yet written year-end report cards for students. The Ministry of Education informed teachers that no student’s marks could decline from levels attained at the time school closures occurred in mid-March […]

Ontario records 415 new cases of COVID-19, with more than half from reporting delay

Date Published: June 7, 2020

Source: CBC

Today, Ontario’s health ministry reported 415 new cases of COVID-19. 192 of the cases are new, while 223 were from a lag in reporting between laboratories and public health units. This brings the cumulative provincial total to 30,617 cases, with 2,426 deaths and 24,252 recoveries […]

Prince William has been secretly volunteering for a mental crisis hotline

Date Published: June 6, 2020

Source: CNN

Prince William revealed he has been volunteering with Shout, a 24/7 mental crisis hotline, to help people who are struggling with mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shout was launched by The Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex last May […]

Provincial border bans during COVID-19 spark lawsuits, anger from Canadians denied entry

Date Published:  June 6th, 2020

Source: CBC

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and the three territories have temporarily barred Canadian visitors from entering their borders unless they meet specific criteria, such as travelling for medical treatment. The provinces and territories say the extreme measures are necessary […] 

Protesting amid a pandemic: New Yorkers vow to mask up and keep fighting

Date Published: June 6, 2020

Source: CBC

The New York protesters voicing anger over the death of George Floyd from a police officer have continued their movement throughout the week and into the weekend, with most of the crowd wearing masks. However, given that New York City alone had over 200,000 coronavirus cases draws concern over the potential spikes in coronavirus cases […]

Rumours, fear, and rising COVID deaths in Pakistan

Date Published: June 5, 2020

Source: BBC

The healthcare system in Pakistan is being stretched nearly to capacity as lockdown restrictions lift and skepticism about healthcare workers are on the rise. Theories including one that doctors are falsely declaring that patients have COVID-19 in order to be paid […]

Ontario considering Stage 2 of reopening despite steady stream of new COVID-19 cases

Date Published: June 5, 2020

Source: CBC

Premier Doug Ford signalled that Ontario’s Stage 2 of reopening is being considered by senior officials and that announcements may be made as early as next week. Stage 2 will ease restrictions and allow for the reopening of more office-based businesses and will increase the maximum size of social gatherings […]

Toronto mayor says masks on TTC could be made mandatory

Date Published: June 5, 2020

Source: CTV

Toronto Mayor John Tory says that it may become mandatory for TTC riders to wear face masks. Currently, the Ford government recommends that riders wear face masks on public transit, but there are no emergency orders mandating their use […]

Big shift in WHO face covering guidance

Date Published: June 5, 2020

Source: BBC

The World Health Organization has shifted their guidance on the use of face coverings by the public. For the last few months, the WHO has discouraged the use of masks by the public as it would encourage a false sense of security and take away supplies from frontline healthcare professionals […]

NBA owners set a July 31 restart, all in Florida

Date Published: June 5, 2020

Source: The New York Times

After spending most of May following public health directives and emerging trends, the National Basketball Association (NBA) has approved a plan to restart the season on July 31. The plan would see 22 of the league’s 30 teams competing at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida […]

Scientist behind Sweden’s COVID-19 strategy suggests it allowed too many deaths

Data Published: June 4, 2020

Source: The Washington Post

Sweden has not escaped worldwide notice in the past few months due to its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic – as countries across the world instituted lockdowns, Sweden has instead decided to keep its hand in public affairs relatively light-handed. In contrast to other countries, they have allowed groups of people up to 50 to continue to congregate and have kept public life relatively untouched. Mask wearing has also not been mandated. […]

Ontario, Quebec account for more than 90% of national COVID-19 cases: federal data

Data Published: June 4, 2020

Source: CBC

The Canadian Government released new projections today, based on current figures across the country related to the number of COVID-19 cases in different regions. These projections reveal that Canada could see between 97,990 and 107,454 cases and between 7,700 and 9,400 deaths by mid-June. […]

Anti-Black racism demonstrators urged to practise COVID-19 safety

Data Published: June 4, 2020

Source: CBC

Organizers with the anti-Black racism march, “No Peace Until Justice” in Ottawa, posted advice for people on Facebook regarding COVID-19, including making sure they don’t attend the demonstrations if they have a cough, sore throat or other signs of respiratory illness. Gloria Mavambu Rabson, a volunteer with the march, said “I’m making sure I don’t have any of the symptoms listed, because I don’t want to harm anyone else.” […]

‘Nothing is off the table’: B.C. premier on a 4-day workweek following coronavirus pandemic

Data Published: June 4, 2020

Source: Global News

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many people in British Columbia are working differently than they were before. Some are working from home full-time or splitting their time between the office and home. B.C. Premier John Horgan said that a four-day workweek may be possible in the years to come for the province of B.C., further elaborating that “One of the advantages and opportunities we have coming out of a pandemic is nothing should be off the table”.[…]

Italy opens borders ahead of neighbors, still eyed warily

Data Published: June 3, 2020

Source: AP News

Italy is the first country in Europe to fully open its international borders, and it has also removed the 2-week quarantine period for visitors. Many other countries in Europe are set to open on June 15, with some opening even later […]

UN: Yemen programs fighting virus might stop by end of June

Data Published: June 3, 2020

Source: AP News

The United Nations (U.N.) have warned that its programs to fight coronavirus and starvation in Yemen will be cut or even stopped by the end of June unless donor countries provide immediate monetary relief. Aid agencies need $2.41 billion to cover essential programs until December, and funding from other countries has fallen a billion dollars short […]

Op-Ed: COVID-19 response highlights major differences between U.S. and Canada: U.S. profs

Date Published: June 3, 2020

Source: CBC

There is a growing divide between Canada and USA as a result of their respective management of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to COVID-19, the US has closed its borders to Canada for the first time since 1812. The Trump administration previously announced plans to militarize the border, however this move was ultimately abandoned […]

Anticipating ‘mass vaccinations’, Canada ordering millions of syringes

Date Published:June 2, 2020

Source:CTV News

In anticipation of vaccinations becoming ready in the near future, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that his government has added syringes to the list of necessary items of COVID-19 supplies. There are lessons to be learned from Canada’s response to the initial outbreak in regards to personal protective equipment and the government wants to ensure that the maximum number of Canadians are vaccinated at the earliest time possible. […]

Coronavirus pandemic: Updates from around the world

Date Published:June 2, 2020

Source:CNN

In some countries where the virus was rampant and has now died down—such as South Korea, China and Taiwan—restrictions have been since lifted for some while. South America is not in the same position. They are only in the beginning phases of the virus and cases have been quickly surmounting with densely packed populous city centres. Of note, Argentina remains under mandatory lockdown until June 7. […]

WHO warns overuse of antibiotics for Covid-19 will cause more deaths

Date Published:June 1, 2020

Source:The Guardian

As if having one microbial pandemic wasn’t enough, the world may be on the precipice another, far worse pandemic. The increased use of antibiotics to treat critically-ill COVID-19 patients, is adding to the global health issue of antibiotic resistance, a threat well-known among scientists and healthcare providers. […]

Hospitals failed to flag 700 positive COVID-19 tests to Ontario’s public health units

Date Published:June 1, 2020

Source:CBC

As Ontario and the nation as a whole inches closer to flattening the curve and overcoming the first wave of the coronavirus, accurate reporting and contact tracing of positive cases in the public has become more essential than ever. A failure to detect, report and trace positive cases is detrimental to progress of curbing the viral spread. […]

Changing of the guard at Bank of Canada adds to COVID-19 uncertainty: Don Pittis

Date Published:June 1, 2020

Source:CBC

Newly appointed Governor Tiff Macklem is set to replace Stephen Poloz on Wednesday as the central bank governor, causing economic uncertainty in the unprecedented era of COVID-19. Stephen Poloz, who was appointed 7 years ago, excelled at his role as he rode the shockwaves from the 2008 financial crisis cushioning the economy, albeit cutting rates too aggressively in 2015 in response to the oil crisis. […]

Ontario records spike in COVID-19 cases, reporting highest number in a week

Date Published:June 1, 2020

Source: CTV News

Ontario reported an additional 404 COVID-19 cases on Monday, the highest in a week, bringing the province’s total to 28,263. The majority of these cases are in Toronto and Peel Region. Those 80 years of age and older continue to be the hardest hit group with 1,571 deaths. […]

How Iceland beat the Coronavirus

Date Published:June 1, 2020

Source: The New Yorker

Following the news from China, officials in Iceland’s university hospital began meeting in January to prepare for their first case of COVID-19. They ordered more protective gear for healthcare workers, and assembled a back up team that could help with counselling over the phone. […]

Iran’s rapid rise in Covid-19 cases stokes fears of second wave

Date Published:June 1, 2020

Source: The Guardian

There have been internal pressures to lift restrictions and restart the economy in Iran. This past weekend, it was announced that most restrictions had now been lifted. However, 2979 new cases and 81 deaths in the previous 24 hours raises concern. […]

Russia to start coronavirus vaccine clinical trials in two weeks, health minister says

Date Published: May 30, 2020

Source: Global News

Russia, which has the world’s third-largest caseload of COVID-19, plans to start clinical trials for a coronavirus vaccine within the next two weeks. Volunteers have already been selected for the upcoming clinical trial. Researchers in Russia are currently working on 50 different vaccine projects. […]

Belgian zoo comes back to life from lockdown

Date Published: May 30, 2020

Source: BBC

Pairi Daiza zoological gardens in Belgium is preparing to open for the first time since locking down on March 13 due to COVID-19. The zoo says its opening will be gradual and safe, and will allow a maximum of 5,000 visitors per day rather than the usual 30,000. In addition, visitors will be asked to wear masks, socially distance, and follow one-way walkways. […]

Coming undone: What COVID-19 pandemic policies have done to our psyche

Date Published: May 30, 2020

Source: The National Post

A national survey conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health suggests that one-quarter of Canadians are experiencing moderate to severe levels of anxiety and felt lonely in the past week, and 20% reported feeling depressed. Significant numbers reported feeling nervous and edgy, having trouble relaxing, and binge-drinking in the past week.[…]

Ontario opens up COVID-19 testing across the province

Date Published: May 29, 2020

Source: Ontario News

On Friday, the Office of the Premier announced in a news release that Ontario is opening up COVID-19 testing across the province. As part of the next phase of the Ontario government’s COVID-19 testing strategy to detect and quickly stop the spread of the virus, testing has been expanded for the general public, frontline workers, first responders, and workplaces across the province. […]

The world’s new Covid-19 epicenter could be the worst yet

Date Published: May 30, 2020

Source: CNN

Latin America has had roughly 920,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and nearly 50,000 deaths across the region’s 33 countries, but health experts are nearly unanimous in the view that things are likely to get worse. Faulty government response coupled with Latin America’s unique economic and public health situation led to the severity of the current outbreak.. […]

Germany, a global leader on COVID-19 response, cautiously comes out of lockdown

Date Published: May 30, 2020

Source:CBC

Thanks to Germany’s robust response to the coronavirus, the country has slowly begun opening up from lockdown around April 20. According to Johns Hopkins University, Germany had about 183,000 cases of COVID-19 and 8,500 deaths. While this is a high number of infections, the death rate is substantially lower compared to other Western countries.[…]

Quebec says 41 students and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 since reopening

Date Published: May 29, 2020

Source:CTV News

Since elementary schools opened outside the Montreal area in Quebec two weeks ago, over 40 students and staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. The Laurentians and Monteregie regions had the highest number of cases, while schools within Montreal have been cancelled for the rest of the school year. […]

Ottawa looking at how to reunite families separated by border closure, says Trudeau

Date Published: May 29, 2020

Source: CBC

The Canada-U.S. border has been closed to non-essential travel since March which has been extended until June 21 for now. The border is still open to commercial traffic and essential workers. For some families separated on opposite sides of the border, PM Trudeau has stated that he will be working with premiers to reunite families sooner than the June 21 opening date. […]

Alberta to offer free non-medical masks at fast-food drive-thrus

Date Published: May 29, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

Alberta’s health minister Tyler Shandro has announced that the province is planning to distribute 20 million non-medical masks for free at drive-thru fast-food restaurants. Although mask use is not mandatory, this is part of the province’s strategy to keep Albertans safe as the economy reopens. […]

Moscow more than doubles city’s COVID-19 death toll

Date Published: May 29, 2020

Source: BBC

Moscow’s authorities now report that 1,561 people died from COVID-19 in the month of April, not 639 as initially reported. The city’s health department stressed that the new tally included even controversial and debatable cases. The death toll from coronavirus was revised following new information from post-mortem examinations.[…]

Number of Americans on jobless benefits inches down for first time since pandemic began

Date Published: May 29, 2020

Source: CBC

The number of Americans continuing to receive jobless benefits has been on the decline for the first time since COVID-19 struck. 21.052 million people continued receiving benefits on the week ending May 16. This was a decline from the record 24.912 million people receiving benefits the previous week.[…]

More Canadians are dying of drug overdoses — and coronavirus is to blame

Date Published: May 28, 2020

Source: Global News

New data from across the country shows that opioid overdoses have increased since social distancing measures began in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many support programs have been more difficult to access by people suffering from opioid addiction […]

The impacts of COVID-19 around the world, as told by statistics

Date Published: May 26, 2020

Source: World Economic Forum

The Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA) has released a new report which seeks to describe the economic and social impact of COVID-19 in different areas of the world. According to this report, the aviation industry is facing its worst-ever crisis, with 90% of the global fleet grounded […]

Here’s How Wuhan Tested 6.5 Million for Coronavirus in Days

Date Published: May 26, 2020

Source: The New York Times

At the 2-week mark of an unprecedented campaign to screen virtually all 11 million residents of Wuhan, nearly 6.5 million residents have been tested so far, which represents 90% of residents. Their outreach strategy includes sending medical workers to construction sites and markets to look for itinerant workers, making house-calls to reach older residents and people with disabilities […]

COVID-19 not very infectious 8 days after symptoms occur, Winnipeg study suggests

Date Published: May 26, 2020

Source: CBC

Researchers from the National Microbiology Laboratory, Cadham Provincial Laboratory, and the University of Manitoba concluded in a recent study that COVID-19 is infectious only for the first 8 days after symptom-onset. The study looked at nasal or throat samples from 90 people in Manitoba who tested positive for COVID-19 […]

Alberta minister says it’s a ‘great time’ to build a pipeline because COVID-19 restrictions limit protests against them

Date Published: May 25, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

Alberta’s energy minister, Sonya Savage, made the following comment last week on a podcast hosted by the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors: “Now is a great time to be building a pipeline because you can’t have protests of more than 15 people. Let’s get it built.” The opposition NDP energy critic, Irfan Sabir, has said that Ms. Savage’s comments do not come as a surprise […] 

WHO warns that first wave of coronavirus pandemic not over

Date Published: May 26, 2020

Source: CBC

Although countries around the world are starting to ease lockdown measures, the World Health Organization executive director notes the first wave of COVID-19 is still ongoing. This is especially true for countries in South America and South Asia, including India, which is experiencing an increasing number of cases in poorer, highly populated areas and Brazil which has the second highest number of cases after the United States..[…]

Ontario long-term care homes in scathing report could face charges, says Ford

Date Published: May 26, 2020

Source: CBC

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has announced a provincial investigation into five long-term care homes with COVID-19 outbreaks in the Toronto area following a report issued by the Canadian Armed Forces. Members of the military have been present at the facilities since April 28, and will continue to provide assistance for another month.[…]

Stockholm Won’t Reach Herd Immunity In May, Sweden’s Chief Epidemiologist Says

Date Published: May 25, 2020

Source: NPR

At the start of this pandemic Sweden was making headlines for being one of the only countries in the world to not enforce an official lockdown. They instead enforced social distancing rules,  allowing schools, restaurants and retail stores to remain open to the public, while reducing some viral spread. The Swedish government’s rationale behind this strategy was to develop faster herd immunity to the coronavirus, while minimizing economic decline.[…]

German state causes alarm with plans to ease lockdown measures

Date Published: May 25, 2020

Source: The Guardian

Premier of Thuringia, Bodo Ramelow, announced his state would end the obligation to wear face coverings and the limit on the number of people allowed to gather within two weeks. Ramelow indicates his plans are justified because his state has had one of the lowest infection rates in the country […]