‘It’s garbage’: Infectious disease expert debunks ‘Facts Not Fear’ COVID-19 flyer

TORONTO — Among the letters, bills and coupons in their mailboxes, some Ontario residents have found a flyer claiming to expose the truth of the COVID-19 pandemic. Titled “Facts Not Fear,” the flyer is just more junk mail, says infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch. “It’s garbage,” he told CTV’s Your Morning on Friday. But … Read more

Employee frustration grows after Toronto’s tourism agency lays off local workers and uses federal funding to hire American contractors

Employee discontent is growing at Destination Toronto — formerly Tourism Toronto — following reports that the agency temporarily laid off more than half of its local Toronto workers at the beginning of the pandemic, then hired three new American contract workers using Canadian federal funding. According to several Destination Toronto employees, whose identities remain confidential … Read more

New variant behind massive COVID-19 outbreak at Ontario LTC home

TORONTO — The mystery of why virtually all of the seniors and 74 workers became infected with COVID-19 at Roberta Place long-term care is now becoming clear — one of the new variants of the novel coronavirus was behind the outbreak. Six residents at the home in Barrie, Ont. have now been confirmed to be … Read more

Full on Fauci: Doctor says Biden administration is ‘liberating’ – National

Dr. Anthony Fauci is back. In truth, the nation’s leading infectious-diseases expert never really went away. But after enduring nearly a year of darts and undermining comments from former U.S. President Donald Trump, Fauci now speaks with the authority of the White House again. He called it “liberating” Thursday to be backed by a science-friendly … Read more

‘The tide has not yet turned’: COVID-19 spread slows in Toronto, but could come roaring back with new variants, warn health officials

COVID-19 spread has started slowing in Toronto but “the tide has not yet turned,” said Dr. Eileen de Villa, who Thursday urged residents to stay home as much as possible and continue other anti-virus efforts. “We are asking people to hang on — we are starting to see the benefits of our collective action together,” … Read more

Canada’s vaccination timeline on track despite Pfizer slowdown

TORONTO — Canada remains on schedule to vaccinate the entire population by the end of September despite a temporary supply shortage of Pfizer vaccine doses, according to officials overseeing the rollout. Projections released Thursday by federal health officials suggest that Canada will be able to vaccinate 3 million people by the end of March, accounting … Read more

Trudeau spoke with Pfizer CEO amid concerns of vaccine delays

TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the CEO of Pfizer Global on Thursday and was assured that, despite an ongoing delay in vaccine deliveries, the company will follow through on millions of vaccine shipments due in March. News of Trudeau’s conversation with CEO Dr. Albert Bourla comes as officials overseeing the vaccine rollout … Read more

Doctor says Canada underfunding long-term care amid call to end for-profit homes

TORONTO — With long-term care COVID-19 cases and deaths accounting for a dramatic proportion of Canada’s pandemic numbers, some are calling for an end to for-profit long-term care, but at least one doctor says the entire system is underfunded. The numbers are stark: 42 per cent of the country’s long-term care homes have been hit … Read more

Florida cracks down on ‘vaccine tourism’ by asking for proof of residency

TORONTO — Snowbirds hoping to skip the line in Canada by flying to Florida for COVID-19 vaccines now face a tougher set of rules aimed at snuffing vaccine tourism. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that anyone who owns property in Florida and lives there at least part-time will qualify for the vaccine, but travellers … Read more

German Chancellery: ′Very, very good sign′ that Biden will rejoin WHO | News | DW

The head of the German Chancellery, Helge Braun, celebrated US President Joe Biden’s plans to keep the United States in the World Health Organization, in a DW interview on Wednesday. Biden plans to halt the US withdrawal process from the WHO — initiated by his predecessor Donald Trump — as well as signing up to … Read more

The fight against COVID-19: What will change under Biden

TORONTO — The inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden doesn’t just mark the end of Donald Trump’s presidency but it also signals a new direction in the effort to end the COVID-19 pandemic in America. To political and health experts critical of Trump’s response, the twice-impeached president’s pandemic action plan was one of inaction that … Read more

New variants of novel coronavirus detected worldwide, worrying public health experts

TORONTO — More variants of the novel coronavirus are being detected worldwide, ramping up fears in Canada around the increased transmission some of these variants could bring. They’re known as “variants of concern” according to the World Health Organization, and since the first variant emerged in the U.K., it and other variants have spread to … Read more

Staff at Quebec long-term care home move in to keep COVID-19 out

OTTAWA — A group of long-term care workers in rural Quebec have taken extreme measures to keep COVID-19 from entering their facility: they have each decided to move in with the residents. For the second time since the start of the pandemic, employees at Manoir Stanstead in Stanstead, Que., about 160 kilometres southeast of Montreal, … Read more

Canada isn’t ready to deal with influx of those disabled from COVID-19: advocates

TORONTO — Based on what disability advocates have seen so far, Canadian cities aren’t ready for the influx of people temporarily or permanently disabled from COVID-19. Long-term effects include breathing problems, mobility limitations from fatigue, and neurological and sleeping difficulties. “This is a whole new source of disability,” Mary Ann McColl, academic lead for the … Read more

Anti-lockdown Adamson Barbecue owner asks court to lift bail condition on social media

Barbeque restaurateur Adam Skelly was back in criminal court Tuesday seeking to vary the conditions of his release on bail that restrict his use of social media and ban him from attending three work locations. “These are unnecessary conditions that were imposed and they should not have been imposed” by the justice of the peace … Read more

The massive logistical exercise behind Australian Open players’ COVID hotel quarantine

It has been five days since the last chartered plane load of players and officials flew into the country and headed into quarantine before the start of the Australian Open on February 8. Tournament director Craig Tiley said those five days have felt like a year. “There’s been a lot going on,” he said, as … Read more

Did you receive a benefit like CERB? Here’s how to minimize the tax you pay on that

If you received any COVID-19 benefits from the government during 2020, chances are you’re wondering how they will affect your tax filing and return. Here are three tax experts with advice on how to prepare for the upcoming tax season, and what to expect if you received the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), the Canada … Read more

The difference between the Australian Open COVID plan and rules at other international tournaments

The world’s best tennis players have had an abrupt introduction to the world of hotel quarantine and isolation upon their arrival into Australia. Of all the players set to compete in the first major of the season, 72 are now in hard quarantine after three of the 17 charter flights were impacted by positive COVID … Read more

As pandemic rages, virtual health services are booming in a ‘policy vacuum’

When over-the-counter medication failed to quell a sudden and intense allergic reaction, the Toronto senior turned to her computer in search of a remedy. A quick Google search brought her to the website of Maple Corp., one of the country’s largest providers of virtual health care. In no time at all, she was communicating, via … Read more

IOC encouraged to involve UN in decision on Tokyo Olympics future amid coronavirus pandemic

A former International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president has suggested the organisation seek counsel from the United Nations on whether the delayed Tokyo Olympics go ahead, with the Games scheduled to start in July. Key points: Kevan Gosper said UN involvement in deciding whether the Games went ahead was not out of the question Japan has … Read more

Chinese city reports coronavirus found on ice cream

BEIJING — A city government in eastern China says the coronavirus was found on ice cream produced there, prompting a recall of cartons from the same batch. The government says employees of the company in Tianjin, adjacent to Beijing, are being tested for the coronavirus. There is no indication anyone has contracted the virus from … Read more

Canada surpasses 700,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Canada’s procurement minister urged drugmaker Pfizer-BioNTech to get the country’s COVID-19 vaccine delivery schedule back on track as soon as possible as cases of the novel coronavirus surged past the 700,000 mark on Saturday. The country hit the milestone less than two weeks after recording 600,000 cases of the virus on Jan. 3 — a … Read more

More than 7 in 10 Canadians support barring unvaccinated people from businesses: Nanos survey

TORONTO — More than seven in 10 Canadians support or somewhat support barring those who don’t have proof of vaccination from businesses where people are in close contact, according to a new Nanos survey. The survey, conducted by Nanos Research in December 2020 and commissioned by CTV News, asked more than 1,000 Canadians 18 years … Read more

Andreescu’s coach among positive COVID-19 cases forcing Australian Open players into quarantine

EDMONTON — Bianca Andreescu’s coach, Sylvain Bruneau, has tested positive for COVID-19, one of three confirmed cases that have forced 47 Australian Open players into quarantine ahead of the tournament. The three positive cases, including Bruneau, were detected among charter flights carrying players, coaches and officials to the Australian city before Saturday’s tournament. Despite following … Read more

Biden’s virus plan: 100 million shots just the start

WILMINGTON, DEL. — Getting 100 million shots in Americans’ arms in his first 100 days is only the beginning of his coronavirus plan, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden declared Friday. Lasting impact, he said, will come from uniting the nation in a new effort grounded in science and fueled by billions in federal money for vaccination, … Read more

WHO cites human behaviour more than variants as virus spreads

GENEVA — The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief said Friday that the impact of new variants of COVID-19 in places like Britain, South Africa and Brazil remains to be seen, citing human behaviour for some recent rises in infection counts. “It’s just too easy to lay the blame on the variant and say, `It’s the … Read more

Trudeau leaves door open to tighter travel ban, eyeing COVID-19 mutations abroad

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is leaving the door open to tighter travel restrictions, including a possible ban on outbound air travel as COVID-19 case counts climb across the country. “We’re always open to strengthening them as necessary,” Trudeau said, referring to measures restricting international flights. Officials are keeping a close eye on countries … Read more

Igloo makers caught breaking coronavirus lockdown rules | News | DW

Coronavirus enforcement in the German state of Bavaria ended up with a police patrol chasing five people fleeing a self-made igloo they had erected in a wooded central city park in Augsburg, west of Munich. One of them was caught and charged with breaching coronavirus lockdown rules that limit contact to one household plus one … Read more

Global death toll from COVID-19 tops 2 million amid vaccine rollout

BALTIMORE — The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 2 million Friday as vaccines developed at breakneck speed are being rolled out around the world in an all-out campaign to vanquish the threat. The milestone was reached just over a year after the coronavirus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The number … Read more

New COVID-19 modelling shows pandemic resurgence in Canada rapidly worsening

OTTAWA — The spread of COVID-19 continues to surge rapidly, with tens of thousands of new cases and thousands of additional deaths forecasted in the coming weeks. New national modelling released on Friday shows that Canada is on track to see up to 796,630 total COVID-19 cases and 19,630 deaths by Jan. 24.  The short-term … Read more

Art shows children’s struggles during coronavirus pandemic, says researcher

A collection of children’s drawings made during the pandemic illustrates the mental toll the pandemic is taking on Canadian youth, says the researcher behind a project analyzing their artwork. Many of the submissions by kids and teenagers on childart.ca depict people alone, haunted by shadowy spectres, or worse, their own thoughts. Collectively, the images paint … Read more

WHO team in Wuhan tracks coronavirus origins as new variants rack up cases

TORONTO — As new variants of the novel coronavirus pop up around the globe, a team from the World Health Organization is back where it all began — in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the pandemic first started more than a year ago. The delegation was greeted by security staff in full protective gear … Read more

How is the Australian Open dealing with international tennis players to ensure they are COVID-free?

Tennis stars and their coaching staff have started to arrive in Australia ahead of the Australian Open, which begins on February 8. About 1,200 players and coaching staff are expected to travel to Australia for the tournament, which has been delayed by three weeks. But there have already been hiccups, with Andy Murray and Madison … Read more

Rapid testing in Canada lagging behind as U.S. embraces the technology

OTTAWA — While medical experts and Health Canada agree that rapid testing plays an important role in the fight against COVID-19, self-administered rapid tests have yet to see approval and clinical rapid testing is lagging behind. To date, Health Canada has approved several rapid testing methods — which are typically used detect COVID-19 antigens — … Read more

Wife of Nunavut man who died from COVID-19 pleads with people to get vaccinated

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT — The wife of a Nunavut man who died from COVID-19 after contracting it in his community is urging the territory’s residents to get vaccinated. Diane Sammurtok’s husband Luki died in December after being flown from his home in Arviat to a southern hospital. Sammurtok called in to Arviat’s local radio station and … Read more

Americas warned that 2021 pandemic could be ‘far worse,’ amid surge in most nations

MEXICO CITY — A surge in COVID-19 cases is hitting nearly all countries in the Americas, the head of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said Wednesday, adding that the pandemic’s toll in 2021 could be worse than last year if containment efforts relax. From Canada to Argentina, coronavirus infections are spiking, with particularly alarming … Read more

English Premier League football players told to stop hugging or risk matches being stopped

The British government is increasingly alarmed by the sight of soccer players hugging and kissing in celebrations, risking coronavirus infections and the sport’s ability to be allowed to continue during the latest lockdown. Key points: UK Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said footballers were “no exception” to COVID rules The EPL said clubs will be punished … Read more

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TORONTO — Canadian front-line doctors and health-care staff frustrated with the vaccination rollout demanded better transparency, communication, and prioritization as emergency staff in regions with limited resources wait their turn to get the COVID-19 shot. “As front-line physicians, we see that many of our members, along with emergency department nurses, other ED staff, and paramedics … Read more

‘Don’t forget about us’: Ontario gastroenterologists who work outside hospitals frustrated by vaccine schedules

TORONTO — Some of Ontario’s gastroenterologists who do procedures outside of hospitals say they are frustrated after not receiving a straight answer from the province as to when they can expect to receive COVID-19 vaccines – as their backlog of high-risk procedures and patient appointments mounts due to the pandemic. “My nurses and my anaesthetist … Read more

A 223-word timeline of Ontario’s COVID-19 response

First, the schools were shut. And then the border was closed. But the airport stayed open (and we went on March break.) Ontario declared a state of emergency. The city closed High Park for the cherry blossoms. We lined up outside grocery stores — without masks, then with them. The premier said “anyone who feels … Read more