B.C. reimposes masks in Central Okanagan amid COVID outbreak

British Columbia is declaring a COVID-19 outbreak in the Central Okanagan after a rapid rise in cases in the region and is reimposing a local mask mandate, as well as other public health measures.More than half of B.C.'s daily and active COVID-19 cases are...

Canada not among countries exempt from quarantine for travel into England

The government of the United Kingdom and the government of Scotland announced today that travellers to England and Scotland who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the European Union or United States will be exempt from mandatory quarantine upon arrival — but...

How Canadians are making sure no one is left behind in the vaccine rollout

Despite Canada's success in getting vaccines into arms so far, there is mounting pressure to reach those left behind — the people who, either due to lack of access or lack of trust, have not yet received a dose of the...

Why people testing positive for COVID-19 after getting fully vaccinated isn’t as dire as it sounds

At first glance, reports of people getting infected with COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated can sound alarming, as if this crop of long-awaited vaccines aren't doing their job.A Toronto hospital recently announced an outbreak involving cases among people who'd received...

New guidance for vaccinated Canadians leaves plenty of room for confusion

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. If you haven't subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. Canada has finally released guidelines on what fully vaccinated...

Public Health Agency launches intelligence team to prepare for future pandemics

The Public Health Agency of Canada has quietly reorganized its internal divisions and assembled a security and intelligence section tasked with providing better, faster warnings of future pandemics, CBC News has learned.The creation of the intelligence division — part of a...

Why the Wuhan lab-leak origin theory of the COVID-19 virus is being taken more seriously

For Canadian biotech entrepreneur Yuri Deigin, whose 16,000-word essay last April provided one of the first detailed arguments that the COVID-19 virus could have escaped from a Chinese lab, the recent traction gained by such a theory provides a measure of satisfaction."When I just put...

B.C. cuts interval between 1st and 2nd COVID-19 vaccine doses to 8 weeks for ‘most people’

The latest:Manitoba extended public health restrictions targeting gatherings, workplaces and retail establishments on Thursday, as the province's hospitals continue to face immense pressure from a third wave of COVID-19 infections. The revised orders also mean hundreds of Manitoba schools will remain closed for at...

Reopening is coming, but hold on to that mask for now, say experts

As more regions in Canada start reopening, and millions of people return to restaurants, gyms, stores and salons, infectious diseases experts say there are some crucial precautions both business owners and individuals should maintain to prevent more infections.Unlike in the North...

Plan to lift COVID-19 restrictions could see Alberta fully reopen by July, premier says

The Alberta government has unveiled its three-stage "open for summer" plan, a strategy tied directly to vaccination and hospitalization numbers that could see all public-health restrictions lifted by July.The province will enter Stage 1 on June 1 and is expected...
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