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P.E.I. to lift COVID-19 masking order in schools, daycares on Monday

P.E.I. to lift COVID-19 masking order in schools, daycares on Monday

CHARLOTTETOWN — Prince Edward Island is ending its pandemic-related mask mandates on Monday for K-12 schools, school buses, early learning centres and child-care facilities.
Presence of BA.2.20 in Ontario doesn't warrant significant concern, experts say

Presence of BA.2.20 in Ontario doesn't warrant significant concern, experts say

Nearly 1,000 confirmed cases of a new sublineage of the Omicron variant have been discovered in Ontario to date, newly released data from Public Health Ontario show, but experts say it doesn't warrant significant concern.
G7 agree pact to better prepare for future pandemics

G7 agree pact to better prepare for future pandemics

BERLIN (AP) — The Group of Seven wealthy democracies announced plans Friday to strengthen epidemiological early-warning systems to detect infectious diseases with pandemic potential following the emergence of the coronavirus more than two years ago.
N. Korea's low death count questioned amid COVID-19 outbreak

N. Korea's low death count questioned amid COVID-19 outbreak

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday that nearly 10% of its 26 million people have fallen ill and 65 people have died amid its first COVID-19 outbreak, as outside experts question the validity of its reported fatalities and worry about a
540 people in B.C. hospitalized with COVID-19, milder cases among vaccinated

540 people in B.C. hospitalized with COVID-19, milder cases among vaccinated

VANCOUVER — The latest figures on COVID-19 show 540 people in British Columbia are currently hospitalized with the virus, 49 of them in critical care.
CDC urges Pfizer booster for children ages 5 to 11

CDC urges Pfizer booster for children ages 5 to 11

Kids ages 5 to 11 should get a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, advisers to the U.S. government said Thursday.
Cubs activate pitcher Marcus Stroman from COVID-19 list

Cubs activate pitcher Marcus Stroman from COVID-19 list

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs activated right-hander Marcus Stroman from the COVID-19 injured list on Thursday. Stroman was slated to start opener of the team's four-game series against Arizona.
COVID-19 sidelines two Ontario party leaders mid-election campaign

COVID-19 sidelines two Ontario party leaders mid-election campaign

TORONTO — Two of the leaders of Ontario's four major political parties have been sidelined with COVID-19 at critical points in their campaign, with two weeks left to election day.
Nova Scotia to lift its COVID-19 mask mandate for public schools on Tuesday

Nova Scotia to lift its COVID-19 mask mandate for public schools on Tuesday

HALIFAX — Citing improving data on the number of new COVID-19 cases in the province, Nova Scotia’s education minister on Thursday said the mask mandate for public schools would be lifted next week.
Canadians rethink pandemic subscriptions amid return to favourite pastimes

Canadians rethink pandemic subscriptions amid return to favourite pastimes

TORONTO — Aretha Greatrix had to do a double take last month, when she got a text message and email thanking her for renewing her subscription to OutTV.