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Provinces tighten COVID-19 restrictions as high infection rates persist

Manitoba will shutter schools in two hard-hit regions and move students to online learning, officials announced Sunday, as several other provinces also tightened public health measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.While the overall number of new cases in Canada has been declining since mid-April, COVID-19 infection rates remain stubbornly high in parts of Canada.Manitoba Education Minister Cliff Cullen and chief public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin said kindergarten to Grade 12 classes in Winnipeg and Brandon would moving online from Wednesday until at least May 30.In-person services will still be available to primary school students who are children of essential workers who cannot make other arrangements. Other schools across the province will remain open, but with additional restri...

Regina man organizes food drive in memory of parents taken by COVID-19

It’s a birthday Haris Khan will never forget — two days before he turned 31, Khan lost his father to COVID-19 in January.A few months later, on April 22, his mother also succumbed to the illness. Within the span of three months, he lost both his parents.“This has been an extremely difficult year for myself, my younger siblings,” Khan said. “I’m trying to give back to the community in the memory of my parents and this is what my parents taught us and now we’re continuing our parents’ legacy of helping each other.”They may be gone, but certainly not forgotten as Khan has been organizing a community-wide food drive — an iftar drive — in their memory for friends and fellow Muslims during the month of Ramadan. Story continues below advertisement Haris Khan with his parents and siblings when he ...

Saskatchewan sets Step 1 target re-opening date for May 30, reports 177 new cases

With a daily record of 13,651 COVID-19 vaccines administered on Saturday, Saskatchewan officials announced a target date of May 30 for Step 1 of the re-open plan.Unveiled on Tuesday, the province’s three-step re-open plan provides a glimpse of what restrictions could be amended in a certain timeframe once vaccination goals are met. Saskatchewan’s Re-opening Roadmap. Courtesy Government of Saskatchewan With more than 70 per cent of residents age 40 and older having received their first COVID-19 dose, part of the threshold for Step 1 has been met. Story continues below advertisement “We may have reached the first re-opening target, but our vaccination targets are not slowing down, in fact, they are speeding up. Today, we are reporting our highest one-day total vaccines delivered to date — mo...

‘How lucky we are’: Tearful reunions mark second COVID-19 Mother’s Day in U.S.

Last Mother’s Day, they celebrated with bacon and eggs over FaceTime. This time, Jean Codianni of Los Angeles flew to New Jersey to surprise her 74-year-old mother, now that both have been vaccinated against the disease that has stolen uncountable hugs and kisses around the world.“You forget how your mom smells, how she looks. It’s like, she never looks as beautiful as the last time you saw her,” Codianni said. “We understand how privileged we are, how lucky we are. Hundreds of thousands of people don’t get to celebrate Mother’s Day, or are celebrating it under a veil of grief.”Joyous reunions among vaccinated parents and children across the country marked this year’s Mother’s Day, the second one celebrated during the coronavirus pandemic. Some families separated by worries of transmitting...

India to recruit ex-army medics as COVID-19 overwhelms healthcare system, officials say

India will recruit hundreds of former army medics to support its overwhelmed healthcare system, the defence ministry said on Sunday, as the country grapples with record COVID-19 infections and deaths amid calls for a complete nationwide lockdown.Some 400 medical officers are expected to serve on contract for a maximum of 11 months, the ministry said in a press release, adding that other defence doctors had also been contacted for online consultations.COVID-19 cases and deaths have been hitting records every two or three days. Deaths rose by more than 4,000 for a second consecutive day on Sunday.Many Indian states have imposed strict lockdowns over the past month while others have announced restrictions on public movement and shut down cinemas, restaurants, pubs and shopping malls. Story co...

Despite COVID-19 vaccine ramp up, experts say Canada still in for ‘summer of uncertainty’

Canada set a record on Friday, vaccinating more than 400,000 people against COVID-19 in a single day. Many are wondering if the increased rate of vaccinations will lead to some semblance of normality in the warmer months.Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Njoo seems to think so. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, he called Canada’s situation “optimistic.”“I think everywhere across the country, there’s new energy, there’s new optimism as we’re getting more vaccines into the country,” he said.“The overall national goal has always been to vaccinate as many eligible Canadians as soon as possible. So I think we’re on track and I think it bodes well for the summer.” Story continues below advertisement To date, more than 14 million people across the country have now received at least o...

N.S. reporting 165 new COVID-19 cases, backlog of positive cases to be entered into data system

Nova Scotia is reporting 165 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, although the province says public health is still working through a backlog of positive cases that may not have been entered into the data system yet.The majority of the new cases — 138 of them — were in Central Zone, where there is community spread. One of those cases is a staff member with Northwood care home in Halifax.Sixteen were in Eastern Zone, six in Western Zone and five in Northern Zone.That brings the total of active cases in the province to 1,626. There are now 50 people in hospital, including seven in ICU.In released statements, both Premier Iain Rankin and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang asked people to spend Mother’s Day safely. Story continues below advertisement “Happy Mother’s Day to all the m...

2 COVID-19-related deaths, 102 new cases in London and Middlesex Sunday

Jump to: Hospitalizations – Outbreaks – Schools – Vaccinations and Testing – Ontario – Elgin and Oxford – Huron and Perth – Sarnia and LambtonTwo deaths and 102 new COVID-19 cases were reported in London and Middlesex on Sunday.This update brings the region’s pandemic case tally to 11,181, of which 10,057 have resolved, an increase of 92 from the day before.One death involves a man in his 60s and the other involves a woman in her 60s, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU). Neither were associated with a long-term care or retirement home.At least 210 deaths have been reported during the pandemic to date for the region. Story continues below advertisement Ten deaths have been reported so far this month, including three on Thursday, one involving an 18-year-old male.The health ...

Canadians companies offer freebies, discounts to customers vaccinated against COVID-19

Canadian companies are trying to move the needle on COVID-19 vaccinations with discounts and freebies for customers who show proof they’ve received their first dose.Insurers, food businesses and even tech companies are unveiling promotions aimed at convincing people to get the jab in exchange for savings and giveaways.Experts say the offers lend corporate clout to an important cause, but also encourages consumers to return to favourite shops or discover new and local brands amid temporary lockdowns.“You might be reluctant to over-expose yourself in non-discretionary places and that’s all part of this strategy,” said Joanne McNeish, a Ryerson University professor specializing in marketing.“It’s a way of carefully getting their brand in front of people.” Story continues below advertisement V...

Halifax airport CEO hopes for more on-site COVID testing ‘sooner rather than later’

The chief executive of Atlantic Canada’s largest airport is hoping for COVID-19 testing for arriving passengers “sooner rather than later,” as an added measure to combat Nova Scotia’s third wave of the pandemic.The Halifax International Airport Authority first proposed the testing system at Stanfield International Airport in January. The current system, which has been used for temporary foreign workers, sends the incoming passengers to a designated area for testing before they leave the building.But Airport Authority President Joyce Carter said she’d like to see that program expanded to all new arrivals, adding the airport remains eager to set up a system where incoming travellers could be notified rapidly if they have tested positive for the virus.Under the province’s regulations, most ar...

N.B. reporting 6 new COVID-19 cases, positive case identified at a high school

New Brunswick is reporting six new cases of COVID-19 on Mother’s Day.This brings the total amount of active cases in the province to 141. While there are 10 patients hospitalized in total, seven of them are in New Brunswick, and the others are out of province.Three of the new cases are in Zone 1 (Moncton region) and involve two people in their twenties and one person in their thirties.All three cases are under investigation.One case is in Zone 2 (Saint John region) involving someone in their forties, who is a contact of a previously-reported case.The remaining two cases are in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) involving a person in their thirties and a person in their fifties. One of these cases is travel-related and the other is under investigation. Story continues below advertisement In a news...

COVID-19: Regina police issue 16 tickets after anti-public health order protest Saturday

Posted May 9, 2021 12:29 pm Maxime Bernier attended Saturday’s protest in Regina and was ticketed. Taz Dhaliwal / Global News The Regina Police Service handed out 16 tickets to individuals for disobeying the COVID-19 public health order that limits outdoor gatherings to 10 people.Officers monitored an anti-public health order protest at Victoria Park on Saturday afternoon, which they say was attended by approximately 200 people.Dozens of people have gathered at Victoria Park this afternoon for a so-called “freedom” rally against COVID-19 regulations. People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier is expected to be in attendance. #YQR #covid19sk pic.twitter.com/VUFUzCFwTM— Taz Dhaliwal (@taz_dhaliwal) May 8, 2021 Story continues below advertisement People’s Party of Canada leader Maxi...

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