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

After a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in the Central Okanagan, B.C. is declaring a regional outbreak there 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...

England and Scotland exempt some countries from quarantine, but not Canada

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...

Canada not among countries exempt from quarantine for travel into England

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

COVID-19 spreading faster in Alberta than during peak of 3rd wave

Health and infectious disease experts say the rate at which COVID-19 cases are growing in Alberta is alarming, as it spreads faster than during the height of the pandemic's third wave. The R-value, which represents the number of people infected by each infected...

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...

Why reports of COVID-19 infections after 2 vaccine doses aren’t cause for alarm

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...

Trudeau says border restrictions will be further relaxed ‘in the coming weeks’ if all goes well

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signalled today the government is likely to further relax some of the most stringent border measures this summer — but Ottawa has no qualms about keeping the crossing closed for longer if an influx of travellers...
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