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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.
Germany says pandemic not over as court OKs vaccine mandate

Germany says pandemic not over as court OKs vaccine mandate

BERLIN (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is not over yet, Germany's health minister warned Thursday as the country's highest court approved rules requiring health workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

WHO clears China's CanSino COVID vaccine for emergency use

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization said Thursday that it has granted an emergency use authorization for the coronavirus vaccine made by China's CanSino Biologics, the 11th such shot to receive the green light. The U.N.

Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath tests positive for COVID-19

The leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party says she has tested positive for COVID-19. Andrea Horwath says she tested positive on a rapid test this morning.