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Coronavirus (COVID-19) National News

Staffing shortages, COVID-19 lead to postponement of B.C. provincial exams

VICTORIA — British Columbia's Education Ministry says graduation assessments for students in grades 10 to 12 will not take place this month due to COVID-19.

COVID-19: Ontario, Quebec see dip in hospitalizations, but numbers remain high

Both Quebec and Ontario reported a drop in COVID-19-related hospitalizations on Saturday, but the numbers remained high in the country's most populous provinces, which have been hit hard by the pandemic's Omicron-driven fifth wave.

COVID-19 claims six more lives in New Brunswick as officials urge booster shots

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick health officials are reporting six more deaths related to COVID-19, confirming that five of the latest victims were over the age of 80.

P.E.I. reports one death related to COVID-19 and 288 new infections.

CHARLOTTETOWN — Another person has died as a result of a COVID-19 infection in Prince Edward Island. The province's chief public health officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, says the latest victim was a person over the age of 80.

Number of hospitalizations related to COVID-19 creeping higher in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX — Health officials in Nova Scotia say 82 people were recovering in hospital today after being admitted with a COVID-19 diagnosis. Eleven of those people were receiving intensive care, and their average age is 67.
Vaccine passport protests in Europe draw thousands of people

Vaccine passport protests in Europe draw thousands of people

HELSINKI (AP) — Thousands of people gathered in European capitals Saturday to protest vaccine passports and other requirements governments have imposed in hopes of ending the coronavirus pandemic.

Quebec announces 68 COVID-19 deaths, drop in hospitalizations, rise in ICU cases

MONTREAL — Quebec is reporting 68 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 today, but saw a drop in virus-related hospitalizations for a third consecutive day. Health authorities say the number of hospitalizations declined by 56 patients to 3,295.

Ontario reports 600 in ICU due to COVID19, 4,026 hospitalizations and 47 new deaths

TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 4,026 are currently people in hospital with COVID-19, including 600 patients in intensive care units.

Samoa goes into lockdown after 15 Australians test positive

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The prime minister of Samoa has placed the small Pacific nation into a 48-hour lockdown after 15 passengers on a flight from Australia tested positive for COVID-19.
China's success taming virus could make exit strategy harder

China's success taming virus could make exit strategy harder

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The sweeping “zero-tolerance” strategy that China has used to keep COVID-19 case numbers low and its economy functioning may, paradoxically, make it harder for the country to exit the pandemic.