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Canada could be seeing the start of a variant-driven 4th wave, health officials warn

Jul 30 2021 — — Canada’s top health officials are warning that Canada could be seeing the beginning of a fourth COVID-19 wave driven by the more infectious delta variant. The seriousness of the pandemic’s resurgence will depend largely on vaccination coverage, said Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam. “This forecast reaffirms the need to take a cautious approach […]

Removal of Alberta’s remaining COVID-19 protocols sparks outrage among physicians

Jul 30 2021 — — Many Alberta doctors are reacting with surprise and disappointment to the province’s plan to relax its COVID-19 surveillance and management system despite growing case numbers, positivity rate and R-value, and vaccination rates that are lagging behind other provinces. As of July 29, quarantine for close contacts became no longer mandatory but just recommended. Contact tracers […]

Delta variant is so transmissible ‘the war has changed,’ U.S. CDC warns

Jul 30 2021 — The Delta coronavirus variant surging across the United States appears to cause more severe illness and spread as easily as chickenpox, according to an internal document from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The document — a slide presentation — outlines unpublished data that shows fully vaccinated people might spread the Delta variant […]

Alberta to eliminate COVID-19 quarantine rules as cases rise among the unvaccinated

Jul 28 2021 — — Alberta is lifting much of its remaining COVID-19 restrictions in the coming days as the disease continues to infect unvaccinated Albertans. Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw, in her first appearance since June 29, said the province will shift its public health response and lift a number of measures related to quarantine, isolation […]

Canada not among countries exempt from quarantine for travel into England

Jul 28 2021 — — 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 still have to undergo quarantine.

Stephen Harper says Canada’s pandemic spending has been ‘overkill’ in podcast appearance

Jul 27 2021 — — The Canadian government has spent irresponsibly in its attempt to fend off the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to former prime minister Stephen Harper. “It’s not a good reaction, it’s been overkill,” Harper said on an episode of the podcast American Optimist, which was released on Tuesday. “This is bad macroeconomic policy […]

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

Jul 28 2021 — — 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 person, was 1.48 (with a confidence interval of 1.38-1.59) in Alberta as […]

Pfizer claims 3rd dose ‘strongly’ boosts protection against Delta variant

Jul 28 2021 — A third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine can “strongly” boost protection against the Delta variant — beyond the protection afforded by the standard two doses, suggests new data released by Pfizer on Wednesday. The data posted online, which are expected to be discussed in a company earnings call on Wednesday morning, suggest that antibody […]

At least 71 people caught COVID-19 at Calgary Stampede

Jul 27 2021 — — The Calgary Stampede says at least 71 people caught COVID-19 during the festival in mid-July. That’s seven cases per day, or a total of 0.01 per cent of 528,998 attendees, the Stampede said. Dana Peers, the Stampede’s interim CEO, said he feels the event, which ran from July 9-18, was a success despite the on-site […]