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First glimpse of Canada’s COVID-19 infection rate expected mid-July

Jul 5 2020 — — The doctor overseeing Canada’s COVID-19 antibody research says by mid-July we should get the first glimpse of how many Canadians might have already contracted the novel coronavirus. Dr. Timothy Evans, the executive director of the Immunity Task Force, warns it will take much longer before we know whether having antibodies from COVID-19 will prevent reinfection. […]

Two-thirds of Canadians support closing businesses again if COVID-19 cases spike: survey

Jul 5 2020 — Graham Slaughter — As scientists and policy-makers anticipate a second wave of COVID-19 later this year, a new survey suggests a majority of Canadians support closing non-essential businesses again if cases spike. The new poll conducted by Nanos Research for CTV News surveyed 1,049 Canadians within the past week, and found that two-thirds of respondents support, or somewhat […]

World breaks daily record for new coronavirus cases: WHO

Jul 4 2020 — — Pubs, hair salons and movie theatres across England reopened Saturday as part of Britain’s biggest step toward post-outbreak normal, while South Africa and other parts of the world signalled anything but — reporting another day of record confirmed coronavirus cases. Many people relished the easing of restrictions on public life that had shuttered U.K. restaurants […]

Reopening the Canada-U.S. border will be a long, piecemeal process

Jul 1 2020 — Aaron Wherry — The Donald Trump era began in 2015 with a promise to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. Five years later, the Trump era may end with citizens in much of the rest of the world — Canadians, in particular — insisting on a virtual wall between themselves and the United States. With […]

Canada extends ban on foreign travellers to July 31

Jun 30 2020 — Rachel Aiello — The Canadian government has extended the current ban on most international travellers until July 31. The federal government first shut the border to non-Canadian citizens, with limited exceptions, to limit the spread of COVID-19 in mid-March. This ban exempted the United States, which entered into a separate agreement with Canada shortly after, that has been […]

Fauci: COVID-19 cases could swell to 100,000 a day if U.S. doesn’t control virus

Jun 30 2020 — Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the nation’s leading health officials, suggested Tuesday the number of COVID-19 cases diagnosed each day could rise dramatically unless the nation can control the spread of the coronavirus. “I’m very concerned about what’s going on right now, particularly in the four states that are accounting for about 50 percent of […]

Brian Mulroney calls for bold social changes to prepare Canada for a world after COVID-19

Jun 30 2020 — Robert Fife — Former prime minister Brian Mulroney is urging Canadian political leaders to prepare for a post COVID-19 world by adopting bold economic and social policies including a dramatic increase in immigration, a serious productivity agenda and concrete action to address systemic racism and the injustices faced by Indigenous people. Mr. Mulroney told The Globe and Mail […]

2 years of coronavirus pandemic is ‘best-case scenario,’ doctor warns

Jun 30 2020 — — It’s been almost four months since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus a pandemic — and now experts say it could be years before we’re out of the woods. Last week, U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci, said he remains cautiously optimistic there will be a COVID-19 […]