Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Sunday
News/Canada: Canada has reached a grim new milestone in its fight against COVID-19, with the country's case count surging past 700,000, ahead of an expected reduction in shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine from a factory in Belgium.
Quebec pins all its hopes on the vaccine, but experts say action is needed on multiple fronts
News/Canada/Montreal: The province's pandemic exit strategy leans heavily on mass vaccination, but experts argue there's a need for bold action to curb transmission. It doesn't appear to be forthcoming.
Ontario records 3,056 new cases of COVID-19 as vaccination plan faces roadblock
News/Canada/Toronto: A stay-at-home order remains in effect in Ontario as concerns about hospital capacity continue. To add to the concern, there are now a record 420 COVID-19 patients in the province's intensive care units, new data from Critical Care Services Ontario shows.
How the spread of coronavirus variants could completely change the pandemic in Canada
News/Health: More contagious strains of the coronavirus are rapidly spreading around the world, raising concerns that they may already be silently driving spikes in cases in Canada that threaten to overwhelm the healthcare system.
Worker at Etobicoke General Hospital who died of COVID-19 a 'health-care hero,' union says
News/Canada/Toronto: Antonio Gaerlan, 54, a housekeeper in the Environmental Services department at Etobicoke General Hospital, has died of COVID-19, according to his union. In a statement, the William Osler Health System says an investigation is underway to determine how Gaerlan contracted the novel coronavirus.
Rapid tests coming to 2 Montreal high schools with hopes of detecting COVID-19 faster
News/Canada/Montreal: By deploying rapid COVID-19 tests in two Montreal high schools, the hope is that infections will be detected and contained even before symptoms appear. If it works, the method could be more widely used in Quebec schools.
UK coronavirus variant identified in Utah for first time: officials
A more contagious strain of the novel coronavirus has been identified in Utah, marking the first time the variant — which was initially discovered in the United Kingdom late last year and is known as B.1.1.7 — has been found in the state.
Director of UBC's school of public health resigns over holiday travel during pandemic
News/Canada/British Columbia: Peter Berman has resigned as director of the University of British Columbia's School of Population and Public Health just over a week after admitting to holiday travel during the school's winter break.