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Why the delta variant is spreading COVID-19 so quickly — and what that means for Canada
News/Health: The highly contagious delta variant, which was first discovered in India in late 2020, has spread around the world and now accounts for the majority of cases in Canada and various other countries. So why is this particular variant advancing so rapidly?
The COVID-19 'war has changed' due to delta variant, CDC says
News/Health: The war against COVID-19 has changed because of the highly contagious delta variant, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said, proposing a clearer message, mandatory vaccines for health workers and a return to universal masking.
Removal of Alberta's remaining COVID-19 protocols sparks outrage among physicians
News/Canada/Calgary: Many Alberta doctors are reacting with surprise and disappointment to the province's plan to relax its COVID-19 surveillance and management system despite an increase in case numbers, the positivity rate and R-value, and vaccination rates that are lagging behind other provinces.
It's not just the smoke — as climate change prompts more wildfires, hidden health risks emerge
News/Science: Climate change is expected to lead to a rise in the number of wildfires, which pose health dangers due to smoke inhalation. But there are also other risks to consider, such as the impact on mental health and clean water supplies.
Alberta parents question safety of sending children to school with no COVID-19 pandemic restrictions
News/Canada/Edmonton: Alberta parents are questioning the safety of sending unvaccinated children back to school without pandemic restrictions in place. On Aug. 16, mask mandates on transit, will be lifted and isolation will no longer be required for the majority of positive COVID-19 cases.
Canada was an outlier on mixing COVID-19 vaccines, but more countries now following suit
News/Health: Canada became an outlier in the fight against COVID-19 by allowing residents to mix various coronavirus vaccines. But while the approach has been controversial, it’s now increasingly being explored by other countries.
Why Ontario medical experts are sounding the alarm over Alberta's move to scrap mandatory COVID-19 isolation
News/Canada/Toronto: Ontario medical experts are sounding the alarm over Alberta's recent decision to significantly ease its COVID-19 restrictions, warning the move could cause ripple effects across the country — and the globe.
Israel to offer COVID-19 booster vaccine shot to citizens over 60
News/Health: Israel's prime minister on Thursday announced that the country would offer a coronavirus booster to people over 60 who have already been vaccinated. The announcement by Naftali Bennett makes Israel the first country to offer a third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to its citizens on a wide scale.
70% of sudden deaths recorded during B.C. heat wave were due to extreme temperatures, coroner confirms
News/Canada/British Columbia: The chief coroner in B.C. has confirmed the majority of people who died suddenly during the week of June's record-breaking heat wave passed away as a direct result of the extreme temperatures.
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world
News/World: Health authorities in Thailand are racing to set up a large field hospital in a cargo building at one of Bangkok's airports as the country reports record numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths. Here's what you need to know now about the pandemic in Canada and around the world.
Australia's largest city seeks military help as daily COVID-19 cases hit new record
News/World: Australia's biggest city Sydney posted a record one-day rise in local COVID-19 cases on Thursday and warned the outbreak would get worse, as authorities sought military help to enforce a lockdown of six million people poised to enter its sixth week.
Peel Region saw 81 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in about a month. None were fully vaccinated
News/Canada/Toronto: Peel Public Health's medical officer Dr. Lawrence Loh says all of the recent hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients in Peel have been among people who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.
Alberta to remove most COVID-19 isolation, testing requirements by mid-August
News/Canada/Edmonton: Albertans who test positive for COVID-19 will no longer be required to enter isolation starting in less than three weeks, the province's chief medical officer of health said Wednesday.
B.C. looks to improve lower COVID-19 vaccination rates in the Interior as potential 4th wave looms
News/Canada/British Columbia: In the past three weeks, the number of daily COVID-19 cases in British Columbia have tripled, while the delta variant has grown to become the most dominant strain in the province.