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Health experts press Ottawa for a more ‘balanced approach’ to tackling COVID-19 pandemic

Date Published: July 7, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

Eighteen health leaders in Canada have called for a more “balanced approach” to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, stating that the current approach carries “significant risks to overall population health and threatens to increase inequities across the country.” Canada has had success in controlling COVID-19 […]

Masks mandatory as of midnight in Ottawa, region

Date Published: July 6, 2020

Source: CBC

Wearing masks in public indoor spaces are now mandatory in eastern Ontario, including Ottawa, in Stage 2 of Ontario’s reopening plan. Exemptions will be made for children under two years of age and those who are unable to wear masks […]

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International News

Walt Disney World reopens in Florida amid Covid-19 surge

Date Published: July 11, 2020

Source: BBC

Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom reopened on Saturday in Florida, almost four months after Disney World was closed due to the outbreak of Covid-19 in the US. Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are expected to open next Wednesday. Visitors will be required to wear masks and follow social distancing rules while at the entertainment complex. […]

Coronavirus: US surpasses three million cases

Date Published: July 9, 2020

Source: BBC

On Tuesday, the United States of America surpassed 3 million cases of COVID-19. Infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, says the country is still in its first coronavirus wave. Despite the increasing number of cases, the White House continues to push for reopening schools and will have the CDC issue guidance on how to proceed. […]

Coronavirus: world treating symptoms, not cause of pandemics, says UN

Date: July 6, 2020

Source: The Guardian

According to a UN report, diseases are expected to jump from animals to humans in the following years due to the destruction of nature and growing demands for meat. Prior to COVID-19, two million per year died from zoonotic diseases, largely in lower income countries. […]

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Ontario opens up COVID-19 testing across the province

Date Published: May 29, 2020

Source: Ontario News

On Friday, the Office of the Premier announced in a news release that Ontario is opening up COVID-19 testing across the province. As part of the next phase of the Ontario government’s COVID-19 testing strategy to detect and quickly stop the spread of the virus, testing has been expanded for the general public, frontline workers, first responders, and workplaces across the province. […]

Health Canada releases COVID-19 modelling

Date Published: April 9, 2020

Source: The Toronto Star

Health Canada and The Public Health Agency of Canada released their projections on the evolving COVID-19 pandemic today. They stressed that their projections were only estimates and that the ultimate trajectory of the epidemic in Canada depended on the actions that people in Canada took in the weeks and months moving forward. […]

Government of Canada – COVID-19 Prevention: Wearing Non-Medical Masks

Date Published: April 7, 2020

Source: Government of Canada

Yesterday, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, advised Canadians to wear homemade cloth masks when out in public to reduce the spread of the virus. It is important to reiterate that non-medical masks are not equivalent to medical-grade masks, such as N95 masks. These homemade masks are no more effective than the widely known recommendation to cough or sneeze into a tissue or sleeve instead of your hands or the air. […]

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