China warns against ‘excessive and arbitrary’ enforcement of COVID measures after protests

China warns against ‘excessive and arbitrary’ enforcement of COVID measures after protests

Epidemic control workers wear PPE to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as they stand guard outside a community in lockdown on November 29, 2022 in Beijing, China.Kevin Frayer/Getty Images Beijing has acknowledged public unhappiness with China’s tough COVID policies, days after anti-lockdown protests in cities across the country. However, speaking at a press conference in … Read more

For Chinese fans, the World Cup can be a painful reminder of their team’s absence — and China’s continuing COVID-19 controls

For Chinese fans, the World Cup can be a painful reminder of their team’s absence — and China’s continuing COVID-19 controls

People walk by the giant model of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 match ball amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Shanghai, China, Nov. 23, 2022.ALY SONG/Reuters Walking out onto the pitch at Doha’s Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on Monday, Ma Ning became only the second Chinese national to officiate a World Cup match. The first time … Read more

Deena Hinshaw replaced as Alberta’s chief medical officer after Premier criticized province’s COVID response

Deena Hinshaw replaced as Alberta’s chief medical officer after Premier criticized province’s COVID response

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, updates media on the COVID-19 situation in Edmonton, Friday, March 20, 2020. Hinshaw is apologizing for causing “confusion, fear or anger” after communicating the province’s plan to eliminate remaining public health measures in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason FransonJASON FRANSON/The Canadian Press Premier Danielle Smith is … Read more

Shanghai Disney shuts down over COVID-19, visitors unable to leave

Shanghai Disney shuts down over COVID-19, visitors unable to leave

Visitors pose for photos outside the Disney Resort theme park in Shanghai on June 30.Chen Si/The Associated Press Shanghai’s Disney Resort abruptly suspended operations on Monday to comply with COVID-19 prevention measures, with all visitors at the time of the announcement directed to stay in the park until they return a negative test for the … Read more

Pandemic spurred exodus of Ontario family doctors, study indicates

Pandemic spurred exodus of Ontario family doctors, study indicates

Ontario family doctors left the profession at the start of the pandemic at double the rate of the years before COVID-19 hit, new research indicates. About three per cent of family doctors across the province – 385 doctors – stopped practicing between March and September 2020, according to a study led by Unity Health Toronto … Read more

Former teacher, pandemic commentator faces sexual-abuse allegations

Former teacher, pandemic commentator faces sexual-abuse allegations

A former York Catholic District School Board teacher who emerged as a prominent, polarizing social media presence during the COVID-19 pandemic, is facing allegations of sexually, psychologically and emotionally abusing students. The allegations against Ryan Imgrund are outlined in a notice of hearing by the Ontario College of Teachers, a regulatory body for the province’s … Read more

As earthquake hit China’s Chengdu, residents in COVID lockdown feared reprisals for evacuating

As earthquake hit China’s Chengdu, residents in COVID lockdown feared reprisals for evacuating

As the walls of their apartment shook around them, Ken He yelled at his mother to get down, just as her phone pinged with an earthquake alarm. The tremor lasted about 10 seconds. As it eased, Mr. He went to run for the door. The 23-year-old grabbed for his mother’s hand, but she looked uncertain … Read more

Biden seeks $47B for Ukraine, COVID-19, monkeypox, disasters

Biden seeks B for Ukraine, COVID-19, monkeypox, disasters

A priest blesses coffins with unidentified civilian bodies, who died on the territory of the Bucha community during the Russian occupation period in February-March 2022, during a funeral in Bucha, near Kyiv, Ukraine, on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022.Emilio Morenatti/The Associated Press President Joe Biden is asking Congress to provide more than $47 billion in emergency … Read more

Health Canada approves first bivalent COVID-19 vaccine that targets Omicron variant

Health Canada approves first bivalent COVID-19 vaccine that targets Omicron variant

A person draws out Moderna vaccine during a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Kingston, Ont., in January.Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press Health Canada has approved an updated version of Moderna Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine that specifically targets the Omicron variant, making it the first “bivalent” COVID-19 vaccine cleared for use in this country. The federal department has authorized … Read more

Ontario scraps five-day COVID-19 isolation, announces booster shots for children

Ontario scraps five-day COVID-19 isolation, announces booster shots for children

Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, speaks at a press conference at Queen’s Park in Toronto in April.Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press Ontario’s guidelines for COVID-19 will no longer require a five-day isolation period, the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health announced Wednesday, as part of the plan he unveiled that includes offering … Read more