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New Zealand says it won't use lockdowns when omicron spreads

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand is among the few remaining countries to have avoided any outbreaks of the omicron variant — but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Thursday an outbreak was inevitable and the nation would tighten restriction

Novavax becomes Australia's 5th approved COVID-19 vaccine

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Novavax's COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday became the fifth coronavirus vaccine approved for use in Australia. The country has ordered 51 million doses of the U.S.
Bars and other B.C. businesses affected by pandemic closures to receive more help

Bars and other B.C. businesses affected by pandemic closures to receive more help

VICTORIA — More financial help is on the way for British Columbia businesses forced to stay closed for at least another month as the province tries to contain the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
A look at the latest COVID-19 developments in Canada

A look at the latest COVID-19 developments in Canada

A look at the latest COVID-19 news in Canada: — A Canadian study suggests the antiviral medication remdesivir could have a "modest but significant effect" on COVID-19 patient outcomes, including decreasing the need for mechanical ventilation by appro
COVID-19 antiviral pill incoming as fifth wave's peak in sight for some provinces

COVID-19 antiviral pill incoming as fifth wave's peak in sight for some provinces

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the first shipment of an oral COVID-19 pill is making its way across Canada but is no substitute for vaccination against the rapidly spreading virus.
Nova Scotia reports three more COVID-19-related deaths, high pressure on hospitals

Nova Scotia reports three more COVID-19-related deaths, high pressure on hospitals

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's premier highlighted the severity of the COVID-19 situation in the province on Wednesday, after health officials reported three more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus.
Toronto students head back to class after COVID-19 remote learning, snowstorm

Toronto students head back to class after COVID-19 remote learning, snowstorm

TORONTO — Parents in Toronto expressed mixed emotions as they dropped their kids off at school for the first time in weeks on Wednesday, saying they were worried about COVID-19 but glad to have their children get back to in-person learning.
Manitoba may be near peak of current COVID-19 wave as hospitalizations rise

Manitoba may be near peak of current COVID-19 wave as hospitalizations rise

WINNIPEG — Manitoba recorded another 12 COVID-19-related deaths and saw hospitalizations rise again Wednesday, as the province's top doctor said the peak of the Omicron wave might be close at hand.
Why is it better to wear an N95 than a cloth mask right now?

Why is it better to wear an N95 than a cloth mask right now?

NEW YORK (AP) — Why is it better to wear an N95 than a cloth mask right now? Health experts suggest stepping up protection against the highly contagious omicron variant with stronger masks such as N95s or KN95s.
Ontario sees 'glimmers of hope' in Omicron fight, health minister says

Ontario sees 'glimmers of hope' in Omicron fight, health minister says

TORONTO — Ontario is seeing "glimmers of hope" in its fight against the Omicron variant, the health minister said Wednesday, setting the stage for what the premier has called a positive announcement on restrictions that's expected Thursday.