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India surpasses 200,000 COVID-19 deaths as health system threatens to collapse

Halifax teachers breathe a ‘sigh of relief’ over shift to online learning, union president says

India crossed a grim milestone Wednesday of 200,000 people lost to the coronavirus as a devastating surge of new infections tears through dense cities and rural areas alike and overwhelms health care systems on the brink of collapse. The health ministry reported 3,293 daily COVID-19 deaths in the last …

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‘It’s been crazy’: Outdoor sport stores facing low inventory, high demand amid COVID-19

Halifax teachers breathe a ‘sigh of relief’ over shift to online learning, union president says

Demand for outdoor sports equipment in Lethbridge is seeing quite the uptick this year, according to several gear and equipment shops in the city. Some believe the increase in demand and subsequent lack of inventory is due in-part to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kayaking, canoeing and mountain biking Abby Pohl, …

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White House won’t say if Canada, Mexico will be at top of list for extra COVID-19 shots

Halifax teachers breathe a ‘sigh of relief’ over shift to online learning, union president says

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki could not confirm whether Canada would be at the top of the list to receive extra COVID-19 vaccines from the U.S. Asked by reporters during a press conference on Tuesday to confirm whether U.S. allies Canada and Mexico would be first to receive …

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Vaccinated Americans can now go maskless in these situations, CDC says

Halifax teachers breathe a ‘sigh of relief’ over shift to online learning, union president says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its guidelines Tuesday on the wearing of masks outdoors, saying fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to cover their faces anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers. And those who are unvaccinated can go outside without masks in some …

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As India’s healthcare system crumbles to COVID-19, medical students bulwark of pandemic

Click to play video: 'COVID-19 situation in India ‘beyond heartbreaking,’ WHO chief says'

Since the beginning of the week, Dr. Siddharth Tara, a postgraduate medical student at New Delhi’s government-run Hindu Rao Hospital, has had a fever and persistent headache. He took a COVID-19 test, but the results have been delayed as the country’s health system implodes. His hospital, overburdened and understaffed, …

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India’s COVID-19 death toll nears 200,000 as army pledges to help hospitals

Click to play video: 'India’s COVID-19 crisis: Health official urges wearing of masks at all times, even at home'

India’s coronavirus death toll neared the bleak milestone of 200,000 with another 2,771 fatalities reported on Tuesday, while its armed forces pledged urgent medical aid to help battle the staggering spike in infections. Over the past 24 hours, India recorded 323,144 new cases, slightly below a worldwide peak of …

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U.S. to share 60M AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses with world

U.S. to share 60M AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses with world

The U.S. will begin sharing its entire pipeline of vaccines from AstraZeneca once the COVID-19 vaccine clear federal safety reviews, the White House told The Associated Press on Monday, with as many as 60 million doses expected to be available for export in the coming months. The move greatly …

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‘Please’: India doctors panic, plead for oxygen as COVID-19 breaks health system

Click to play video: 'COVID-19: Delhi police deliver oxygen as hospital supplies remain low'

Dr. Gautam Singh dreads the daily advent of the ventilator beeps, signalling that oxygen levels are critically low, and hearing his critically ill COVID-19 patients start gasping for air in the New Delhi emergency ward where he works. Like other doctors across India, which on Monday set another record …

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Thailand imposes fines of up to $640 for not wearing masks in public

Thailand imposes fines of up to $640 for not wearing masks in public

Authorities in Thailand are imposing fines of up to 20,000 baht (USD $640) for people who fail to wear face masks in public in 48 provinces, as the government struggles to cope with a new wave of coronavirus cases that is straining the medical system. The capital, Bangkok, which …

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Calgarians concerned for loved ones in India as COVID-19 cases soar

Calgarians concerned for loved ones in India as COVID-19 cases soar

Grim video and photos are emerging from India. Crematoriums and burial grounds are overwhelmed, hospitals are running out of oxygen and people are dying in the streets before getting medical help. On Sunday, for the fourth straight day, India set a global daily record for new COVID-19 infections. “It’s …

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