Omicron Covid variant could cause China to double down on zero-Covid

China's zero-Covid approach, healthcare system, reopening plans

Volunteers in protective suits handle garbage outside an apartment building at College of Arts and Information Engineering of Dalian Polytechnic University in university town of Zhuanghe on November 15, 2021 in Dalian, Liaoning Province of China. More than 60 students in university town of Zhuanghe city have been diagnosed as COVID-19 cases, as of Sunday … Read more

South Australia records two new cases of COVID-19, state reaches 80 per cent double vaccination

A line up of people with their luggage outside Adelaide Airport

South Australia has recorded another two new cases of COVID-19 — a man and a woman in their 20s who both acquired their infection interstate.Key points:The Premier says South Australia has reached 80 per cent double vaccination for people aged 16 and overThe state has also recorded two new cases of COVID-19Both were acquired interstateSeven people … Read more

Victoria records 1,254 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths as state hits 90pc double vaccination threshold

Pedestrians wearing masks cross the road in front of Flinders Street Station in Melbourne

Victoria has recorded 1,254 new local COVID-19 cases and five deaths, as the state reaches its target of 90 per cent full vaccination for those aged 12 and over.Key points:Most of Victoria’s COVID restrictions lifted on Friday in anticipation of the state reaching the 90 per cent vaccination targetUnder new rules triggered on Friday, unvaccinated Victorians can … Read more

Germany battles ‘dramatic’ fourth COVID-19 wave as cases double in two weeks to 52,826 per day

People walk down a crowded street wearing face masks

Germany’s disease control agency reported 52,826 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday — a number that has roughly doubled in two weeks — stoking calls for fresh measures to curb the country’s steadily rising infections.Key points:COVID-19 infections increase among unvaccinated people in Germany’s east and southThe WHO lists Germany among countries with the most new COVID-19 cases in … Read more

I was raised vaccine hesitant. Now I’m double vaxxed against COVID-19

I was raised vaccine hesitant. Now I'm double vaxxed against COVID-19

This First Person column is written by Rachel Grantham who has been double vaccinated against COVID-19. For more information about CBC’s First Person stories, please see the FAQ.  I was raised by my father to be wary of vaccines.  Dad was a health-care professional. I had been vaccinated in my childhood for polio, smallpox and … Read more

COVID-19 hospitalizations could double within a month, new N.B. projections show

COVID-19 hospitalizations could double within a month, new N.B. projections show

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in New Brunswick could double within a month if contact rates don’t dramatically drop, new provincial modelling shows. Contact rate refers to the number of people an average person interacts with on a given day, times their chance of getting infected per contact, said Sanjeev Seahra, professor and chair of the University … Read more