Year-end Crypto Roundup — Five Key Concepts About the U.S. Government’s Recent Actions on Virtual Currency and Ransomware | Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Year-end Crypto Roundup — Five Key Concepts About the U.S. Government’s Recent Actions on Virtual Currency and Ransomware | Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

The innovative use of virtual currencies is hotter than ever, but so is a dark side of these instruments: their exploitation in ransomware schemes. This year, since January 2021, ransomware attacks have increased dramatically in number and severity. In these attacks, cybercriminals deploy malicious code into the victim’s environment. They then generally demand payment in … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Province provides update after single-day record high of new cases

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 1 new death, some circuit breakers extended, others lifted

The province is providing an update on COVID-19 this afternoon, after reporting a single-day record high of 174 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and two more COVID-related deaths. A media advisory says the province will remain at Level 1 of the COVID-19 winter plan at this time, “as hospitalizations remain manageable and the majority of schools are … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 111 new cases, booster wait cut to 5 months over fear of holiday wave

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 111 new cases, booster wait cut to 5 months over fear of holiday wave

New Brunswick reported 111 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and announced it’s reducing the time people 50 or older have to wait to get their COVID-19 vaccine booster shot to five months. Premier Blaine Higgs told reporters the decision was prompted in part by fears of an “unmanageable” wave of cases after Christmas holiday gatherings. … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 69 new cases, 125 active cases in schools, child-care facilities

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 69 new cases, 125 active cases in schools, child-care facilities

New Brunswick reported 69 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and 125 active cases across 53 schools and 24 early learning and child-care facilities across the province. The majority of cases are affecting kindergarten-to-Grade 5 schools, with transmission often occurring outside of the school setting or in instances when Public Health measures are not followed, according … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 3 deaths, 71 new cases, booster bookings open up for people 50 and older

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 3 deaths, 71 new cases, booster bookings open up for people 50 and older

New Brunswickers aged 50 or older can now book an appointment for a booster dose of an mRNA vaccine if six months have passed since their second dose, Public Health announced Monday as three more COVID-related deaths and 71 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed. A person in their 60s in the Fredericton region, Zone 3, a person in … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Winter plan goes into effect Saturday night, 97 new cases

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 1 new death, some circuit breakers extended, others lifted

The New Brunswick government has released its winter plan for COVID-19, three days earlier than planned. In the face of a “very concerning” rise in infections over the past two weeks and a disproportionate number of cases among the unvaccinated, Health Minister Dorothy Shephard said a three-level plan will go into effect Saturday at 11:59 … Read more

Cryptocurrency roundup: Facebook U-turns on crypto-ad ban

Cryptocurrency roundup: Facebook U-turns on crypto-ad ban

Welcome back, Facebook stole the show in the crypto market this week, with its decision to “unban” cryptocurrency ads. Here are the top stories that caught our eye. Facebook marks end to cryptocurrency ad ban Meta, known in a previous life as Facebook, has performed a U-turn on ban on  cryptocurrency ads across its platforms. “We’re doing this because the … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 6,200 young children booked for vaccine, 87 new cases

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 6,200 young children booked for vaccine, 87 new cases

More than 6,200 children aged five to 11 have been signed up to receive their first dose of the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine. Health Minister Dorothy Shephard said she’s “thrilled” with the number of parents and guardians who booked appointments since online registration for the Horizon and Vitalité community clinics opened Tuesday around noon. “We’re now booking into December,” she … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 19 cases confirmed at 17 schools

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 19 cases confirmed at 17 schools

Nineteen cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at 17 schools in New Brunswick since Friday, the COVID-19 dashboard shows. Twenty-one schools are now actively impacted since students returned to classes one week ago, after the provincial government reached a tentative agreement with striking Canadian Union of Public Employees late Nov. 13. Monday has been an operational day for at … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Circuit breakers lifted, new household isolation rules provincewide

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Circuit breakers lifted, new household isolation rules provincewide

The COVID-19 circuit breakers in the Moncton and Miramichi regions will be lifted Friday at 6 p.m., but new household isolation rules are being implemented provincewide to try to curb a recent spike in cases. When someone tests positive for COVID-19 everyone in their household must self-isolate regardless of their vaccination status, Premier Blaine Higgs announced Thursday. … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 82 new cases, province stops reporting vaccination status of hospitalized

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 48 new cases, Horizon and Vitalité return to orange alert level

New Brunswick recorded 82 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the highest single-day jump in more than a month, and the provincial government has stopped reporting the vaccination status of new cases, people hospitalized and in intensive care with COVID-19. Instead, it provides only the vaccination rates per 100,000 among these groups on the COVID-19 dashboard. Department of Health officials did not … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 40 new cases, outbreaks grow in First Nations

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 40 new cases, outbreaks grow in First Nations

Forty new cases of COVID-19 were reported in New Brunswick on Monday. Forty-nine people have recovered from the illness, bringing the total number of active cases in the province to 525, Public Health said.  Twenty-one people with COVID-19 are in hospital, including 14 in intensive care. The province didn’t provided the numbers who were unvaccinated and vaccinated.  No one under … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Parts of Miramichi health zone going into circuit breaker

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 1 new death, some circuit breakers extended, others lifted

Thanks to a sharp increase in cases in the Miramichi area, most of Zone 7 will begin circuit breaker measures at 6 p.m. on Friday.  There are a couple of areas that are exempt from the restrictions — Black River Bridge and communities to the east;  Murray Settlement and areas south; and New Jersey and communities … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 52 new cases, nursing home booster vaccine doses complete

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 52 new cases, nursing home booster vaccine doses complete

New Brunswick reported 52 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and has completed the roll out of vaccine booster doses for nursing home residents. The process is 82 per cent complete at adult residential facilities, and will be done by the end of the month, according to a news release from Public Health. “We know residents of these … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 53 new cases, exposure sites concentrated in Saint John

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 53 new cases, exposure sites concentrated in Saint John

There were 53 new cases of COVID-19 announced in New Brunswick on Sunday. Of the cases, 41 were unvaccinated and 12 were fully vaccinated.  There are 15 people in hospital due to COVID-19, including nine in intensive care. Those in hospital include 12 who are unvaccinated. Eight of those patients are in intensive care. There were 521 … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 1 new death, backlog in testing ‘unacceptable’

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 1 new death, backlog in testing 'unacceptable'

Public Health reported another COVID-related death Friday and 51 new cases of the virus, pushing the active case count up for a second straight day to 477. A person 70 to 79 years old in the Edmundston region, Zone 4, has died because of COVID-19. This brings the pandemic death toll to 121. Only 319 COVID tests were … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 1 new death, some circuit breakers extended, others lifted

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 1 new death, some circuit breakers extended, others lifted

New Brunswick announced one new COVID-related death, a one-week extension of the circuit breakers in Zones 1 and 2 and the lifting of circuit breakers in Zones 3, 4 and 5, effective Friday at 6 p.m. A person in their 70s in the Campbellton region, Zone 5, has died because of COVID-19. This pushes the province’s pandemic death … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 48 new cases, Horizon and Vitalité return to orange alert level

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 48 new cases, Horizon and Vitalité return to orange alert level

Horizon and Vitalité health networks will return to the orange alert level Monday, citing a decrease in the number of new and active COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, including ICU admissions, across the province. Public Health reported 48 new cases and 41 recoveries Friday. There are now 556 active cases, up from 549 Thursday. Twenty-eight people … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 2 more deaths, circuit breaker expanded and extended

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 2 more deaths, circuit breaker expanded and extended

New Brunswick recorded two more COVID-related deaths Thursday and 69 new cases of COVID. But there are “hopeful signs” the pandemic is starting to recede, said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. New cases have decreased by 50 per cent and active cases by a third since circuit breakers were implemented, she told the COVID briefing. Still, … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Province reports 1 death, 40 new cases

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 65 new cases, and hospitalizations and ICU admissions rise

New Brunswick recorded another death related to COVID-19 and 40 new cases on Saturday. A person in their 70s in the Edmundston region, Zone 4, died “as a result of COVID-19,” according to a news release. The death brings the province’s total to 107. “I want to send heartfelt condolences to those who are grieving … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 5 more deaths, 7,000 public sector employees unvaccinated

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 5 more deaths, 7,000 public sector employees unvaccinated

Five more New Brunswickers have lost their lives to COVID-19, Health Minister Dorothy Shephard announced Friday. Four people in the Moncton region, Zone 1 – including two people 60-69, a person 70-79 and a person 80-89 – and a person 70-79 in the Campbellton region, Zone 5, have died. This pushes the province’s death toll to 106. … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Higgs, Russell to hold update today

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Higgs, Russell to hold update today

Premier Blaine Higgs and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell will hold a live COVID-19 update this afternoon. It comes after the province recorded five more deaths Wednesday, marking 99 in total since the beginning of the pandemic and now the highest death toll in Atlantic Canada. The 2:30 p.m. news conference will … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Cases rise in Dalhousie nursing home, other homes ‘getting better’

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Nursing home outbreak, province announces 3 deaths, 58 new cases

The number of COVID-19 infections at the Villa Renaissance in Dalhousie has increased from nine to 17, including one employee. The remaining seven cases were detected in residents. Michael Keating of the New Brunswick Nursing Home Association said cases continue to rise in the nursing home. There have been five deaths in Villa Renaissance. He said the … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 3 new deaths, 50 new cases and 122 recoveries reported

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 3 new deaths, 50 new cases and 122 recoveries reported

New Brunswick recorded three more COVID-related deaths Tuesday, and Public Health has announced booster doses for health-care workers and residents of First Nations communities, starting next week. Details on booster doses for other groups will be available “in the coming weeks,” according to a news release. A person in their 80s in the Campbellton region, … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Nursing home outbreak, province announces 3 deaths, 58 new cases

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Nursing home outbreak, province announces 3 deaths, 58 new cases

Two residents, including a person in their 50s, and one employee at the Villa Renaissance nursing home in Dalhousie have died of COVID-19, according to Michael Keating, interim executive director of the New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes. Seven employees and seven patients at the nursing home have tested positive for the virus since Wednesday. Keating said the province has sent … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 2 more deaths, 133 new cases, rapid tests offered in circuit breaker areas

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 65 new cases, and hospitalizations and ICU admissions rise

New Brunswick recorded two more COVID-related deaths Thursday and 133 new cases of COVID-19, the provincial dashboard shows. Sixty-three people are in hospital because of the virus, including 19 in intensive care. That’s down from 68 and 27 respectively on Wednesday. There are now 1,103 active cases across the province. A total of  81.8 per cent of … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Higgs sees approval rating drop to record low 38%

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Higgs sees approval rating drop to record low 38%

Premier Blaine Higgs’s approval rating has dropped to an all-time low amid record high COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths that followed all Public Health restrictions being lifted and the province being opened up, a new poll suggests. The Angus Reid Institute poll ranking the popularity of the provincial premiers shows Higgs has suffered a “precipitous” drop to 38 per … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 109 new cases, 63 people in hospital

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 109 new cases, 63 people in hospital

New Brunswick has 109 new cases of COVID-19 and 63 people in hospital with the virus, 27 of them in intensive care. The fourth wave is “hitting our province very hard,” Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell said Tuesday, after the province surpassed 1,000 active cases for the first time Monday, and now stands … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 round-up: Public Health launches new registration system for proof of vaccination

N.B. COVID-19 round-up: Public Health launches new registration system for proof of vaccination

Public Health has made it easier for New Brunswickers to access their proof of COVID-19 vaccination online. Instead of having to attend a regional health authority vaccination clinic to obtain a registration code to create a MyHealthNB account and securely access their COVID-19 information, people can simply type “IR,” followed by one of their vaccination dates for the … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Booster for seniors in long-term care homes, 1 more death

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Booster for seniors in long-term care homes, 1 more death

New Brunswick will offer a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose to seniors in long-term care homes and other communal settings who have already received two doses of a vaccine. The rollout of the mRNA vaccine boosters will begin in early October, along with the flu vaccine campaign, said Dr. Jennifer Russell, the chief medical officer of health, said Wednesday. The decision … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 2 more deaths, Higgs issues clarification about positive cases avoiding isolation

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 2 more deaths, Higgs issues clarification about positive cases avoiding isolation

COVID-19 has claimed the lives of two more New Brunswickers and infected 68 more people, Public Health reported Tuesday. Unlike previous news releases in recent weeks, which have led with vaccination rate updates, Public Health confirmed two people in their 80s have died “as a result of COVID-19, one in Fredericton region, Zone 3, and one in … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 1 death, 61 new cases as province re-enters state of emergency

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 65 new cases, and hospitalizations and ICU admissions rise

Public Health is reporting another death due to COVID-19 in the province on Saturday, the fourth in two days. The death was an individual in their 70s in the Fredericton region. “Our thoughts are with this person’s family and friends and with everyone who has lost a loved one or has gotten sick due to … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Technical briefing with top doctors, news conference this afternoon

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Technical briefing with top doctors, news conference this afternoon

COVID-19 experts and the heads of the province’s two regional health authorities will hold a technical briefing this afternoon, followed by a news conference with Premier Blaine Higgs, Health Minister Dorothy Shephard and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell. The briefings come as New Brunswick continues to see record numbers of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Both … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 65 new cases, and hospitalizations and ICU admissions rise

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 65 new cases, and hospitalizations and ICU admissions rise

New Brunswick has another 65 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, putting the province’s active case count at 509, the dashboard shows. The number of people in hospital and in intensive care have both risen by one to 24 and 15 respectively. No one under the age of 19 is currently hospitalized, according to a news release … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Province provides update this afternoon

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Province provides update this afternoon

The province will provide an update on COVID-19 this afternoon as case counts continue to rise. Dr. Jennifer Russell, the chief medical officer of health, and Premier Blaine Higgs will participate in the 2:30 p.m. news conference. The event will be livestreamed here on CBC New Brunswick’s website. It will be the first update since … Read more