A tragic reminder that COVID-19 can affect anybody at any age. Health officials in Manitoba say a boy from Winnipeg under the age of 10 has died from the virus. It is unclear if he had any underlying health conditions, but he is the youngest victim in that province. Manitoba has the highest number of active cases with many more new infections being reported today. There were 487 new COVID-19 cases confirmed today, its third-highest single-day tally.
The rapid rise in those case numbers spelling the urgency for a vaccine, but as Mike Le Couteur explains, the number of Canadians who want those vaccines to be mandatory is dropping, even as those case numbers go up.
This week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said when a vaccine is ready, Canada will be ready, but not everybody is convinced that Canadians will have access as quickly as other countries. This week on the West Block, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe shares his concerns Canada is getting pushed further back here in the waiting line. Mercedes Stephenson has more.
The U.S. is expecting to have the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in a matter of weeks. Health officials will be holding an emergency meeting next week to decide who is going to get it first. More than 30 million Americans have tested positive for the virus and over 265,000 people have died. But as Jennifer Johnson reports, there is a growing fear that the worst is still yet to come.
As cases grow around the world so too does the condition known as long COVID. That is when symptoms continue for weeks, even months after a person is no longer contagious. A new clinic is open in Canada studying how, when and if COVID-19 long haulers will get better. Robin Gill reports.
Sweden has so far resisted a national lockdown but it’s rethinking its strategy after recording a surge of second wave infections. Tonight its citizens are being told to stay home with strict measures going into effect. As Crystal Goomansingh reports, Sweden has been slammed for taking a lax attitude towards COVID-19, which is now being hit with more deaths than its neighbours.
This weekend is typically one of the busiest shopping times of the year, but many stores have been forced to close or stop in-person sales because of the pandemic. This time of year is also crucial for the survival of small businesses and, as Katherine Ward explains, online sales may not be enough to save them.
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