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Smith says no COVID-19 pardons because Canadian system doesn't work like the U.S.

Smith says no COVID-19 pardons because Canadian system doesn't work like the U.S.

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Danielle Smith says she is no longer pursuing amnesty for COVID-19 health-rule violators because Canada doesn’t work that way.
Flu rates declining, testing for respiratory viruses on the rise, says Henry

Flu rates declining, testing for respiratory viruses on the rise, says Henry

About 1,000 PCR tests are performed on average each day, and genome sequencing is now being done on any positive COVID test, provincial health officer says
This B.C. sponge could hold a secret to treating COVID-19

This B.C. sponge could hold a secret to treating COVID-19

Three natural compounds collected off the B.C. and Newfoundland coasts have been found to have COVID-19-blocking powers in a discovery that could protect against future pandemics.
B.C. to reactivate COVID emergency operations centres to prepare for more illness

B.C. to reactivate COVID emergency operations centres to prepare for more illness

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the centres will be in place for at least six weeks.
COVID, flu, RSV still hitting B.C. children hard

COVID, flu, RSV still hitting B.C. children hard

Since the pandemic began, an average of one child a day has been hospitalized with COVID, and one a week admitted to critical care.
B.C. yet to see post-holidays spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations: health minister

B.C. yet to see post-holidays spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations: health minister

VANCOUVER — British Columbia's health minister says hospitals haven't yet seen the bump of COVID-19 infections that have been recorded after previous holidays during the pandemic, but the health system is still feeling the strain of respiratory illne
At least 12 cases of new Kraken subvariant detected in B.C.

At least 12 cases of new Kraken subvariant detected in B.C.

Kraken, a variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 that has been sweeping through the U.S., is now in B.C. The Provincial Health Services Authority has confirmed that as of late Wednesday there were at least 12 cases of the Kraken, or XBB.1.
Experts question Ottawa's negative COVID-19 test for air travellers from China

Experts question Ottawa's negative COVID-19 test for air travellers from China

Canada's requirement of a negative COVID-19 test of travellers from China will not help in preventing new variants or the spread of the virus, say experts.
B.C.'s health minister supports COVID-19 testing for travellers from China

B.C.'s health minister supports COVID-19 testing for travellers from China

British Columbia's health minister says he supports Ottawa's decision to temporarily require people flying from China, Hong Kong and Macao to test negative for COVID-19 before leaving for Canada, beginning in early January.
Ottawa to temporarily require negative COVID-19 test from travellers from China

Ottawa to temporarily require negative COVID-19 test from travellers from China

Ottawa plans to temporarily require people flying from China, Hong Kong and Macao to test negative for COVID-19 before leaving for Canada, beginning in early January.