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Tories gain support but O'Toole lags Trudeau, Singh as best choice for PM: Poll

Tories gain support but O'Toole lags Trudeau, Singh as best choice for PM: Poll

OTTAWA — A new poll suggests the Conservatives are back within striking distance of the Liberals after a slump in support late last year amid internal grumbling about the party's election loss. The Leger poll, conducted Jan.

Israeli expert panel advises 4th vaccine dose for adults

JERUSALEM (AP) — An expert panel on Tuesday advised the Israeli government to begin offering a fourth vaccine dose to everyone over the age of 18, citing research showing it helps prevent COVID-19 infection and severe illness.
S. Korea sets high of 8,000 new virus cases ahead of holiday

S. Korea sets high of 8,000 new virus cases ahead of holiday

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea recorded more than 8,000 new coronavirus infections for the first time Tuesday as health authorities reshape the country's pandemic response to address a surge driven by the highly contagious omicron variant.

Hong Kong virus cluster in housing prompts partial lockdown

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong expanded a partial lockdown and tightened pandemic restrictions Tuesday after more than 200 cases of COVID-19 were discovered at a public housing estate.

A look at the latest COVID-19 developments in Canada

A look at the latest COVID-19 news in Canada: — Statistics Canada says the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to an average seven-month decline in national life expectancy, the largest decrease recorded since 1921 when the vital statistics registration sy
B.C. reports 24 COVID-19-related deaths, 4,997 infections over a three-day period

B.C. reports 24 COVID-19-related deaths, 4,997 infections over a three-day period

VICTORIA — British Columbia officials say there are 64 health-care facilities across the province that have COVID-19 outbreaks.
Alberta responds as COVID-19 calls swamping emergency medical response

Alberta responds as COVID-19 calls swamping emergency medical response

EDMONTON — Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping says an emergency response crisis in southern Alberta last week highlights the need to do more to alleviate stress in a network dangerously strained by COVID-19 and other factors.
Quebec launching communications blitz to convince unvaccinated to get COVID-19 shot

Quebec launching communications blitz to convince unvaccinated to get COVID-19 shot

MONTREAL — The Quebec government says a new "positive approach" to persuade people to get their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine will complement the punitive measures so far imposed to increase vaccination rates.
Kids' vaccine rate still low despite rampant spread of Omicron variant

Kids' vaccine rate still low despite rampant spread of Omicron variant

OTTAWA — The timing of the Omicron outbreak in Canada may have hurt the uptake of pediatric vaccines at a time when kids need them most. Child-sized doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine were approved for children aged five to 11 on Nov.
More than 330 Ontario schools report absences of 30 per cent or higher

More than 330 Ontario schools report absences of 30 per cent or higher

TORONTO — More than 300 Ontario schools reported staff and student absences of more than 30 per cent by the end of last week, after students returned for in-person learning following the latest pandemic-related shutdown.