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Health Canada warns of counterfeit COVID-19 rapid antigen tests in Ontario

Health Canada has issued a public warning after it says counterfeit COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits were found in Ontario.
Still isolating, Biden signs anti-fraud pandemic bills

Still isolating, Biden signs anti-fraud pandemic bills

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, isolated in the White House residence with COVID-19, signed two measures Friday aimed at curbing fraud in pandemic relief programs.

Texan sentenced to 25 years for virus-era attack on Asians

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — A Texas man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for attacking an Asian family in 2020 because he thought they were Chinese and therefore responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, according to federal court records Jose Gomez I

Germany's health minister tests positive for COVID-19

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister, an epidemiologist by training who has led the country's fight against COVID-19 since December, has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Resilient Vancouver Whitecaps continue playoff push amid COVID-19 outbreak

Resilient Vancouver Whitecaps continue playoff push amid COVID-19 outbreak

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Whitecaps' road to the playoffs continues to be a bumpy ride. A COVID-19 outbreak has left the 'Caps (7-10-6) short-handed for Friday's crucial home matchup against the Houston Dynamo (7-12-4).
Quebec to begin new COVID-19 vaccination booster drive in mid-August

Quebec to begin new COVID-19 vaccination booster drive in mid-August

MONTREAL — Quebec will begin offering an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine to vulnerable seniors and long-term care residents, the province's public health director said Thursday as Quebec surpassed 16,000 pandemic deaths. Dr.
Alberta tightening bonus-payment rules after hefty COVID-19 payout to health chief

Alberta tightening bonus-payment rules after hefty COVID-19 payout to health chief

EDMONTON — The Alberta government is tightening the rules around employee bonuses in light of the six-figure payout to the chief medical officer of health during COVID-19.
Tim Hortons sales above pre-pandemic levels as parent company reports sales grew 14%

Tim Hortons sales above pre-pandemic levels as parent company reports sales grew 14%

TORONTO — The CEO of Tim Hortons' parent company says the quick service chain generated sales in its latest quarter above pre-pandemic levels for the first time since the onset of COVID-19, but the business is still being affected by a slower return

LGBTQ Canadians struggled with mental health during pandemic: surveys

A series of surveys from the Mental Health Commission of Canada suggest members of the LGBTQ community struggled more during the COVID-19 pandemic than their non-queer peers.
Munich's Oktoberfest finally back on after pandemic pause

Munich's Oktoberfest finally back on after pandemic pause

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's annual Oktoberfest festival is finally on again for this fall, following a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the head of the famous Bavarian beer festival said Thursday.