New studies say COVID-19 virus originated in Wuhan market in China – National

Two new studies provide more evidence that the coronavirus pandemic originated in a Wuhan, China market where live animals were sold — further bolstering the theory that the virus emerged in the wild rather than escaping from a Chinese lab. The research, published online Tuesday by the journal Science, shows that the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market was likely the early epicenter of the scourge that has now killed nearly 6.4 million people around the world. Scientists conclude that the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, likely spilled from animals into people two separate times. Read more: 4th COVID-19 dose: What is...

Monkeypox now a global health threat. But risk not necessarily higher in Canada: experts – National

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared monkeypox a public health emergency Saturday, and while experts acknowledge the virus may be a constant threat in Canada, they say the risk level hasn’t necessarily increased in the country. “I don’t think that that threat has necessarily increased at the moment, but it certainly has the potential to do so,”  said Dr. Donald Vinh, an infectious diseases specialist at McGill University Health Centre.READ MORE: ‘Anyone can get monkeypox’: experts emphasize science-first messagingIsaac Bogoch, an infectious diseases specialist at the Toronto General Hospital, said the risk to the general public in Canada is extraordinarily low...

Doctors say health system has ‘collapsed’ as patient surges fuel ER closures – National

With surging demand forcing emergency room closures across the country, front-line physicians say more immediate help is needed before things get worse. Dr. Raghu Venugopal, an emergency room physician in Toronto, says he believes the health system is not collapsing, but rather that it has “already collapsed.”“Nurses and doctors across Ontario and Canada who are working in emergency departments are greatly dismayed, honestly, by the human situation that patients and families have to face on a daily basis,” he said. Read more: Ontario hospitals warn of more upcoming ER closures through the summer “The wait times are exceedingly long. Nurses...

2019 champ Andreescu to compete in Canada’s National Bank Open

Bianca Andreescu says she is returning to Toronto's Sobeys Stadium with confidence as she gets set to continue her comeback at the upcoming National Bank Open."I definitely feel more confident, than for instance, if I came back last year, in Toronto especially. Because it is different playing in Montreal and Toronto," Andreescu said Thursday at a Tennis Canada media conference to announce the player list for the WTA 1000 tournament. "Toronto, I feel like, it's just the memories that I have here."It's been a long road for the Mississauga, Ont., native since she was last one of the dominant players...

France mulls return to masks as COVID-19 hospitalizations rebound – National

Tourism is booming again in France _ and so is COVID-19. French officials have “invited” or “recommended” people to go back to using face masks but stopped short of renewing restrictions that would scare visitors away or revive antigovernment protests. From Paris commuters to tourists on the French Riviera, many people seem to welcome the government’s light touch, while some worry that required prevention measures may be needed.Virus-related hospitalizations rose quickly in France over the past two weeks, with nearly 1,000 patients with COVID-19 hospitalized per day, according to government data. Infections are also rising across Europe and the United...

Canada extends COVID-19 border measures for incoming travellers – National

Random COVID-19 testing of fully vaccinated travellers will continue to be paused at all airports until mid-July, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said on Wednesday. The Government of Canada also has extended current COVID-19 border measures for travellers entering Canada until at least Sept. 30, including the mandatory use of the ArriveCAN app. Read more: Ottawa’s move to halt random COVID-19 testing ‘welcome news’ for Canada’s airports On June 10, Canada announced that it will end random COVID-19 testing of inbound international travellers from June 11 to June 30.This measure is put in place in an effort to...