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An increasing number of health agencies have changed how they're reporting data on the coronavirus. A look at the current numbers in Canada for reported cases, deaths from COVID-19 and for hospitalizations can be found here.

COVID-19 updates from Canada and the world

  • While many Canadians are finding it easier than ever to get COVID-19 shots, access to vaccines and boosters has dwindled for some. For underserved populations, the return of barriers is creating challenges at an inopportune time, some experts say.
  • Almost three-quarters of Canadians have now had COVID-19, although far fewer seniors have caught the coronavirus, tests of blood donations show.
  • The World Health Organization said on Monday that COVID-19 continues to constitute a public health emergency of international concern, its highest form of alert.
  • Ontario has released a billing code for doctors to use when diagnosing long COVID – a move doctors and advocates say is a crucial first step to better understanding, treating and destigmatizing a growing problem. Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore said the code will allow researchers to follow patients with long COVID over time.

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Pandemic recovery

  • The Canada Revenue Agency says it is not worth the effort to conduct a full review of more than $15-billion in pandemic wage benefits the Auditor-General has said may have been sent to ineligible recipients. The Auditor-General’s report found $4.6-billion in overpayments to ineligible recipients.
  • Vaccine hesitancy, fuelled by misinformation and conspiracy theories, led to thousands of unnecessary deaths and hospital stays and cost the health care system at least $300-million during two COVID-19 waves in 2021, according to a new report.
  • Public Safety Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces were caught off guard by a request for help from Saskatchewan during the height of the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in October, 2021.
  • Normalcy is finally returning to China, after years of some of the world’s toughest COVID-19 policies were relaxed in the final weeks of 2022. But as the sense of whiplash – and resulting infections – begins to fade, the question is whether the country can get its economy back on track.

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Globe opinion

André Picard: Is COVID-19 still a global health emergency?

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