Good evening, these are the top coronavirus headlines tonight:
- The doctors in charge of the most complex health procedures in Canada are burning out
- Children’s Hospital in London, Ont., joins Toronto’s SickKids in reducing surgeries to aid overwhelmed critical care
- André Picard: Good science and bad politics create a mask mandate dilemma
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COVID-19 updates from Canada and the world
- The Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre says it is cutting back on surgeries to help prop up its overburdened critical care units. The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and CHEO in Ottawa also recently announced they would cancel some surgeries to redeploy staff to hard-hit emergency departments and intensive care units.
- Ontario has asked thousands of family health care workers to work evenings and weekends to help ease the burden on overwhelmed children’s hospitals, a government memo obtained by The Canadian Press shows.
- The Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou locked down its largest district on Monday as it tries to tamp down a major COVID-19 outbreak, suspending public transit and requiring residents to present a negative test if they want to leave their homes.
- There is an imminent threat of measles spreading in various regions globally, as COVID-19 led to a steady decline in vaccination coverage and weakened surveillance of the disease, the World Health Organization and the U.S. public health agency CDC said on Wednesday.
- Experts in Brazil are warning that World Cup gatherings may fuel Brazil’s latest COVID-19 wave.
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- Canadian surveys conducted over the past few years have shown burnout among health professionals performing some of the most complex procedures in the country has skyrocketed during the early waves of COVID-19. And some fear it will have lasting consequences for health care in this country.
- The downtowns of most major Canadian cities are still facing a substantial dip in foot traffic compared with prepandemic norms – but the opposite is true of smaller towns and suburbs within commutable distance of those cities, a new study shows.
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