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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

  • The Globe wants to hear from readers about how the pandemic has shifted your priorities: Did you vow to never work another 80-hour week? Learn to embrace nature? Gain a new appreciation for your child’s teachers? We want to hear how the big and small adjustments you made during the pandemic changed how you live your life.
  • COVID-19 conspiracies are soaring after a report from the U.S. Energy Department confirmed that a classified report determined, with low confidence, that an accidental lab leak in China caused the pandemic.

Pandemic recovery

  • Three of Utah’s cities were among the country’s 10 fastest-growing urban areas during the pandemic as buyers flocked to the mountain state with wide-open outdoor spaces and a light touch to coronavirus regulations. Now these coveted destinations face a reckoning.
  • In China, the pandemic has been one of the worst periods for press freedom in decades, with tough restrictions and a supercharged surveillance state making on-the-ground reporting more difficult than ever. And according to a new report, there is little hope press freedom will improve even as restrictions have lifted.
  • Novavax’s shares plunged to a three-year low on Wednesday, a day after the COVID-19 vaccine maker raised doubts about its ability to remain in business.
  • The European Union’s drug regulator said on Friday its Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has advised against market authorization of Merck’s COVID-19 pill, Lagevrio.
  • The drop in home prices in Canada this year will be steeper than forecast three months ago but mild compared with a historic run-up during the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving many first-time buyers still priced out of the market.
  • China’s factory activity accelerated in February as the economy revived following the end of anti-virus controls that kept millions of people at home and disrupted travel and trade, two surveys showed Wednesday.

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