Coronavirus

Elana Rabinovitch, Executive Director of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, arrives at the Giller Prize Awards ceremony in Toronto on Monday, November 20, 2017. It’s the coronation many artists spend their careers striving for: taking to the stage in full dress, taking in the applause of their peers, and accepting an award for mastery of their craft.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Scotiabank Giller Prize gala ushers in the return of in-person awards glamour

Attendees will be asked to show proof of vaccination and photo ID to enter the cocktail area

Elana Rabinovitch, Executive Director of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, arrives at the Giller Prize Awards ceremony in Toronto on Monday, November 20, 2017. It’s the coronation many artists spend their careers striving for: taking to the stage in full dress, taking in the applause of their peers, and accepting an award for mastery of their craft.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
A family visits across the U.S.-Canada border at the Peace Arch Historical State Park as a cyclist rides past on the Canadian side, Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Elaine Thompson

All lanes open Monday at Canada-U.S. land border, but PCR test still a drag on travel

Non-essential traffic will resume moving in both directions for the first time since March 2020

A family visits across the U.S.-Canada border at the Peace Arch Historical State Park as a cyclist rides past on the Canadian side, Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Elaine Thompson
This small group of anti-vaxxers seated in the bleachers refused to show their vaccination status and got past security and into a Chilliwack Giants football game at Townsend Park on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

‘Incredibly disheartening’: Football league president responds to anti-vaxxers at Chilliwack game

‘A sporting event for 10-year-olds is not the place for a political statement,’ says David Rooney

This small group of anti-vaxxers seated in the bleachers refused to show their vaccination status and got past security and into a Chilliwack Giants football game at Townsend Park on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
A small group of anti-vaxxers got past security and into a Chilliwack Giants football game at Townsend Park on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. (Submitted)

UPDATE: Anti-vaxxers get past security to watch B.C. minor football game

Group did not show proof of vaccination, despite provincial requirements for outdoor events

A small group of anti-vaxxers got past security and into a Chilliwack Giants football game at Townsend Park on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. (Submitted)
Employee at a drive-through COVID-19 testing centre, in Whitestown, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

B.C. COVID-19 infection rate stays steady, 549 cases Friday

Two private schools in Okanagan closed after outbreaks

Employee at a drive-through COVID-19 testing centre, in Whitestown, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Delta City Hall. (James Smith photo)

Delta considering vaccine mandate for employees, volunteers

Policy being considered Monday would require staff provide proof of vaccination as of Jan. 10, 2022

Delta City Hall. (James Smith photo)
A COVID-19 outbreak at West Shore Laylum in South Surrey as been declared over. (Google Streetview image)

Outbreak at South Surrey’s West Shore Laylum residence declared over

Outbreak was announced at the 2567 King George Blvd. facility on Oct. 12

A COVID-19 outbreak at West Shore Laylum in South Surrey as been declared over. (Google Streetview image)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix takes questions in the legislature on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. The legislature has resumed sitting with most MLAs in attendance and vaccine required for all. (Hansard TV)

More B.C. health workers stepping up for COVID-19 vaccination

Hard line on mandatory shots is working, health minister says

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix takes questions in the legislature on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. The legislature has resumed sitting with most MLAs in attendance and vaccine required for all. (Hansard TV)
An Abbott Laboratories Panbio COVID- 19 Rapid Test device is displayed at a pop-up COVID-19 testing site. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

B.C. defends COVID rapid testing program as more than a million kits sit in storage

A spokesperson for the province said as of Nov. 2, 1,301,089 rapid tests have been distributed

An Abbott Laboratories Panbio COVID- 19 Rapid Test device is displayed at a pop-up COVID-19 testing site. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Syringes of COVID-19 vaccine are seen at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., on April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

COVID-19 cases among kids in British Columbia going down: Henry

56 children have been treated in hospital since the start of the pandemic, 4 received critical care.

Syringes of COVID-19 vaccine are seen at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., on April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Mak Parhar speaks at an anti-mask rally outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Parhar was arrested on Nov. 2 and charged with allegedly violating the Quarantine Act after returning from a Flat Earth conference held in Geenville, South Carolina on Oct. 24. (Flat Earth Focker/YouTube.com screenshot)

B.C. COVID-19 denier Mak Parhar found dead in home, cause under investigation

Parhar recently reported feeling fatigue, chills and other symptoms before taking Ivermectin

Mak Parhar speaks at an anti-mask rally outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Parhar was arrested on Nov. 2 and charged with allegedly violating the Quarantine Act after returning from a Flat Earth conference held in Geenville, South Carolina on Oct. 24. (Flat Earth Focker/YouTube.com screenshot)
Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

COVID-19 cases declining across Canada, but not as quickly as before

Tam: ‘Now is not the time to let our guard down; we could still be in for a challenging winter’

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The Calgary Courts Centre is pictured in Calgary, Alta., Monday, March 11, 2019. A man who removed his mask and deliberately coughed on a server at a Calgary bar last year has been convicted of assault. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta judge convicts man of assault for coughing on server in Calgary bar

Judge notes three other cases where people were convicted after coughing on others during pandemic

The Calgary Courts Centre is pictured in Calgary, Alta., Monday, March 11, 2019. A man who removed his mask and deliberately coughed on a server at a Calgary bar last year has been convicted of assault. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Cars with U.S. license plates enter Canada at the Stanstead, Quebec, border crossing as seen from Derby Line, Vt., Monday Aug. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Wilson Ring

Canada’s top doctor says COVID test border requirements should be re-examined

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says policy is being ‘actively looked at’

Cars with U.S. license plates enter Canada at the Stanstead, Quebec, border crossing as seen from Derby Line, Vt., Monday Aug. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Wilson Ring
B.C.’s daily new cases by health region, 7-day moving average to Oct. 28, 2021. Fraser Health purple, Interior Health yellow, Northern Health green, Island Health blue, Vancouver Coastal red. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C. records 596 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, 8 more deaths

Fraser, Northern Health infections still running highest

B.C.’s daily new cases by health region, 7-day moving average to Oct. 28, 2021. Fraser Health purple, Interior Health yellow, Northern Health green, Island Health blue, Vancouver Coastal red. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
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Surrey businesses having a rough time hiring, keeping staff

Surrey Board of Trade trying to ‘drill down’ on the reasons why

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A syringe is loaded with COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. showing decline in COVID cases but hospitalizations remain high: modelling

Decrease in cases began after 4th wave peak in late September

A syringe is loaded with COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from Oct. 24 to 30, 2021. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)

Nearly 50 per cent fewer COVID-19 cases in Delta last week

30 new cases for the week ending Oct. 30; total of 210 new cases in Delta last month

This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from Oct. 24 to 30, 2021. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)
Amanda Parsons, a registered nurse on staff at the Northwood Care facility, prepares a dose of the Moderna vaccine to Halifax on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. In a bid to control COVID-19, the federal government plans to make free vaccines available to everyone who lives in Canada over the course of 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan-Pool
Amanda Parsons, a registered nurse on staff at the Northwood Care facility, prepares a dose of the Moderna vaccine to Halifax on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. In a bid to control COVID-19, the federal government plans to make free vaccines available to everyone who lives in Canada over the course of 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan-Pool
FILE - This undated image provided by Merck & Co. shows their new antiviral medication against COVID-19. Britain has granted a conditional authorization to Merck’s coronavirus antiviral, the first pill shown to successfully treat COVID-19. It is the first country to OK the treatment, although it was not immediately clear how quickly the pill would be available. (Merck & Co. via AP, File)

UK authorizes Merck antiviral pill, 1st shown to treat COVID

Pill licensed for adults 18 and older who have tested positive and have at least one risk factor

FILE - This undated image provided by Merck & Co. shows their new antiviral medication against COVID-19. Britain has granted a conditional authorization to Merck’s coronavirus antiviral, the first pill shown to successfully treat COVID-19. It is the first country to OK the treatment, although it was not immediately clear how quickly the pill would be available. (Merck & Co. via AP, File)