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Retail sales fell 5.7 per cent in April amid pandemic's third wave

Retail sales fell 5.7 per cent in April amid pandemic's third wave

OTTAWA — Canadian retail sales in April posted their largest drop since the start of the pandemic as governments moved to deal with its third wave. Statistics Canada said Wednesday retail sales fell 5.7 per cent to $54.
The Latest: France adds Russia to list of banned countries

The Latest: France adds Russia to list of banned countries

PARIS — France is adding Russia to its “red list” of countries from which travels are banned unless it is for urgent reasons as they are struggling with virus surges and worrisome variants.
N.S. protest against COVID travel rules blocks highway on boundary with New Brunswick

N.S. protest against COVID travel rules blocks highway on boundary with New Brunswick

HALIFAX — Police say traffic is at a standstill today along the Trans-Canada Highway at Nova Scotia's boundary with New Brunswick as a protest continues over COVID-19 travel restrictions. Nova Scotia RCMP Cpl.

COVID-19 vaccine creators win prestigious Spanish prize

MADRID (AP) — Seven researchers whose work contributed to designing COVID-19 vaccines have won Spain’s prestigious Princess of Asturias award for scientific research.
Inflation poses new challenge for pandemic-weary businesses

Inflation poses new challenge for pandemic-weary businesses

NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses that endured shutdowns and lower revenue during the COVID-19 outbreak now must contend with another crisis: spiking prices for goods and services that squeeze profits and force many owners to pass the increases along
Can pandemic recovery plan end Italy's years of stagnation?

Can pandemic recovery plan end Italy's years of stagnation?

MILAN (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic hit Italy especially hard, killing more than 127,000 people and sending the European Union's third-largest economy into a devastating tailspin.

A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Wednesday, June 23, 2021

The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 482,991 new vaccinations administered for a total of 33,049,022 doses given.

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Wednesday, June 23, 2021

The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Some provinces and territories do not report daily case numbers. There are 1,410,206 confirmed cases in Canada.
Accelerated second-vaccine eligibility expands in Ontario hot spots for Delta variant

Accelerated second-vaccine eligibility expands in Ontario hot spots for Delta variant

More Ontarians living in designated hot spots for the Delta COVID-19 variant are eligible to book earlier second vaccine doses starting today.

A look at COVID-19 reopening plans across the country

As COVID-19 vaccination rates increase and case numbers drop across the country, the provinces and territories have begun releasing the reopening plans for businesses, events and recreational facilities.