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Toronto Raptors game against Chicago postponed due to COVID-19 cases

Toronto Raptors game against Chicago postponed due to COVID-19 cases

NEW YORK — After dodging COVID-19 for almost half of the NBA season, the Toronto Raptors have been dealt a big blow. The NBA called off Toronto's game against the visiting Chicago Bulls on Sunday night due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Quebec reports 737 COVID-19 cases, nine deaths as variant cases jump

MONTREAL — The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants in Quebec jumped by more than 100 on Sunday, on the eve of a ramp-up in the province's mass vaccination plan.

Charlottetown Islanders latest QMJHL team shutdown over COVID rules

CHICOUTIMI, Que. — Another Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team has been forced to pause its season due to COVID-19.
Purim celebrations threaten fresh virus outbreak in Israel

Purim celebrations threaten fresh virus outbreak in Israel

JERUSALEM — Mass gatherings took place in Jerusalem on Sunday as Israelis celebrated the Jewish holiday of Purim in violation of coronavirus restrictions.

New Brunswick records new death related to COVID-19, bringing total to 27

EDMUNDSTON, N.B. — Health officials in New Brunswick say a 90-year-old resident has died as a result of underlying complications including COVID-19. Officials say the person lived at Villa des Jardins, an adult residential facility in Edmundston.

Brazil’s capital enters two-week coronavirus lockdown

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s capital entered a two-week lockdown on Sunday, joining other states in adopting measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 as intensive care beds begin to fill in important cities.
Some GOP state lawmakers help spread COVID-19 misinformation

Some GOP state lawmakers help spread COVID-19 misinformation

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Many Republican lawmakers have criticized governors’ emergency restrictions since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. Now that most legislatures are back in session, a new type of pushback is taking root: misinformation.
Vaccine tourism is both unethical and bad for business, experts say

Vaccine tourism is both unethical and bad for business, experts say

Executives who engage in so-called "vaccine tourism" show both an ethical disregard for those less fortunate and a surprising lack of business acumen, experts argue.

Israel approves plan to vaccinate West Bank labourers

Israel on Sunday announced plans to vaccinate tens of thousands of Palestinians who work inside Israel and its West Bank settlements, at a time of vast disparities in access to vaccines between the Israeli and Palestinian populations.
Long wait times, lack of options frustrate travellers booking hotel quarantines

Long wait times, lack of options frustrate travellers booking hotel quarantines

MONTREAL — Before flying to visit relatives in Taiwan during a family health scare earlier this year, Dr.