COVID-19 update for May 23: Here’s the latest on coronavirus in B.C.

Article content continuedTo date, B.C. has identified 2,517 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those, 890 are in the Vancouver Coastal region, 1,244 are in the Fraser Health region, 127 are on Vancouver Island, 144 are in the Interior, and 62 are in the North.1 p.m. – No PNE but you can still get the mini donutsThe Pacific National Exhibition may have been cancelled for this year, but you can...

Honouring our caretakers on Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the women in health care who might not get to be home with their children today — or tomorrow, or the day after that — because of COVID-19.Birgit Umaigba considers herself lucky to be home today. The registered nurse was exposed to the novel coronavirus on the job and had to be isolated for two weeks, but that was last month.She’s back at work on the front...

Cardiologist Targeted by Social Distancing Snitch Pushes Back

A Wisconsin man joined the ranks of what some reports say are many people nationwide snitching on those in their communities for not following arbitrary orders of wearing masks in public and social distancing. Kevin Rusch, according to the New York Times, saw a photo of a cardiologist from his town, Dr. David Murdock, at a recent protest, not social distancing or wearing a mask, and Rusch...

Isolation of key coronavirus antibody in Israel called ‘significant breakthrough’ toward possible COVID-19 cure

JERUSALEM — Israel has isolated a key coronavirus antibody at its main biological research laboratory, the Israeli defense minister said on Monday, calling the step a “significant breakthrough” toward a possible treatment for the COVID-19 pandemic.The “monoclonal neutralizing antibody” developed at the Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) “can neutralize it (the...

NHS workers who sacrificed their lives in fight against coronavirus

Just some of the NHS heroes whose lives were cut short by coronavirus (Credits: PA)Doctors, nurses and healthcare workers across the country are putting their lives on the line every day during this crisis. Many NHS workers have already lost their lives to coronavirus, and that number is likely to keep climbing in the days and weeks to come. The Government says it had now identified 27 NHS staff...

Our Collective Mission on Groundhog Day

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COVID-19: Canadian, provincial governments raced to build new supply chains amid N95 mask fears

CALGARY — While fears mounted that Canadian medical personnel could encounter a shortage of masks, gloves and gowns in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the Canadian federal and provincial governments have spent a month securing new supply chains for critical protective and medical equipment.On Saturday, the first of soon-to-be many flights from Shanghai arrived on a Cargojet Inc....

New York Times Claims Trump ‘Could Have Seen What Was Coming’ on Coronavirus

CLAIM: The New York Times claims that President Donald Trump “could have seen what was coming” on coronavirus. VERDICT: MOSTLY FALSE. The president considered the advice of experts and took some early, drastic actions. The New York Times has published what could just as well be a Democratic National Committee oppo dump against Trump, claiming that he ought to have known what the...

“That is a surprise”: Doctors still waiting for feared surge of COVID-19 patients in Canadian ICUs

They have been bracing for the worst, a deluge of desperately sick patients who strain resources to the limit and lead to desperate choices over how to ration care.Doctors, nurses and other staff who run the nation’s intensive-care units have feared for their own safety, too, amid shortages of protective equipment.But, perhaps surprisingly, some critical-care physicians in the hardest-hit...

Coronavirus: WestJet to rehire nearly 6,400 workers through federal wage subsidy

WestJet plans to put nearly 6,400 employees who were laid off due to the novel coronavirus pandemic back on the payroll, the airline’s president and CEO announced Wednesday.In a video message posted to social media, Ed Sims credited the federal government’s emergency wage subsidy program, which he said WestJet will apply for after the airline had “substantial” conversations with Ottawa....