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Ex-Malaysian leader Mahathir, 97, hospitalized with COVID-19

Ex-Malaysian leader Mahathir, 97, hospitalized with COVID-19

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, 97, was hospitalized Wednesday after testing positive for COVID-19, his office said.
Racialized people had higher mortality rates from COVID-19: Statistics Canada

Racialized people had higher mortality rates from COVID-19: Statistics Canada

A Statistics Canada study has found that some racialized populations in Canada had significantly higher mortality rates from COVID-19. The analysis says the COVID-19 death rate was much higher for racialized people compared to non-racialized people.

Florida man pleads guilty to $2.6M COVID-19 relief fraud

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $2.6 million in COVID-19 relief funds.
Quebec election: Legault forced to defend COVID-19 rules in conservative riding

Quebec election: Legault forced to defend COVID-19 rules in conservative riding

QUEBEC — Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault found himself on the defensive Tuesday, forced to justify his government's strict COVID-19 rules during a visit to a riding contested by the upstart Conservative Party of Quebec.
Saskatchewan expands COVID-19 booster shots to children 5 to 11

Saskatchewan expands COVID-19 booster shots to children 5 to 11

REGINA — Saskatchewan is expanding COVID-19 booster shots to children ages five to 11.
N.B. reports four COVID-19 deaths, P.E.I. reports two deaths attributed to virus

N.B. reports four COVID-19 deaths, P.E.I. reports two deaths attributed to virus

New Brunswick is reporting four more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus and a rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations. The province's COVID-19 report for the week of Aug. 21-27 says the deaths involved people between the ages of 60 and 90.

Unvaccinated NBA players, staff must test weekly for COVID

Unvaccinated NBA players and team personnel must submit to weekly COVID-19 testing this season, the league told its clubs in a memo Tuesday.
Millions in new COVID lockdown as China keeps strict policy

Millions in new COVID lockdown as China keeps strict policy

BEIJING (AP) — China has placed millions of its citizens under renewed lockdown following fresh outbreaks of COVID-19, authorities reported Tuesday, as the government persists in its hard-line policy on containing the virus.
First lady Jill Biden tests negative for COVID after rebound

First lady Jill Biden tests negative for COVID after rebound

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Jill Biden tested negative for COVID-19 on Monday and will return to Washington on Tuesday, nearly a week after she came down with a “rebound” case of the coronavirus.

Court narrows hold on COVID vaccine mandate for contractors

More than 1 million construction workers across the U.S.