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Health Canada approves COVID-19 drug
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jul 29, 2020
The province reported 111 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, the fourth consecutive day of declining daily totals. (



Ontario coronavirus cases continue to fall

The province reported 111 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, the fourth consecutive day of declining daily totals. The number of hospitalized cases also dropped to below 100. Ottawa reported the most new cases, with 25, while Windsor-Essex reported 22.

Only six new cases were reported in Toronto and seven in Peel region — both have been national hotspots for the virus. Premier Doug Ford is expected to announce the status of Ontario’s Stage 3 reopening today: Toronto, Peel, and Windsor-Essex remain in Stage 2.

First drug approved for COVID-19 treatment

Remdesivir is the first drug to receive Health Canada approval for the treatment of COVID-19. The drug is used in patients with severe pneumonia symptoms. According to Global News, remdesivir interferes with the virus’s ability to copy its genetic material and is shown to shorten recovery time.

U of T reopening plans come under fire

Unions that represent faculty and staff at the University of Toronto are protesting the school’s plan to host in-person classes in the fall. The university is an outlier among major Canadian institutions, which are largely opting for online learning. Six unions launched a petition called “U of T’s Reopening Plan Is NOT Safe Enough. We Need to Take Fall 2020 Online.” David Fisman, a professor of epidemiology at the university's Dalla Lana School of Public Health, is critical of the plan. “The University of Toronto's campus opening plans are out of step with those of other Ontario universities,” he tweeted. “The demands for in-class teaching and unsafe dorm opening plans create risk for the university community, but are also likely to amplify COVID-19 transmission in Toronto.”

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Transgender pastor Junia Joplin speaks out


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