Our top story: The COVID-19 pandemic has surpassed 10 million confirmed cases worldwide with just over 500,000 deaths. North America, South America and Europe make up 75 per cent of the cases, while Asia accounts for 11 per cent. While not the bulk of North America’s cases, Canada has more than 100,000 confirmed cases and over 8,500 deaths and though the situation may be stabilizing, community outbreaks across the country are signalling its not out of the woods yet. As Heather Yourex-West explains, the steps taken now could determine whether Canada faces a second wave and how bad it gets.
The U.S. makes up the bulk of the numbers in North America, with more than 2.5 million cases and over 125,000 deaths. Cases are spiking in over 30 states, including Florida, and as Jennifer Johnson reports, some experts say the state could become the next epicentre for infections.
China is lashing out at Canada over what it calls “megaphone diplomacy.” Ottawa is continuing its push for China to end what it calls the arbitrary detention of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig. The diplomatic standoff is heating up with Kovrig’s wife urging action and 19 prominent Canadians urging for a prisoner swap of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has rejected these calls. Mike Le Couteur looks into where Canada goes from here.
The choice of a vice-presidential candidate says a lot about who’s running for president. It also sends a signal of what the administration might look like. Former vice-president Joe Biden is promising to put a woman, and possibly a woman of colour, on the ticket and if wins the ticket, his vice-presidential selection will be one of the most important decisions in U.S. history. Eric Sorensen explains.
There was disappointing but expected news for millions of Muslims around the world this week. The government of Saudi Arabia has banned any foreign travel into the country for the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Normally two million visitors visit the holy site of Mecca. As Redmond Shannon reports, it’s likely just a few hundred Saudis will be able to take part in this centuries-old tradition.