It’s clear there is COVID-19 fatigue in Canada and in many countries around the world, and it’s not a surprise after living with restrictions on where we can go and who we can see for almost nine months.
Yet in Canada with winter approaching, case numbers are climbing once again. The number of people dying of COVID-19 in the country is slowly creeping up, passing a milestone Tuesday with more than 10,000 recorded deaths since the pandemic began. While lots of people who get COVID-19 don’t get very sick, others do and some die and it’s why health officials say it could escalate quickly if it spreads to more vulnerable or elderly people. Preventing the spread means following health guidelines, but as Mike Le Couteur reports, fatigue is setting in, making it harder to follow the rules.
People in parts of Europe are also starting to push back on COVID-19 measures. The Italian government has approved a relief package to help sectors hit hardest, but anger about a new round of restrictions has resulted in protesters smashing windows of stores and clashing with police. Redmond Shannon reports on the reaction to Europe’s powerful second wave.
In the U.S., the pandemic is playing radically different roles in the presidential election campaign. A week to go and President Donald Trump is playing down COVID-19, holding big rallies in states he hopes will deliver him a decisive victory once again. His rival, Joe Biden, is observing public health rules and holding smaller and fewer events. Where they go in this final week could give wind to where they see their strengths and weaknesses. Jackson Proskow explains.
The Canada-U.S. border has been closed to non-essential travel for seven months now. Thousands of Canadians considered essential still cross into the U.S. every day to work. Many of them use the Windsor-Detroit border crossing, which is Canada’s busiest, but they face challenges navigating both sides safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jeff Semple reports.
As the on-the-ground campaign continues in the U.S., there’s a parallel move to get Americans living in Canada to vote, with Democrats and Republicans busy courting them. In the 2016 election, only about five per cent cast a ballot. There’s a big push to up that number this time. Robin Gill reports.