Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Saturday

The latest: Ontario cracks down further on social gatherings as 407 new cases are reported. Chief medical officer of health points to 'indicator of accelerated epidemic growth.' Nearly 20 per cent of COVID-19 infections among health-care workers. Quebec police to visit bars and restaurants to ensure rules are followed. Conservative leader tests positive for COVID-19;…

COVID-19 testing site for Indigenous people to open in Toronto

A COVID-19 testing site is opening up for Indigenous people in Toronto, just in time for the cold and flu season.  "There's not much trust for some Indigenous folks in our health care system because of discriminatory practices or blatant racism," said Steve Teekens, executive director of Na-Me-Res, an emergency shelter and housing organization."We have…

Is heat needed to clean reusable masks? Your COVID questions answered

We're answering your questions about the pandemic. Send yours to, and we'll answer as many as we can. We publish a selection of answers online and also put some questions to the experts during The National and on CBC News Network. So far, we've received more than 53,000 emails from all corners of the country.…

Multiple provinces are seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases. What needs to be done now?

A resurgence in coronavirus infections  in several provinces over the last few weeks has raised alarms about current disease control measures in place and what steps need to be taken to curb the spread of the virus.  B.C, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec have all reported a bump in cases throughout September, and some have…

Federal agency in charge of co-ordinating COVID-19 response loses its leader

The president of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is stepping down only 18 months into the job, leaving the federal agency tasked with coordinating the country's COVID-19 response without a seasoned leader. Tina Namiesniowski said she would be stepping aside immediately to make way for a new president.A spokesperson for Health Minister Patty Hajdu said…