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‘Medical terrorism’: Zarif blames US sanctions for widening coronavirus outbreak that killed 145 in Iran, including top officials

As authorities struggle to contain the outbreak that infected nearly 6,000 in Iran so far, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has acused US President Donald Trump of deliberately exacerbating the crisis with mounting economic pressure. At least 145 people died across Iran by Saturday, while the number of officially confirmed infections jumping by over a thousand…

Officials seek to reassure Canadians that health care system is ready to deal with surge in coronavirus cases if needed

OTTAWA—Up to four Canadians remain in hospital in Japan and are “quite sick” with COVID-19 while only a handful of patients diagnosed in Canada has been hospitalized for treatment, say federal health officials who downplayed the need to scale up border measures or hospital responses. Most Canadian cases are patients who are being “cared for”…

Overdose deaths decrease in B.C. but officials say safer drug supply needed

VICTORIA—Overdose deaths linked to illicit drugs dropped by 36 per cent last year in British Columbia compared with a year earlier, but the number of fatalities is about the same as when the province declared a provincial health emergency four years ago. Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe said Monday 981 people died of suspected overdoses in…