COVID-19 Live Updates: Coronavirus News in Calgary for December 10

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In Alberta, the province’s poor score may have translated into an advantage for the opposition. When asked about voters’ intentions, the UCP had only a four-point lead over the NDP, 41 percent saying they would vote Conservative, and 39 percent saying they would vote NDP.


Pope to say Christmas mass earlier to respect Italian COVID curfew

Pope Francis delivers the Sunday Angelus Prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter’s Square on March 1, 2020. Photo de FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP via Getty Images

Pope Francis’ Christmas Eve mass will start two hours earlier, the Vatican said on Thursday, even allowing the limited number of people who can attend to return home before Italy’s 10 p.m. curfew to contain the coronavirus.

A schedule for the Pope’s Christmas activities showed that Mass, which normally starts at 9:30 p.m., would instead start at 7:30 p.m.

As in all of the Pope’s Christmas events from December 24 to January 6, public participation will be severely limited.

Since the outbreak began in February, Francis has often encouraged people to adhere to government regulations aimed at containing the virus.

Italy, the first western country to be affected by the virus, has recorded 61,739 deaths from COVID-19, the second-highest death toll in Europe after Britain. It has also recorded 1.77 million cases to date.

The Italian government has imposed a number of other restrictions during the holiday season, including a travel ban to regions between December 21 and January 6.

– Reuters


Data from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna for “very robust” COVID-19 vaccines

A nurse holds a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the University Hospital on the first day of vaccination in Coventry, UK, December 8, 2020. Photo by Jacob King / Pool via REUTERS / File

The data submitted to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna for their COVID-19 vaccine candidates is “very strong,” its executive director said on Thursday.

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