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An Ontario child with a confirmed case of the flu has died amid provincial concerns of RSV, the flu and COVID-19.

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark (LGL) District Health Unit's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Linna Li, confirmed to Narcity that a child has died in their region.

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There is growing speculation that mask mandates in Ontario might be up for formal discussion again as schools, hospitals and public health experts express concern over the risk of respiratory illnesses heading into winter.

Premier Doug Ford has encouraged people to "mask up" but has stopped short of reintroducing a mandate.

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University of Toronto students and faculty looking to live on campus this fall will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and have at least one booster dose.

U of T released a press release on July 28 confirming that students will be returning for in-person classes at all three campuses this fall, but if you're looking to live in residence, your vaccine records will need to be up to snuff.

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It's probably fair to say that the mask rules for travelling between Canada and the U.S. are a little bit complex right now.

A recent court ruling in the United States has made it so that face covers are no longer required in many settings in the country, including airplanes and airports.

But, if you're travelling from or to Canada, which still does have a mask mandates for air travel, what should you do?


Simply, the American ruling doesn't apply to flights into or from Canada, even if the airline is U.S. based.

In a statement to Narcity, the office of the minister of transport said that "[the Canadian] mask requirements apply to all carriers, whether they are domestic or international and for the duration of the flight, whether it is fully within Canada or not. "

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Toronto's Medical Officer of Health is pleading with locals to keep wearing their masks in indoor public spaces as Ontario deals with another wave of COVID-19 infections.

"We are several weeks out since the province loosened COVID-19 restrictions, and with many more opportunities for people to mix, we are seeing an anticipated increase in COVID-19 activity in Toronto," Toronto's top doctor, Dr. Eileen de Villa, said at a press conference on April 4.

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