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What is this new coronavirus variant in South Africa?

South African scientists have identified a new version of the coronavirus this week that they say is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province. It’s unclear where the new variant actually arose, but it was first detected by scientists in South Africa and has also been seen in travellers to Hong Kong and Botswana.

People wait to get vaccinated at a shopping mall, in Johannesburg, Nov. 26, 2021. Advisers to the World Health Organization are holding a special session Friday to flesh out information about a worrying new variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in South Africa. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

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W5 INVESTIGATES | Is a drug overdose murder?

W5’s upcoming documentary ‘Death Penalty,’ airing on Saturday at 7 p.m. on CTV, compiles the first-ever research on a growing trend to treat overdose deaths as potential homicides.

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NEW | Counting murders by overdose deaths in Canada

Homicide charges following investigations into overdose deaths in Canada can be described as falling into two categories: pre- and post- fentanyl. W5 found that starting in 2016, there was a significant uptick: 135 manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death charges being laid by police and prosecutors across Canada.

High alert: World scurries to contain new COVID-19 variant

With each passing hour, new restrictions were being slapped on travel from countries in southern Africa as the world scurried Saturday to contain a new variant of the coronavirus that has the potential to be more resistant to the protection offered by vaccines.

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