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Biochemist Daniela Beatriz Ori manipulates swab samples to make a real time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis for COVID-19 testing at the biochemistry lab of Central Navy Hospital Dr. Pedro Malloon April 28, 2020 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Amilcar Orfali/Getty Images)
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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.

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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.

Fentanyl pills are shown in an undated police handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)

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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.