Porcupine Health Unit reports 17 new COVID-19 cases, and second case of Delta variant

The Porcupine Health Unit reported 17 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday among residents in the health unit area. Six cases are in Timmins and 11 cases are in the James Bay and Hudson Bay region. (File) The Porcupine Health Unit reported 17 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday among residents in the health unit area. Six cases are in Timmins and 11 cases are in the James Bay and Hudson Bay region. (File)

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German vote nearly even for Merkel's bloc, Social Democrats

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats were locked in a very close race Sunday with outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel's bloc in the country's parliamentary election, a vote that will determine who succeeds the long-time leader after 16 years in power, exit polls showed. Officials from both parties said they hope to lead the next government.