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Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.

Top headlines:

  1. An outbreak at a second long-term care home in Ontario is being investigated for the British variant after a lab confirmed one case in a close contact. The mutation was linked to a devastating outbreak at a care home in Barrie, Ont., that infected all but two residents and has killed 40.
  2. U.S. President Joe Biden is pushing for US$1.9-trillion in coronavirus relief to help struggling Americans and avert a larger economic crisis.
  3. As members of Parliament return to Ottawa after a month-long break, opposition parties indicate they plan to press the Liberals for answers on vaccine delays.

In the last 7 days, 37,727 cases were reported, down 22 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 1,080 deaths announced, up 2 per cent over the same period. At least 4,075 people are being treated in hospitals and 664,622 others are considered recovered.

About 73 per cent of the 1,122,450 doses of vaccine distributed to provinces have been administered. That’s 2.2 doses for every 100 people in Canada.

Sources: Canada data is compiled from government websites, Johns Hopkins and COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group; international data is from Johns Hopkins University.


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Photo of the day

Christian Y. Schmidt picks up a candle at a makeshift memorial for COVID-19 victims at Arnswalder Platz today in Berlin, Germany. The memorial is part of an initiative called Corona-Tote sichtbar machen (Make corona deaths visible) by Mr. Schmidt and Veronika Radulovic. Since Dec. 6, people have gathered at the fountain of Arnswalder Platz every Sunday to light candles and place placards with the death toll reported in Germany at the time – currently at 50,000, according to various sources.Omer Messinger/Getty Images


Coronavirus in Canada


One year since Canada’s fist COVID-19 case: Jan. 23 marked the beginning of Canada’s long struggle.

  • A phone call to 911 noted a 56-year-old man had just returned from Wuhan, China, where a new illness was spreading.
  • The man’s case was mild, but doctors were determined to use it to learn as much as they could about the new pathogen to arm them for what might be ahead.

Rapid COVID-19 test: The federal government has approved a made-in-Canada rapid COVID-19 test, developed by Spartan Bioscience.

Vaccine delays: Delays in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines are expected to dominate the agenda when Parliament resumes.


Coronavirus around the world


Coronavirus and business

The number of complaints from taxpayers about the Canada Revenue Agency has reportedly increased 93 per cent this year, raising concerns leading up to tax season.

  • The statistics paint a dire portrait of the difficult circumstances some Canadians find themselves in as a result of COVID-19, the ombudsperson for Canada’s taxpayers says.

Also today: Faced with hiring freezes, wage cuts and layoffs forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians are making dramatic career changes.


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Sources: Canada data are compiled from government websites, Johns Hopkins University and COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group; international data are from Johns Hopkins.

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