Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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Coronavirus in Canada
- The British variant of COVID-19 behind a devastating outbreak at a long-term care home in Ontario is also being investigated as the possible source of infections at a second facility. Meanwhile, the province reported 2,417 new cases of COVID-19 and 102 more deaths related to the coronavirus.
- An Alberta man who fled on foot from police after a traffic stop in Newfoundland is facing numerous charges including failing to self-isolate.
- B.C. rolled out its vaccination plan, disappointing dentists and teachers who were excluded from the priority list.
- The Edmundston region in New Brunswick is now in a 14-day lockdown as health officials fear that daily infections are about to get out of control.
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
- Culture and a COVID-19 shot: The Castello di Rivoli, an art gallery in Italy, is opening its galleries to visitors who fancy combining a bit of culture with their inoculations. The gallery will function as a vaccination site sometime in March or April.
- In Portugal, voters headed to the polls on Sunday to vote in a physically distant presidential election.
- Police clashed with rioters at two anti-lockdown protests in the Netherlands.
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.
- Rita Trichur: Giving our struggling vintners, craft brewers and distillers direct access to consumers outside of their province through Canada Post should be a no-brainer for all parliamentarians.
- Caitlin Salvino: In the spring of 2019, New Brunswick attempted to legislate the Act Respecting Proof of Immunization – an effort to push mandatory vaccinations for public-school students. The ultimate rejection of it has important lessons that should guide us in our rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in Canada.
- Jeremy Cohen: This academic year may put university students with ADHD and other invisible disabilities at a particular disadvantage owing to a lack of social and institutional support.
- Linda Besner: Relationships of affinity – our friendships – are the most vulnerable to lasting harm from the loss of shared experiences and the divisive vagueness of stay-home guidelines.
- David Rosenberg: This is why clothing retail might be the next bull market in the postpandemic era.
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- The pandemic has drastically altered the way people date
- Drug users face greater dangers as the second wave forces harm reduction sites and outreach programs to curtail services
- How well do vaccines work? Here’s what you need to know.
- Rob Carrick’s 10-point checklist of things you should have done by now to protect or improve your money situation. Tips for minimizing damage to your credit score; how to manage retirement anxiety during difficult times; and things to think about if you’re considering home delivery.
- Here are the expectations for self-isolation; tips for managing anxiety and protecting your mental health; and what to do if you think you have the virus. Wash your hands. How to break a bad habit (like touching your face). Is flying safe?
- The best foods to eat to maintain an immune system-friendly diet; and how to keep a healthy diet while working from home; four eating tips when working from home; and five mistakes that might cause you to gain unwanted weight. Here are the essentials to stock up on and how to shop safely for groceries; the best pantry staples and how to stop stress-eating.
- Find answers to your coronavirus and employment questions.
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.