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

Top headlines:

  1. Another variant of concern in Canada could be the next stage in our running battle with a pandemic that refuses to quit
  2. It’s okay to mix-and-match vaccines, particularly AstraZeneca with the mRNA shots, NACI recommends
  3. Ontario Premier Doug Ford is leaning toward keeping schools closed to in-person classes for the remainder of the school year, according to sources

In the last 7 days, 17,698 cases were reported, down 35 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 242 deaths announced, down 21 per cent over the same period. At least 2,232 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,326,484 others are considered recovered.

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Canada’s inoculation rate is 13th among countries with a population of one million or more people.

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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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that after months of a steady climb in COVID-19 vaccinations, the U.S. is now experiencing its first slowdown in the rate of daily shots.


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In Ottawa, the federal vaccine advisory group said those who received AstraZeneca as their first COVID-19 vaccine shot can receive Pfizer or Moderna as their second dose.

  • AstraZeneca was paused after being linked to a rare blood-clot condition that mRNA vaccines, such as those from Pfizer and Moderna, are not connected to.
  • The National Advisory Committee on Immunization said that those who received Moderna or Pfizer should get the same vaccine for the second dose when it’s “readily available.”

New variant of concern in Canada: Canada should be prepared for the rise of a more tenacious version of the coronavirus, even as more people are vaccinated, infectious-disease experts say.

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Canada’s real gross domestic product fell 0.8 per cent in April amid the third wave of COVID-19, the first drop since April 2020, Statistics Canada said Tuesday.

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  • The second wave was less disruptive, with real GDP climbing at a 5.6-per-cent annualized rate in the first quarter.
  • Absent the April estimate, economic activity is now within 2 per cent of its pre-pandemic peak and on pace for a quicker recovery than is typical for a Canadian recession.

Also today: After 15 months of remote work initiated by the coronavirus pandemic, Zoom forecast better-than-expected revenue for the current quarter, after beating quarterly estimates.

And: Online sales continue to bolster Indigo’s business despite continued mandatory shutdowns of some of its stores.

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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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