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Good evening, we’re updating the coronavirus newsletter to better reflect the pandemic as it changes. What would you like to see included? Send your thoughts to

Top headlines:

  1. Physicians in Alberta are warning the province’s health system could fail within four weeks as the number of COVID-19 patients continues to surge
  2. Britain is ditching vaccine passports, mandatory face mask rules ahead of winter
  3. A Calgary-based company is preparing to have its developmental mRNA vaccine for COVID-19 manufactured in Canada

In the past seven days, 29,473 cases were reported, up 11 per cent from the previous seven days. There were 196 deaths announced, up 44 per cent over the same period. At least 1,972 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,485,576 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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Workers plant white flags as part of artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg's temporary art installation, In America: Remember, in remembrance of Americans who have died of COVID-19, on the National Mall in Washington today. The installation will consist of more than 630,000 flags when completed.

Patrick Semansky/The Associated Press

Coronavirus in Canada

  • In Alberta, the province’s top doctor says the “Open For Summer” plan, in which all COVID-19 restrictions were lifted in July, set the stage for a crushing fourth wave. Meanwhile, doctors have issued warnings that the province’s health system could fail within four weeks. And, a Calgary pastor who was found guilty of contempt after deliberately violating COVID-19 health orders was unrepentant at his sentencing. Plus, Calgary-based Providence Therapeutics says it has signed two contracts to have its developmental mRNA vaccine for COVID-19 manufactured in Canada.
  • Ontario has issued guidance for enforcement of the province’s new COVID-19 vaccine passport system, which begins next Wednesday. Businesses and patrons who do not abide by the rules could be fined. And, tens of thousands of people in the province are experiencing post-COVID-19 symptoms, a science advisory group says. The most common symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, general pain, anxiety and depression. Meanwhile, the province reported 757 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths from coronavirus today.
  • British Columbia is mandating that health care workers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment by Oct. 26.
  • Nova Scotia was scheduled to implement Phase 5 of its reopening plan on Wednesday – which would have removed most of the public-health measures that have been in place since the onset of the pandemic – but Health Minister Michelle Thompson said the plan would be delayed until at least Oct. 4.
  • Saskatchewan has re-enacted an emergency order to deal with a surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations. The order gives the government the power to redirect health care workers to areas experiencing pressure from COVID-19.
  • Quebec reported 633 new cases of COVID-19 and seven more deaths attributed to the coronavirus.

Coronavirus around the world

Coronavirus and business

Today: Vaccine rollouts are set to power a rebound in global oil demand after a three-month slide owing to the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 and pandemic restrictions, the International Energy Agency said.

Also today: How to boost engagement when your entire work force has been forced out of the office by COVID-19.

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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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