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Top headlines:

  1. Only in Alberta: You are no longer required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19
  2. Will Canadians who got mixed COVID-19 vaccines need a third dose to travel abroad?
  3. For international students planning to study in Canada in the fall, meeting vaccine requirements is complicated

In the past seven days, 4,203 cases were reported, up 34 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 48 deaths announced, down 13 per cent over the same period. At least 387 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,397,080 others are considered recovered.

Canada’s inoculation rate is 7th 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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People arrive at a vaccination centre on the first day of a three-day COVID-19 inoculation campaign for people over age 35 in the Complexo da Maré favela of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Thursday, July 29, 2021.Bruna Prado/The Associated Press

Coronavirus in Canada

Across Canada, some soon-to-arrive international students are struggling with requirements from universities who only recognize vaccines approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization, sending them down a murky road of mixing or possibly doubling shots.

  • Many universities are establishing vaccine mandates to attend class in-person or to live on campus.
  • International students who have received non-WHO-approved vaccines – such as Covaxin or the Sputnik V vaccine – will be offered an additional series of Health Canada-authorized jabs.
  • Ontario’s Ministry of Health advises those individuals should be offered the additional vaccines – but acknowledges they have no data to support the safety or efficacy of this approach.

International travel: The government must release a plan to have a mixed vaccination status recognized internationally, the federal Conservatives say.

Coronavirus around the world

  • A new plan eases quarantine restrictions for American and European travellers to England and Scotland. British Canadians are frustrated after Canadians were left out of the exemptions.
  • Israel will begin offering a third shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to people over the age of 60 — the first country in the world to do so.

Coronavirus and business

What it’s like to be a fast-food worker during a global pandemic: “I wasn’t nervous about going back to work,” one worker says. “But I was curious about the different changes.”

  • Despite viral Tik Toks broadcasting bad customer behaviour at fast-food joints, some employees say people have been understanding of the pandemic-related safety requirements, from wearing a mask indoors and patiently waiting outside while their food is made to order, to respecting physical-distancing requirements.

Also today: LinkedIn reverses course and will allow most employees to work remote full-time or a hybrid option as offices slowly reopen.

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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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