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

Top headlines:

  1. Ontario Auditor-General condemns province’s ‘disorganized’ COVID-19 response
  2. Canada-wide survey of women’s shelters shows abuse more severe during pandemic
  3. Global infections approach 60 million and countries consider holiday restrictions

In Canada, there have been at least 347,465 cases reported. In the last week 36,369 new cases were announced, 9 per cent more than the previous week.

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There have also been at least 277,232 recoveries and 11,710 deaths.

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Worldwide, there have been at least 59,759,494 cases confirmed and 1,409,252 deaths reported.

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.

Coronavirus explainers: Coronavirus in maps and charts Lockdown rules and reopening Mask-wearing rules Back to school guide Essential resources

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Members of the New York State National Guard direct people for free COVID-19 tests at a drive-through testing site in Staten Island, N.Y., today.


Coronavirus in Canada

  • Ontario’s COVID-19 response has been “disorganized and inconsistent” as the government left key public-health officials sidelined, the province’s Auditor-General reveals in a scathing new report. Meanwhile, a new small-scale study suggests overworked health care workers in the province say they feel abandoned in their increasingly desperate struggle to cope with COVID-19.
  • Alberta announced today it is temporarily shutting down in-person classes for students in junior high and high school, limiting the operations of many businesses, and banning all indoor gatherings in response to a rapid increase in COVID-19 infections.
  • Watch: Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, while saying he doesn’t want to quarterback other provinces, called Quebec’s Christmas gathering plan dangerous. Premier François Legault clarified the province’s plan to allow gatherings at Christmas amid the second wave of COVID-19, setting the limit at two gatherings over the four days.

A national survey by Women’s Shelters Canada says 52 per cent of 266 participating shelters reported seeing clients who were experiencing either somewhat or much more severe violence, as public-health measures aimed at fighting COVID-19 increase social isolation, while job losses fuel tension over financial insecurity in many households.

The survey also found 37 per cent of shelters reported changes in the type of violence clients faced, including increased physical attacks resulting in broken bones, strangulation and stabbings.

Also today: Ottawa unveils $32-million deal to buy antibody COVID-19 treatment

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And: National child-care program could ‘pay for itself’ by getting parents back in the work force, report says

Coronavirus around the world

  • With major COVID-19 vaccines showing high levels of protection, British officials are cautiously optimistic that life may start returning to normal by early April. Regulators have not yet approved a vaccine for use.

Globally, countries agonized over new coronavirus curbs ahead of Christmas and other holidays as global infections approached 60 million today and U.S. officials pleaded with Americans to stay home over Thanksgiving.

Coronavirus and business

The Canadian dollar was little changed against its U.S. counterpart today, with the currency staying within reach of an earlier two-week high as oil prices rose and investors rebalanced their portfolios.

  • The loonie was trading at 1.2990 to the greenback, or 76.98 US cents, having touched its strongest intraday level since Nov. 10 at 1.2982. It has climbed 2.5 per cent since the start of the month.
  • The price of oil, one of Canada’s major exports, rose to the highest level in more than eight months, as data showing a surprise drop in weekly U.S. crude inventories extended a rally driven by hopes that a COVID-19 vaccine will boost fuel demand.

Also today: Britain borrowing $526-billion to hit peacetime high as economy faces COVID-19 emergency

More reporting

  • How do you teach in a pandemic? Masks, face shields and patience, endless patience
  • Cities crack down on businesses breaking COVID-19 rules in Ontario

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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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