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

Top headlines:

  1. The Bay’s legal challenge to Ontario’s retail lockdown measures has been struck down
  2. Health care workers in British Columbia share stories of saving lives during the second wave of COVID-19
  3. Restrictions that were set to expire next week in Toronto will remain in place as the Premier considers more measures over the weekend

In Canada, there have been at least 495,345 cases reported. In the last week 46,504 new cases were announced, 0.5 per cent more than the previous week.

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There have also been at least 405,611 recoveries and 14,040 deaths. Health officials have administered more than 14,903,474 tests.

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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Confetti flies in the air after Jeanne Peters, 95, a rehab patient at a nursing facility in Connecticut, was given a COVID-19 vaccination today.

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Coronavirus in Canada

In Ottawa, the government announced it will put $9-million toward COVID-19 treatment research.

  • The research funds will go to four Canadian companies working on treatment candidates.
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also said Canada is set to receive 125,000 doses a week of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in January, for a total of 500,000 doses next month.

Vaccines: Should immunization be mandatory for employees in health care settings including hospitals and nursing homes? It’s a thorny question that governments will have to address.

Coronavirus around the world

Coronavirus and business

Some companies are introducing a new position – chief remote officer – to prepare for a future of more flexible workplaces.

  • Some companies are creating new roles to manage the postpandemic, longer-term shift to remote work. Experts say that even after offices can safely reopen, many companies will allow employees more flexibility in terms of where they work.
  • Appointing a head of remote work sends a signal to those working from home that they will be supported, not merely tolerated, within the company.

Also today: Zoom removes time limits on free accounts over the holidays

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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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