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Top headlines:

  1. B.C. says pandemic surgery backlog has been almost cleared. But many are still waiting
  2. Alberta allows physicians, other health-care workers to prescribe Paxlovid for COVID
  3. During lockdown in Shanghai, residents turn to NFTs to combat censorship

In the past seven days, there were 429 deaths from COVID-19 nationally, down 7 per cent over the same period. At least 6,482 people are being treated in hospitals and 417 are in the ICU.

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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  • Business activity in the euro zone was up last month thanks to a further loosening of COVID-19 restrictions, a survey showed on Wednesday. “The euro zone economy has shown surprising resilience in the face of the Ukraine-Russia war, thanks to a renewed burst of service sector activity as virus containment measures were relaxed further during April,” said Chris Williamson, chief business economist at S&P Global.

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