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

Top headlines:

  1. Ontario released new projections that illustrate the British variant of the coronavirus presents a “significant threat” to controlling the pandemic
  2. Tensions over the short supply of COVID-19 vaccines are escalating between Britain and the European Union
  3. U.S. President Joe Biden is working to launch an “early warning and trigger system” similar to the one that Canada scrapped less than one year before the pandemic hit

In the last 7 days, 34,650 cases were reported, down 19 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 1,044 deaths announced, down 4 per cent over the same period. At least 3,822 people are being treated in hospitals and 689,418 others are considered recovered.

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About 82 per cent of the 1,122,450 doses of vaccine distributed to provinces have been administered. That’s 2.4 doses for every 100 people in Canada.

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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Boxing instructor Minelas Castillo, 58, works with youth as she gives free training sessions, outdoors as a measure to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the Catia neighborhood of Caracas today.

Ariana Cubillos/The Associated Press

Coronavirus in Canada

A vaccine feud that is growing in intensity between the European Union and Britain has raised fears that vaccine nationalism could affect other countries.

  • A shortage of AstraZeneca vaccines is at the root of the problem, and to compensate for the shortfall, EU officials ordered the drug maker to divert shipments destined for Britain.
  • Canada has ordered 20 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has yet to be approved by Health Canada, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the doses will not come from Europe.

COVID-19 infections: Health Canada data suggests a worrying increase in COVID-19 cases is directly connected to foreign arrivals over the holiday season.

Coronavirus around the world

Coronavirus and business

The latest sector to be uprooted by the pandemic is the stock market, in a very unlikely way. Individual investors (read: Redditors) have crowd-sourced a higher share price for GameStop, a brick-and-mortar videogame store that has been likened to Blockbuster Video and record store chains.

Also today: The United States economy contracted 3.5 per in 2020 – the worst performance since 1946.

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And: MasterCard’s business is on the rebound and it sees travel picking up as lockdowns ease and COVID-19 vaccination efforts improve.

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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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