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Good evening, here are the COVID-19 stories you need to know tonight.

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  1. Bookings for immunizations jump in Alberta after COVID-19 vaccine passport introduced
  2. Britain to ease travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers from select list of countries, including Canada

In the past seven days, 31,093 cases were reported, up 16 per cent from the previous seven days. There were 200 deaths announced, up 32 per cent over the same period. At least 2,091 people are being treated in hospitals.

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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Freight terminal workers check over containers carrying a shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination as it arrives in Sydney, Australia on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021.Bianca De Marchi/The Associated Press


Coronavirus in Canada


Canada’s federal election is unfolding amid the pandemic, when Canadians are reporting higher rates of anxiety and depression and a fourth wave looms over exhausted doctors and burned-out health care workers. As a result, mental-health care is garnering more attention than usual in the election campaign.

  • The three main national parties are variously promising money, tax credits and policy changes aimed at correcting chronic inequities in the system.
  • “The pandemic hit, and really exposed the gaps in our system,” says Sarah Kennell, the national director of public policy for the Canadian Mental Health Association. “If we are not going to talk about this now, then when?”

Coronavirus around the world

  • In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the easing of international travel restrictions, but only for fully vaccinated travellers from a select list of countries, including Canada. It’s the latest signal that the government plans to rely heavily on vaccines to manage the pandemic, after Johnson ditched plans to introduce vaccine passports.

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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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