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

Top headlines:

  1. Britain’s newfound freedom has been tempered by fears that a surge in coronavirus variant cases first associated with India could hinder recent gains
  2. The Biden administration announced plans to share 20 million more doses of COVID-19 vaccines with the world
  3. The Blackfoot Siksika Nation, in Alberta, has become a COVID-19 success story

In the last 7 days, 39,991 cases were reported, down 22 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 300 deaths announced, down 13 per cent over the same period. At least 3,306 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,241,478 others are considered recovered.

Canada’s inoculation rate is 13th among 84 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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Coronavirus in Canada

In Ottawa, the lawyer representing the former head of Canada’s vaccine distribution plan says a news reporter informed Major-General Dany Fortin of details of an allegation against him on Sunday that caught him completely by surprise.

Coronavirus around the world

Coronavirus and business

As many homeowners put their pandemic savings toward renovations, demand for supplies has spiked. Developers are left struggling to source everything from lumber to PVC pipes, insulation and windows.

  • “The whole supply chain is out of whack,” said Matt McCurrach, president of Homex Development Corp. in Kamloops, B.C.

Also today: April home sales slipped from record levels, as price growth slowed across Canada, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association.

And: The CEO of Guardian Capital Group says he was “disappointed” to find out that some hedge funds and wealth management firms collected the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, even though they didn’t need to.

More reporting

  • COVID-19 has brought Ontario politician Patrick Brown back to prominence. Is all forgiven?
  • This Toronto couple traded in their city tech jobs for a county drive-in

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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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