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

Top headlines:

  1. Experts examining AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines advise Canadians to take what is offered
  2. New coronavirus cases in Canada are beginning to moderately increase, says Canada’s top doctor
  3. The coronavirus may have plateaued in terms of its ability to evolve, says the head of a British group that tracks genetic changes to the virus

In the last 7 days, 20,484 cases were reported, down 1 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 283 deaths announced, down 22 per cent over the same period. At least 2,048 people are being treated in hospitals and 820,455 others are considered recovered.

About 82 per cent of the 2,441,670 doses of vaccine distributed to provinces have been administered. That’s 5.3 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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Chairs are placed for essential and public-facing workers to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at one of FEMA's community vaccination centres in Philadelphia today.HANNAH BEIER/Reuters

Coronavirus in Canada

In Ottawa, Canada’s top doctor says there is a “moderate increase” in new COVID-19 cases nationally, following a month of decline.

  • Theresa Tam said these figures are in line with models forecasting an increase in infections unless strict public-health measures remain in place.
  • “The concern is that we will soon see an impact on hospitalization, critical care and mortality trends,” Tam said Tuesday.

Also today, the number of international travellers arriving in Canada has continued to fall after Ottawa’s new testing and quarantine rules took effect.

And, a House of Commons committee is unanimously urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to promise he won’t call a federal election during the pandemic.

Coronavirus around the world

Coronavirus and business

Canada’s real gross domestic product grew 2.3 per cent in the fourth quarter, Statistics Canada said today, beating expectations. Even with the fourth-quarter gains, the economy shrank 5.4 per cent in 2020, the worst annual reading of the postwar era.

Also today: Evan Siddall, the head of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., acknowledged that “errors” were made last year when predicting a plunge in home prices and soaring mortgage arrears in 2020.

And: Household wealth has increased across all income brackets during the pandemic, new Statistics Canada data shows. It’s a trend that contrasts the deep losses felt by low-wage workers and young people in the labour market.

Globe opinion

  • Robyn Urback: Toronto’s crackdown on the man who built tiny shelters for the homeless is not as callous as it seems. Their injunction suggests the city is uninterested in the unconventional, and instead is focused on pursuing sustainable, long-term solutions.
  • Mark Lautens: In the blink of an eye, Canada is back where it has historically been: playing catch-up. This country needs to match the U.S.’s support in applied science.

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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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