Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- Canada’s COVID-19 border control measures are unequal, incoherent and full of loopholes, according to experts, and need to be reworked to prepare for the next threat
- A Canadian company has won a deal to produce and export COVID-19 vaccines with Bolivia
- Alberta and Ontario will stop giving out first doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
In the last 7 days, 49,622 cases were reported, down ten per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 323 deaths announced, down one per cent over the same period. At least 3,845 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,195,192 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
- Ontario’s top doctor said yesterday the province shouldn’t ease restrictions until daily COVID-19 infections drop to “well below” 1,000 cases per day, and stay there. Meanwhile, the province said it would stop using AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for the first dose, instead relying on it for second shots only. And, the Ontario Human Rights Commission says capacity in correctional facilities has at times come close to pre-pandemic levels.
- Emergency COVID-19 measures in Quebec’s Outaouais region will end on Monday, the Premier said today. Schools and non-essential businesses can reopen and the nighttime curfew will be pushed back to 9:30 p.m. from 8 p.m.
- British Columbia introduced legislation to give all workers up to three days of paid sick leave for COVID-19. Employers will be required to pay workers their full wages and those without an existing sick-leave program will be reimbursed by the government, $200 per day for each worker.
- Alberta will also stop administering first doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, except in limited cases.
- Neighbouring provinces are eyeing Saskatchewan’s plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions in tandem with vaccination rates.
Experts say Canada must create a comprehensive quarantine and screening system for international travellers to help stop the COVID-19 crisis.
- Improvements to border-control systems may be too late to combat current COVID-19 spikes, but the pandemic may see future waves.
- What a system for preventing travel-related spread might look like remains a matter of debate among epidemiologists and public-health researchers.
- But it is almost the consensus view among them that the federal government’s current measures are unequal, incoherent and full of loopholes.
Vaccines: Canadian company wins COVID-19 vaccine deal with Bolivia – and WTO support
Olympians: With no foreign fans allowed at the Tokyo Olympics this summer, Canada’s athletes are concerned they won’t have their top supporters to applaud them.
Coronavirus around the world
- Multiple people were evacuated from Mount Everest base camp and later tested positive for COVID-19.
- Dozens of dead bodies have been found floating down the Ganges River in eastern India as the country battles a ferocious surge in coronavirus infections. And, the country’s Prime Minister will not travel to Britain for the G7 summit next month because of the coronavirus situation.
- Tourists who vanished from New York City’s museums, hotels and cultural attractions when the coronavirus pandemic hit a year ago are trickling back in as restrictions loosen.
Coronavirus and business
Trisura Group Ltd. is one of the companies that has seen huge gains amid the pandemic.
- The insurance provider saw profits soar 375 per cent in 2020.
Also today: Flexible reporting standards mean investors know little about when companies used emergency wage subsidies
Listen to today’s episode of The Globe’s new podcast The Decibel to see how to make the most of your pandemic savings
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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.