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

Top headlines:

  1. The European Union moved to reopen for vaccinated tourists, prompting Canadian airlines to push for similar, relaxed restrictions
  2. As Britain reopens, the government is under fire for sending mixed signals about whether people should take vacations
  3. A third mink farm in B.C. is in quarantine after a mink tested positive

In the last 7 days, 36,613 cases were reported, down 24 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 300 deaths announced, down 5 per cent over the same period. At least 3,370 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,255,713 others are considered recovered.

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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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Photo of the day

Malawi Health Minister Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda lifts a box of expired AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses as part of an official ceremony at a pharmaceutical incinerator where the shots are to be destroyed. The country has destroyed nearly 20,000 doses that expired in mid-April.


Coronavirus in Canada

  • The Ministry of Agriculture in British Columbia is investigating after one mink on a farm tested positive.
  • Ontario hospitals will begin gradually resuming non-urgent surgeries as COVID-19 cases in the province continue to decline. The province reported 1,588 new infections today.
  • Quebec’s Health Minister expressed confidence that Montreal will be able to reopen with the rest of the province as part of the restart plan announced yesterday. The province reported 584 new cases of COVID-19 and eight more deaths today.
  • A credit-rating firm downgraded Alberta’s financial standing, saying the coronavirus pandemic hurt the province’s financial position more than expected.

Canadians attempting to drive across the U.S. border solely for a COVID-19 vaccination, even with a doctor’s referral, would be denied entry, the U.S. border agency said today.

  • The U.S. agency said it, unlike the Canadian government, does not consider a vaccine to be an essential reason for entering the country.
  • Earlier this week, Canada’s public-health agency said crossing the border for a vaccine on the referral of a health care provider is an essential medical service.

Dany Fortin: The investigation into an allegation of sexual misconduct against Major-General Dany Fortin, who oversaw Canada’s vaccination campaign, has been referred to Quebec’s prosecution service.

Coronavirus around the world

Coronavirus and business

The council representing Canada’s largest airlines, including Air Canada, WestJet, and Air Transat, is calling on Ottawa to outline clear plans for resuming international travelling.

  • The European Union today agreed to a plan that would allow travel among member countries for fully vaccinated tourists.
  • The National Airlines Council of Canada said Canada should follow the EU’s “science-based approach” on travel restrictions.

Also today: The Canada Energy Regulator said pandemic restrictions resulted in a decrease of fossil fuel use of almost 15 per cent compared to the previous year.

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And: A top court vetoed the EU’s approval of €3.4-billion in state aid for the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, stating that the pandemic’s impact on the airline industry wasn’t a complete reason.

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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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