Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau didn’t provide a timeline, but said Canadian border restrictions such as hotel quarantine requirements will eventually be eased for fully vaccinated travellers only
- Canadian charity Mastercard Foundation is boosting Africa’s lagging COVID-19 vaccine campaign with a US$1.3-billion donation
- An inquest is looking into the Yvon-Brunet nursing home in Montreal, where 73 residents died during the pandemic’s first wave
In the last 7 days, 12,199 cases were reported, down 31 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 225 deaths announced, down 7 per cent over the same period. At least 1,771 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,348,080 others are considered recovered.
Canada’s inoculation rate is 11th 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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Coronavirus in Canada
- Ontario reported 469 new infections today – the lowest daily infection total for the province since Sept. 26. And: Why has Toronto’s Latin American community been hit so hard by COVID-19?
- In Quebec, an inquest looking into a 185-bed Montreal nursing home where 73 died heard that it took more than a week before lab results confirmed residents had contracted the novel coronavirus.
- New Brunswick said another 29,000 people need a COVID-19 shot to hit its target of having 75 per cent of the population vaccinated with one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine – a key milestone in the province’s reopening plan.
In Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the country plans to ease restrictions at the border for fully vaccinated travellers only.
- Steps to ease restrictions will be “science-based,” and only for those with two COVID-19 vaccine doses, the Primer Minister said, but did not provide a timeline for the change.
- Trudeau said he expects high interest from overseas travellers to visit Canada as those restrictions eventually ease because of vaccination uptake rates and case counts that are better than peer countries.
COVID-19 vaccine rollout: As of May, 47 per cent of survey respondents said the government was doing a very good job in the vaccine rollout, up significantly from January.
UV wands and lights: Health Canada will now regulate companies selling UV wands and lights claiming they can destroy COVID-19.
Children under 12: Pfizer will begin testing its COVID-19 vaccine in a larger group of children under age 12.
Coronavirus around the world
- In Japan, Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said the committee may seek further vaccine donations to make the rescheduled Games as safe as possible. He emphasized there was no talk of further delays, however.
- The World Bank President says the bank does not support waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines.
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- Brooke Struck: To avoid a postpandemic spending spree, don’t make money decisions in a ‘hot’ state of mind
- Jeremy Farrar: Global vaccination must be the top priority at the G7 meeting
- J. Kelly Nestruck: Science may save us from the pandemic – but creativity could have made it less painful
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- Minto Cup, Canada’s junior A lacrosse championship, cancelled for 2021 season
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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.