Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- Data gaps prevented Canada from effectively tracking the spread of the virus last year, a new report conducted for the federal government says
- The Calgary Stampede is requiring that rodeo competitors be at least partially vaccinated – the first major sporting event in Canada to mandate immunization
- Long-term care staff consistently administered morphine instead of treating those with breathing problems, a coroner’s inquest into the deaths at the Sainte-Dorothée long-term care facility in Quebec heard
In the last 7 days, 7,978 cases were reported, down 26 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 140 deaths announced, down 39 per cent over the same period. At least 1,204 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,366,797 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
- In Ontario, more people can book second COVID-19 vaccine doses next week as part of the province’s accelerated timeline. The province reported 370 new cases of COVID-19 today.
- In Quebec on Wednesday, a nurse told a corner’s inquest that a long-term care facility consistently administered morphine instead of attempting to prolong the life of elderly residents who were believed to have COVID-19.
- In Alberta, rodeo competitors will be required to have at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine to participate in this year’s Calgary Stampede, officials say. The rule, which applies to both Canadian and American contestants, marks the first time a major sporting event in Canada has mandated immunization. And two patients at Calgary’s Foothills hospital have died from the Delta variant. They were among 23 hospital patients and staff who became infected with the Delta variant, first identified in India.
Canada could not track the spread of COVID-19 as effectively as it needed to last year and is now struggling to keep tabs on vaccine effectiveness because of flaws in the system, a new report conducted for the federal government says.
- These data gaps – created by a patchwork of health systems that don’t always work together and often code data in different ways – need to be addressed with a national approach, the report warns.
- As Canada’s vaccination plan continues, these data gaps mean the country is struggling to track, in real time, how effectively the vaccines are working in the broader population.
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Coronavirus around the world
- Hundreds of Indonesian health workers vaccinated with Sinovac have contracted COVID-19, part of an outbreak believed to be driven by the more transmissible Delta variant.
- Ryanair is launching a legal challenge against Britain over its travel restrictions, in a bid to salvage a summer travel season.
Coronavirus and business
The fitness industry has turned up the volume on its online program offerings. Experts say that once in-person training is allowed again across the country, the new business model is expected to be a virtual-physical hybrid.
- The non-profit Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC) estimates up to 30 per cent of fitness operators have closed since early last year, president Scott Wildeman says.
Also today: Nearly a year after it summoned Canada’s top grocery executives to defend their decision to cut COVID-19 pay premiums for workers, a House of Commons committee says the government should toughen enforcement against wage-fixing in the industry.
And: Canada’s banking regulator is boosting the key capital reserve threshold above prepandemic levels
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- Football: The federal government will make 60,000 rapid COVID-19 tests available for CFL teams
- Tokyo Olympics: Japan to ease COVID-19 restrictions in nine prefectures amid concerns ahead of the Games
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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.