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Join the Globe’s health columnist André Picard and deputy national editor Nicole MacIntyre for a Facebook Live on COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday, April 28 at 1 p.m. Readers are invited to send in questions.

Here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.

Top headlines:

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  1. The Canadian Forces is deploying members to Nova Scotia and Ontario to help overwhelmed health care systems, and assistance is also being offered to Alberta, the Prime Minster says
  2. In response to the Ontario government’s offer to double a federal sick leave benefit, Justin Trudeau says the province should mandate a sick-leave program for provincially regulated businesses
  3. A private school in Florida is warning staff not to get vaccinated, saying it will not employ anyone who has received the shot

In the last 7 days, 55,947 cases were reported, down 7 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 352 deaths announced, up 10 per cent over the same period. At least 4,425 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,086,617 others are considered recovered.

Canada’s inoculation rate is 12th 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.

Coronavirus explainers: Coronavirus in maps and chartsTracking vaccine dosesLockdown rules and reopeningVaccine distribution planFour vaccines approved in CanadaEssential resources

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Teachers and school staff sit before receiving a dose of China's CanSino COVID-19 vaccine during a mass vaccination against coronavirus disease at the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon in San Nicolas de los Garza, on the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico, today.


Coronavirus in Canada

  • It’s unlikely the 1.5 million children in Ontario who were moved to remote learning will return to the classroom this academic year. Meanwhile, in more than 100 hot spot neighbourhoods, those 45 and older, along with child care workers in licensed settings, can now book COVID-19 vaccine appointments. And, a new report says migrant farm workers remain at a higher risk of COVID-19 and need better protections.
  • Nova Scotia closed schools and social gatherings in an effort to stamp out a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases and keep the third wave at bay. The province has 323 active COVID-19 cases, but is not waiting to act – instead following the region’s tried-and-true model of an aggressive early response to outbreaks.
  • In Alberta, those who want to hike, ski or otherwise play in Kananaskis Country will have to pay to access the area come June 1 – when a $90-per-vehicle annual fee comes into effect. The fee is being implemented because the surge in visitor numbers caused the parks system to exceed its operational budget, a government official said.
  • The Manitoba government says fines are being issued following a large outdoor rally against COVID-19 restrictions Sunday in Winnipeg.

In Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa is in talks with Ontario as the province looks to provide sick pay for workers – but says such aid should be delivered directly from employers.

  • Ontario should work through provincially regulated businesses to implement a sick leave program, as Ottawa did for federal workers, the Prime Minister said.
  • Ontario offered to double the federal government’s sick-pay plan – if Ottawa can administer the program. The move, proposed by the province’s Finance Minister would give $1,000 a week to eligible workers.
  • The provincial government has for months faced criticism for failing to introduce a provincial sick leave program, which experts say would prevent COVID-19 spread in workplaces.

Also today, the Canadian Forces is being deployed to Nova Scotia and Ontario in response to a surge of COVID-19 infections, Trudeau said today, adding that help is being offered to Alberta as well.

COVID-19 and children: Higher COVID-19 infection rates among the general population increases the risk for children, experts say.

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Coronavirus around the world

Coronavirus and business

Pandemic-fuelled demand for air transportation and doorstep deliveries helped UPS post a record quarterly profit.

  • Shares in the world’s biggest package delivery firm soared 10.3 per cent to $193.90 in early trading, after the company reported a 164-per-cent jump in adjusted operating profit for the first quarter.
  • UPS, like FedEx, is a U.S. government partner in delivering COVID-19 vaccines. UPS opened a command centre to track vaccine shipments, and contributions from that premium business bolstered profits during the quarter.

Also today: As Friday’s tax filing deadline looms in Canada, some filers say Canada Revenue Agency should grant an extension because of the pandemic.

And: After brewing their own beans at home for over a year, Americans are back at restaurants to pick up their breakfast and coffee. The evidence can be seen in Starbucks’ second-quarter revenue, which increased 11 per cent, to US$6.67-billion.

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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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