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

Top headlines:

  1. New rules that require anyone flying into Canada to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test went into effect today – leaving more than a dozen Canadians in the lurch
  2. An Ontario hospital CEO was removed from his job by the health system’s board of directors after a holiday vacation to the Dominican Republic
  3. B.C. is now mourning after one of the deadliest outbreaks in the province’s long-term care homes

In Canada, there have been at least 635,138 cases reported. In the last week 53,710 new cases were announced, 16 per cent more than the previous week.

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There have also been at least 538,267 recoveries and 16,579 deaths. Health officials have administered more than 16,699,309 tests.

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 charts Lockdown rules and reopeningCanada’s vaccine distribution planDeveloping/approved vaccinesPfizer’s vaccine, explained Essential resources

Photo of the day

Thank you letters are posted on the wall in the lobby area of St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., today. California health authorities reported today a record two-day total of 1,042 coronavirus deaths as many hospitals are strained under unprecedented caseloads. The state's hospitals are trying to prepare for the possibility that they may have to ration care for lack of staff and beds and hoping they don't have to make that choice.

Jae C. Hong/The Associated Press

Coronavirus in Canada

In Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was scheduled to meet with provincial and territorial leaders to discuss vaccine distribution efforts today.

Also today, the acting manager of the Office of Border and Travel Health at the Public Health Agency of Canada took an all-expenses-paid trip courtesy of Air Canada Vacations in November, even as the agency urged Canadians to avoid non-essential travel.

COVID-19 vaccine: Starting tomorrow, up to 600 federal inmates who are elderly or have preexisting health conditions will receive a COVID-19 vaccine, representing just 5 per cent of the total inmate population.

Coronavirus and business

Moderna’s chief executive officer said the company’s COVID-19 vaccine is likely to offer protection of up to a couple of years, even though more data is still needed to make a definitive assessment.

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  • The protection duration of COVID-19 shots is a lingering question for scientists and regulators.

Also today: Low-cost carrier Ryanair criticizes what it calls “draconian” lockdowns in Britain and Ireland as it slashes its annual traffic forecast.

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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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