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Good evening, here are the COVID-19 updates you need to know tonight.

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  1. Cases of COVID-19 are surging in rural parts of Canada, bringing infection rates to levels many smaller communities have not experienced so far during the pandemic
  2. COVID-19′s fourth wave in Western Canada left these people’s surgeries in limbo. Here’s what they stand to lose
  3. Health Canada receives Moderna’s submission to approve its COVID-19 vaccine for kids

In the past seven days, 17,065 cases were reported, up 1 per cent from the previous seven days. There were 188 deaths announced, up 18 per cent over the same period. At least 1,724 people are being treated in hospitals.

Canada’s inoculation rate is 15th among countries with a population of one million or more people.

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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

COVID-19′s new shift toward more isolated regions in Canada has doctors sounding the alarm.

  • Experts say a number of factors are contributing to the surging COVID-19 case counts in rural areas: people who remain unvaccinated and fewer people immune from prior infections because of a smaller number of cases in those remote areas.
  • Rural and remote areas may be hundreds of kilometres away from the nearest hospital, leaving some experts concerned that smaller centres will struggle to cope with an influx of patients.

Moderna’s vaccine for kids: Moderna has made its submission to Health Canada to authorize use of its COVID-19 vaccine for children aged six to 11.

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Coronavirus and business

Amid soaring prices, retired Canadians are staying in their homes. Ninety-six per cent of Ontario seniors over age 55 currently plan to remain in their own homes for as long as possible, according to a September poll by Campaign Research.

  • One reason they’re staying? Many retirees have watched with panic as long-term care residents bore the brunt of the pandemic, with thousands dying and many forced to isolate for months.
  • Others can’t move because the cost of new dwellings are not much less than the homes they’re in, and they don’t want to leave their neighbourhoods where they have access to friends or health care providers.

Also today: Despite halting immigration last year due to COVID-19, the Liberal government is on track to meet its goal of bringing in 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021. But skilled immigrant women continue to face increased barriers in finding employment, and the pandemic has only made it more difficult.

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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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