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

Top headlines:

  1. The United States crossed the staggering milestone of 500,000 COVID-19 deaths
  2. Canada is set to receive a record 640,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses this week
  3. A study out of Scotland has found that the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines are effective after a single dose

In the last 7 days, 18,894 cases were reported, down 10 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 390 deaths announced, down 20 per cent over the same period. At least 2,139 people are being treated in hospitals and 795,288 others are considered recovered.

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About 82 per cent of the 1,851,710 doses of vaccine distributed to provinces have been administered. That’s 4 doses for every 100 people in Canada.

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

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Passengers are screened and get a COVID-19 test as they enter Canada from the United States at the land border crossing in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Que. on Monday, Feb. 22.

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Coronavirus in Canada

In Ottawa, Canada is set to receive 640,000 shots of a COVID-19 vaccine this week from Pfizer and Moderna – the largest number of deliveries in a week so far.

  • The record number of shots follows a month-long slowdown in vaccine deliveries.
  • Canada will receive 168,000 shots this week from Moderna, largely destined for Northern and remote communities.
  • Last week, the millionth Canadian received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 rules: New travel restrictions – including mandatory three-day hotel quarantine, and testing on arrival and after two weeks – are now in effect at Canada’s borders and airports.

COVID-19 vaccines: The Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines reduced hospitalization by up to 94 per cent after a single dose, according to a new study from Scotland.

Coronavirus around the world

  • The United States crossed the grim death toll of 500,000 just over a year after the COVID-19 pandemic claimed its first known victim in California.
  • Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a plan that hopes to ease lockdown restrictions over the next four months.
  • Infections have been plummeting in India since September, but authorities are imposing new lockdowns as outbreaks begin to surge in some parts of the country.
  • Australia began its mass COVID-19 vaccine program with front-line health care staff and seniors today.

Coronavirus and business

A Toronto-area Canada Post facility where more than 300 employees contracted COVID-19 was excluded from provincial inspections.

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  • Because Canada Post is a federally regulated Crown corporation, its inspection falls outside provincial jurisdiction.
  • “The virus doesn’t distinguish between provincial and federal workplaces and neither should inspections,” Jan Simpson, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, said in a statement.

Also today: Discussion is developing around vaccine certificates, and their role in helping with the safe reopening of concert venues, restaurant dining and other activities, and to loosen some border-crossing controls.

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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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