Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- The federal government will issue a travel exemption for NHL teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs
- Member countries from the Asia-Pacific trade group APEC (which includes the United States, China and Japan) agreed to expedite the cross-border transit of COVID-19 vaccines and related goods
- The defining moments of the third wave: Canadians, healthy one day, suffocating from COVID-19 the next, trying to say goodbye-but-not-goodbye to their families on screens held by exhausted nurses and doctors
In the last 7 days, 13,096 cases were reported, down 33 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 212 deaths announced, down 25 per cent over the same period. At least 1,759 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,342,645 others are considered recovered.
Canada’s inoculation rate is 13th 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
- Two Alberta cabinet ministers are speaking out against Premier Jason Kenney’s actions at “Sky Palace,” which many believe were in violation of the province’s COVID-19 health restrictions. And, a doctors group is urging the Premier to cancel or at least postpone the Calgary Stampede, citing COVID-19 concerns. The province’s heath authority has closed Fairview Baptist Church following the arrest of its lead pastor for allegedly violating COVID-19 laws. Also, homeless people in Calgary are getting COVID-19 vaccines at a drop-in clinic.
- Ontario is reporting 663 new cases of COVID-19 – the lowest daily case count in more than seven months. And, new data show the number of violent incidents in Toronto shelters has more than tripled during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- In Manitoba, 221 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the province today. Three additional deaths were reported – all of whom were over 60, in the Winnipeg health region, and had the virus variant that is now called Alpha, first associated with Britain.
In Ottawa, the federal government will allow the winner of the NHL’s all-Canadian North Division and an American counterpart to cross the border during the third and final rounds of the playoffs.
- The NHL’s plan includes a number of rules and protocols that teams and players must abide by, including pre- and post-departure testing.
- American teams playing in Canada and the Canadian team playing in the U.S. will also be required to quarantine in designated hotels and will only be allowed to visit the arena where they are playing.
Possible vaccine side effect: Seven U.S. teen boys in several states who received Pfizer shots in April or May developed chest pain within a few days. Health authorities are trying to determine if heart inflammation could be a rare side effect of the vaccine.
Saying goodbye to loved ones: Being intubated to be put on a ventilator is a last-ditch intervention for those very sick with COVID-19. This is how patients are saying goodbye-but-not-goodbye to their loved ones.
Coronavirus around the world
- A meeting of trade ministers from the Asia-Pacific trade group APEC, which includes United States, China and Japan, produced pledges to support World Trade Organization negotiations for an intellectual property waiver on COVID-19 vaccines.
- Former U.S. President Donald Trump sharply attacked infectious-disease expert Anthony Fauci over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic during a speech on Saturday.
- The United States will donate 750,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan as part of the country’s plan to share shots globally, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth said.
Coronavirus and business
The Business Development Bank of Canada, along with executives at every financial institution, spent the majority of their time in recent months ensuring credit-worthy clients who needed money to weather COVID-19 could get support.
- And while pandemic-linked financing programs remain a priority, the BDC has new initiatives meant to help Canadians rebuild as the economy reopens.
Also today: The lumber market’s unprecedented rally is starting to falter after hitting historically lofty levels. The industry saw demand skyrocket last summer as housing starts surged while homeowners redirected money normally spent on vacations to their homes and cottages.
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- Cathal Kelly: Pro sports should save the lectures on COVID-19 protocol
- Nathalie Atkinson: The fashion trend is dead. Long live the trend
- Jon Rahm of Spain was knocked out of the Memorial Tournament after testing positive for the coronavirus
- As a return to the office becomes feasible for many organizations there is a realization that a hybrid work environment might be the best option
- Disc golf has become the ultimate pandemic sport
- The National Art Centre’s book club has found unique ways to share Indigenous stories amid the pandemic
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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.