Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- Immigrants had a COVID-19 death rate about two times higher than that of other Canadians early in the pandemic, a study from Statistics Canada says
- Canada is now the only G7 country that has not made a firm commitment to share its excess vaccine supply
- A team of Canadian researchers has documented a successful treatment for blood clots associated with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
In the last 7 days, 10,832 cases were reported, down 34 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 229 deaths announced, down 2 per cent over the same period. At least 1,570 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,353,147 others are considered recovered.
Canada’s inoculation rate is 12th 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
- Ontario will reduce the interval between COVID-19 vaccine doses in areas seeing a rise in the Delta variant, but won’t be changing the 12-week interval for those who got AstraZeneca. And, many non-essential retailers in the province will begin reopening to in-store customers on Friday, but much uncertainty remains.
- Alberta is entering the second stage of its three-stage COVID-19 reopening plan, with many restrictions – entertainment, restaurants, and gatherings – being lifted. Officials say 67 per cent of Albertans have received their first vaccine dose.
A team of Canadian researchers has documented a successful treatment for blood clots associated with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
- The results provide confidence that the clotting can be arrested if caught in time. However, they do not entirely eliminate the possibility of death or serious complications related to the rare condition known as vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia, or VITT.
Higher number of immigrant deaths: COVID-19 had a disproportionately high impact on certain immigrants, according to a Statistics Canada report.
Vaccine sharing: United States and Britain announced today they will together donate 600 million doses in total to low-income countries over the next year – leaving Canada as the only G7 country yet to donate excess supply.
Coronavirus around the world
- The G7 countries – Canada, Britain, the United States, France, Italy, Germany and Japan – meet this weekend, where they’ll face growing pressure to share vaccine supplies.
- The U.S. will buy 500 million vaccine doses and share them with low-income countries through the COVAX initiative.
- The European Union is forgoing the option to buy 100 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and is considering donating another 100 million optional shots.
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau landed in Britain today ahead of a three-day summit with fellow G7 leaders. And, British Health Minister Matt Hancock defended his role in the handling of the pandemic response.
Coronavirus and business
The Bank of Canada shrugged off concerns about rising inflation in discussions ahead of this week’s rate decision and concluded that supply chain bottlenecks will be unblocked as the economy normalizes.
- The bank’s deputy governor, Tim Lane, said that a quicker COVID-19 vaccine rollout and the U.S. economy’s reopening are “encouraging” developments that suggest that we are “on track for a strong consumer-led recovery as containment measures ease here in Canada.”
Also today: Air Canada is recalling 2,600 workers as demand for travel rebounds
And: Many companies in the tourism, travel and hospitality sectors will struggle with reduced cash flow, high debt levels and possibly bankruptcies well into 2022: Chamber of Commerce
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- The Globe and Mail has received an award for excellence in journalism by the Canadian Journalism Foundation for work investigating why Ottawa and the Public Health Agency of Canada were caught flat-footed by the COVID-19 crisis
- The Canadian Football League has requested a national interest exemption for modified quarantine for the coming season
- Canada quickly embraced digital tools such as videoconferencing for remote work and food delivery apps, cushioning the blow to postpandemic growth outlook, the Bank of Canada deputy says
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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.