Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- In Tokyo, anger about the decision to hold the Summer Games amid a pandemic could be heard inside the stadium during the opening ceremony, with chants of “Go to hell, Olympics” heard during quiet moments.
- Some Ontario mass vaccination clinics wind down as the province hits an 80 per cent first shot inoculation rate
- Owners, landlords and retailers are rethinking the mall as COVID-19 restrictions ease
In the past seven days, 3,239 cases were reported, up 19 per cent from the previous seven days. There were 49 deaths announced, down 30 per cent over the same period. At least 437 people are being treated in hospitals.
(Note: Alberta’s case numbers for July 23 were not available due to a technical issue.)
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 reported 192 new COVID-19 cases and one death. Meanwhile, with 80 per cent of adults having already received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, some mass vaccination clinics in the province are winding down as first-shot appointments wane and efforts move to small sites.
- New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs announced the province will lift all public health orders in one week amid low new infections and rising vaccination rates. Higgs said that 81 per cent of the eligible population in the province has received their first COVID-19 vaccine shot.
- Nova Scotia’s top doctor says there are 22 reported cases of myocarditis and pericarditis following immunization from a Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Meanwhile, the province has 12 active reported COVID-19 cases and 75 per cent of the eligible population has received their first vaccine shot.
Coronavirus around the world
- Delayed and haunted by COVID-19, the Tokyo Olympics kicked off today in Japan with muted opening ceremonies. Inside the empty stadium, protest chants of “Go to hell, Olympics” could be heard during quiet moments. Meanwhile, a German cyclist tested positive for COVID-19 at the Games. And, at least 100 of the 613 U.S. athletes at the Games remain unvaccinated and two have tested positive for COVID-19.
- In Zimbabwe, a lack of financial resources and the failure of a global vaccine-sharing alliance have led to a desperate shortage of COVID-19 shots, along with oxygen tanks and protective equipment.
Coronavirus and business
As COVID-19 recedes in Canada, many mall owners are rethinking how to use their space, and landlords and retailers are working to evolve the shopping experience to keep people coming back.
Also today: For Canadian advertisers, the Tokyo Olympics are largely business as usual.
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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.