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

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  1. According to a Globe and Mail analysis, despite thousands of COVID-19 vaccine passport inspections in Ontario, few businesses have faced fines
  2. Federal employees who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 are now on unpaid leave as of today, unless they were granted an exemption
  3. A Quebec judge has refused an injunction against the province’s abandoned vaccine mandate for health-care workers

In the past seven days, 17,606 cases were reported, up 7 per cent from the previous seven days. There were 190 deaths announced, up 12 per cent over the same period. At least 1,555 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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The vaccine mandate for federal employees goes into effect today – potentially leaving more than 1,000 workers without pay and unable to access employment insurance benefits.

  • Employees in the core federal public sector who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and who have not been granted an accommodation, will be put on unpaid leave today.
  • Several federal public-sector unions have said they plan to file grievances if they feel an employee’s human rights were not respected.

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According to a Globe and Mail analysis, inspectors have visited thousands of businesses in Ontario to enforce vaccine passport rules and have issued fines or charges in only a few dozen cases.

  • The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, which leads provincial enforcement, said as of Nov. 8 its officials had conducted a total of 5,637 visits to businesses and issued 61 tickets. Those tickets were related to failure to screen for vaccination and other safety measures, such as failure to wear a mask.
  • Some public-health advocates say this data could indicate that enforcement has been lenient because the number of fines is such a small percentage of the complaints that have been registered.

Also today: WeWork reports a smaller loss in its first quarterly result since going public last month as demand for office space increases in the United States with restrictions easing.

And: The world’s second-biggest cinema chain, Cineworld, neared pre-COVID sales in October.

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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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