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

Top headlines:

  1. Fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents will be able to skip the 14-day quarantine upon returning home from travelling, beginning Monday
  2. As the COVID-19 pandemic begins to ease, brace yourself for adjustment disorders
  3. Helicopter weddings are replacing large receptions for some couples who had their big day cancelled because of the pandemic

In the past seven days, 3,542 cases were reported, down 20 per cent from the previous seven days. There were 132 deaths announced, down 13 per cent over the same period. At least 636 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,384,472 others are considered recovered.

Canada’s inoculation rate is 9th 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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Teenagers wait to take a rapid antigen test for COVID-19 at a bus station in Pamplona, northern Spain, today. Local authorities have called many teenagers to be tested owing to the increase of people in the town contracting the coronavirus after a flood of vacationers visited the northeast of Spain.Alvaro Barrientos/The Associated Press


Coronavirus in Canada


New travel rules go into effect July 5. The mandatory, 14-day quarantine and three-day stay in a government-approved hotel are no longer required for fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents returning home.

  • The Canada Border Services Agency has a warning: Would-be travellers will still be prohibited from entering the country if they were not eligible to travel to Canada before Monday.
  • The mutual travel restrictions between Canada and the United States are due to expire July 21.

Adjustment disorders: Many hope the waning pandemic will launch life into a new, more exuberant phase, yet there will be those who want to collapse in exhaustion rather than jump for joy.


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Coronavirus and business

As a growing number of companies are planning at least partial returns to cubicle land, REITs will be among the biggest beneficiaries.

  • Real estate investment trusts, such as Allied Properties REIT, which lease prime office space in downtown cores, stand to benefit directly from a return to the office.
  • Retail-oriented landlords, such as RioCan REIT, would also stand to gain when the return to the office re-energizes downtown shops and restaurants.

And: The U.S. labour market is showing signs of bouncing back, as companies hired the most workers in 10 months in June, raising wages and offering incentives to unemployed Americans.


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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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