Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- Fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents will be able to skip the 14-day quarantine upon returning home from travelling, beginning Monday
- As the COVID-19 pandemic begins to ease, brace yourself for adjustment disorders
- 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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Coronavirus in Canada
- In Ontario, families in Brampton opted for remote learning more than in any other jurisdiction in Canada during the pandemic. Now, the next school year is still looking uncertain for many students. And, a mobile hairdressing service that specializes in seniors is on the road for the first time since November as Ontario eases COVID-19 restrictions. The province is reporting 213 new cases of COVID-19 today.
- Alberta restaurants are fully open, after the province dropped all remaining health restrictions on July 1.
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.
Coronavirus around the world
- U.S. President Joe Biden celebrated Independence Day by marking the country’s progress in the fight against COVID-19.
- Tokyo reported 716 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, just weeks ahead of the Olympic Games.
- A member of Serbia’s Olympic rowing team tested positive for the coronavirus upon arrival in Japan.
- England may soon drop mandatory masks, according to an official.
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.
- Elizabeth Renzetti: As we awkwardly stumble back into our old lives, it’s no wonder we are feeling anxious
- One Calgary couple got married on a mountain peak after the pandemic ruined their wedding plans
- Experts in family law say that anecdotal evidence suggests a spike in divorces amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and caution against the “do-it-yourself divorce”
- A year and a half of physical boundaries has forced us to evaluate our personal relationships
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- Find answers to your coronavirus and employment questions.
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.