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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 spared from current, post-travel quarantine on their return to Canada beginning July 5
  2. Margaret Loniewska discovered she had cancer the same time she discovered she was pregnant. Then, the global pandemic hit: “The only thing I can do is hope”
  3. “We are a racialized community”: How COVID-19 exposed long-term health care issues at Brampton Civic Hospital, in Ontario

In the last 7 days, 6,322 cases were reported, down 31 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 143 deaths announced, down 22 per cent over the same period. At least 978 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,372,490 others are considered recovered.

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Canada’s inoculation rate is 10th 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.

Coronavirus explainers: Coronavirus in maps and chartsTracking vaccine dosesLockdown rules and reopeningVaccine distribution planFour vaccines approved in CanadaEssential resources

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Music enthusiasts take part in the French midsummer Fete de la Musique in Paris on June 21, 2021. France celebrates music in all its forms with a giant street party on June 21 amid the coronavirus pandemic.


Coronavirus in Canada

In Ottawa, the federal government announced that fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents will be spared from current post-travel quarantine restrictions upon return to Canada as long as they test negative for COVID-19.

  • Ottawa also announced new disclosure rules for all incoming travellers. Everyone will now be required to disclose COVID-19 vaccination information.

Delta variant: Cases of the Delta variant in Canada have spiked, raising concerns, because one dose of vaccine isn’t as effective against it.

Dual-antibody drug: A Washington University School of Medicine report says COVID-19 therapies made from a cocktail of two types of antibodies are effective against a wide range of variants of the coronavirus in mice and hamsters.

Coronavirus around the world

Coronavirus and business

A new study shows Indigenous companies needed more financial help during the pandemic, but many struggled to find relief.

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  • Seventy-two per cent of Indigenous businesses surveyed wanted more financial support and 44 per cent didn’t think they could operate until July without aid.
  • “There is still this massive feeling of distrust between a lot of Indigenous businesses and government money,” caterer Tammy Maki said.

Also today: Travel agents operate on a commission structure, and most are not paid for their services until their clients complete their trips. So although interest for travel later in 2021 is picking up, travel agencies are calling for extended support as government subsidies begin to roll back.

And: Nineteen central banks around the world have raised interest rates so far this year, according to Bank of America. In Canada and the U.S., decision-makers have yet to move, but are striving to prepare markets for the next step in post-COVID economic recovery.

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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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