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

Top headlines:

  1. Government health care workers will be redeployed to Ontario, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a video update Sunday, as hospitalizations and admissions to intensive care units continue to reach record heights
  2. Without the close contacts who used to populate our daily lives, people are increasingly relying on live-in partners to fill these roles – and straining their relationships in the process
  3. Half of all adults in the U.S. have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported

In the last 7 days, 59,018 cases were reported, up 8 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 308 deaths announced, up 28 per cent over the same period. At least 3,938 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,009,955 others are considered recovered.

Canada’s inoculation rate is 17th among 84 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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A woman wearing a protective mask walks past the European Central Bank during sunset as the spread of coronavirus continues, in Frankfurt, Germany, April 18, 2021.KAI PFAFFENBACH/Reuters

Coronavirus in Canada

As COVID-19 vaccine supplies ramp up across the country, most provinces and territories have released details of who can expect to receive a shot in the coming weeks.

Border crossing: Since February, Ottawa has required a hotel quarantine for up to three days for most people flying into Canada from abroad. But what about those who drive across the border?

Transit: Ridership on public transit is down since the start of the pandemic, and may never return to normal levels. But this may also be an opportunity to create more efficient transit services for everyone, planners and analysts say.

Coronavirus and business

Outdoor equipment should be an easy sell in a year of pandemic restrictions. But after a history of mismanagement and losing money, Mountain Equipment Company (MEC) is still trying to make a comeback.

  • Six months after joining MEC, execs are in the midst of a turnaround plan. They have to salvage a 50-year-old Canadian brand with an uncommonly opinionated customer base and woo back those who’ve become disillusioned. All this while a global pandemic continues to rage.

Also today: A sample of voices from across the restaurant supply chain reveals how the pandemic has altered lives, laying bare both the inequities and strengths of the ecosystem.

And: Many vacation industry insiders believe Canada will be well on its way to relative travel normalcy by early fall.

Globe opinion

  • The Editorial Board: At one point, it took only a cursory glance at Donald Trump’s America to see what worse looked like. Not anymore.
  • Gary Mason: There may not be an aspect of Canada’s pandemic response more pathetic, more inept, more reflective of our overall dismal strategy for dealing with COVID-19 and its deadly variants than our policies around travel, both international and domestic.

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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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