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

Top headlines:

  1. The House of Commons is requiring vaccination for MPs and anyone else entering. The restriction goes into effect Nov. 22, on the same day that Parliament reopens, the Speaker says
  2. Front-line health care workers are asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to expedite the paid sick leave policy. A lack of the benefit has been a major problem for many Canadians during the pandemic
  3. The White House is detailing plans to vaccinate children age five to 11 in a matter of weeks

In the past seven days, 20,055 cases were reported, down 13 per cent from the previous seven days. There were 278 deaths announced, up 9 per cent over the same period. At least 2,297 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,631,899 others are considered recovered.

Canada’s inoculation rate is 13th 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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Protesters burn paper, depicting a COVID-19 "Green certificate" during a demonstration today against the mandatory COVID-19 certificates for indoor access, in Sofia, Bulgaria.STOYAN NENOV/Reuters

Coronavirus in Canada

In Ottawa, MPs and anyone else who wants to enter the House of Commons precinct will have to be vaccinated against COVID-19, says the Speaker.

  • The requirement applies to MPs, their staff, political research office employees, administration employees, journalists and others, according to the statement, which was released after a board meeting.
  • The vaccine mandate is effective with the planned Nov. 22 opening of Parliament.

Paid sick leave: A coalition of front-line health care workers has asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to fast-track proposed legislative amendments to grant paid sick leave to federally regulated workers.

House of Commons vaccine mandate: Erin O’Toole was scheduled to speak with Justin Trudeau after the Speaker announced a mandatory vaccination policy.

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Coronavirus and business

Employers and politicians in Montreal, Canada’s second-largest city, have articulated fears that their downtown – known for its chic conviviality – would slip into decay as some 300,000 office workers shun the area and keep working remotely.

  • The downtown’s permanent residents, who number barely 40,000, aren’t enough to keep all its businesses running.
  • Now, the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections is fuelling doubts about the future of the city’s core.

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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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