Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- As some Canadians jostle for camping spots and coveted outdoor gear, others are getting discouraged in the survival-of-the-fittest mentality
- Seventy-five people are facing fines totaling $135,000 for violating COVID-19 rules at an illegal gathering in Quebec’s Lanaudière region, according to police
- If at least 75 per cent of adult Canadians receive at least one jab, and 20 per cent get both doses, the country could see a “better summer and fall,” says Theresa Tam. Here’s what that could look like
In the last 7 days, 40,712 cases were reported, down 22 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 322 deaths announced, down one per cent over the same period. At least 3,276 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,233,291 others are considered recovered.
Canada’s inoculation rate is 15th among 84 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
- An illegal house party in Quebec was broken up on Friday. Police arrived to find people fleeing on foot or barricading themselves in the house. Seventy-five people were fined a total of $135,000.
- Ontario Premier Doug Ford says summer camps will be allowed to reopen this year. The province is reporting 2,199 new COVID-19 cases today. And, doctors and recreational facility administrators are pushing for affordable, inclusive and local ways to get outside and exercise, so long as health care professionals deem it safe.
- In British Columbia, the pandemic has pushed Chinese restaurants in Vancouver onto the patio.
Canadians have grown strikingly competitive through the pandemic.
- In the first wave, they hoarded toilet paper, flour and pasta. When restrictions did away with international travel they flocked outside. Bikes, snowshoes and other gear sold out at breakneck pace. In some regions, going for a hike or skate suddenly involved making reservations days or weeks in advance.
Dany Fortin: Following the abrupt reassignment of Major-General Dany Fortin, who was overseeing Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign, the government is now facing questions over a “military investigation.”
Summer roadmap: Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, touted “great strides” as 50 per cent of adults have at least one vaccine dose, suggesting that maintaining this pace could pay off in the form of “an outdoor summer that gets us back into many of the activities we’ve been missing.”
AZ: Canada’s decision to accept thousands of doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from a global vaccine-sharing alliance is under scrutiny because those doses are now sitting in freezers.
Coronavirus around the world
- The Tokyo Olympics will go ahead as planned this year as COVID-19 vaccines give athletes greater access to training and competitions, World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said.
- Some Indian states are extending COVID-19 lockdowns to help contain the pandemic.
- After struggling to control the coronavirus pandemic for more than a year, Peru now faces a parallel crisis: a lack of cemetery space.
Coronavirus and business
Shortages of softwood lumber amid mill production curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic have caused prices to triple in the past year, adding US$36,000 to the average cost of a new single-family home, according to estimates by the U.S. National Association of Home Builders.
- Now, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai is under pressure from home builders and lawmakers to cut U.S. tariffs on Canadian lumber as demand spikes.
Also today: AbCellera’s CEO says the days of minting huge returns from the company’s COVID-19 antibody treatment have likely peaked and financial contributions from the drug should fall off “significantly.”
- Raphael Rush: COVID-19′s fourth wave will be rehabilitation
- Bernie Farber and David Fisman: The overlap between lockdown agitators and hate groups is a threat to us all
- Douglas Coupland: The AstraZeneca fiasco is the latest example of the Gen X curse
- The Editorial Board: How to avoid another pandemic? A World Health Organization with punch
- Analysis: Canada’s vaccination campaign is on track to allow for eased restrictions this summer. Here’s what we need to get there
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- People are unwittingly finding themselves the target of COVID-19 misinformation
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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.