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Good evening, we’re updating the coronavirus newsletter to better reflect the pandemic as it changes. What would you like to see included? Send your thoughts to

Top headlines:

  1. Tokyo recorded a record 4,058 COVID-19 cases on Saturday – as fans defy coronavirus rules and officials turn a blind eye
  2. Workers on the front line of both the toxic drug crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic are not okay
  3. Florida reported its highest one-day total for new coronavirus cases over the weekend, and broke a record for number of hospitalizations

In the past seven days, 4,316 cases were reported, up 24 per cent from the previous seven days. There were 53 deaths announced, flat at zero per cent over the same period. At least 385 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,397,674 others are considered recovered.

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Canada’s inoculation rate is 6th among 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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Guests are asked to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 as they arrive for the Lollapalooza music festival this weekend in Chicago, Illinois. The four-day music festival in the city's downtown is expected to draw 110,000 fans each day.

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Coronavirus in Canada

  • Alberta’s announcement to end widespread testing, contact tracing and isolation for people who test positive was panned by doctors as a reckless plan that ignores science. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi called it “insanity.”
  • Thousands of doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are set to expire soon, Ontario pharmacists are warning. The province is reporting 218 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths.
  • Quebec has lifted more COVID-19 restrictions, and now allows drinking alcohol in bars and restaurants until 1 a.m. Indoor venues and stadiums can now seat 7,500 people, with a maximum of 500 per section, and outdoor festivals can have up to 15,000 with preassigned seats.

The COVID-19 pandemic had exacerbated Canada’s runaway toxic drug crisis. Sixteen months in, and workers who are on the front line are suffering from burnout.

  • As infection rates fall and provinces lift restrictions, the country’s other epidemic quietly rages on, killing thousands of people every year.
  • Corey Ranger, the clinical nurse lead for a program in Victoria that connects people who use drugs with safer alternatives, says he has seen more trauma and despair during the pandemic than in all his previous years of work combined.

COVID-19 vaccine price: Pfizer and Moderna have raised the prices of their COVID-19 vaccines in their latest European Union supply contracts.

Coronavirus around the world

  • The coronavirus has begun to infect people throughout Japan at an unprecedented pace while Tokyo plays host to the Olympics. On Saturday, cases exceeded 4,000 for the first time, overshadowing the Games. And, an outdoor drinking party in the athletes village that broke COVID-19 rules is being investigated, officials said.
  • Thailand and Malaysia also announced record COVID-19 infections over the weekend – mostly driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant.
  • Florida is now leading the U.S. in per capita hospitalizations for COVID-19 as the state recorded its highest one-day total for cases and hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic. In Florida and the rest of the country, concern grows over the Delta variant and an increase in a respiratory virus among children. Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said, “things are going to get worse” as the Delta variant fuels a surge in cases, mostly among the unvaccinated.
  • The Querdenker movement, the most visible anti-lockdown movement in Germany, drew thousands of protesters to demonstrations in Berlin on Sunday.
  • Thousands of people protested in Paris and other cities in France over the weekend against a mandatory vaccine passport for entry into a wide array of public venues.

Coronavirus and business

As a good number of us head back to our desks – both in the office and at school – in the coming weeks, here’s how to make a return to the office work for you.

  • Instead of using your commute time as a period for “pushing through” with work tasks – or, conversely, completely zoning out – we should envision it as a moment for positive engagement and self-discovery, says one mindfulness coach.

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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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