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Good evening, here are the coronavirus headlines tonight.

Top headlines:

  1. The majority of kids in Canada were spared the most severe health outcomes of COVID-19, but the transmissibility of Delta and the fact that a vaccine for them is still weeks or months away is raising concerns
  2. As vaccine mandates come into effect across the country, it has fallen on the shoulders of small businesses to enforce them
  3. Direct passenger flights from India to Canada resumed Monday as a months-long ban was lifted

In the past seven days, 30,459 cases were reported, down 1 per cent from the previous seven days. There were 265 deaths announced, up 35 per cent over the same period. At least 2,238 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,538,298 others are considered recovered.

Canada’s inoculation rate is 12th 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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Coronavirus in Canada

Across Canada, children and teens have been spared the worst of COVID-19 so far in the pandemic, but experts warn that the Delta variant’s higher rate of transmissibility will expose more youths to the virus and lead to more serious cases.

  • New research published on Monday shows the majority of Canadian children and teens were spared the most severe health outcomes of COVID-19 in the first phase of the pandemic.
  • About 44 per cent of children who were in hospital with COVID-19 had been admitted for reasons unrelated to the coronavirus, according to the study. Those who were hospitalized for severe illness linked to COVID-19 often had pre-existing health problems.
  • With the highly transmissible Delta variant now accounting for most cases in Canada, and no vaccine yet available for children under 12, more needs to be done to protect young people from the virus, pediatrician Charlotte Moore Hepburn said.

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Coronavirus and business

Small businesses are managing the rollout and enforcement of COVID-19 vaccine passports as every province is set to have some form of a mandate by early October.

  • Harassment of front-line service workers has been a concern, though businesses and industry groups that spoke with The Globe and Mail said the vast majority of customers have been respectful.
  • But the confrontations don’t only come in-person – they can also appear online with some leaving negative reviews on Google.

Also today: Canada looks to lure U.S. frequent flyers by matching travel perks on Air Canada

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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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