Good evening, here are the coronavirus headlines tonight.
- 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
- As vaccine mandates come into effect across the country, it has fallen on the shoulders of small businesses to enforce them
- 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
- In Ontario, the government announced a $100-million investment in the province’s tourism sector to help recover from COVID-19. The program will support businesses that have experienced a loss of at least 50 per cent of eligible revenue in 2020-21 compared to 2019. Meanwhile, the province reported 613 new COVID-19 cases and no deaths. Health Minister Christine Elliott says 159 of those cases are fully vaccinated people.
- Starting today in British Columbia, the B.C. Vaccine Card is the only acceptable proof of COVID-19 vaccination for most restaurants and indoor events.
- Alberta’s hospitals and intensive care wards are overwhelmed by critical care patients, and doctors are warning a desperate shortage of specialized staff looms.
- Quebec reported 519 new cases of COVID-19 and no deaths.
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.
Coronavirus around the world
- The world’s poorest countries have said they may struggle to meet visa requirements and cover all COVID-19 quarantine costs for the COP26 climate summit, raising concerns that some might not be able to attend in person.
- In the United States, President Joe Biden rolled up his sleeve for a COVID-19 booster shot this afternoon.
- Transport Canada said direct flights from India can land in Canada, lifting a months-long ban imposed due to high COVID-19 case counts.
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.
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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.