Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- New, confirmed deliveries from Moderna mean that Canada is on track to surpass its revised vaccine target
- Fully-vaccinated Canadian travelers will be able to return home without a 14-day quarantine by July, the government announced
- The Manitoba government is offering cash prizes of $100,000 and $25,000 scholarships in an effort to persuade more people to roll up their sleeves
In the last 7 days, 11,522 cases were reported, down 33 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 231 deaths announced, down 8 per cent over the same period. At least 1,695 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,350,578 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
- Ontario reported 411 new infections and 33 more deaths linked to COVID-19 today. And, top retail and cinema executives are criticizing the province’s reopening plan. Meanwhile, why are Torontonians between 18 and 24 among the most highly vaccinated groups in the city?
- In Quebec, a coroner’s inquest into Yvon-Brunet nursing home heard that in the weeks before a deadly COVID-19 outbreak, employees who wore masks on their own initiative were ordered to remove them, even if it was their personal protective gear.
- “You’re gambling with COVID if you’re not getting a vaccination,” Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said. The province announced lotteries this summer with cash prizes of $100,000 and $25,000 scholarships for those who get vaccinated.
In Ottawa, the federal government announced it will ease COVID-19 travel restrictions for fully-vaccinated Canadian citizens and permanent residents returning from international travel.
- Travellers will be required to show a negative COVID-19 test taken before the return trip and also submit a negative test upon their arrival.
- The change will go into effect sometime in July, but the government did not provide a specific date.
- Only about 9 per cent of Canadians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
- What will Canadians who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 be allowed to do? Ambiguity over policies prompts calls for national guidelines.
- Moderna will send seven million of its COVID-19 vaccine shots to Canada this month, by far the most significant shipments from the company so far. The U.S.-based company is the second largest supplier of vaccines after Pfizer.
Coronavirus around the world
- In Japan, 2020 Tokyo Olympics organizers are in favour of holding the Games with local spectators, according to reports.
- The European Union endorsed a new travel certificate that will allow people to move between European countries without having to quarantine or undergo extra coronavirus tests.
- The Pakistan, India flight ban has left this family in limbo.
Coronavirus and business
Dollarama’s first-quarter sales rose nearly 13 per cent, but the company was hit by a new round of restrictions on their business as Canadian governments took measures to curb the third wave of COVID-19.
- New government restrictions, such as limits on store capacity and the sale of non-essential goods, were introduced in April – including in Ontario, where 40 per cent of Dollarama’s stores are located.
And: “Home ownership will become a more distant dream for an increasing number of Canadians,” RBC economist Robert Hogue said as the bank predicted home prices will rise 13 per cent this year.
Also today: Home sellers are poised for a post-COVID blitz
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- Find answers to your coronavirus and employment questions.
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.