Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- Expectant mothers have recently been moved up the vaccine queue in Canada. But the lag left some moms-to-be vulnerable
- A new coronavirus variant has been detected in Vietnam – and it’s a combination of variants first associated with India and Britain
- Aching to sit inside at your favourite restaurant? Go get vaccinated
In the last 7 days, 19,109 cases were reported, down 37 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 281 deaths announced, down 1 per cent over the same period. At least 2,245 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,317,521 others are considered recovered.
Canada’s inoculation rate is 13th 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’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, David Williams, is set to be replaced in the coming weeks, with Kieran Moore proposed to step into the role effective June 26.
- Data released by Manitoba this week indicate the BIPOC population is overrepresented in COVID-19 case numbers on a per-capita basis, with people of Southeast Asian descent affected most disproportionately, followed by Manitobans of African, South Asian and Filipino heritage. And, a family of sheep farmers in the province are soldiering on during the pandemic. There were 292 new COVID-19 cases and seven new deaths in Manitoba today.
- Quebec ended its provincewide curfew, prompting large group gatherings and creating a busy night for local police forces.
- A cross-border vaccine clinic held by the Blackfeet Tribe in Montana – and utilized by some Alberta residents – is set to resume after public outcry about the clinic’s cancellation. And, the province’s health services division says it has withdrawn its contempt of court application against a Calgary pastor who was allegedly in violation COVID-19 laws.
In less than six months, Canadian public-health authorities and immunization experts have gone from warning that they didn’t have enough information to recommend COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy to entreating pregnant women to get the shot as soon as possible.
- “To this day, there are no vaccines that have been shown to be dangerous in pregnancy,” said Deborah Money, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at University of British Columbia.
- And, public-health officials have come to better appreciate the threat COVID-19 poses to pregnant women.
High-school yearbook: High-school students have missed out on so much this year. One high-school yearbook in particular captured what students lost this year, but also celebrates the perseverance of so many students in the face of the pandemic.
Reopening: Indoor dining is such a precious privilege. House parties, local vacations, late-night drinking and long-table dinners are on the horizon. But, since reopening plans are tied to vaccination rates, it’s time to roll up our sleeves.
Coronavirus around the world
- Easing lockdown measures in England on June 21 will be decided after data on infection, hospitalization, vaccination and new variants are assessed, the Vaccines Minister said. And, Britain plans to drop COVID-19 passports as a legal requirement for large events, according to reports.
- After successfully containing the virus for most of last year, Vietnam is grappling with a rise in infections since late April, and has detected a new variant that is a combination of COVID-19 variants first associated with India and Britain.
- U.S. experts are pressing China to allow inquiries into the origins of the coronavirus.
Coronavirus and business
Canadians are spending so much on housing that they have limited ability to spend elsewhere.
- Less frequently discussed is that larger mortgage debts result in fewer people pursuing entrepreneurship.
- A study from the Bank of England found that “mortgage debt diminishes the likelihood of entrepreneurship by amplifying risk aversion,” and that this “may hinder economic activities and adversely affect the general economy.”
Also today: Canada’s largest insurer, Manulife Financial Corp., has increased out-of-country medical coverage for COVID-19 for travellers who are fully vaccinated.
- Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson: COVID-19′s demographic fallout has begun: We have fewer babies, fewer immigrants and more trouble ahead
- Kelly Cryderman: Drop in COVID-19 vaccine demand could push provinces to explore incentives
- Gary Mason: B.C. plots a cautious reopening course; Alberta, not so much
- The Decibel: Are the kids all right? The COVID-19 pandemic and learning loss
- From the archives: What Kingston got right in its COVID-19 response under Kieran Moore
- How well do vaccines work? Here’s what you need to know.
- Rob Carrick’s 10-point checklist of things you should have done by now to protect or improve your money situation. Tips for minimizing damage to your credit score; how to manage retirement anxiety during difficult times; and things to think about if you’re considering home delivery.
- Here are the expectations for self-isolation; tips for managing anxiety and protecting your mental health; and what to do if you think you have the virus. Wash your hands. How to break a bad habit (like touching your face). Is flying safe?
- The best foods to eat to maintain an immune system-friendly diet; and how to keep a healthy diet while working from home; four eating tips when working from home; and five mistakes that might cause you to gain unwanted weight. Here are the essentials to stock up on and how to shop safely for groceries; the best pantry staples and how to stop stress-eating.
- 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.