Skip to main content
Complete Olympic Games coverage at your fingertips
Your inside track on the Olympic Games
Enjoy unlimited digital access
per week for 24 weeks
Complete Olympic Games coverage at your fingertips
Your inside track onthe Olympics Games
per week
for 24 weeks
// //

Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.

Top headlines:

  1. Expectant mothers have recently been moved up the vaccine queue in Canada. But the lag left some moms-to-be vulnerable
  2. A new coronavirus variant has been detected in Vietnam – and it’s a combination of variants first associated with India and Britain
  3. 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.

Story continues below advertisement

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.

Coronavirus explainers: Coronavirus in maps and chartsTracking vaccine dosesLockdown rules and reopeningVaccine distribution planFour vaccines approved in CanadaEssential resources

Photo of the day

People fill the streets during a protest against the Bolsonaro government on Avenida Paulista in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo yesterday. Simultaneous demonstrations took place in several cities across the country to demand the impeachment of President Jair Bolsonaro, emergency financial aid for the population and COVID-19 vaccines.

VICTOR MORIYAMA/The New York Times News Service

Coronavirus in Canada

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

Coronavirus and business

Canadians are spending so much on housing that they have limited ability to spend elsewhere.

Story continues below advertisement

  • 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.

Globe opinion

More reporting

Information centre

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.

What are we missing? Email us: Do you know someone who needs this newsletter? Send them to our Newsletters page.

Your Globe

Build your personal news feed

  1. Follow topics and authors relevant to your reading interests.
  2. Check your Following feed daily, and never miss an article. Access your Following feed from your account menu at the top right corner of every page.

Follow topics related to this article:

View more suggestions in Following Read more about following topics and authors
Report an error Editorial code of conduct
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to
Comments are closed

We have closed comments on this story for legal reasons or for abuse. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

To view this site properly, enable cookies in your browser. Read our privacy policy to learn more.
How to enable cookies