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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.

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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


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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.

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  • 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.


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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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