Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- Trudeau say government has negotiated more Moderna vaccine doses and faster delivery
- Quebec long-term care homes see sharp decline in new COVID-19 cases
- Melbourne, Australia entered five-day lockdown as British variant spreads
In the last 7 days, 22,562 cases were reported, down 16 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 552 deaths announced, down 32 per cent over the same period. At least 2,493 people are being treated in hospitals and 762,205 others are considered recovered.
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 Quebec, long-term care homes are averaging six new cases a day, down from more than 60 a month ago – a sign the province’s vaccination campaign may be proving successful. Meanwhile, the province’s health minister says it remains on track to administer a second vaccine dose within the recommended 90-day time frame.
- Ontario’s failure to fulfill its commitment to administer the first shots of the COVID-19 vaccine to those living and working in long-term care has led to devastating consequences. Meanwhile, the province announced what restrictions would be placed on the 27 public health units leaving the provincewide stay-at-home order on Feb. 16.
- Yesterday, Newfoundland and Labrador announced Saturday’s election vote would be delayed in 18 of the province’s 40 ridings because of a spike in coronavirus cases in the province. Today, just a day before the other 22 ridings were set to head to the polls, widespread confusion remains.
In Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government is buying four million more doses of Moderna’s vaccine, and has negotiated a faster delivery of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna shots.
- Distribution of shots will speed up in April, with all 44 million doses of the Moderna vaccine and 40 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to be delivered by September, the Prime Minister said.
- Procurement Minister Anita Anand said Moderna and Pfizer will deliver enough doses between April and June that 1.5 million more Canadians will be inoculated this spring.
- The government also said a deal to buy shots of AstraZeneca’s vaccine, not yet been authorized by Health Canada, from India is being finalized. The new doses are on top of an existing purchase of 21.9 million shots.
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Coronavirus around the world
- Melbourne, Australia, a city of 6.5 million people, entered a five-day lockdown on Friday as a COVID-19 cluster spreads rapidly. The cluster is tied to a case of the more contagious British variant, which was first detected at a Melbourne Airport hotel.
- In the United States, the governor of New York and his top aides are facing allegations that they covered up the scope of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, after admissions that they withheld data in an effort to forestall potential investigations into state misconduct.
Coronavirus and business
Air Canada posted a loss of $4.6-billion in 2020 due to the pandemic, but said it is optimistic that talks with the federal government will yield a bailout.
- Air Canada, the country’s largest airline, said its full-year revenue fell by $13.3-billion to $5.9-billion, compared with 2019.
- Passenger volume dropped by 73 per cent in what the company called “the bleakest year in the history of commercial aviation.”
Also today: The federal government’s reversal on CERB repayments is a reversal of legal precedent.
And: Success in controlling COVID-19 on Canada’s east coast has led to a spike in housing prices in the region.
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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.