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Good evening, here are the COVID-19 updates you need to know tonight.

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  1. The U.S. border reopening means more Canadian snowbirds are now poised to head south for the winter
  2. In Africa, a new analysis found that 85 per cent of the continent’s COVID-19 infections are going undetected

In the past seven days, 22,174 cases were reported, down 19 per cent from the previous seven days. There were 277 deaths announced, up 2 per cent over the same period. At least 2,426 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,609,709 others are considered recovered.

Canada’s inoculation rate is 14th among countries with a population of one million or more people.

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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

The reopening of the Canada-U.S. border is expected to mean more snowbirds will be spending winter in the southern U.S. this year.

  • “The border is likely going to be a very busy place in the coming months,” says Evan Rachkovsky, director of research and communications at the Canadian Snowbird Association.
  • But, pandemic protocols mean there are many more hoops to jump through before Canadians can enter the United States. Here’s what you need to know about the new rules.

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Coronavirus around the world

Coronavirus and business

The COVID-19 pandemic has warped supply chains around the world, and it seems supply-chain congestion in Canada shows no signs of abating heading into the holiday season.

  • “The biggest problem in the Canadian supply chain is that there’s not enough land space. There’s too many containers to move out of terminals, to get to warehouses, and to unpack and move them on trucks,” said Robert Lewis-Manning, president of the Chamber of Shipping.
  • The level of dysfunction is less severe than in the United States, where the federal government has intervened to try to unclog key transportation bottlenecks off the coast of California.

Also today: Can Canadians keep up pandemic-motivated debt repayment?

And: The Canadian dollar hits a three-month high amid signs of solid economic rebound.

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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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