Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- In the coming weeks, health officials are expecting the pace of vaccinations to slow, leaving governments to figure out how to reach those who are vaccine-hesitant
- For tonight’s Game 7 between the Leafs and the Canadiens, Ontario Premier Doug Ford says 550 fully vaccinated front-line health care and long-term care workers will be allowed to watch from the stands
- How many vaccines have to be given before Canada can avert a fourth wave? A new analysis conducted for The Globe breaks down the scenarios
In the last 7 days, 18,569 cases were reported, down 36 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 274 deaths announced, down 6 per cent over the same period. At least 2,174 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,322,275 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 reported 916 new COVID-19 cases today – the lowest daily figure since February. Meanwhile, the government will table a motion to replace the province’s top doctor: Dr. Kieran Moore will replace Dr. David Williams, who is retiring, on June 26. The province said it was Moore’s success in guiding Kingston and 10 other municipalities throughout the pandemic that led to his hiring. And, reversing the provincial government’s earlier decision, a limited number of front-line workers will be allowed into Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena to watch tonight’s Toronto Maple Leafs playoff game.
- People in Manitoba who received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine can now get Pfizer or Moderna as their second shot. Eligibility to book an appointment for those who got a shot on or before April 8 opens today.
- Quebec downgraded the COVID-19 pandemic alert level for eight regions today, as the province reported 276 new infections – the first time since September the province has seen fewer than 300 new COVID-19 cases.
Experts say the pandemic has created a confluence of factors that can lead to children experiencing separation anxiety, something that is likely to be short-lived for most kids. In some extreme cases, psychologists say, children may need counselling.
- Separation anxiety is the most common anxiety disorder in children under the age of 12, affecting about four per cent of children, according to the non-profit organization Anxiety Canada.
- Many families have been together all the time during the pandemic, and as restrictions ease and people return to normal life, many will have to readjust.
- “Our brains are always adjusting to whatever we’re most used to,” Daniel Chorney, a psychologist said. “Now that we have to go back from the new normal to the old normal, we have to adjust again.”
- How many doses could make the difference between a fourth wave in Canada and no wave at all? New models offer four scenarios.
- Who in Canada hasn’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 yet, and what’s the plan going forward?
- Canada is set to receive 2.9 million vaccine doses – thanks to an uptick from 2 million to 2.4 million doses from Pfizer-BioNTech, and another 500,000 shots from Moderna.
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Coronavirus around the world
- China reimposed anti-coronavirus travel controls on its southern province of Guangdong following a recent spike in coronavirus infections.
- Doctors in Calgary are raising cash to pay for medical equipment to help ease the pressure in India. And, an Indian court ordered officials to inspect coronavirus-related safety protocols at the Renault-Nissan plant in Tamil Nadu, where workers are on strike over allegations that physical-distancing rules are not being followed.
- Thousands of Brazilians critical of President Jair Bolsonaro took to the streets over the weekend to protest the government’s catastrophic response to the coronavirus.
Coronavirus and business
While negotiating with the federal government for a bailout due to COVID-19, Air Canada granted special stock awards and $10-million in executive bonuses.
- The airline gave executives $10-million in bonuses, plus other stock awards designed to compensate them for the salary cuts they publicly announced during 2020.
- The extra compensation, revealed in the airline’s proxy circular to shareholders, came as the company negotiated a multibillion-dollar bailout with the Canadian government.
Also today: The global economy is rebounding from the COVID-19 pandemic, but faces multiple threats, the OECD said.
And: Despite stern government warnings – and the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s efforts – restaurants continue to face soaring insurance premiums while also struggling to stay afloat after the pandemic rattled the hospitality industry.
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- Dave Parkinson: Canada’s economic picture is brighter as COVID-19 vaccinations speed up, the OECD says
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- 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.