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

Top headlines:

  1. Omicron is three times more likely to cause reinfections in people who already had the virus, compared to earlier variants, according to new data
  2. U.S. to require all inbound foreign air passengers to get COVID-19 test the day before
  3. Vaccines increase immune response when used as boosters, according to new British study

In the past seven days, 21,051 cases were reported, up 15 per cent from the previous seven days. There were 137 deaths announced, down one per cent over the same period. At least 1,520 people are being treated in hospitals.

Canada’s inoculation rate is 16th 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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A medical staff works in the pulmonology department of the Nouvel Hopital Civil (NHC) in Strasbourg, eastern France, today. The hospital has activated the "white plan" which allows all departments to receive patients infected with COVID-19.AFP Contributor#AFP/AFP/Getty Images

Coronavirus in Canada

Canadians and all other foreign visitors who travel to the United States by air will soon need to get a COVID-19 test no later than 24 hours before their departure.

  • A White House background memo makes no mention of land borders, or whether fully vaccinated Canadians who drive south would be required to show a test result. Currently, no such test is required to cross into the U.S. by land.

Fiscal update: Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced today that the federal government will release its fiscal update on Dec. 14. The Liberals have faced increasing criticism over financial transparency, given that it has yet to release a detailed breakdown of how Ottawa spent about $600-billion during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus around the world

Coronavirus and business

As the Canadian labour market heals from the pandemic, a key segment of workers is disappearing rapidly by the month: the self-employed.

  • Around 280,000 fewer people are self-employed than when the pandemic started, a decline of 9.7 per cent, according to Statistics Canada figures through October. The share of those who work for themselves (13.6 per cent) is the lowest in nearly four decades.
  • Several analysts said the trend may partly reflect a shift from people working for themselves to working for others, rather than abandoning the job market.

Also today: Investors track COVID-19 case counts, watch key market levels as Omicron fears grow

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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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