Good evening, here are the COVID-19 updates you need to know tonight.
- Idaho County is one of the least-vaccinated places in the United States, where just 25.3 per cent of people have received a full vaccine course. The country’s new push for vaccine mandates spells “dilemma”
- Pfizer has sent trial data to Health Canada on COVID-19 vaccine use in children aged 5 to 11
- The military is expected to “be in position” Monday to decide where to deploy eight critical care nurses who will help Alberta combat the fourth wave of COVID-19
Coronavirus data will be published Monday through Friday
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Coronavirus in Canada
- Alberta is finalizing a deal to secure eight to 10 intensive-care ward specialists from the military to help in hospitals amid a COVID-19 crisis in which there have been more than 1,000 new cases a day for weeks, filling intensive-care wards to almost twice the normal capacity. A Saskatchewan woman who is worried about losing her eyesight or possibly dying because her surgery for a rare cancer was cancelled in Alberta, because of overwhelmed hospitals, says the operation has been quickly rescheduled for next week.
- One of Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s caucus members has been stripped of her parliamentary-assistant role for “misrepresenting” her COVID-19 vaccination status. The province is reporting 580 cases of COVID-19 today along with two more deaths linked to the virus.
- A ferry service between Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and Bar Harbor, Maine, is expected to start in the spring of 2022 after a three-year hiatus.
- New Brunswick is reporting 93 new cases of COVID-19 today and two virus-related deaths, bringing the pandemic’s overall death toll in the province to 66.
- Quebec is reporting 499 new COVID-19 cases today, along with one more death related to the virus.
Pfizer says it has submitted preliminary research to Health Canada on the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine in children aged five to 11.
- The pharmaceutical company is preparing to make a formal submission seeking authorization to use the product in children.
Coronavirus in schools: Parents and educators in several parts of the country are scrambling to get a handle on COVID-19 cases in the absence of reliable data from provincial governments.
Coronavirus around the world
- The United States reached the grim milestone of 700,000 deaths from COVID-19 just as cases begin to drop. And, in places like Grangeville, Idaho, where only about a quarter of the people have been fully vaccinated, vaccinate mandates are causing a “dilemma.”
- Russia reported a record 890 deaths from COVID-19 today, the fifth time in a week that deaths have hit a new high.
- Britain will soon lift quarantine rules for visitors from South Africa, Brazil, Mexico and Indonesia, according to reports.
- New Zealand’s Delta-variant outbreak spread beyond the largest city of Auckland, prompting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to put additional regions into a snap lockdown.
Coronavirus and business
American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue are joining United Airlines in requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
- Airlines are large employers that fall under U.S. President Joe Biden’s sweeping order that companies with more than 100 workers require employees to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing for the virus.
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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.