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Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.

Top headlines:

  1. Immunity after one dose of Pfizer’s vaccine “very, very weak” compared to two, study suggests
  2. Once a COVID-19 hotspot, this Vancouver neighbourhood has achieved herd immunity
  3. For the ninth straight day, India recorded 300,000 new daily COVID-19 cases.

In the last 7 days, 54,842 cases were reported, down 6 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 336 deaths announced, down 2 per cent over the same period. At least 4,241 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,111,890 others are considered recovered.

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As of April 30, 14,835,304 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been distributed, 13,420,148 doses have been administered and at least 1,048,970 people have been fully vaccinated. That’s about 2.8 per cent of Canada’s population.

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.

Coronavirus explainers: Coronavirus in maps and chartsTracking vaccine dosesLockdown rules and reopeningVaccine distribution planFour vaccines approved in CanadaEssential resources

Photo of the day

View of graves at the Sao Franciso Xavier Cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 30, 2021. Brazil, a country of 212,000,000 people, surpassed 400,000 deaths due to COVID-19 on Thursday – second in number only to the United States.


Coronavirus in Canada

In Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government is willing to work “narrowly” with Ontario on its request to suspend the arrival of international students.

  • Trudeau says Ontario is the only province to make this request. The Prime Minister said he’s not considering barring international students from entering Canada at this point.

COVID-19 and the Olympics: Team Canada’s doctor is confident that every Canadian athlete will be vaccinated before the Tokyo Games this summer.

Coronavirus around the world

Coronavirus and business

Canada’s economy recorded its tenth straight month of growth, following sharp falls in March and April 2020.

  • Real gross domestic product rose 0.4 per cent in February, Statistics Canada said Friday. A preliminary estimate points to a 0.9-per-cent gain in March.
  • If that estimate holds, the economy grew at an annualized pace of about 6.5 per cent in the first quarter, bringing GDP to within 1.3 per cent of its prepandemic level.

Also today: AstraZeneca says it’s on track to deliver 200 million COVID-19 vaccine doses a month.

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And: Private-sector union Unifor is pushing grocers to restore pandemic pay premiums and calls Loblaw’s one-time bonus payment “paltry.”

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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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