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

Top headlines:

  1. Just two-thirds of available vaccine doses in Canada have been administered as provincial governments struggle to ramp up their inoculation programs
  2. Ontario is declaring a third state of emergency, issuing a stay-at-home order, and expanding vaccine eligibility to target high-risk neighbourhoods in Toronto and Peel
  3. Twenty-one players and four coaches on the Vancouver Canucks have tested positive for COVID-19

In the last 7 days, 44,294 cases were reported, up 29 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 215 deaths announced, up 13 per cent over the same period. At least 2,618 people are being treated in hospitals and 942,738 others are considered recovered.

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Canada’s inoculation rate is 32nd among 84 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

  • In Ontario, Premier Doug Ford declared a third state of emergency and issued a provincewide stay-at-home order. Non-essential retail will close to in-person shopping, and big box stores will be limited to selling only essential items.
  • Quebec is extending vaccine eligibility to those in Montreal who are essential workers – including teachers, daycare workers, or first responders – or who live with a chronic illness. Meanwhile, a 16-year-old from Montreal died of COVID-19, the province’s youngest victim.
  • Alberta has closed down and fenced off Grace Life church for refusing to follow the COVID-19 health rules that limit capacity and mandate masks be worn. Meanwhile, several doctors say that more public-health restrictions are needed to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Across Canada, only two-thirds of available COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered as provinces struggle to ramp up their vaccination programs.

  • Most doses not administered were only delivered Saturday, but even before those shipments, vaccination campaigns across the country faced challenges – including thousands of unfilled appointments and lack of certainty in deliveries.
  • Newfoundland has the slowest rollout, with 54 per cent of available doses administered, while Saskatchewan has the fastest, at 78 per cent. Ontario had administered 63 per cent of its available doses, while Quebec administered 67 per cent.
  • Among G7 countries, Canada currently ranks 6th for COVID-19 vaccine doses administered per hundred people.

COVID-19 vaccines: Canada’s national immunization panel is standing by its recommendation to extend the time between vaccine doses to up to four months.

COVID-19 and travel: COVID-19 vaccine passports could be a new point of contention at the Canada-U.S. border.

3M in Canada: The first N95 masks to be made in Canada have started rolling off the assembly line in Ontario.

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Coronavirus around the world


Coronavirus and business

Bank of Montreal’s CEO says policymakers and regulators should “plan urgently” in case they need to step in to help cool overheated housing markets.

  • “I think you have to make decisions on policy intervention – not today, but maybe in a few weeks, when we see the effect of the next few weeks on the housing market,” said the bank’s chief executive, Darryl White.

Also today: Toronto-area real estate agents see signs the tide is turning in the housing market – some buyers are once again feeling the pull towards downtown Toronto.

And: As Ontario moves into a new phase of lockdown on Thursday, restaurateurs say the shifting public-health orders are costing them money and driving them deeper into the debt hole COVID-19 has dug for them.


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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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