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  1. Ontario’s delay in announcing its planned vaccine passport system draws criticism – as province heads into a fourth wave
  2. Most major accounting firms in Canada will require vaccination for workers to return to the office
  3. The Canadian economy shrank by 1.1 per cent in the second quarter – casting a shadow over the country’s COVID-19 recovery process

In Canada, 23,017 cases have been reported, up 25 per cent from the previous seven days. There were 82 deaths announced, down 37 per cent over the same period. At least 1,237 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,440,973 others are considered recovered.

Canada’s inoculation rate is 12th 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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  • The U.S. warning that tells Americans to “reconsider travel” to Canada is mainly for the benefit of those not yet vaccinated against COVID-19, says the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Monday’s new Level 3 travel advisory marked a quick end to a three-week period when the State Department’s warning to would-be travellers to Canada was at Level 2, or “exercise increased caution.”
  • China’s economy is under increasing pressure as factory activity slows down because of domestic COVID-19 outbreaks, high raw-material prices, slowing exports, tighter measures to tame hot property prices and a campaign to reduce carbon emissions.

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Canada’s economy contracted a surprise annualized rate of 1.1 per cent in the second quarter, Statistics Canada reported today.

  • It was the first quarterly decline in output since the second quarter of 2020, when COVID-19 began to ravage the economy, and precedes a test from the Delta variant.
  • “It was quite a bit weaker than expected,” Stephen Brown, senior Canada economist at Capital Economics, said of today’s report. “The key message here is that perhaps the recovery isn’t as strong as economists have thought.”

Also today: At least three of the Big Four accounting firms in Canada are requiring employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to return to the office.

And: Delta Air reiterated its policy that full vaccination is a condition of employment for new hires – including current employees who have been accepted into the training program for flight attendants – as it steps up hiring to deal with anticipated increase in travel demand.

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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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