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

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  1. Ontario pauses reopening plans for at least a month after increase in COVID-19 cases
  2. In anticipation of Health Canada approving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children age 5-11, Alberta and Manitoba say they will not subject kids in that age group to vaccine passports
  3. When it arrives in the province next week, British Columbia to offer single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to health care workers first

In the past seven days, 17,411 cases were reported, up 11 per cent from the previous seven days. There were 153 deaths announced, down 29 per cent over the same period. At least 1,751 people are being treated in hospitals.

Canada’s inoculation rate is 15th 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 woman holds up a protest sign as she joins others at a vigil for teachers challenging NYC's COVID-19 vaccine mandate at Foley Square today in New York City. People gathered to join NYC teachers and lead plaintiff Michael Kane who are challenging NYC's coronavirus vaccine mandate and are due back in court today. Roughly 90 percent of teachers and 95 percent of principals are have been vaccinated since the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine mandate went into place.Michael M Santiago/GettyImages/Getty Images

Coronavirus in Canada

Virtual parent-teacher interviews: For the second year in a row, many school boards require parent-teacher conferences to take place virtually – a COVID-19 safety measure, according to administrators

  • School board officials say they are being especially cautious because they don’t want to risk exposing their staff to the virus, which would in turn disrupt schooling.
  • But it’s become a source of confusion for some parents, who wonder why the choice between in-person or online is not available if they are vaccinated.

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Coronavirus and business

As airlines are grappling with $651-billion in debt, up $220-billion since the COVID-19 crisis began, high oil prices are threatening their financial recoveries.

  • High oil prices could delay efforts by airlines to restore balance sheets weakened by the pandemic, but the lifeline of bookings made well in advance is picking up as markets reopen.
  • Labour shortages are also a concern and represent a real risk for the first time in decades, according to Willie Walsh, director-general of the International Air Transport Association.

Also today: The number of insolvencies in Canada in the third quarter was up compared with the same quarter last year as the number of consumers unable to pay their bills edged higher.

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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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