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- Ontario Premier Doug Ford is threatening to boot two unvaccinated MPPs
- Millions of doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, produced at a South African factory, were secretly shipped to wealthy European countries, according to reports
- U.S. officials are recommending a third shot for Americans beginning in September
In the past seven days, 14,816 cases were reported, up 40 per cent from the previous seven days. There were 73 deaths announced, down 1 per cent over the same period. At least 653 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,412,679 others are considered recovered.
Canada’s inoculation rate is 9th 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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Coronavirus in Canada
- Ontario Premier Doug Ford is threatening two of his caucus members with expulsion for not getting their shots. And, the province will be the first to offer third doses of COVID-19 vaccines to immunocompromised people. Meanwhile, nearly three-quarters of Ontario physicians experienced at least some level of burnout during the pandemic, according to a survey. In Toronto, the TDSB says 14 per cent of its students have opted to learn remotely come September. There were 485 new COVID-19 cases in the province today.
- After winning a majority last night, the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Houston said the pandemic and health care will be top priority.
- Yesterday, three major universities in Alberta announced they will require “all those coming to campus” to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo regular rapid testing. As well, masks will be mandatory indoors when physical distancing is not possible.
- Unions representing health-care workers in Quebec say they’re concerned about the government’s plan to force their members to get vaccinated or risk losing their jobs.
- Cases of COVID-19 have more than doubled in the Northwest Territories, rising to 74 cases last night from 34 a day earlier.
On the federal election campaign trail, Erin O’Toole said Conservative candidates who aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19 will have to submit to daily rapid tests. Both the federal Liberals and the NDP require their candidates to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but the Tories do not.
Domestic travel: Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said people who refuse COVID-19 vaccination will not be permitted to board domestic flights in Canada or travel interprovincially on trains.
🎧 The Decibel: Canada has officially entered its fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic – and it looks different. An epidemiologist explains why the highly infectious Delta variant is driving this wave, who is getting infected, and what measures we should take to avoid infecting vulnerable people.
Major-General Dany Fortin: The military officer who led Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution campaign has been charged with one count of sexual assault.
Coronavirus around the world
- For months, while thousands were dying during the pandemic, South Africans wondered why their long-promised deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines from Johnson & Johnson had not yet arrived. According to reports, those millions of doses of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine, produced at a South African factory, had been shipped to European nations.
- U.S. officials will offer a third shot to Americans who already received two vaccine doses. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is creating a new disease forecasting center to better predict and gauge emerging health threats.
Coronavirus and business
The biggest banks in the world plan to reopen their offices, emboldened by aggressive vaccination drives and falling COVID-19 cases.
- The Bank of Canada will allow most of its staff to work remotely for half their working hours, while Royal Bank is exploring a flexible and hybrid work arrangement, and CIBC has plans to begin a phased return to office starting this fall.
Also today: Porter Airlines will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for employees
And: Live Nation Canada to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results at concerts
- Mental health must be part of the curriculum as students cope with COVID-19, say experts. “The only thing that a pandemic did in relation to mental health was really reveal the cracks in the system,” said student Amy Nam, executive director of a youth advocacy group
- Pope Francis issued an appeal today urging people to get a COVID-19 vaccine for the good of all. “Thanks to God’s grace and to the work of many, we now have vaccines to protect us from COVID-19,” he said
- Sports: F1′s Japanese Grand Prix has been cancelled for a second straight year due to the COVID-19 pandemic
- Science literacy will be key in the ‘infodemics’ battle
- Everything you need to know about Canada’s travel restrictions for vaccinated and unvaccinated people
- Waiting for a second dose? We answer your COVID-19 vaccine questions
- What is and isn’t ‘paid sick leave’ in Canada? A short primer
- Got a vaccine ‘hangover’? Here’s why
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.