Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- Ontario to speed up second COVID-19 vaccine dose eligibility
- Early days in COVID-19 fight lacked focus: panel
- Quebec restaurant patios return amid reopening plan
In the past 7 days, 22,154 cases were reported, down 34 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 278 deaths announced, down 5 per cent over the same period. At least 2,633 people are being treated in hospitals. Canada’s inoculation rate is 13th 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 announced it will speed up the interval between first and second COVID-19 vaccine shots. Premier Doug Ford said 65 per cent of adults have received their first shot and expects “everyone who wants a vaccine” could be fully vaccinated by the end of August. Ford didn’t say when schools will reopen or if it will be before the end of the academic year in June. In Brampton, one doctor is helping get the South Asian community their COVID-19 vaccines. Read it as part of our L6P coverage.
- In Quebec, restaurant patios began to reopen as the province’s curfew, in place since Jan. 9, lifts. Some gatherings of up to eight people on private property are now permitted.
- In Alberta, non-profit groups are working to launch pop-up immunization clinics to ensure people living in shelters and encampment have access to COVID-19 vaccines.
In Ottawa, advocacy groups are urging the federal government to exempt refugees from the country’s COVID-19 travel ban as many are left waiting in limbo.
- Government officials say Canada resettled more than 9,000 refugees last year, and continues to resettle urgent cases. As of mid-May, he said, Canada welcomed about 1,800 refugees and 15,000 protected persons.
- The Canadian Council for Refugees called on the government months ago to introduce exemptions to the travel measures for people being resettled as refugees and entering to make a refugee protection claim.
COVID-19: A new report from an international panel says world governments lacked focus in the early days of COVID-19 and used the wrong data. Government that relied on leading indicators that captured how coronavirus was spreading, instead of lagging metrics – such as hospitalizations and deaths – had a better handle on the crisis.
Learning loss during COVID-19: Remote learning has allowed for education to continue in the COVID-19 pandemic, but at what cost? Some students are lost and disengaged, parents are exhausted trying to help and many teachers feel frustrated.
Coronavirus around the world
- Japan offers reassurances that the Tokyo Olympics can be held safely even as it prepared to extend a state of emergency across much of the country.
Coronavirus and business
In less than two weeks, Ottawa is set to launch a hiring subsidy program that is aimed at boosting employment. But there’s a problem: the benefit doesn’t require the qualifying business to hire any new employees.
- Businesses that spend more on payroll because they gave more hours to existing staff, or even just doled out raises or bonuses, can also receive payments to defray those additional costs under the Canada Recovery Hiring Program.
- That appears to be a feature of, not a loophole in, the benefit, Canada’s fiscal watchdog said, adding that the government already programs that limited reimbursement to new hires.
Also today: Travel agencies are reporting increased demand for international bookings, but say Canada’s mandatory hotel quarantine is holding some back from travelling.
- Campbell Clark: Government’s failure to keep stock of PPE reserves hurt us when we needed it most
- Timothy Caulfield: Experts play a vital role in debunking misinformation. We need to support them to do that
- Anosh Irani: The pandemic has made us take a good look at ourselves. We need to look even harder
- The University of Western Ontario will require students living in residence this fall to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the first major university in Canada to issue such a policy.
- The University of British Columbia is launching a 13-week COVID-19 test clinic and trial for students and others on campus.
- Should I get my second AstraZeneca shot or wait for another type of COVID-19 vaccine?
- Two million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines are set to arrive in Canada in June
- How well do vaccines work? Here’s what you need to know.
- Rob Carrick’s 10-point checklist of things you should have done by now to protect or improve your money situation. Tips for minimizing damage to your credit score; how to manage retirement anxiety during difficult times; and things to think about if you’re considering home delivery.
- Here are the expectations for self-isolation; tips for managing anxiety and protecting your mental health; and what to do if you think you have the virus. Wash your hands. How to break a bad habit (like touching your face). Is flying safe?
- The best foods to eat to maintain an immune system-friendly diet; and how to keep a healthy diet while working from home; four eating tips when working from home; and five mistakes that might cause you to gain unwanted weight. Here are the essentials to stock up on and how to shop safely for groceries; the best pantry staples and how to stop stress-eating.
- Find answers to your coronavirus and employment questions.
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.