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

Top headlines:

  1. A Heart & Stroke survey found the majority of respondents are worried that people living with heart disease or stroke are worse off because they are not able to access care needed during the pandemic
  2. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is being urged to shut down the federal wage subsidy by an economist who served as a federal government adviser
  3. In Britain, where the number of new cases topped 49,000 yesterday, scientists are keeping a close eye on Delta Plus

In the past seven days, 20,075 cases were reported, down 17 per cent from the previous seven days. There were 314 deaths announced, up 31 per cent over the same period. At least 2,371 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,628,081 others are considered recovered.

Canada’s inoculation rate is 14th 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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A serviceman of Russia's Emergencies Ministry wears protective gear to disinfect an Orthodox chapel at Moscow's Leningradsky railway station today in one effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Russia officially recorded 1,015 coronavirus deaths today, up from 998 the previous day, and 33,740 new COVID-19 cases, down from 34,325.AFP Contributor#AFP/AFP/Getty Images

Coronavirus in Canada

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted critical cardiovascular research and access to patient care, and has caused emerging heart issues, according to a national Heart & Stroke survey.

  • The survey found that 92 per cent of respondents worried that the health of people living with heart disease or stroke worsened because they were not able to access needed care during the pandemic.
  • Delays in diagnosis and treatment resulting in worse health was the biggest issue for 82 per cent of the health professionals and researchers surveyed, and 54 per cent cited mental-health issues as “significant” for people living with heart disease and stroke during the pandemic.

The global vaccine gap: A World Health Organization-led program aims to secure antiviral COVID-19 pills for $10 per course for poorer countries.

The COVID-19 wage subsidy: Ottawa should shut down the wage subsidy program, says a Canadian economist and former federal adviser.

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Coronavirus and business

Canada’s COVID-19 benefits for businesses and individuals are set to expire on Oct. 23. Here’s what you need to know about the pandemic-relief programs:

  • The most popular pandemic-relief programs have been the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and the Canada Recovery Benefit – all set to expire on Saturday.
  • Will the federal government extend these programs? The Liberal government has the legal authority to extend them to Nov. 20, without further parliamentary approval. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says the government is considering options to extend support for businesses.

Also today: The costs of repaying debt to help households and businesses through the COVID-19 crisis will be dwarfed by funding pensions and health services as societies age, according to an Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development report.

And: The world is gripped by an energy crunch – hitting global recovery from COVID-19 pandemic as winter approaches.

Plus: Work-from-home arrangements may not be beneficial for companies over the long haul, according to CIBC’s chief executive.

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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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