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Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.

Top headlines:

  1. Kamylle Frenette is training for the biggest competition of her life – this summer’s Tokyo Paralympics. And, she’s also training to become a pharmacist and a certified vaccinator, hoping to help in Canada’s immunization efforts
  2. A dose of hope: Provinces and territories are poised to dramatically increase the speed and scale of their vaccination campaigns in the next two months
  3. Canadian real estate has defied expectations during the pandemic. Yet, we should be careful calling it a “bubble”

In the last 7 days, 53,472 cases were reported, down 7 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 335 deaths announced, down 2 per cent over the same period. At least 4,006 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,126,143 others are considered recovered.

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Canada’s inoculation rate is 14th among 84 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.


Coronavirus explainers: Coronavirus in maps and chartsTracking vaccine dosesLockdown rules and reopeningVaccine distribution planFour vaccines approved in CanadaEssential resources


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Revellers take part today in Britain's first music festival since the start of the pandemic. The event, at Sefton Park in Liverpool, England, is free of coronavirus restrictions in an effort to study possible coronavirus spread. The live music festival is part of the national Events Research Programme and allows festival goers to not wear face coverings or observe physical distancing, while authorities research the effects of the coronavirus on the event.

Danny Lawson/The Associated Press


Coronavirus in Canada


In Ottawa, after months of supply disruptions, the latest numbers from the federal government show that by the first week of June, enough vaccine doses are expected to arrive in Canada to cover the first shots for all eligible Canadians.

  • The federal government says that by the end of September, Canada will have received a total of at least 100 million doses. Based on that, The Globe and Mail estimates that by the end of July, the country should receive enough doses for all eligible people to be fully vaccinated.
  • So far, Health Canada has only approved vaccines for people 16 and older, meaning 31.6 million people are eligible.

Young Canadian patients: Now with variants of COVID-19 spreading more easily, more people are getting infected, and there are increasingly severe outcomes for younger demographics happening more often.

Partiers face legal repercussions: Legal experts are debating whether manslaughter charges could be laid if a person flagrantly disregards provincial health orders following sentencing for a B.C. man who held a large party at his condo.


Coronavirus around the world


Coronavirus and business

Be careful calling it a real estate “bubble.” Have Canadian real estate prices surged upward at an unsustainable pace in recent months? Absolutely. Are lofty prices leaving the economy vulnerable to future threats? For sure.

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  • A year ago, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. warned home prices could fall 18 per cent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Yet, the average selling price on the Canadian Real Estate Association’s listing system shot up by 31.6 per cent in March compared with the same month in 2020.

Also today: Tired of gridlock and increasing housing prices, these are the Canadians that have moved east during the pandemic.

And: Pandemic panic has made the real estate frenzy worse. Here’s how FOMO is playing out in the Canadian housing market.


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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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