Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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.
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Coronavirus in Canada
- Ontario is expanding its vaccine efforts to more eligible residents, the province announced Sunday as it made good on a promise to ramp up efforts in hot spot areas. Meanwhile, workplaces in the province are still waiting for answers on COVID-19 vaccine clinics. And, a 322-page report from Ontario’s Long-Term Care Commission found that Ontario failed to learn lessons from the SARS epidemic in 2003, which left it unprepared for this pandemic.
- Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s government is suspending the spring sitting of the legislature because of soaring, record-breaking caseloads of COVID-19. And, the province’s health authority released a “last resort” emergency triage protocol for the bleak scenario that the health care system becomes overwhelmed.
- In British Columbia, Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, which was once at high risk for coronavirus outbreaks, has reached herd immunity.
- Quebec is planning to ease some restrictions in Montreal and Quebec City as daily case counts hold steady at just more than 1,000. And, at a protest in Montreal on Saturday, thousands marched against COVID-19 public-health measures they call excessive and unjustified.
- Atlantic Canada’s strict travel and self-isolation rules are under increasing scrutiny as the region grapples with the third wave.
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
- Shipments of desperately needed medical supplies have been sent to India as the country endures an unrelenting, catastrophic second wave of coronavirus infections. And, the country’s Prime Minister failed to make gains in four recent state elections, indicating his party’s political strength may be slipping amid the pandemic.
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.
- 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.
- Elizabeth Renzetti: COVID has taken a devastating toll on Canada’s nurses. But the pandemic offers a chance to heal a broken system
- Sheryl Spithoff and Tara Kiran: The dark side of Canada’s shift to corporate-driven health care
- In her powerful portraiture, military artist Gertrude Kearns pays tribute to the heroism of a nurse’s sacrifice
- Finding comfort in fear: Authors Kelley Armstrong and Kenneth Oppel talk about writing scary stories in a scary time
- Pandemic intensifies struggles for international students at Canadian schools
- From dance to drama to drawing, children need an arts education now more than ever
- Five gripping thriller novels to help you beat lockdown blues
- 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.