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

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  1. Physicians who spread misinformation may be eroding trust in health care system, experts say
  2. Some businesses are keeping proof-of-vaccination rules despite changing measures
  3. The Queen meets Trudeau in first in-person engagement since she tested positive for COVID-19

In the past seven days, 36,660 cases were reported, down 15 per cent from the previous seven days. There were 399 deaths announced, down 28 per cent over the same period. At least 4,214 people are being treated in hospitals.

Canada’s inoculation rate is 13th among countries with a population of one million or more people.

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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

All cruise ship employees and passengers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to be allowed into Canada, federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra announced on Monday.

  • Passengers will need to take a COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours before they board or take an antigen test within one day of boarding. They will also need a negative molecular test result within 72 hours before their return to Canada or an antigen test result within one day of their arrival, he said.
  • Cruise ship operators will be required to inspect proof of vaccination and monitor and report test results. And no passenger will be allowed off a cruise ship unless they meet the testing and vaccine requirements.

Queen in recovery: Queen Elizabeth met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Windsor Castle on Monday, in her first official in-person meeting after she tested positive for the coronavirus last month.

Misinformation: A small number of physicians in Canada are spreading misinformation and unscientific views about COVID-19, a trend experts say could undermine the response to the pandemic and erode trust in public officials and institutions.

Friendships, reshaped: The pandemic narrowed our social circles in many ways. Lockdowns meant much less opportunity to spend time with large groups of people and bubbling required us to pick the loved ones we most want and need in our lives. Consequently, many of us reshaped how and why we value our friendships.

Trucker convoy: An Ontario judge ruled Monday that Ottawa convoy organizer Tamara Lich can be released on bail, reversing a prior decision.

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Coronavirus and business

There’s renewed hope across the country that workers will soon be returning to offices that have been sitting mostly vacant for nearly two years.

  • Governments have led the way in many jurisdictions by announcing return-to-office plans for public-service workers, which business leaders hope will propel other industries to follow suit.

Also today: With vaccine passport requirements either already lifted or about to be done away with in most of the country in the coming weeks, some businesses and organizations are deciding to keep vaccine passports in place.

And: Air Transat says it is relaunching a significant number of its routes for the busy summer travel season following the easing of pandemic-related travel restrictions.

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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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