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

Top headlines:

  1. Trudeau defends delay in reopening Canada-U.S. border, citing inadequate vaccination rates
  2. Alberta announces it will drop remaining COVID-19 restrictions by July 1
  3. World Health Organization warns Delta variant becoming dominant globally

In the last 7 days, 7,552 cases were reported, down 26 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 137 deaths announced, down 34 per cent over the same period. At least 1,156 people are being treated in hospitals.

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Canada’s inoculation rate is 11th 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 healthcare worker inoculates a woman with a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19 during a vaccination campaign at the Albrook shopping mall in Panama City on Friday, June 18, 2021.

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Coronavirus in Canada

In Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended the decision to delay the reopening of the Canada-U.S. border until July 21, saying the country is not yet sufficiently protected by vaccination.

  • The Prime Minister said Canada needs at least 75 per cent of the population vaccinated with one shot, and 20 per cent with a second shot before the border can reopen.
  • Trudeau said the government will soon move forward with plans announced earlier in June to significantly ease post-travel quarantine restrictions for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents and other eligible individuals.
  • He also acknowledged that a national vaccine passport in the works won’t be ready this summer. Instead, he said Ottawa is targeting the fall of 2021.

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Coronavirus around the world

  • The top scientist at the World Health Organization said the more transmissible Delta variant is becoming globally dominant. Meanwhile, leaders of France and Germany urged the rest of the world to remain vigilant over the variant’s spread, which this week prompted British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to push back the date to lift the country’s remaining COVID-19 restrictions.
  • In the United States, some New York attractions, including “Springsteen on Broadway,” are adhering to strict vaccination rules, requiring guests to be fully inoculated with shots approved by the Food and Drug Administration. They include the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines, but not the AstraZeneca vaccine, prompting uncertainty for some Canadians who hoped to eventually travel across the border.
  • Israel said it will send about 1-million soon-to-expire COVID-19 vaccines to the Palestinian Authority in exchange for a similar number of doses the Palestinians expect to receive later this year.

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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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