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

Top headlines:

  1. Discrepancy between municipal and provincial case tallies for schools underlines a data and information gap in Canada’s pandemic response
  2. AstraZeneca CEO says vaccine still on track despite test subject falling ill, halting trials
  3. Bank of Canada Governor says rising inequality in jobs and income poses the biggest threat to economic recovery

In Canada, there have been at least 134,904 cases reported. In the last week 4,411 new cases were announced, 18% more than the previous week. There have also been at least 118,990 recoveries and 9,163 deaths. Health officials have administered more than 6,419,911 tests.

Worldwide, there have been at least 27,863,733 cases confirmed and 903,686 deaths reported.

Sources: Canadian 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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Photo of the day

A worker pulls a cart of vegetables by a COVID-19 awareness placard at a produce trade complex in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, on September 10. The UAE sad daily case numbers had jumped five-fold compared with a month ago, and warned residents and citizens to abide by measures designed to curb the disease.KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images


Number of the day

451

As the number of new daily coronavirus infections in Ontario has crept up recently, one city stands out as a hotter spot than any other: Brampton.

The city of nearly 700,000 northwest of Toronto is part of Peel Region, that now has more active cases of COVID-19 – 451 as of Wednesday – than any other public-health unit in the province, according to provincial figures.

Toronto, which has a population more than twice the size of Peel’s, has 439 active cases.

In the past week, Peel’s case counts have reached heights not seen since June, and about three-quarters of the new infections have been diagnosed in Brampton residents, according to Monica Hau, Peel’s Associate Medical Officer of Health.


Coronavirus in Canada

COVID-19 and schools: Quebec, Ontario and Alberta have promised to make real-time data on each school’s COVID-19 cases and outbreaks available to parents. However, as students return to schools across the country, no province has filled that data gap.

Yesterday in Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the Throne Speech, set for Sept. 23, will lay out an agenda that is both ambitious and responsible.


Coronavirus around the world

  • Journalist Bob Woodward, facing widespread criticism for only now revealing U.S. President Donald Trump’s early concerns about the severity of the coronavirus, said today that he needed time to be sure that Trump’s private comments from February were accurate. Meanwhile stateside, AstraZeneca’s CEO said the company’s COVID-19 vaccine is on track despite the fact that human trials were halted temporarily after a test subject fell ill. Finally, the U.S. plans to end enhanced health screening of travellers from certain countries next week, and those visitors will no longer be funneled through 15 large airports.
  • Watch: In a room inside a hillside Taoist monastery in China’s Shandong province lies a collection of 558 memorial tablets inscribed with the names and hometowns of people who died after contracting the coronavirus or while battling the pandemic.
  • The London, England, extradition hearing for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was postponed on Thursday because of concern that one of the lawyers involved might have been exposed to COVID-19. As well, British Airways and easyJet urged the government to introduce testing as an alternative to quarantine by the end of the month, in what they described as a “last chance” to save the industry.

Coronavirus and business

The governor of Canada’s central bank said that rising inequality in jobs and income is the biggest threat to a broad economic recovery in the country.

  • Tiff Macklem said job losses have disproportionately affected women, young Canadians and low-income workers, and despite the success of CERB replacing lost income, it’s possible these workers will face permanent job losses. Those job losses could weigh down the entire economy, he said.
  • In its August report, Statistics Canada noted that employment for low-wage employees (earning $16.03 an hour, or two-thirds of the 2019 median wage) is 87.4 per cent of prepandemic levels. For all other workers, employment at 99.1 per cent.

Yesterday, the bank issued its latest monetary policy decision, in which the bank opted to hold its key interest rate at a record-low 0.25 per cent.

Also today: Mortgage debt in Canada rose 6 per cent year-over-year in May, the fastest pace in three years as payments are deferred. Canada’s mortgage agency warns delinquencies could rise significantly later in the year as loan deferrals end.

And: Sobeys parent company Empire reported its net earnings grew 47 per cent in its first quarter, as the trend of cooking at home continues.


Globe opinion

  • Robyn Urback: “There was some of that ambitious energy early on in the pandemic, when those gifted with an abundance of extra time and privileged with few existential worries baked sourdough bread and proudly shared their culinary creations on the internet. But six months on, that enthusiasm for a slower version of life has waned. As we wait for life to return to normal, time has shifted from being a luxury to a burden."
  • Rita Trichur: “That so many mothers contemplated dropping out of the work force just as the economy opened up is nothing short of a social failing. If a second wave of COVID-19 infections does materialize this fall, and women start leaving their jobs in droves because of a lack of affordable child care, it would derail Canada’s economic recovery."
  • Tracy Vaillancourt, Shelly Hymel, Debra Pepler and Peter Szatmari: “Leading child advocacy groups and organizations in Canada also recognize that mental well-being is a key component of children’s health and wellness. Indeed, children’s social-emotional health, a foundation for mental well-being, is cited by physicians as a fundamental consideration for reopening schools during COVID-19.”
  • Konrad Yakabuski: "There is plenty to criticize in Mr. Trump’s handling of COVID-19 crisis. But at the time of Mr. Trump’s Feb. 7 conversation with Mr. Woodward, there were literally only a handful of coronavirus cases in the United States and public-health experts almost everywhere were insisting that the risks of a pandemic were low.”

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