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

Top headlines:

  1. The Public Health Agency of Canada didn’t address emergency stockpile issues, leaving it less prepared for the pandemic: AG
  2. Alberta announced its ‘open for summer’ COVID-19 plan
  3. With COVID-19 vaccine supply on the upswing, provinces are looking at moving up appointments for second shots

In the last 7 days, 25,721 cases were reported, down 30 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 295 deaths announced, down 2 per cent over the same period. At least 2,786 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,293,517 others are considered recovered.

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Canada’s inoculation rate is 13th 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 rider on the Metro bus in St. John's adheres to COVID-19 safety guidelines.

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  • In Alberta, Premier Jason Kenney announced an “open for summer” COVID-19 restart plan, which could see all restrictions lifted by mid-July. Each stage of the province’s plan is tied to the percentage of residents who received a COVID-19 vaccine shot and it’s also tied to hospitalization numbers.
  • Ontario’s top doctor says he would like to see schools resume in-person learning before entering the first step of its reopening plan in mid-June, something he says most public-health units want.
  • Nova Scotia says its COVID-19 vaccine rollout is ahead of schedule, and that those priority individuals due for second doses – including health care workers and those 80 and above – will be able to book appointments in early June.
  • Officials in Newfoundland and Labrador say the COVID-19 variant first detected in India is behind a new outbreak involving 46 confirmed infections. The province has 93 reported active cases.
  • Pandemic restrictions in eight of the 10 Quebec regions at the province’s highest alert level will be relaxed on Monday, the Premier said.

In Ottawa, the Auditor-General said Canada’s federal health agency failed to address issues with the emergency stockpile, leaving it less prepared for the pandemic.

  • Auditor-General Karen Hogan’s office studied the government’s procurement of personal protective equipment, whether it was able to meet the needs of the provinces and territories, and whether sufficient support was provided to Indigenous communities.
  • Her report found that the agency didn’t address decade-old issues with PPE and medical devices in the emergency stockpile, but added that the agency and government departments adjusted policies and helped meet the needs of the provinces and territories.

COVID-19 vaccine: With supply increasing, many provinces are looking at moving up appointments for second shots – though it’s not clear how quickly the changes will be made. Also today, more than half of all people in Canada have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.


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Coronavirus and business

For the second summer in a row, students are facing a tough summer job market. Workplaces where young people traditionally break into the labour market – restaurants, tourism, recreation – remain highly restricted, perhaps for a while longer.

  • Young workers were dealt a relatively tough hand in the pandemic. Canadians 15 to 24 accounted for almost half the drop in employment since COVID-19 arrived, and they often work in the hardest-hit sectors.
  • But there’s reason for optimism: Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout has accelerated and provinces are unveiling reopening plans. The job market is much healthier than it was, with many companies hiring again.

Also today: Job losses owing to the COVID-19 pandemic hit women harder than men, a new Statistics Canada report says.

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And: During the coronavirus pandemic, it seems as though more renters are being pushed from their homes as landlords look to cash in on the real estate boom.


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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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