Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- Canada is not yet ready to contribute any of its vaccine supply to benefit poorer countries
- Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and caucus members flouted COVID-19 rules during a rooftop patio dinner, critics say
- An overwhelming proportion of Canadian mothers are grappling with mental-health issues amid the pandemic, a new study says
In the last 7 days, 16,366 cases were reported, down 31 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 233 deaths announced, down 22 per cent over the same period. At least 2,022 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,334,011 others are considered recovered.
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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Coronavirus in Canada
- In Ontario, health officials say that those who received AstraZeneca as their first shot can get Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna as their second dose starting Friday. Starting next week, fully-vaccinated long-term care residents in the province will be able to go out for day-long and overnight outings.
- Quebec is shortening the interval between first and second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines to eight weeks from 16. More than 75 per cent of adults in the province received a first dose, weeks earlier than originally planned.
- In Alberta, critics say photos of Premier Jason Kenney and members of his caucus dining on a rooftop patio flouted the province’s current public-health rules, which require outdoor gatherings to maintain physical distancing at all times. Kenney responded to critics by saying that a ‘reasonable effort’ was made to follow COVID-19 rules.
- One American teen used the pandemic lockdown to launch B.C.’s biggest logging protest in decades.
- Manitoba is keeping many schools closed and boosting promotions of COVID-19 vaccines while the province continues to battle the third wave of COVID-19.
The mental health of Canadian mothers has declined during the pandemic, a new study published in March reports.
- Mental-health problems among Canadian mothers sharply rose during the first wave of the pandemic, with rates of anxiety and depression nearly double what they were pre-COVID.
- Mounting evidence shows the increased stress caused by the pandemic has been particularly hard on mothers. Stressors, such as lost employment or overseeing children’s online schooling, have mounted while resources to cope have been cut off.
- The stress felt by mothers can have a spillover effect on the rest of their families. When parents are struggling with mental illness, experts say, they can be less motivated or engaged in caregiving tasks, and as a result, children’s development and well-being may suffer.
Canada and COVAX: Pressure is mounting on Canada to start sharing some of its COVID-19 vaccines, having ordered more vaccines per capita than any other country. The country has administered 2.5 times as many COVID-19 vaccine doses per capita as the global average.
Coronavirus around the world
- A coronavirus variant which Vietnam authorities thought was a combination of the variants that are now called Alpha, first associated with Britain, and Delta, first associated with India, is actually just part of the existing Delta strain.
- After a slow start, China is now leveraging the power and all-encompassing reach of its one-party system to administer vaccines at a staggering pace.
- The president of the Olympic committee in Japan ruled out a cancellation or further postponement of the Games.
- Data show the income shock of the first national lockdown in India was borne by the poorest, pushing an additional 230 million people below the poverty line, according to a report.
Coronavirus and business
In the United States, companies are struggling to find workers, despite the millions of Americans who remain jobless. Is Canada heading for a similar situation?
- “Every indication is we’re going to see similar kinds of pressure,” said Mikal Skuterud, a professor of labour economics at University of Waterloo.
- Canada has a shorter path to recovery than the United States, having recouped 83 per cent of pandemic job losses, to the U.S.’s 63 per cent.
- Canada has also kept more people in the labour force, in part thanks to a wage-subsidy program that kept many workers connected to their employers.
Also today: Weekly unemployment claims in the United States fell below 400,000 for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.
And: Euro zone business activity soared in May as some COVID-19 restrictions eased, a survey showed.
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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.