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

Top headlines:

  1. Canada is not yet ready to contribute any of its vaccine supply to benefit poorer countries
  2. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and caucus members flouted COVID-19 rules during a rooftop patio dinner, critics say
  3. 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.

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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.

Coronavirus explainers: Coronavirus in maps and chartsTracking vaccine dosesLockdown rules and reopeningVaccine distribution planFour vaccines approved in CanadaEssential resources

Photo of the day

Maria receives a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine during a vaccination day at Costa Salguero drive-thru vaccination centre on June 3, 2021 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Today, the city of Buenos Aires began vaccinating citizens over 18 with co-morbidities and inaugurated the first drive-thru vaccination centre in Argentina.

Coronavirus in Canada

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

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.

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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.

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