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

Top headlines:

  1. A group of top scientists have proposed relocating the Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN), the federal government’s early warning system that was silenced as the pandemic hit
  2. Young, healthy people are ending up in intensive care units more often as the more contagious and deadlier variants take over, Canada’s chief public health officer says
  3. A single person who travelled out of Alberta is believed to be responsible for triggering a “significant outbreak” of the P.1 COVID-19 variant

In the last 7 days, 44,294 cases were reported, up 29 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 215 deaths announced, up 13 per cent over the same period. At least 2,618 people are being treated in hospitals and 936,573 others are considered recovered.

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Canada’s inoculation rate is 31st among 84 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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Dr. Fabian Ndenzako, a WHO representative in South Sudan, receives a COVID-19 vaccine at the Military Hospital on April 6, 2021 in Juba, South Sudan. The country received 132,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine last month through COVAX, the global vaccine alliance.

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Coronavirus in Canada

In Ottawa, Canada’s top doctor said there is growing evidence people hospitalized with COVID-19 variants require intensive care at higher rates.

  • The number of people admitted to hospital with COVID-19 rose four per cent in the last week, Dr. Theresa Tam said. The number of new admissions to intensive care units grew 18 per cent in the same period.
  • One-third of patients currently hospitalized require intensive care, compared to less than one-fifth in mid-January at the peak of the second wave.

GPHIN: Top scientists propose moving the federal pandemic warning system outside government, to a university where it can work independently of government.

Coronavirus around the world

Coronavirus and business

Spartan Bioscience Inc., the Canadian maker of a rapid COVID-19 test, is pausing shipments of the product due to a recently identified issue with the system.

  • The Ottawa-based company says it’s seeking protection from creditors while it restructures its operations and refines the test’s performance.
  • Spartan says it’s laying off 60 employees, or around 70 per cent of its workforce.

Also today: When the G20 meets tomorrow, it’s expected the world’s financial leaders will discuss the uneven economic recovery from COVID-19 crisis.

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And: Toronto home sales and prices reached new highs in March, blowing past the previous record set during the 2016 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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