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

Top headlines:

  1. Only a small percentage of Canadians who’ve received their first vaccine dose have developed COVID-19 more than two weeks later, according to data from the Public Health Agency of Canada
  2. Instead of making any immediate plans to donate vaccines to countries in need, Canada is considering a plan to defer some deliveries for its future use
  3. Should employees expect a permanent shift to remote work?

In the last 7 days, 55,325 cases were reported, down 1 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 326 deaths announced, down 7 per cent over the same period. At least 3,984 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,134,359 others are considered recovered.

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Canada’s inoculation rate is 12th 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.

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

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People wait for a city bus in Toronto in a neighbourhood that Ontario has designated a COVID-19 hotspot, on Monday, May 3, 2021.

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Coronavirus in Canada

In Ottawa, more than 5,000 people tested positive for COVID-19 after flying back to Canada since mandatory quarantine hotels began in late February.

  • That includes 3,748 people who tested positive the day they returned despite having to show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than three days before they boarded their plane.
  • Forty per cent of those people were infected with one of the three variants of concern Canada is tracking.
  • Another 1,411 people tested positive on the test required 10 days after return.

COVID-19 vaccines: Only a small percentage of the millions of Canadians who’ve received their first vaccine dose have gone on to develop COVID-19, data show, and an even smaller share of that total have fallen seriously ill or died – proof of the benefits of doling out first doses quickly, the Public Health Agency of Canada says.

Johnson & Johnson for over age 30: The Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be limited to people over the age of 30, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization said.

Coronavirus around the world

Coronavirus and business

The pandemic has spurred urbanites to leave expensive downtowns for leafy suburbs and smaller cities because of this year’s work-from-home revolution. But will it last?

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  • As vaccination brings Canada closer to the end of the pandemic, some economists and urbanists are skeptical that the trend will be permanent.
  • Experts say we have already reached the high-water mark of remote work and that some snap-back is inevitable, as offices reopen and people remember the benefits of urban living.

Also today: The Canadian dollar was holding near its strongest level in over three years as optimism about global economic recovery bolstered investor sentiment.

And: April home sales in Calgary set a new record, with 3,209 homes sold in the city, compared with 571 during the same month last year.

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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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