Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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.
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Coronavirus in Canada
- Ontario’s Long-Term Care Minister said the province will adopt several recommendations made last week in a scathing report that looked at the impact of COVID-19 on long-term care. Meanwhile, the province expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to cover the province’s hot spots.
- In British Columbia, UBC researchers were the first to publish structural images of the mutation of the B.1.1.7 variant – the change believed to be partly responsible for the rapid spread of the variant first identified in the United Kingdom.
- A rodeo held in Alberta on the weekend in protest of COVID-19 restrictions drew thousands of people together as the province shattered multiple daily records for new infections.
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
- U.S. biotech company Moderna will provide up to 500 million doses to the UN-backed COVAX program.
- Health care workers in Japan are voicing frustration and anger at a request from Tokyo Olympic organizers to have 500 nurses dispatched to help out with the Games.
- As India’s COVID-19 infections mount in a crushing second wave, Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces harsh criticism.
- The European Union is considering a proposal that would allow fully vaccinated foreign citizens and those from countries with a “good epidemiological situation” to enter the bloc in a bid to boost tourism.
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?
- 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.
- David Parkinson: Economic “resilience” is another way of saying we’re not following restrictions
- Merge Gupta-Sunderji: Things won’t “get back to normal,” but we can embrace the new normal
- David Pyrooz, Rosemary Ricciardelli, Sandra Bucerius: Jails and prisons remain a hotbed for COVID-19. Vaccinate the people who live or work in them
- The Editorial Board: This is the month when Canada breaks the back of the pandemic
- André Picard: Fixing long-term care in Ontario is looking increasingly hopeless
- First person: My 95-year-old Nonno taught me a lot about how to live, even in our last week together
- Fireworks festival cancelled in Vancouver for second straight year due to the pandemic
- Some restaurants in Canada are voluntarily closing to protect employees during the third wave of COVID-19
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- Find answers to your coronavirus and employment questions.
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.