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

Top headlines:

  1. Shortly after South Africa received one million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, disappointing trial results showed it’s ineffective against the country’s variant
  2. On the one-year anniversary of the death of Li Wenliang, mourners honour the Chinese whistle-blower
  3. Call it the loneliest Super Bowl – fans are forgoing big gatherings and watching the NFL championship at home, alone

In the last 7 days, 24,408 cases were reported, down 22 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 735 deaths announced, down 22 per cent over the same period. At least 2,900 people are being treated in hospitals and 738,770 others are considered recovered.

About 89 per cent of the 1,209,531 doses of vaccine distributed to provinces have been administered. That’s 2.8 doses for every 100 people in Canada.

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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Cut-out photographs of fans, including the viral image of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders wearing mittens, fill some of the seats to maintain physical distancing at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., for the Super Bowl today between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.SHANNON STAPLETON/Reuters


Coronavirus in Canada


The national COVID-19 case count surpassed 800,000 over the weekend as Canada’s top doctor, Theresa Tam, urged Canadians to keep avoiding gatherings with people outside their households, including for tonight’s Super Bowl.

  • The country reached the milestone exactly one week after Canada reported its 20,000th death linked to the pandemic, 10,000 of which occurred in Quebec.

Mildest flu season: Canada’s FluWatchers, a crowdsourced surveillance effort that helps public-health officials keep an eye on the spread of viral illnesses, have had next to nothing to watch this flu season.

A new COVID-19 treatment: Canadian scientists have shown that the drug interferon lambda can speed COVID-19 recovery and reduce the likelihood that the disease will spread to others over the course of an illness.


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Coronavirus and business

Uber Eats couriers in Ontario say they’re earning as little as $3.99 per trip, months after the food delivery service implemented a new pay policy in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • At a time when people are relying on food delivery more than ever before, many delivery workers are seeing their wages shrinking.
  • Uber scrapped an earnings structure last June that offered couriers fixed amounts based on pickups, drop offs, distance and time and a series of bonuses for using the service during busy periods.

Also today: Chinese restaurants are operating in a parallel system that remains puzzling to the larger restaurant industry.


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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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