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

Top headlines:

  1. As the Delta variant emerges, Tam urges second shots
  2. G7 health ministers resist calls for vaccine sharing
  3. Ontario to speed up second shots – but not for essential workers

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.

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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.


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Coronavirus in Canada


In Ottawa, Canada’s top doctor reiterated the importance of getting a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as the “Delta” variant – demonstrated to be more transmissible – has been found in several provinces.

  • The Delta variant is believed to be the cause of a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in the United Kingdom. A recent study showed Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are effective against the new variant after two doses, but less efficacy was shown with only one dose.
  • Sixty-five per cent of eligible Canadians have received at least one dose of a vaccine, but only about seven per cent are fully vaccinated.
  • “If we let go (of) public health measures ... in the context of a transmissible variant, that variant could well take off and replace other viruses in the communities,” Dr. Theresa Tam said.
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said large shipments of COVID-19 vaccines will continue to arrive in Canada, with more than two million Pfizer doses expected each week until the end of August.

Coronavirus around the world

  • Health ministers from G7 countries did not make a firm pledge to share vaccine doses with developing nations, despite mounting international pressure. The ministers said they are committed to donating to the World Health Organization’s COVAX program – but only when circumstances allow. Of the 1.8 billion COVID-19 vaccines administered globally so far, only 0.4 per cent have gone to low-income countries.

Coronavirus and business

Canada’s job market lost 68,000 positions in May.

  • May’s job losses were largely in part-time work, while the number of women aged 25 to 54 participating in the labour force also fell.
  • So far in the pandemic, Canadian employers have been able to quickly rehire as restrictions ease – a sign that the coming months could see an uptick in employment gains.
  • The number of employed people in Canada is down 3 per cent from when COVID-19 started, or roughly 570,000 people.

Also today: Job growth figures in the United States picked up in May as some employers raised wages to attract workers.

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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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