Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- As the Delta variant emerges, Tam urges second shots
- G7 health ministers resist calls for vaccine sharing
- 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.
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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Inside L6P: The COVID-19 classroom blues, as drawn by Brampton schoolchildren.
Coronavirus in Canada
- In Ontario, calls are emerging for the province to prioritize Peel Region for second COVID-19 vaccine shots as the more transmissible Delta variant threatens the area. The province has decreased the interval between first and second shots for those 70 and older and some other groups – but not for essential workers.
- In Alberta, a United Conservative member of the legislature says it’s clear Premier Jason Kenney did break COVID-19 health regulations by dining on a rooftop patio this week.
- Quebec announced it will loosen restrictions in long-term care and seniors’ residences next week, allowing fully vaccinated residents to gather without masks. Visitors will no longer be required to make appointments to see loved ones.
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.