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

Top headlines:

  1. U.S. taxis are seeing a boom in business from Canadians looking to avoid the hotel quarantine that’s mandatory for air passengers
  2. Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu announced on social media she has tested positive for COVID-19, and won’t be playing in the upcoming Madrid Open
  3. Inside Canada’s hardest-hit ICUs: Patients are being treated in every available space, hospital staff are bone-weary and burned out, but still more and more people critically ill with COVID-19 keep coming

In the last 7 days, 55,533 cases were reported, down 9 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 342 deaths announced, up 11 per cent over the same period. At least 4,134 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,068,798 others are considered recovered.

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Canada’s inoculation rate is 13th 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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Papers with messages for loved ones are seen at the memorial dedicated to COVID-19 victims and other deaths at Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City today.


Coronavirus in Canada

People are shopping by any method available, but is it ethical?

The latest retail reports show during some periods of the pandemic, retail spending was higher than prepandemic levels. But as the country clamps back into varying levels of lockdown in the face of a swelling third wave and highly transmissible variants, that spending can be increasingly fraught.

  • Our materialistic urges give rise to ethical questions: Do I go to a store and put myself at risk, and expose others to me? Or, stay at home and order online, while other workers and delivery people are out on my behalf? Is it okay to go to the mall, if it’s open? Is it wrong to order from companies that have poor protections for workers? Does it matter if what I’m buying is essential?

$10/day childcare: The federal budget outlined a plan to spend $30-billion over the next five years to introduce a national low-cost childcare plan, with the goal of getting fees down to $10 a day per child by 2026. Experts are calling this a game-changer.

Inside the ICUs: Canada’s third wave is hitting many hospitals hard. Here’s what front-line health care workers have to say.

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Targeting hot spots: With vaccine supplies increasing but still inadequate to cover all adults, the idea is to rush outbreak-dousing vaccines to neighbourhoods burning with COVID-19, rather than sprinkling the jabs evenly among places that are on fire and those that aren’t.

Coronavirus around the world

Coronavirus and business

The business of running a dental clinic has changed during the pandemic. For many offices, revenue has returned to near-normal levels. But the increased costs of protective gear and longer working hours are resulting in slimmer profit margins for some.

  • A box of disposable masks that cost $6.99 before the pandemic now cost one clinic owner $21.09. Disposable gowns, once $12.29 for a pack of 10, were now $41.09. And a box of 200 gloves that were $17.37 in 2019 were $85.99 in 2021.

Also today: A growing number of Canadian employers are offering paid time off to get the shot.

And: If employees are asking about returning to the office, here’s how to respond.

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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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