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

Top headlines:

  1. The Ontario Finance Minister has resigned following his controversial trip to St. Barts
  2. Travellers to Canada will need to have a negative COVID-19 test before boarding – beginning Jan. 7 – but airlines are sounding the alarm over many unknowns
  3. New Year’s celebrations held around the world today were somber as pandemic restrictions limited gatherings

In Canada, there have been at least 581,393 cases reported. In the last week 46,246 new cases were announced, 0.6 per cent fewer than the previous week.

There have also been at least 489,812 recoveries and 15,605 deaths. Health officials have administered more than 16,082,879 tests.

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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A couple pose for a photograph on New Year's Eve in London as they hold a sparkler in front of the London Eye, in what would normally be a ticket-only area filled to capacity waiting for the annual fireworks display. Celebrations have been curtailed in Britain this year because of coronavirus pandemic restrictions.LEON NEAL/Getty Images

Coronavirus in Canada

In Ottawa, the government declared that airline passengers heading to Canada, starting Jan. 7, will need to have a negative COVID-19 test before boarding.

  • The National Airlines Council of Canada said there are still major issues that need to be addressed as Ottawa rolls out the COVID-19 testing requirement.
  • Logistics, such as how passengers present tests and options if their country of origin does not offer standardized tests, are still to be determined.

Quarantine: Travellers must also still complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

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Coronavirus and business

Ontario is the only province in Canada to close ski and snowboard hills this season, leaving many resorts and adjacent businesses struggling.

  • Many operators purchased personal protective equipment and invested in upgrades to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, only to watch their business go downhill.

Also today: A recently obtained internal federal note says officials didn’t believe lifting lockdowns would guarantee Canada’s economic recovery.

And: Women have increasingly taken a greater role in handling corporate restructuring cases amid the COVID-19 crisis.

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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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