Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- Despite COVID-19 restrictions, the Calgary Stampede has been deemed the Alberta government’s must-have event this summer
- Half of Canadians have now received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine – a milestone that marks a dramatic turnaround for Canada
- Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines have been proven to offer effective protection against the variant first associated with India, according to a British study
In the last 7 days, 29,663 cases were reported, down 29 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 283 deaths announced, down 12 per cent over the same period. At least 2,831 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,280,135 others are considered recovered.
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 Alberta, the Calgary Stampede is set to open July 9 – making it the first major Canadian event since the pandemic shuttered gatherings 14 months ago.
- Ontario is reporting 1,691 new cases of COVID-19 and 15 more deaths linked to the virus today. And, as the second pandemic summer approaches, questions remain about the fate of the province’s cottage country this season. Wineries in Ontario have already taken a financial hit as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on.
- A health unit in Montreal has ordered extra doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine after experiencing what a spokesperson described as exceptional demand from teens and their families. And, the Quebec government is reporting 477 new cases of COVID-19, as well as three new deaths linked to the pandemic.
Half the national population in Canada has received at least one dose of the vaccine meant to protect against the coronavirus.
- Data compiled from federal, provincial and territorial health authorities showed more than 20.6 million doses have been injected across the country as of Saturday, with 50.01 per cent of the population getting at least one jab.
- Comparatively, just over 48 per cent of Americans had received their first dose.
Vaccines and the military: The Department of National Defence is reporting that more than 85 per cent of all troops have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Re-opening schools: Provinces are taking divergent approaches to re-opening schools as parts of the country look to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus around the world
- The UK Health Security Agency said officials in England are on track to proceed with the final stage of lifting coronavirus restrictions on June 21 if the public remains cautious.
- India’s capital city, New Delhi, is seeing a decline in new cases and the test positivity rate has fallen under 2.5 per cent.
- An International Olympic Committee vice-president is facing backlash for saying the postponed Japan Olympics, with 11,000 athletes from 200 nations and territories, will open on July 23 and will be “safe and secure.”
Coronavirus and business
Companies hammering out a return-to-the-workplace policy would do well to learn from the fallout of recent remarks made by David Solomon, the CEO of Goldman Sachs.
- “It’s [remote working] an aberration that we’re going to correct as soon as possible,” Mr. Solomon declared at a conference recently, prompting backlash.
- There’s no doubt COVID-19 has disrupted the workplace. But it is yet to be determined whether remote work is here to stay.
Also today: More and more Canadian parents are seeing their adult children priced out of the real estate market and anxious to help, as the pandemic continues to exacerbate the high cost of buying a house.
And: With COVID-19 generating demand for e-commerce and other digital business practices, many tech companies have been scrambling to add staff.
Plus: Harry Rosen weathered the pandemic by selling athletic wear and sneakers.
- Kelly Cryderman: Alberta sees shift in COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, resistance as rollout continues
- Marcus Gee: The best vaccine news this spring may turn out to involve the fight against malaria, not COVID-19
- Tari Ajadi and Debra Thompson: The two pandemics of anti-Black racism and COVID-19 are tied together
- Barry Hertz: Canada’s one-dose summer movie season is going to suck
- As interest in travel returns, booking a small group tour, or at least consulting with an expert when navigating trip logistics, is more attractive now than ever.
- A look inside L6P, the area code with a test test positivity rate above 20 per cent, one of the highest in Canada.
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- Here are the expectations for self-isolation; tips for managing anxiety and protecting your mental health; and what to do if you think you have the virus. Wash your hands. How to break a bad habit (like touching your face). Is flying safe?
- The best foods to eat to maintain an immune system-friendly diet; and how to keep a healthy diet while working from home; four eating tips when working from home; and five mistakes that might cause you to gain unwanted weight. Here are the essentials to stock up on and how to shop safely for groceries; the best pantry staples and how to stop stress-eating.
- Find answers to your coronavirus and employment questions.
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.