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

Top headlines:

  1. Despite COVID-19 restrictions, the Calgary Stampede has been deemed the Alberta government’s must-have event this summer
  2. Half of Canadians have now received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine – a milestone that marks a dramatic turnaround for Canada
  3. 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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Photo of the day

A student poses with her certificate from a car, as her parents are seen inside during The Visual Graduation Ceremony 2021 of Bahrain Bayan School in Sakhir, Bahrain, during the coronavirus pandemic, on May 23, 2021.HAMAD I MOHAMMED/Reuters

Coronavirus in Canada

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

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.

Globe opinion

More reporting

  • 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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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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