Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- The rate of first doses is stalling, meaning Canada is looking at a vaccination rate below what is needed to return to normal
- Chaps and vax: The Calgary Stampede’s Nashville North will be the first major Canadian venue to ask attendees for proof of vaccine
- Tokyo is expected to declare a state of emergency, and is considering banning all spectators from the Olympics, just 16 days before the Games begin
In the past seven days, 3,348 cases were reported, down 24 per cent from the previous seven days. There were 92 deaths announced, down 23 per cent over the same period. At least 661 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,386,806 others are considered recovered.
Canada’s inoculation rate is 9th 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, attendees of the Calgary Stampede’s Nashville North will be required to show proof of vaccination or a COVID-19 rapid test before entering the site – the first such mandate for a major Canadian event. The Stampede is a critical public test of Alberta’s reopening plan.
- Quebec reported 103 new cases and one more COVID-19 death today – the first day with more than 100 new infections reported since June 29. Montreal reported 35 new infections, the highest number of new cases in the province.
- Ontario reported 194 new cases and no new COVID-19 deaths today, with most new infections in Waterloo, Toronto and Peel Region.
The rate of first COVID-19 vaccine shots is plateauing across Canada – threatening the country’s path to variant resilience.
- As of Monday, 78 per cent of those eligible in Canada have received at least one dose, and 41 per cent were fully vaccinated – but pockets of low inoculation rates remain.
- In the High Level health unit, in northern Alberta, only 21 per cent of the eligible population have a COVID-19 vaccine shot. In Stanley, Man., that figure is 19 per cent.
- While second-dose numbers continue to climb, first shots have stalled at fewer than 100,000 a day since June 20. With more transmissible variants, some experts say vaccination rates of at least 80 per cent to 90 per cent are needed.
- Experts say Canada needs to turn its attention to vaccinate groups that are more difficult to reach, including those who have difficulty reaching clinics or who still have lingering safety questions about the vaccines.
COVID-19 vaccines: A team of scientists at McMaster University close in on the cause of rare blood clots related to AstraZeneca vaccine.
Vaccine passports: The director of the fundamental freedoms program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Cara Zwibel, tells The Decibel podcast why she believes that vaccine passports might do more harm than good.
Coronavirus around the world
- In an attempt to restore the government’s image after widespread criticism of its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reshuffled his cabinet ministers.
- Amid widespread public concern that the Olympics will fuel new surges of coronavirus infections, Japan is reportedly considering a ban on all spectators.
- Britain is providing genomic-sequencing support to Brazil, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Pakistan to help track new variants.
Coronavirus and business
In May, about 1.3 million Canadians were considered long-term jobless, having been out of work for more than six months. Getting those individuals back to work is Canada’s next big economic challenge.
- Long-term joblessness has risen sharply for men and women, young and old, those with or without postsecondary degrees – typically a recipe for disaster. The longer a person is out of work, the tougher it becomes to find a job as skills diminish and connections fade.
- Amid reopenings, this summer is a critical time to re-engage with employers, economists say. As of mid-June, the number of job postings on Indeed Canada was 29 per cent higher than before the pandemic.
And: Sun Life Financial says employees will not be required to work from the office as pandemic restrictions ease.
Also today: One company’s answer to the pandemic’s housing boom is novel: give staff $20,000 to help them buy their first home.
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- David Parkinson: Border restrictions could provide a boost to Canada’s lagging tourism sector
- Feeling bad after a second COVID-19 vaccine dose? Here’s why that should buy you some peace of mind
- Everything you need to know about Canada’s travel restrictions for vaccinated and unvaccinated people
- Waiting for a second dose? We answer your COVID-19 vaccine questions
- What is and isn’t ‘paid sick leave’ in Canada? A short primer
- Got a vaccine ‘hangover’? Here’s why
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.