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

Top headlines:

  1. COVID-19 killed the people they loved. Six families share their stories
  2. Hospitals in Ontario now face a shortage of one of only two drugs known to reduce mortality in critically ill COVID-19 patients
  3. Canada’s bank regulator is proposing a change to the mortgage stress test in an attempt to cool the country’s overheated real estate markets

In the last 7 days, 48,106 cases were reported, up 32 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 209 deaths announced, down 1 per cent over the same period. At least 2,944 people are being treated in hospitals and 948,384 others are considered recovered.

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Canada’s inoculation rate is 29th 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

Photo of the day

A person writes a message on the National Covid Memorial Wall beside St. Thomas' Hospital, set as a memorial to all those who have died so far in the U.K. from COVID-19, in London on April 8, 2021.


Coronavirus in Canada

More than 22,000 Canadians have died in the pandemic, leaving friends, partners, children and other family members in mourning – but without the usual rituals of grief. These are the stories of six people who died.

  • “It was the hardest thing we had to do,” said Rhonda Ross, about celebrating Christmas and her granddaughter Emily’s birthday amid the raw grief of losing her husband to COVID-19.
  • “She loved to make people feel good,” says Frédéricka Petit-Homme, about her mother, who died of COVID-19 last April. “She was joyous.”
  • “Your mom plays a certain role in your life, and your dad plays a certain role in your life,” says Jay Cairns, whose parents both contracted COVID-19 and died last November. “Now that they’re both gone, there’s an awfully big hole there.”

COVID-19 restrictions: The Canadian Medical Association says continually changing COVID-19 rules have contributed to confusion and relaxed adherence.

Vaccine interval: Canada’s vaccine advisory panel stands behind the four-month wait between shots.

Coronavirus around the world

Coronavirus and business

Canada’s bank regulator said it will take another crack at changing the mortgage stress test that determines whether borrowers qualify for a home loan, after that work was interrupted by the pandemic.

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  • The potential change to the mortgage stress test for uninsured mortgages would effectively raise the minimum qualifying rate to 5.25 per cent from 4.79 per cent.
  • The change could begin in June and will likely exacerbate the market run-up over the next few months as borrowers race to qualify at the lower rate.

Also today: The global economy is recovering faster than expected from the COVID-19 crisis, according to the International Monetary Fund, which cautioned that a spike in interest rates could be especially painful for emerging economies.

And: Roots reported a $12.3-million profit even as the COVID-19 pandemic hampered sales.

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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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