Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- Poor ventilation increases COVID-19 transmission. So why do most provincial workplace safety guidelines focus on disinfecting surfaces instead?
- Upon returning from summits with other G7, NATO and European leaders, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is checking out of his quarantine hotel after receiving a negative COVID-19 test result
- A COVID-19 outbreak in Kashechewan, a remote First Nation along the James Bay coast in Ontario, has infected 138 children
In the last 7 days, 8,346 cases were reported, down 28 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 158 deaths announced, down 32 per cent over the same period. At least 1,288 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,364,997 others are considered recovered.
Canada’s inoculation rate is 12th 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
- Kashechewan, a remote First Nation in northern Ontario, is facing a COVID-19 outbreak of 232 active cases, including 138 children under 17. Of those cases, 105 are in children under 12 years old. Meanwhile, border restrictions between Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec expired. And, Waterloo Region grapples with the Delta variant, leading the province for new COVID-19 infections.
- In Quebec, a long-term care facility could not quarantine people with dementia who contracted COVID-19, a coroner’s inquest into the impact of the pandemic’s first wave heard. And, an inquest also heard that there were no oxygen concentrators set up at a makeshift quarantine zone.
- The husband and wife accused of flying to a remote community in Yukon to get a vaccine in January appeared virtually in court to plead guilty to breaking the territory’s COVID-19 rules.
Canada has a patchwork of guidelines on how to keep workers safe during COVID-19. Even as evidence for airborne transmission of COVID-19 mounts, the message around workplace safety largely continues to focus on disinfecting surfaces and hand hygiene.
- To keep workers safe during COVID-19, workplaces should focus more on the importance of ventilation and air quality. Workplaces vary, and solutions to improve air quality differ.
- In cases where it’s hard to improve ventilation, and after consultation with an expert, HEPA filters can lower the concentration of some viruses in the air. Move outside when possible, and adjust existing systems to allow more fresh air intake and to minimize recirculation.
COVID-19 therapy: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s COVID-19 therapy, REGEN-COV, reduces deaths in patients who have not mounted their own antibody response, a study shows.
Coronavirus and business
Entrepreneurs are drumming up new business activity – and taking gambles on opportunities created by the pandemic.
- Business Development Canada (BDC) found in its 2021 outlook that more than 50 per cent of entrepreneurs plan to boost investment in intangible assets this year, such as marketing, training and software. Slightly more than a third are planning to invest in buildings and renovations.
Also today: Canada’s May inflation report showed some early signs of COVID-19 reopening, with hotel prices jumping 6.7 per cent, accelerating from April’s 1.5-per-cent gain.
And: Airlines renew calls for Britain to ease travel restrictions as Europe begins to ease COVID-19 restrictions.
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- Colin Robertson: G7 and NATO summits showed that multilateralism endures
- Litter from single-use food and drink packaging nearly doubled during pandemic, shoreline cleanup program finds
- Some Ontario school boards ditch ”quadmester” system for 2021 school year
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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.