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

Top headlines:

  1. Tokyo reported nearly 2,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday – one day before the Olympics begin
  2. Britain is now facing a surge in COVID-19 infections, causing a ‘pingdemic’ of alerts
  3. – which published the names of businesses in Ontario with fully inoculated staff – was taken down after eliciting bad reviews, false reservations and hateful messages from vaccine-hesitant groups

In the past seven days, 3,125 cases were reported, up 2 per cent from the previous seven days. There were 55 deaths announced, down 18 per cent over the same period. At least 448 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,394,103 others are considered recovered.

Canada’s inoculation rate is 7th 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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A man takes a picture today at the entrance to the Tokyo Big Sight, the largest convention centre in Japan where the international broadcasting centre and main press centre are housed for the Tokyo Olympics. With one day before the opening ceremony, it seemed quieter than expected, and by the end of the day was practically empty.Melissa Tait/The Globe and Mail

Coronavirus in Canada

A website that published the names of businesses with fully inoculated staff shut down after the listed companies experienced an onslaught of bad reviews, false reservations and hateful messages from anti-vaccination groups and individuals.

  • “Our goal is to make people feel safe,” said People’s Pint Brewing Co. owner Doug Appeldoorn. But the Toronto brewery started getting one-star ratings on its Google reviews page after his company was listed on Mr. Appeldoorn said that, before last week, his establishment had never received anything below four stars.

Coronavirus in Tokyo

  • Tokyo hit another six-month high in daily new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, as worries grow of worsening infections during the Games. Eighty-seven Olympic participants have now tested positive for COVID-19 – 20 by airport arrival testing and 67 at regular screening tests. Among them, two more members of the Czech Olympic team have tested positive for COVID-19, prompting an investigation as the team total rises to six.
  • Meanwhile, for the better part of three months during the pandemic, testing for performance-enhancing drugs came to a virtual standstill worldwide.

Coronavirus around the world

  • In Britain, a rapid rise in alerts, warning users that they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for the virus, is causing a ‘pingdemic.’
  • Death rates have soared amid record numbers of new cases being reported in countries across Southeast Asia, which have left health care systems struggling to cope and governments scrambling.
  • U.S. President Joe Biden pleaded with skeptical Americans to get vaccinated, as rising COVID-19 cases threaten to undermine progress.
  • China rejected the World Health Organization’s plan for the second phase of a study into the origins of COVID-19.

Coronavirus and business

Amazon Prime Day is cancelled in Canada this year, because of the impact of COVID-19 on its operations.

  • A company spokesman says the event was cancelled this year while “we focus on the health and safety of our employees, customers and selling partners.”

Also today: The U.S. housing market is coming back to pre-COVID levels, as evidenced by a slew of data released this week.

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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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