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

Top headlines:

  1. Trudeau government put all vaccine ‘eggs’ in one China basket, O’Toole charges
  2. Spread of coronavirus in Brampton linked to systemic factors, experts say
  3. Ottawa extends rules and restrictions for travellers amid rising COVID-19 case counts

In Canada, there have been at least 366,906 cases reported. In the last week 35,064 new cases were announced, 1 per cent fewer than the previous week. There have also been at least 292,539 recoveries and 12,018 deaths. Health officials have administered more than 12,805,405 tests.

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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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Travelers wait in line for security screening at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on November 29, 2020 in SeaTac, Washington. Public health experts warn that COVID-19 cases may surge following holiday travel, as the U.S. surpasses 4 million cases so far this month.

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Coronavirus in Canada

  • The chairman of American vaccine maker Moderna says Canada is near the front of the line to receive 20 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine it preordered. The statement comes, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces questions about the government’s ability to deliver a timely vaccine to Canadians. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole has also charged that the Liberal government put too much emphasis on the collaboration with Chinese vaccine-maker CanSino.
  • Brampton, Ont., makes up less than half of Peel’s population, but accounts for more than 60 per cent of the COVID-19 cases in the province’s hardest-hit region. Experts say the spread of coronavirus is linked to systemic factors in Brampton, where households are larger and there’s a higher proportion of essential service workers.
  • Cases are rising steadily in Atlantic Canada. In the north, Nunavut’s case count increased by 13. As a result, the federal government is extending the restrictions placed on travellers coming from non-U.S. countries to January 21, 2020. Restrictions for visitors crossing the border from the U.S. are currently in place until December 21, but may be extended.
  • In Manitoba, the RCMP ramped up enforcement at a church that was fined for holding a service last weekend. Manitoba ordered churches to close earlier this month to deal with a surge in COVID-19 cases that has clogged the hospital system, saying people could only attend services virtually.
  • An outbreak at Maimonides Geriatric Centre in Montreal, Que., has sent 20 residents to hospitals and killed 10 residents as of November 28. The province’s long-term care homes were also struck hard by the pandemic’s first wave.

Coronavirus around the world

  • New York City will reopen its school system to in-person learning, and increase the number of days a week many children attend class, even as the coronavirus pandemic intensifies in the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday.
  • The United States’ top infectious-disease expert, Anthony Fauci, said Sunday that the country may see “surge upon a surge” of the coronavirus in the weeks after Thanksgiving, and he does not expect current recommendations around social distancing to be relaxed before Christmas.
  • In India, a regulator is assisting an inquiry into an alleged adverse reaction during AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine trial, but has found no reason to recommend halting it, a senior official said Sunday.

Globe opinion

  • Elizabeth Renzetti: “I used to joke that I had trouble staying awake, not falling asleep. Well, the joke’s on me. What a very funny pandemic joke it is, too. For eight years – sorry, I mean eight months – I’ve joined the glassy-eyed company of the country’s insomniacs.”
  • André Picard: “‘A bit, but clearly not enough.’ That is Miranda Ferrier’s pithy, but all-too-accurate answer to the question: Have we learned anything from the devastation that happened in long-term care during the first wave of COVID-19?”
  • Jacquelin Best: “When confronted by the very difficult decisions created by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, our political leaders have been seduced time and time again into a dangerous kind of wishful thinking.”

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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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