Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- Canada will contribute 100 million vaccine doses to low- and middle-income countries
- Delta variant linked to 22 cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, including in fully vaccinated people
- Some COVID-19 restrictions in Ontario were lifted today, with patios and some retail reopening
In the last 7 days, 10,211 cases were reported, down 33 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 207 deaths announced, down 13 per cent over the same period. At least 1,506 people are being treated in hospitals.
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
- In Alberta, 22 COVID-19 cases linked to the more contagious Delta variant have been reported at a Calgary hospital, including 10 people who were fully vaccinated. Experts have raised concern that the variants, and the Delta variant in particular, are proving more infectious among people who have had only one dose of a two-dose regimen.
- In Ontario, the mayors in hot spots such as Brampton and Mississauga are calling on the province to shorten the interval between first and second doses for recipients of the AstraZeneca vaccine as the more infectious Delta variant spreads. Meanwhile, the province lifted some of its COVID-19 restrictions today, allowing patios and some retailers to reopen.
- In New Brunswick, the doctor who was accused of breaking COVID-19 rules last year is suing the province and the RCMP, saying the lawsuit is an attempt to seek justice for what he says was an abuse of power. Last week, charges that the doctor violated the province’s emergency measures were withdrawn.
- In Manitoba, Maxime Bernier was arrested after attending a rally against COVID-19 restrictions and charged with violating the province’s public gathering limits and requirement to self-isolate upon entering the province. The RCMP said that Bernier, a former cabinet minister and current leader of the People’s Party of Canada, had already received a ticket before the arrest.
At the meeting of G7 leaders this weekend, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce Canada’s commitment to contribute 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to low- and middle-income countries.
- The contribution will be made through financial support and by forgoing future deliveries. Ottawa has ordered enough doses to vaccinate every Canadian more than three times over and the government has come under pressure to share some of that supply.
- The announcement will be part of the G7′s pledge to supply one billion doses in total to other nations, with most doses sent to COVAX, an alliance co-led by the World Health Organization.
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Coronavirus around the world
- On Monday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce whether the country’s lockdown will be lifted by June 21 – but the rapid spread of the Delta variant is prompting concern that the reopening date might be pushed back.
Coronavirus and business
Also today: For many businesses in the restaurant and hospitality industries in Ontario, reopening will be anything but a breeze.
And: Roots sees an “adjustment period” as shoppers remain wary about a return to in-person shopping.
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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.