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Good evening, here are the COVID-19 updates you need to know tonight.

Top headlines:

  1. After being unable to enter the United States by land for non-essential travel for 19 months, the states will welcome fully vaccinated Canadians beginning in November
  2. Baby bust: Family planning took a detour for many Canadians as the pandemic continued to drag on
  3. Time for a booster shot? Rolling out third vaccine doses too quickly will do more harm than good, experts say

In the past seven days, 23,090 cases were reported, down 15 per cent from the previous seven days. There were 254 deaths announced, down 20 per cent over the same period. At least 2,430 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,605,860 others are considered recovered.

Canada’s inoculation rate is 13th among countries with a population of one million or more people.

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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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A nurse gives a shot of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine to Wilber Guzman at his home, during a house-to-house vaccination campaign in the Villa Maria del Triunfo neighborhood of Lima, Peru, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)Martin Mejia/The Associated Press

Coronavirus in Canada

The United States is reopening its land border to fully vaccinated Canadians in early November.

  • Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas announced the development in a news release, but did not provide an exact date for lifting the border restrictions.
  • The question remains, however, whether U.S. border officials will recognize Canadians who have received mixed vaccine doses from two different manufacturers. More than 3.9 million Canadians have received mixed doses, according to data from Health Canada.

Family planning put on hold: In the first wave, some observers mused that couples locked down together at home would spell a pandemic baby boom nine months into the crisis. Instead, Canada saw a baby bust: 13,434 fewer children were born in 2020 than in 2019.

Long-term care outbreaks: Across Canada, the number of long-term care and assisted living homes battling COVID-19 outbreaks is rising.

COVID-19 booster shots: A third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is not yet needed for most Canadians, health experts say.

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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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