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Good evening, we’re updating the coronavirus newsletter to better reflect the pandemic as it changes. What would you like to see included? Send your thoughts to audience@globeandmail.com

Top headlines:

  1. Fully vaccinated Canadian travellers will have to quarantine upon arrival in England and Scotland, but Americans and Europeans won’t
  2. Provinces won’t reinstate indoor mask rules, even as the U.S. CDC reversed course and is now recommending mask-wearing indoors, including for those who are fully vaccinated
  3. Indonesia’s Delta disaster: As the COVID-19 variant spreads, deaths rise and cemeteries make room

In the past seven days, 3,878 cases were reported, up 31 per cent from the previous seven days. There were 57 deaths announced, up 4 per cent over the same period. At least 389 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,396,679 others are considered recovered.

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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 pedestrian walks through an art installation of body bags as demonstrators protest against Facebook and what they claim is disinformation regarding the coronavirus disease on the social media giant's platform, outside Facebook headquarters in Washington, U.S., on July 28, 2021.

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Coronavirus in Canada

  • In Alberta, 71 cases of COVID-19 are likely to have been acquired at the Calgary Stampede, but community spread as a result of those cases is unknown. Infections in the province have been increasing sharply for the past week. There were 144 new infections reported on Monday and the seven-day average has doubled in just five days.
  • Ontario’s back-to-school plan will be announced early next week, Premier Doug Ford announced today. Meanwhile, the province is holding firm on its vaccine eligibility for 12-year-olds. There were 158 new infections and four deaths from COVID-19 today.
  • A new vaccine blitz in B.C. will see health care workers fanning out at a raft of community events, “vax vans” and other mobile clinics. And, COVID-19 restrictions have been reinstated in central Okanagan communities and non-essential travel to the area is being discouraged as COVID-19 cases surge in the region.
  • Quebec reported 133 new infections and no new deaths from COVID-19. The last death linked to the coronavirus was reported July 22.

Despite a recent uptick in COVID-19 infections, provinces won’t tighten indoor mask rules.

  • British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and P.E.I. stopped requiring masks in most indoor settings earlier this month — and say they have no plans to tighten mandates despite health experts warning about the Delta variant.
  • And despite a continued decline in severe illness, COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Canada. Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam said in a statement Tuesday that Canada saw a 36-per-cent increase in coronavirus cases between July 20-26 compared with the previous week.

Hospital visits: Some hospitals are still barring families, even if they’re fully vaccinated


Coronavirus around the world

  • Fully vaccinated travellers in the U.S. or Europe will not have to quarantine on arrival to the U.K., but England and Scotland left Canada out of new quarantine exceptions.
  • Burial grounds are full, hospitals are running out of beds, and oxygen is in short supply as Indonesia struggles to contain a COVID-19 disaster.
  • Tokyo registered a record 3,177 new coronavirus cases today, adding more risk to the Olympic Games.
  • Australia’s biggest city, Sydney, extended a lockdown by four weeks on Wednesday amid another spike in COVID-19 cases.

Coronavirus and business

The pandemic prompted many Canadians to embrace online shopping and contactless payments – but cash is still thriving.

  • An increase in demand for cash points to a particular reaction as the health crisis escalated: People hoarded cash.
  • “The extraordinary increase in [notes in circulation] during this period was driven more by demand for large-denomination notes rather than for small-denomination notes, suggesting that store of value was an important factor in these developments,” the Bank of Canada said.

Also today: Canadian-based restaurant stocks have largely recovered from the pummelling taken from the pandemic lockdowns as investors bet on consumers’ growing appetite for dining out. Still, concerns linger.

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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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