Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- Mixing and matching, time between doses, and debunking myths: Here are your second-shot questions, answered
- A plan for providing proof of vaccination for international travel is being drafted collaboratively between the federal government and the provinces, says the Intergovernmental Affairs Minister
- AstraZeneca said its COVID-19 antibody therapy failed in preventing COVID-19 in exposed patients
In the last 7 days, 8,680 cases were reported, down 29 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 183 deaths announced, down 14 per cent over the same period. At least 1,306 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,361,174 others are considered recovered.
Canada’s inoculation rate is 11th 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 Quebec, there are no active COVID-19 cases in long-term care homes, a figure that public health authorities credit to the fact that 84 per cent of residents are fully vaccinated, and 95 per cent have received one shot. Also, the head of the regional health authority in Laval told a coroner’s inquest that the CHSLD Ste-Dorothée was missing its senior staff, most of whom had been infected by COVID-19 in the early days of the pandemic. Also, the Marathon Beneva de Montreal event that was scheduled to be held the weekend of Sept. 24 –26 is cancelled due to ongoing COVID-19 health restrictions.
- Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador announced that they will lift border restrictions beginning June 23. Travellers between the three provinces will no longer need to isolate for 14 days when entering each province.
- Alberta is lagging behind the rest of Canada for first doses, prompting the government to roll out incentives, such as the multimillion-dollar lottery.
- Ontario reported just 296 new cases today, with 433 people hospitalized with COVID-19.
The leaders of Canada’s four western provinces and three territories say they plan to push Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week on a detailed plan and timeline to reopen international borders.
- Business leaders have also called on Ottawa for a clear path to reopen the economy and international borders.
- Perrin Beatty, head of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, said Canada is a G7 outlier for not having a fleshed-out reopening plan.
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Antibody therapy: A recent AstraZeneca study assessed whether two types of antibodies could prevent adults who had been exposed to the virus in the past eight days from developing COVID-19 symptoms.
Coronavirus around the world
- Major cities in India have begun lifting strict lockdowns as the nationwide tally of new infections has dropped to its lowest level in more than two months.
- In Israel, citizens were told they could stop wearing masks indoors today as new COVID-19 infections continued to wane.
- The new coronavirus popped up in the U.S. in December 2019 – weeks before cases were first recognized by health officials, according to blood sample analysis. And, the country’s death toll from COVID-19 topped 600,000 on Tuesday, equal to the number of Americans who died of cancer in 2019.
Coronavirus and business
Some Canadian airline customers are still waiting for refunds for flights cancelled because of COVID-19.
- Canada’s airlines, unlike other global companies, issued credits instead of a cash refund for flights cancelled during COVID-19.
- The airlines pointed to a statement from the Canadian Transportation Agency that said credits were an acceptable remedy given the financial hardships the airlines faced in the pandemic.
- Financial aid unveiled in April allowed Air Canada and Transat to provide refunds for cancelled flights beginning in mid-March, 2020, but Porter and Sunwing Airlines have still not offered refunds for most cancelled flights.
- WestJet Airlines has restricted its refunds to tickets the airline cancelled – not the customer.
Also today: The U.S. Department of Transportation is seeking a US$25.5-million penalty against Air Canada for “failing to provide consumers prompt refunds” after cancelling their flights amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
And: A new survey found 74 per cent of small- and medium-sized business owners say they plan to offer employees the ability to work remotely, postpandemic.
Plus: Canada’s real estate association predicts the nation’s average selling price will jump by 19 per cent this year, in a pandemic-fuelled market.
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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.