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

Top headlines:

  1. Provinces should not use AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine on seniors, according to a national panel
  2. A new online tool allows Metro Vancouver residents to track the viral load of COVID-19 found in untreated waste water
  3. Ontario Premier Doug Ford overrode medical expert advice by opening up COVID-19 testing to all Ontarians, which overwhelmed the system

In the last 7 days, 20,586 cases were reported, up 1 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 295 deaths announced, down 26 per cent over the same period. At least 1,998 people are being treated in hospitals and 817,591 others are considered recovered.

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About 80 per cent of the 2,441,670 doses of vaccine distributed to provinces have been administered. That’s 5.1 doses for every 100 people in Canada.

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.

Coronavirus explainers: Coronavirus in maps and charts Lockdown rules and reopeningCanada’s vaccine distribution planDeveloping/approved vaccinesPfizer’s vaccine, explained Essential resources

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Seniors receive their COVID-19 vaccinations at the Palais de Congress site as Quebec begins mass vaccinations based on age across the province, Monday, March 1 in Montreal.

Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press

Coronavirus in Canada

AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine was authorized for use Friday on all Canadian adults, but the National Advisory Committee on Immunization is raising some concerns.

  • The panel of experts is concerned there is limited data on how well the vaccine will work in older populations.
  • There are no concerns that the vaccine is not safe for use.

Quarantine safety: MPs will hear from federal ministers and officials on the safety of returning travellers after two women were allegedly sexually assaulted during a mandatory COVID-19 quarantine.

COVID-19 vaccine rollout: Ottawa hopes to start receiving doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine this week. Canada has ordered 24 million doses, with the majority to be delivered between April and September.

Coronavirus around the world

Coronavirus and business

Most of CIBC’s employees will continue to work from home until at least the end of June, the company said today.

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  • In an internal memo, the bank said its staff will gradually return to the office, informed by public-health guidance. The bank will also survey staff to help refine its plans.

Also today: A new analysis of the financial well-being of Canadians shows broad gains in household wealth, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

And: All of Apple’s 270 U.S. stores have been reopened for the first time in almost a year after it was forced to shutter several outlets because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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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