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  1. As COVID-19 restrictions fall, the vaccinated could find themselves sharing more space with those who are unvaccinated. What does that mean for transmissibility?
  2. Ontario’s health minister won’t seek reelection in June
  3. Public health officials in Montreal opposed Quebec’s December curfew

In the past seven days, 39,946 cases were reported, down 4 per cent from the previous seven days.

There were 449 deaths announced, down 4 per cent over the same period. At least 4,454 people are being treated in hospitals. 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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Coronavirus in Canada

In Ottawa, the chief public health officer said that the risk of another massive wave of infection is low in Canada, so long as Omicron is the dominant strain.

  • Dr. Theresa Tam said the combination of recent Omicron cases and high vaccination rates means the country has good community-level protection – but if another variant emerges, that may change.
  • However, better treatments and availability of rapid tests mean it’s unlikely measures like school closures or capacity limits would be necessary, Dr. Tam said.

After Omicron: Public health restrictions in Canada are being dropped. What does this mean for vaccinated individuals in the face of Omicron?

Coronavirus and business

A series of faculty strikes has hit Canadian universities, led by professors who are fed up with pandemic work conditions and what they call a lack of respect from their employers.

  • Faculty say they’re tired and frustrated by two years of pandemic working conditions.
  • While they’re willing to accept wage increases that fall short of inflation, they’re demanding concessions elsewhere to compensate.

Also today: An acceleration in U.S. job numbers suggests the labour market was moving past the COVID-19 pandemic and that the economy has weaned itself off government money.

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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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