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

Top headlines:

  1. When it comes to vaccinating children against the coronavirus, Newfoundland and Labrador leads the country with nearly 75 per cent of kids aged 5 to 11 at least partly vaccinated
  2. Canada to re-examine definition of fully vaccinated against COVID-19 once more people have had booster shots: Tam
  3. The pandemic has led to food supply shortages once again, showing the vulnerability of Canada’s food system

In the past seven days, 171,637 cases were reported, down 28 per cent from the previous seven days. There were 1,054 deaths announced, up 61 per cent over the same period. At least 10,618 people are being treated in hospitals.

Canada’s inoculation rate is 15th 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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There are positive signs the Omicron wave is peaking in Canada but we are not done with COVID-19 yet, Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says.

  • Testing limitations mean case numbers are no longer a great indication of the status of the pandemic, Dr. Tam says, but positivity rates and wastewater surveillance are all pointing towards the spread of COVID-19 slowing nationally.

Truckers’ vaccine mandate: The Canada Border Services Agency sent a statement (in error) last week to media saying that unvaccinated and partially vaccinated truck drivers crossing into Canada from the United States would remain exempt from the vaccine mandate. Here’s what we know about the botched communication.

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Food supply shortages, brought on in part by the pandemic, highlight yet again the vulnerability of Canada’s food system – one that has already shown signs in recent years of tremendous strain.

  • COVID-19 outbreaks have resulted in significant disruptions at farms, where agriculture workers often live and work together in close conditions. Earlier this month, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit in Ontario, where much of Canada’s greenhouse produce is grown, temporarily banned the arrival of new agricultural migrant workers because of outbreaks.

Also today: Despite widespread labour shortages, real wage increases have stayed fairly muted during the pandemic. That could change very soon.

And: The super-sprawl of the pandemic is being seen across Canada, especially in Oliver, B.C.

Also see: The economy still has yet to return to its pre-pandemic peak, but many economists are predicting that the Bank of Canada will usher in its first rate hike of the COVID-era next Wednesday.

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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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