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Top headlines:

  1. The fourth wave, the Delta variant and back-to-school: We answer the pressing questions
  2. Those who are fully vaccinated have a high potential of spreading the Delta variant, says a British study, making herd immunity much more elusive
  3. A Calgary woman who contracted COVID-19 earlier this year was considered dead for 30 minutes then brought back to life with a new device, believed to be a first in Canada

In the past seven days, 15,468 cases were reported, up 37 per cent from the previous seven days. There were 92 deaths announced, up 56 per cent over the same period. At least 691 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,414,311 others are considered recovered.

Canada’s inoculation rate is 9th 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 woman poses for a photo after receiving a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic for those 18-29 years old, in Xochimilco, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico, on Aug. 19, 2021.EDGARD GARRIDO/Reuters

Coronavirus in Canada

Across Canada, children and teenagers have accounted for about 1 in 5 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, and some experts anticipate that figure could rise during the fourth wave as millions of unvaccinated children return to school.

  • In provinces that have lifted measures such as mandatory mask-wearing, the Delta variant will likely spread quickly through schools and child-care settings this fall.
  • In the worst-case scenario, some experts say, millions of children could be infected.

Coronavirus around the world

Coronavirus and business

The Royal Bank of Canada is the first Big Six bank and the largest domestic financial institution to introduce a vaccine mandate.

  • All employees in Canada and the U.S. must attest that they are fully vaccinated by Oct. 31 to return to offices, branches and other RBC buildings.

Has the pandemic driven consumers to ditch cash?

  • Major leaps in payment-processing technology can be credited for this sweeping transition that has made it easier for small businesses to thrive where cash is commonly king – at farmers’ markets, food trucks and neighbourhood pop-up events.

For pandemic-weary city-dwellers, Swimply is like Airbnb – but for swimming pools.

  • The California-based Swimply provides a forum for homeowner “hosts” to rent out their backyard oases by the hour. And, it turns out, there are people who would pay good money for the chance to escape for an hour or two to a private piece of paradise.

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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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