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

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  1. ‘It’s the first step for us’: A Winnipeg high school principal encouraged teachers to get vaccinated once he learned that the age eligibility for the AstraZeneca had lowered – and did his best to streamline the process for staff
  2. The site of Canada’s largest workplace outbreak – Cargill’s slaughterhouse in High River, Alberta, has postponed a planned vaccine clinic
  3. Thousands of hospital staff across Canada have not been vaccinated – which could potentially put patients at risk

In the last 7 days, 58,611 cases were reported, down 1 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 317 deaths announced, up 17 per cent over the same period. At least 4,304 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,034,538 others are considered recovered.

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Canada’s inoculation rate is 17th among 84 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.

Coronavirus explainers: Coronavirus in maps and chartsTracking vaccine dosesLockdown rules and reopeningVaccine distribution planFour vaccines approved in CanadaEssential resources

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Residents in COVID-19 hot spots line up at a vaccination clinic run by Humber River Hospital's mobile team at Downsview Arena in Toronto on April 21.


Coronavirus in Canada

In Ottawa, Canada’s top doctor said the government is doing “further analysis” on flights arriving from India as COVID-19 cases in that country surge.

  • Dr. Theresa Tam said Canada will be doing a risk assessment and “using the data that we have now collected at the border to inform our next steps.”
  • Calls are mounting for Ottawa to limit travel from hot spots, including India, which saw nearly 300,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday alone, with 2,000 more deaths related to the coronavirus.
  • In the last two weeks, 35 flights have arrived from from India with at least one case of COVID-19, according to the Canadian government.

COVID-19 vaccines: Some front-line hospital workers across Canada have still not been vaccinated.

Coronavirus around the world

Coronavirus and business

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland is urging businesses to have patience on the reopening of the border.

  • Pressed by the president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce at an event for criteria to reopen the border, Freeland didn’t provide any details, citing the unpredictable nature of COVID-19.
  • Freeland acknowledged that Canadian companies want – and need – predictability, but asked for their patience and “flexibility.”

And: Cirque du Soleil is planning to start doing shows beginning in late June.

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Also today: Metro is going to give employees gift cards again as a pandemic work bonus, but the union said that was insufficient, calling on the grocery-store chain and other businesses to reinstate temporary pay increases as the pandemic continues.

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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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