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- Canada is entering a fourth wave, the country’s top doctor says, days ahead of an expected election call
- The domino effect: More Ontario universities make vaccinations mandatory for campus access
- Canada is donating all of its Johnson & Johnson vaccines to low and middle-income countries
In the past seven days, 11,258 cases were reported, up 71 per cent from the previous seven days. There were 59 deaths announced, down 6 per cent over the same period. At least 515 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,406,054 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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Coronavirus in Canada
- Ontario reported 513 new infections, the highest COVID-19 case count since mid-June, and no deaths. Meanwhile, five additional universities in the province announced they will require proof of COVID-19 vaccines for those attending their facilities. Yesterday, the province released updated guidance on isolation rules for students and staff.
- British Columbia’s daily COVID-19 case count has jumped to 536, a figure not seen since mid-May. Meanwhile, the province announced it will now require all people working in long-term care facilities to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
In Ottawa, Canada announced it will donate 10 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose COVID-19 vaccines – the entirety of supply purchased from J&J – to low and middle-income countries through COVAX.
- Health Canada authorized the one-shot vaccine in early March, but J&J doses were never administered in Canada.
- Canada will make the donation through COVAX, the global vaccine-sharing alliance. According to International Development Minister Karina Gould, Canada has now committed to donate a total of 40 million vaccine doses.
- The donation news arrives as many developing nations continue to struggle with a shortage of shots.
Canada is now in the grip of a fourth wave of COVID-19, says Canada’s top doctor, just as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to trigger an election on Sunday.
- Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam warned that “a fourth wave is underway in Canada and that cases are plotting along a strong resurgence trajectory.” The update comes just as Prime Minister is expected to call a snap election for September.
- “Nationally, there are now over 13,000 active cases – more than double from two weeks ago,” Dr. Tam said.
Campaign pledges: In its pre-election campaign promises, the NDP included provisions for ensuring Canada is better prepared for a pandemic and for improving the long-term care system.
Vaccine passports: The National Airlines Council of Canada approves of the standardized digital certification of vaccine status, saying it is critical to restart the country’s travel and tourism sectors.
Coronavirus around the world
- A third booster dose of COVID-19 vaccines for people with weakened immune systems is expected to be authorized by the U.S. FDA.
- Surging infections in the Tokyo area are severely affecting the health-care system, a key medical adviser to Japan’s Prime Minister warned.
- Despite seven weeks of lockdown in Sydney, daily infections continue to hover near record highs, prompting the possibility that extra Australian military personnel may be called in to ensure compliance with lockdown rules.
- Israel is poised to give COVID-19 vaccine boosters to those 50 and older.
Coronavirus and business
Canada’s three largest grocers offered a clearer picture of how the COVID-19 crisis has shaped shopping habits.
- At the onset of the pandemic, Metro, Empire Co. and Loblaw saw sales soar as shoppers stockpiled everything, prompting shortages of items such as flour and toilet paper. Now, the trend is quite the opposite, they report.
Also today: As Canadians make their gradual return to the office, will they be as willing as before to suit up? According to an IWG poll, 59 per cent think it’ll be acceptable to dress less formally in the office when they return.
And: The Parliamentary Budget Officer estimated in a report Thursday that the federal government could make about $177-million from an aid deal reached with Air Canada in April.
Plus: The Toronto International Film Festival announced it will not mandate COVID-19 vaccines to attend its venues – but will make masks and testing mandatory for talent and media.
- Globe editorial: Yes to vaccine mandates. Yes to vaccine passports
- Kenneth P. Green: The pandemic should have ended Trudeau’s war on plastics
- Amid a boom in domestic travel, tourism experts recommend booking transport and accommodations early.
- As pandemic rules slowly disappear, planning a vacation is back on the everyone’s must-do list, but should travel insurance be something to consider as well?
- U.S. tour and festival promoter AEG Presents announced it will require COVID-19 vaccines for event staff and anyone who enters their concert venues or festivals. The rule comes into effect no later than Oct. 1.
- Everything you need to know about Canada’s travel restrictions for vaccinated and unvaccinated people
- Waiting for a second dose? We answer your COVID-19 vaccine questions
- What is and isn’t ‘paid sick leave’ in Canada? A short primer
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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.