Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- “We are all seeing sides of each other that we can’t actually live with”: Bickering about public-health rules is creating its own epidemic
- Ontario reported a record number of COVID-19 cases on Sunday, logging 4,456 new infections
- As COVID-19 vaccine supplies ramp up across the country, here’s a list of who’s eligible for inoculation, by province
In the last 7 days, 52,118 cases were reported, up 27 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 241 deaths announced, up 24 per cent over the same period. At least 3,110 people are being treated in hospitals and 963,397 others are considered recovered.
Canada’s inoculation rate is 27th 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.
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Coronavirus in Canada
- Ontario gave hospitals the power to transfer patients to field hospitals or different hospitals without their consent just as the province reported 4,456 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, marking a new single-day high for new infections. The Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital, the only health care facility in Canada dedicated exclusively to COVID-19, is seeing a rising tide of ICU patients. And, small businesses in the province have been “tremendously upset” by the constantly shifting opening rules and lack of financial support, according to one strategist.
- Hundreds of people gathered outside GraceLife Church in Alberta after it was shut down and fenced off over refusing to follow COVID-19 health rules.
In Ottawa, the military commander handling logistics for Canada’s vaccine distribution program says there will be enough vaccine supply delivered to give a first dose to all adults who want one before Canada Day.
- Here’s who’s currently eligible for vaccines, province by province.
Election timing: The federal Liberals are tying the timing of the next election to the vaccine rollout and the country entering the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 wasteland: Scientists are increasingly turning to municipal waste water to look for evidence of the virus behind COVID-19.
Coronavirus around the world
- China is formally considering mixing COVID-19 vaccines, as a way of further boosting vaccine efficacy.
- India banned the export of anti-viral drug Remdesivir as demand rocketed because of a record surge in COVID-19 infections.
- Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics who come down with minor symptoms of COVID-19 could be isolated in a Japanese hotel.
- The presidential election in Peru is under way, but may face a low turnout because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus and business
After trying to be patient for the last year, have we finally reached peak pandemic judgment?
- After a year of watching people flout public-health guidelines, coupled with crowded mall parking lots and big-box store lineups, the collective frustration is palpable.
- “COVID-19 has become a Netflix special that people are bored of watching,” says Verity Hill, who’s from Toronto.
Also today: From knitting and kneading to photography and illustrating, PDFs, e-books and other downloadable guides are surging in popularity as we look to learn new skills at home.
- Leidy Klotz: The pandemic has forced us all to subtract from our lives in ways we never would have considered on our own – often for worse, but also, in some ways, for better.
- Jason Russell: Breathless narratives about virtual workplaces are being articulated and consumed by people who actually can work remotely, not by people who have to go to work every day.
- Sandra Smith Hasan: My new born baby is lovingly, exhaustingly real for me and my husband. But for my siblings, my extended family, my friends and my co-workers, he’s nothing more than the odd picture or video.
- Amy Chyan: “When a friend told me about a volunteer translating opportunity to help a mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic serving low-income seniors, I jumped at the chance.”
- Madeleine Féquière: Now is the time for inclusive procurement programs to prove Canada’s dedication to establishing a fairer, more equitable economy.
- Home gyms are all some buffs need during a pandemic
- COVID-19 propelled golf to new heights in 2020. Can the sport avoid a crash this year?
- Five Vancouver burger joints that will help you ride out the pandemic
- World men’s curling championship resumes amid COVID-19 scare
- Planning, trust led to COVID-19 vaccination success in Northern Ontario First Nations
- Amid the chaos of the pandemic, Caitie Jane Parsons and her family have found a refuge in the country at their generational hobby farm just outside of Calgary
- How well do vaccines work? Here’s what you need to know.
- Rob Carrick’s 10-point checklist of things you should have done by now to protect or improve your money situation. Tips for minimizing damage to your credit score; how to manage retirement anxiety during difficult times; and things to think about if you’re considering home delivery.
- Here are the expectations for self-isolation; tips for managing anxiety and protecting your mental health; and what to do if you think you have the virus. Wash your hands. How to break a bad habit (like touching your face). Is flying safe?
- The best foods to eat to maintain an immune system-friendly diet; and how to keep a healthy diet while working from home; four eating tips when working from home; and five mistakes that might cause you to gain unwanted weight. Here are the essentials to stock up on and how to shop safely for groceries; the best pantry staples and how to stop stress-eating.
- Find answers to your coronavirus and employment questions.
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.