Good evening, here are the COVID-19 updates you need to know tonight.
- Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency and the Ontario Superior Court ordered anti-vaccine protesters blocking the Ambassador Bridge to clear
- The global trading system has never faced anything like the coronavirus, and many companies are predicting that business won’t return to normal until 2024.
- How some COVID-19 issues are eerily similar to Quebec’s 1885 battle against smallpox
In the past seven days, 70,476 cases have been reported, decreasing 26 % compared to the previous seven days. There was 834 reported deaths, down 18 % over the same period. At least 7,497 people are treated in hospitals.
The inoculation rate in Canada is 13th among countries with a population of one million or more.
Sources: Canada data is compiled from government websites, Johns Hopkins and the COVID-19 Canada Open Data Task Force; international data is from Johns Hopkins University.
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Coronavirus in Canada
- Ontario reports 1,829 people hospitalized with COVID-19 and 435 in intensive care, compared to 1,897 and 445 yesterday. There have been 50 additional virus-related deaths.
- In Quebec, there was a sharp drop in hospitalizations, with 98 fewer people hospitalized with COVID-19. The province also reported 39 new deaths. Elsewhere, Eric Andrew-Gee writes about the uncanny similarities between COVID-19 and Quebec’s 1885 battle with smallpox.
- A child under the age of 12 died of COVID-19 in New Scotland. “Today’s passing continues to underscore the seriousness of a disease that knows no borders and the importance of getting vaccinated to protect yourself and those around you,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Medical Officer of Health in leader of Nova Scotia.
- With a lot of albertaPublic health restrictions around the coronavirus end this week and next, public health officials have called the plan “reckless” and say they fear decisions will be driven by politics rather than data factual.
In Ottawa, As various factions push to ease travel restrictions, Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the government is reviewing the rules and plans to announce changes next week.
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Coronavirus and business
Many companies anticipate that due to supply chain blockages created by the pandemic, business will not return to normal until 2024.
- The challenges began in 2020, when companies canceled production plans for the following year. The problems have been compounded by staff shortages and plant closures.
- For consumers, this could mean that things have changed permanently in terms of the availability of goods before the pandemic. Jens Bjorn Andersen, chief executive of transport and logistics group DSV, said the dislocation had been so complete that, whatever the outcome, the sector will not look the same as it did before COVID-19.
Also today : The US CPI jumped 7.5% in January – the fastest pace since 1982. How should the US tackle the inflation crisis?
And: The pandemic has prompted some Canadians to buy homes in Nova Scotia without ever setting foot there.
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Sources: Canada data is compiled from government websites, Johns Hopkins University and the COVID-19 Canada Open Data Task Force; international data is from Johns Hopkins.
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