COVID-19 update for June 28: 30 per cent of us broke COVID-19 restrictions, according to survey | Canada to receive 3.8 million doses of vaccine this week

Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for June 28, 2021.

We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

Check back here for more updates throughout the day. You can also get the latest COVID-19 news delivered to your inbox weeknights at 7 p.m. by subscribing to our newsletter here.


B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on June 25:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 147,418 (1,096 active cases)
• New cases since June 23: 72
• Total deaths: 1,749 (two new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 108
• Intensive care: 37
• Total vaccinations:4,703,549 doses administered; 1,167,117 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 144,554
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 6

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B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

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COVID-19: Look up your neighbourhood in our interactive map of case and vaccination rates in B.C.

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COVID-19: Five things to know about the P1 variant spreading in B.C.

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COVID-19: Here’s where to get tested in Metro Vancouver

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool


LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in B.C.

MONDAY

3 p.m. – Health officials are set to share latest figures on COVID-19 in B.C.

Health officials are expected to update the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries across the province.

6:45 a.m. – Mass clinic in Toronto sets record with 26,000 vaccinations

A clinic at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena administered 26,771 doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines on Sunday.

“The total COVID-19 vaccine doses administered (Sunday) are believed to be a new world record for most one-day COVID-19 vaccinations given at a single clinic,” wrote the City of Toronto in a news release.

Other sports venues including London Stadium and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles have been used for mass vaccinations. The Texas Motor Speedway recorded more than 17,000 shots on one day in April — an event that Toronto officials cited as a previous record for a clinic in North America, and a number they intended to beat.

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6:15 a.m. – Total COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to top 50 million doses by week’s end

Canada should have enough COVID-19 vaccine by the end of this week to fully inoculate three-quarters of all Canadians over the age of 12.

Brig. Gen. Krista Brodie, the military commander managing national vaccine delivery logistics for the Public Health Agency of Canada, says Pfizer-BioNTech is to send more than 2.4 million doses this week and Moderna about 1.4 million.

Those shipments will push

Canada’s total vaccine deliveries above 50 million doses to date, enough to administer two shots to 75 per cent of eligible residents.

Another 18 million doses are expected in July, enough to fully vaccinate all 33.2 million Canadians over the age of 12.

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Children under that threshold won’t be able to get immunized until trials testing the vaccines on younger children are completed later this summer or in the fall.

As of Sunday, more than 25.5 million residents had received at least one dose, and Canada is on the verge of hitting 10 million people fully vaccinated.

– Canadian Press

6:15 a.m. – Nearly 30 per cent of respondents broke COVID-19 restrictions: Canada-wide survey

Almost 30 per cent of respondents in a newly released Canada-wide survey admitted to breaking COVID-19 rules — and felt justified doing so.

The survey by the Canadian Hub for Applied and Social Research at the University of Saskatchewan was done between June 1 and June 14. It asked 1,000 people about how closely they stuck to public health orders and where they were getting their information about the pandemic.

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Some 29 per cent said they broke at least one COVID-19 restriction. The most common transgressions were around gathering limits and wearing masks.

But the survey also found that respondents were generally diligent about following isolation requirements and gave honest responses to COVID-19 screening questions.

– Canadian Press

6:15 a.m. – AstraZeneca vaccine produces strong immune response from booster shot: U.K. study

A third shot of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine produces a strong immune response, researchers said on Monday, adding there was not yet evidence that such shots were needed, especially given shortages in some countries.

The Oxford University study found that a third dose of the vaccine increases antibody and T-cell immune responses, while the second dose can be delayed up to 45 weeks and also lead to an enhanced immune response.

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The British government has said it is looking at plans for an autumn vaccine booster campaign, with three-fifths of adults already having received both doses of a COVID vaccine.

Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, said that evidence that the vaccine protects against current variants for a sustained period of time meant that such a booster may not be needed.

– Reuters

6 a.m. – Pay inequities pushed women out of the workforce during pandemic

Nearly 350,000 Canadian women who lost their jobs during the pandemic hadn’t returned to work as of February 2021, highlighting existing gender inequalities and pushing women’s employment to a two decade low.

Researchers at SFU and the University of Saskatchewan looked at the economic impact of COVID-19 on women workers and the repercussions for gender equality in the workforce.

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They found that women lost a disproportionate number of jobs during the pandemic, partly as a result of being overrepresented in hardest hit sectors, such as retail and restaurants and also because of significant gaps in pay between men and women.

According to the report’s authors, women made up 48 per cent of Canada’s workforce in March 2020, but sustained 58 per cent of pandemic job losses.

According to the study, women consistently lost a disproportionate number of jobs in every job category outside of heath care and social assistance. Worst hit was retail, where women make up 50 per cent of employees, yet lost 91 per cent of the jobs.

– Nathan Griffiths

SUNDAY

3 p.m. – International students navigate numerous barriers as they look to begin fall classes

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International students coming to Canada this year as COVID-19 cases rise and fall in various parts of the world face numerous barriers such as visa backlogs, lack of vaccinations, quarantine measures and fewer available flights.

A spokeswoman for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada said the department has continued to accept and process study permit applications throughout the pandemic.

It updated its website to show that complete study permit applications submitted for the fall 2021 semester by May 15 would be processed by Aug. 6. However, some applications may take longer because they are incomplete, said Nancy Caron in a statement.

“Against the backdrop of the global pandemic and its related challenges, we wanted to provide a target date for those planning to begin their studies in the fall,” she said.

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The department issued nearly 100,000 study permits in the first four months of 2021, up from about 66,000 during the same period last year and about 96,000 from January to April of 2019, she said.

12 p.m. – B.C. casinos ready to reopen

As B.C. continues lifting COVID-19 restrictions, casinos and nightclubs are some of the last spaces that have remained totally shuttered. The province’s hospitality industry hopes that will change this week, as the province looks ready to move to the third step of its restart plan on July 1.

While it sounds like Vancouver’s nightclub sector is looking at a more gradual reopening, casino operators are eager to get going again as soon as provincial authorities give the go-ahead.

“It won’t be official until the provincial government announces it, but at this point, we are gearing up and — to use a casino term — we are all in, in terms of getting ready for July 1,” said Chuck Keeling, executive vice president at Great Canadian Canadian Casinos.

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Keeling said Great Canadian, which operates nine casinos in B.C. including Vancouver’s Hastings Park and the River Rock in Richmond, has already called back hundreds of employees who were put out of work in March 2020 when casinos closed down in the first wave of the COVID-19.

– Dan Fumano


B.C. MAP OF WEEKLY COVID CASE COUNTS, VACCINATION RATES

Find out how your neighbourhood is doing in the battle against COVID-19 with the latest number of new cases, positivity rates, and vaccination rates:


B.C. VACCINE TRACKER



LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

–with files from The Canadian Press

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