The latest coronavirus news in Canada and around the world Wednesday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.
6h44 : Whether it was home renovations, childbirth or professional development, some people maximized their time during the pandemic, while pandemic fatigue plagued others.
“Personality and individual circumstances can affect how people respond to the pandemic,” said Jacob Hirsh, associate professor at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Some people, said Hirsh – whose area of expertise includes the study of personality, motivation and decision-making – find it difficult to stay inactive and feel pressured to make productive efforts. “When their usual goals were disrupted, it was people who were most likely to adopt new ones quickly. “
Home improvement, for example, has been the focus of many people’s concerns given the extra time spent at home, Hirsh said. Others took up old hobbies, like playing musical instruments, and continued their education.
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6h43 : The wait is over. On Wednesday, most Ontarians will be able to visit a barber, watch a movie in an outdoor theater and more, as the province begins the second phase of its roadmap to reopen.
The move comes two days earlier than the July 2 start date, and just in time for Canada Day, thanks to rising vaccination rates and other key health indicators.
Notably, the Region of Waterloo will remain at the first stage due to the increase in cases of the Delta COVID-19 variant.
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6h31 : Statistics Canada will report this morning on how the economy fared in April and provide a snapshot of the May reading on real gross domestic product.
The agency’s initial estimate for April called for a 0.8% drop in economic output, which, if finalized today, would be the first drop since that seen in April 2020 during the first wave of the economy. pandemic.
May isn’t expected to be much better with many restrictions still in place throughout the month as the country grapples with the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The readings expected within two months explain why many private bank economists expect near zero real GDP growth for the second quarter.
The final month of the quarter, June, is when experts look for signs of a consumer-led recovery as vaccination rates rise, restrictions are lifted, and Canadians have the opportunity to spend on goods and services. services.
Statistics Canada will not give its early estimate of the June GDP reading until the end of next month, when it will also finalize the May reading.
6h29 : The state governments of Queensland and Western Australia on Wednesday advised people under the age of 40 not to take the AstraZeneca vaccine due to the risk of a rare blood clotting disorder, despite the fact that the government Australia made these vaccines available to all adults.
State government advice to under 40s is based on UK government guidelines, while the new federal government’s position recognizes the scarcity of Pfizer vaccine and the urgent need to accelerate a slow national rollout.
The disagreement has fueled confusion as around half of Australia’s population is locked in Queensland, Western Australia, New South Wales and the Northern Territory due to new groups, primarily the Delta variant, which would be more contagious.
Australians have only two vaccines to choose from, and locally made AstraZeneca is more abundant.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said young adults should wait until Pfizer is available, although only 5% of all Australians are fully vaccinated.
With only 42 active coronavirus cases in Queensland, AstraZeneca was not worth the risk for young adults, she said.
6h27 : North Korean leader Kim Jong Un berated senior officials for coronavirus prevention failures that have sparked a “great crisis”, using strong language that has raised the specter of a mass epidemic in a country that would barely be able to handle it.
The state media report on Wednesday did not specify which “crucial” failure prompted Kim to call the ruling Workers’ Party Politburo meeting, but experts said North Korea could be grappling with a major setback in its fight against the pandemic.
So far, North Korea has claimed it has had no coronavirus infections, despite testing thousands of people and sharing a porous border with China. Experts largely doubt this claim and are worried about any potential epidemic, given the poor health infrastructure in the country.
During the Politburo meeting, Kim criticized senior officials for their supposed incompetence, irresponsibility and passivity in planning and executing anti-virus measures amid the spreading pandemic, the agency said. official North Korean Central Press.
Kim said that “senior officials responsible for important state affairs have neglected the implementation of important party decisions regarding the taking of organizational, institutional, material, scientific and technological measures as required by the protracted prevention campaign. emergency epidemics, ”according to KCNA. This “provoked a crucial case of the creation of a great crisis to ensure the security of the state and the safety of the people and had serious consequences”.
6h26 : Public health restrictions on businesses and gatherings are receding further in Ontario today.
The province entered the second phase of its economic reopening plan at 12:01 a.m.
This means that barber shops and similar facilities can open today with masking rules, and retail stores can have more people inside.
Groups of up to 25 people can meet outdoors and five people can meet indoors.
Outdoor attractions and events such as shows can open with capacity rules.
The changes come into effect a few days ahead of schedule due to high vaccination rates and other public health indicators.
6h25 : Health Canada is updating the label of the Oxford-AstraZeneca and COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccines to add capillary leak syndrome as a potential side effect.
The agency is also including a warning for patients with a history of the disease not to receive these vaccines.
Capillary leak syndrome is a very rare serious condition that causes fluid to leak from small blood vessels (capillaries), which can lead to swelling of the arms and legs, sudden weight gain, low blood pressure, thickening blood and low levels of the blood protein albumin.
Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada have been monitoring the disease since it was flagged as a potential safety issue by the European Medicines Agency in April.
Earlier this month, the European medicines regulator said it had examined the cases of six people with capillary leak syndrome after being injected with the AstraZeneca vaccine, out of 78 million doses of the AstraZeneca and COVISHIELD vaccines given in Europe and UK as of May 27, 2021.
There was one case of capillary leak syndrome following vaccination with AstraZeneca or COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccine reported in Canada as of June 11.
Health Canada has also updated the vaccine label with information on the very rare events of blood clots associated with low platelet levels after vaccination.