Coronavirus update: South African researchers discover new highly mutated COVID-19 variant

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  1. It has South African researchers discovered a new highly mutated COVID-19 variant in the midst of increases in cases
  2. In the genetic arms race with COVID-19 variants, Canada’s laboratories are fighting for better ways to share results with each other and the world
  3. Vacancies in Canada rose to more than one million, the latest sign that employers are struggling to fill posts in an increasingly tight labor market as pandemic restrictions are lifted;

In the last seven days, 18,259 cases were reported, op 4 percent from the previous seven days. There was 138 deaths announced, down 30 percent in the same period. At least 1,527 th most common people are being treated in hospitals.

Canada’s inoculation rate is 16 among countries with a population of one million or more people.

Sources: Canada data collected from government websites, Johns Hopkins and COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group; international data are from Johns Hopkins University.

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Avery Rose, 8, poses for her father Jeff Rose after receiving her COVID-19 vaccination at a vaccination clinic at Humber River Hospital in Toronto today.COLE BURSTON / The Canadian Press

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In the first year of the pandemic, older Canadians who were lonely were twice as likely to experience symptoms of depression after the first lockdown, according to a study.

  • Having a lower socioeconomic status and more pandemic-related stressors puts people at higher risk for depression, the study found. Women experienced a higher incidence of depression than men. Canadians between 50 and 65 performed worse than older seniors.

COVID-19 variants: Researchers across Canada are on guard against new forms of the new coronavirus, but there are still barriers to data sharing between researchers and provincial and federal agencies.

Violence against women: The number of women who were Victims of homicide have increased in Canada over the last two years, according to preliminary data, as researchers say, an increase in lethal violence in the home caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transit: Canadian cities are asking for some form of funding commitment from the federal government for local transit systems, as the rider level is not yet back to the pre-pandemic level.

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The average house price across the country is 30 percent higher than before the pandemic, where smaller cities and semi-rural areas are experiencing record high price increases.

  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation is concerned about speculative investment in residential real estate and says it is pushing house prices higher.
  • CMHC has already warned that the country’s housing market is overvalued and vulnerable to a price correction.

Also today: Vacancies in Canada rose to more than one million, according to Statistics Canada. Nearly one-fifth of all vacancies were in hospitality, which includes restaurants and hotels. The industry’s vacancies were 14.4 percent in September, the highest in any sector. The national vacancy rate was 6 per cent.

And: Boycott against Chapmans is over his COVID-19 vaccine policy gave backlash and instead drove renewed interest in the brand.

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Sources: Canada data collected from government websites, Johns Hopkins University and COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group; international data is from Johns Hopkins.

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