Coronavirus update: Air Canada cancels nearly 10 percent of Toronto flights for seven days amid wave of travel, staff crisis


Good evening, these are tonight’s main coronavirus headlines:

Top headlines:

  • Air Canada cancels nearly 10 percent of Toronto flights for seven days amid rebound in travel demand and staff shortages
  • The World Health Organization says its latest research into the origins of COVID-19 is inconclusive due to a lack of data from China
  • Ontario’s top science adviser says he would have preferred to see province’s masking rules expanded

In the past seven days there were 259 deaths from COVID-19 nationally, down 7 percent over the same period. At least 3.067 people are treated in hospitals and 222 are in the ICU.

Canada’s vaccination rate is: 18th between countries with a population of one million or more people.

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

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COVID-19 updates from Canada and the world

  • A report from the World Health Organisation said the investigation into the origins of COVID-19 was inconclusive due to missing data from China. The report says the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 likely came from animals, likely bats, but the organization is still unsure how the virus was first transmitted to humans due to missing data.
  • The scientific director of Ontario’s The COVID-19 advisory group says there are still real signs of tension in the healthcare system and would have preferred to see the province’s masking rules expanded in high-risk environments.
  • The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 in Alberta has decreased by 20 percent in the past two weeks.

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Pandemic recovery

  • Air Canada canceled about 10 percent of its flights at Toronto Pearson Airport in the first seven days of June due to staff shortages. The airline industry says the reduced workforce is unable to handle the increase in passenger numbers while still enforcing COVID-19 rules, and vaccine mandates for federal agency and airline employees have also reduced workforces.
  • Meanwhile, Air Transat’s second-quarter loss increased on pandemic-related flight cancellations and rising fuel prices.
  • The Bank of Canada is sounding the alarm on several worrisome trends in the real estate boom from the pandemic, including households struggling financially to buy real estate and investors using their existing homes to buy new real estate.
  • The Canadian dollar weakened against its US counterpart on Thursday as the price of oil, one of Canada’s top exports, fell after parts of Shanghai imposed new COVID-19 lockdown measures.

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  • The pandemic, coupled with the staggering price of housing in Canada’s largest cities, has left many people wondering whether living in the big city or the suburbs is best for them.

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