The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Sunday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.
7:45 a.m.: More than 80 per cent of eligible Ontarians have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and, with the possibility that vaccines will be offered to young children in the coming months, the pandemic’s familiar wave-after-wave pattern of new infections could soon calm.
Scientists believe that as more people increase their immunity to the virus either through vaccination or infectionThe past seven days, there have been a total of 53,466 new cases, cases in Ontario are on track to drop to endemic levels as early as springThe COVID-19 strain found in B.C., Alberta and Quebec, provided of course that a more transmissible and vaccine-evasive variant doesn’t rear its head in the meantime.
The implication of COVID-19 becoming endemic — that iss parents, infections of the virus occurring at some consistent baseline level in the population — is that we will simply have to learn to live with it.