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Over its lifespan between late March and October of last year, the CERB paid out nearly $82 billion to 8.9 million people in Canada whose incomes crashed either because they saw their hours slashed or lost their jobs.

In the first four-week period, there were 84,890 people in the city receiving the CERB, and the figure fell from there.

Toronto had about 14.12 per cent of its residents receiving CERB last year while about 10.11 per cent of residents in Gatineau received the benefit.

ONTARIO UPDATES

NEW CASES

On Sunday, Ontario reported 981 new COVID-19 cases and 42 new deaths. The province reported 1,300 new COVID-19 cases Saturday and 19 new deaths.

No new data was released on Monday.

The Ontario government issued a memo to the province’s regional medical officers of health spelling out who’s next in line to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

The province offered new guidance to regional medical officers of health as supply of the COVID-19 vaccines starts to gradually increase.

All residents of long-term care homes have had an opportunity to receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the province says. Those remaining in the immediate priority groups for the first dose are set to receive their vaccine dose next.

Those include:

  • Staff and essential caregivers in long-term care homes, high-risk retirement homes and First Nations elder care homes.
  • Patients in hospitals who have a confirmed admission to a long-term care home, retirement home or other congregate care home for seniors.
  • Highest-priority health-care workers — such as paramedics and staff in critical care units, emergency departments and COVID-19 medical units — followed by very high priority health-care workers — such as those in surgical care, obstetrics, assisted living facilities and palliative care settings. These categories are laid out in the Ministry of Health’s guidance on health care worker prioritization.
  • Indigenous adults in northern, remote and higher-risk communities, including on-reserve and urban communities.

Canada’s vaccination efforts slowed to a crawl during that time, taking delivery of 339,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine between Jan. 18 and last week rather than the promised 1.15 million.

India’s Serum Institute will ship COVID-19 vaccines to Canada within a month, its chief executive said on Monday, in a sign a diplomatic row triggered by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s comments on political protests in India was easing.

Last week, however, Trudeau spoke to Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and they discussed the two countries’ commitment to democracy. Modi also said India would do its best to supply COVID-19 vaccines sought by Canada.

India’s SII has emerged as a key vaccine supplier amid the pandemic. Canada, like many other countries, is relying on foreign supplies because it is unable to produce the vaccine locally.

NEW ZEALAND

A coronavirus outbreak that sent New Zealand’s biggest city into a snap lockdown over the weekend involved the more transmissible UK B1.1.7 variant, health officials confirmed on Monday, the first time the strain has been detected locally.

The COVID-19 restrictions in Auckland and the rest of the country will remain for now and will be reviewed on Tuesday, Ardern said in a news conference. The Auckland lockdown is the first in New Zealand in six months, after a hard shutdown early in the pandemic largely eliminated local transmission.

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