Coronavirus News Today: Toronto’s COVID Rate Disparities Improved in Wave 4

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world on Sunday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.

7:45 a.m. Toronto has high vaccination coverage compared to major cities in the US and Europe. But vaccination rates in the city’s low-income, racialized neighborhoods — in places like Scarborough, Thorncliffe Park and the northwest corner — have lagged behind, even though they had higher rates of COVID.

But at a meeting last month of the Board of Health, there was some evidence of progress in narrowing this gap. The disparity between COVID rates in people of color and whites, and between people with lower and higher incomes, decreased in the fourth wave, according to analysis presented at the meeting.

Additionally, the 35 neighborhoods prioritized for Intensive Neighborhood Clinics and Community Ambassadors saw an average increase of 19 percentage points from June 2021 to April 2022, in first-dose vaccine coverage (66 to 85 percent), while all other neighborhoods saw an increase of 13 percentage points.

Read more from May Warren of the Star.

7:20 a.m. Supermarkets, malls and restaurants in Shanghai will be allowed to open with limited capacity from Monday, officials said, though it was unclear whether residents would be able to leave their homes.

The city’s deputy mayor, Chen Tong, said at a daily news conference on Sunday that supermarkets, shopping malls, convenience stores and pharmacies will be allowed to reopen while measures are put in place that “reduce the flow of people.”

Farmers’ markets will also be allowed to reopen while “contactless” transactions are guaranteed. Restaurants will be able to serve takeout.

However, Shanghai’s transportation department said on Sunday that all subway lines in the city had stopped operating. It was unclear when those services would be restarted.

7 am North Korea has confirmed 15 more deaths and hundreds of thousands of additional fever patients as it mobilizes more than a million health workers and others to try to suppress the country’s first COVID-19 outbreak, state media reported on Sunday. .

After upholding a widely disputed claim of being coronavirus-free for more than two years, North Korea announced on Thursday that it had found its first COVID-19 patients since the pandemic began.

It has said the fever has spread across the country “explosively” since late April, but has not disclosed exactly how many COVID-19 cases it has found. Some experts say North Korea lacks the diagnostic kits needed to test a large number of suspected COVID-19 patients.

Read more from The Associated Press.

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