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June 30: it is a somewhat noteworthy day because the province is moving from phase 1 to phase 2 in its COVID recovery plan. The most noteworthy part is that we are doing well enough to move into the next phase a little earlier than planned.
Moving into phase 2 will not be a huge change for most, but it will allow for somewhat larger gatherings both outside and inside. More stores will be permitted limited opening, and there will be fewer restrictions on stores that have already been open.
It's progress done carefully. It might be more careful than necessary, but the Delta variant is of concern.
As I write this (on Monday) 70.3% of the population has had at least one jab, and 30.2% have had both. That's pretty good because it is referring tot he whole population when those under 12 aren't even eligible. Vaccinations have been occurring at the rate or ~200000/day. There is very little vaccine hesitancy and great efficiency of delivery as this tweet about a big Toronto clinic well reveals.
Numbers and trends have been good with fewer than 400 cases/day for a dozen days with some under 300 and even getting close to 200 on this Monday. Recall that there were almost 5000 new cases on the worst day just over 2 months ago. Where there's a will, eh?
If anyone requires a reminder about the efficacy of the vaccines, this post about LA County should just about be all that one needs to give their head a shake and roll up their sleeves for a jab.