COVID-19 Government and International Response: June 8, 2020


Global COVID-19 cases have reached 7,164,892, up from 6,774,440 at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Canada now reports 96,140 cases, up from 94,325 cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Ontario reports 30,860 cases, up from 29,747 cases on Friday.

The growth rate of new cases in the province is now under 1%, with 243 (0.8%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 24,492 have been resolved (79.4%) and there have been 2,450 deaths (7.9%). The province has now completed 866,889 tests and reports 15,357 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.

The City of Toronto has shared a breakdown by postal code of all COVID-19 cases here.

A province-by-province breakdown of Canada’s COVID-19 case count can be found here.


Canada Border Services Agency announced that as of June 8, 2020 23:59 EDT, foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and who do not have COVID-19 or exhibit any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or who do not have reason to believe they have COVID-19, will be exempt from the prohibition on entry to Canada if entering to be with an immediate family member for a period of at least 15 days.

Foreign nationals who are admitted into Canada pursuant to this exemption must quarantine for 14 days.

An immediate family member refers to a person’s:

  • spouse or common-law partner;
  • dependent child, as defined in section 2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, or a dependent child of the person’s spouse or common-law partner;
  • dependent child, as defined in section 2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, of a dependent child referred to in paragraph (b):
  • parent or step-parent or the parent or step-parent of the person’s spouse or common-law partner;
  • guardian or tutor.

All foreign nationals who have COVID-19 or exhibit any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 continue to remain prohibited from entering Canada.

This change does not apply to immediate family members of temporary residents in Canada, such as those on a student or work visa. More information here.


Today, the Ontario government announced that effective Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., the province will increase the limit on social gatherings from five to 10 people across the province, regardless of whether a region has moved to Stage 2.

While much of the province will move to Stage 2 on Friday, Premier Ford announced that Toronto and broader GTHA will not move to Stage 2 just yet.

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local health officials, the government is easing restrictions in communities where it is safe to do so, based on trends of key public health indicators such as lower rates of transmission, increased capacity in hospitals, and progress made in testing. More information here.

The Ontario government announced today that it intends to take action to protect commercial tenants from being locked out or having their assets seized by their landlords due to the negative impacts of COVID-19. More information here.

Over the weekend the Ontario government announced it all emergency orders currently in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act were extended until June 19, 2020. Extending these emergency orders will give employers of frontline care providers the necessary flexibility to respond to COVID-19 and protect vulnerable people and the public as the province gradually and safely reopens. More information here.


The City of Toronto and United Way Greater Toronto are profiling the incredible work that frontline community workers are doing during the COVID-19 pandemic through a City proclamation and social media profiles spotlighting worker contributions.

The week of June 8 to 12 has been proclaimed as Community Workers Week by Mayor John Tory. Community worker profiles will be posted and shared on City of Toronto and United Way Greater Toronto social media channels. Recently, the Toronto Sign has frequently been lit blue and will continue to often be blue in honour of frontline workers. More information here.

The City is providing additional information on its plans to restart city services and reopen the economy. More information here.


Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases Friday at 3:30 p.m. Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 7,164,892 6,774,440 390,452 3,254,651 919 3,502,921 407,320
United States 2,022,156 1,936,145 86,011 1,139,407 6,111 769,794 112,955
Brazil 694,116 621,877 72,239 355,430 3,267 302,084 36,602
Russia 476,658 449,834 26,824 239,999 3,266 230,688 5,971
Spain 288,797 288,058 739 N/A 6,177 N/A 27,136
United Kingdom 287,399 283,311 4,088 N/A 4,235 N/A 40,597
India 265,869 236,001 29,868 129,308 193 129,088 7,473
Italy 235,278 234,531 747 34,730 3,891 166,584 33,964
Peru 199,696 183,198 16,498 104,569 6,062 89,556 5,571
Germany 186,197 185,376 821 7,814 2,223 169,600 8,783
Iran 173,832 167,156 6,676 29,121 2,071 136,360 8,351
Chile 138,846 122,499 16,347 40,951 7,267 95,631 2,264
Mexico 117,103 105,680 11,423 18,985 909 84,419 13,699
Saudi Arabia 105,283 95,748 9,535 30,013 3,027 74,524 746
Canada 96,140 94,325 1,815 33,837 2,549 54,473 7,830
China 83,040 83,027 13 65 58 78,341 4,634
Australia 7,265 7,251 14 457 285 6,706 102