COVID-19 Government and International Response: October 2, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 34,350,021, up from 32,642,945 at 3:30 p.m. on September 25. Canada now reports 160,535 cases, up from 149,503 cases of COVID-19 on September 25. Ontario reports 52,980 cases, up from 48,905 cases on September 25.

The Province reports 732 (1.4%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 44,850 have been resolved (85.0%) and there have been 2,927 deaths (5.5%). The province has now completed 4,003,204 tests and reports 90,513 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.

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

FEDERAL

COVID-19 has changed how businesses across Canada operate and market their products, from finding new market development channels, increasing the use of e-commerce, and participating in virtual events. Today, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced that the Government will refresh the Canada Brand platform to ensure industry and partners have access to new graphics and tools optimized for today’s digital platforms. More information here.

With the public health situation continuing to evolve, businesses across the country need more support now. That’s why the Honourable Melanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, today announced that the Government of Canada will provide an additional $600 million to support workers and businesses through RRRF. This additional investment brings the total RRRF support to over $1.5 billion, helping businesses and organizations weather the impact of COVID-19. More information here.

The Governments of Canada and Ontario today announced they are investing in several projects that will support labour and training needs in the farming sector, including committing more than $180,000 for the development of a new program at Conestoga College that will provide education and training in the latest agricultural equipment. More information here.

On October 1, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced $10 billion in new major infrastructure initiatives to create jobs and economic growth. The Canada Infrastructure Bank’s (CIB) Growth Plan will help Canadians get back to work and is expected to create approximately 60,000 jobs across the country. The three-year plan will connect more households and small businesses to high-speed Internet, strengthen Canadian agriculture, and help build a low-carbon economy. More information here.

On September 29, Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau of Canada and Andrew Holness of Jamaica, and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres convened the second High-Level event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID‑19 and Beyond. During the meeting, Prime Minister Trudeau announced an additional $400 million in international development funding this year. More information here.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented global crisis that is having a significant impact on the air industry and Canadian travellers. On September 29,  the federal government announced the implementation of temperature screening for travellers at 11 additional Canadian airports. More information here.

On September 29, it was announced that the Government of Canada has signed an agreement with Abbott Rapid Diagnostics ULC to purchase up to 7.9 million ID NOW rapid point-of-care tests, pending Health Canada authorization of the tests. If authorized, these tests would be deployed to provinces and territories to support them in ramping upsurge capacity for COVID-19 testing. More information here.

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy has been protecting jobs by helping businesses keep employees on the payroll and encouraging employers to re-hire previously laid-off workers. On September 25, the federal government proposed extending the current treatment of furloughed employees under the wage subsidy program for the upcoming four-week period, from September 27 to October 24, 2020. More information here.

On September 25, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, and Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Ahmed Hussen, highlighted that for eligible Canadians, the Government will transition from the CERB to a flexible and more accessible EI program, starting September 27, 2020, as originally announced on August 20, 2020. More information here.

Since the launch of the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF), FedDev Ontario has provided critical support for southern Ontario’s businesses and other organizations, saving more than 43,000 jobs in the region. With the second wave upon us, businesses across southern Ontario need more support – now. That’s why on September 25, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, announced an additional $184 million for FedDev Ontario to help more businesses across southern Ontario through the RRRF. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

Ontario is introducing a number of stricter public health measures, some provincewide and some more targeted to current hotspots like Toronto, Ottawa and Peel, as the province reports record-high numbers of new COVID-19 cases. The provincial government is also making significant changes to the process of getting a COVID-19 test, which as of October 6 will be done by appointment only. More information here.

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, local medical officers of health and public health experts, the Ontario government is tightening public health measures. At the same time, in response to the second wave of COVID-19 and preparation for the cold winter months, the government is taking action to reduce testing turnaround times while prioritizing those who are at the greatest risk. More information here.

The Ontario government has developed a $2.8 billion COVID-19 fall preparedness plan to ensure the province’s health care, long-term care and education systems are prepared for the immediate challenges of the fall, including a second wave of COVID-19 and the upcoming flu season. More information here.

The Ontario government is investing close to $540 million to protect residents, caregivers, and staff in long-term care homes from future surges and waves of COVID-19. The funding is part of the province’s COVID-19 fall preparedness plan, Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19. More information here.

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is updating its COVID-19 school and childcare screening guidance. This additional information will help parents determine when it is most appropriate for students, children, and their families to seek a test for COVID-19. More information here.

The Ontario Government is unveiling plans to build a more responsive, efficient, and person-centred social assistance system that will get people back to work and help the economy recover from the COVID-19 crisis. As part of the first phase of the social assistance recovery and renewal plan, the province will be focusing on improved access to employment and training services, developing new digital tools and modern service options, and ways to process financial assistance faster. More information here.

The Ontario government is investing $52.5 million to recruit, retain and support over 3,700 more frontline health care workers and caregivers to ensure our health care system can meet any surge in demand while continuing to provide safe and high-quality care to patients and long-term care residents. This investment is part of the province’s COVID-19 fall preparedness plan, Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19. More information here.

TORONTO

Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, today wrote to the Province of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, with strong recommendations to significantly reduce the further spread of COVID-19 in Toronto. The number of COVID-19 cases in Toronto continues to increase, with the city at risk of experiencing exponential growth of COVID-19 infections. More information here.

The City of Toronto council has approved new restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 within bars and restaurants while at the same time passing a five-point plan to help the struggling industry survive. More information here.

On September 30, Toronto City Council voted unanimously in favour of stronger measures to protect residents from COVID-19 and slow the ongoing resurgence of the virus in the community. The measures adopted were recommended by Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa and are supported by data collected by Toronto Public Health. To prevent COVID-19 activity and outbreaks in establishments serving food and drinks, these businesses will be required to:

  • Limit the total number of patrons permitted to be inside at any one time to 75 (down from 100)
  • Maintain a customer log for each patron
  • Limit the maximum number of people able to sit at each table, both inside and outside, to six people (down from 10)
  • Keep background music and any other background sounds, such as from televisions or other electronic sound-producing devices, no louder than the volume of normal conversation

More information here.

On September 29, Mayor John Tory announced that major weekend road closures, as part of the popular ActiveTO suite of programs, will be extended into October. More information here.

INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases Sept 25 at 3:30 p.m. Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 34,729,219 32,644,627 2,084,592 7,882,062 4,455 25,816,079 1,031,078
United States 7,523,424 7,206,769 316,655 2,553,129 22,695 4,757,129 213,166
India 6,471,665 5,897,227 574,438 945,891 4,678 5,424,901 100,873
Brazil 4,856,024 4,667,384 188,640 498,286 22,804 4,212,772 144,966
Russia 1,194,643 1,136,048 58,595 203,270 8,185 970,296 21,077
Peru 818,297 788,930 29,367 95,234 24,732 690,528 32,535
Mexico 748,315 715,457 32,858 132,762 5,789 537,475 78,078
Spain 810,807 735,198 75,609 17,340 32,086
Chile 466,590 453,868 12,722 14,116 24,355 439,607 12,867
Iran 464,596 439,882 24,714 52,765 5,514 385,264 26,567
United Kingdom 467,146 423,236 43,910 6,872 42,268
Saudi Arabia 335,578 332,329 3,249 10,407 9,602 320,348 4,823
Italy 319,908 306,235 13,673 53,997 5,293 229,970 35,941
Germany 297,864 283,444 14,420 28,772 3,552 259,500 9,592
Canada 162,320 149,503 12,817 15,600 4,291 137,318 9,402
China 85,424 85,322 102 189 59 80,601 4,634
Australia 27,109 41,500 -14,391 1,431 1,060 24,788 890