COVID-19 Government and International Response: November 27, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 61,680,554 up from 56,984,076 at 3:30 p.m. on November 20, 2020. Canada now reports 353,097 cases, up from 315,751 cases of COVID-19 on November 20. Ontario reports 111,216 cases, up from 100,790 cases on November 20.

The Province reports 1,855 (1.7%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 94,366 have been resolved (84.8%) and there have been 3,595 deaths (3.2%). The province has now completed 6,126,465 tests and reports 54,241 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

The governments of Canada and Ontario are committing up to $11.5 million through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) for two important new programs, one of which will assist meat processors on projects to rapidly increase processing capacity, and one that will help farmers adjust to current market challenges. This funding is in addition to other supports launched this year to assist the sector in meeting challenges related to the COVID-19 outbreak. More information here.

On November 26, the federal government announced $6.5 million funding over 16 months for Peel Public Health to establish a safe, voluntary isolation site. This site will help Canadians in the Region of Peel who have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it have accessible accommodations to keep themselves and their community safe. More information here.

On November 26, the Government of Canada announced that it has signed an agreement with Eli Lilly for an initial order of up to 26,000 doses of their COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapy Bamlanivimab (LY-CoV555). Under the agreement, deliveries of Bamlanivimab will begin in December 2020 and be completed in February 2021. More information here.

Whether Canadians are looking for a job, working from home or changing how they work in order to respect public health guidelines, many are facing new challenges as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. To help workers face these challenges, the federal government announced the release of the Future Skills Council’s report, Canada – A Learning Nation: A Skilled, Agile Workforce Ready to Shape the Future. The report frames lifelong skills development as key to building a skilled, agile workforce that will fuel Canada’s long-term economic competitiveness and prosperity. More information here.

In light of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union and by extension the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the Government of Canada has been working to ensure continuity for Canada-United Kingdom trade – especially now as we build a strong economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. On November 21, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, along with Elizabeth Truss, the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for International Trade, announced the successful conclusion of talks for the Canada-United Kingdom Trade Continuity Agreement – an interim deal that will be in place as Canada and the United Kingdom work towards negotiating a comprehensive free trade agreement. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

The Ontario government is calling on the federal government to immediately lay out its plan to allocate COVID-19 vaccines across the country as the province continues to prepare for the distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccine doses, which will be the largest vaccine rollout in a generation. This federal plan will inform the work of the new Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force being led by General (retired) Rick Hillier. More information here.

The Ontario government is providing $13.6 million to enable school boards to hire more teachers and staff in regions recently moved to the Red-Control level and providing stabilization funding for school boards, if needed. The province is also expanding testing in school communities and launching new online learning portals. These initiatives will enhance safety measures for schools and alleviate potential budget shortfalls during COVID-19. More information here.

The Ontario government is helping local restaurants by introducing new legislation that would protect them from high delivery fees. The Supporting Local Restaurants Act, 2020, would cap fees charged by food delivery companies in areas where indoor dining is prohibited to help more small and independent restaurants stay in business. More information here.

Beginning November 24, the Ontario government deployed new COVID-19 rapid tests to provide faster results in regions of high transmission and rural and remote areas. As an additional tool to help keep essential workers safe, rapid tests will also be used to screen staff in long-term care homes and select workplaces. These new tests will provide Ontarians with more access to innovative testing options and will help to quickly identify and manage outbreaks to stop the spread of COVID-19. More information here.

TORONTO

The City of Toronto will re-open registration for CurbTO temporary parking pick-up zones to help support main street businesses while Toronto is in the Grey – Lockdown category of the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework. More information here.

On November 25, Mayor John Tory launched the City of Toronto’s Welcome T.O. Winter parks plan. Throughout the pandemic, the City has remained committed to providing people with safe opportunities for recreation. To help people stay active this winter season, the City is highlighting its offering of new and enhanced exercise-based recreation activities in parks locations across Toronto. More information here.

The City of Toronto updated facility and service information following the official start of Lockdown on November 23. More information on the impacts of the new lockdown orders I Toronto here.

INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases Nov 20 at 3:30 p.m. Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 61,680,263 57,698,309 3,981,954 17,615,181 7,913 42,621,452 1,443,921
United States 13,295,263 12,158,634 1,136,629 5,168,462 40,071 7,856,893 269,908
India 9,325,786 9,047,936 277,850 456,807 6,731 8,733,073 135,906
Brazil 6,209,404 5,987,219 222,185 509,241 28,090 5,407,498 168,218
Russia 2,215,533 2,039,926 175,607 464,801 15,179 1,712,174 38,558
Spain 1,646,192 1,589,219 56,973 35,203 44,668
United Kingdom 1,589,301 1,473,508 115,793 23,361 57,551
Italy 1,538,217 1,345,767 192,450 787,893 25,456 696,647 53,677
Mexico 1,078,594 1,019,543 59,051 170,771 8,330 803,581 104,242
Germany 1,013,582 895,304 118,278 301,571 12,082 696,100 15,911
Peru 956,347 943,917 12,430 33,543 28,843 887,019 35,785
Iran 922,397 828,377 94,020 235,237 10,925 640,065 47,095
Chile 547,223 537,585 9,638 9,686 28,527 522,259 15,278
Saudi Arabia 356,691 354,813 1,878 5,212 10,182 345,622 5,857
Canada 354,952 318,448 27,504 60,759 9,371 282,374 11,819
China 86,495 86,398 97     303 60 81,558 4,634
Australia 27,873 27,790 83 1,396 1,088 25,570 907