COVID-19 Government and International Response: January 8, 2021

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 88,929,734 up from 71,502,915 at 3:30 p.m. on
January 8, 2021. Canada now reports 641,973 cases, up from 488,638 cases of COVID-19 on January 8. Ontario reports 208,394 cases, up from 151,257 cases on January 8.

The Province reports 4,294 (2.1%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 208,394 have been resolved (84.1%) and there have been 4,882 deaths (2.3%). The province has now completed 8,366,403 tests and reports 73,067 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

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the state of the pandemic is “frightening,” and is vowing that the number of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines being delivered to Canada will “scale up,” in February. More information here.

On January 6, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, issued an Interim Order formalizing new COVID-19 testing requirements for all air travellers coming to Canada, and providing additional guidance to airline operators and the travelling public regarding the new pre-departure testing requirement that was announced on December 31.  Effective midnight on January 7, 2021 (00:00 EST or 05:00 UCT), regardless of citizenship, all travellers five years of age or older must provide proof of a negative laboratory test result for COVID-19 to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

Today, the premier announced a new modelling for further measures to be released early next week in the province due to the rapid increase in cases. More information here.

On January 7, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is extending certain measures to keep students, education staff, and residents of Northern Ontario safe. This includes extending online teacher-led learning until January 25, 2021 for elementary school students in the 27 Southern Ontario public health unit regions and extending the shutdown in Northern Ontario for another 14 days, aligning with the shutdown period in Southern Ontario. More information here.

On January 6, The Ontario government is launching a new innovative, voluntary and free border testing pilot program at Toronto Pearson International Airport for eligible international travellers returning to Ontario to help quickly identify and stop the spread of COVID-19 in the province.

On January 5, The Ontario government is continuing the rollout of Phase One of its vaccine implementation plan by ensuring that all residents, health care workers and essential caregivers at long-term care homes in the priority regions of Toronto, Peel, York and Windsor-Essex receive a COVID-19 vaccination by January 21, 2021. More information here.

TORONTO

The Province of Ontario requested Toronto Public Health, Peel Public Health, York Region Public Health Services and Windsor-Essex County Health Unit support in the vaccination of all residents, health care workers and essential caregivers in long-term care homes by January 21. The City and the Immunization Task Force are committed to ensuring the most vulnerable residents in the city receive the vaccine in the safest and most efficient means possible, working with the Province and hospital partners to achieve this goal. More information here.

 INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases Dec 18 at 3:30 p.m. Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 88,929,734 75,740,496 13,189,238 23,203,529 11,409 63,812,173 1,914,032
United States 22,221,653 17,750,574 4,471,079 8,696,733 66,930 13,149,713 375,207
India 10,432,525 10,004,825 427,700 225,768 7,521 10,055,922 150,835
Brazil 7,961,673 7,120,103 841,570 664,244 37,318 7,096,931 200,498
Russia 3,355,794 2,791,220 564,574 563,754 22,990 2,731,129 60,911
United Kingdom 2,957,472 1,977,167 980,305 43,446 79,833
Italy 2,237,890 1,906,377 331,513 570,389 37,042 1,589,590 77,911
Spain 2,050,360 1,817,448 232,912 43,845 51,874
Germany 1,883,071 1,468,785 414,286 349,142 22,438 1,494,100 39,829
Mexico 1,493,569 1,289,298 204,271 235,067 11,521 1,127,471 131,031
Iran 1,274,514 1,145,651 128,863 159,842 15,074 1,058,654 56,018
Peru 1,026,690 991,518 35,172 24,287 30,915 964,354 38,049
Canada 641,973 493,308 148,665 81,377 16,932 543,947 16,649
Chile 633,381 581,135 52,246 20,608 32,986 595,799 16,974
Saudi Arabia 363,582 360,690 2,892 2,092 10,360 355,208 6,282
China 87,331 86,789 542 521 61 82,176 4,634
Australia 28,571 28,094 477 1,845 1,114 25,817 909

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