COVID-19 Government and International Response: April 1, 2021

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 129,652,557 up from 126,438,474  at 11:00 a.m. on April 1, 2021. Canada now reports 982,116 cases, up from 954,687 cases of COVID-19 on April 1. Ontario reports 349,903 cases, up from 338,239 cases on March 26, 2021.

The Province reports 2,333 (0.7%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 322,382 have been resolved (92.1%) and there have been 7,366 deaths (2.1%). The province has now completed 12,551,173 tests and reports 40,466 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

On March 29, the Federal Government will be supporting the operation of a Safe Voluntary Isolation Site for temporary foreign agri-workers in Windsor-Essex. These workers tend to live in close accommodations and work in congregate settings, which makes it difficult to self-isolate if required. This funding will provide further federal support for the Isolation and Recovery Site, currently operated by the Canadian Red Cross through funding provided by Public Safety Canada. More information here.

On March 29, Health Canada communicated the ongoing assessment of very rare adverse events reported in Europe of thrombosis (blood clots) with thrombocytopenia (low blood platelets) occurring after immunization with the AstraZeneca vaccine. More information here.

On March 29, with many countries continuing to struggle to overcome the human and economic devastation from COVID-19, UN Secretary-General António Guterres convened a meeting of world leaders to urge the international community to take additional and urgent action to ensure a robust recovery. The high-level virtual meeting organized by the Secretary-General together with the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and the Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness aimed to underscore the urgency of the need for bolder and concrete action to provide liquidity and address debt vulnerability in developing countries. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

Today, the Ontario government is steadily increasing capacity in its COVID-19 vaccine rollout with the addition of over 350 additional pharmacies and more primary care settings across the province. All of these locations will be offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to individuals aged 55 and over, with some locations to begin offering the vaccine as early as Saturday, April 3, 2021. More information here.

On March 31, the Ontario government’s first True North Free Trade Forum brought together over 900 businesses, government and stakeholder organizations from across Canada to explore ways to increase interprovincial trade in Canada. Expanding the reach of business will help create more jobs, strengthen economic resiliency across the country and lay the foundation for a strong recovery from COVID-19. More information here.

On March 31, the Ontario government provided parents with $980 million in direct support as part of the Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit. Under this new round of funding, payments will be doubled to $400 per child and $500 for a child with special needs to help offset additional learning costs. This investment is part of the 2021 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy. More information here.

On March 31, the Ontario government partnered with the federal government, the City of Toronto and Sanofi, a leading global biopharmaceutical and vaccines company, to expand its Ontario facility to meet growing demand for flu vaccines, boost Canada’s preparedness for future pandemics and create 300 high-quality jobs. Ontario invested $55 million through a performance-based loan, toward construction of Sanofi’s $925 million state-of-art vaccine facility to meet growing demand for flu vaccines, specifically for populations at greater risk of influenza. More information here.

On March 30, the Ontario government is invested $592,000 to help prepare 150 people in Hamilton for well-paying jobs in the construction sector, such as environmental engineers, surveyors, civil engineers and general managers to address the challenges brought on by COVID-19. More information here.

On March 29, the Ontario government invested $10 million in auto parts companies through the Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (O-AMP) to boost competitiveness and position Ontario as a North American hub for building the car of the future. Funding awarded so far will leverage $25.8 million in industry investments. More information here.

On March 29, the Ontario government provided more than $77 million to help long-term care homes adopt advanced technologies to strengthen medication safety. Modernizing this process will allow for better transmission and handling of prescriptions, more accurate administration of medication and increased security of the drug supply in long-term care homes. More information here.

On March 29, the Ontario government is providing an estimated $100 million for a new one-time Ontario Tourism and Hospitality Small Business Support Grant and $100 million for a new one-time recovery program. This significant investment is part of the 2021 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health & Our Economy, and will support the province’s tourism industry as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19. Total support from the Ontario government for the tourism, culture, sports, recreation, and heritage industries since the start of the pandemic now totals $625 million. More information here.

On March 28, the Ontario government extended booking for COVID-19 vaccination appointments to individuals aged 70 and over through its online booking system and call centre in 11 additional public health units on March 29, 2021, following its expansion in Toronto that began on March 27, 2021. More information here.

TORONTO

On March 31, Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto, in partnership with the Governments of Canada and Ontario, has helped bring a new vaccine manufacturing facility to Toronto. The new Sanofi facility will be located on their existing site at 1755 Steeles Ave. W. in North York. This new facility will strengthen Canada’s domestic vaccine manufacturing capacity and future pandemic preparedness efforts. After design, construction, testing and qualification of the new facility and its equipment, it is expected to be operational by 2026. More information here.

On March 31, the City of Toronto announced that more than half a million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered. The City is working with all our healthcare partners, pharmacies and Toronto Public Health to administer all available COVID-19 vaccines. More information here.

INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases at 11:00 a.m. Total cases March 26 at 3:30 p.m. Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 129,652,557 126,438,474 3,214,083 22,291,919 16,633 104,529,591 2,831,047
United States 31,167,777 30,801,808 365,969 6,928,621 93,751 23,673,890 565,266
Brazil 12,753,258 12,324,765 428,493 1,261,435 59,682 11,169,937 321,886
India 12,221,665 11,908,356 313,309 584,022 8,792 11,474,683 162,960
Russia 4,554,264 4,501,859 52,405 278,612 31,198 4,176,419 99,233
United Kingdom 4,345,788 4,325,315 20,473 371,724 63,766 3,847,351 126,713
Italy 3,584,899 3,488,619 96,280 562,508 59,357 2,913,045 109,346
Spain 3,284,353 3,247,738 36,615 166,542 70,226 3,042,352 75,459
Germany 2,830,335 2,743,432 86,903 218,296 33,701 2,535,000 77,039
Mexico 2,238,887 2,214,542 24,345 262,441 17,230 1,773,236 203,210
Iran 1,897,314 1,838,803 58,511 208,411 22,376 1,626,144 62,759
Peru 1,548,807 1,500,465 48,342 28,342 46,491 1,468,457 52,008
Chile 995,538 962,321 33,217 41,133 41,133 931,270 23,135
Canada 982,116 954,687 27,429 47,864 25,853 911,293 22,959
Saudi Arabia 390,597 387,292 3,305 5,452 11,091 378,469 6,676
China 90,217 90,147 70 187 63 85,394 4,636
Australia 29,319 29,238 81 2,122 1,140 26,288 909

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