COVID-19 Government and International Response: April 30, 2021

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 151,825,784 up from 145,922,561 at 3:30 p.m. on April 30, 2021. Canada now reports 1,216,089 cases, up from 1,161,439 cases of COVID-19 on April 23. Ontario reports 463,364 cases, up from 437,310 cases on April 23, 2021. The Province reports 3,887 (0.8%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 417,252 have been resolved (90.0) and there have been 8,050 deaths (1.7%). The province has now completed 14,105,838 tests and reports 29,003 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.

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

In Ontario 4,768,874 people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with 371,110 people being fully vaccinated as of April 30, 2021. In Canada, 11,140,391 people (29.31%) have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 10,171,563 people (26.76%) have received only one dose and 968,828 people (2.55%) have received two doses.

FEDERAL

Today, Federal Government announced an introduction of Bill C-30, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on April 19, 2021, and other measures. This legislation will enact the government’s plan to finish the fight against COVID-19, create jobs, grow the economy, and ensure a robust economic recovery that brings all Canadians along. Key measures include: extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, and Lockdown Support until September 25, 2021; establishing a $15 federal minimum wage; establish the new Canada Recovery Hiring Program and more.

More information here.

On April 29th, the Minister of Health, announced an investment of $2.25 million through the Immunization Partnership Fund (IPF) for two projects to support COVID-19 vaccination efforts. These projects will support vaccine uptake by ensuring Canadians have access to credible information on vaccination, as well as equipping healthcare providers and Canadians with proven strategies to manage pain and fear during vaccination. More information here.

On April 28th, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, spoke with young Canadians across the country and highlighted measures in Budget 2021 that will help them pursue and complete their education, make student debt easier to pay down, and create new training and work opportunities. More information here.

On April 26th, the Federal Government confirmed that they will be providing more help to Ontario in response to the province’s request for assistance to support the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal government is prepared to deploy federal health human resources, provide support from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), and fund the redeployment of the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) to augment or relieve staff within medical care facilities. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

Today, The Ontario government is extending the current one-year tuition freeze for colleges and universities by an additional year, providing more financial relief and predictability for families and students seeking access to affordable postsecondary education. More information here.

On April 29th, the Ontario government announced in response to an expected increase in vaccine supply from the Federal Government. This includes a targeted commitment to allocate 50 per cent of upcoming vaccine shipments to hot spot communities as identified by postal code, to help decrease COVID-19 transmission and hospitalizations. More information here.

On April 29th, the Federal Government in partnership with the Provincial and Municipal Government announced joint funding for improvements to the Downsview Arena in Toronto. Together, Canada and Ontario are working to reduce the impact of the pandemic, ensure health and safety, rebuild businesses, and promote job creation, growth and investment. The Government of Canada is investing $704,429 in this project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing $586,965 while the City of Toronto is contributing $469,678. More information here.

On April 29th, the Provincial Government introduced legislation that would, if passed, require employers to provide employees with up to $200 of pay for up to three days if they are missing work because of COVID-19. This program will be retroactive to April 19, 2021 and effective until September 25, 2021, the date the CRSB will expire. More information here.

On April 28th, the Ontario government, in response to the recent and rapid rise in hospitalizations, ICU admissions and the threat to the province’s critical care capacity, the took further action to ensure hospital beds are available for COVID-19 patients in need of urgent care. To do so, the province is amending O. Reg. 272/21 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) to ensure patients receive quality care in the most appropriate setting during the third wave of the pandemic, driven by variants of concern. More information here.

On April 27th, the Ontario Government announced legislation to build a more connected, patient-centred health care system through the introduction of a new bill, the Advancing Oversight and Planning in Ontario’s Health System Act, 2021. If passed the bill, would create three new Acts: The Health and Supportive Care Providers Oversight Authority Act, 2021; The Psychology and Applied Behaviour Analysis Act, 2021; and The COVID-19 Vaccination Reporting Act, 2021. More information here.

On April 27th, the Ontario Government expanded booking for COVID-19 vaccination appointments to individuals 45 and over in designated hot spot communities in 13 public health units, as identified by postal code, through its provincial booking system. Child care workers in licensed child care settings across the province will also be eligible to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments. More information here.

TORONTO

Today, The City of Toronto announced, that it is partnering with FCJ Refugee Centre and Access Alliance to help people without an Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card get the COVID-19 vaccine in Toronto. The City is committed to ensuring equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for everyone. The Province of Ontario has clearly stated that if you do not have an Ontario health card at all, you are still eligible for the vaccine. More information here.

On April 28th, Mayor John Tory announced the second report by City of Toronto staff from the Seniors Services and Long-Term Care (SSLTC) division that summarizes the actions taken from September 14, 2020, up to April 7, to protect the health, safety and well-being of more than 2,600 residents and more than 3,300 staff in the City’s 10 directly operated long-term care homes during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. More information here.

On April 28th, the City of Toronto announced that it is partnering with Vaccine Hunters Canada to assist Toronto residents in identifying available next-day appointments at City-run immunization clinics. At the end of each day, the City will provide Vaccine Hunters Canada with clinic appointment availability for the next day. Currently, only two clinics – Toronto Congress Centre and Cloverdale Mall – have a few remaining appointments available, but as vaccine availability becomes more plentiful next week, new appointments will be added and available appointments at all nine City clinics will be displayed. There are also appointments available during the week of May 10 at all City-operated clinics. More information here.

On April 27th, The City of Toronto announced anyone 45 or older living in one of the 53 postal codes designated as a high-risk hot spot by the Province of Ontario is eligible to book a vaccination appointment at a City of Toronto operated vaccination clinic. This change makes an additional 206,169 Torontonians eligible for vaccination at a City-run clinic. More information here.

INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases April 23 at 3:30 Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 151,825,784 145,922,561 5,903,223 18,938,099 19,478 129,699,441 3,188,244
United States 33,071,660 32,682,067 389,593 6,833,180 99,432 25,648,935 589,545
India 19,157,094 16,555,849 2,601,245 3,272,256 13,770 15,673,003 211,835
Brazil 14,592,886 14,172,139 420,747 1,039,351 68,253 13,152,118 401,417
Russia 4,805,288 4,744,961 60,327 267,214 32,916 4,427,946 110,128
United Kingdom 4,416,623 4,401,109 15,514 74,315 64,778 4,214,791 127,517
Italy 4,022,653 3,935,703 86,950 436,170 66,613 3,465,676 120,807
Spain 3,524,077 3,468,617 55,460 239,588 75,349 3,206,273 78,216
Germany 3,392,232 3,254,080 138,152 313,490 40,381 2,995,200 83,542
Mexico 2,340,934 2,319,519 21,415 262,626 18,000 1,861,861 216,447
Iran 2,499,077 2,358,809 140,268 472,998 29,443 1,954,321 71,758
Peru 1,791,998 1,734,606 57,392 42,806 53,733 1,688,091 61,101
Canada 1,216,089 1,161,439 54,650 82,842 31,989 1,109,044 24,203
Chile 1,198,245 1,155,902 42,343 42,545 62,241 1,129,347 26,353
Saudi Arabia 417,363 410,191 7,172 9,826 11,837 400,580 6,957
China 90,655 90,566 89 328 63 85,691 4,636
Australia 29,801 29,626 175 293 1,158 28,598 910

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