COVID-19 Government and International Response: June 4, 2021

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 173,144,691 up from 169,944,872 at 3:30 p.m. on May 28, 2021. Canada now reports 1,388,656 cases, up from 1,372,766 cases of COVID-19 on May 28. Ontario reports 534,675 cases, up from 528,453 cases on June 4, 2021. The Province reports 1,397 (0.3%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 516,396 have been resolved (96.6%) and there have been 8,820 deaths (1.6%). The province has now completed 15,341,218 tests and reports 14,107 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 9,661,327 people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with 896,065 people being fully vaccinated as of June 4, 2021. In Canada, 25,264,705 people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 22,757,565 people have received only one dose and 2,507,140 people are fully vaccinated.

FEDERAL

On June 2, The Federal Government proposed the new Canada Recovery Hiring Program to provide support to eligible employers that continue to experience qualifying declines in revenues relative to before the pandemic. The proposed Hiring Program is included in Bill C-30, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on April 19, 2021 and other measures, which is currently before Parliament. The program would offset a portion of the extra costs employers take on as they reopen, either by increasing wages or hours worked or hiring more staff. More information here.

On June 2, The Federal Government introduced the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy at the outset of the pandemic to prevent job losses and encourage employers to quickly rehire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19. The program provides eligible employers that have experienced a decline in revenues with a wage subsidy for eligible remuneration paid to their employees. To date, it has helped more than 5.3 million Canadians keep or regain their jobs. More information here.

On May 31, the Federal Government announced that the Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program (PEFIP) is now accepting applications. The PEFIP will provide almost $647 million over ten years to support poultry and egg producers through on-farm investments. Each producer is entitled to an amount proportional to their quota holdings as of January 1, 2021. Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2030, meaning producers can apply when they are ready to make an investment. More information here.

On May 29, the Federal Government announced that Health Canada has approved an extension to the expiry dates of two lots (MT0055 and MT0056) of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine by 30 days, from May 31, 2021, to July 1, 2021. The approval to extend the shelf life was supported by scientific evidence. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

On June 4, The Provincial Government is further expanding its support for the most vulnerable long-term care residents by investing $9 million more for the continued operation of 62 beds in three existing Behavioural Specialized Units and for the addition of up to 82 new specialized spaces in targeted regions across the province this year. More information here.

On June 4, the Provincial Government announced that through Infrastructure Ontario’s (IO) Loan Program will be providing affordable, long-term financing for infrastructure development and renewal. More information here.

On June 4, the Provincial Government announced that due to an increasing supply of vaccines, the province is inviting individuals aged 70 and over as well as individuals who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) on or before April 18, 2021, to book an accelerated second dose appointment ahead of schedule. More information here.

On June 4, 2021, The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer announced individuals who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine 12 weeks ago and who would like their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, can contact the pharmacy or primary care provider where they received their first dose to book an appointment. Individuals who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and are opting to receive an mRNA vaccine have the option to schedule their second dose appointment at a participating pharmacy where the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines are administered. More information here.

On June 3, the Provincial Government is investing almost $440,000 to help more than 2,000 high school students learn more about available skilled trades and technology careers. The project, led by not-for-profit Junior Achievement (JA), will help local communities recover more quickly from COVID-19 by addressing a shortage of workers in jobs like electrician, plumber, carpenter, computer analyst and software developer. More information here.

On June 1, the Provincial Government has made the difficult decision to continue with remote learning for all elementary and secondary students across the province for the remainder of this school year. This will allow the province to continue its focus on accelerating COVID-19 vaccinations to support a safer summer and return to in-person learning in September for the 2021-22 school year. More information here.

On June 1, the Provincial Government announced that Ontario’s Stay-at-Home order will expire on June 2, 2021. When it does, all other public health and workplace measures will remain in place provincewide until Ontario enters Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen, at which point some restrictions will ease with an initial focus on outdoor settings. More information here.

On June 1, The Provincial Government is providing over $31 million to help improve access to specialized mental health treatment services, reduce waitlists and wait times, and support the mental health and wellbeing of children and youth by addressing the increased demand for services during COVID-19. This funding is part of the government’s commitment to invest $3.8 billion over 10 years to implement the Roadmap to Wellness, Ontario’s plan to build a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions system to serve Ontarians of all ages. More information here.

On May 31, the Provincial Government is taking further action to protect long-term care home residents by becoming the first province in Canada to make it mandatory for homes to have COVID-19 immunization policies for staff and to set out the minimum requirements that need to be included in these policies. More information here.

On May 29, the Provincial Government announced that two-thirds of the adult population having received at least one dose, Ontarians have been provided with a strong level of protection against COVID-19. Now, the province is accelerating second doses for all Ontarians. While the interval between first and second doses can be up to 16 weeks, Ontario will begin to offer second dose appointments at an earlier interval of four weeks or later based on availability of vaccines. More information here.

TORONTO

On June 2, the City of Toronto announced that approximately 74,660 Toronto youth age 12 to 17 years have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccination efforts have been supported by parent and caregiver town halls, special youth-focused school assembly presentations, and direct outreach with school boards and Principals. More information here.

On June 1, the City of Toronto and Team Toronto vaccination partners announced that they expect to have administered at least a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to more than 70 per cent of adults aged 18 years or older in Toronto. More information here.

INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases May 28 at 3:30 p.m. Increase from previous Active Cases (Increase decrease) Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 173,144,691 169,944,872 3,199,819 13,280,666 22,213 156,140,857 3,723,168
United States 34,178,104 34,005,781 172,323 5,540,022 102,701 28,026,372 611,710
India 28,685,804 27,718,520 967,284 1,565,318 20,600 26,776,532 343,954
Brazil 16,803,472 16,342,162 461,310 1,104,705 78,539 15,228,983 469,784
Russia 5,108,129 5,044,459 63,670 264,580 34,989 4,720,512 123,037
United Kingdom 4,506,016 4,477,705 28,311 107,633 66,056 4,270,560 127,823
Italy 4,227,719 4,209,707 18,012 200,192 70,019 3,901,112 126,415
Germany 3,703,974 3,677,846 26,128 87,309 44,079 3,527,000 89,665
Spain 3,697,987 3,668,658 29,329 146,628 79,065 3,471,163 80,196
Iran 2,954,309 2,886,111 68,198 350,794 34,764 2,522,702 80,813
Mexico 2,426,822 2,405,722 21,100 263,919 18,642 1,934,541 228,362
Peru 1,968,693 1,942,054 26,639 N/A 58,953 N/A 185,380
Chile 1,411,346 1,361,381 49,965 48,019 73,251 1,333,631 29,696
Canada 1,388,656 1,372,766 15,890 27,116 36,499 1,335,873 25,667
Saudi Arabia 455,418 447,178 8,240 9,788 12,897 438,206 7,424
China 91,194 91,045 149 371 63 86,187 4,636
Australia 30,150 30,074 76 122 1,170 29,118 910

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