COVID-19 Government and International Response: April 13, 2020

What to Know

Globally there are nearly 1,900,000 COVID-19 cases, up from 1,724,736 cases at 1:00 on Saturday. There are now 25,552 cases in Canada. Ontario now reports 7,470, up from 6,648 cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. The province has now tested 108,230 individuals and reports 1,534 tests are currently under investigation.

Commenting on the number of deaths in Canada that are linked to long-term care facility outbreaks, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said in a statement yesterday: Public health authorities across the country have been strengthening their actions to keep the virus out of these high-risk settings and to bring outbreaks under control. These heart-breaking events underscored the need for stringent infection prevention and control measures and led to the development of infection prevention and control guidance for long-term care homes, released yesterday.

Federal

Federal politicians met over the weekend to pass the government’s $73-billion wage subsidy program.

Agriculture Minister Marie Claude Bibeau announced $50-million to help farmers, food and seafood processors to assist them follow the mandatory 14 day quarantine of workers arriving from abroad. The Minister said this was essential since many regions rely on experienced temporary foreign workers. Companies will receive $1,005 per worker arriving from abroad as long as the quarantine is in effect. More information here.

Provincial

Queen’s Park will resume tomorrow so the government can pass legislation to extend the provincial state of emergency for another 28 days.

The Ontario government’s efforts to secure critical equipment and supplies front-line workers need to protect themselves during the COVID-19 outbreak continues to bear fruit. Over the last five days, more than 13 million surgical and procedural masks, 200,000 N95 respirator masks, and 38 ventilators have been delivered to Ontario’s pandemic stockpile warehouses. More information here.

Thousands of businesses and private citizens have stepped up and offered to help the Ontario government defeat COVID-19. Since its launch on March 21, the Ontario Together portal has received more than 14,000 submissions offering to provide everything from hand sanitizer, to gowns and coveralls, to masks and face shields, to testing equipment and ventilators.

Toronto

After receiving more than 800 applications, the City of Toronto will open two additional child care centres for essential workers who have no other child care alternatives. The City says 71% of all applications have been from frontline healthcare workers and first responders.

With the weather getting nicer, Mayor Tory is being asked how the City plans to ensure Torontonians can socially distance while walking outside. The Mayor told CP24 that he does not support closing roads to cars to provide more room for pedestrians because it could have the unintended consequence of attracting more pedestrians to busy areas. He did indicate he was open to one-way sidewalks, but was not sure how to enforce that idea. In terms of congestion on sidewalks, the Mayor told CP24: If there are places in the city where there is real congestion on sidewalks, I would ask people to call 311 because we need that information in order to make a decision about something like one-way sidewalks.

International

Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Increase from previous Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 1,897,373 1,536,979 360,394 244.01 444,492 118,304
Canada 25,552 22,559 2,993 672.79 7,666 767
United States 576,695 455,243 121,452 1,749.91 42,223 23,068
China 82,160 81,865 295 58.6 77,663 3,341
India 9,352 5,865 3,487 6.87 980 324
Italy 159,516 143,626 15,890 2,647.86 35,435 20,465
Spain 169,510 152,474 17,036 3,598.91 64,727 17,614
Germany 128,166 115,738 12,428 1,541.4 53,961 3,041
United Kingdom 88,621 65,077 23,544 1,333.94 11,329
Brazil 22,720 16,238 6,482 107.51 1,270
Chile 7,525 5,972 1,553 393.83 2,367 82
Iran 73,303 67,286 6,017 879.66 45,983 4,585
Australia 6,359 6,109 250 247.77 3,496 61