COVID-19 Government and International Response: April 21, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 2,531,804, up from 2,435,876 yesterday. Canada is now reporting 38,205 cases, up from 35,708 cases of COVID-19 at 3:30 yesterday. Ontario reports 11,735, up from 11,184 cases yesterday. The province has now tested 174,170 individuals and reports 5,546 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.

Air Canada announced today that it will suspend scheduled service to the United States from April 27-May 21, provided there are no further restrictions from government beyond that date. More information here.

FEDERAL

Prime Minister Trudeau announced a $350-million fund for community groups and national charities including United Way Canada, the Canadian Red Cross and the Community Foundations of Canada. The funds will support organizations who help the homeless, seniors, and others who have been made vulnerable as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CBC reports the funds will support such activities as:

  • Volunteer-based home delivery of groceries and medications.
  • Transportation services, such as those driving seniors or persons with disabilities to appointments.
  • Scaling up help lines that provide information and support.
  • Helping vulnerable Canadians access government benefits.
  • Delivering training and supplies to volunteers.
  • Replacing in-person, one-on-one contact and social gatherings with virtual contact through telephone, texts, teleconferences or the Internet.

A Cargill plant south of Calgary announced Monday it would temporarily close after an outbreak of COVID-19 where one worker died. The plant processes more than 1/3 of Canada’s beef processing capacity. During his news conference today, Prime Minister Trudeau said the government will monitor domestic supply very carefully. More information here.

Today, Canada’s Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier launched the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy calculator to support employers as they prepare to apply for the CEWS. More information here.

Minister of International Development Karina Gould spoke with the WHO Director General yesterday. A readout of the call is here.

PROVINCIAL

To support Ontario’s most vulnerable citizens, including seniors and persons with disabilities, during the outbreak of COVID-19, the Ontario government will invest $11 million to help deliver meals, medicines and other essentials to those in need and doubling the Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS) payments. More information here.

TORONTO

Mayor Tory met with other GTHA mayors to discuss how the region can work together to successfully and smoothly reopen the economy when it is safe and appropriate to do so. The Mayors also discussed how they will obtain financial supports from other orders of governments to meet municipal service and operating needs and responsibilities.

The City of Toronto received a shipment of 3-million masks which will be directed to long-term care homes and shelters. More information here.

INTERNATIONAL

Country Total cases at 3:30 p.m. Total cases yesterday at 3:30 p.m. Increase from previous Cases per million Total recovered Total deaths
Global 2,531,804 2,435,876 95,928 325.6 665,458 174,336
Canada 38,205 35,708 2,497 1,005.95 13,123 1,831
United States 810,276 778,027 32,249 2,458.69 73,923 44,234
China 82,758 82,747 11 59.03 77,123 4,632
India 18,985 17,656 1,329 13.95 3,260 603
Italy 183,957 181,228 2,729 3,053.56 51,600 24,268
Spain 204,178 200,210 3,968 4,334.95 82,514 21,282
Germany 148,050 146,286 1,764 1,780.53 84,948 4,952
United Kingdom 129,044 124,743 4,301 1,942.39 17,337
Brazil 40,814 39,144 1,670 193.12 22,991 2,588
Chile 10,832 10,507 325 566.91 4,969 147
Iran 84,802 83,505 1,297 1,017.65 60,965 5,297
Australia 6,645 6,619 26 258.91 4,291 71