COVID-19 Government and International Response: April 7, 2020

What to Know

Globally there have been 1,407,123 reported cases of COVID-19, up from 1,324,907 at this time yesterday. Canada reported 17,826 cases today.

Ontario now reports 4,726 cases of COVID-19. The province has now tested 81,364 individuals and reports 691 tests are currently under investigation.

The UK Prime Minister’s office says Boris Johnson is stable and “in good spirits” after being moved to the ICU yesterday. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is currently standing in for Johnson. A spokesperson for the PM said: The prime minister has been stable overnight and remains in good spirits. He is receiving standard oxygen treatment and breathing without any other assistance. He has not required mechanical ventilation, or non-invasive respiratory support.

Federal

During his daily briefing, Prime Minister Trudeau revealed nearly 5,000 companies have come forward to manufacture COVID-19 supplies, including masks, test kits and ventilators. The Prime Minister said, “We’re working with Thornhill Medical, CAE, Ventilators for Canadians, and a group led by StarFish Medical to produce up to 30,000 made-in-Canada ventilators. These purchases will help increase our capacity to make sure these life-saving machines are made right here at home.” He also announced companies like Canada Goose are producing medical gowns and the alcohol and cosmetics industries are now producing hand sanitizer. A transcript of his full remarks here.

Following his call with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne, organized a fifth call with his counterparts from countries affected by COVID-19, including Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Indonesia, Morocco, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Provincial

Premier Doug Ford toured the Woodbridge manufacturing plant in Vaughan today where he announced the first made-in-Ontario face masks were ready to be shipped to health care workers. In a statement, the Premier commended Woodbridge and the APMA “who have been working at an unprecedented pace to retool their factories and get the required approvals to manufacture masks for our front-line workers.”

The Ontario government is actively recruiting health care workers to increase the frontline capacity of hospitals, clinics, and assessment centres. Today, the province launched a new online tool that will help match skilled frontline workers with employers. Employers and interested health care professionals can visit the portal and create a profile. Once registered, professionals can add their availability and employers can enter their request for support. Registrants will receive an email notification if matched. More information here.

Yesterday, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health said it was too early to tell if daily provincial COVID-19 cases had peaked. While travel-related cases have steadily dropped off, backlog and other testing issues may have contributed to inflated numbers in the past week.

Toronto

With the Passover and Easter holidays coming up this week, Mayor Tory urged Torontonians not to gather with family and friends.

“Easter and Passover are of course coming this week and this weekend. These are major holidays for many families in our city and friends often in most years travel and get together,” Tory said at a news conference. “This year we’re facing an unprecedented threat, a deadly virus. So we are asking all families and friends to celebrate at home with the loved ones they live with all the time and to avoid travelling to see other family members or friends or gathering in large groups. An Easter Egg hunt isn’t worth your life.”

Yesterday, Toronto’s fire chief and head of emergency management Matthew Pegg said enforcement officers turned away more than 800 vehicles from Bluffers Park and more than 140 vehicles from High Park. The Chief reminded Torontonians not to gather during this period of social distancing.

International

Global

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 1,407,123 180.96 297,934 80,759
Canada 17,826 16,498 1,328 469.36 3,935 375
United States 385,449 351,890 33,559 1,169.6 20,027 12,216
China 81,740 81,708 32 58.3 77,167 3,331
India 4,789 4,281 508 3.52 353 124
Italy 135,586 132,547 3,039 2,250.64 24,392 17,127
Spain 140,511 135,032 5,479 2,983.22 43,208 13,897
Germany 106,306 101,214 5,092 1,278.5 31,432 1,943
United Kingdom 55,242 51,608 3,634 831.51 6,159
Brazil 12,345 11,450 895 58.41 127 581
Chile 5,116 4,815 301 267.75 728 43
Iran 62,589 60,500 2,089 751.09 27,039 3,872
Australia 5,919 5,800 119 230.62 2,432 48

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