COVID-19 Government and International Response: April 23, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

Global COVID-19 cases have reached 2,665,122, up from 2,531,804 yesterday. Canada is now reporting 41,752 cases, up from 39,807 cases of COVID-19 at 3:30 yesterday. Ontario reports 12,879 cases, up 5.2% from yesterday’s 12,245 cases. The province has now tested 194,745 individuals and reports 6,757 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.

FEDERAL

Prime Minister Trudeau announced $1.1 billion of additional funding for a national COVID-19 research strategy during his daily news conference. This would include the creation of the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force, led by Dr. David Naylor, Dr. Catherine Hankins, Dr. Tim Evans, and will include Canada’s Chief Medical Office Dr. Theresa Tam, and Canada’s Chief Science Advisor Dr. Mona Nemer.

Echoing messages he and other political leaders in Canada have expressed over the past few days, the Prime Minister said testing will have to be significantly ramped up before the economy can reopen. To track and understand COVID-19, the task force will focus on blood testing and that at least one million Canadians will be tested over the next two years.

This new funding will also include:

  • $662 million for clinical vaccine trials
  • $350 million to expand national testing and modeling of COVID-19
  • $115 million for vaccine research

PROVINCIAL

The Provincial government extended all orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until May 6, including the closure of non-essential businesses. Orders under the act must be renewed every two weeks. Acting on the advice of Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, Premier Ford said: It is absolutely necessary to extend these emergency orders to continue keeping all Ontarians safe and healthy. More information here.

Premier Ford announced a new COVID-19 Action Plan for Vulnerable People to better protect vulnerable populations during the outbreak of COVID-19. The plan builds on previous actions to protect people living in high-risk settings, including homes serving those with developmental disabilities, shelters for survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking, children’s residential settings, and those residential settings supporting vulnerable Indigenous individuals and families both on and off reserve. The plan focuses on three main areas: enhanced screening and reduced exposure to prevent spread, infection control, and sustaining staffing and managing shortages. More information here.

TORONTO

This morning the TTC announced it will temporarily lay off 1,200 employees as a result of the significant ridership drop and resulting revenue loss due to COVID-19. Going forward, the TTC will maintain service at 70-80% of regular levels. More information here.

Yesterday, Mayor Tory announced that High Park would be closed during cherry blossom season, beginning from pre-bloom to peak bloom. While High Park will be closed to the public this year, cherry blossom enthusiasts will still be able to see them through multiple livestream events. More information here.

Next week, Toronto City Council will meet virtually for the first time. To begin that meeting, Mayor Tory is expected to seek council’s approval to extend the City’s state of emergency. 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 2,665,122 2,603,147 61,975 342.74 727,170 185,494
Canada 41,752 39,807 1,945 1,099.34 14,672 2,141
United States 867,771 840,625 27,146 2,633.15 79,817 48,900
China 84,287 82,788 1,499 60.12 77,207 4,642
India 21,700 20,471 1,229 15.95 4,325 686
Italy 189,973 187,327 2,646 3,153.42 57,776 25,549
Spain 213,024 208,389 4,635 4,522.76 89,250 22,157
Germany 151,336 149,771 1,565 1,820.05 92,263 5,367
United Kingdom 138,078 133,495 4,583 2,078.38 18,738
Brazil 46,701 44,563 2,138 220.98 25,318 2,940
Chile 11,812 11,296 516 618.2 5,804 168
Iran 87,026 85,996 1,030 1,044.34 64,843 5,481
Australia 6,661 6,647 14 259.53 5,045 75