COVID-19 Government and International Response: April 28, 2020

WHAT TO KNOW

As of 3:30 on Tuesday, Global COVID-19 cases have reached 3,063,814, up from 3,002,303 yesterday at 3:30 p.m. The United States accounts for nearly one third of all cases. Canada is now reporting 49,815 cases, up from 48,229 cases of COVID-19 yesterday. Ontario reports 15,381 cases, up from 14,856 cases yesterday. The province has now tested 253,040 individuals and reports 6,282 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.

FEDERAL

The federal government put forward new modelling information showing that in many parts of the country the COVID-19 curve is flattening. But Dr. Theresa Tam also said Canada was likely to reach between 53,196 cases and 66,835 cases and between 3,277 and 3,883 deaths by this time next week. Dr. Tam noted that case doubling went from every three to five days a few weeks ago, to approximately every 16 days. It’s important to note that this is Canadian data and that local doubling rates are higher in some parts of the country.

While the fatality rate was initially calculated at 2.2 per cent, due to the number of outbreaks in long-term care homes, the rate has now been revised to 5.5 per cent. More information here.

Prime Minister Trudeau spoke with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who thanked Canada for “looking after Indian citizens in Canada” and emphasized the importance of collaboration to fight the pandemic. More information here.

PROVINCIAL

This afternoon, Premier Ford, along with Ontario’s Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction Prabmeet Sarkaria, launched the COVID-19: Tackling the Barriers website to help businesses overcome the unique challenges created by the global pandemic. Businesses working to retool their operations to produce health-related products, or those that want to continue their operations in this new environment of physical distancing, can submit any potential roadblocks to the website. The government says it will allow temporary changes to provincial rules and regulations to remove any barriers that are hindering business and negatively impacting Ontario’s supply chain. More information here.

Following yesterday’s announcement of the government’s framework to reopen the province, Premier Ford today said the document is the start of the process and that the government will release next step later this week. The next steps are anticipated to include more information on how businesses can safely operate in this new environment. More information here.

TORONTO

To help essential businesses and services, and community agencies, support physical distancing outside their buildings while also accommodating increased demand for delivery and pickup services, Mayor Tory announced CurbTO. Through this new initiative, the City is offering two programs: Temporary Parking Pick-up Zones and Curb Lane Pedestrian Zones.

Grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants and bars that have or currently transitioning to pick-up, take-out or delivery services may qualify for a temporary (10-minute) priority Parking Pick-Up Zone for food and medicine pick-ups close to their business.

Essential businesses/community agencies that require customers to line up along the sidewalk in order to achieve physical distancing within their stores may be eligible to receive a Curb Lane Pedestrian Zone that will provide customers and other pedestrians with enough space to line-up and pass by safely.

Both programs will be offered city-wide and will include limited signage installations, provided by the City, where required.

For more information and to request an application form, visit the City’s website.

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 3,063,814 3,002,303 61,511 394.02 906,898 213,273
Canada 49,815 48,229 1,586 1,311.64 19,045 2,852
United States 1,024,828 999,742 25,086 3,109.72 116,969 57,962
China 84,347 84,338 9 60.16 60.16 4,643
India 29,974 28,380 1,594 22.03 7,027 937
Italy 201,505 199,414 2,091 3,344.85 68,941 27,359
Spain 232,128 229,422 2,706 4,474.97 102,548 23,822
Germany 159,239 158,154 1,085 1,915.1 110,041 6,177
United Kingdom 161,145 157,149 3,996 2,365.44 21,092
Brazil 68,188 63,584 4,604 322.65 31,142 4,674
Chile 14,365 13,813 552 722.92 7,327 198
Iran 92,584 91,472 1,112 1,111.04 72,439 5,877
Australia 6,725 6,720 5 262.03 5,602 84